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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Moving Along

Hello and how are you?! It's been awhile, huh?

I never imagined I would go more than two months without blogging. So here's a quick catch-up for posterity sake.

Halloween was SO fun. They loved trick-or-treating and did great in their costumes.



Thanksgiving was also fun--until C started running a fever. We visited with my brother and his family and checked out College Station for the first time, then headed home quickly in the hopes that we wouldn't spread our illness to anyone else.

The Christmas season was surprisingly low-key and fun. We've been super busy at work, and the girls are still so little that they don't really know what this whole Christmas thing is all about. (We also don't do Santa or that Elf on the Shelf headache...um...magic, so that helps Mom keep her sanity, too.)

Not to sound too Grinchy. In fact, one thing about this parenting gig that I wasn't expecting was how much fun it is to be the experience-creators instead of the experience-receivers. It's really been amazing to see the holidays through the little gals' eyes and to create our own traditions. Very cool.


(Those last two paragraphs were written before an exhausting, but precious, trip to Alabama. As we head into the new year--happy new year, by the way--Christmas does not feel so low-key anymore!)

OK. So, now that we're all caught up, here's the big update.

My little space on the Internet is moving to www.tiffanynorris.com.

I've spent the last few months thinking and praying about what I want that space to be. Reading my favorite blogs, looking at the design of different spaces, and figuring out what I like about them and how I could make that my own. How much to say about the girls, what I want in terms of interaction with readers, and what kind of balance to strike between the personal and professional.

It's enough of a change in focus that I want to start fresh with a new site. It also lines up with the timing of the Digital Ministry School Jason and I are starting that we'd love for you to check out as well.

The new blog got going today--January 1. Cliche, I know, but why not?

I'm actually really, really excited about it, and I think I have some good content lined up for the whole month. I also know that, even after almost 10 years of blogging, I'm still finding my voice and learning to convey what is so clear in my head onto the page. I do hope you'll read along with me.

So, if you want to keep up (and I really hope you do!), will you hop over to www.tiffanynorris.com or change your settings on whatever place you read these days? (I'll also have an email newsletter subscription deal set up soon.)

Here's to a new start, a new year, all sorts of new and better things in 2015!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

One Day, Year Two

I played along with Hollywood Housewife again for her #OneDayHH fun, and it was cool being able to post on Instagram this year! {No smart phone last year.}

Looking back, it's kind of amazing--in good and bad ways--how much has changed in a year, and it's interesting to see what hasn't changed. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose, non? 

Anyway, I love the record of a "normal" day this provides since I'm not into journaling much lately.

So, here's our day in a bit more detail...

My alarm goes off at 4 a.m. with encouraging messages to get my tail in gear. :)

I'm currently alternating between Pure Barre and Hip Hob Abs, but Pure Barre is the only thing that actually gets me excited to get up in the wee small hours. The DVD set is on my wishlist.

This is how I wake up the girls...

Catherine doesn't like me playing much these days {"Loud!"}, so I've been playing a piece when it's time for them to wake up in the morning. That way, there's nothing she can do about it. mwahaha

Speaking of C, she is super into washing her hands these days. I am all for that. She says "Catherine do eet!"

Then it's the morning craziness that I'm sure many of you know well--packing bags and breakfasts and getting out the door with matching shoes on.

We love their little school, and they are there four days a week now. Basically full-time working girls. ;) {Fridays are Daddy Days.} But, as much as I love it, I hold my breath a little all day and send up frequent prayers that they are doing well, learning a lot, being kind, and that others are being kind to them, too.

Then it's my work. Where there are a lot of books.

And coffee. A lot of coffee.

I'm holding my lunch hours close to my heart these days, but I look forward to sharing more of that with you soon.

The afternoon often finds me working on projects. Today was digitizing old tape cassettes and putting together a LibGuide. {My view also includes a Tay Morgan calendar and my SEC football schedule.}

Then...the best part of a WOHM's day. :)

Dinner music and dinner company both brought to you by monkeys...


Mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and lima beans for supper. Delicious, filling, and vegan {if somewhat starchy}. Crowd pleaser.

The girls were on the grumpy side tonight, though, and that makes for a tough night for all of us...when bedtime can't come soon enough.


But I've learned that, if I can get a few minutes of one-on-one snuggle time with each of them, they tend to do better. So we ended the night on a slightly happier note.

I never knew parenting required so much grace and forgiveness--both for and from these little people.

And, after they're finally {finally!} in bed, Jason and I settle in for the rest of the evening. We've been reading through Philippians together, so we spend some time talking through chapter 3. Then it's on to as much work as we can keep our eyes open for--DMS, FWMB, and, of course, what I'm writing right now. :)

I'm so glad I did this again this year. It's nice to think through a day and record it. {There was so much I had forgotten just from last year!}

This is an interesting season for us. Not a lot of margin, a whole lot of stress, but some really, really wonderful moments, too. Can't wait to see what next year will bring!

Monday, October 20, 2014

31 Days--How to Do It Right

So I had the best of intentions for my 31 Days book posts, but, the first weekend in October, we got hit with another round of the stomach bug. (That's the third time this year for those of you keeping track.)

And everything fell behind after that.

Blogging, groceries, sleeping in the bed (which I haven't done for the past week).

Anyway.

There are two bloggers that are doing a pretty bang-up job with the whole 31 Days thing, so I wanted to pass along those recommendations.

I read and enjoy Osheta and Megan on a regular basis, but these series have been especially top-notch.

So enjoy!

We have had a moment or two for Halloween dress rehearsals. :)


Friday, October 03, 2014

31 Days: Book Cover

Like I imagine a lot of these posts are going to be, this one was kind of difficult to narrow down because there are just so many good choices.

But I settled on Lemony Snicket's unauthorized biography.


I love the humor in the Series of Unfortunate Events, and this reversible book cover captures it so well. So many inside jokes, dry wit, and just plain silliness.

Your turn--favorite book cover? Let me know if you jump in with any of these posts!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

31 Days: Book and Movie

This could have gone a lot of ways, but what more appropriate as we head into October?

My very favorite Charlie Brown.

We don't have our fall decorations up yet (on the to-do list for this weekend), but I'm ready for our first viewing anytime.

What about you? Are you all decked out for fall? How do you feel about Charlie Brown? What's your favorite book and movie?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

31 Days: Bookshelves

So our bookshelves don't really look like this anymore.

We've moved the dining room table into the kitchen, and the library/dining room has morphed into a playroom of sorts.

Jason and I are gradually moving our books into our room and letting the little ones have free reign in this area.


I kind of hate it, and I kind of love it.

But it's a season. My bookshelves will not always look like this. And, when that happens, I'll probably kind of hate it and kind of love it too.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Something New for National Podcast Day

About a year ago, I mentioned that Jason had started a podcast called Learning to Teach.

I look forward to sharing more soon, but the idea has actually grown into something new, something we're really excited about called the Digital Ministry School.

For now, I'll let Jason explain, but we'd appreciate it if you'd keep this endeavor in your prayers.

And check it out! Especially if you're at all interested or invested in Christian education, communication, or digital media.

Read from the beginning...