Thursday, February 2, 2012

Just checking in

I've been sick over the past 3 weeks and recovering from shingles on my face and in my ear.  No fun.  However, the silver lining is that it's a bit of a reminder to slow down.  (I probably needed that.)  Plus, we were supported throughout the roughest part by family and friends.  There were meals, rides for the kids, and the extra hugs and attention that our kids needed from other loved ones in their life while their mama was down.  It makes you realize how much people care about you... plain and simple.

These owls are a creation made by the entire family, and there's more that didn't make it into the photo shoot.  I drew different animals, my husband cut them out on the band saw, the kids painted them, and I wood burned the detailing.  Really sweet and different from other crafty things I have tried.

One quick plug for recipes.... we made it last night and everyone chowed down.  It's a slow cooker chicken soup with avocado and cilantro on top.  We followed the recipe more or less, using frozen tomatoes from our garden this summer and no mushrooms.   Next time I'm doubling the batch because the best part was that after a full day of work, school, and activities, dinner was ready at 5.  I was thrilled.  Check it out at

So... back to life and trying to live it in a mindful way while raising kids and working.  We are so lucky, aren't we?   I'll check back in soon.


Cheryl Arkison said...

Shingles? Yikes! No fun at all.
You're on the mend now, though? Take care of yourself.

valerie h. said...

glad you are on the mend! hope to see ya again soon. much love, v