Both love and money can be lost and found again. Time
The good news is, we can choose what will be retained from the moments of our lives. We can record them in journals, photos, scrapbooks, videos, etc. and remember them in as many "present moments" as we'd like to.
As a child I listened to a song by Harry Chapin...
A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you."
This song made an impression on me, as I'm sure it did many who listened with determination - we didn't want to be "that dad."
I've made it a priority in my life to spend as much TIME as possible with my husband and my children. Of course, I have my busy moments and my children are generally pretty patient with me; but, I want them to know, that no matter what I am doing, they are important to me and I will always make TIME for them.
This summer was a busy one. Kevin and I were out of town a lot. We take the whole family when we can; but, we also want them to know that every trip we take with them won't be centered around "work" stuff. So, before my oldest daughter returned to college we planned a weekend trip to Washington DC. We spent our first day at the zoo.
It's been a long TIME since I made a page with photos taken at the zoo. I didn't want to let this day fade into the "digital files" and be forgotten; so, I printed the images I thought would best represent the activities of day. I always have so many things I want to fit into a "zoo spread." I decided to use a page pattern that would allow me do just that. (Mosaic Moments Page Pattern shown below.)
To create this page spread I used 17 photos, 2 sheets of 12x12 Mosaic Moments Cypress Grid Paper, ivory cardstock, sand cardstock, computer for journaling, and clear stamps.
Because I did a double page spread, I altered my pattern a little - adding two photos to the center sections. I still had plenty of room for a title and journaling.
Did you ever tip toe down the stairs in the middle of the night to snatch candy canes off of the Christmas tree? When I was a child, Christmas was a time for sneaking.
My mother had to be pretty inventive to keep my brother, sister, and I from discovering our gifts before Christmas morning. I was the worst at ruining the surprise. I'd search under the beds, in the closets - no hiding place was safe from me. I couldn't wait until Christmas to find out what was in the boxes. I shouldn't admit this - you are going to think I was a terrible child - but, sometimes, I'd carefully unwrap an end of a box to see if I could get a peek at what was under the wrapping.
As an adult, I've reformed my sneaky ways and I use my experience as a peeker to ensure that my children are surprised on Christmas morning.
1. Lock them up - Gifts are generally kept out of the house or locked away until they are wrapped. I wait until a few days before Christmas to start wrapping.
2. NO TAGS - my children don't know until Christmas Day which gifts are for them. Each year I pick 5 wrapping papers, one for each member of the family. I don't tell them until Christmas morning which wrapping paper their gifts are wrapped in.
3. Distractions - counting down the days of Christmas with little wrapped surprises helps ease the temptation to sneak.
I don't want to "ruin" all the surprises to come, but, sometimes, I still have a hard time waiting. Here is a sneak peek of what is coming in November...
O Tannenbaum CornerStone will be available in three colors.
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We all have to make decisions in our lives. Some of the
are easy, others are more difficult. If you have ever taken a child into a dollar store and told them they can pick one item, you are familiar with the length of time it can take to make a decision when one is faced with too many choices.
The best way to make a decision is to narrow the options. Making a list of the pros and cons can be a great way to narrow choices; But, what if the choices are equally appealing? You can flip a coin, or play childhood elimination games. You can draw straws, pick out of a hat, or you can dig deeper, find out more, and make a more informed decision.
Back in August, Kevin and I were in Valley Forge/Philadelphia for the CK convention. I always try to plan some fun activities during the non-show hours. One of the things on my "fun stuff to do" list was to eat a famous cheese steak.
There are two famous cheese steak restaurants in Philly. One is called Pat's, the other is Geno's. They are located a stones throw from each other; so, obviously location was not going to play a roll in our decision.
When a choice is being made about food, the decision should be all about the flavor, right? Of course, both owners claim to have THE BEST cheese steak. So, how did I make my choice?
From the time I was a child, presentation has played a roll in my food choices. I was never very interested in ugly, mushy, or mixed up food. I grew out of the notion that foods shouldn't touch; however, presentation still plays a roll in my choices. As a graphic designer, I couldn't help being more attracted to Geno's. (Sorry Pat.) He's done a pretty great job on his signage. It really grabs your attention.
We got there at a good time - (early evening on a Thursday) the lines weren't running all the way down the street as they often can.
The steaks were good and we had a great experience; however, I have to admit, we have a old favorite we like more.
Jim's steaks are not as well known as Geno's or Pat's; but, ohhh so good. There is very little parking available near Jim's South Street location, and it didn't appear to be the most 'family friendly' part of town. When we went, two summers ago, Kevin dropped me off and drove around the block several times while I ordered. The lines are long but they move quickly. It was well worth any hassle.
What was the difference between Geno's and Jims? I am a cheese wiz girl. Geno's spreads the wiz on the bread then adds the steak. Jim's poured the wiz onto the steak. The melty cheese dripped into all the crevices mixing it's salty cheesy flavor with the steak. My mouth waters just thinking about it!
May be next year we will try Pat's (across the street from Geno's) or may be we will go back to the familiar favorite (Jim's.)
Isn't Little Yellow Bicycle great?
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