A few good gems

Welcome to the weekend, friends! Today starts my kids' three-week winter school holiday and we're gearing up as a family to go spend a few days in a warmer place. I'm hoping for a spot that makes me feel like this painting does (ahhhhhh....):

Kevin Fitzgerald, "Island Dream"

Kevin Fitzgerald, "Island Dream"

I found these lovely words today:

So to you, Friend, I confide my secret:
to be a discoverer you hold close whatever
you find, and after a while you decide
what it is. Then, secure in what you have been,
you turn to the open sea and let go.
- William Stafford

. . .

I'm bookmarking this reading list for the weekend: a collection of long form articles of several childhood heroes, including Fred Rogers, LaVar Burton, Bill Watterson.

Are you fitbitting? I loved David Sedaris's New Yorker article this week on Living the Fitbit Life.

I nominate Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone for coolest couple of the week. I just want to know how to get my favorite charity on their next signs...

A commencement speech spoof for those of us from the Class of Some Time Ago

I think these paper hot air balloons could be a fun project, either as a mobile or as singles in different sizes. (Or what about a LAUNCH party when your child leaves for college?)

hot air balloon mobile.JPG

I think this may be a crepe weekend. I have to admit I've not had the best luck mastering the art of the crepe but I think I'm almost there.  Let's be honest, I just need to find the best nutella delivery vehicle possible.

I loved Jessica's post a while ago about helping her family figure out their love languages. Even though my kids are technically past the children's book target age, I think this kind of discussion could work really well with any age. (I know what we're doing for our next family night.) 

Okay, over and out everyone. Have a wonderful, safe, relaxing, exciting (take your pick) weekend!

(p.s. Sorry for the quirky formatting today. After I put in the poem, the fonts went crazy.)