Snuggled up with a Good Book

The days are getting shorter; the evenings cooler.  We recently pulled out my favorite article of kids’ clothing… footie jammies!  So cute, so warm and cozy.  Definitely one of the finer things.   

During the fall and winter months, we are somehow less rushed in the evenings (except on game nights… which, in Tiny Town, can be nearly every night…).  I’m grateful for the early fall sunset wrapped in comfort foods and warm baths and some serious snuggle time!  Snuggle time at our house almost always means BOOK TIME!

A few of our favorites:

  • Baby Angels (current favorite for the 14 month old)
  • Usborne’s Farm Yard Tales (Usborne books are awesome!)
  • Little House on the Prairie series (I loved reading these with my daughter even more than reading them when I was young!)
  • Boxcar Children series (we’re on #6 now)

Snuggle time in footie jammies with a good book.  Does it get any better than that?

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Beautiful Weather

I absolutely cannot get over the amazing Kansas temperatures this summer!  Usually we’re choking on the heat throughout August and most of September.  (and July… and sometimes June)  This year… not so much.  It’s been wonderful for many reasons.

Our air conditioner went on a (permanent?) hiatus on August 30.  We knew it was on it’s last leg, and we knew we should probably replace it, but… we haven’t even had it looked at yet.  We haven’t even needed it!  In previous years we’ve taken note of the ads that run in the dead of winter for really great sales on air conditioners.  I guess the cooling guys aren’t too busy when it’s -5 degrees outside.  We might get to take advantage of those deals this year!

My black thumb has turned a beautiful shade of green.  I’m actually able to grow things in the garden!  Mostly because the sun hasn’t scorched my plants and we’ve received the right amount of rain when we need it most.  My green peppers and tomatoes are going crazy right now!

My husband’s football team suffered a little less in the heat during practice.  Oh, he’s still made them “suffer,” but it’s a lot easier to run gassers (don’t ask) when it’s 85 degrees and not 101.  AND he didn’t have to rearrange everyone’s schedule (including mine!) to follow a “heat plan” this year.  AND my kids love to attend practice, which is so much easier on the baby and the mommy when it’s not so darn hot.   

We’re able to enjoy more family time outside.  Trips to the park, bike rides, tag in the yard… it’s so much more comfortable for all of us!  We have a great time playing together and this momma gets her exercise

We haven’t had to water our lawn at all.  Not that we would anyway, but it’s still green this year!

You know what they say about Kansas weather… if you don’t like it today, just hang in there until tomorrow.  It’ll change.  While I know change is upon us, I’m taking a moment this Gratituesday to enjoy the beautiful weather!  Definitely one of the Finer Things in Life!  See you outside!

Join Them!

My kids are great teachers.  They teach me how to slow down.  They show me what really matters.  They help me get back to the basics and focus on the Finer Things.

Children are all about simplicity.  Feed me.  Clothe me.  Love me.  Feed me.  They like to be fed, too.

I had a couple of choices when my little scavengers bellied up to the apple crisp bar yesterday.

  1. Scold them and move them and get them busy on something else so that i could get something done.
  2. Join them!

I joined them.  🙂  There were plenty of apples to go around, our morning snack was taken care of, and we had lots of fun!  Oh, and the apple crisp turned out perfectly yummy, too!  And for those with a keen eye, that would be a sports bra around my baby’s neck.  She had started folding laundry for me in the other room.  Such good helpers I have!

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Private Parade

Children tend to march to the beat of their own drummer.  My kids… they march, and dance, and twirl to the beat of their very own drum-line!

The Kansas State Fair begins today, and this week our high school band shows their Tiny Town Stuff at Band Day.  Because of where we live (location, location, location!) we are the proud recipients of our very own parade every day for the first two weeks of school, as the band prepares for their performance.

She be Jammin'

Every day for the past two weeks, at approximately 12:52, I hear “Mom!  The band!  I hear the drums!  Let’s go!” and we head to the porch for forty minutes of simplicity.  Simply marching.  Simply dancing.  Simply smiling.  Simply waving.  Simply enjoying.

Ah, the Finer Things in Life, through the eyes of a child… your very own band.

Only in Tiny Town…

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