Intention {Adventure} Day 20: House Tour

 … try another house tour.

Typically we do not do the same thing two Saturdays in a row.

But alas, when we discovered that Ipswich had a house tour with 12 houses today . . . and since Cole was so good last weekend . . .

We headed out and had a great time on a beautiful Fall Day.

 

The views all along the way were amazing . . .

 

Though we mostly just enjoyed them and did not take pictures.

The views from the houses were spectacular.

 

And we were welcomed everywhere we went.

 

It was a lovely day . . .

Another, different adventure, tomorrow.

Advertisements

Intention {Work} Day 17: Team Building

… to build some team unity.

This week my team at work is in from the far reaches of the US. We added a new person to the team as well this year so are coming up with strategies and reviewing all sorts of information together. I intend to have everyone up to our house for a lovely shared meal together and take full advantage of the face to face time together to get ready for the year ahead!


Time with my team turned out wonderfully. We had a fantastic meal together and are raring to go on the year ahead.

Intention {Toddler} Day 16: Positive Parenting

… for us to read about Positive Parenting together.

Liza and I very much believe in providing Cole positive direction and guidance. We blogged previously about how much Cole responds to positive reinforcement versus negative punishment.

We are always looking to find ways we can improve as parents and approach parenting in ways to benefit, shape and grow Cole in ways that help him to thrive.


We will begin reading through an ebook called “Parenting with Positive Guidance” by Amanda Morgan who operates the blog www.notjustcute.com.


We started reading through things today and are very encouraged. First, by the approach presented in the book with the idea that it is possible to help grow and shape discipline inside of a child. Much like children learn to walk, they also learn to make healthy decisions and there are ways we can help them do that. Also liked the reminder that my reactions should be less about my feelings and more about helping direct Cole back to a place where he recognizes he has a choice to do well. Feeling encouraged.

Intention {Personal} Day 15: Healthy Snacks

… to come up with healthy snacks to have on hand.

I love to cook. And I love to share food with friends. It has been fun to come up with different foods for our family and try out new recipes. One of the places that has been hard to find healthy options to have on hand is snacks. We love fresh food so having snacks readily available has felt more difficult but today I am committed to finding some good food options that are fresh and healthy to have on hand for our whole family to enjoy.

Intention {Refresh} Day 14: To Sit By a Warm Fire

… for us to sit by a warm fire and breathe.

Heading into a new week, one of our favorite things to do is stop and look at the week ahead together. With the colder weather, putting a nice fire in the fireplace adds a level comfort and peace that resonates with both our souls. So after a weekend that held a wide variety of things, it was good to stop and rest together.

31 Days {Day 31} : Lessons Learned

We set out on the adventure of blogging about intentional adventures for the past 31 days.  It was a month full of all kinds of interesting opportunities for us . . . and while I would probably do lots of it differently, I would do it again, because there was joy in the process and there was learning in the process.

Here are our top five lessons from adventuring intentionally . . .

This was one of the first lessons that we learned as we felt so awkward and self-conscious at one of our first adventures on a church hayride, but it was a theme.  There were a number of other times when we stepped out and did things that we would not have normally done, like heading into a haunted maze or keeping our little guy up past his bed time.  Bypass excuses and adventure any way.

I thought the hardest part of our challenge would be to find adventures for thirty one days.  It was not hard at all, the opportunities seemed to be all around us.  In fact there were a number of adventures that we did not blog about.  One of my favorite adventures that found me was getting to see the Stanley Cup with one of my students.  It was just an experience I never would have pursued.  We also were up for checking out the open house at our local Fire Station and going to the State Fair.  Things that I have not paid any attention to at all in the past.

Andrew and I have been working on budgeting this year.  A goal we have had for years.  We took Dave Ramsey’s online course, and have been adapting it for us.  We do budget monthly for adventure (we call it Dining and Entertaining).  It has been nice to know that there is money there just for enjoying one another and our world.  We found some particularly good deals on Groupon and sites like it that we enjoyed in November, usually meaning we paid less than half admission to things like Sturbridge Village and Go-Karting.  We also made the annual investment in Seasonal Theater Tickets that gets us out and experiencing.

Many of our adventures did not cost money at all, but instead were about being intentional with the time we had.  Cole and I loved our Giving Adventure, a tradition I would love to develop more. We have one lunch hour a week together and we used it by playing at Jordan’s Furniture, Going to an Outdoor Art Show, and exploring REI, fun as a family.  We do enjoy making the ordinary an adventure.

Life goes by quickly, and it does seem to increase exponentially as I get older.  We have found that the best way to slow down that race is to be intentional and mindful.  There are three seasons since Cole came to us that we have found ourselves really feeling as if we have lived fully in the season: the first was July 2010, when we each decided to take a picture a day, the second was this summer when we had theme weeks, and the third time has been the month of October and blogging about our intentional adventures. May we continue to grow in our intentionality, mindfulness, and adventuring.

—————————————————————————————————–

Updating as we go . . .

