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ANNA



  • Started soccer. Her team's name is Soccer Chocolate Kittens. Their first game was last Saturday (3 on 3 for 5 minutes or so at a time) and it was just so fun even if they lost 20-0. I love that she gets to run, run and run and that her coach is all about building each other up and teamwork and never giving up. I also loved seeing her out their on the field and her determination when she was really into it. Who knows if this is something she will continue to love but it's great that she's trying and having fun with her friends.

  • Wants me to read Babar to her every night. I so remember reading this as a kid but I so don't remember that he meets Celeste and decides to marry her on the drive between the city and the jungle.

  • Loves school and even loves the after-care program she attends a couple days a week.

  • Smart, smart, smart. Learning all the time. Drawing a ton.

  • One of my personal intentions this year was to really connect with her and I feel that happening and I'm so thankful. She's off school today for Good Friday so I've got a couple things planned for just the two of us (most likely a trip to the library and lunch).


SIMON



  • Started investing some time in golf over the last couple of months. He's currently practicing hitting balls and putting with a local coach who's also involved in Special Olympics. Looking into whether that would be a good fit for him or just taking him out on his own. He continues to like it and be happy to head out there.

  • The Lego Movie. And The Lego Movie book. Not much of a surprise - he can't wait to see the movie again.

  • He's growing so fast and is in that phase where he needs so much sleep.

  • Transitioning to the teen years. Not even sure how or what to write about this one but it's real. He's emotional and sensitive and tender-hearted and wants to do the right thing and is struggling with frustrations.

  • Has been let behind the curtain on a few very special holiday traditions and is completely embracing his new role as "holiday helper."


ALI



  • Digging in the dirt. Got my raised beds set up and started planting a few things: walla walla sweet onions, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, cilantro, parsley. Will do more as it continues to warm up.

  • Finally getting the old office furniture out of my bedroom. It's been in there since we remodeled the office over a year ago. Still have a few larger pieces to move out.


  • Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad. Aaron and I are in the middle of Season 4. Such an awesome, consuming show.

  • Finding my voice again. There have been many times over the last couple of years where I felt like I had no idea what to say anymore. How do I tell these stories? How do I write when I have no idea who I am anymore? Slowly, slowly feel that fog lifting.

  • Doing a lot of summer logistic planning for the kids with Chris. Attempting to find that balance between summer relaxation, camps, travel, work, camping, etc.

  • Traveled to Houston earlier this week to celebrate my friend Carrie's birthday and have lunch with Brene. So thankful for these two wonderful friends whose support and love mean so much to me.

  • So ready for our local outdoor pool to open - looking forward to swimming laps there this summer and spending time with friends.


Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends.

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  1. Michelle t. says…
    04/18/2014

    Glad you feel you are connecting with Anna. My daughter and I are butting heads, but
    sweet and she's kind and she loves me. Thanks for mentioning you have been feeling like you don't know who you are. Been feeling much the same, for many reasons, and now I feel hope in that it will pass. Love what you've decided to plant, great choices. Happy Easter to you and the kids. Thanks again for sharing something that resonates, that's meaningful.

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  2. Misty says…
    04/18/2014

    Ali - thanks for sharing the extraordinary within the ordinary. I have two boys transitioning into their teens and your words rang true for me. Tough, tender, fierce, fragile - those words sum up how things are progressing all at once.
    You also made me get excited to think about summer. Plants, swimming, travels and sunshine. Lovely.
    P.S. Happy Easter!

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    1. Amy says…
      04/18/2014

      We are in the last season of Breaking Bad at our house. Such a great show that I didn't think I'd like at first and am glad I stuck with it.

      My Alex and your Simon are close in age, and we have the same things going on at our house. He slept until 9:30 last weekend, and that has never happened before! My Jack and Anna are also close in age, and sound like they are both large lovers of life.

      I always love to read what you post Ali. Thank you for sharing so much of you and your family with your virtual family out here! Happy Easter.

      Amy

  3. A. Sanborn says…
    04/18/2014

    Having a special bond with a child from birth forward definitely changes during the teen years! I "attempt" to grab every positive within the negative I can, but still feel frustrated at times.

    Brace yourselves... Hopefully, you have a better experience than what you find yourself currently navigating.

    As I continually say, "The first hundred years are the toughest and the second hundred are all downhill from there!" (wink/smile)

    Have a wonderful Easter everyone...

    TFS

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  4. Judith says…
    04/18/2014

    Happy Easter Ali. Am glad you are finding your voice again and even more impressed that you have continued to share despite the fog :)

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  5. Maureen says…
    04/18/2014

    Have a wonderful Easter Ali and the continuation of your journey to recapture your sense of self. Continuous evolution!

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  6. 04/18/2014

    There's so much goodness in this post Ali. :)
    Thanks for the reminder on how positive it is to reflect on where things are at. A check in on how things are travelling with everyone is a great idea - for memory keeping or just journaling.
    Love it!

