Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Christmas Gift Morning.


Right now I’m sipping my deliciously brewed (thanks jen) Hawaiian coffee (thanks dad) from my pretty new mug (thanks jen!) about to pick-up one of my new books (thanks jordan and sasha!). Gotta love the holidays!


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While Eating Toast.

Ammie: What’s Peanut Butter made out of?

Rhys: Peas. That’s why it’s called PEA-NUT-BUTTER.

Ammie: Oooooh.

Bria: Um, nope. It’s made out of peanuts.

Rhys: Why butter?

Bria: Because it’s spreadable like butter.

Ammie: Who makes honey?

Bria: Bees.

Ammie: What’s honey made out of?

Rhys: Flowers.

Ammie: (laughs) That’s SILLY!

Rhys: No. It’s not. Bee’s help us.

Ammie: Helpers?

Rhys: Ya. They help other plants survive.

Ammie: But they sting you on your fingers if you touch them.

Rhys: Ya, but that’s only to protect themselves.

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More Thoughts on Lighter Living.

I’ve been searching around the internet for different thoughts and ideas and ways to go about living lighter. If you’re interested here is a post about how to sample living with less from the blog Becoming Minimalist.

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Lighter Living.

We’ve lived in this house for just over 4 years. In that 4 years we’ve accumulated a lot of, well, crap. Things we don’t need. Things we don’t use. Things we don’t love. Things and things and things and stuff. We spend time trying to clean and organize. We spend time looking in and through it. We spend time shopping for more stuff because we can’t find the item we need in all of our stuff.

Why do we need so much stuff? It doesn’t make me happier. It makes me sad because it’s an anchor and a waste. It makes me sad that I have to spend time sorting and cleaning or I become depressed because I’m ignoring the sorting and cleaning. I ignore the kids so that I can clean. I yell at the kids because they make a bigger mess with all of their stuff which makes me ignore them more so I can clean more.

Is success based on stuff? If I go out and buy that new dress that I like people will then see how good I look and how on top of the trends I am and that will translate into the appearance of wealth which, in turn, must mean that I’m successful and happy…right? But a new season brings a new style and a new style means that dress I just bought is now out of style which means I need to buy that new dress which means that my closet is running out of room because I can’t bring myself to get rid of that old dress because I love my stuff so I just keep all of what’s the solution? Get a bigger closet! Buy a bigger house! If we have a bigger house then we need more furniture to fit into all of the nooks and crannies and then we need more things to put on the bookshelves and in the closets.

In my heart I don’t buy into the world’s version of square-footage success. Bigger house = More stuff. More stuff = More money. Money = Wealth. Wealth = Success.

Life is more than that. Life is more than stuff.

But in reality I have bought into a large portion of this. I don’t feel like my thinking and my living have aligned very well.

In the past few weeks I have been mulling over ‘Lighter Living’ and wondering what it can look like in my life.

What if James and I got rid of over half of our possessions and only kept what we truly need and love? Could we be happy? Could it work?

 Hm. I was awake for a few hours last night thinking about this.


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All By Herself.

Ammie: I don’t think that Summer was at school today because I didn’t play with her.

Bria: That’s too bad. Who did you play with then?

Ammie: I just played by myself.

Bria: What did you play?

Ammie: Cops and robbers.

Bria: (pause) Who was the cop and who was the robber?

Ammie: I was both.

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Through The Enchanted Forest.

Take a walk with me through the Enchanted Forest.

Here you will find a wise old owl sitting high in a tree,

Watching the small travelers come and go as they please.

A frog prince waits in his lily pad pond

For a fair maiden to look on him with eyes so fond.

Magical butterflies fly round and round and round,

Their colourful wings flutter with hardly a sound.

For those cold forest nights, come, warm those toes by the fire

The bright dancing flames are sure to inspire!

All travelers will find a friend or two,

They’ll show you around (so long as they don’t become stew!).

And last, but not least, you’ll meet the Ladybug Queen

Living under the enchanted tree with its leaves so beautiful, so green.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back soon!

Isn’t it amazing what some people can do with an ordinary room?

(I had to post these pictures from the birthday party Amelia went to last Sunday.

Seriously Candice, you did an AMAZING job!)


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