31-days-of-intentional-adventuresDay 1: About Intention
Day 2About Adventure
Day 3: Challenge – Community Event (Hayride)
Day 4: Challenge – Use Groupon (Daytrip)
Day 5: Challenge – Find Event on the Internet (Art Show +)
Day 6: Challenge – Head to the Local Fair
Day 7: Flashback Friday – AndrewLiza
Day 8: Challenge – Celebrate with Family
Day 9: Challenge – Celebrate Your Own Birthday
Day 10: Challenge – Adventure During Lunch
Day 11: Challenge – Accept an Invitation
Day 12: Challenge – Hot Air Balloon Part 1Part 2Part 3
Day 13: Challenge – Go to the Theater
Day 14:Flashback Friday – Andrew, Liza
Day 16: Challenge – A Giving Adventure
Day 17: Challenge – Highway Sign (Shaker Village)
Day 18:Challenge – Lunchtime Adventure (Outdoor Art)
Day 19: Challenge – Fire Safety Adventure
Day 20: Challenge – Lunchtime Adventure (REI)
Day 21: Challenge – Flashback Friday – AndrewLiza
Day 22: Challenge – Other People’s Homes
Day 23: Challenge – Adventures in Baking 
Day 24: Challenge – Adventure Outside
Day 25: Challenge – Embrace Speed 
Day 26: Challenge – A Haunted Maze 
Day 27: Challenge – A Night at the Museum
Day 28: Challenge – Flashback Friday AndrewLiza 
Day 29: Challenge – March in a Parade
Day 30: Challenge – Retreat
Day 31: Challenge – Intentional Adventures Lessons Learned

31 Days {Day 28} : Invest in Experiences

“Invest in Experiences.”

Gordon and Gail MacDonald (pictured above praying for us on our wedding day), had a good deal of sage advice for us as we prepared to get married (in fact they have written all kinds of wise things, some of our favorite books by them are High Call, High Privilege and Ordering Your Private World).

We have so appreciated their advice to invest in experiences . . . to take the trip, enjoy the adventure, have the special dinner.  We have come to agree with them whole-heartedly that investing in experiences continues to deepen and strengthen our relationship and there is such joy in experiencing together.

One particular time when I am so grateful we invested in the experience was when we were in California for my schooling.  I was in the midst of a two-week intensive and we decided that during the weekend we would pay the extra money to go on a road trip. We were saving our pennies and it was a big investment for us to pay for a room in Pasedena and find and pay for a room elsewhere . . . but it meant we would get to explore the coast, have time off from studies and work and get to spend time together.

So we got in our rental car and headed up the coast . . .

Along the way we stopped and enjoyed the sights, like the seals and Hearst Castle . . .

But the really special part of our weekend away was our Bed & Breakfast . . .

We did a post this summer on the different kinds of places we do stay . . . Bed & Breakfasts have become a favorite.

The Bridge Creek Inn was a wonderful stay.

We found it online and there were two bedrooms.  We called just before the weekend and were able to get one.  We had hoped for the room with the sauna, but were happy to stay in the room that was cheaper.  On the way up we got a phone call . . . the other couple was unable to make it, so we would have the whole house to ourselves for the weekend at the lower price.  And we got the room with the sauna.

The Sharpteam’s Bed & Breakfast Tips

1.  Use the Internet . . . there are a number of good finders for B & Bs

– http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/

– http://www.bnbfinder.com/

– http://www.bbonline.com/

2.   Check the B & B’s website

– If you don’t like the look of a room online, don’t think it will look better in person

– We have found that B & Bs with nice website have almost always been nicer

3.  Go ahead and call last minute

– We have gotten many good deals at the last minute

– B & Bs have waived the two-night minimum when we have booked the day or week of

4.  You don’t have to have the breakfast

– We have had lots of nice breakfasts at B & Bs

– Sometimes we don’t want to have to be up and ready, we have just let the Inn Keepers know and it has never been a problem

We are so grateful for the times when we have invested in experiences.

———————————————————————————–

Updating as we go . . .

31-days-of-intentional-adventuresDay 1: About Intention
Day 2About Adventure
Day 3: Challenge – Community Event (Hayride)
Day 4: Challenge – Use Groupon (Daytrip)
Day 5: Challenge – Find Event on the Internet (Art Show +)
Day 6: Challenge – Head to the Local Fair
Day 7: Flashback Friday – AndrewLiza
Day 8: Challenge – Celebrate with Family
Day 9: Challenge – Celebrate Your Own Birthday
Day 10: Challenge – Adventure During Lunch
Day 11: Challenge – Accept an Invitation
Day 12: Challenge – Hot Air Balloon Part 1Part 2Part 3
Day 13: Challenge – Go to the Theater
Day 14:Flashback Friday – Andrew, Liza
Day 16: Challenge – A Giving Adventure
Day 17: Challenge – Highway Sign (Shaker Village)
Day 18:Challenge – Lunchtime Adventure (Outdoor Art)
Day 19: Challenge – Fire Safety Adventure
Day 20: Challenge – Lunchtime Adventure (REI)
Day 21: Challenge – Flashback Friday – AndrewLiza
Day 22: Challenge – Other People’s Homes
Day 23: Challenge – Adventures in Baking 
Day 24: Challenge – Adventure Outside
Day 25: Challenge – Embrace Speed 
Day 26: Challenge – A Haunted Maze 
Day 27: Challenge – A Night at the Museum