Sick Day

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This week started with Morgan being home sick on Monday and Jack being home sick on Friday.  Both of them had a very brief stomach bug and felt fine when I kept them home.  But, being the rules girl that I am, I kept them home since they hadn’t been puke free for 24 hours.

Is it bad that I enjoyed keeping them out of school?

Both days were spent in PJs playing, doing projects, and just being together.  I always enjoy these days so much because I feel like I have a pass from being productive.

The pictures above our from Friday, my day home with the boys.  We played hot wheels, built marble runs, crafted/created, ate juicy tangelos and topped off the day with a pizza dinner.  (I told you he felt fine!)

Days like this make me contemplate homeschooling.  In fact, on Friday, I day-dreamed that we moved to Europe (a perk of the military), homeschooled the kids and used our days to travel and explore.  In reality, I don’t think it would be a fit for our family.

But some days, it seems like a possibility.

** Speaking of homeschooling, pop over to Blue Yonder Ranch and check out their nature journals. Awesome! While you’re there, explore their shop. I just bought Winter Book 1.

Sick Day

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This week started with Morgan being home sick on Monday and Jack being home sick on Friday.  Both of them had a very brief stomach bug and felt fine when I kept them home.  But, being the rules girl that I am, I kept them home since they hadn't been puke free for 24 hours.
Is it bad that I enjoyed keeping them out of school?
Both days were spent in PJs playing, doing projects, and just being together.  I always enjoy these days so much because I feel like I have a pass from being productive.
The pictures above our from Friday, my day home with the boys.  We played hot wheels, built marble runs, crafted/created, ate juicy tangelos and topped off the day with a pizza dinner.  (I told you he felt fine!)

Days like this make me contemplate homeschooling.  In fact, on Friday, I day-dreamed that we moved to Europe (a perk of the military), homeschooled the kids and used our days to travel and explore.  In reality, I don't think it would be a fit for our family.
But some days, it seems like a possibility.
** Speaking of homeschooling, pop over to Blue Yonder Ranch and check out their nature journals. Awesome! While you're there, explore their shop. I just bought Winter Book 1.

Shriveled and Thorny


It seems that I've let winter get the best of me.  I've been in a funk and have felt and acted like this plant looks.
Shriveled and thorny, especially with those I love most.
I don't know if it's the cold, gray weather we've had.  (Which, by the way, doesn't bode well for me considering we're planning on moving back to the NW in a few years.)
Or, if it's that Jeff's work schedule has been crazy since late November.  That makes our entire family more than a bit crazy.
And, out of sorts.
It's probably both.
Either way, I've found myself veering away from mothering the way I want to mother.  The kids are watching entirely too much TV.  We're not getting outside like we should.  The fun projects that we all enjoy so much have been non-existent.  My patience is short.  My temper is hot.
Thorny.
I'm still getting meals on the table but there hasn't been any bread baking, special treats or other goodies out of the kitchen.
Aside from all of the recent reading I've done, I've let go many of my interests.  And I won't even go into the housework.  Instead, in a crazy response to the overwhelm, fatigue and frustration, I find myself spending too much time online checking e-mail, Facebook, and blogs.  Or, TV.  Or, calling friends.  Sure, those are all great but they aren't a great survival response.
It seems, at least on some levels, that they've made it worse.

What I'm realizing is…
that I can't do it all.  Especially not all at once.   It's okay to simply sit and watch the kids interact with each other rather than using the time to "get something done".  To enjoy the moments we have together rather than rushing from one to another.  Also, tasks are better accomplished one at a time.
There is true value to being still, not filling every moment with an activity or music or noise.  I can't remember the last time I kept the radio off while I drove through town alone.
Taking time to pursue something that interests me makes me a better wife and mom.  Even if it's a walk with my camera or an errand alone.
Smooth days don't just happen.  It takes planning and being intentional.
And, finally, that even though it's snowing tonight, Spring is right around the corner.
New adventures are ahead.  But these moments are fleeting.

Shriveled and Thorny

It seems that I’ve let winter get the best of me.  I’ve been in a funk and have felt and acted like this plant looks.

Shriveled and thorny, especially with those I love most.

I don’t know if it’s the cold, gray weather we’ve had.  (Which, by the way, doesn’t bode well for me considering we’re planning on moving back to the NW in a few years.)

