June 9, 2015

La La Loving a touch of mint green

The mint green along side the black leather chair as seen on KK Living.  Mint chocolate chip perfection.

La La Loving sundresses

This sundress.  It looks so easy and breezy and simply summer.  On my wishlist.

La La Loving love

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

La La Loving sprink popsicles

yogurt pops with sprinkles.  I seriously need to invest in some popsicle molds this summer.  do you make your own?

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June 8, 2015

Cat Sandwhiches | La La Lovely

Cat sandwiches.

Sometimes we play with our food.  We make short stories with our sustenance.  We smile and we take a bite.  And, it tastes better because it’s not just bread it’s beyond.  It’s a curious cat, with strawberry ears and a blackberry button nose.  A cat who knows everything because, of course, cats always do.  They are sly and shy and slink around corners and carry secrets.  I don’t know what kind of secrets cats carry, but you can always see it in their eyes.  Have you seen it, too?  Something.  Everything.  Everything, they hear with strawberry ears.

It was boring day, busy with many some-things, that add up to everything, and nothing is the only thing that appears to get done.  Do you know these days, too?  

 

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June 3, 2015

la la loving built in bunkbeds

these perfect built in bunk beds…especially the the step ladder.

la la loving non dairy ice cream

3 ingrediant ice cream that is dairy free.  i made the chocolate last night!

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this quote by Jonathan Carroll.

la la loving flowers on walls

flowers growing up the wall.  I need some of that.  side note, we have these outdoor folding chairs from IKEA and love them.  They are perfect extra chairs to have around.

 

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June 1, 2015

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“You are excactly where you need to be.”

I’ve seen this quote pin, pin, pinning over on pinterest.  I’ve seen it typed up and tweeted on twitter, and I’m certain a friend has shared it on their Facebook page.  I’m not even denying, I, surely, shared it myself.

But, I don’t know about this.  Because what if you are not? What if you are not exactly where you need to be?  It’s not something I’ve been pondering, picking away at, or loosing sleep over.  It was just a pop in, passing, thought after a night of in-sufficient sleep.  A passing thought that now wants to pick a place in my brain.

What if you are somewhere that you didn’t intend to go?  I think that can be said of most of us.  One day, during the dishes, the suds are building and bubbling, and you wonder how life got as sharp as the knife you just cleaned.  Why the sweet isn’t sticking like the sugar you are trying to scrape off the saucer.  The view out the window, while washing away, is hauntingly the same, or so foreign to the one you originally formed in your imagination.

Maybe you chose where you are because first choice was taken or taking too long.  Sometimes it’s all the right choices, at the wrong time.  Many times we make the best choices we can with what we have at the time: unseasoned knowledge, little experience, and hearts out beating our brains.

Sometimes where we are is where we directed ourselves with our life plans or lack of. But . . . what if where you are is where someone else dropped you off at? Someone else’s life spilled all over yours.  Got in every crook and crevice.

You are exactly where you need to be.  You are not “exactly” where you are supposed to be.  You are where you chose to be.  You are where someone influenced you to be.  You are where someone else left you.  You are off course.  You are on course.  You are where you are.

I’m moving on from “You are exactly where you need to be.”

Maybe it’s more like. . .

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May 29, 2015

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The other week I wrote about being one thing moms and everyones.  That every-thing fills my mind.  I get overwhelmed and then don’t do anything, sometimes.  And, after all, I am more of a one thing.

My one thing that I was putting off, that I shared with you, was chore charts.  Hanging them up takes five minutes, right?  But, it took up, like, weeks in my brain.   The procrastinating problem was that I knew I would had have a hard time being consistent.  Marking them each night, reminding little ones to try to make their beds, pick up the play room, again, and on the list goes.  I knew I’d fail at every single day and all week, and so I just kept putting it off, today.

Well, I put them up.  And, since I shared, some of you have asked to see what our charts look like.  And, that is what this post is.

I’m going to tell you, we did great the first week, and not so great this past week.  It’s a funky week like that, being the last week of school filled with field day, beach day, finals and finding outfits for what the day called for.  Oh, well.  Life is like that, right?  Some weeks we will do, well.  And, other weeks, not so much.  But, overall I’d like to do the best we can and be consistent in keeping the charts up.  Because if they are in front of us, that helps.

I found the chart (pictured above), created by Leah ReMillet (downloadable PDF here) and I thought it was a perfect fit for our family.  Since we are different ages and stages the blank lines work best for us and it’s simple.  Over complicated means it will get under used – for us.

We wrote out responsibilities for our older ones and for the younger ones I drew little pictures of tasks.  Do you want to see?  You are going to really laugh.  Lets just say that drawing is not where I excel creatively.

If you’d like to see what kind of chores seem to work for all ages . . . .

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