My One Word for 2014

It’s not too late is it?

With all the hubba-ba-loo with changing Momcomm’s blog name, plus snow days and sick kids, it’s no wonder I haven’t blogged at all this month. It’s not that I haven’t CHOSEN a word for 2014…

It’s just that I haven’t blogged about it yet. So I’d better hop to it before February hits (yep, cutting it close, y’all).

My one for the year came pretty easily for me this year. And that word is…

My Word for 2014: Motion

Why, you ask?

As busy as I felt last year, I think most of that was due to writing Blog Design for Dummies. I had SO many other things I wanted to accomplish last year, but they fell to the wayside in order to meet deadlines and promote the book. Not just work or blogging things either. I want 2014 to be the year I put these “things” into motion. I don’t have delusions of being able to do everything all the time, but the key here is to keep moving. Here are the ways I want to stay in motion:

Keep moving with exercise

This is a biggie for me. I’ve always been an exerciser, but never a hard core, 7 days a week type of exerciser. In the recent past, I’ve been able to typically do Zumba twice a week and the rest of the week was a crapshoot. When Daddy Roo started working out regularly a few months ago, we started lifting weights together like we used to. But holidays and sickness got us off track a bit.

I want to work out consistently this year, 3-5 times a week, doing a mix of Zumba, running, kickboxing, and weights. Once the spring hits, we’ll add hiking into the mix too.

Keep moving with my Spanish skills

Again, I fell off the wagon last year. Not only do I want to improve my Spanish but I want to be talking daily to the kids in Spanish. I don’t know enough to ONLY talk with them in Spanish, but I can do my best to talk with them as much as possible. One of my Dad’s biggest regrets was that my sisters and I aren’t fluent. I’d like my kids to have a bigger knowledge of Spanish that I did growing up.

Keep moving with organizing my house

So far this year, I’ve given a boat load of things to my sister for her kids and donating bags full of stuff we didn’t need. I want to continue on that path. We have some rooms we aren’t using to their potential, not to mention piles of papers to sort through. Ugh. At least I know I’ll be happy with the end result.

Keep moving with my blogging

I have a few big things happening on Momcomm (now Blog Clarity) and then I want to settle it down a little bit. By settle down, I mean NOT working on blogging pretty much every single night. I have many things coming this year on Blog Clarity, but don’t want to push as hard as I have to get my new course launched! I’d also like to post on here more, sharing stories about my kids and our little adventures. I miss doing that! So it’s still all about motion, but STEADY motion. Ha.

Keep moving with my memory keeping

And by “keep moving” I mean, start using all my scrapbooking supplies again. Last year I don’t think I scrapbooked one single thing. What a bummer since I really love the creative process of it all. I don’t think I’ll ever return to the scrapbooking pace I had when Big Roo was little, but I’d at least like to finish a few projects and make some scrapbook pages of Little Roo (he has so few of them)!

What about you?

What’s YOUR word for 2014? And since it’s the end of January, how’s it going so far?

Week in My Life 2012: Tuesday

Welcome to the Tuesday’s link-up for Week in My Life 2012! The linky is below- just link to your post for Tuesday and you’re golden! Don’t forget to use the journaling handoutseveryday kid/parent handouts and daily images (like the one below) to help you along (optional of course).

Tuesday didn’t start off much better. But it was decent for a while and ended up sucking again by the end (for a reason I didn’t expect).

It started off all right in the very beginning. I got up around 6:30 and was feeling productive. The kids were playing nicely- yesterday a box, today a blanket. The highlight of today was all of Little Roo’s sayings. The kid is 2.5 and talks talks talks. He’s quite hysterical to listen to (I’ll share some in a minute). But to explain the bagel picture… he said he was cold and I said the bagel would warm him up. I turn around to find him touching his face with it saying “it’s warming me up!” :)

My lack of time this weekend between family and my deadline means we didn’t get some house things done. Which I’m not complaining because I love my family… but I spent 15 minutes trying to match outfits for the kids this morning because they are in laundry basket piles or still dirty. THAT, my friends, is ridiculous. I’m trying to lay out their clothes the night before– it really shouldn’t be that hard– but after Daddy Roo and I clean up the kitchen, pack lunches and see if there are any school things to turn in, I always forget about the clothes.

