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.

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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?