Friday, March 25, 2011

Changing Education Paradigms

Food for thought!
I found this VERY interesting, as both a parent and a (former) public school educator.

Monday, March 21, 2011

why hello there

I unintentionally took a little bloggy break there.  Truth is, life has been getting a little crazy over here. 
Dealing with some usual motherhood stresses.  My lil darling is a full-on toddler now.  Otherwise known as  a baby who breaks all your stuff and tries to kill themselves daily.  heh.

Then there is some other big important stuff going on thats too personal to get into.  So we are trying to navigate through it all. 

The internet time, as much as I enjoy it, has had to take a bit of a back burner.  I'm trying hard to focus (what little brain power I have left) on the day-to-day stuff. 

So this is my attempt at an update.  I don't know if I'll be posting again soon or if I'll be "off" for a bit more.  Either way, I am still knitting.  So you can find me on Ravelry. ;)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Parenting Your Opposite

I just read this great post over on Steady Mom
Parenting Your Polar Opposite

I can so relate!  Not to say my boys are nothing like me, but the oldest has definitely been harder to "parent" thus far.  I have conciously and deliberately looked for the good in our relationship and the positive attributes his personality brings.  (And some days that is hard work!)
When dealing with a child who is so different from yourself, it is easy to label their way of doing things as wrong.  (Because our way is the right way, no?) 
Fortunately I have years of practice as my DH's personality and temperment are very different from my own.  I have learned that different does not equal wrong.
Different can even be good sometimes as you are forced to stretch and grow beyond your comfort zone.

This part resonates with me:
She is going to be who she was created to be; it’s up to me to see that in all the ways she is different from me, I can find a powerful invitation to stop anticipating and just experience life together.
When I first became a parent I had a lot of ideas of how my choices would factor into this new baby's life.  Now I realize that I am only part of the equation.  A very important part of course, but my little guy is not a blank slate that I can write upon. 
He is who God created him to be, with all his quirks and imperfections.  Always wishing he lived up to my expectations of what a "good" baby/toddler/child should be, is damaging to us both.  I can't say I don't wish he was easier to parent.  But "easy" is so far gone from my vocabulary these days! :)

To love him unconditionally means to accepting him right where he is.  To show him respect by not belittling him when he is struggling or complaining about him all the time.  To model grace and compassion as I teach and guide him.  That whole "doing onto others as you would have them do unto you" has never been so challenging or so important.


 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets."  Matthew 7:12 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PICTURES!!!

My camera finally made it home.  Yay!

I took tons of pics on our trip... 330 to be exact.  If you are my FB friend you've seen some.  Anyway, while on was on vaca I was working on a baby gift.  Here are some shots of the Baby Surprise Jacket in progress:

Getting Started: Lake June Park

Making Progress: In The Car

Slow and Steady: Highlands Hammock State Park
Nice Stripes: Punta Gorda
I See Sleeves: Lake Placid
 
Almost done! (I finished the seams and stitched on the buttons once we got home.)


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Linky Linky Loo

Spring Petal Tee - Look!  An adult sized embellishing project I'd actually want to wear!  (Over at I am Momma Hear me Roar, of course. She rocks.)

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie - Why hello there.  (101 Cookbooks always has some really amazing looking, healthy recipes.)

How to Make Your Own Planner - This girl has some really crafty skillz.  While I know this is a little too involved for me, it has given me some great ideas to pimp out my plain planner that I got free from a Realtor. :)

Toddler Friendly Sewing Basket - What an awesome way to introduce sewing skills to little ones!  Not to mention all the potential for sensory exploration, fine motor skills practice, hand-eye-coordination, color matching and so on.  You know I will be raiding the craft supplies to put one of these together.

Very Simple Catapult - oh yes.  We will be making this.

Boy Projects!!!! If you have a boy to sew for, get thyself to Made for a month long celebration of all things boy.  I love the funky, retro and hipster styles.  Move over tutus and ribbons, boy clothes are way cool to DIY too.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Quote of the Day

“The bad news is, life is not perfect. The good news is, you can have a perfectly wonderful life, even with imperfections. The secret is in your attitude. There's wisdom in accepting things we cannot change. And there's growth in finding ways to appreciate what's good about where we find ourselves.” ~ Dr. Laura Markham


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's that time of year...

seed catalogs are stacking up

longing for lush organic gardens in my own backyard

facing the frustrations of failed gardens past

so reluctantly, I make a plan

let the cursing of the chipmunks begin!!!!

(Really. I hate those motheflipping things.)

< insert photo of killer tomatoes and murdered seedlings here >