With that said, we left the house later than I wanted AGAIN but eventually made it to work. I dropped Big Roo off at school then headed towards Little Roo’s preschool. On sunny mornings, I turn come around this curve and I see visible rays of sunshine peeking through the trees. I’m so mesmerized by it every time. It may sound silly, but I feel like it’s my dad saying hello.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go into the office and work 9:30/45 – 3 pm. The other three days I work about 3 hours in the morning (20 hours/week total).I forgot to get a picture of the outside of our building but I managed to get a shot as I was leaving the parking garage! At work, I saw a few tweets about the new iPads but  to check my iPhone app to read the deets.

 Getting back from work every other Tuesday is glorious because my house is CLEAN and I didn’t have to do it! See that kitchen? No clutter! Beats the way it looked yesterday. Little Roo likes to stand in front of the pantry in the afternoons and point out things he wants but he can’t have. It’s quite joyous (not really).

Do your kids have favorite sippy cups? Little Roo insists on using certain cups. That picture below is me pouring it into his new favorite cup.

And dinner? I’m the only one who ate my chicken chili for dinner (but I’ll explain why in a sec).

Afternoons are usually time for homework for Big Roo but this week he doesn’t have any since he just tracked back in (year round school). Soooo, he watches a show or two after school. Except today since the Internet was down when he got home. First he whined and asked for my phone. That lasted about 3 minutes then he got bored and wanted to play dominoes. We managed to get through a game before it was time to head to the gym (note to self: time to organize the top of the toy storage units again).

The highlight of my day was supposed to be Zumba at 5:30. Here I am all ready to go!

We got there and I made it through most of class until the most dreaded thing happened.

Someone from the childcare staff came to get me.

Dirty diaper for the little I’m sure. But oh no. It was worse. Big Roo threw up. TWICE. Not sure where it came from honestly! But we got in the car and started heading home. I called Daddy Roo to tell him why we were on our way back so early but his voice sounded kinda low. Why? He just got done throwing up too. WHAT THE HAY?!!

While my poor boys laid around feeling like crud, I tried to make dinner (which as you saw earlier was a bust since I was the only one who ate it). In my attempts to make chili for me and grilled cheese/chicken noodle soup (Campbell’s PRINCESS soup oh yes), Little Roo decided he wanted to climb on my back…

… and then our blind, diabetic dog looked my way pitifully, hoping for his insulin shot and some yummy dinner.

And of course both Daddy Roo and Big Roo BOTH threw up again. I think they were having a contest.

After that drama, I bathed the kids (Big Roo joined us at the last minute despite my protests of wanting to keep him away from Little Roo).

Despite the hectic evening, it ended with my favorite part… listening to Big Roo read a book. He really just started reading (not memorizing) in the last couple of weeks and my eyes nearly tear up every time I hear him do it.

After getting the kitchen cleaned up, I sat down in the living to watch last week’s Grey’s Anatomy on my hubby’s computer while I put together this post (we don’t have cable and he was laid up in bed so the computer was all mine!). Tonight I also finish up this week’s blog page critique that I do on Momcomm! Luckily after tonight, I should have a bit less computer time in the evenings.

Little Roo-isms

I promised I’d share some of Little Roo’s gems.

(the 1st one is from yesterday but still funny)

Passing the Pond Near Our House

LR: Ooh eagles!

M: Those aren’t eagles, honey. Those are geese!

LR. Those aren’t eagles those are geese. Maybe they are bunnies. Ooooh did you see the butterfly?

 

Talking to Mama

LR: I go get— (he meant “I’m going to get” but was cut off my Big Roo)

BR: “Someone come— ” (He was starting to ask someone to finish dominoes with him but was counter-interrupted by Little Roo)

LR: “HEY! I’m talking to mom first!”

