Right here, right now

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

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I haven't been around this little blog very much lately.

I have had a lot going on in my mind, in my life, in my soul - and I have sort of felt like I needed to hunker down with my family and really minimize or eliminate anything that was pulling my focus from where it needed to be.

Realistically, I will probably be more scarce than usual for another month or two.  I will try not to be so absent, but I seriously doubt I will be back to my normal blogging schedule until the end of the summer.

I have to say, though, that this life that has been "taking all my time", is truly so wonderful and beautiful and full of joy as I never could have imagined.

This life I get to live? 

I get to feel cool water on my skin and the warm sun on my bones. 

I get to watch my children splash and play and learn to swim, getting braver and braver.



I get to take care of them when they are sick, and get them frozen yogurt when they don't want to eat anything else.



I get to watch Devlin teach Eve about intervals on the piano.



I get to help them learn to build things...



...and then watch as they become way better at it than I will ever be.



I get to see them learn to read, and help them build a love of books that will bring them enrichment and happiness for the rest of their lives, and then share my favorite books with them.



I get to do Iris's curly hair, every single day, and I never get over it.



I love them so much that I go visit them after they are asleep, every night, and I know they love me too, because they tell me and they show me.



I get to make my home a happy, beautiful place to be.

I get to hear, and make, music that makes my very soul vibrate.

I get to travel, and see parts of the country and the world that I love dearly, and I'm so lucky to live on this little blue planet.

I get to enjoy a relationship with my parents, and grandparents, and help my children build that too.

I get to continue to educate myself, and discover new passions, and prove myself wrong every day.

I get to eat delicious food, and drink delicious drinks.

I get to play games, or have animated conversations, and just sit on the couch with That Guy I Married, my best friend.

It's a good, good life, and I'm grateful for every bit of it.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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I have personally driven 1,000 miles in the past 5 days, visiting my sister in LA for my nephew Jasper's first birthday.

We are driving out of our driveway as I write to log another 10-15 hours this week traveling to our First Occasional Dixon Family Reunion in Greer.

It has been wonderful, and I expect it to continue being wonderful.

But I'm sure you'll understand if I'm not getting around to blogging regularly.

See you in July?

True Love

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM

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Me and That Guy I Married have been playing a lot of Nertz lately.

We have had a lot to talk about, and over a rousing hand of cards (or 30) has been an excellent place to do it.

Last week, I suddenly had one of those moment where everything washes over you all at once:

the cool breeze of a summer night

my children safely asleep in the house

beautiful music that physically brings a smile to my face

my husband of just-now 11 years, each happier than the last

the excitement and adventure of each new day

I know how privileged I am to be able to say it, and mean it, but for me? The world is not a scary place.  It's not dangerous.  It's not wicked, or dark, or degenerate.

It's wild, and wonderful, and so, so beautiful.

The World According to Iris

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

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Today, this very Wednesday, my youngest child has:


applied a large amount of my (expensive) makeup to the bathroom counter



applied a large amount of (expensive) hair gel to her curls, which now sleep in stiff corkscrews upon her sticky pillow



caused me to have to say, out loud, in public, "Iris, life is long and you will have plenty of opportunities to wipe your own bum".

Iris Olivia Dixon, I love you.

And I surrender.

A world of infinite possibility and infinite beauty

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM

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Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

Little darling
It's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since its been here

Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It feels like years since its been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

Sun, sun, sun
Here it comes

Little darling
I feel the ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since its been clear

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right

Here comes the sun
It's all right