I like life

Tonight the kids and I went to see our favorite version of Scrooge on the big screen. Our favorite version being the 1970 Scrooge starring Albert Finney. Loved it!  But alas no pics from a dark movie theater. So instead I am sharing this quote:

Ghost of Christmas Present to Scrooge:

There is never enough time to do or say all the things that we would wish. The thing is to try and do as much as you can in the time that you have.


Yes. That about sums it up and it is something I so needed  to hear this week. 


December 2 2010


Today's thoughts were on what I wanted to focus on this season. As I was washing the dishes this morning I remembered this quote:

"If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not 'washing the dishes to wash the dishes.' What's more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact, we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea, either. While thinking of other things, we are barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus, we are sucked away into the future -- and we are incapable of actually living one moment of life!"

-Thich Nhat Hanh

That is what I want to strive for this season,  to be mindful and fully present.   It may be a long shot, but  I need to make sure that the lists and to-dos aren't taking over the fun and quiet moments during the day.



November 17 2010


Today I finished the hat! Woohoo! Now a certain little someone has a matching set. I think he wants more.


I also got my new camera lens today! So happy!  These were some of my first shots with it, so excuse any fuziness. :) But I was able to get a pic of the hubby smiling, can't pass that up.


And then things started to get a little silly after a few pics.


Today my mind has been swirling with thoughts of random acts of kindness, teachers all around us, passions, dreams, and everything coming together. 

In my head and heart today:

"...you are not alone in this. There are partners everywhere, partners who are waiting and willing to help you, if you would only let them. They are right in front of you, you just haven't noticed them yet." ~  Katrina Kenison, The Gift of An Ordinary Day.


November 3 2010

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So today was interesting. I won't go into much detail here.  Let's just say someone was condescending about  my childs choice of career--it doesn't pay enough, the reason it's so in demand is because it's hard and no one wants to do it.  They tried to talk her into other options and then scoffed at the final plan.  My child stood strong in what she wanted. I kept trying to bite my tongue and guide the conversation back to where it belonged and should have been headed.  A big part of me wanted to tell the person where they could put their opinion. :)  After we left I had a rant in the car, probably not my finest moment. Then I remembered the TED that Sir Ken Robinson gave last Feb. He talked about a fire fighter who always knew he wanted to be a fire fighter despite one teacher telling him he needed to be more, do more. The fire fighter went on to save that teachers life.  So the kids and I talked, we watched the talk when we got home, and talked some more. We talked about how you should follow your dreams even though there will always be people telling you otherwise.  Hopefully I turned it into a learning situation and hopefully they took something away from it more than my rant.  And hopefully we won't need to have another meeting with that person again. It's not about money or going to a four year college. It's about passion and dreams.  I really wish people had enough respect for that.


"...But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. "  ~Yeats

 Gives me chills every single time.

July 18 2010


Two quotes in my facebook feed today.

Unfortunately the screwing up and falling thing hits a little close to home right now.

Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself & your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out & screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem & eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human. - Anthony Robbins

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

~Nelson Mandela 7/18/1918

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"...I'm continually reminded that a real education is not just a simple transfer of information, not a competition, but a gradual and at times unfathomable process of awakening compassion, deepening understanding, and fostering the development of imagination, curiosity and will. Learning well doesn't always mean scoring high. It also means acquiring the tools necessary to take on the most challenging work of all--becoming the person you are meant to be."
Katrina Kenison, The Gift of an Ordinary Day.


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"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." And Smile!!!! - Golda Meir, was the fourth prime minister of the State of Israel.

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important: how to live and how to die.” (John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down)

Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.

-John Holt

for the quote book

An eternal question about children is, how should we educate them? Politicians and educators consider more school days in a year, more science and math, the use of computers and other technology in the classroom, more exams and tests, more certification for teachers, and less money for art. All of these responses come from the place where we want to make the child into the best adult possible, not in the ancient Greek sense of virtuous and wise, but in the sense of one who is an efficient part of the machinery of society. But on all these counts, soul is neglected. - Thomas Moore

"What would happen if one generation were raised with respect and without violence?"
-Gloria Steinem

“If we cannot conquer our personal fears, then a life of a thousand years is a tragedy.

If we can conquer them, then a life of a single day is a triumph.” Bruce Lee

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.  — Henry David Thoreau