Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Taking a Break

for some redirection and regrouping.
See you in a bit.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Stories & Pictures

The boy has been working intensely on some pictures.  They're taking shape and with each of them comes a very elaborate story.  He's becoming quite the story-teller (his stories are a hoot) and likes making illustrations for them.

This story went something like this....

"Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a king, who was a good father and was in charge of all the stuff...."

He tickles me.  I need to record these stories!

Monday Mumbles

It's Monday already?  Here are some of the things I'm thinking about today (and this weekend).

1. The world doesn't fall apart when I sit down.  lol  Yeah, I'm usually 'on-stage' a lot, but for the past few days I've been sitting down....to read, to knit/crochet, to be read to, to rest.  It's been good!

2. How many times much I repeat a specific request of my children before it sticks??  I mean, I'm sounding like a scratched CD.  SMH.  I guess this is just part of the parenting thing?!

3. I've decided that our official start day, for getting back on a regular schedule, will be after Labor Day.  I'm hopeful that by then we'll be out of limbo!

4. I always thought that canning something to be 'scared' of.  I grew up around an aunt who always canned things for winter, and in my little-girl mind, I don't remember it being a big deal.  But as I grew up I remember hearing all kinds of horror stories about it.  But now that I'm doing it--it's not so bad.  A tat bit hot, but other than that, things have been going smoothly!

5. I'm interested in knowing why, if we all have the same feelings, similar experiences, similar hopes and dreams (for ourselves and our children) why there is still so many things that keep up to connecting with each other.  Whether it's our neighbors (do you know yours? do you interact with them more than a 'good morning' or 'good evening'?) or coworkers or other community folk, do we go out of our way to make an authentic connection?  What about our friends and family members--do they get to see who we really are or have we created a faux personality for them as well?  What keeps us from showing our real selves, from owing our true feelings/thoughts/actions?  I don't have all the answers, but have been thinking about these things over the past couple days.

6. Been thinking about peach cobbler.  Yep, it's that time of year again! YAY!

7. Exercising.  Something I'm getting more consistent about.  I've made good progress with regards to my eating habits.  I'm thankful to have passed on the habit of drinking water to my children--so we've been very hydrated.  Autumn is my season.  It's time to let go of a lot of things for me--weight being one of them!  I'm excited to let it go!!!

8. Just received a lovely note from a dear friend--one who I've admired for years--who has been such an influential person in the lives of so many others.  She thanked me for the positive impact I've made on hers.  It was a nice sweet note.  I'm thankful to know that we're truly friends--that we both are positively impacting the other.  [I often doubt my impact or how my spirit moves others.  I'm learning to accept this, and use it for the good!]

9. We've been gearing up to move for while now.  There have been a couple snags in our plan--but we're still moving forward.  God has tightly closed a door--making sure we don't sway from the place that is for us (it's easy to get comfortable and settle).  Although it's caused from great discomfort, I'm seeing a light at the end of this tunnel--and it's NOT the train! lol  Imagining myself in a new place, with new energy, new challenges some new friends, and all of my old ones!!  :D

10.  Do I have to have ten?  lol.  I'm sure there is more I've been thinking about....it's just that when you're interrupted ever few moments with a request to "Read this to me mommy" "I'm hungry, will you make some lunch?" "Look at what I drew!"  It's hard to remained focused.  I started this post this morning...and am finally completing it this afternoon.  Hope you've had a good Monday.

If you wanna join in on the Mumbles, let Tooje know over at Circling the Square Table.

Book Sharing Monday

My children and I have been listening to a series of stories on tape written by Betty MacDonald.  Just recently I've been able to find them in book form as we've been reading them.  The book that we're sharing today is the first chapter book in the series, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

In this book you're introduced to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.  Here's what is shared on the front flap of the book:
"Meet Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! She's the kind of grown-up you would like to have for a friend--and all her friends are children.  She is a little lady with brown sparkly eyes.  She lives in an upside-down house, with a kitchen that is always full of freshly baked cookies.  Her husband was a pirate, and she likes to have her friends dig in the back yard for the pirate treasure he buried there.

Best of all, she knows everything there is to know about children.  When a distraught parent calls her because Mary has turned into an Answer-Backer or Dick has become Selfish or Allen has decided to be a Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has the answer.  And her solutions always work, with plenty of laughs along the way.

So join the crowd at Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's house--and enjoy the comical, common-sense cures that have won her so many friends."

These stories are written so that children understand what's happening and give parents a nice laugh.  They also assist in giving a different perspective on curing inappropriate behavior.  We are enjoying this book (which we've read out of order) and also enjoyed her other books: Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle & Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm.

Disclaimer: Since these books were written in the late 1940's/early 1950's, there is quite a bit of stereotypical father's role/mother's role.  I've used it as an opportunity to talk to my girls about this directly.  There is also a bit a ridicule in the parenting style and I've adjusted that (discussed it in some cases/left it out in others).  There is a lot to be learned from these stories and I've made it a point to use each of these things.  Wanted to share this with you upfront so that you can make a choice about them before getting in the middle of a story and being caught off guard! :D

Happy Reading!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Funny Face Friday

We're at it again...joining Tooje @ Circling the Square Table.  
Focusing on our eyes this week. :D

Wanna play along? Click here.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Book Give Away :: July Winner

 I'm, again, very excited to share with you that Neely has won the 3-book set by Usbourne!!!

Send your mailing address to watsonlesb [at] gmail [dot] com.  I'll put in the mail as soon as I hear from you!!  Congratulations!

Thanks to all of you who entered. I've been looking for books to share for August (and the rest of the year), so check back in the next few days for that posting!

Warm wishes to each of you!!  Happy Reading!


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