Life on Cottage Hill: PAGES

Sunday, July 26, 2015

little fishies.

I have so much to catch up on.
Life has been a little... much? This week. 
That was mainly driven by my crazy work stuff which I'll get to in another update, but the kids were also having a blast all week at swim lessons. 
Audrey's teachers declared her the social butterfly of her group and Jackson - not surprisingly- was focused.
He was a man on a mission.
His goal: to jump off the diving board, without a life jacket, in the deep end all on his own. 
And he did it. On the first day and every day since multiple times.
Poor Amy said she almost had a heart attack when she saw him do it the first time.
Our little Jackie, flying into the deep end... I think this is what they call art reflecting life? 
This has been his summer to explode into more independence, leaving fear behind so many times in lieu of fun and adventure and I couldn't be more proud (albeit a little sad too, his baby days are far gone at this point). 
But I have to say it provides some comfort with Kindergarten quickly approaching.
I've always known it, but I know it now more than ever that entering new phases is way harder on me than it is on him. Every time. 

the bear cuddled up and passed out on Amy- long days at the pool are hard! (and so. much. fun.)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

happy birthday, mamaw.

This week Dan's mom turned 60. We surprised her with a dinner party last night with her favorite people - including these 10 who had a few things to say about their "Mamaw."

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

it turns out...

It turns out we don't have to wait around until Saturday night for all the fun. Monday nights are pretty okay too. I'm sure at some point I'll get tired of watching these babies of mine so full of life on this lake, but the risk of that happening anytime soon is low- very low. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

saturday nights.

Our 'Saturday nights' have certainly changed a lot over the years, shifting with each season we go through but our Saturday nights right now- these our my favorite. Lately they usually find us playing on the lake, digging in the sand or riding bikes at the park. They're never planned out but take us wherever we feel like going in the moment. They're likely to end in some sort of treat and they always bring us home feeling that good tired- the "life is just really good" tired and "I can't wait to do it all over again tomorrow" tired. Now Monday mornings on the other hand- well, Monday mornings- they're not the same kind of sweet or relaxing at all, but I'm learning to find the good in those too... if nothing else, they bring me a day closer to another Saturday night. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

weekly bucket list.

1. To slow it down. After an action-packed holiday weekend I'm craving some breathing time in between work and life. 
2. To continue my running momentum from the 5k. Races always re-energize me to work harder. (goal: 4 runs, 1 cross-train)
3. To lay out a plan for the next four weeks+ that will keep the peace in tact and keep the crazy away. I have a lot, a LOT, of big work events and milestones to hit and want to balance all of that with making the most of the rest of our summer break before Kindergarten and soccer start up for Jackson and Preschool and dance (!!) start up for Audrey. 

Several months ago I came across 12 principles for Zen and wrote them in my journal. I find myself coming back to these time and time again, including this week:

1. Do one thing at a time.
2. Do it slowly and deliberately. 
3. Do it completely.
4. Do less.
5. Put space between things.
6. Develop rituals.
7. Designate time for certain things. 
8. Devote time to sitting.
9. Smile and serve others.
10. Make cleaning and cooking meditation. 
11. Think about what is necessary. 
12. Live simply. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

the 4th.

Yesterday was a little bit magical. The day was full of "Americana" from start to finish making life on the lake the perfect place to be on the 4th. There is just so, so much we're thankful for- our freedom, the endless opportunities we have in front of us, the  peace of mind that comes along with being an American and what that means, especially, as a parent. And then on top of that the opportunity to live in this place that we've fallen so in love with. 

We are blessed, we are thankful and we are spoiled. 

We started the day early- leaving the babies in bed with Mamaw on duty so Dan and I could run the Firecracker 5K. 

Next up was the kiddos' bike parade in our community which was adorable. 

At this point it still wasn't even noon yet and we were on the lake swimming and paddleboarding while Jonah took a nap. 

Dan took the two older monsters to a family party for a few hours in the afternoon. The bear and I opted out in lieu of some one on one time at the pool. 

My goal of wearing Jonah out so he would sleep through through the fireworks fun worked. We hung out with neighbors, roasted s'mores and watched the fireworks late into the night.