[Side note: I have zero photos that go with anything I'm talking about in this post so I'm going to pop in some recent favorites here and there as a break from my chatter.]
The new house in the same neighborhood that we're in now which I like because a) there are hiking trails right out the front door, and b) my parents are within walking distance, although the biggest downside to the new house is that they'll be a ten-minute walk away instead of the current five-minute walk. I know that's seems silly but it adds up when you're back and forth several times a day with the kids. I'm excited to share some photos once we've moved, and I'm feeling motivated to decorate (or attempt to decorate) in a semi-cute way.
Last month I read Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience by Christopher Willard. It made a big impact on me and I've been making a serious effort to implement some of the strategies ever since. It's been more useful to my personal "mindfulness practice" so far because the kids are too young for most of the exercises, but I know that my example is one of the most important influences they'll ever have and I want it to be a good one!
Some of my biggest challenges to mindfulness are multi-tasking, thinking about what I'm going to do next instead of focusing on the present moment, and "checking out" with random internet scrolling on my phone. I know that October is going to be a busy and stressful month for me. Already this week I've been at my wit's end more than once. We're closing on the new house the same week as my last big work deadline of the year. Plus I'm going to Denver twice for work. And I do still want to do some fun family Halloween activities.
But I'm still going to try to keep the mindfulness focus. Here are a couple mantras I've been repeating to myself when I catch myself going over my to-do list in my head for the dozenth time: Right Here, Right Now, and You'll Get There When You Get There. Or I'll try to ground myself in the moment by focusing on what I can see and hear and feel (and taste and small, if applicable, but my cold has put those two senses out of commission right now).
Since what's new with me also includes what's new with the kids... Another exciting recent development is that Abel started walking! It's been a gradual process. He took his first steps a couple weeks ago right after his ten-month birthday, but then it was a couple days before he tried again. He's been cruising for a while, so now he'll do a couple steps on his own between handholds, but he won't launch out on his own unless I'm coaxing him to come to me. I can tell he's getting more and more confident every day, so it's only a matter of time until he's running circles around me.
I guess we're entering the dreaded "threenager" zone with Swede and she certainly has her moods and her bossy (aka tyrannical) tendencies, but overall I find her so very delightful. Imaginative play is in full force. It's so fun and funny to watch and see what's she'll come up with next. She is starting to play with Abel a little better (and vice versa). Today she invited him into her "kitchen" for a tea party which was very sweet.
That's all! What's new with you?