Star Wars: The Power of Costume at the EMP

**Spoilers Ahead**

I had to run an errand downtown and decided to take the kids and check out the new Star Wars exhibit at the EMP. The collection is really impressive! It was a treat to be able to take in all the details of the costumes. Here are photos of almost everything. Enjoy!

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Simple Joys

Location: Green Lake
Distance: 6 miles
Playlist: Steve Winwood on Pandora *great 80’s mix*

One of the main reasons I love running is it’s simplicity. All you need is a good pair of shoes and you’re set. You get back what you put into it. The only expectations to live up to are your own and there are little victories along the way.

Girls Weekend!

I’m feeling rested and refilled after a weekend of fun with my best girlfriends. Time with great people is invaluable to me. I figured out years ago that taking time for myself isn’t selfish or detrimental to my family but, in fact, just the opposite. As wives and mothers we put unrealistic pressure on ourselves to be everything to everyone while running on empty ourselves. Not only is this unnecessary, but I think this behavior leads many of us to resent our kids or loved ones when we’re actually the ones depriving ourselves. My family has never made me feel bad for taking time out and what’s more, it’s good for them to see me making myself a priority. How are they supposed to respect me and my role when I don’t do it? Not only that, but it’s incredibly healthy for my kids to spend concentrated time with their daddy. We are different people and while we’re on the same parenting page, we approach things differently and it’s good for our kids to experience both of our styles. I always arrive home with a husband who has a renewed appreciation for the work I do for our family as well.

It’s a win all around.

I highly recommend the snowshoeing and wine tasting tour through Blue Sky Outfitters in Leavenworth. Now it’s time to focus on the week and get ready for March.

Dinner Conversations

The incomparable Eleanor Roosevelt.

The incomparable Eleanor Roosevelt.

My kids are at the age now where dinner conversation can easily circle around classroom gossip and comic book hero biographies. There is nothing wrong with these topics but they can become a little stale, especially when dinner discussions play such an important part in development. A year ago, we started using Dinner Conversation Questions at our meals. It was a big hit. Lately, though, I’ve wanted to take our valuable family talks to a higher level. Each afternoon I have the kids read an article and share what they learned at the table. My hope is that we will not only inform the kids of events and places around the world, but that they will digest these stories and start creating solutions to issues and problems that need their great brains and creativity.

Our main topic this last week was The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The kids are fascinated and couldn’t help but come up with all kinds of ways to manage and get rid of it. Then, we discussed this impressive young man’s idea. Which led us to his TED Talk, which led us to young ladies who have won the Google Science Fair. It’s been a great rabbit hole that will continue to unfold.

There are tons of great resources that are kid-friendly but address current events. We also get great kids magazines like Boys Life, National Geographic for Kids, and Time for Kids.

Here are some other great sites:

National Geographic Photo of the Day

Good News Network

Hello Giggles

Writing Prompts work well too!

Thanks for reading. Have a good weekend!

Talent Show

We had dress rehearsal for the annual Talent Show at school yesterday. It’s pretty great to watch dozens of kids put themselves out there and show their stuff. Each student gets slightly more nervous as the event approaches and it sinks in that there will be a crowd of people watching them, but they always do well. It’s so much fun to see their bravery and effort.

My job is to set up the stage, pump the kids up, send them out, and then cheer like crazy and hug them when they finish. It’s a pretty great gig.