Thursday, March 29, 2007
1) Trying not to think is like trying to breath water,
2) It is Spring Break, so of course my kids are sick yet AGAIN,
3) I would like to be more organized ... and to that end could use this and a better cup of coffee!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Ahhh the smell and feel of a brand new baby. And we got two! Can you tell. -- my twin nieces have arrived! Holding bitty babies feels a bit foreign these days. I'm more used to elbows in the face and accidental knees in the stomach than sweet sound sleeping little bundles of joy. By the way, the amorphous looking pink blob above is actually a precious little mary jane bootie that I've been wanting to knit for awhile. First there were no girlies to knit for, then I couldn't make it work and got caught up in other things. Nothing like holding a new baby to give you inspiration (I knitted this one last night after the kids were in bed). It should look better once I stitch it together (oh and make the other one - actually make that three).
What else is new for Mama around here? A wave of depression for some reason or another. Not sure why since I'm VERY excited about the new nieces. New babies bring thoughts of possibility and joy, dirty diapers and unfolding personalities. They are cute and they don't talk back (unlike a 4-year old). I think maybe just maybe this Mama is struggling a bit with the realities of our schedule and temperaments on our family life. I love my kids, they are great and I enjoy them so very much. But around here, we are definitely past the cute baby phase and we are not the Cleavers (nor would we want to be). We luckily aren't the Osbornes either, but there is room for improvement. Ahhh the rites of spring: house cleaning, new plants sprouting, new birds nesting, new babies arriving ... and a chance to improve. When you were growing up (or) with your kidlets now, where does your family fall on the spectrum... Cleavers on one end, Osbornes on the other? And what would you most like to improve?
Welcome to the world baby girls!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
(I realize that isn't 2000 seperate people) but to me it matters. Thanks for caring enough to look or read or even come back again and again. I hope you'll continue to visit and enjoy my ramblings.
How do you know you've got a spirited child?
Your child insists they MUST do something that they have been wanting to do (and won't let go for ever or at least hours), although to do so would require time-travel into the past!
How do you know you're spirited yourself?
When you attempt to give other options, try to provide what the child wants in fantasy, try to get to a YES ... yes we can do that "another time, another way, later today etc." and so on and so forth, eventually run out of ideas on how to move past this "issue" and end up trying to take a Mama time out (only to be followed), desperately give in, or finally lose it and have a bit of a parent tantrum yourself (followed by kicking yourself when you are down).
Ahhh parenting. Around here it is never boring. If I manage to raise these kids well, I will have leaders and I'll be able to get rich imparting my knowledge in books, videos, lectures and workshops! Now that would be an upside. Here's looking for the upsides in your family today (even if it is another rainy spring break day with colds)!
Monday, March 26, 2007
She HAD to have her very own gardening gloves (sorry to say ... they are Dora the Explorer) and more flowers than I intended to kick off her little patch of our garden. We finally got them in when the sun came out yesterday along with giving two of our beloved former kitty's their final resting places (ashes) in the back garden under the stepping stones, complete with a mini-ceremony. We think they'll be very happy in the back garden by the hedge where myriad birds hang out and the squirrel runs through. The kids helped to put the ashes into the ground and we talked a little bit about each cat... luckily no one was too grossed out by the bone bits in the ashes and no one asked too many questions, preferring to play with the urn and climb in the tree. We have talked about concepts of dying before, but it is always hard to know just what to say - what they are ready for...
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
For any of you who have ever heard or felt yourself do something with your children or in response to them and you weren't quite sure why you responded that way (or) maybe you responded just as your parents would have with you even though you'd rather not... this may be the book for you.
Interestingly enough, this book includes quotes of praise from both Michele Pfeiffer (mother and actor) and Kate Capshaw Spielberg (I guess her name is sufficient to tell you who SHE is...), but the quote that seems to most clearly sum up this book to me is by Sal Severe (great name), Ph.D., author of How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! (add that book to my list).
Dr. Severe says this: "By combining the latest research on parent-child relationships with new discoveries in brain science, Parenting from the Inside Out shows parents how to understand and integrate the experiences from their own childhood into a nurturing style of parenting that promotes healthy communication, meaningful attachment, and trust."
Mind you, I haven't found this the easiest of books to read but I feel as though the effort will be well worth it by the end. Good information for both scientific minds and those less so. And as the authors and their book tell us, "Parenting is an opportunity for lifelong learning. Children offer us the chance to be in a relationship that encourages us to deepen our connections with others and with ourselves"... and so does this book.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
I find that after a weekend where I've had little time for myself, I'm pretty swarthy.
Time spent sprucing up outdoors at preschool, preparing for and enjoying the boys' 1st pirate birthday party, spending time with relatives getting ready for newborns, and raking leaves with 6 & 7 year old sunday schoolers is all time well spent, but lack of mamatime makes me feel a bit like walking the plank (as does enforcing the rules around the new pirate sword in the house)... but instead I'm off to pick up the groceries! Yarrrrr.
How does this Monday morning find you?
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
and seeing just how close I could get to our favorite back yard squirrel as he rests in his favorite spot... closer...
And c l o s e r...
C .. L .. O .. S .. E .. S .. T!
