these moments for always

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a forty degree temp swing from yesterday. it’s dark and dreary - the kind of weather outside that makes you want to curl up with a good book and hot tea inside. but these kids, they don’t slow down. ever. we’ve gone to the movies with friends, stuffed ourselves fully of Torchy’s, and built three thousand Lego creations and it’s not even five o’clock. they’re currently creating their own office space in a tiny nook in their room. on days like this I’m not sure if their imaginations or feet move faster. #zihlmanstake2014 @passivejuicemotel

a forty degree temp swing from yesterday. it’s dark and dreary - the kind of weather outside that makes you want to curl up with a good book and hot tea inside. but these kids, they don’t slow down. ever. we’ve gone to the movies with friends, stuffed ourselves fully of Torchy’s, and built three thousand Lego creations and it’s not even five o’clock. they’re currently creating their own office space in a tiny nook in their room. on days like this I’m not sure if their imaginations or feet move faster. #zihlmanstake2014 @passivejuicemotel

he’s got a new laugh. it’s ridiculous and adorable.

I’m working less in 2014, and I’m all but eliminating weekends from my work schedule (only a select few dates for the entire year). today, I’ve got a gorgeous grandparent session and though I’m excited for it, I didn’t want to leave home. the guilt was made easier when I looked up to see my whole heart smiling and shouting, “I love you” as I pulled out. I’m one lucky mama. #zihlmanstake2014

I’m working less in 2014, and I’m all but eliminating weekends from my work schedule (only a select few dates for the entire year). today, I’ve got a gorgeous grandparent session and though I’m excited for it, I didn’t want to leave home. the guilt was made easier when I looked up to see my whole heart smiling and shouting, “I love you” as I pulled out. I’m one lucky mama. #zihlmanstake2014

he’s in hog heaven. and she’s a terrific reader, @jlcalb!

he’s in hog heaven. and she’s a terrific reader, @jlcalb!

"…our modern view of time is to compress it and milk it for every nanosecond of productivity we can get."

every day I wake with a to-do list a mile long, with lofty ideas of all I’ll accomplish, knowing full well most it will remain unfinished at the end of the day.  and you know, that is perfectly okay for me.  I am not more worthy of love because of how much I accomplish in a given day. so stop glorifying how much we get done.  it should never be about how much, instead it’s about filling our days with memories.  moments. and an abundance of joy.  so stop trying to milk the day, and instead breathe in every second.  exhale sweet stories. ones you’ll be telling for all the years of your life.
today we chased the last bits of sun. just because we could. and it was glorious. #zihlmanstake2014

quote credit :: Swenson, Margins.

"…our modern view of time is to compress it and milk it for every nanosecond of productivity we can get."

every day I wake with a to-do list a mile long, with lofty ideas of all I’ll accomplish, knowing full well most it will remain unfinished at the end of the day. and you know, that is perfectly okay for me. I am not more worthy of love because of how much I accomplish in a given day. so stop glorifying how much we get done. it should never be about how much, instead it’s about filling our days with memories. moments. and an abundance of joy. so stop trying to milk the day, and instead breathe in every second. exhale sweet stories. ones you’ll be telling for all the years of your life.
today we chased the last bits of sun. just because we could. and it was glorious. #zihlmanstake2014

quote credit :: Swenson, Margins.

I don’t even have words. he’s a social butterfly and pretty much crazy. good thing he’s cute. #zihlmanstake2014

I don’t even have words. he’s a social butterfly and pretty much crazy. good thing he’s cute. #zihlmanstake2014

a little war before bed. the little guy kicked our tales. and a certain big boy was none too thrilled. rematch tomorrow.  #zihlmanstake2014

a little war before bed. the little guy kicked our tales. and a certain big boy was none too thrilled. rematch tomorrow. #zihlmanstake2014

he’s really into Daniel Tiger, and now he loves Mister Rogers too.  #oldschool

he’s really into Daniel Tiger, and now he loves Mister Rogers too. #oldschool

smoothies and vegan muffins before hitting up out favorite book store. #jupiterhouse #recycledbooks

smoothies and vegan muffins before hitting up out favorite book store. #jupiterhouse #recycledbooks

these little guys are amazing! best clean eating snack when you’re on the go. GMO free, vegan, GF. they’re totally worthy of their name! *found locally at Tom Thumb and the Sunflower Shoppe :: online at amazon*

these little guys are amazing! best clean eating snack when you’re on the go. GMO free, vegan, GF. they’re totally worthy of their name! *found locally at Tom Thumb and the Sunflower Shoppe :: online at amazon*

we found a gift card I’d thought was lost. and the little guy had money to burn. #legomovie set with 344 pieces and daddy and the big boy at school. mama is not the usual building helper, but we got it done. #somanypieces #toomuchadd #himandme

we found a gift card I’d thought was lost. and the little guy had money to burn. #legomovie set with 344 pieces and daddy and the big boy at school. mama is not the usual building helper, but we got it done. #somanypieces #toomuchadd #himandme

seventy degrees in january calls for hiking, tree climbing, exploring. #zihlmanstake2014

seventy degrees in january calls for hiking, tree climbing, exploring. #zihlmanstake2014

finally! @molly_flanagan you sure are something special.  ❤️

finally! @molly_flanagan you sure are something special. ❤️

one more gem from last week. I’m obsessed with this crew. #zihlmanstake2014

one more gem from last week. I’m obsessed with this crew. #zihlmanstake2014

somebody started school today! #forgrandpaspicymeatball

somebody started school today! #forgrandpaspicymeatball