Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mtn Mama: Back at Many Glacier

We are back in our beloved Many Glacier Valley for another summer!  Brief backstory: James started here in '03 for Glacier Park Boat Co.  I began playing piano in the Historic 200-room Hotel in '05.  Many experiences, many memories, lots of music. Josephine's spending her second summer up here, hard to say if she remembers anything from last year... 

Now, the snow lingers lovingly on the mountains, exaggerating the craggy details.  More clouds & wind than sun.  Missoula was hot when we left, feels like we've regressed a couple months in the weather.  Always shocks the system.    Heavy rainstorms when we arrived caused big slides on the side of Mt Altyn, right through South America.  Do you see it?  

After we moved out of the bungalow (writing a personal essay to share with you) Josey and I took a nice reprieve at the River, trying to wait out illness going around the Boat House and rest.  We had a great time with family but couldn't wait to see our guy.

Our Wednesday arrival was moody- mountains socked in, pouring rain.  The weather was me again- emotional, chilly, releasing.  We've seen plenty of melancholy days here, nature reminds me it's ok to feel stormy.  With change comes grief for what has been.

Shortly after our arrival, our fab pals came in.  Ty is the steadfast motor of GPBCo, an encouraging friend to us.  Sammi- the witty & wise big sister I never had, and Savannah is the same to Josey.  Snuggling with Baby Maddox may sway my registration in 'newborns anonymous' - he's a charmer!  Josey searched for sweet Savannah "Nana?  Nana?" after they left.  Relatable friends who are making this challenge of seasonal family life work- needed and valued.  More summer fun with this crew in the cards!

I think these transitions have been confusing for our honey-cinnamon girl.  She is stubborn like her Daddy, but super sweet, too!  Uppa downa... not sure where she gets that ;)  Lots of changes and repeat sicknesses, lots of whining.  I think we're on the mend - thanks to zzzz's, intermittent sunshine, Grandma & Grandpa's helpful visit, and of course: trail time.

I want to get settled, find the rhythm.  "Give it time," says my calm husband to his crazy wife.  The swollen waters from the rain have mellowed, but the gouges on Mt Altyn will remain.   Trying to breathe deep, lower my expectations, come down from school.  Music helps.  

Seclusion is actually not the norm in this busy valley.  We live with 7 other Boat Captains in this house.   Cooking for this crew is challenging- food is gone lickity split!  Countless characters roaming about: tourists, workers, critters.  When I meet new folks,  there's a conscious effort to distinguish their story, while they've got, "She used to play piano here!  She has a baby!  She's with James."

Yes.  I used to hike all day then shower quick and entertain with wet hair, taking breaks to converse with tourists and employees.  I learned to improvise and trust myself in this place.  I fell in love with my husband when he'd leave notes on the piano in the lobby for me.  Now, I spend my time with our baby Josephine, named after the sparkling waters where the Morning Eagle lives.  

 "Boat" is definitely her word of choice these days!

Love to show our little firecracker this magical valley.  See it through her eyes.  Today, she gripped my fingers tight, green crocs charging down the trail, "Ah! Gogogo... Hi!  Hi!"

Like my Daddy says, we have all summer.  

Peace has to grow.  (The rest of it, too.)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Listen (for the Road Home)

Don't listen to the rumors,
Don't listen to the crowd.
Don't listen to the thumping music,
talking way too loud.

Listen to the radio.

Your spontaneous bounces and plays
will guide along the way.
The songs you belt and sing
more breath and peace will bring.

Listen.  To the radio.

These doubts and secrets held within,
those questions, fears, and dreams.
Will glide away,
far away.

Listen to the radio.

{this post is for Five-minute Friday}

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Birthday Gift

Today was the first time I’ve ever had school on my birthday.  It was the LAST DAY, thank the Lord!  When I walked in, my beautiful carpool (who I’ve been missing terribly for the last month while James has been gone) surprised me to tears with a sweet “Happy Birthday” serenade.  Oh, carpool love.  The connections in my life are growing and deepening as I get older.  I love that.  In this next year, I’m striving to have more meaningful relationships in all facets of my life as I follow my light (as crazy as it sometimes seems).

Kettlecorn made with love for my 7th graders

I felt more gratified today, reflecting on a year full of living and learning and hard work.  Watched video of my students performing, my heart clenching while I remember why I do what I do.  The thing that I am called to do.  Connecting with students.

