Tell me what it is you want to do with your one wild and precious life? -mary oliver

Friday, August 12, 2011


Today was my last Friday of summer.  Wishing I could sleep in, but couldn't.    I was awake at 7am, without a wakeup call from my little sprite crawling into bed, followed by my middle child.

I hopped out of bed, followed by a jolt from the java that gets the juices pumping.  Andy surprised me with this fabulous new mug.  He had a coupon! 
My windows are open, sunbeams bursting through the blinds, and I'm reveling in these last few moments, sucking the marrow out of life.  (Thoreau quote, I don't need to trampse in the woods like my husband:)  I have my own ways of living in the moment.

The sisters putting a puzzle together after breakfast.
Janus, the Greek god of beginnings and transitions, looking at the past and towards the future.  I'm torn between my two sides.  The one side that is filled with anticipation of the possibilities the new school year brings for my children and as a teacher...the future.  But the other is wishing the sands of time would pause to savor the last few moments of this first magical summer with Sarah.  The past and present.  So many little gifts and blessings to be celebrate.
Her smile says it all, doesn't it? 

A Cinderella story, like no other.  So many possibilities are waiting for her this year.  Possibilities a few months ago weren't even an option, but one look at her and she's our Cinderella Miracle. Sometimes I watch her and think, "What will her year look like?  What will she accomplish?"  I know she will be loved in both schools she will attend.  She is constantly in motion, waiting for the next adventure, something new to experience, and never is one to sit and watch time fly by.  She sucks the marrow out of every moment.  She begins her daycare/preschool on Tuesday.  She is ready, a sponge waiting to soak up and learn. 

Addy and Austin are excited for their new year to begin, to see their friends daily, and to see their little sister at school.  A few big kids adventures to complete before I go back to work.

During Sarah's nap, Addy made a chain of Flexeez. 
 Creative, inventive fun without the need for parent set-up.

 Of course, we had to measure the length by standard and non-standard units of measurement.  Have to get some math in before school.
The blue heron came back for a visit and a snack.

I noticed the reflection in the water, after I took the picture.  I love these cool, sky-blue, billowing cotton cloud days we've been having.

Enjoying these last few days of summer.  Sucking the marrow out of life, and embracing our journey.

We've a low key weekend, our first family portrait and eating with friends.

Happy Friday!


  1. I'm sucking the marrow out of your blog! I love it. The pic of Sarah on the swing with that smile is awesome!!!! Enjoy your weekend, and I bet this year is going to be amazing for Sarah!

  2. Great post! The pictures are positively beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  3. I'm with you girlfriend! Friday was our last day of summer as well! I'm kind of glad to be back into the routine today but I'm sure in a few weeks I'll be wishing for a morning to sleep in or a lazy day to waste away. :)

    Hope today went well!