Sunday, May 22, 2016

A New Endeavor with Video

I have a new idea!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Missing old friends

Psst... Don't want to read this post?  Click on my video above and I'll read it to you! Otherwise read below.

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Woh... hang on tight... the school year is coming to an end soon and our schedule is busy!  Do I ever look forward to the relaxing days of summer and connecting with friends we haven't seen in awhile!

One of the things that has changed drastically this school year is that the kids and I haven't seen our "old" friends much at all.  When they were babies and toddlers, we got together with people often for playdates.  When we homeschooled, we saw friends regularly too.  But now we are in this weird time of our lives where we don't see those old friends because the only option is the weekend.  Squeezing in family time plus with kids in sports, and church, well that doesn't leave a lot of free time on weekends.  {Never mind that when we're available, the friends we want to see are not!  I know we are not the only ones with busy schedules!}

The kids aren't seeing their old buds any more and I'm trying to figure out whether to hang out or let go.  How do you know when a chapter of your life is closing?  How do you decide who to invest the most time in?  We are blessed to know some amazing people and I want to see everyone!  But that's not realistic and hard for me to process.

With all the school activities, we are meeting new and wonderful people!  The kids all have different friends, but I don't know their parents at all.  That is different for me.  I've met some great people I'd love to spend more time with, but everyone seems so busy.  We see each other at school events so with kids running around, conversation stays pretty light.  You don't get to talk about the nitty gritty parts of raising kids and life in general and I miss those heart talks with my friends.  I miss having coffee together.  I miss BONDING and connection in person.   It makes my heart a little nostalgic for those simple days where the only thing on the agenda is getting through that pot of coffee and keeping our children alive.

So moms of little ones who are wore out and physically busy all day long... savor those play dates and time with other women.  I'm still trying to navigate my way and figure things out, but I'm thankful that I know there are some friends that are super great at picking up right where we left off!

Summer sweet summer... I am anxious for you!

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

2 resources to eliminate FB timeline

I'm always talking about streamlining my time online and last month I cut back on Facebook once again.  I felt so overwhelmed by the various house projects that needed to get done and sometimes I need to make the conscious choice to not waste time surfing online.

I found two great tools to help me and wanted to share!  {And a side note for all you people who want to tell me to just delete Facebook.... um, no way!  I love it!  It's a great tool for keeping in touch with my far away family and friends.  I also use it to stay plugged into what's going on in my community.  I have no interest in deleting it so need to find ways, like this, to help me manage my time.}

First is for my home computer...  It's an extension I added to my tool bar called "Kill News Feed".  You literally can't see the main timeline with all your friend's activity.  And if you click "home" out of habit, a nice little message pops up!  Love it!   I use many groups and the inbox on Facebook so I'm able to hop on without distraction!  Oh and another bonus... it removes that live feed on the far right!  That thing takes me on rabbit trails all.the.time!

Click here to get: "Kill News Feed".  Here's their sample page:

I also found an amazing app that allows you to view just your groups on your iPhone!  For some reason it doesn't have high reviews but I.love.it!  It is life-changing!


Here is how it looks and description:

 


I hope other people suffering from information overload can use these tools too!

Now to just work on the people-loving "I don't want them to hate me" part of me that is having a hard time not surfing and commenting on people pictures and posts!  No app for that!

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

It Adventures Ropes Course

Instead of doing a birthday party for my 11 year old this year, I took my kids to an indoor adventure rope course with zip lines called "It", which is located inside Jordan's Furniture in New Haven, CT. 

We went with my BFF and her three girls and had a really great time!
Click here to see there website!   
There are three sections.  The big obstacle course with zip lines, 4 climbing structures called "Climb It" and "Little It" which is a series of bridges and beams for the smaller kids.  All the kids but my small 5 year old went on the "It & Zip It".  

The kids had a really good time but it wasn't without its hiccups.  My daughter is 11 and although she did well on many apparatuses, she did get scared a few times.  Here she is smiling at the beginning and lowest level: 

This is my 9 year old son cruising along without a thought!  He had no issues and enjoyed his time a lot!!  He left the girls and enjoyed his adventure alone!

I took Colin over to "Climb It" which was four structures that he got to climb once each.  I would not recommend this for small kids unless they are dare devils.  He was hooked to their bungee safety harness but it was clipped to his front and was in his way.  The green poles {photo below} were spread too far apart.  The balls had grips again spaced too far apart.  The rainbox thing was harder than it looked because strategy is involved.  The guys working there helped Colin a little but when I commented how hard it was, they said it wasn't for small kids.  Well good to know!  Had I known this, I probably would have skipped it.  The last structure was a tall pole with a platform to jump off - a bungee jump.  They switched harnesses and this one was on his back so it would have felt like a total free fall.  Colin climbed the ladder like a monkey but he wouldn't jump and the guy working went up to escort him down.  The staff was really helpful!

"Little It" was great for Colin!  He loved walking around on all the bridges and beams.  I wish they had a small zip line or something though to spice it up but he was happy.  He was allowed in this for as long as he wanted so was there awhile.  Only downfall is that parents must stay inside the fenced in area with their kids.  So I was unable to keep an eye on my other two.

But every now and again I'd catch one of my kids zipping by!  LOL!  Here is Vienna!  She loved the zip lines!

Once you pay you can stay in the course for as long as you want.  We got there between 10:30-11:00 and it got really crowded by 1pm when we left.  When Vienna was coming down, she walked along two parallel ropes and slipped.  She fell and was saved by her harness but it scared her a lot!  She was in tears and one of the workers saw her crying and escorted her out.

My friend has three kids ages 12, 10 & 8 and the 12 year old came out early because she doesn't like heights while her 8 year old was a monkey cruising all over the place without any fear.  I think this course is awesome for kids but it just depends on the child!

Here's a video of Vienna and Lance on the zip line and Colin jumping off that tower from a lower point.  Turn down your sound a little because I am cheering them on!


Despite the scare, Vienna said she would go back again.  I know we'll do it again when Colin is a bit older and we'll have to take Daddy next time too!

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