I'm doing better with my resolution to chill out about things I can't control - the drama and chaos in other people's lives. It isn't easy for me - I'm a fixer by nature - but I'm learning to focus more on the things I can control - the ones I enjoy and treasure in my own relatively untroubled life. It's an ongoing journey but I know I am getting there. There is so much to love! That includes all of you, and the kind things you say. Thank you for being supportive. I'm glad I'm not boring! I strive for peace and predictability in my own life and I'm proud to share this here. I have simple wishes. I don't really wish for things I don't have (well, not often). I like to stay home. I enjoy domestic pursuits. I finally feel really good about these aspects of myself, and blogging has been an important part of that. So, lately...
We've been enjoying our portable fire pit - a warming blaze in the backyard, complete with s'mores.
The small Bears and I visited the local aquarium. We all love the coral reef tank. I really could spend all day looking at it. I feel mesmerized and drowsy. I would curl up and sleep there, if it wouldn't make me seem all vagrant-y.
It's the season when my kids want to drink tea. They have their (decaffeinated herbal) tea in their favorite cups while I drink my high-octane Irish Breakfast tea.
It's soup season too. I made this minestrone, my own hodge-podge recipe, in the slowcooker and enjoyed the leftovers for lunch. I love soup.
We've been playing a lot of "store" lately. Both small Bears need the play-money practice.We sell everything in our store, from magazines to play food to stuffed animals standing in for food. Come on down!
We gave the GB a set of string lights for her birthday and they've been a major hit.We ordered them from IKEA after seeing them on our famous visit to the store this summer. We hung them on the wall just recently, and she enjoys them before going to sleep at night, but before that she was happy to lie under the bed with them.
I had a really fun opportunity to attend a local retail/media event. Lakeshore Learning invited me to attend their new store's opening here in Albuquerque. Our new store is their sixtieth location, opened in honor of their sixtieth anniversary as a company, and is the first of their stores to open in New Mexico. I was invited as a local blogger. There were local state and city dignitaries and people from the Lakeshore company, as well as local educators and media representatives. There were light refreshments, crafts for the invited kids, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony (with giant scissors!). The store is bright and colorful, filled with fun, interesting teaching and learning materials. I was given a very generous gift bag full of games and toys to take home. This store is sure to be a great addition to our city and I was honored to be part of this special event.
And finally, a scary sight just for you. Pretend vampire teeth + Elmo doll = Draculelmo.