Definitely craving time on the trail to unwind this summer, thankful for Many Glacier and this upcoming time to process, plan ahead, and focus on my family.  We had a sweet time on Waterworks Hill today, I asked two kind brothers (who I happened to know from years back) to snap a portrait on our way down.  Love this flirty, feisty cupcake on my back.


I’ve run myself ragged this year, and my eyes and skin show it.  I know I need more sleep, but in the meantime, I treated myself to Bija Body Anti-Aging Body care a little early (with green light from James, who digs the yummy scent AND loves his happy mtn mama) I've been cherishing this treat during end of school/moving stress.  The consistent state of “hot mess” that I seem to be living in needs that extra piece of zen, and who doesn't want to feel pretty?

Opening a package from BijaBody is the best!

I fell in love with the BijaBody Blog a few years ago and reading it was a big inspiration in starting my own site.  Make sure to scroll down to “more articles” for Melissa’s wise expertise on health + beauty- I’m gained many helpful lessons from her, like eating carrots for your skin, drinking apple cidar vinegar, healthy travel habits, and much more.   

Thoughtfulness behind every single one of BijaBody’s products is evident just by looking at the label or reading her posts.  As a reader and customer for a couple years, I know BijaBody truly cares about each order and each customer.  When my friend Brenna brought me to our first-ever clothing swap several years ago, Melissa struck me as the kind of friend I want to be: outgoing, encouraging, and honest.

Click on the slide!
Lovely BijaBody ingredients
At the suggestion of my dear (carpool) friend Amy, BijaBody is the first business I'm choosing to  partner with here.  I respect the ideals this company stands for, who & where it comes from, and… these products are just the luscious!  Ask my Grandma Vicki, or try some for yourself!   

A gift for us all- 10% off your order with BijaBody for the rest of June!  Everything is sure to make you feel more healthy, lovely, and whole.  The Serum + Scrub is your skin's answer for long days in the sun, on the trail, in the water this summer.  Start with a sample if you can’t decide, they are lovely and generous and perfect for travel!

Love your body, love yourself!  Thanks for the birthday wishes today, for being here and sharing in life's journey with us.  Don’t forget to follow your light!  xo

*Please enter code “peacerocks” upon checkout after you shop and let me know what you purchased in the comments below!  Enjoy!* 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Sweets: Transitions

Hope you had a great weekend!  Time with Brynne, Metta, AND Grandma was a real treat here.  Trying to be zen about packing.

Lots of transitions-  Miss JoJo Bean is workin’ on walkin’ and p a t i e n c e…missy is used to scampering everywhere like a lightning bolt.  So cute & exciting to see her getting a couple steps here and there- priceless proud grins!  It won’t be long ‘til I’m chasing her all over the place.  Hard not to want to constantly video every little thing, too.  Baby GoPro!?

Today was graduation, tomorrow is 8th grade promotion, then one more day!  I will miss this group of Seniors.  Graduations are always inspirational - I went through my fair share of kleenex.   Our valedictorian has a super contagious smile, and he played drumset on “Seasons of Love” with us today and several other pieces throughout our time together.  His speech brought tears to my eyes, coming from the perspective of youngest of 6.  He started by quoting the late Whitney Houston and made us all laugh.  Mike noted “Get up on time" as one of his humble tips, but is one of those people who just leads by example.  Again- we’ll miss this group!   

Their keynote speaker was thespian and father of another awesome grad.  Dr. Randy Bolton from UM Drama imparted “Seven Truisms” to the students, sharing my favorites (with permission):

2.  Proceed with increased openness and acceptance of others (but exercise some intelligent skepticism and appropriate cynicism).

6. Walk in the world with confident, proud, and solidly grounded steps.

7. Always let your natural, big sense of Wonder work in all things. 

Much to attend to in the bungalow, so I'll leave it at that.

In the spirit of tradition & transitions, the latest in Josey-life: 

Yay!  Mom & Dad together for an evening!
Bouldering with Daddy while I was away
Market with Mets!
Perfect Saturday with the chicas
Mouth full of dirt, crazy fun steps

Sunday with Grandma
Life is good.
Going to bust ass for one more week (Mamalode Playlists for increased momentum), 
and...a week from now we'll be reunited with James!
Have a fantastic week!  More here very soon! 


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