 

Coming in the House to See Daddy Sick on the Bed

LR: You taking a rest?

DR: No, I’m not feeling well.

LR: You want some pretzels?

DR: No that’s okay but thank you.

LR: Good night daddy. (and shuts the door)

 

And there you have it!

Time to Link Up!

Let me see YOUR Tuesday and add your post to the mix. Then get to know one another by visiting some other posts and by using the hashtag #weekinmylife!



Swing High, Swing Low

Sometimes I just sit and look back at the joy that kids find in the little things.

It’s my nature to sometimes intervene… to say “oh don’t do that.” or “be careful!” or “why don’t you come do this instead?” I’m by no means a helicopter mom but sometimes I just. can’t. shut. up.

So the other day I just watched and snapped pictures. Letting the Roos do what they do. Interact with each other. Learn from each other. Just PLAY for crying out loud.

And the playground equipment of choice this time were the swings.

Run, run, run.

TAKE OFF!

Up. Down.

Higher. Lower.

Zooming through the air like little planes. Feeling the rush of air, the freedom of both feet off the ground, the just-plain-fun of flying on a rubber swing.

Big Roo was the teacher. Showing Little Roo the ropes. Being older, he had enough balance to shoot his arms out and feel wind whizz through his little fingers.

And of course he was also the goof off.

 

Little Roo was the figuring it all out. How EXACTLY do I get on this thing? Let me watch my big brother and see how he does it.

After a while he decided he just wasn’t going high enough this way and decided that the bucket seat swing was much better for flying.

Looking through these pictures was a nice reminder to let the kids find their OWN adventures.

And just to sit back, snap a few pictures and watch.

 

 

5 Things to Capture on a Kid’s Birthday

A couple of weeks ago my kids’ celebrated their 2nd and 5th birthdays (yep, the same day). Each year that birthdays roll around, I do the ole “What?! Time flieesssss” even when I know that it didn’t quite zoom by. I’m a big believer in capturing milestones, jotting down memories before they become fuzzy and recording just how fast those kids “grow like weeds.”

So each year I take a second to capture these five things on their birthday:

1. Pictures of the Kids

This one is pretty DUH obvious but when it’s a busy day, it’s easy to overlook. Be sure to grab your phone or camera and get a few shots of them opening a present, eating cake and just hanging out. We went to the park and I tried my hardest to get out of them looking at the camera. This was better than nothing!

2. Hand and Feet Prints

Okay okay so I won’t be able to really do this with Big Roo much longer because he will start saying I’m a dorky mom. But while they are young, it’s a great way to see their growth. All it takes is a little acrylic paint, a foam brush and a nice piece of paper.

The kids really get a kick out of this one.

3. Recording Milestones and Sayings

What are your kid’s favorite toys right now? TV shows? Food? What’s their personality like? What are some of the funny things they say? Take about 5 minutes and just jot down anything that you’ll want to remember years down the road.  I keep these milestones and sayings in a program called MacJournal. The free app Evernote is also a great choice!

4. Playing and Talking on Video

A birthday is a great excuse to record your child, even for just a few minutes, to capture personality, looks and sheer cuteness. You can take a video of them playing or even do a kid interview.

I know that years from now, I’ll enjoy hearing their little kid voices and laughs.

5. Measuring Their Growth on a Chart (or the Wall)

I started doing this when Big Roo turned one and it’s been a yearly tradition. It’s also been a yearly tradition to say I really should get a pretty growth chart.

But for now, it’s just pencil marks on the door frame. I love seeing the difference in height between my two boys.

So tell me, what do YOU capture for your kid’s birthday (or a few days later- hehe)?

Capture the Everyday Meme Announcement

Why, hello again.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my life lately since my father died. I’ve thought about the time I spend on things and where I can cut back. Big things. Little things. All sorts of things in between. I have a full post coming up next week about my One Word for 2012, which will explain my one word a little more.

All that to say, I’ve decided not to continue with the Capture the Everyday weekly meme. I know we have some devoted peeps (and I love you for it!) but in order to focus on some of my goals for next year, I need to limit my weekly commitments.

