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“Listen–are you breathing just a little and calling it life?” – Mary Oliver

Maybe this sounds funny, but it’s not every that I get to spend ALL day with my boys.  Sure, I am there from the moment they wake up to the minute they are in put back in bed for the night but not all that time is spent just with them.  Cleaning, hosting prep, errands, play dates/coffee times, chores all take time … away from us.  Some days are meant to just get ‘er done but others need to be for just being together.

A goal of mine this year is to add more adventures to our weeks.  And not feeling the need to invite someone else to join us but purposefully going by ourselves.  It’s hard to not even call someone last minute, but I’ve been sticking to it (this may sound foreign to any introverts out there, but extroverts, you know what I’m talking about!) and we’ve had some pretty fun times as a result of it.  To be just “the four of us” feels 1. like a funny thing to say as I still can’t believe I have THREE children(!) and 2. like the next best thing to it being “the five of us” when Papa can come.

I sometimes wonder what they will remember of our day to day life from this season – will they remember?  Pictures will certainly jog their memories and I hope the weekly carrying on of adventures with just “the four of us” will too.


pic pix: zoo day, Jan.2016, Calgary Zoo

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PINIt’s been a while since I’ve shared what’s been on my reading list.  Though there have been more on the list in between, it is largely due to the fact that it took me a while to finish my last stack!  There hasn’t really been a time when I don’t have at least one book on the go … just lately, it takes me longer to get through that ONE.  Instead of pinning my heart away on pinterest before bed, I’ve been making efforts to read before falling asleep.  Might I say, so much more relaxing!  I’ve also been trying to fill what could be screen time with either reading or knitting … sleep usually ends up winning in the end(!), but I love being taken away in a book – to a different land, or presenting my mind with a new perspective.

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scaling back.

The journey of living with less is going to be a continual and constant effort to keep in check.  Before Christmas, I got rid of 2 garbage bags of the kids’ toys and shifted some toys out of the regular mix to rotate in every once in a while.  Here we are, just over a month later, and I think I am ready to do it again.  It’s not just toys, it’s furniture, clothes, STUFF.  How have we gotten so much stuff??

simple suppers.

I’ve been trying to keep meals for supper quick, easy and still delicious.  Sometimes, it’s so easy to get into a rut and make the same formula of things and press REPEAT.  I made, what I call, a “crostini supper” or “toast supper” the other night.  I enjoyed the preparing process, it was an easy clean up and actually took less time than other meals (even with all the variety).  Some of the combos pictured were: whipped feta/basil/tomato, avocado/bacon, sloppy joe sliders, tuna/parsley/pickles, pesto/shrimp/peppers, salami/cucumbers/onions salsa.  So good!

on the mend.

Finally, I think we are on the upward graph in regards to health.  Hunter was sick again last week (poor lil dude) and it was not pretty or fun.  It seems hard to go through seeing your littles sick, but I know it’s nothing like having to watch your child fight something terminally.  Every time after I/we catch something, I am all the more grateful for health, my time, my life … it’s like a reset button.  My mind needs to again adjusted towards thankfulness, and we are forced to simply slow down with life – neither of which are bad things.

unintentional matching.

It seems, that when I am feeling a certain mood … we are all dressed in the same colors.  Sure we’re not always too keen on that (poor Isra’s face – not impressed mama was taking another picture!) but I secretly love it.  Especially since it is never on purpose!

mountain missing.

Clearly, having some not so well family members, we’ve not been doing any trips to our beloved mountains.  Not even drives.  We’ve made plans nearly every weekend to go, but driving when you’re sick or when you have sick kids is not the best option to choose.  When I look through pictures and see these majestic beauties, my heart nearly explodes with anticipation for our next visit.  I love where we live.


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  • February 3, 2016 - 3:57 pm

    Calista - It seems like it’s a constant battle for me to keep things simple as well. You are not alone! That crostini with the tuna and pickle on it looks amazing! I’ve been craving pickles recently and I think I’m going to have to do something about it!ReplyCancel

    • February 12, 2016 - 4:57 pm

      sarah nadine - simplicity isn’t simple in our day and age. i guess each era goes through it’s own challenge … this being ours. it’s hard to not get caught up in things when you are surrounded by it – constantly!

      hope you’ve been able to enjoy a crisp, crunchy pickle. my mouth is watering at the thought ????


PINThis morning was a frustrating one getting out the door.  We had a battle of the wills, diapers/back/clothes/bumbo, the foreboding task of finding matching clean socks … to name a few.  Thankfully, as it turned out my friend was also going to be late (phew!) so it gave us some breathing room.  And, after many attitude checks (of my own), we got in the truck and went on our way.

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  • January 20, 2016 - 12:07 pm

    Calista - Oh, my gosh, you and I must be on the same wavelength or something! I’ve been reading my way through Genesis using David Guzik’s commentary. I got to the part where Hagar runs off to the wilderness after she and Sarai have a little jealousy issue. Here’s what the commentary says:

    “If we seek to change our circumstances, we will jump from the frying pan into the fire. We must be triumphant exactly where we are. It is not a change of climate we need, but a change of heart. The flesh wants to run away, but God wants to demonstrate His power exactly where we have known our greatest chagrin.” (Barnhouse)

    And isn’t that the way of it? 🙂ReplyCancel