Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Right Now...

Things change so fast, don't they?  Lately, I find myself so lost in my daily life that sometimes I forget to look up and notice where I am.  And while I try to be  mindful of the things around me each day, I admit that's a really hard practice.  Every once in awhile, it just takes something big happening--like spring-- to remind me to pause, look up, and notice what's around me.

Have you noticed spring lately?  It seems like overnight, the trees transformed from bare and twiggy skeletons to strong and solid homes freckled with green buds.  Then, the next time I looked up, the freckled specks of green had grown and multiplied into a full shady covering that seemed to drape like fringe moccasins over the trees.  And since then, the lilacs (my absolute favorite springtime smell) have already teased us with their fragrance and promptly wilted into dark purple memories. So while life is whizzing by, this post is dedicated to the right-now.  As in, what is the current look of Spahnville?

Spahnville looks like...
Lightsabers on long walks (made out of pool noodles, of course)



And little hands holding little books. 



Spahnville looks like apples ("ah-bo")



and "buh-duh's" sunnies & crocs...



Spahnville has bubbles ("Bah-boes")



and basketballs.



Spahnville makes people smile

and cry....


Spahnville is healthy...


And helpful.


Spahnville is love

And hugs



Spahnville is challenging....


and easy-breezy.


Spahnville is track meets
(Keira, Lauren, Anna, & Charlie)

and t-shirts.
(Charlie & Vincent)

 Spahnville is bright sunny smiles...


and sad times, too.


We have good girls...

and hair curls.

Spahnville is Guidance class...
(Charlie's kindergarten class)
and grocery stores.

But mostly, Spahnville is us.  It's home and laughter and sweat and tears and love.... (even on the most frustrating/ difficult/ what the hell are we doing- days,) always love.



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Beyond the Pond (Video Link)

I have so much that I want to write, so much I want to say, so many things to catch up on but I just do not have the time (or more honestly, the energy) to devote to blog updating right now.  However, I do have a few spare moments to upload videos and share them here.  I'm hoping to do this more often, and I will be sure to categorize them under "videos" if you want to search for them in the future. These will be available on youtube as unlisted videos, which means you'll need the url to the link.

This first video shows off my amazing Kindergartner!  Charlie has done so well this year in school, and while I had no expectations of him learning to read-- he has transformed from non-reader to reader over the past few months.  On April 22nd, his school hosted author/ illustrator Joseph Kuefler.  Mr. Kuefler visited for the entire day-- holding multiple presentations, meeting with each classroom, signing books, and even sharing lunch with a lucky group of kids.  (Sadly, Charlie didn't win the drawing for this opportunity) After school that day, we had a chance to talk with Mr. Kuefler before he headed back home (he lives in St. Paul, MN).  And once we were home, Charlie read and re-read and re-re-read this book.  Enjoy!

April 22, 2016


Click below to see the video!

Charlie reading "Beyond the Pond"