Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A first time Wordless Wednesday participant!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Anyone else have a place where everything gets dropped? It seems like my countertop is cluttered more often than not. It's not usually dirty, just piled with papers and the like, so it's the last priority. Today I sucked it up and sorted through the junk!
Before: I think this pretty much speaks for itself!
After: Yay! A place to work on homework out of reach of toddler hands, and a whole pile of stuff returned to my mom's!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
For Today... April 27th, 2009
Outside my window... a soft rain falls
I am thinking... about my relationships... how they develop, evolve and change... what responsibility I hold for those changes
I am thankful for... my daughter's new confidence in going down the stairs. We'll be baby gate free very soon!
From the kitchen... Sunny Morning Muffins that I watched on Cooking for Real
I am wearing... brown athletic pants, blue ribbed tank, messy bun
I am still reading... In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect from this read. I've read a few of her other books and have found them all very helpful. This book was not supposed to be helpful, but rather a thumbs-up of sorts for SAHMs.
Last night, I shed a few tears as I turned the pages and thanked God that I am not the only mommy who experiences the wide range of emotions and struggles that I do as a SAHM.
I am hoping... to find a replacement for my morning walk since the rain kept me inside
I am creating... a packing list for our family vacation. Only a month away!
I am praying... that God holds my words in His holy hands, that He leads me to grow personally and discern the validity of my feelings
Around the house... laundry waits as always, but a sparkling kitchen offsets the looming clothes
One of my favorite things... is listening to my son play pretend in the bathtub. The adventures that take place in there... sometimes prehistoric, sometimes futuristic, sometimes a pirate adventure... very fun to watch.
A few plans for the rest of the week... Teaching my last week of religion class for the year, working on PTA responsibilities, being Mommy, trying a new recipe
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you... from our wedding. So much has happened since we held hands and headed into our new life together. It's wonderful to know that I'm where He wants me!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I love this kid! This afternoon we went on a photo adventure. We found cool spots, he posed, I snapped away. He had fun at first, but when he said, "Mommy, these are BAD pictures!" I knew it was time to call it a wrap!
This old, decrepit shed is my absolute favorite spot for portraits! The wood is rotting and covered with this turquoise mildew- I find it amazingly effective in photos.
I'm hoping that Missy Lou cooperates one day this week- I need to get her into my studio for 18 month portraits, and I still have to do portraits of the 3 of them in their Easter outfits. I know, I know- I'm a slacker mom!
Another Tuesday! Today I finished tackling before we left for school. In fact, I did it while my daughter was in the shower! I tackled the dreaded...
Before: A pile of tupperware, paper plates, plastic cups and lunch boxes was crammed inside this cabinet. What makes it worse is that the cabinet is blind, so you access the 3 foot wide space from the 18 inch door opening. Add to that the fact that this is the one cabinet that I don't have a child safety lock on. Not good!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
2. What makes mommy happy? "No climbin' on the counter. That's what makes you happy."
3. What makes mommy sad? "Climbin' on the counter"
4. How does your mommy make you laugh? "Be silly"
5. What was your mommy like as a child? "You slid down the banner (bannister) when you were a kid."
6. How old is your mommy? "4. Are you 4?"
7. How tall is your mommy? "4."
8. What is her favorite thing to do? "Play games like I do."
9. What does your mommy do when you're not around? "Play games."
10. If your mommy becomes famous, what will it be for? "I don't know."
11. What is your mommy really good at? "Playing games."
12. What is your mommy not very good at? "Being orangy" (Your guess is as good as mine!)
13. What does your mommy do for a job? "Play games"
14.What is your mommy's favorite food? "Oranges"
15.What makes your mommy proud of you? "Going potty in the potty"
16. If your mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be? "Fee Fee"
17. What do you and your mommy do together? "Play games"
18. How are you and your mommy the same? "We take walks to Radiant" (Grandpa's horse)
19. How are you and your mommy different? "You're big and I'm a little bigger"
20. How do you know your mommy loves you? "I love you too, Mommy"
21. What does your mommy like most about your daddy? "When he comes home"
22. Where is your mommy's favorite place to go? "To pick up my big sister from school"
Saturday, April 18, 2009
It started with a trip to Portland and escalated when I decided to do my house in blue and brown: my obsession with Starbuck's City Mugs! It's bad. I love them! I wasn't a Starbuck's regular until I tagged along when my husband attended a computer nerd conference in Portland. If any of you have been there, you can attest to the incredible number of Starbuck's planted in the area. Sitting at a stoplight, I could see three or more locations before me. They're practically on every block. Of course, I had to take a city mug home as a souvenir- what better way to remember the city? After snagging another on a girls' trip to Chicago and a receiving a gift from my sister who moved to LA, the collection was officially started! This summer, we're heading to Charleston on our way to the South Carolina beaches, and I'm almost as excited to hit the Starbuck's mug shelves as I am to explore the history of the city! Just a little silliness about me!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Friendships are tough. Finding someone who gets you- your values, weaknesses, quirkiness, shaded past- is hard! Finding someone you can respect for who she is can be equally difficult. Factor in God's timing, and conceiving a true friendship is almost as much a miracle as conceiving a baby! Once a true friend is found, intimacy in that friendship is a lot like intimacy in marriage. It is a two-way street built on grounds free from selfishness, condemnation, or jealousy. Should any of those factors sneak into a relationship, it will never be the same. An intimate friendship cannot exist unless both women respect, trust, and appreciate each other.
