A Simple Woman's Daybook 2

>> Monday, May 30, 2011

A super fun crazy busy May is finally coming to a close.  I am really shocked at how swiftly this year is going by.  My May was full and busy, we went to San Francisco last weekend for a cousins wedding and some sightseeing with the kids.  They loved Fisherman's Wharf and the sea lions there.

We had family staying with us as soon as we got home that left on Friday so we finally just relaxed in a lump this weekend.

Since I haven't checked in for awhile I thought another edition of A Simple Woman's Daybook would get me jump started. So...

Outside my window...blue skies and no wind or rain for the first time in a long time.

I am thinking...how much better I want to get at photography, the area that really holds me back in blogging is the elusive good picture to truly capture what I am working on.  If I can't get a good shot, no posting, then I am kicking myself for not posting anything at all and a whole month goes by.  So instead of focusing on where I can improve I find myself comparing my photos to the beautiful ones I see on all of your blogs.  I definitely need to shift my thinking and just keep practicing (which is what I always tell my kids to do when they complain about not being good at something).  Apparently my parenting style is leaning towards the "do as I say and not as I do" theory...need to work on that.

I am thankful for...a very relaxing weekend with my family....lots of movies and games and dinner with friends.  My kids are finally at an age where they will allow me to wallow for a whole day, provided a good portion of that wallowing includes kid movies and kid card games.  As long as I can read a book I want and maybe watch part of a movie I want I can work with that compromise :)
From the learning rooms...yes a lot of photography reading on the Internet.  I have been looking here and here  any suggestions for other places I should check out?

From the kitchen....we made these rolls cinnamon rolls this weekend, because what else is there to do when it has been raining for the last few days accompanied by gale force winds?  Cinnamon rolls all!  Who says they are only for breakfast.  I did cut down the recipe and made two pans instead of eight, we cooked one Saturday afternoon and the other one Monday morning.....soooo good!!

I am creating... the seeds hat from Chris over at Doodles in String.  I won a giveaway on her blog and got her beautiful seeds hat pattern along with the yarn to knit it up. 

I am going...to a baseball game with my family and some friends this afternoon.  The weather looks to be clearing so hopefully we won't have to bring blankets and coats and gloves and well as much stuff as we have been due to the wonky weather.

I am reading... Cutting for Stone.....still :)  I have read some other books this last month but none worth mentioning.

I am hoping...to find the balance in my week that I really need between mommy stuff, work stuff, wife stuff, typical family admin stuff and just some time for myself.

I am hearing...My husband upstairs making breakfast, the dogs playing on the deck, and my kids doing some art projects next to me on the sofa.

Around the house...making my lists for the week, you know the drill.  I call it family admin. planning my cleaning schedule to get everything done, planning our menu list for the week for grocery shopping, and trying to plan some time for me to workout because this next weekend is going to be a busy one and I doubt I'll have much time.

Here's to wishing you all a nice balanced week!


wayside wanderer May 31, 2011 at 6:55 AM  

Lots going on in your life! So glad you had a relaxing weekend and don't you just love a breakfast fixin' hubby? I've got one of those, too. =)

Prairie Girl May 31, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

I have been on the lookout for a new novel. just clicked over and read about Cutting for Stone and it sounds fantastic!

I too would love to build more confidence in my photography. A blog that I like to peruse is: http://www.merakoh.com/blog/ A friend of mine attended one of her building confidence workshops and said it was awesome! I'm not quite in a place yet where I could attend one, but I like reading her blog.

lucky knitter May 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM  

I want to read cutting for Stone too. I just finishing up Water for Elephants (never read it when it first came out). Glad you had a relaxing weekend.

Catherine June 1, 2011 at 2:07 PM  

Wow those cinnamon rolls look wonderful. I have just finnished Cutting for Stone, recommended by a friend who said she couldn't put it down. I did not find it so easy, in fact I struggled to read it at all until I was halfway through. But I have to say I am glad I finished it and the second half was a lot better than the first. As a nurse in London in the 1970s I knew a medical student whose parents were the real pioneers in the reconstruction surgery for women in Ethiopia and who are given credit in the book's acknowledgements

stitching under oaks June 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM  

this is great...I love hearing what is going on with you and your family. Those cinnamon rolls are calling my name. Enjoy the wonder of all that you've got going on.

Mr. Puffy June 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

What an enjoyable post! I loved hearing and seeing what you have been up to.

I didn't find Cutting for Stone a quick read either, but I did enjoy it.

I completely understand what you say about photography. As you can probably tell most of the pictures on my blog are taken by Steve. Only those pictures without me in them are taken by me and it is a struggle to get a good shot. Steve finds it effortless and 10 minutes later I have a whole blog post of pictures! If you find a helpful resource, let me know.

Sam June 3, 2011 at 8:31 PM  

Ooh and these are great pictures :)

Andi June 4, 2011 at 10:10 AM  

I have always loved your photography! But there is nothing wrong with continuing to work on something, till you feel it's right. I love that hat you are working on! I like everything about this post-it made me smile. The bonus-hubby making breakfast.
Have a great weekend.

Jane June 9, 2011 at 4:57 AM  

I heard the sea lions at left the pier. I'm glad to see that they have not.

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