In another life, I must have been a rock and the boys in my family must have been rivers, or waterfalls or oceans. I know this because as much as they all love to move and adventure, I like to sit still and be at peace. While my husband and seven-year-olds wouldn’t be able to breathe if they couldn’t ski, hike, throw rocks, bike and race down sledding hills, I could happily curl up for days with endless cups of coffee, a stack of books and lose myself in a world of words especially on a weary Monday.
I”m not really an adventurer, but I love my adventurers and I don’t want to be left behind.
So in this 2nd week of 2016, I’m finding a lot of joy in figuring out HOW to hang out with my daring family. The cabin project has been a huge part of it. Through this attempt at making the outdoors a bigger part of our lives, I wanted to make a safe place for me to join in my guys’ exploration; a place where they can navigate the woods and get out all their energy, but a place where I can find comfort and solace and warmth.
And thought we all love different things about this place, I love how we’ve worked together so far.
Seven-year-olds are far more helpful with furniture shopping than I expected.
And we found out that the new candy aisle at Ikea has pretty amazing candies.
(Except this octopus-shaped one reminded us of some salty licorice we tried in Iceland. We prefer our candy a little more sweet than salty so I dare you to try this octopus-shaped candy if you go there!)
I love the Ikea bamboo drawer inserts. (They inspire so much JOY even though I’m not sure storage is a philosophy encouraged by the book I’m reading about cleaning. I bought this book last year and piled it away in a bunch of stuff and only salvaged it to give to a friend when my husband spotted it and said “YOU BETTER READ THIS” so I had to get her another copy…..it’s not a horrible book if you need to life-change your way to a cleaner place in 2016) I was thankful that Carmex sent me a whole bunch of lip balms because lips get all dry in the outdoors and so I put some extras in our utility drawer at the cabin just in case guests come and need some too.
The hubby and I have also had so many adventures looking for household goods that we need. One of our favorite ways we’ve found decorating ideas is from restaurants and date-nights. We found a sink we wanted for one of the bathrooms from an event we went to at a space called Axis in Pioneer Square and we found this fox tail hook I couldn’t live without when I made him duck into Anthropologie on the way to a restaurant.
I’m finding our family is having so much fun in the outdoors-even though some of the things they do terrify me and my outdoor doses need to be a little shorter than theirs.
And I’m trying to incorporate a little more fitness into my 2016 so I can keep up with all the guys. I have been doing Classpass for the past year and I love that they sent a breakdown of all the minutes I spent in the gym last year. I love Core Power Yoga and that was my top class. I would really like to try Fly Wheel this year too. (If you’re in Seattle, do you do Classpass and have you tried Flywheel? I’d love to hear if you have a favorite class!)
We’re also buying way more winter and outdoor clothing than we’ve ever bought before. One surprising find were these base-layer tights from Old Navy. They are better quality than some we’ve bought from actual outdoor stores and I was pretty impressed at the price.
So this Monday, I need to finish my cleaning book, sift my way through a pile of laundry and decide whether or not I’m going to be a Powerball winner in the next couple days. I hope whatever you’re doing you’re having a lovely Monday too! (And if you did anything fabulous this past weekend or if you are taking a great Seattle exercise class I’d love to hear too!)
(PS. Carmex sent me a package of lip balms and beauty goods buy I was not required to post and these ideas above are my own.)
(PPS. I usually post about the things I’ve been shopping or trying out on Mondays.)