Sunday, March 31, 2013

Vide-os the week: Are we the best parents ever...

...or just the world's worst neighbors?

The discovery (a long one):

The solo (a short one):

Friday, March 29, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sweeping out the winter blahs


Lately, when it comes to blogging, I've been feeling a little, well, bored.  I have stuff I could write about, and some pictures that may or may not go with them, but I just haven't really felt like it.  You may have noticed that my posts have been less frequent, my pictures less interesting.  What's a blogger girl to do?

I considered taking time off from the blog, but that didn't seem like quite the right solution.  I could see myself not wanting to take it back up, and when my days are filled with all things baby and toddler, it is nice to have the space to come to and write, even if what I'm writing about is sometimes all things baby and toddler.

Instead, I've decided to go the other direction, with more blogging, not less (you are welcome, Mom).  I will be participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  You can read more about it here, but basically, the idea is to write a post every day in April (except Sundays), making your way through the alphabet.  Apparently some people do a theme, and I am interested to see what other bloggers do, but I plan on treating my challenge kind of like Five Minute Friday, but choosing the topics myself.  The post will be mostly just me, writing for five or ten minutes.  I feel like my writing muscles are getting a little bit atrophied, and need a good month-long workout.

Because I want to be excited about this and not stressed, I am not going to attempt to accompany each post with an appropriate picture.  Fear not, though.  You, dear readers, need not go without pictures of my darling children for a whole month.  Instead, I will post a separate "picture of the day" each day, in the spirit of Friday's usual "this moment".  I will also link to any new Endless Simmer posts that go up.

Whew.  That seems like a lot, but I am really looking forward to it.  Think of it as a little blog spring cleaning on my part, letting the fresh air of April work it's magic around here.  I will see you here tomorrow for "this moment", and then, Monday it's away we go.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I am a woman of many talents...

...but peeling hard boiled eggs is not one of them.  Hop on over to Endless Simmer to read the full story on poor Humpty.  I particularly enjoyed the increasingly detailed advice imparted in the comments section, which I imagine I will take none of.  Except maybe letting the eggs get old before boiling them, but that probably won't be on purpose.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Name that Baby: Five Month Edition



Who is who?  And, honestly, did you have to cheat and look at the blanket?

Friday, March 22, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Montessori Monday: Just an empty bottle


Yes, I know it is Tuesday.  And by the time most of you read this, it will be Wednesday.  But Montessori Tuesday just doesn't have the same ring to it.  Besides, with two small children, it is a miracle that I know what day it is at all.

A few weeks ago, I read this post, and I was so excited to make my own sensory bottles.  I have been getting more into the Montessori mindset, and have found opportunities to help Elijah explore his environment in a targeted way, but so far, I hadn't really gotten into the whole infant Montessori experience with Isabel, and this seemed like a great first activity.


Well, the first thing I needed to do was collect some empty water bottles.  And, in one week, I was able to collect exactly...one.  No matter.  I could fill it will something cool.  Or just, you know, something.  But then time got away from me.  So today I decided that maybe Isabel would like to play with it anyway.  I was right.


Here's the thing:  Maybe I'm just trying to mentally compensate for my inability to complete basically any task these day (can I please just use the bathroom by myself?), but maybe the bottle's emptiness is good.  A start.  And then we can add more bottles, more materials, more, more, more.  But Montessori is also about keeping things simple.  And what could get more simply wonderful to a five-month-old than a crinkly, shiny, roly-poly water bottle?


My next idea (likely to be complete sometime in 2014) is to find a way to hang the bottle so that she can handle it the way she really wants to: with her feet.


Linking up with Montessori Monday at Living Montessori Now

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Vidi-o the week: Izzy trick

Izzy has crazy legs.  One of her favorite parts of the day is when she gets to lie on the bed, diaper-free, and kick like crazy.  She recently moved from laying in the bath sling to sitting up in her little tub, and when she's in there, she gets this look of pure determination on her face, then kicks and splashes like a little frog.  And, as you can see from the video below, she is ready to take her act on the road, sideshow style.  What a gal.


Friday, March 15, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

5 Months


Goodness gracious, time is flying.  Double the children means double the speed of life, there is no doubt.  And now our dear Izzy is 5 months old, oh my!


