Bits of A Simple Life

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." J.R.R. Tolkien


February 18, 2015

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Pinewood Derby


My Middle Bit had his last Pinewood Derby with the Cub Scouts last night, and he went out in style!  For the past five years or so, I have been in charge of helping him cut his car, place the weights on it, help him decorate and put the wheels on.  This year was a little different.  As always, we have the kids design their car, paint and do most of the work, but he had the help of his dad this time.  I will admit that I know very little, and care very little, about the amount of weight, how the wheels roll and do not rub etc. I will say that I have done pretty well for the past five years using the table saw, and trying to help as much as I can.  But there is something about Dad, and the help he can give in this situation that I just could not give this time around.  I am so happy because Middle Bit came in second overall for speed, losing by just milliseconds.

I got to hear the story because I was stuck at home with the flu.  But the excitement he had in his voice and eyes made me so happy that he got to have his last Pinewood Derby a success.  It is so special when father and son get to share in these moments, and since I am sick, I am even more emotional!  I think I may have even shed a tear over the derby.

Hope you are all having a good week of health and love.


February 17, 2015




February is filled with birthdays for our family.  It seems like once a week, at least, there is a birthday.  This weekend alone, there were 5, 2 of which were in our own home.  I celebrated on the dreaded Friday the 13th, which honestly is not dreaded at all, and my daughter celebrated on Monday.  We had so much fun!  On Friday, my husband took me to see Swan Lake.  Oh my goodness, it was lovely. Little Bit celebrated with cake, ice cream and presents.  We had a blast seeing her open and enjoy her birthday.  Funny note, when you see the small cake with the big candle, it is because I forgot to buy candles for her cake!  I do not claim to be the perfect mom, who remembers every single detail!  In fact these past weeks were so busy, that I did not even buy her gift until the day she opened her gifts!  And you know what?  The earth did not melt away, nor did it end, nor did she even care!  She still had a glow and smile on her face, and that is what matters!

I hope you all had a pleasant three day weekend.  I know it was hard for us to wake and face reality again!

Love to you all,


February 11, 2015


Mama Said There’d be Days Like This


I am tired.  I know we all reach that point of exhaustion, and then need a little breather, but it seems as though I need more than one this week.  My kids just seem a little needier this week than normal, but that is the age we are in.  Now I understand why my friends with older kids were so excited to have the oldest get their drivers’ license.  It will be so nice not to have to drive them around everywhere they need to go!  Three kids with three different schedules, and then places of my own to go, etc, etc….  I remember thinking when my kids were little how it was the toughest age.  I felt like a mama baboon always with a kid on my hip, never getting a break!  But as my husbands uncle once said, “Bigger kids, bigger problems.”  The exhaustion never goes away, it just grows with your child.  I must say though, that I love the age groups they are at right now.  We can joke, they can communicate (for the most part), and carry their own stuff.  Funny how I can now look back on their younger days with a since of longing for them.  How they wanted to cuddle, would fall asleep in my arms, want to be with mommy.  I still have those moments, just a little fewer, but more appreciated.

These new phases of life.  Fun and sad all in the same moments.

I must never forget to embrace them all.



February 6, 2015


This Moment-Experimenting


{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Joining Soulemama

Have a wonderful Friday Everyone!



February 4, 2015

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Windows and Shadow Puppets


I was laying on the floor the other night, looking up at our ceiling.  I like to do this when I am tired and have had a long day.  I walk in, and lay down with all my things scattered about.  I have never noticed the reflection the window that we have hanging on a very high wall makes on the ceiling before until this night.  It looks like water!  I got my camera, and before I could start taking pictures, I had three kids making shadow puppets.  When I say three kids, I mean Oldest Bit, Middle Bit and my husband.  My favorite was Middle Bits moose.  My goal is to capture some sort of unique beauty a day, and I think I have captured this in the pictures above.  It is truly a never dull moment in this house.

Here’s to never having a dull moment!



January 29, 2015

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This year, I have two kids playing basketball.  The third, just does not like to play and that is just fine.  He likes baseball and soccer.  I like watching those sports, I do.  But there is something about basketball that gets me excited.  Pumped up.  Now the age group that little bit is in, is just plain funny.  The age group is 7-9 and they are all over the place.  They are either all clumped together in what I call the amoeba clump, or they are scattered picking their noses.  I love it!  They are having so much fun, and really do not care if they win or lose.  The goal is to go under the arm bridge at the end of the game and give all the parents a high five.

Then there is the older age group.  The arm bands are not worn (they tell who you are supposed to be guarding), and the defense is intense.  I mean these kids have some amazing ball skills.  I actually get so excited that I notice my leg starts shaking!  I am not one of those parents that yell at the ref, but there are some moments that I want to yell out, “Didn’t you see that foul?!  Come on ref!”  And this does not even have to effect my own child!  This could be anyone on our team!  But I keep quiet because I know my son would flip if I yelled out! Instead, I come home and work out to get all my own energy out.

I really love watching basketball, it is good for the soul, and the lungs if I could use them.  I have also lost a few pounds this season. Yep, basketball is my favorite sport season!

Hope you are all having a good day!




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