Monday, May 21, 2012

....time and tide.....

....I detest busy....

.....now, obviously we all have phases in our life when the schedule is packed.....activities demand time from us, trips build up, end of the year activities arise, Christmas takes over the month of December, etc......so it doesn't bother me when I hear it out of my own mouth every so often.....but I get irritated when I become one of those people whose answer is, I'm busy. Crazy busy.......especially when that has been my answer to how are you? for too long.....

...cringe....

.....I have been running at a lightning speed pace for weeks now and although that pace keeps it lively, there hasn't been any slow time to balance it all.....no ebb and flow......and as much as I don't know about horoscopes, I do know that my libra sign has something to do with two balancing scales and I am lopsided......very, very lopsided.....

.....my pace has resembled something like this.....


.....and children remind me that if life is in a frenzied place, then I better carry on with glee.....or as my sweet Grammy would say, be of good cheer.....

....so I try to let the small things go and in the midst of barely catching my breath, I still find moments to focus on the joy in our lives since God continues to bless us abundantly.....


....we recently had a packed apartment of nine people, which took the record for the biggest slumber party in our 7 years in this humble nest....


.....it was full of so many laughs and jokes, despite the fact it was hot and crowded and no one slept very well....cranky can still be turned into fun and it was a miracle that we did not have any requests for apartment showings that week.....it was nice to push pause on most of the routine of a normal week and spend time at our favorite local hang outs with family.....










.....our amazing weather lately has been the perfect compliment to outdoor activities.....the Mayfair festival happened to fall over the weekend my brother and his wife were here to visit.....it is the closet thing to duplicating the suburban style of opening your back door and letting the kids run wild......except, we open our building door and our backyard is a street filled with live music, bouncy houses, craft tables, face painting and creative vendors who have just the fancy thing that catches the eye of my little girl who loves to wear something that sparkles.....



.....and it was so nice to pop in and out of the apartment for bathroom breaks, diaper changes, drink refills, etc.....it was so convenient to leave empty handed and not worry about carrying any gear in the stroller.....hands down, we voted it to be the easiest day of the week and to top it off, our babes were bone tired by sundown......













.....and we needed an easy day....because although nothing is every really easy, we had our fair share of events that were extremely chaotic, not timed very well or required a complete change of direction and a pit stop for ice cream so we could regroup.....






.....and this blog is also a good indicator of when the barometer is pushed a bit too far in one direction because there becomes a backlog of snapshots......when I start to feel unbalanced, it's due to some big, happy lovin' life events .....along with an apartment that is for sale, three kids all in different phases of activities and interests, sick babies, new babies arriving with Mommas who need some help, visitors who want to stay for an hour or a week and a husband who spends an additional 25 hours on top of his work load studying for an annual test that he takes every June.....it's all been joyful and festive; but there are two weeks left of nursery school and a CFA test in 12 days and I am craving some down time with my family.....sprint, jog.....advance, retreat......adventure, routine....

....ebb and flow, baby....

....I thrive on it....





     ....How long ago was Easter?.... 








...and I love the 14th century proverb that sums it up so well....

.....time and tide wait for no man....

...or any Momma, for that matter.....


.....life moves on....

....so busy or bored, we better enjoy and savor this one beautiful life we've been given.....



....seize your here and now....

.....sweet dreams....


8 comments :

Amy said...

I hope you get a little down time to take in the special day to day moments!

Michelle G said...

The slide pictures are awesome & your kids are still gorgeous! Well, they (pictures) are all awesome. . . I need to visit more often!!! I'm going to add you to my blog list so that I don't get too busy and forget. And I'm also jealous now that I don't live in New York. I hope you get your rest and relaxation soon!

Tracy Balderach said...

Thanks for swinging by, Michelle! We are both FSU alums :) Look forward to swinging by your blog too!

Victoria said...

I love to read your posts. You captured the beauty of life amidst the crazy and busy parts. I am also feeling overwhelmed with the demands my life has now, and not having time to do the things I love... blogging, writing and being creative. You post was exactly what I needed to read at this point in my life. It's funny how God moves about our "BE"ings.

Cheryl@OntheOldPath said...

Love all the pictures of your life and family. Life can become so chaotic and there are definitely seasons that are busier than others. Hope your husband breezes through his exam and that you all find some down time.

Claire said...

What a wonderful family you have! I recently told my dad that I seemed to be busy all the time. His reply "busy people will always find something to keep them busy." I guess we do it to ourselves! But isn't it worth it, even if you have to carve a little down time in the middle of the night, while the family is asleep?

Anne @ Green Eggs and Moms said...

All these pictures are great!! :D You've got such a beautiful family .. and how do you keep sane with having to take care of all of them? I have one and he's a handful!

Laura Day said...

These are some great picture. Ya'll definitely had your hands full. I love that slide!

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