Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
The last praying mantis that we owned laid several eggs. These eggs have been in an old Mason jar for quite some time. I was really unsure if they would ever hatch but.. today they did! There are about 20, if not more in the jar. I believe some of them did not make it but I'm not exactly sure what is going on in there. It's time to do some more in depth research. I just cannot get over how tiny they are. It's seriously incredible! It's certainly a little miracle of nature.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
A bit of a photo dump of my instragrams from this month so far before Christmas break and before I head off to Jersey and hopefully snap, snap, snap a ton of pictures. :)
My Home for the Holidays shirt from 2009. This will be the 4th year for me. Getting excited!
Street light lit sidewalk to Kelsey's house.
We have lots of sleepy weekend afternoons when it's cold out. Maestro, too.
I'm forever sick.
Washing dishes sucks anyway and this is much more fun.
Ick is a fan of All for All Skateboarding.
New bird cage stand for Maestro.
I snagged myself a globe for the living room.
Goodies are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Yeah, 10 days. I can't really believe it. Less than two weeks. I'm kind of at the point where I'm feeling very excited, anxious, stressed, and nervous. Christmas is getting closer and that is a whole event in itself. I kind of wish I could slow down more to enjoy the holiday but I will have to get right on to packing and preparing. It will be harder to leave home. It seems harder each year. I have a lot more pets since last year, whom I spend a lot of time with. I will be homesick for my critters. Though, I know vacations are for escaping the normal every day routines. I need to remember to embrace that. I need to forget for a couple days about the endless the car troubles, the terrible home lives of my kids at school, the paperwork that should be done and organized, the house that needs cleaned, carpets scrubbed, picking up ferret poop, finding time to blog, wash dishes, take the clothes to be washed, me time, family time, friend time, boyfriend time. It's never ending. I need to let it go. That's what it's all about.. I need to remember laying in bed at home, hearing the wind rushing through town and hitting our tiny apartment and how that reminds me of Asbury Park and waking up in that hotel room and knowing the beach is only one block away. I day dream of the beach fairly often. The waves crashing. Seeing for miles, without another person in sight. The seagulls out on the rocks in the distance. The little closed down, boarded up summer shops. The Bouncing Souls! Of course. You know, if it wasn't for them I'd never know of this crazy, abandoned little town by the sea. I think about lyrics to Springsteen songs from decades ago. I think about my own youth. Growing up. Life. I think about Clarence on the sax. I couldn't speak for anyone else, but a saxophone solo from The Big Man is enough to put me in the holiday spirit. These songs and the memories bring joy to my heart. So even though I am leaving, I know I've still got the holiday spirit in me. I know I'll be back to close out the year. A vacation is just what I need. A step back. It kind of puts everything into a bigger picture. I come back refreshed. A new perspective. Ready to start 2012 on the right note.