A {Great Day} Sound Bytes of the Week

A Great Day SBOW 4-18-14


A Great Day SBOW 2-18-14


When I saw this sunrise I knew it was going to be a good day. I’ve been slacking on my Friday Sound Bytes duties lately, and I’m not exactly sure why.


I did a small poll of the five people that read my Facebook Fan page, and found that some people think they are funny and like them so I guess I’ll just keep plugging away.


My friend Karin at In Bloom does Insta-Bytes {which I may copy instead, if it’s ok with her} so I can  just include a photo or two of our escapades instead of trying to remember everything my kids say.


Don’t get me wrong I’ve been listening it’s just Little Red talks A LOT and during all his waking hours. Yesterday we went on a bike ride for 20 minutes and he talked the entire time…I’m not sure where he gets that from {looking at floor right now}. It’s hard to document every. Single. Word.


Anyway, all I can say after celebrating Big E’s big birthday, and witnessing weird stuff last weekend I’m just going to chill this weekend. Soak in the more seasonable weather and nosh on good food with my family.


A Great Day SBOW 4-18-14


Yes today is a good GREAT day.


It gets even better with some Sound Bytes … trust me really.


3. “It’s gooder.”
Yep, my son is the spawn of an English major…so proud.


2. “Oh Pop News. I love Pop News.”
Every morning on GMA they have Pop News, most of the time it’s about Princess Kate, but once in a while they will show a cat video and that’s BigE’s favorite.


1. “I’m not Batman. I’m Bruce Wayne.”
He may not be able to read and write, but Little Red definitely knows his comic book mythology.


A Great Day SBOW 4-18-14


Well back to work, but looking forward to my GREAT weekend.


Have a Hoppy Easter, and may your hearts and baskets be full.



In case you missed it, I’ll catch you up on the past couple weeks.



I was part of the Messy Beautiful project over on Momastery.


On Iowa City Moms Blog I talked about celebrating “birth” days.


I’m doing a Stitch Fix 30 Day Challenge you check out my outfits by searching #FIX30 on IG or just follow me on IG


Triathlon Training is underway and I introduced my coach Denise


My awesomesauce friend Tanya shared some tips on Multi-Tasking


and I mooned a bunch of people in the airport


A {Flowy} Sound Bytes of the Week

I sat at the kitchen table this morning watching two boys gobble up their breakfast. Chitter chattering about superheroes and making faces in the reflection of the kitchen window still shrouded in darkness by the lame time change.


With each moment that passed and each face they made, tears burned my eyes.


Breakfast Faces

However, this morning it wasn’t tears of frustration or anger it was tears of joy and gratitude.


Contrary to yesterday’s sleep-deprived, hectic morning {can we say up and out the door in 45 minutes}, this morning flowed like a nice lazy stream on a warm summer day. We floated through the morning each of us going with the flow.


Not ready to get out of bed? That’s fine take your time.


Not ready to get dressed? That’s fine let’s eat in our PJs.


It was relaxed, fun even.


We listened to music and even had a small dance party in the kitchen to celebrate our smiles instead of frowns.


There were minor moments of frustration when our joy overflowed into our listening ears, but overall we left the house without a harsh word, a tear or eye roll.


It was THE PERFECT morning.


One the way to work I reflected on this perfection, wondering what miracle occurred to make it appear.


The odds were not in my favor.


I was single-parenting this morning.


The kiddos are still not acclimated to the time change.


But … we conquered the morning with smiles.


Then it hit me like a bolt of lightening …


I made my choices intentionally this morning. The moment my feet hit the floor I forced myself to move slower {not lazy slow}, intentional slow. There were more minutes on the clock, we were able to move at our own pace. Moments were measured NOT minutes, and it made a difference.


Through the years of being a mother, I had fallen into the “mornings will be crappy” mindset, and this has been my demise. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, the moment I changed my mindset, and accommodated accordingly the world around me changed.


If I can do this with our crazy mornings imagine what I could do with the rest of our days. The possibilities make my heart giddy.


Change is coming and I’m on the cusp of something wonderful, and with it comes the wonderful words of my sons who remind me that living life intentionally doesn’t mean silencing the noise.


This week’s Sound Bytes were as noisy as ever. I honestly think Little Red’s volume button is always on 10. Yowza!


3. “I’m the Lorax I speak for the trees.”

It was Dr. Seuss week at preschool and Little Red has been quoting and singing songs from the Lorax all week. Our dance party this morning even included “Let it Grow” not to be confused with “Let it Go” our other favorite.


The Lorax


2. “Mom you gotta come see this?”

When your child says this to you at 2 am all kinds of things run through your head. However glow in the dark stickers on his wall are not one of them, hence yesterday’s sleep deprivation.


1. “Pancakes. Pancakes. Pancakes.”

These boys LOVE their pancakes and they also know that when dad is gone it’s all about the pancakes.


My perfect day continues from my desk, and behind my computer. I’m just going with flow, and looking forward to pancakes.


Enjoy your perfectly flowy weekend.

Red in the Sun


In case you missed it … I blogged once AGAIN.

Jeez I really need to step up my game here.


I found Intention this week By way of Silence.

An {Awakening} Sound Bytes of the Week

An Awakening Sound Bytes of the Week - March 7, 2014 via Redhead Reverie


Greetings and happy Friday!


I may or may not be changing into shorts later, because it’s a balmy 40 degrees here in the Hawkeye state. Woot!!!


Bring on spring.


Of course with spring comes our foray into daylight savings time.


UGH…this spring ahead crap truly messes with me for weeks afterward, and the kids too. So NOT looking forward to it. Although, ask me in two weeks and I’ll be happy I’m not driving home in the dark, so there is that.


I do have something fun to look forward to this weekend.


I’m hosting a little soirée at my house tomorrow.


There will be a wine tasting, homemade {healthy} food, and we will be channeling our inner Picaso while artist {and super awesome friend} Michelle Pendergrass teaches us how to paint.


Artist Finger

Seriously…my soul REALLY needs this right now. I can’t even tell you how this winter in all its infinite coldness, stupid late starts and snow days has sapped my creativity.


I’m hoping that as the snow melts and the trees begin to bud, I too will finally awaken from this seemingly infinite hibernation state, and begin to write and create again.


Of course some girl time, wine and art always help aid the creative awakening.


And…some Sound Bytes of the Week works too.


3. “Mama if I had dragon I would fly it around and catch you a whole bunch of fish. Then the dragon could breathe fire on it and cook it for you.”

This is the answer to my dinnertime dilemma. A dragon solves everything.


2. BigE “Mom so like will I get a birthday?”
    ME “Of course. Why?”
    BigE “Because it’s in spring and spring won’t come.”



1. “Let it go, Let it go…”

Little Red loves that song especially while using the potty. Oh…boy.


Well, that’s all she wrote and in 2.5 hours I will be free to go clean my house. Yipppeee!!! One of the hazards of hosting, but it will be totally worth it.


Have a great weekend and enjoy the thaw.




In case you missed it …

I blogged once this week {woot, woot} – My perspective: In Defense of the Selfie

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