Let it Gogh

Recently I was fortunate to experience the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit. After what has felt like an endless year and a half, I treated myself to this outing. The weather was perfect, I found cheap and safe street parking in the city that was nearby, and I was comfortable with the safety precautions taken at the exhibit.

It was a peaceful, beautiful, calming experience and I’m so glad that I took the chance and went.

One Word Sunday- Art

Sunday Stills- Burnt Orange or Blood Orange

Happy Sunday!

-Kat

Pretty in Pink

I love that movie!! Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, James Spader, and one my all time favorites, Andrew McCarthy! Jon Cryer shined as Duckie and Andrew McCarthy was just plain cute. 1986- what a great time for movies!

But that really doesn’t have anything to do with today’s post beyond stealing the name of the movie for this post- which is actually for Sunday Stills- Pink. Originally the plan was to see what photos I had used in past posts but the best that I found were ones that I had already used for a previous Sunday Stills post. I scratched that idea and went to my archives of other photos. I think I found an odd assortment but it fits the bill, at least I think it does!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

-Kat

Feelin’ the Blues

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit blue so it seemed only appropriate that I take part in the Sunday Stills: Blue.

sunday stills blue flowers

It’s hard to feel blue with such beautiful flowers all around. 

sunday stills blue sky

These little guys are certainly enjoying the blue sky from their high perch!

sunday stills blue

I saw this Alice in Wonderland Fairy doll in a thrift store. 

sunday stills blue

It’s a lovely day to take a dip in this clear blue pool! 

sunday stills badge

 

You can find out more information about this challenge at

Sunday Stills Photography Challenge 

Happy Weekend!

-Kat

A New Look for our Christmas Tree!

beej decorating the treeOne of my favorite traditions is decorating the Christmas tree. Over the years my children and husband have been part of that tradition, sometimes more involved, sometimes not. Okay, so my husband sets up the tree and puts on the lights and he considers his job done. Since the big kids began college and aren’t home until days before the holiday, that leaves me and the little kids to do the job.

As you can imagine, young children and Christmas trees get along almost as well as Christmas trees and cats! Over the years we have adapted our decorating to accommodate the younger members of our family. For the most part, our tree and ornaments have survived. That is, until four year old Beej was old enough to reach the tree.

My mother recently asked me how my tree managed to survive all these years and children until now. I told her that none of those kids were little Beej! beej under the tree

Within an hour of the lights being added to the tree, Beej decided that they needed some minor tweaks. Somehow he ended up wrapped up in the lights himself! I’m sure he couldn’t resist the magical feeling of being surrounded by twinkling lights!

He meticulously placed each ornament so I have to believe that there is some secret four year olds logic to the large number of ornaments hung facing the tree. Maybe there’s something special hiding in the center of the tree? And the big gaping holes where there are no ornaments? Are those branches in trouble? Did they do something to offend Beej? When I point them out, he pointedly ignores the huge empty spots and places a second or third ornament on a nearby occupied branch.

Other ornaments do not receive the honor of making it on to the tree. Or maybe they hold another special distinction because I never know where I’m going to find them!

 

glitter duck ornament

This sparkly duck ended up in the pizza making department after I explained to Beej that although he is a duck, he is covered with glitter so the bath tub is not the place for him! Beej countered with his own logic that the duck did not have wheels, therefore water was the only place for him!! 

Poor Bert looks very lost and confused about he how ended up on the kitchen counter. And this sweet little Muppet found herself abandoned on the chair with an arm broken when Beej fumbled while trying to see if she could stand on her own.

It did not take me long to realize that I had two options- 1. Spend the entire holiday season being the Christmas tree police, or 2. Decorate the tree with unbreakable ornaments and pack away the precious heirlooms.

Knowing how easy it is to make an indelible memory in the mind of four year old, I chose option 2. I would rather have Beej (and any other grandkids to come) remember that I let them truly enjoy the tree, than have my nagging voice ringing through his head for the rest of his life! Thank goodness Target seems to carry an endless selection of $3 kid-friendly ornaments!

And on the plus side, just imagine how precious those older ornaments are going to be to us when we pull them out in a few years, after having them safely tucked away!

Sunday Stills- Traditions

Ragtag Daily Prompt- Fumble

Fandango’s One Word Challenge- Magical

Photo a Day- Start with a C

Happy Holidays!

-Kat

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

Two weeks ago I could tell you what was happening every day from that point on until today. I might have had to pause to remember which family members would be working or in this state or traveling, but I had it all figured out. Other than feeling a little tired in anticipation of the jam-packed two weeks, I was ready. 

I’m not sure when things began to unravel, but unravel they did. The days got away from me and I felt like I was always behind, trying to keep up. I held on to some strands longer than others. I was able to keep up with my writing until last Wednesday when I slipped down the side of the mountain and now that I’m nearly at the bottom and the Friday deadline is looming, I’m not quite sure how this will play out. Oddly enough, other than total exhaustion on Thanksgiving day and a volatile three year old who spent the day sharing his many mood swings smack dab in the middle of the kitchen during food prep, the meal was prepared, edible, and somewhat on time. We are wrapping up a busy two weeks and preparing to pick up the pieces of everyday life until the next holiday hits!

I am thankful, grateful, and blessed for- 

 

writing space

A quiet and spacious writing space during my weekend away

chicago river

Not too cold weather during my conference weekend

 

amtrak train arrival

Whether they were delayed by hours or showed up early, the safe arrivals and departures of our loved ones

 

turkey

Sharing a meal with as many of my people as we could gather

birthday balloon

 

Celebrating our youngest family member’s birthday as only a preschooler can! 

The pictures might be slightly blurry with wonky colors, but the memories are sharp and in focus. 

 

Sunday Stills- Thankful

Ragtag Daily Prompt- Grateful

Wishing you a belated and blessed Thanksgiving!

-Kat