Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Plateau

Through catching up with old friends recently, I've realized a theme in almost all of our conversations. Everyone says in one form or another, "My life has turned out so much differently than I thought it would" or "I never expected that I would ever be here at ___ age." 

Isn't that the truth? Life is never exactly what we expect it to be. We convince ourselves that if we could only get through this thing, or get over that thing, or take hold of the goal just beyond our reach, that somehow life would be incredibly better. We are hardwired to be "achievers", but sometimes when we make the wrong things our goal, we end up spending our lives chasing something that doesn't give us one ounce of meaning and fulfillment. I'm a recovering "fixer". I'm getting better, but my nature is to always look for ways that I can better myself or somehow fix the problems of those I love. Only through getting married, having Marley have I realized that this "fix it" mentality has been stopping me from enjoying so many things that truly matter in life. Thinking about having all these amazing moments pass me by is terrifying to me now (hence the overboard, obsessive picture taking). Thank God for this blog and all of the ways that have made it possible for me to never forget the ups and downs of right now... all my "today's".

Today was one of those normal days worth not forgetting. We went to the Santa Rosa Plateau to have a picnic, play hide and seek in the trees, and to spend some amazing time just talking and laughing at our comedian of a daughter.It’s in these simple days that I realize the wisdom of slowing down, breathing and being present. Suddenly I realize how silly it is to always be in a hurry. We may think we’re moving quicker, and getting more things done. But in doing so miss so much of the things that truly matter. Open space really does give birth to form and ohhh mannn... how it frees the mind!


Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday Funday

This Sunday we spent the day at Lennon Kingston's First Birthday party! I love this adorable little boy and every time I'm with him I just can't help but kiss his adorable cheeks. His mom Raymie did such an awesome job on the styling of his adorable party! Marley loved having her Uncle Ian and Aunt Shell there to play on the playground with her. It was such a fun day with good friends.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This Saturday we went to San Diego for Jackson's first birthday party. It was an adorable race car theme complete with car races for the kids. Marley had a blast painting and coloring little wooden cars and running around outside. After the party we went to my brother and sister in law's house to spend some time with our cute little niece Zoe. We spent some time at the park and finished the day off with a relaxing night with pizza and some T.V. 

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