A List Maker's Life

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happiness...Look for It

Morning Groove, after the kids load the bus, with a group of the sweetest ladies with the best moves.

#SheReadsTruth: well written studies, the app, my rotating lock screens.  Love.

Virtual dress shopping with mom on Mikarose and eShakti in anticipation of a summer wedding.

A four year old boy who finally lost his fight against an afternoon nap 7 minutes after my 2 hour conference call ended.

Researching natural recipes for health and beauty products using Young Living Essential Oils.  Fun stuff!  Leave me a comment or email if you want to hear more.

An inspirational and encouraging Beachbody coach who has motivated me to be consistent for the past 60 days...even if I still think protein shakes taste like dirt.

My songs of the day (so, far they are my faves of '15).  You know, the ones you set on repeat instead of shuffle. Repeat mode brought to you today by All Sons and Daughters, Called Me Higher & Taylor Swift, Out of the Woods.

Scheduling a creative outlet birthday outing for myself.  Want to meet me there?

Thick cream wool in an arm knit infinity scarf to keep me cozy when the temps are below zero.

Blue Man Days at our kids' school. Their music teacher is an even bigger fan than Gabe is ;) and she has quite a week of highlighters and black lights planned for them!

What is bringing you a warm smile on this chilly January day?
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P.S. None of these links are sponsored, that is just so 2012. HA! 
No seriously, they are all just for fun.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

#oneword 2015 : Listen

to hear one another

to hear your parents

to hear your body when you've eaten enough, when you've given your all, and when you need to rest

to hear without bias

to hear God break your heart for what breaks His and to recognize the next steps He wants you to take

to hear constructive feedback and make positive changes

to hear with your heart because there is often more to what a person is saying than just the words they share

to hear music encourage and inspire

 Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.  James 1:9

In 2014 we focused on JOY.
Do you choose a word for the year? 
What is your word for 2015?

With open doors, an open mind, and open ears,
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Predictions for 2015

Perhaps the result of long standing college traditions and rivalries, or maybe it really is the calendar, heading in to odd years my #1 prediction is always "Brace Yourself!" In my mind the odd ones always seem to require more peace.  Anyway, our predictions for the year aren't overly clever or diverse. We watch very little tv and try to avoid news we aren't very in tune with the whos and whats up and coming, so they are primarily family focused this year. Still worth recording if only to give us something to look back on at the end of this year!

I will not get yelled at by my teachers at my school
Maybe I will eat goldfish at school for snack

We will play with the new toys we got from Christmas
We will build lots of Lego projects
I will make more new friends at school
I don't think I will play soccer again, but maybe I baseball

Anne Hope
We will get the movie Annie when it comes out on dvd
We will want to go to Florida again this year for Family Forward, but we might not be able to

After very low gas prices, in 2015 the prices will hit an all time high shocking everyone
The Tigers will win the division, be in the play offs, but not win the World Series
I think I will have to go to the dentist for something big this year. Braces??
How to Train Your Dragon book 12 will come out this year.

Taking classes to renew my teaching certificate will kick start my dreams for what I really want to be when I grow up
More natural remedies and less doctor visits (one can hope...)

The possibilities are endless.  What do you think will happen in '15?


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Predictions Reviewed

~We will get a dog. 
Mom still says "Never!" Dad is becoming convincible.
~I will visit daddy at work As often as possible. 
Gabe and Mom enjoyed Friday lunches with him at Phelps and Gabe sweet talked his favorite Hope sitter into many Thursday lunch visits too!
~I will ride in the plow truck 
The early 2014 snow offered many opportunities for Gabe to ride along as Kevin plowed.
~I will scare all the trick or treaters with my costume .
Well, I guess he may have surprised a few with his Mr. Potato Head routine.

~Someone will build a toy Hagrid
We were able to visit Hagrid at Diagon Alley.
~We will ride in a plane
Mom did for work, but the rest of us haven't flown yet.
~We will get another baby
We welcomed a sweet baby boy into our home and loved him as our own until his momma was ready to care for him again.  We will look forward to doing more of the same in the coming year!
~Uncle Nick will get married
Oh!  It's coming.  Looking forward to a 2015 wedding.

Anne Hope
~Daddy will give lots of kisses
Of course!
~Gavin will wipe off all the slurpy ones
Well, yes!
~Our family will go to Florida again
We were so thankful to be part of Family Forward at Universal Studio Orlando again.
~Maybe we could go to Boston
No trips to Boston this year, but we sure would love to take the kids back to Boston sometime.

~I will get a drum set and take drum lessons
Not yet, dear Gavin has been so patient as he preps for the drums with piano lessons.
~The One and Only Ivan will be made into a movie
That would have been neat.  We will have to keep watching for it in the future.
~I might get new DS games for my 10th birthday
~Anne Hope will win the Derby Race
She did.  Cheered on by her brothers.
~The prince of England will become the king
~We will see a tobyMac concert
Not a single tMac concert for us this year, but hopefully we will catch one next year.

