Sunday, January 7, 2018

Year of the Dog

Every year I make new year goals.
Some years have been over the top and I accomplish nothing I write down.
As I have aged,
I make goals that are obtainable.
This year I want to:
 
 Maintain my weight
Learn to Accept
Minimize my need for sweets
Go to the temple 4-6 times
 
This year I truly intend to complete my goals.
I have love and support and help and a plan.
That was a lot of 'ands'.
 
We have spent the girls' break playing.
Playing together and lazing together,
and I snoodle them every night before bed.
 
Ella and I have been playing acrobat again!!
She has excellent body control and just enough fear to keep her from panicking and diving toward the ground.
Which I know sounds awful,
but is actually a good ting for small people who want to cheer.


 
On January 4th,
I woke up and went for my last run.
I plodded along the cold path,
my knee protested.
My hip ached.
And I accepted that running does not have room in my life anymore.
 
I got the bike I've been wanting for a year and half,
and I love it.
It's exhilarating to ride
and relief to my legs, feet and knees.
 
Even though I won't be running by Granny, Grandpa, and now Uncle Raoul,
I will still make sure to take the time to careful ride passed them.
 
My pets took the lazing part of the holiday quite serious.
 
I got to finally play with my yoga wheel last night.
I didn't NEED a yoga wheel.
I just wanted a toy for Christmas!!
 Handstands.
Are HARD.
I can not do them unassisted,
or with out the reassurance that the wall is near.
 But I could crouch on this things for hours.
I may not do a lot of things well,
but I have balance.
I'm short.
Low center of gravity.
I'm like a pyramid!!
 
Ella joined me!!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas

The holiday season went by in a flash this year.
More so than even usual.
The girls got out of school LATE.
If the schedule is the same next year,
I'll keep them home early.
 
Christmas Eve night we went on a Christmas light scavenger hunt!!
It was fun!!
Out of the 35 things we were supposed to find,
we got 29!!
 Kato loves our family so much.
His loyalty makes me want to have ALL the doggies!!
 
The girls called me in to see their Who impression.
I'd say it was spot on!!
 
Waiting to be set free on Christmas morning!!
Daddy woke us up at 4:45am

 
I love to see their sweet faces the first moment they see the tree.
 
Scarlet didn't really ask for anything specific for Christmas.
She would throw out ideas,
but there wasn't anything she just had her heart set on.
Until about 10 days before Christmas.
She then declared she hoped with all her heart she got a.....
 stick horse.
Bless her precious, easy to please heart.
 She was so very happy.
 
Ella didn't ask for a Big LOL Surprise Ball.
And I was glad cuz they were a "hot toy" this year and NO WHERE to be found.
But Santa is a master gift finder,
and he delivered!!
 She was so excited and told me that she had really, really wanted one,
but didn't ask because she knew they were hard to find and didn't want to be disappointed.
They're only little once,
and I strongly encourage them to believe in magic as long as possible.
Before they want make up and clothes,
and don't want anything to do with me.
 
Going to find stockings!!

 Even the pets got a few things!!
I guess everybody was good in the Bowler house this year!!
 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

1st Grade Program

My baby chicken singing her heart.
With lovely posture.
And good manners.
What else can I ask for?



Grapefruit Harvest

It has been warmer than usual this year.
I dislike it.
This Fall has been so busy,
and the weather warm,
it doesn't seem like Christmas at all.
The warm weather made my grapefruits ripen slowwwwwwly.
I waited very impatiently until the last minute to pick them so we could give them away as Christmas goodies!!
 
Our tree had ample water, warmth, and sun this year.
So it produced 5 times the amount of grapefruits this year!!
I will eat grapefruits A LOT this spring.
If I'm shot, a splatter of grapefruit juice will need to be cleaned up in place of hemoglobin.
 
Picking and fighting the thorny tree.
Kato is the ever present helper.
 
 My daughters with their bounty.

 
We have A LOT of grapefruits!!

Bowler Family Christmas Fun

Family picture attempt.
In case it wasn't glaringly obvious,
my family is just ridiculously in photogenic.

 
Reindeer games!!
I was very proud of my girls waiting patiently,
with excellent posture.

 
 Santa didn't just leave a pack of presents this year,
he stopped and stayed to visit!!
Ella asked for LOL dolls and Lego Dragons.

 Scarlet almost exploded.
She asked for a stick horse.
It was a fun evening!!


Cheer Recital

My cheer classes had their winter performances on December 18th.
I am so very, very proud of them.
They are talented, smart, motivated girls.
They're so sweet and I love them dearly.
I'm so happy to have months to prepare for our Spring Recital and really focus on precision and technique.
 
Our recital was the most dazzling display of organized chaos I have ever beheld.
One room packed with at least 150 girls,
all nervous and excited,
some terrified.
We rushed them on and off,
lined them up,
organized them,
fixed buns,
helped the ones in multiple classes change,
ties bows,
tied shoes.
It was truly a sight to behold.
I'm grateful to have the opportunity to teach.
It brings me joy.
My girls bring me joy.
I love the light in their eyes when they see themselves succeed.
I truly enjoy making other feel good about themselves.
I, myself, suffer from crippling low self esteem.
So when I see confidence, hope, and trust flood
a small, scared face, I feel a spirit inside me that fuels me for days to come.
 

Temple Lights

Brent and I took the girls to see the temple lights.
We have been in 3 years and it was well passed due!!
 
 Yes we match.
Yes on purpose!!
 We met up with my parents,
and they had my brother's son with them.
He frolicked about with my girls!!
 
 Grandpa's girls!!
 
My little family!!