Monday, June 18, 2012

Quiet Time

I have been reading a phenomenal book this past week called, The Fire Starter Sessions. (More to come on that eventually, hopefully.) You'll remember I had posted a few weeks ago about needing to find a new center of inspiration and voila, there the book was. I had requested it from the library forever ago, one of those books I saw as I was flipping through the "Just In" section and thought it sounded interesting. Best find ever!!

The author, Danielle LaPorte, poses a question each week on her site to be answered and explored. You can check out her site for more about her thoughts on silence, some awesome quotes, etc. Here's my answer to the current burning question. What's yours?

This week's question was:

What's Your Relationship to Silence?

For me silence is recharging. I find that too much noise and activity drains me. Like many people, my day is filled with multi-tasking, answering emails, and IM's while on the phone and a constant influx of communication. Silence gives my mind a chance to relax, wander and process everything it has done, seen and observed throughout the day.

My favorite quiet times are in the morning when I first wake and in the evening when everyone else in the house has gone to bed. When I first wake up, I am able to plan my day, my ideas are flowing and I usually have my best ideas. Not to mention I'm well-rested and have the energy to execute my plans.

At the end of the day, I can reflect on what I've accomplished during the day, where I went off-track and re-align if needed. Ideas can be fine-tuned, writing can be completed and it's a time for reflection.

Father's Day Fun

For Father's Day this year we celebrated by attending the Seahawks Family Fun Fest. K is an avid fan. I managed to keep it a surprise and I didn't tell him until we were about 20 minutes away. (He was driving so I had to let him in at some point)

Kam Chancellor, a current safety for the Seahawks, was there as well as some former Seahawks. K posed for a picture out on the field and later got his autograph. He was quite in awe.

There were all kinds of activities going on to keep everyone busy and moving. We spent the most time throwing footballs at the inflatables targets with holes in them. B was the most accurate by far.

The inflatable obstacle course was also a hit. The kids did it several times as well as the parents. 

It was perfect weather down in Seattle too! We came from pouring rain and it was nice and warm with the breeze off the water. Overall, it was a great family day and the kids had a great day celebrating dad! 

Century Link Statium
Blue Thunder drum line taught the kids how to play
B is clearly the winner in this race despite the diving finish by K
We did a tour of the locker room

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Weekend Review

Here's a little bit of what we were up to this past weekend...

A has been asking and asking to plant a "garden" forever. Now, I have to be honest here. One of my natural gifts is not growing things. Sadly, this is another thing my mother is a genius at that skipped me (my brother got that gene). Academically, I can tell you what is needed and how to do it. Practically applying these skills however is another matter.

In my attempt to be a nurturing mother (if not a nurturing gardener) we headed out to Lowe's and picked up some planters and plants. A put flowers in two big planters and we have seeds for cucumbers, peppers and lettuce that still need to be planted.
The Everett Farmer's Market opened this weekend too. I was very excited to see the regular vendors and also the new stalls that would be added. One of the new vendors this year was shaved ice...strawberry for B and rainbow for A.
B was also excited by our trip to the farmer's market. These were his picks: Fresh cilantro, garlic and onions.
He took his ingredients and chopped them up and added them to a 3 egg whites and 2 whole eggs and made "breakfast" burritos for both himself and A. Here they are on whole wheat tortillas.

And finally, after dinner out by Harvey airfield where we saw numerous para-shooters land successfully (you could never convince me to do that!) we stopped for classic milkshakes at the Pilchuck Drive-in. Yum!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Searching for Center

A did this great drawing with pastels of two zebras drinking in her art class last week. She has always loved art and pastels are a special favorite of hers.

 It always amazes me that while a love of art may be passed down, the choice of medium can vary. My mom is great with ceramics, sewing and crochet. She also enjoys silversmithing. I have dabbled in those mediums but they don't appeal to me and quite honestly my natural abilities are not strongest in any of them. A loves to use pastels and they are probably one of the last choice in drawing materials for me.

I love to draw, paint and paper-crafts of all kinds. I love the colors, textures, what you can do with it by folding it, bending, wetting, dyeing, printing on it, etc. It's a ongoing experiment. I'm enjoy reading books and articles about art and techniques.  Painting especially relaxes me.

However, I'm still searching for my center. A couple of New Year's resolutions were to make more time to be creative and create art. To make deliberate scheduled time for painting. To make deliberate schedule time for blogging. The long-term goal was to be more balanced, less-stressed and hopefully there would be the delightful by product of being a better wife and mother. One who isn't frazzled and wondering if the real her is still in there somewhere.

Well here we are at June, halfway through the year. How am I doing? Let's check in:
Well it took me until March but I'm finally finding my rhythm with blogging. Although this post is inexcusably long!

Now on to the painting...not so well. I made a schedule on a dry-erase calendar. It's still on January.
My office is a wreck. Not really very conducive to painting at all. I cleaned it, I did create one painting. I'll post that later (it was pre-blogging). Then it became the catch-all space again for furniture and mail as it always tends to do.

Let me take you on a visual journey. :
Wow! That's a lot of dust!
Yes, it says simplify...can you read it in the middle of all the clutter?
Are you sure? Have you looked around lately?

From the doorway, You have to hold your breath and wiggle to get in...and not eat dessert
The view from the desk, Umm, that's a drafting table back there. That's where I paint...

Needless to say, I have some work to do to find my balance. I'm still spending too much time on the computer, at work and working on work projects. It's halfway through the year and I'm still seeking to find my happy balance to responsibilities, emotional well-being and physical fitness. I don't want my kids to grow up to have a crazy woman as a role-model!