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  7. MichelleElaine says…
    04/18/2014

    Breaking Bad is an amazing show!! I agree, totally consuming! There is a big chunk of Season 5 that was filmed 1 block from house. We got to watch them film and they even put us in a hotel 1 night. It is so great seeing Albuquerque on the show. We got pretty lucky having such a great show filmed in our city.

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  8. Audrey V says…
    04/18/2014

    We Loved, loved, loved Breaking Bad. It was so bad, but so good! In the end, Saul Goodman and Jesse Pinkman were my favorites.

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  9. {vicki} says…
    04/18/2014

    I would NEVER have guessed that you are ever at a loss for words!

    On a separate note: I'm not getting your emails of your blog anymore???? Don't know what's happened there. Do I just need to sign up again?

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  10. Susan Ringler says…
    04/18/2014

    In all the years I have followed you (many many), I can barely recall a time I didn't want to get up and write, scrap, tell a story. Ali, you are such an amazing writer.

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    1. Alida says…
      04/18/2014

      Totally agree, and amazed at the words you have here describing this phase for each of one of you.

  11. Merry Mom says…
    04/18/2014

    Your mention of the office furniture reminded me of your posts about your office renovation. Could you provide an update?

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    1. Ali says…
      04/18/2014

      It's on the list :). Hoping to do it soon.

  12. Amanda says…
    04/18/2014

    Isn't it fun to watch them play soccer?
    Gardening is the best therapy and oh so rewarding. Good for you!

    So happy your blog is back on the almost daily reading list. It's the best!

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  13. Gidget says…
    04/18/2014

    Thank you for posting this beautiful picture. It makes me long for my yard and my garden back east. Living in Arizona, we just don't have this. Thank you. It made me smile!

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    1. Jennifer K says…
      04/20/2014

      I hear ya! We moved to AZ from OR, we lived about an hour from where Ali lives, and I also miss my green yard, and my tulips! Fun to see the "familiar" (and from real people, not magazine spreads).

  14. Liz Ness says…
    04/18/2014

    Oh boy, do I get that "finding my voice again" concept. When our lives veer in a direction we didn't expect, everything changes--including our story and our voice. Only, it takes awhile to even realize it because we're smack-dab-in-the-middle of fire-fighting. HUGS to you and your voice as it gains strength within its new cadence.

    Also, enjoy this awesome gardening weather we're having! =)

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  15. Melissa says…
    04/18/2014

    "Soccer Chocolate Kittens" is GREAT!! :D

    IIRC your friend, Carrie, was on the SB "scene" years ago. I hope she's doing well. Please let us know if we can find her work anywhere.

    I totally get not knowing what to share, or being unsure. I think you're doing a great job and I hope that you don't feel a lot of pressure. Follow your heart. :)

    Happy weekend to you!

    Blessings.

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  16. Becky M says…
    04/18/2014

    Thanks Ali! You always inspire. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  17. Deiga says…
    04/18/2014

    After you first mentioned a couple of months ago that you were Breaking Bad, I checked it out and was immediately hooked. Then my husband decided to watch it, so I've watched the first two seasons again with him ... still totally hooked.

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  18. Sheryl says…
    04/18/2014

    Happy Easter to you and your family too. So enjoy your blog - thanks for sharing your life!!

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  19. Carol says…
    04/18/2014

    This is kind of a "duh" face palm sort of thing, but I'm inspired by this journal format in your post. I've usually been a "paragraph girl" English major and all. It's pretty time consuming and frankly, can end up being emotionally draining when I go down into the depths of things. Then it's a big detour from what I need to get done that day. But I'm going to go NOW and write some lines like this about my kids and myself this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. Sharon says…
    04/18/2014

    Thanks so much for the awesome photo of your yard. We are till in the depths of winter here and I am having a hard time staying inspired. Its nice to see that Spring is out there and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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  21. Sue says…
    04/18/2014

    Happy Easter to you and your family Ali, love your sharing, fog can be good, you appreciate the sunshine more!! (At least that's what I tell myself! LOL) Love the name of Anna's soccer team...run girl run!

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  22. Carolyn,,.b.. says…
    04/18/2014

    Hi Ali,
    Great post so glad the fog is lifting for you.That made me smile.
    I too have a boy with Autism navigating the teen/social media world which is very challenging...x

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  23. Julie says…
    04/19/2014

    Best line in this post: "even if they lost 20-0." Little kid soccer can be the best and the worst. Glad she is enjoying it!

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  24. Erin Tigner says…
    04/19/2014

    Hahahahahaha. I sat down to read Babar to my class a couple weeks ago and was stumbling over my words thinking "wait, what?, when did someone re-write this book?" How did I miss this so many times reading this book? So funny. Made me giggle to picture you going through the same little shock. Hilarious. Miss you. We need to plan a day date sometime soon.

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  25. ria dixon says…
    04/19/2014

    I would LOVE to be on a team called 'soccer chocolate kittens'... So cool!

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