Or, if it’s that Jeff’s work schedule has been crazy since late November.  That makes our entire family more than a bit crazy.

And, out of sorts.

It’s probably both.

Either way, I’ve found myself veering away from mothering the way I want to mother.  The kids are watching entirely too much TV.  We’re not getting outside like we should.  The fun projects that we all enjoy so much have been non-existent.  My patience is short.  My temper is hot.

Thorny.

I’m still getting meals on the table but there hasn’t been any bread baking, special treats or other goodies out of the kitchen.

Aside from all of the recent reading I’ve done, I’ve let go many of my interests.  And I won’t even go into the housework.  Instead, in a crazy response to the overwhelm, fatigue and frustration, I find myself spending too much time online checking e-mail, Facebook, and blogs.  Or, TV.  Or, calling friends.  Sure, those are all great but they aren’t a great survival response.

It seems, at least on some levels, that they’ve made it worse.

What I’m realizing is…

that I can’t do it all.  Especially not all at once.   It’s okay to simply sit and watch the kids interact with each other rather than using the time to “get something done”.  To enjoy the moments we have together rather than rushing from one to another.  Also, tasks are better accomplished one at a time.

There is true value to being still, not filling every moment with an activity or music or noise.  I can’t remember the last time I kept the radio off while I drove through town alone.

Taking time to pursue something that interests me makes me a better wife and mom.  Even if it’s a walk with my camera or an errand alone.

Smooth days don’t just happen.  It takes planning and being intentional.

And, finally, that even though it’s snowing tonight, Spring is right around the corner.

New adventures are ahead.  But these moments are fleeting.

Continue

I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I’m approaching 2010 with a “stop, start, continue” mindset.

One of the things I’d most like to continue is consistent reading.  I’ve been on a roll of about a book a week lately and have enjoyed it so much.

Some of my recent favorites include:

The Help

The Middle Place

The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader’s Circle)

The English American: A Novel

The Knitting Circle: A Novel

The School of Essential Ingredients

I also hope to keep up with my 365 project.  So far, I’ve only missed one day.

Not bad.

* Yes, I might be that girl that checks out tons of books at a time.  But I really don’t mean to.  I update my hold list every few months and most of the time the  books on my list have a wait.  Inevitably, it seems they are all ready at the same time.  If I don’t get to them, I return them after my three weeks.  If not, I’m happy to renew.
Also, in full disclosure, I’ve joined Amazon’s Associates program.  So, if you click on one of the links above and buy a book, I’ll make a few pennies.  If you decide to hit the library, I get it.  That’ s what I would do.

Continue


I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I'm approaching 2010 with a "stop, start, continue" mindset.
One of the things I'd most like to continue is consistent reading.  I've been on a roll of about a book a week lately and have enjoyed it so much.
Some of my recent favorites include:
The Help
The Middle Place
The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle)
The English American: A Novel
The Knitting Circle: A Novel
The School of Essential Ingredients
I also hope to keep up with my 365 project.  So far, I've only missed one day.
Not bad.
* Yes, I might be that girl that checks out tons of books at a time.  But I really don't mean to.  I update my hold list every few months and most of the time the  books on my list have a wait.  Inevitably, it seems they are all ready at the same time.  If I don't get to them, I return them after my three weeks.  If not, I'm happy to renew.
Also, in full disclosure, I've joined Amazon's Associates program.  So, if you click on one of the links above and buy a book, I'll make a few pennies.  If you decide to hit the library, I get it.  That' s what I would do.

Craft Hope

Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate.  It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world.

I was first introduced the Craft Hope a few months ago during their second project. I had great intentions of making a doll for Eren to take to Casa Bernabe but my limited sewing skills got the best of me and I didn’t even attempt a doll.

Last week, I was reminded again when Aimee mentioned the latest project. This time, I happened to have some red yarn on hand. So, I picked up my needles and started to knit. I’m not skilled enough to use the pattern they provide and my scarf is all garter stitch. But, I hope that it will be a blessing to the teenager that receives it.

That’s not all.  The women of Craft Hope have done it again.

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti last week they started Craft Hope for Haiti. This is an etsy shop filled with donated items and all proceeds going to Doctors Without Boarders in Haiti. Last I checked, there were 172 items available and 988 items sold. Simply amazing!!

What can you do to give hope?