Also experimented with taking the bus to see the boy for lunch (which the girl and I did successfully). Once at school we got to see the boy experimenting with pretend weddings. First grade, first crush (maybe). I can't keep up lately... one week it's kickball, the next marriage!
ALso experimenting with a few new photo cards for the Etsy shop... so check back soon.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
And by the way... speaking of technology (as I did in my last post I believe), I am writing this after succumbing for the 2nd time to online grocery shopping (maybe it is #3 or 4 as we did it when our son was first born and had it delivered to our door). Hadn't done it since but ... with our crazy schedules it seems to be great to order tonight and have the hubby pick up manana! Plus I am glad to be able to order online when I can have a large selection of organic and locally grown. Even if it does cost us a few bucks extra.
Anybody else ever grocery shop online?
Friday, March 09, 2007
On the other side of the coin are those envisioning us all making our own clothes, bartering for everything, gardening every spare piece of land and living with as many people as we can fit in our home in order to keep it from being foreclosed. I don't know about you, but I do believe that things are changing and that we need to step up. I get frustrated at seeing women in Chanel sunglasses driving their Hummer down the street as if it isn't discordant and excessive given the current state of the world and I lean toward the belief that we will not be living the technological high life in 2020.... but where is the reality? Should I plan for my kids to go to college or take that money and put it into our mortgage to save the house or get off the grid? Can't buy a pony in the city so we'll have to upgrade our bikes and buy a bus pass. Anyone else have a sense that they know what's coming?
And on a completely seperate note... I was just remembering back when a weekend meant inordinate amounts of time to do whatever I pleased (or so it seemed). I don't know about other mamas and papas of course, but I find I move toward weekends with excitement for the possibilities and trepidation as I realize just how much I want to get done and just how unlikely that is... this weekend I was hoping to begin revamping the kids' bedroom, cut down a big old shrub and begin replacing it with a new garden bed, finishing book marks and photo card orders and finally getting my budget done so we can look at where our money should (and should not) be going. And then of course I have been wanting to try making my own paper (to aid in recycling) for fun and maybe for use with my photo cards. Somehow looking at it in writing, it seems well... overly ambitious.
What are you planning ... for the future and for this weekend? Do tell.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
- We buy most of our clothes secondhand (or trade),
- We used recycled products whenever possible (such as toilet paper),
- We are buying more and more organic products,
- Trying to compost more and throw away less,
- Reuse when possible (although without a better organizational system this could add to my nightmare),
- Looking into appliances that save energy,
- We save rain water for use in the garden,
- Using a push mower instead of the gas or electric version,
- Trying to use the bus more (but haven't been succeeding much lately with rainy weather and colds),
- Working on better gardening (eventual goal to be able to feed family),
- Adding berries, maybe grapes to our garden,
- Shifting over to green household, cleaning and gardening products,
- Hoping to heat the house with fireplace more and thermostat less next winter,
- Carpool kids to school,
- Ride bikes more places this Spring and Summer,
- Researching biodiesel and electric vehicles for when our Altima dies,
- Looking into solar conversion (although that price tag is hefty even with tax credits),
- Working on cooking and living more slowly, more naturally, less packaged and rushed.
- Trying like heck to get the kidlets out of occasional pull-ups and fully into underwear!
So that's what sustainability looks like in our household or hopefully will someday sooner than later. What does sustainability look like in your world or what are you working toward? Please share. For some "real world" suggestions, check out today's article at Parents.com. And speaking of Spring... I'm most likely putting in an order for some spring flower photos to make myself some notecards ... with some holidays and other life events coming our way... if you'd like some spring flower notecards please email me ASAP and I'll hook you up.
Monday, March 05, 2007
It is Monday morning, just about time to go to work, and all I can muster is a bunch of random thoughts:
- Want more sunshine,
- Want to start planting some spring flowers,
- It is hard to adjust to a new schedule,
- Spring is coming,
- I love my kids and family,
- I've got some herbs and an exercise video to buy,
- When am I going to buy something on Etsy,
- What to get for my best friend and brother's birthdays?
- What to do for a 7-year old's birthday?
- Broken water heaters and colds mess with cleaning schedules,
- Gotta get groceries,
- I like local politics better than national,
- I will get organized this year - somehow,
- Need more coffee, then green tea and water!
- Need to organize my list of ways we work toward sustainability around here...
Sunday, March 04, 2007
The boy has already proclaimed that he'll be staying inside most of the summer because the sun is just ... well... "too bright". The prince plans to come out to occasionally play in the sandbox on our beach vacation, but that's about all according to him. We shall see.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Friday, March 02, 2007
I've been wanting to see spring flowers blooming and have been at the ready with my camera to capture some for my friend Cathy (whose yard has apparently lost its bloom -- at least temporarily). But alas, these daffodils appear to want to burst forth but are holding on for a tiny ray of sunshine and warmth...
Daily my daughter sings me new songs (from school and from her imagination) but every day for the past several, we've included the classic "Rain, rain go away, come again another day" in our repertoire. Anyone know if there are any other lyrics to that song? She's been asking. We'll no doubt keep singing and playing living room campground until the sun comes to call. What part of spring are you most looking forward to?