Now, that is not to say for a second that we are not allowed to disagree or disapprove of the actions of our friends. In fact, friendship relies on respectfully spoken disapproval to some degree. A woman has to be willing to nudge a wacky friend back into sane mind and at the same time be open to being nudged out of craziness herself. An intimate friend is one whose values are respected so much that her opinion of your decisions can be trusted and considered defenselessly.
If this posts makes choosing friends sound like choosing a spouse- it should! However, unlike a spouse, I believe that God places friends in our lives, and sometimes He leads them away or changes the dynamics of a friendship according to His will. Your friends will influence your personality, your marriage, your finances, your CHILDREN. Heaven knows we should choose wisely, thinking with our minds and our prayers more than our emotions.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Yes!! I'm considering myself officially successful as this is my second-in-a-row Tackle It Tuesday accomplishment! My world will be orderly in no time-- or maybe not if I only tackle on Tuesdays! Such is life! Today, I decided to tackle my kids' mess at Grandma's house. We moved the Wii there to play while their aunts and uncle were home for Christmas (yes, you heard me- almost four months ago!), and there it has set getting more tangled by the day. Compounded by post-Easter candy sneaking (note the wrappers), the television cabinet became a hazard zone Sunday and yesterday!
Before: A wad of electronics, game cases scattered around, and general disarray that appeared this afternoon.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The preschool years are probably my favorite years of parenting. The kids are still cute enough, and their brains are still largely play do, able to be molded to my liking. I've learned that as much molding as possible should be done before 6 years old because, at least for girls, attitudes start to harden those squishable blobs! One thing I've had an easy time with is teaching my kids their letters. My goal with my preschoolers is for them to recognize letters as individual characters (rather than memorizing the alphabet) and to learn the sound(s) that each makes. From there, we move to pairing two letters together and before you know it, we're beginning Dick and Jane! Here are my 4 most successful ways to teach letters.
1. Cheez-It Scrabble. My son is an eater, so anything that can feed his stomach and his mind at the same time is alright in his book. I would show him a cracker, and if he knew the letter he ate it. It not, we learn the letter along with the sound it makes and a simple word that starts wtih that letter. Given another chance to name the letter, the cracker usually ended up in his tummy.
2. The Z was Zapped, by Chris Van Allsburg. A great book where the letters are mutating and getting attacked. The images in the book are just as large as the cover, so the letters are easy to see. Whether it's a D that's drowning or an I that's being iced with icing, my kids had a great time filling in the blanks while we read this book. There's a great Teaching Guide available too!
3. Sesame Street's Do The Alphabet video is a favorite in my house, and as most Sesame segments do, this one engages children. In my house, Mommy usually has to join in the fun to keep the kids from zoning out, but as a group activity, this teaching tool is fantastic!
4. Noticing letters during car rides is a regular activity for us. Whether it's air writing a name, pointing out letters in commercial logos, or playing the alphabet game (a race to see who can find words that begin with each letter of the alphabet, in order), we're constantly using our down time in the minivan to expand our reading horizons!
I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and angles for teaching reading, so feel free to share what's worked for you and your kiddos!
For now, the site is a parking space for godaddy advertising. Hubby is using this as a learning experience for himself. It's hard to say how soon Confessions will be moving, but I'm very excited to take my blog in an independent, possibly income producing direction!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Although we have yet to photograph the kids together in their church attire, these are a few of my favorite shots from Easter weekend.
Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt- we were missing my oldest as she was spending Easter with her dad this year.
Today after church~ I loved this suit, and so did he! He says it's his Clark Kent suit.
Spotting her Easter basket.
Easter Bunny gets sneakier as you get older!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Those who've visited me can attest to the fact that I have 5 people living in a 900 square foot house right now. I love babies, but the need to have toys in the general area of the house kind of drives me crazy! My oldest was 5 when she became a big sister, and I had just succeeded in relocating the last of her toys behind her bedroom door. My house no longer looked like a day care play room! However, my honeymoon conception soon brought about the need for high chairs, toy boxes, exer-saucers and swings in the main area of our house. I was too blissfully engulfed in my newborn to care at the time that my clean, entertaining-ready house had become consumed-- again. Now, after 3 years of baby gear, I find myself wanting to scream when I look at my family room sometimes. It can be clean one minute and in less than an hour look like I haven't picked up in a week or two! Seriously.
My first Tackle-It Tuesday mission: My Family Room.
Before: This is what my family room looks like on laundry days (and for a day or two afterward). There are baskets and piles of clean clothes all over because I do laundry during nap time and can't sneak into the kids' room to put theirs and mine away (yep- I share a closet with the kids). Inevitably, items get scattered around by a 3 year old looking for a super hero cape or wanting to build a tent.
After- I didn't shove everything behind me- Housewife's honor!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
On a Saturday, Wal-Mart is pure chaos. Cars fill all but the last five spots in each row, engines are humming, kids are crying, parents are scolding. That's just the parking lot, and that's all I saw today before deciding to shop at Payless for the kids' shoes I needed and skip the non-emergent items for the time being. I'm all for beating the doors down to get to a good sale, but I can't stand fighting a Black-Friday type crowd just to pay normal prices for low-demand items.
Thank you, God, for my 8 AM Wal-Mart trips; compared to today's mosh pit, they're like yoga!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I just purchased tickets to see this live broadcast in my semi-local theatre! I am SO excited! Dr. Laura is the biggest public supporter of stay-at-home-moms and traditional marriage I've encountered, so while my only clue to the content of this show is what you see above, I KNOW it will be an hour and forty minutes of witty, heart-tugging, no bull praise and encouragement of my life's mission! Now I just have to figure out who's going with me!