We are six-months-in here in Kansas, along with a lot of you who got here right around the same time that we did last summer. How do you feel? Settled? Does your house feel more like home than just a house now? Ours definitely does, and I’m so thankful. It was a bit of a rough adjustment at first, to have to downsize when we didn’t expect to. But, all is finally starting to feel right and despite negative temperatures and lots and never ending colds at our house, it’s an exciting time! We’re all finding out what the next year has in store, where we’ll be, what we’ll be doing… A lot of us are moving on, but a lot of us are staying.
We’ll be sticking around Leavenworth for a few more years, and if all goes accordingly, this will be our longest stretch of time at one duty station. As of now, we’ve never been in any one place for more than two and a half years, and even then, there have been deployments and extended but temporary moves thrown into the mix that makes it feel like we’re never really been anywhere uninterrupted for long. So, if we truly do stay here in Kansas for another few years, it will be interesting to see what semi-stability is like!
Good intention set upon a backdrop of general disarray is what characterizes most of my days in motherhood. I thought I was great at doing “all-the-things” (arts and crafts and ABC’s, etc.) with kids when I had one. Then the second was born, and the gig was up. Like, immediately. There wasn’t even a three month period when I tried to keep certain ideals going. It was just over! But every once in a blue moon we manage to all do something together and I take about 273 photos of it just because documenting our one success per six months makes me like maybe we’re okay, after all, hahaha.
Hey friends! Just here to tell you about new plans for this blog’s MAILING LIST. There’s something about the new year that always inspires me to get back to more regular blogging, and this past week I’ve been busy putting together a fun little Newsletter for my subscribers where I share helpful tips for one of my all-time favorite things; PHOTOGRAPHY!
Happy New Year! Let me just start off with some trivial banter about how I am already feeling so refreshed in 2018 because we did one of my all time favorite things; re-arranged our living room! The TV is no longer the focal point of the entire space and it feels more open and inviting and I just love it. It’s funny how much little changes can do for the soul, isn’t it? And I’ve even gotten pretty good at selectively not-seeing Thane’s really classy “clear” antenna that’s hanging right next to my favorite mirror.
So, what are your goals for 2018?
At first glance, just the messy afterward of our Christmas morning breakfast this year–but hopefully the first in a new weekly Sunday morning breakfast tradition. We set Sunday’s apart for church, rest–though that’s not really all that possible with four kids–and minimal social media. But let me tell you, our mornings are rough. For me, at least. First of all, I am not a morning person, second, did I mention we have four kids? Not the older type that sleep until noon, the really little kind that get up as early as 5am if they so fancy. They usually don’t start asking for their breakfast until closer to 6:45 or 7, but even that’s too early for my liking. (Picture four kids clawing at a half stumbling zombie who doesn’t even have the capacity for eye contact until at least one mug of coffee has been ingested.) We’re working on curbing this early-rising habit of theirs, but sometimes you can only control so much.
There were a few little luxuries I really missed when we lived in Germany; pay-at-the-pump gas, sunshine, and Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips. One big shipment of these dark chocolate chips showed up at the commissary around Christmas time our last year there, and I must have bought 12 bags. Germany has absolutely delicious dark chocolate, but not in chip form. Sometimes you need it in chip form! Anyway, now we’re back in the States I grab a bag of them every time I’m out. They make for a great snack in place of keeping heavier dessert foods in the house. But moving on to the topic at hand: Ghirardelli dark chocolate bread pudding with Forelle pears!