On our chalkboard this week…

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Last week’s quote was:  Success:  10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.  That generated a lot of conversation.  Things like, what is perspiration, what about annihilation, and even some serious talk about what it means to get the work done.  My husband says the thinks the quote is really 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration– and he’s propably right– but those odds just look a little daunting.  So I went with 10.

We will see what kind of dinner table talk this week’s quote brings up.  I got it from The Happiness Project.  Gretchen Rubin calls it a universal truth, one of the very few.

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Caught my eye this week…

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This is Mellow.  We got her Saturday and have been enjoying her company every day since.  And every night.  She’s a great sleeper.   She is still getting used to us, but I think she will like it here.

Some other things that warmed my heart this week on the web:

A great essay on time from someone who usually spends his days traveling and exploring, which is not anything like the way I spend my days.  But things change.  Super good.

Oh, how I love a good house tour.  Julie Blanner discusses decorating after the holidays.  I am ready for quiet after the lights and the greenery and the gingerbread houses.  But her house is already serene and hushed.  Love the brick floors.

Around here I don’t really need a heavy winter coat.  But I love to look at them.  This white coat looks so cuddly it makes want to go somewhere cold.  Almost.  Beautiful pictures.  Gorgeous sweater.

We are planning a big trip this summer so I am so happy to steal some of the resources from Cupcakes and Cashmere.  Lots of good ideas on how to make travel happen!

And finally, I am subbing for some Zumba classes coming up and need some new dances.  This one looks fun.  And I like the new Sia song. This choreography has lots of classic Zumba moves, simple and repetitive, but still a dance and not an aerobics routine.  Would have been just as good with a shirt on, though.  Still, easy to watch.

Enjoy the weekend!  We are making Pinewood Derby cars and playing with our new dog!  Until next week…

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More of what I want my kids to know…

ABUNDANCE

Tonight I want you to know that there is an abundance of good in this world.

Fill your mind with the thought that there is enough for everyone and there will be.

There is enough for you and enough for me.

Our thoughts make us who we are and we know that there is more than enough. An abundance. A large amount.  A magnificent supply.

We can think in terms or scarcity or abundance.  It is for you to decide.  But living with the rhythm of abundance attracts abundance.

There is enough for you enough for me.

You do have lots of friends.  You have copious amounts of toys.  You are loved beyond the beyond by many great and generous people.  You have access to ideas and thoughts and your own incredible imagination.

You have an abundant life.

Keep that feeling of abundance in your heart and in your mind.

Nurture it and guard it.  It will create for you a life of abundance.  A life of great and wonderful.

Now get an abundance of good sleep and I will see you in the morning.

Deep breath.

Close your eyes.

Be still and quiet.

And you will go to sleep.

 

I do this geeky thing at night where I read an essay to my children, from my Kindle, with the lights out.  Some days I feel like I take care of their physical needs, but I go to bed wondering if I have fed their soul? 

If you want to feed some souls I created an ebook called, A Life of Great and Wonderful.  You can get your copy by clicking on the graphic at the right.  You will need to download the Gumroad app and then the essays will be available on the desktop of your ipad, Kindle, nook, phone or your device of choice. 

I don’t know if my messages are sinking in to my three hardheaded sweeties, but reading the messages makes me feel better.  And there is lots of room for me to be a better mommy!  Sleep well.  Everyone.  Sleep well.

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Simple has my heart…

The clutter is getting to me.   The trees I love to look at this year are the simplest, greenest, most restful trees.

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I think my word for 2017 is going to be lighten.  As in lighten my load, get rid of things, lessen my worries (or at least worry less), lose a few pounds, and not be so serious, lighten up.

Just like these trees.

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And my very favorite.

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Here’s to a calm– and bright– holiday with clear channel markers and sturdy docks.

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Cast out crankiness!

Now that school is in full swing I can tell we need more sleep.  Those lazy days of summer were awesome.  But now it’s time to get back to work.  And getting back to work, and soccer, and scouts feels good.  We just need more sleep and less cranky.

So I am reminding my boys as they fall asleep:

My dear sweet children.  I want you to have a life that is great and wonderful.

And, as simple as it seems, one way to feel wonderful is to get enough sleep.

It is so easy to stay up late to finish watching a movie, or to keep reading your book, or to play just one more computer game.  But giving up sleep can make the next day more difficult to navigate.  Too little sleep dulls your thoughts and steals your joy.

Be sure to get enough sleep.

Snuggle in to a comfortable spot.  Do something soothing to calm you down and help you to rest. Have a cup of water by your bed. Get the room dark and keep it cool.  Then slumber with a content heart.

Good, solid sleep can help you be a clearer thinker. 

Good, solid sleep can keep you safe. 

Good, solid sleep can level out your mood, so you’re less cranky.  And we all know how we feel about cranky people. 

Cranky people feel yucky being cranky.

And the rest of us feel yucky around all that crankiness.

Get some sleep and cast out crankiness!

Set yourself up for a great and wonderful day by protecting your sleep.

Be sure to get enough sleep.

Now, deep breath.

Close your eyes.

Be still and quiet and you will go to sleep.

 

 

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Favorite Book Friday 2We just finished the very long but very captivating, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  And we all listened to it together, which was so fun.  We could discuss what we thought about what was going on in the story, what we thought might happen, and the every popular, this is what I would do in that situation discussion.

We took the old school route and listed to it on CD, mostly in the car.  I picked it up at the library, my very favorite source for books!

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It took a couple of road trips and some errand running around town days to complete but it was so worth it!  The total playing time was 13 hours and 17 minutes.

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Listening in the car was our favorite way to hear the story.  We tried listening at night before bed but its so hard to find a stopping point.  I mean why not listen all night?

We tried listening in the family room sprawled out on the sofa or the floor but too many other things could distract us, like new library books, a strange cat in the yard, that kind of thing.

In the car we had to stop when we arrived at the museum or the pool or the grocery store.  It’s hard to argue with, we’re here!

This fascinating story has been one of the highlights of our summer.

We have our longest road trip of the summer coming up next week.  I just hope we can find a new book to enjoy as much.

Happy summer and happy reading!

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