November 14, 2013 § Leave a Comment
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you.
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting.
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools.
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run.
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
If by Rudyard Kipling
I heard this on the Writers Alamanac via NPR a few weeks back and I swear I had to fight back tears. You know when you hear exactly what you need to hear? That’s how this felt when I heard it on the radio. What a beautiful poem, it says everything I hope to teach Wyatt in his life. Oh, I could read it a million times. I know I’m being so cheesy, but now as a mother I feel like I need to impart all this wisdom on my child to make him infinitely better than me.
November 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
So, one of my favorite blogs of all time has officially called it quits and I’m partially heartbroken, but also kind of happy for her. Have you ever read Harpers Happenings? Well if you haven’t, Mandy is addicting to read. She writes from the heart, shoots from the hip and says exactly what everyone is thinking. I loved her take on mothering and blunt honesty about absolutely everything involved, even the nitty gritty details that most shy away from. I will miss her, I still stalk her on Instagram and she was one of my early followers that made me squeal with excitement because why would Mandy want to follow me, but gosh that made me love her anymore. Find her at @teammandy
Anyways, I’m getting away from myself. My point was going to be that in her farewell post she said that blogging wasn’t the same and everyone is trying to climb some invisible ladder to get to who knows where. I have to say, I completely agree with this. It is so hard to keep up. You can’t just post Instagram pics, you have to perfectly stage all of your photographs/photoshop them to death, you have to really give it your all in terms of content, it’s all just so much! And about two maybe three years ago I remember bloggers starting all these “start your own blog” e-classes and bullshit and suddenly as if overnight every stay at home mom was a blogger, everyone had a DIY that needed to be shared, everyone did everything better and needed to show you. And the one thing that always bothered me was they make it seem so easy. Take good pictures and post everyday. Sure that worked back then, but what about now?
And the fashion bloggers, don’t even get me started, what is that pose they all do?! I don’t care what you’re wearing everyday, I don’t care how many fancy brands send you fabulous crap that you get to flounce around in and have your lame boyfriend take your pics, add a million filters and then post it like you had a lazy Monday morning just being cool. Come on. And then you’ll notice that everyone is doing the same thing. Hardly anything stands out anymore.
Blog is short for web log. Did you know that? I love documenting bits and pieces of my life, I love having an outlet, but I don’t like caring about stats, caring if what I’m writing applies to an audience, so I’m just going to keep doing what I do. Reposting Instagram pictures, writing current real life happenings and stop trying to be something I’m not. I don’t care if I stand out or if anyone is really reading, I just want to be able to look back and see a picture and read a memory.
So, I wish you well Mandy. I am so happy for you and thank you for putting a lot of this into perspective for me. Sorry for the rant, but man oh man It was a long time coming! Thanks for reading! Insert sarcasm here
November 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Today was a day. My first day away from Wyatt. 15 hours I think. It was terrible and wonderful all at once. I was thrilled to spend a day with my love, but hated being away from my baby. It will take some practice to get used to, but I think it will make for a happier family in the long run. And to top it off I only caught 2 white fish and hooked about a million rainbows and browns. It was rough all around.
October 30, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I really do not like Halloween. There is too much pressure for me to be the most creative and it becomes way more stressful than necessary. So, this year, I bought a batman mask for three dollars at the grocery store and I’ll just wear that with a cape. Easy Peasy. Wyatt is being a gnome and Tim is being Max from Where The Wild Things Are. Nothing crazy over the top. I made both of their costumes which I guess that’s a bit creative? Maybe? Anyways. It’s a lot more fun trying to do things for Wyatt, so I have been keeping that in mind. Here’s some pics from a today. I’ll post more of Wyatt’s costume tomorrow!
October 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
This weekend was definitely the end of fall. It was absolutely gorgeous. On Saturday we went to the antique fair, garage sale-ing and then hanging with my aunts and feasting on delicious food. Then Sunday Tim was home so we went to the pumpkin patch, ran into friends, carved pumpkins and watched lots of scary movies. I really do hate Halloween, but trying to make traditions for Wyatt is fun.
My mom gets into town tonight and I can’t wait. Lots to catch up on and woo a baby sitter so Tim and I can go on a much needed date!
October 24, 2013 § 1 Comment
Wyatt had his first official Half Birthday! In my family half birthdays are pretty important. My birthday tends to land on Thanksgiving and everyone always forgets, so May 22nd has a lot of significance for me! So, as a family tradition we celebrated Wyatt’s first half birthday (god can I write birthday anymore??) with an afternoon up at Hyalite Reservoir. Tim fished and I took pictures. It was beyond gorgeous weather. I love a crisp 55 degrees with the sun beaming down on me. Then we came home and made enchiladas and broke a cookie in half, shoved a candle in and sang for Wyatt. He loved it… and the cookie too. It was a great day.