Instagram is my favorite creative outlet. Even when I cut all the other social media out of my life, I stayed on Instagram because it’s been so fulfilling to me. I love taking pictures and I love sharing the beautiful things I find with other people. I’m finding it a bit challenging to get “back into” blogging again, but Instagram is my jam.
Do people still say “jam”? Whatever you kids are saying these days, that’s what Instagram is for me. I know I’m not alone! So many people I’ve followed through the years have left blogging altogether and set up permanent residence on IG. I’d be content to keep all my sharing to the IG platform as well if I didn’t feel this awful itch to write again.
So while I hope I can get over the awkward hump back into my “writing zone”, whatever that is, perhaps I should also get in the habit of sharing my favorite Instagram pictures over here as well? These are some of the pictures I’ve posted recently:
Hawk had his very first dental checkup last week. I wish I could say that it was uneventful, but they found a few cavities and he’s going to have to have some work done. I feel so bad for the buddy, and I’m praying it’s a positive experience for him so he doesn’t ever have to feel some of the anxiety I always felt going to the dentist when I was a kid.
We’ve been making the transition into a Charlotte Mason style of learning gradually over the last year, and last month I decided to go all the way and start with the curriculum suggestions from Ambleside Online. The biggest thing for me is that I want Seth to enjoy school, and for there to be less division in his mind between “this is school” and “this is play”. So far, we are really enjoying these books! He’s always loved reading with me, though, and our biggest challenge so far is learning to slow down and savor it all.
Since I read to Seth so much, I don’t have much time left to read for pleasure. I still read more than the average person, but I realized a few weeks ago that I hadn’t just read a fun book for myself in quite a few months. So, I requested this one from the library, and here we go! I’m really enjoying it so far.
Here’s my brilliant gap-toothed boy. He’s been missing those top two (now three!) for a long time, and I’m beginning to wonder if the new ones will ever come in. One day I’m going to look back on his awkward first grade grin and miss it so much! He’s getting too big, way too fast.
Walmart’s new grocery pickup service has been a game-changer for me. A friend of mine told me about it earlier this month and I decided to give it a try. Come one, we all have a love-hate relationship with Wally World, don’t we? I, for one, love to save money (really, I have to save money… who am I kidding?) but I hate anything that complicates my routines. Having the ability to order my groceries online and rarely ever set foot inside the store again!? I can’t tell you how much money this has saved us, how much extra time I have with the kids, and how much peace this has brought to our family. #WINNING.
Last week, we made nature collages with things we gathered from our neighborhood. This was so much fun! I made a mouse, Seth made a deer, and Hawk just had a blast sticking stuff to the paper. This project will definitely be repeated!
I really love hiking, when the weather is nice, which means now. I took the kids out to some trails I hadn’t visited in years earlier this week, and we had a fantastic time. Hawk tired out faster than I expected, but he still had fun and I suspect we have found a new favorite destination. Sometimes I forget how awesome our hometown really is, and how many wonderful things it has to offer.
I sense a resolution for 2017 already brewing, to get out and explore more. Sound good? I also want to start using my “big-girl camera”, the trusty old Nikon D90, more often than I do. This year, it’s been collecting dust while most of my photography has been purely for Instagram. In the meantime, I hope these iPhone photos will suffice to capture season I’m in right now! It really is awesome to be able to carry my memories around with me in my pocket, and to be able to share them so easily.