Ask your kiddo sometime, "What's it take to be 'cool'?" Their answers are at once hilarious and insightful.
The follow-up conversations about if it's worth it to be cool....if they're cool....who in their class is cool....
This one? Too cool for school.
Several years back while Googling my own name (you do it too), I stumbled on a cabin in Gatlinburg, TN named the "Starr Cliff" cabin. Two Rs and everything.
I thought, "Hmmm. That's neat. I should get Jonathan to take me there one day!"
But back then we lived about 20 hours away from Gatlinburg, TN. Now that we live in Georgia, it's a mere 3.5 hours away. I am starting a full court press for the hubby to take me there for a weekend getaway. This place is gorgeous! Think they'd give me a discount?
Dylan carved out a little play space for himself inside this evergreen tree. He allows the occasional visitor, and extends invitations, which I generally turn down after getting one too many spiderwebs in my hair. (That would be just one. One spiderweb.)
Lauryn was not granted enough access to the tree to suit her, and was finally heard muttering "Fine then. I'll just move into my own tree." They're peacefully co-existing as evergreen neighbors at the moment.
On our quest to visit all the state parks in our area, last Saturday we marked two more off the list: Tallulah Gorge, and Black Rock Mountain. Both were well worth the hour and a half drive. We found a cabin we'd love to rent and stay a few days. There is an equally charming neighboring cabin for anyone who wants to visit!
As much as I am loving Georgia, I have a bit of homesickness for Texas and Oklahoma, no doubt. It's hard to think we are so, so far from friends and family. But when I shared pictures from our most recent day trip with them, I let them know that if God sees fit to place us so far from them...at least He put us somewhere beautiful! I keep sending them these pictures, as bait for them to make the 20+ hour drive to visit.
For some reason when Jonathan is out of town, I go into worker bee mode. (Not a common mode for me. My preferred mode is, "That chore will be there tomorrow, so have another cup of coffee and enjoy some more Netflix".)
Whatever the reason, I start checking random domestic chores off my list like crazy when I'm flying solo here at home. Last Friday, with Jonathan at a meeting out of town, I tackled cleaning the floor mats in the van. Random? Yes it was.
I got those suckers out and attacked the many stains (who ARE these disgusting creatures that ride in my backseat?!?) with my kitchen scrub brush, warm water, and Tide.
|The epic riders rendering aid to fallen little sister.|
Lauryn taught herself to braid her Barbie doll's hair, and today she sat on her bed engrossed in a brush-braid-repeat pattern for a good part of the morning. Braiding, humming Taylor Swift songs, and having herself a ball.
I love it. I snapped a pic and texted it to Papaw and Mo because they had sent this particular Barbie with the super long hair to Lauryn for her birthday. Mo (that's grandma, for the uninitiated) replied, "Cute. I'm glad she likes it. I know the Barbie days are numbered." Indeed they are. I am enjoying these little girl moments.
I do not keep, save, hoard, preserve, hold on to, or otherwise retain stuff. I am, indeed, anti-stuff. I am not the mom who stresses over throwing away artwork or old clothes and once beloved toys. Applaud the artwork appropriately - then immediately trash it when they aren't looking. Outgrown favorite shirts go in the hand me down pile without a second thought. Old toys? Get 'em outta here!
My oldest child is going into Middle School next year. Middle School. Suddenly there really aren't any old toys to purge....because he doesn't play with toys much anymore.
So when I find discarded things that he once loved, now languishing in the corner.....
I got to spend some fun time with new friends a couple weeks ago, crafting a new fall wreath. I've learned that to create any kind of seasonal decorating, I require the motivator of a social event. So I was happy to get the invite! Grateful for these ladies and their families, and the way they've welcomed us here in Athens. I am a lover of lunch dates, and happily these ladies have kept my calendar full of them over the last month. Thankful.
|photo swiped from Courtney's twitter page|