~Some of the kids will switch schools
All 4 started at new schools, in new districts, this year
~Gibson will learn to ride a two-wheeler
~The Tigers WILL finally win the World Series
~The Red Wings will not make the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years
I was wrong
~We will meet a lot of new people
I think so
~Gibson will start soccer
He enjoyed playing and it made for busy Saturdays shuffling between soccer fields.
~It will be a LONG winter
Seemed eternal.
~Republicans will pick up the house and the senate

~Kevin will finish the basement
He made amazing progress.  It is all framed.  Bedroom 5 is in.  The library is great.  The bathroom is plumbed.  2015 will be a year of finishing down there.
~American Idol ratings will go back up and be family friendly enough for our kids to watch again
Not sure about the actual ratings, but our family all enjoyed the updated American Idol.
~After saying so long to Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital and their specialist we will be happy with Gabe's care at U of M and a new advance in medical equipment/procedure will make life easier for Gabe
We are so thankful for the exceptional care Gabe receives from the whole team at U of M.  It makes the long drive worth it!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

True Hope has come, and it is for all of us! Wishing you a Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Scenes From 935

Preparing for the holidays we found ourselves with many projects in the kitchen.  One December evening I was perched in Gram's kitchen sink carefully hanging 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree in the panes of her windows.  Nick was wrapping gifts when a piece of tissue paper flew out of control, connected with a candle, and started quite a fire. The three of us were in quite a tizzy as we hustled to put out our flames.  By the time our parents came to pick us up all was calm again and Gram quite brightly mentioned that we only had one "major scene."

How was your day?  Did you have any major scenes?

At the dining room table we spent countless hours with watercolors.  Nature scenes, fall leaves, flowers, tress, and the occasional angel were our typical inspiration.  When the colors didn't blend quite right or a leaf looked too unruly Gram would advise, "Just throw it on the floor!"  We would laugh, I would throw it, and we would move on to something else for awhile.  Until the next glance down when the unusual blending would actually appear to be quite lovely and the unruly leaf a unique addition to an otherwise generic floral arrangement.

If it seems beyond repair, look again from a new angle. 

In the top drawer of her dresser, along with the jewelry collection I was fascinated by, Gram kept the magical Boo Boo Fan. On summer nights my legs would jump and itch after a full day of playing making it very difficult to settle down. As she opened the fan and began to recite our made up fan chant I would slowly fall asleep.

Winds from the West, Cool Breeze from the East...take your mind off it.

Watching Sesame Street in the living room we contracted a serious case of the giggles as Bert and Ernie sang their song.  There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza.  There's a hole in the bucket.  Dear Liza, a hole!  Oops, I lost...  Oops, I spilled...  Oops, I forgot...  All of those statements would forever be answered with, "So, fix it dear Henry."  Because once Liza and Henry were in the conversation we could surely find some humor in the situation.

SOOOOO?  Fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry.  Just fix it dear Henry.  Just fix up the hole.

935 is more than just a house it is a collection of a million moments and many of my best memories. This weekend the house stands empty.  Gram's thing have been moved to her new home or shared with ours. Later this week Melissa, my best birthday present ever, will sign the papers and move in to the house I can easily say was/is my favorite place on Earth. I am certain she will fill the walls with laughter, love, and cut lavender bouquets.  And, hopefully throwing this on the floor tonight will help this little hole in my heart to stop leaking from my eyes.

With what shall I fix it dear Liza, dear Liza.  With what shall I fix it, dear Liza? This hole.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

School Birthday "Treat" Ideas

Our kids really look forward to celebrating birthdays at school. It is important for them to pick just the right thing to pass out to the friends in their classrooms. The two oldest begin searching Pinterest months in advance to plan what they will share.  

Last June Gavin wanted s'mores for his treat and wasn't sure how to manage the fire for the marshmallows since of course a bonfire isn't allowed at school.  He was pretty pleased when we came up with an alternative that tasted just as yummy. S'more Trail Mix made with Golden Grahams, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips. His birthday was the last week of school so we packaged the mix with "All Things Summer" subway art-ish tags. I would have expected a classroom full of 4th graders to munch these in fist fulls, but many of them dug through their bags to build 1 mini s'more at a time.

Both "little" boys celebrated birthdays already this fall.  In their new schools they are asked to bring non-food party pass outs. On a hunt for inexpensive trinkets to give Gabe's class we came across a 90% off summer clearance aisle. These little octopuses are intended to be pool diving toys. Gabe and I had recently enjoyed reading Octopus' Garden together and he thought these guys looked like fun additions to his animal collection. We bought enough for his whole class and made birthday tags to attach for delivery day.  

"I am glad to be swimming in the same school as you."

Since starting Kindergarten Gibson has been obsessed with writing numbers, reading numbers, adding numbers, and occasionally thrilling an audience with the multiplication facts he has memorized. We came across a package of 30 new tangram puzzles in a thrift shop and had to grab them for his classmates even though I was not quite sure at the time how we would work them into a birthday theme. It didn't take long to come up with a tag idea making this gift fun for his classmates and appropriate for celebrating a 6th birthday.

Anne Hope is already brainstorming non-food ideas for her February celebration, but first we need to come up with "22 Things" for the kids' classroom Christmas stockings!  

Suggestions anyone?

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