Connection…

I remember years ago living across the country from my parents and for Christmas we surprised them with a Logitech camera for their computer so we could try some new fangled software called Skype.

That software helped me feel connected to my family at a time when I was starting my own family and felt so desperately alone.

Years later, my location has changed, my stage in motherhood has changed, the software has changed, but the technology is the same: video calls.

I have heard so many share over the past year how important video calls have become to them in a post-covid world: A time period when we have felt the pangs of loneliness more than ever.

Video calling has changed my life and I am so grateful for the technology.

I often think of my own mother who lived away from her mother, only to see her twice a year. I remember her calling my grandma long distance and they’d talk and talk. What in the world could they possibly be talking about for so long, I thought!?

And now that I’m a mother in that position, I totally get it. They were probably talking about kids. They were talking about motherhood. They were talking about the weather and what they did over the weekend. They were connecting.

I’m doing the same thing – the only difference is I get to see her face while she’s talking to me. She gets to see my kids. She gets to see the projects I’m working on. It’s another level of connection that just wasn’t possible before.

Isn’t technology amazing?!

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Farewell tour…

Several people have reminded me that Briggs is going to school in the fall which means we are in our final weeks with just the two of us at home. So the staying-home-with-mom farewell tour has begun: Cramming all the fun activities we can into a short period of time. I had anticipated the whole school year being like this but COVID put a damper on our social schedules and we didn’t go out exploring. Now that things have opened back up, we’re capitalizing on the short amount of time we have left.

We made a visit to the Enchanted Island in Phoenix with friends – a series of old school circus/carnival rides for little kids. When my older kids were little we came here a couple times a year – but its been a long time since we’ve been back and Briggs was beyond excited with every rinky-dink ride. There was no one in the park and these three rode every ride over and over and over again.

The farewell tour is shaping up nicely. 🙂

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Late night scroll…

I often scroll through my apple news feed late at night while I’m brushing my teeth (although I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that happy people don’t read news articles at night!).

I’m selective on what articles I actually click on. Most times I can read a header and know whether or not it’s worth reading.

Last week during my late night scroll I came across the heading, “Border weed: How the hometown of tater tots became a cannabis capital.” It caught my attention. There’s no doubt it was an interesting header. Weed and tater tots in the same sentence – someone in the lead department is crushing their job! 🙂

But more interesting was the fact that I read the headline and I knew exactly what little border town they were talking about – they were talking about my sleepy hometown area that’s not so sleepy anymore. Sure enough I clicked on the article to confirm it and then had to share the link with Steve (who was sleeping) so when he woke up he could learn about the weed business growing on the Oregon/Idaho border! So much excitement for such a small rural area. Who would have ever thought that the Ore-Ida Tater tot would be upstaged!?

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#ArizonaLife…

I had several people comment today on how tan I was looking and the they all asked the same question, “How are you tan already?” I’m naturally a very pale individual but usually by the end of summer I have some color on my pale skin. Evidently, this year I’ve managed to gain some color before the summer has even started (even while lathering on sunscreen). I realized today, I have spent more time outside in the last 7 weeks than I usually do all summer long.

So although I can’t pinpoint one event, I’m pretty sure it was this soccer tournament…

Or maybe Bennett’s Soccer tournament…

Or another tournament for Hunter…

Or one of Hallie’s 14 high school tennis matches…

Or Hunter’s football games…

Of Bennett and Cannon’s swimming strokes…

Or afternoon park dates with Briggs…

Or this tournament in Tucson…

Or one of the many lake trips…

All this and more equates to a lot of sun! I already have a fantastic farmer’s tan that will likely haunt me the rest of the summer. #ArizonaLife

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Birthdays are the best…

The best part of birthdays is you have an entire day dedicated to you. (In a family our size, that’s a really big deal!) You decide breakfast and dinner. You decide what treat to take to class. You get a birthday bucket with your favorites. People sing to you. Give you presents. Restaurants have birthday perks. BIRTHDAYS. ARE. THE. BEST.

And I’ve mentioned this before, but giving gifts to Bennett is fun. He makes you feel like you nailed it. In fact, when I was asking him what he wanted for his birthday he told me he doesn’t need to make a list because I always do such a good job. He then proceeded to tell me two items he wanted; Harry Potter Lego set and the Fun Jungle book series by Stuart Gibbs. Lucky for him, I already had both of them purchased…months ago. 🙂

The worst part of birthdays…having to wait another 365 days until you can celebrate it again.

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