I have been more than remiss at posting! I can only say that I have been so involved with being a mom that I barely have time or energy to write about it! In any case – to catch you up for the last several weeks, please see below – a portrait of my child once a week | every week | in 2014 .. recap of week 29-36!
36 – Ian and his Jake and the Neverland Pirates pajamas.
35 – Enjoying tomatoes right from “mommy’s garden”.
34 – Helping with chores around the farm.
33 – Exploring the hay maze at the Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods with cousin Hunter.
32 – Resting from a bit of a virus.
31 – Enjoying a hay ride at the Mr. Franklin’s farm.
30 – Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock in the peace sign with Mommy, Cousin Hunter and Aunt Beth !
I had no idea what this birthday would bring. The Professor kept suggesting that I not make plans; so beyond taking the day off and hoping to be on the water in my kayak, I obliged. The day began with sweet whispered greetings of “Happy Birthday Mommy” from Ian; and encouragement to “get up and see what we have for you” from the Professor.
While enjoying excellent coffee I opened the birthday presents with Ian assisting and running around all excited. There were three cards. Accompanying Ian’s was a small box, a lovely locket; unique and ready for a photo. There was a larger box. It was heavy … and it came with instructions. First, I had to tear off the wrapping, then open a card, then watch a video… I told the Professor he was bizarre in his infomercial; but really I think he was too sweet. And so, what my birthday brought on this perfect September day, was a stand up paddle board.
After cutting fresh flowers for Mom; a tradition that I cannot recall when it started; we went to breakfast and then ventured to the Lake. There was no one there – it was beautiful and amazing and I cannot believe we had it all to ourselves! Because I was thinking I might flip a few times, I left my phone / camera in the car.
The key to standing up on a paddle board is balance. That stayed with me throughout the afternoon and at some point while I was floating and absorbing the sun. I decided it will be my theme for this, my 46th year …
BALANCE. There are about 31 ways to define balance as a noun or a verb. I think I will adjust the definition as needed; but in short, I will seek balance in life, love, health and time; relationships, family and friends; work and play; nature and nurture; me and everyone else…
We had a tractor party for Ian’s 2nd birthday. It was so much fun to plan, implement and enjoy. Photos above: A traditional family photo taken this year at the “hay maze” we built in honor of our tractor lover’s tractor … Continue reading →