no, we didn’t buy the kimchi

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At the risk of sounding like an Alanis Morissette song I’ll say this:

THANK YOU Thunderstorms. THANK YOU Downpours. THANK YOU, THANK YOU Inclement Weather.

Truly, thank you.

Today Mitchell was supposed to work all day at the new house.

This evening I was supposed to have a photo shoot.

We were only supposed to cross paths long enough to swap child-care duties, and take Matilda to her friend’s birthday party.

But this weather! This gloomy, awful weather. It was actually pretty glorious for us.

First things first, Mitchell could not go to the site and install interior headers. It wouldn’t be wise or safe. No he couldn’t. And how in the world could I meet up with a family for an outdoor session when it was coming down cats and dogs and critters of all kinds? When we were being threatened with tornadoes?

No, I couldn’t either.

So this morning because we could not do these other things, we slept in. We cooked and sat down and ate breakfast as a family(!) We played a few rounds of the card game crazy 8 after that. We tidied up and put laundry away. We got dressed. The six of us took a trip to the grocery store where we filled two carts and spent well over three hundred dollars and obviously also went nuts. Because over $300?!

What in the @#$% did we buy?

Why, we bought all the things of course! At a point I threw a jar of Kimchi on top of the pile. And Mitchell was like Kimchi? Really?

And I was like Okay yeah. You’re right. Skip the Kimchi this time.

We came home together. We made lunch together. Ate it together. Watched a movie together. Played in the basement together. Made dinner together. Ate it together. Sat around and played more card games together.

I cannot tell you the last time the six of us were able to spend an entire day together. TOGETHER.

And for all that together time, the kids were actually a bit quieter. Mitchell and I yelled far less than normal. I caught him smiling at me.

I smiled a lot more than normal today.

More than once I heard Mitchell say I could be working today. I could be sheeting the second floor. I could be……

And even though I though how nice it would be to already have the photo shoot behind me.  I could have one less shoot before Thanksgiving. I could have that done….

The Alanis in me can’t help bustin’ out with the Thank You’s.

I really needed to smile a lot more today. So thanks gray skies and shitty weather. You are the best and I love you.


Some pictures from around……….

At least once a day Oscar requests a dance party. I turn the radio up. Sometimes jumping/climbing = dancing.

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Whatcha makin’ Leo?
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Doughnuts in the sunshine.

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Doing what they really love to do. Fighting each other. Aw.
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You say goggles, I say googles.
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Deeply entrenched in the Baby Name Bible. I bet it’s an even better read upside down like this.
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Teaching her class (me). Class helper for the day (Dewey).
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And this one. Practicing for our Christmas card photo….. I like to leave the one on the actual card a surprise!

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So maybe you won’t have to wait for your sunshine after the rain either. Maybe there’s something to celebrate about the rain itself?

Maybe. Wishing you well in this week ahead.

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I'm mom to four and expecting our fifth child in May 2014. Five years ago I put down the key to my middle school classroom and picked up a camera instead. Now a part time photographer and freelance writer, I blog to share our stories and the joy I find as I go. For more on my abundance seeking philosophy, check out my piece on The Huffington Post

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24 Comments… add one

November 18, 2013, 3:37 am

I’m so glad you got to spend a day together!
I bet everything will go smoother this whole week ;)
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:18 am

me too Kerstin. xxxoooxoxoxoxxoxox

November 18, 2013, 8:28 am

How wonderful that you had time together, all six of you. The Universe clearly need you lot together. xo
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:19 am

Thank you Universe!!!!!!!! Sung Alanis style of course :)

Amanda Leppke
November 18, 2013, 5:25 pm

I love reading your stuff. Just makes me always a little happier. This weekend was a long weekend for us, but today when I got up, I realized I missed it all.
Thank you and keep doing what your are doing!

November 18, 2013, 6:52 pm

No agenda but hanging out together are the best kind of days!
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:19 am

I soooo agree with you Christine :)

November 19, 2013, 2:28 am

I love it those together days. So glad you got one. My inner Alanis would be singing too. :)
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:20 am

I bet you’re signing it so much prettier than I am :)

Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:24 am

hahah. I meant singing of course. :)

November 19, 2013, 2:16 pm

What a wonderful day for all of you!

Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:25 am

Thanks Leighann. It was just lots of good down time. WE haven’t had much of that in the past oh, 6 moths. :)

Keely November 19, 2013, 2:41 pm

Okay, that day sounds pretty perfect.

Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:23 am

Yep, I’m not complaining Keely. Darn near it.

Carolyn Y
November 19, 2013, 5:09 pm

I love the baby name photo. Have the kids come up with any suggestions?
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:21 am

Matilda insists she is having a sister named Rose. I’m not opposed to that :)

November 19, 2013, 11:09 pm

Days like this are the best days. They’re like little unplanned vacations.
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:23 am

Exactly Andrea! Stay-cations :)

November 20, 2013, 2:23 am

That sounds like a great day! I’m glad it worked out by not working out.
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:21 am

Thanks Greta. Every once in awhile it’s so nice to do less or nothing at all.

Elaine A.
November 20, 2013, 7:37 pm

Into every life a little rain must fall and in this case that was a GOOD Thing!! Sounds like an awesome family day. I’m so glad you were able to have that… this post made me grin like a cheshire cat. I’m full of cliches today apparently… xoxo
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:22 am

Bahahah. I don’t mind cliches. keep ‘em coming :)

Jennifer November 21, 2013, 4:52 pm

So glad you guys had an awesome day of togetherness. It is supposed to rain here all weekend, and I’m kind of hoping we have the same thing. Lots of projects done. Lots of love shared. Lots of being a family.
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Sarah November 24, 2013, 4:22 am

Hoping you’re having a good weekend right now Jennifer!

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