So, what about these teeny little big girl?  What's she up to these days?  Well...

She likes her bumbo seat, her brother (from a safe distance), snuggles, bath time, and doing the no-diaper-crazy-leg dance.

She does not like sleeping through the night, long naps, or having Elijah right in her face.

 What she lacks in hair, she more than makes up for in personality.

Basically, our family is more than it was just five months and two days ago.

(And a shout goes out to Mrs. Hatch and/or Erin for the darling purpley flowered outfit.)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Montessori Monday: The Egg Slicer


Our house is small.  Mostly, this doesn't bother me, actually, in many ways, it is a blessing.  However, because of our limited square footage, I am in a constant state of getting rid of stuff.  Perhaps it's just because I spend a lot of time in there, but our kitchen feels particularly teeny, especially when Elijah can't let go of my leg.

All of this is to say that most of the time, I am only interested in kitchen gadgets that can serve many purposes.  You know, like knives.  I just don't have the drawers space otherwise.  So, when my mom got Elijah an egg slicer for Christmas, I was skeptical.


All that changed, however, when I saw him use it.  Montessori is all about personal efficacy, and sometimes, for a toddler, a unitasker is just the thing to make that happen.  Elijah loves to carefully place the egg in the cutter, push down, remove the slices, and eat.  And repeat.  If you come by the house these days, he will happily fix an egg for you.

Sometimes, at the end of the day when Daddy comes home and asks what he did that day, Elijah will say, "I used my egg cutter!" even though about 500 other things have happened in the meantime.  What can I say?  The little man loves his kitchen tools.  I get that.

I will say, though, that I am looking forward to when Eljiah can peel the eggs himself, too, because that is something I am admittedly not very good at.  As long as the egg cutter retains its place of honor around here, though, it seems like I will have plenty of time to practice.


This post is linked with Montessori Monday over at Living Montessori Now

Saturday, March 9, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday Saturday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What I Was Going to Say


I've been sitting here at the computer for minutes now, staring.  I haven't posted in a few days, and so I need to, and I want to, but the house is a mess and I am tired and I just. can't. do it.  I know there are things to write about (I have a list!), but when I try to put words to screen, all I hear is a sort of low hum where my creativity used to be. 

Fortunately, though, someone else read my mind today, right down to the abandoned paper towel rolls.  So now I am going to take her advice and put my feet up, delighting in a day that was full to the absolute brim with projects, smiles, songs, whining, crumbs, messes, tears, and most of all, love. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

Ordinary

For the first time, I am trying my hand at Five Minute Friday. It's five minutes of writing on one topic with no stopping and no editing, started by Lisa Jo at Gypsy Mama.  Today's topic is Ordinary.  Here I go!


Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

- See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/03/five-minute-friday-ordinary-2/#sthash.f8iTg45A.dpuf

Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

- See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/03/five-minute-friday-ordinary-2/#sthash.f8iTg45A.dpuf
Now, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

- See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/03/five-minute-friday-ordinary-2/#sthash.f8iTg45A.dpuf
Lately, the ordinary-ness of my life has been getting me down a little bit.  Not that I was ever a mountain climbing, deep-sea-diving, crazy-stuff-doing sort of person.  It can just be hard sometimes when you wash the same dishes you did yesterday, and the same socks and the same floor, and how did so much dust accumulate under the table in just one day?  But I suppose that most people have a fairly "ordinary" life, and the some who don't would really, really love one if they could get it.  One thing that has been on my heart this week is some friends of a friend whose twins were born at 24 weeks.  Little Sam only lived a few days, and Lucy is just hanging on, day by day.  Not that I shouldn't complain about my life (okay, I shouldn't complain about my life), but also or maybe instead, I should embrace the fact that my complaints (which, let's be real, I could be better about keeping in my head) are so minor, so very, very ordinary.  My babies are well, my life is full, my floor is covered in crumbs because we have plenty of food to eat and I have a two-year-old who loves to eat and eat and eat.  So, today, as I try to let my petty gripes float away like helium balloons (that will hopefully not pop and get eaten by ducks) , I rejoice in the mundane, the ordinary.  And I pray for all of those who long with all their hearts for a life that could be called "just ordinary",

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.