Craft Hope


Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate.  It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world.
I was first introduced the Craft Hope a few months ago during their second project. I had great intentions of making a doll for Eren to take to Casa Bernabe but my limited sewing skills got the best of me and I didn't even attempt a doll.
Last week, I was reminded again when Aimee mentioned the latest project. This time, I happened to have some red yarn on hand. So, I picked up my needles and started to knit. I'm not skilled enough to use the pattern they provide and my scarf is all garter stitch. But, I hope that it will be a blessing to the teenager that receives it.
That's not all.  The women of Craft Hope have done it again.
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti last week they started Craft Hope for Haiti. This is an etsy shop filled with donated items and all proceeds going to Doctors Without Boarders in Haiti. Last I checked, there were 172 items available and 988 items sold. Simply amazing!!
What can you do to give hope?

Three

On January 3rd our sweet Connor turned three.  Three. It’s hard to believe.  We kept our celebrations low-key but even now, two weeks later, he still talks about how much he loves his birthday.
The morning started off with breakfast tacos per request.  Then, we were off to church.  The birthday boy was so excited to go to his new class.  The rest of the day was spent hanging out at home.

We decided to open gifts throughout the day so that he would have time to play with his new toys.  This worked much better than waiting until after dinner.  Of course, it being a weekend helped.  I’m not sure we will be able to swing that on weekday birthdays.  By the way, this truck is so cool.  All of the pieces come off with the help of the handy screwdriver.

After lunch (PB&J, again as requested), the younger two napped.  Jack and I decided to put up some streamers and decorate a bit.  He was so into making the house look special for his little brother.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent playing with the new marble run.  This is a toy that Jeff and I have been anxious to get.  Because all of the kids were so little, it was never a good idea.  The time finally came!

We capped off the day with pizza and mediocre cupcakes.  I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but this recipe hasn’t turned out for me since we moved.  Jeff wouldn’t even eat one.

It was a great day!

Other things about Connor at three:

*He is still a big dude.  He and Morgan weigh the same and he’s only a few inches shorter.  He is taller than many of the children in Morgan’s pre-k class.  A friend referred to him as a “gentle giant” and that is a great way to describe him.

*He is quite the comedian.  The funniest things come out of his mouth and he has some crazy dance moves.  I am constantly cracking up at what he says and does.

*He is fully potty trained during the day and is dry most mornings when he wakes up.  YAHOO!! After 6 plus years of changing diapers, this is huge for Jeff and I.

*He cannot wait to go to preschool next year.  He is already asking when school starts and is very concerned that he doesn’t have a backpack yet.

Sweet Connor.  I can’t wait to see what the year holds for him.

Three


On January 3rd our sweet Connor turned three.  Three. It's hard to believe.  We kept our celebrations low-key but even now, two weeks later, he still talks about how much he loves his birthday.
The morning started off with breakfast tacos per request.  Then, we were off to church.  The birthday boy was so excited to go to his new class.  The rest of the day was spent hanging out at home.

We decided to open gifts throughout the day so that he would have time to play with his new toys.  This worked much better than waiting until after dinner.  Of course, it being a weekend helped.  I'm not sure we will be able to swing that on weekday birthdays.  By the way, this truck is so cool.  All of the pieces come off with the help of the handy screwdriver.
After lunch (PB&J, again as requested), the younger two napped.  Jack and I decided to put up some streamers and decorate a bit.  He was so into making the house look special for his little brother.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent playing with the new marble run.  This is a toy that Jeff and I have been anxious to get.  Because all of the kids were so little, it was never a good idea.  The time finally came!
We capped off the day with pizza and mediocre cupcakes.  I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but this recipe hasn't turned out for me since we moved.  Jeff wouldn't even eat one.
It was a great day!
Other things about Connor at three:
*He is still a big dude.  He and Morgan weigh the same and he's only a few inches shorter.  He is taller than many of the children in Morgan's pre-k class.  A friend referred to him as a "gentle giant" and that is a great way to describe him.
*He is quite the comedian.  The funniest things come out of his mouth and he has some crazy dance moves.  I am constantly cracking up at what he says and does.
*He is fully potty trained during the day and is dry most mornings when he wakes up.  YAHOO!! After 6 plus years of changing diapers, this is huge for Jeff and I.
*He cannot wait to go to preschool next year.  He is already asking when school starts and is very concerned that he doesn't have a backpack yet.
Sweet Connor.  I can't wait to see what the year holds for him.