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To celebrate my feature over at HeyMama I thought I would share a little something I wrote last year. One of my favorite quotes.  And a little something about the year of 2016 for us.

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love, or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart was bared, beating forever outside its chest.” (-Debra Ginsberg)  I often have these deep pains in my heart as I watch my babies grow. Witnessing their first moments. Experiencing new discoveries. Adventuring along beside them.   When I step back and really soak it in, that is when it really hits.  My heart drops and I can feel shivers.  Want an intense form of love.

This last last year was a big change for us.  Perry was off to kindergarten as a fresh 5 year old.   Carrying his tattered blankets in hand.  Taking a deep whiff from his blankets before we walked hand in hand to front door.  I remember worrying that the littleness in him would fade.
We are half way through the year.   I still feel pains as I send him off to school.  On mornings where we are butting heads and voices are raised.   I feel like a terrible mom as we drive to school.  Telling him, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have yelled.  (Fearing that I’ve ruined his day.)  He takes his seatbelt off and climbs to the front to give me a hug and says its okay.   I tell him he’s wonderful.   And off he goes.  That’s when it hits me like a ton of bricks. That pain.  Guilt.  Pride. Love.  My heart beating outside my body in the form of a beautiful 5 year old boy.
People often ask, “How do you do it?”  My first response, “I laugh, I cry, coffee then beer?”   But how does any mom do it?  Super powers and an unmeasurable amount of love.  What else could it be?!
For more head to their instagram here. Thank you HeyMama!
xx- Abby
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Live The Simple Life

As winter approaches I find myself dreading the winter months.  What will we do in place of trips to the forrest, zoo, and parks.  Most mornings I tend to get my errands and must do’s out of the way so we can have the morning for the kids.  This usually consists of plopping down at the park or the forrest till nap time.  During the winter months we still try to get outdoors for a bit, just not as long.  The dreaded snow suits, gloves, boots, and stocking caps could literally make me pee my pants.   Last year, Perry would head out to the backyard and play by himself for an hour or so…lets hope this year he continues with that tradition and maybe he’ll take Leo along. Anyway, we’ve gotten a bit crafty with our adventures when Im not in the mood for trudging around in the snow.   Like heading to the sad empty mall with a Target as an anchor.  Sometimes we head to Target for a coffee and some popcorn.  Check out the toy isle.  When that wears out we can check out the train table at Barnes and Noble where I’m able to do a little computer work.  There’s also this quirky little antique shop in the mall that we like to explore.   We found a bag of matchbox cars and trinkets for $1.5o.  Headed out to the benches and Leo and his friends played with a bag of “new” treasures.     We’ve also found local rec centers that have toddler gym time and that’s only $1 per adult.   A giant gym with activities for the kids and bleachers for mom and dad to chill for a bit.  A great way to release some much needed energy.   We also have the local zoo with plenty of indoor exhibits.  They get to spend a little time outdoors walking to the exhibits and warm up once inside.

Stay Warm!!

(tee shirts below by Magnolia Roots Co  bag by Paige Avenue Shop  Ceramic Pendant by EarthenJoy)

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My Moments Giveaway + Jord Wood Watches

It seems almost weekly we’ve been making a visit to the local plant nursery. Perhaps its like visiting the therapist. Leo spends most of his time talking to the garden animal display. I spend most of my time talking myself out of another succulent. Today I noticed the “plant rescue” section and of course had to rescue someone (plant-just to be clear) for $3. I hope he lives. Poor thing was probably thinking, “OH GOD NOT HER!! Just take a picture and leave.”  The Christmas trees are up and looking quite magical.  Wait just one minute!! That doesn’t mean I’m ready for Christmas. That would mean that Leo would be a two year old.   I’m not sure where time goes.  I’m not sure that phrase had any meaning till I had kids.  It was just something old people said.  So here I am just another old person talking about time in a bottle.

One more thing about time before I wrap this up….Ive teamed up with Jord Wood Watches for a fun giveaway. One lucky winner gets a $75 credit towards their own wood watch.  You can enter the giveaway here  AND  just for doing so you get a $20 e-gift card expireing on 2/28/2017. The giveaway will close on November 6 2016 at 11:59pm.  Good luck!!

What I loved so much about Jord Wood Watches was their story, “The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes …”

Enjoy the tiniest moments as they will be gone in a flash!

XO, Abby

Im wearing the Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Champagne.  Shop Jord here.

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Slow Living Explore

We took it slow today. I needed to take it slow. To be absolutely present. We walked around downtown like we use to. Hand in hand. The hand I slammed in the car door earlier this morning. The hand that was now sticky and sweet from the rice crispy treat I offered as an apology. I ordered it with tears in my eyes at the coffee shop counter. The sweet woman who was waiting for the parking spot when I slammed his hand in the door came over to comfort me. She told me she had a child herself. I just stood there and cried to her, “its just an off day.” She said, “I know.” And thats all you need to hear some days. “I know. I understand.” That was my cue to take it slow. We sat on the corner of a downtown street. I drank my coffee. He ate his treat. We examined the buildings, the broken streets and sidewalks, the old tracks, picked up treasures, and looked in old windows. I didnt think about my massive list for the upcoming pop up show. The anxieties of the changes to come to Wee Vintage did not enter my mind. I find the best reset for me, is these moments. The moments when you breath and just be.

One of my favorite instagram accounts is that of Danielle @hippieindisguise .   Danielle and Melanie from @geoffreyandgrace started the Slow Living Project.  Challenging themselves and others to take pleasure in slow living and being present in the moment.  This months focus was “explore.”  For more inspiration and information on the slow living project click here.