most loved

The house is quiet except for my ipod that continues to play in the kitchen.  It is because the children are with grandparents and the tv is blessedly off.  I should be packing boxes or sweeping the dust balls that I keep kicking around but it feels so good to just be still for a minute.  I found this picture on the camera - it's a present from Court.  He wrapped up a stuffed bunny for me after dinner and gave it to me at bedtime.  I had just fallen in his bed, reading book in hand and was thinking that I couldn't possibly take one more second of...anything.  He asked me to close my eyes and that nearly put me over the edge.  In fact, I think I even told him that I was tired and wanted only to read the book and go to bed when he presented me with his gift wrapped in craft paper and embellished with a painters tape pouf.

This quiet moment has allowed me to remember that moment.  A moment where a Mommy most tired remembered she was a Mommy most loved.

letting go

We are in the midst of a purge of sorts.  I'm surprised at how easily I can let go of some things and not others.  We didn't do very well with the books. I'm afraid that most will be making the move with us.  Today when I got home from work, Court came running over to me before I could even  He was so excited about some old books he had just found...ones that he hadn't seen in a while...he was literally jumping up and down.  He also made sure to tell me not to sell any of the paint brushes because he would need the little ones to make outlines - go figure.

This past weekend I hung my sheets outside for the last time to dry. I will make room at the new place for the clothespins that belonged to Kevin's grandmother as I think of her each time I pick one up.  That seems to be the trend of our letting go.  We are keeping only those things that are useful or loved.  Those clothespins are both.

The third floor balcony of what will be our new home in a couple of weeks!

it was a Halloweeny weekend

Now that we are moving into the city I've become a little obsessed with bloggers who live in the city.  If they can do it, so can I! I found Sharon through Joanna who linked to this post about 3 kids 1 room! Adorable.

And then when I lurked around Sharon's blog a little more, I found this little tidbit...

What is a balanced life anyway? I think it's a life that gives ample time and effort to things that really matter.

Yes, I do too!  And that's why we are moving in a nutshell.  I want to have time for what really matters. 

I think our Realtor was surprised when I asked to see our new home.  She said it wasn't really a "family home" but maybe I would see different.  I did.  And when she said, as we were walking out of it..." you know this is a place that you can just enjoy"...I knew it was the ONE.  So we are getting rid of stuff we don't really need, keeping only what we love and what makes us happy, and in turn hopefully finding time for what matters.  

Some pictures from our crazy birthday & Halloween weekend which found us pumpkin hiding, decorating and carving...