This blog is always about Capturing the Everyday though! And Adventuroo is going NO WHERE!

I will definitely continue writing posts about motherhood, how to capture everyday moments, the outdoors and all that stuff. I may even do Capture the Everyday link-ups on special occasions.

I hope you’ll continue to hang around because I’m not going anywhere really. Just changing things up a bit!

Capture the Everyday: Something You’re Thankful For

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Tuesday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Something You’re Thankful For

I’m going to go all obvious but I’m sure you understand. I’m feeling extra grateful this year to have two beautiful and healthy children. Big Roo starts kindergarten next year so I’ve been doing a lot of school tours and such lately. It’s made me extra zoned into the fact that these two are growing up.

I’m thankful for their health, their love and their connection as brothers. And those lush heads of hair. That too.

Next Assignment: Movie or Music Collection (even just a few of your faves)

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Psst… Andrea from Lil Kid Things is doing a week of Thanksgiving link-up too if you want to join in! Just click the image and head over to her place too!
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Capture the Everyday: Sign of Fall

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Tuesday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Sign of Fall

If there’s one thing I missed about living in Phoenix for five years, it was the leaves changing color. Sure we could drive to Flagstaff and see some leaves but as a girl who grew up in the Southeast, I wanted more.

I wanted to be sure my kids got to jump in the leaves.

And boy did they.


Next Assignment: Something You’re Thankful for

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Something You Collect

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Tuesday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Something you collect

I love Don Quixote. I first read the book in college… all of it in English and parts of it in Spanish. Which if you’ve ever read it, it’s like reading Shakespeare in another language. Tough stuff!

Knowing my love of Don Quixote, Daddy Roo (then Boyfriend Roo) went to Chicago during college and brought me back this Picasso print.

I also have this postcard print and you see that wooden Quixote laying down? I have him too… but barely. He’s been broken about 8 times because he’s terribly unbalanced. I had a feeling he’d be trouble when I bought him (the base he stands on is stupidly small) but I couldn’t resist. 

I also had another Quixote my friend brought back from Spain (why I didn’t buy one in Spain back in ’98 I’ll never know). However, the one my friend brought me also broke over and over to the point of no return.

It appears I have a Quixote-breaking problem.

Next Assignment: Sign of fall

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Halloween Closeup

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Tuesday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Halloween Closeup

You may have already seen our costumes already if you’ve seen my Twitter stream or follow me on Instagram. But I’m saving the full pictures for tomorrow! Today I’m sticking to the theme of closeups! Can you guess who we are?

I figure you’ll at least guess two of the four. In case you’re wondering, I didn’t wear a ‘stache.

 

I’ll tell you more about our rainy Halloween tomorrow but despite the rain, we the kids did score some candy.

Next Assignment: Something you collect

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

Capture the Everyday: Love

Hey guys- I was planning to write a Bloggy Boot Camp re-cap on Monday but had a sick Little Roo (now better) who didn’t nap (double whammy). So stay tuned for it on Wednesday!

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Tuesday, I’ll issue a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then I’ll issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.

This Week’s Assignment: Love

I took this picture during Week in My Life but never posted it. Brotherly love just mesmerizes me. I guess I’m surprised how much they care for each other, even though they’re so young. Sure they have their moments, but this cuteness? It’s pretty common around here (that and chasing each other around sharp corners as mommy freaks out).

Next Assignment: Halloween Close-up (part of a costume, candy, etc.)

Your turn!

If you want to participate, just a few things to note:

- Grab the badge (code is in column to the right):

- Feel free to write about what you captured. A funny story about it. A history on it. How you’ll remember it. What will you want to remember about that picture 20, 30, 40 years from now?

- Just a picture and a caption are fine too.

- Don’t worry if you “aren’t a good photographer.” Consider this practice. Plus, it’s about capturing the memory, not a pretty picture.

- Visit the blogger ahead of you and as many others as you have time for.

- Leave a comment below (this notifies me through email that you linked up).

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