Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Preschool Diaries

My baby has finally gone and done it.  Bye bye baby girl!  Hello Pre-K madness.

Well, it's not officially a "pre-k" program.  It's more of a "parent's day out" or in for that matter.  At a church, in walking distance only two days a week.  It was a struggle to get here.  A struggle of deciding.  Should we or shouldn't we?  What is preschool?  What is Parent's Day out?  My little girl is so bright, what will she really LEARN?

Let me tell you we have worked through this for a few years now.  And, her schooling in general.  More recently I decided to look into where she will attend kindergarten.  Because unless you've been living under a rock, you will know that THAT must be decided upon almost a year ahead of time or you are out of luck, sister!  What?  It's insane.  Kid is born.  Kid is zoned.  Kid goes to school, right?

No, sir!  That is not the world we live in.  I have looked at public and charter schools.  WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?  I had to learn that one too.  There are lotteries, waiting lists, etc.  Well, preschool is almost the same.  I registered for this one right under the wire last year.  I had intended to send her the year before when Sam was first born so we could have some good baby time.  But, I missed the spot since these things are also signed up for WAY earlier than you think they should be.  What is the deal?  What is the race to get in school about?  It is truly crazy to stress over the madness of my child's education and progress when she is 3.  But, you have to.  So weird.

Here is where we landed.  Even up until the last minute I had thought I might back out.  I think we've decided to homeschool.  At least that is where my heart is pointing at the moment.  So then I debated on even putting her in PDO (parent's day out for the hip and trendy).  Since my daughter can read and everything else any good 2nd grader can do, what will she learn?  Walk in a line, wait her turn and raise her hand so she can in school?  So?  What if I'm not sending her to school?

Eventually we decided it would be good for her.  Get out, meet people.  Have fun, do crafts.  Eat with other folks.  So far it is.  She loves it.  Loves it all.  Gets upset on days we don't go.  And loves her "friends" though she doesn't know their names and she had to tell on them because they "weren't being nice".  Oy!

Happy Back to School to us all!!!

(by the way, for those who wanna know, I cried!  Cried when we dropped her off.  Cried when writing the check to Ms. Lisa.  Cried a month ago when a cute little girl was dancing in church with her tutu on like Madi used to.  I cried.)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Reading with my girl

It has been crazy busy.  I apologize for my absence but for the three of you reading, I'm sure you will forgive me.

Last summer we read Charlotte's Web.  It was our first attempt at a "big girl" book and Madi LOVED every minute of it.  We attempted The Borrowers but I soon realized that it was hard for her to follow.  And honestly I had forgotten the "big" words in it and even the language is much more sophisticated.  Her little brain lost interest quickly and I opted to put it away for a bit.

Well, this Summer we got it out and I think we finished it in about a week.  She wanted it at every nap and bedtime until it was done.  Soaking in every word, asking me what they meant.  I'd ask before we started what had happened last and she easily recounted the events for me.  Love this.

She is such a big girl and I appreciate her love of fanciful stories. I only hope to nurture this more and more.  With amazing older stories.  Great literature for her to learn from but also to get lost in.

We had to read Charlotte's Web one more time.  Which she loved rediscovering.

We get new books this week.  Can't wait to share them and tell you how we did.

School might be starting soon for most but Summer is still here.  Pick up something and read.

Write below.  Tell me what you've read this Summer.  Either on your own (I'm always up for a recommendation).  Or with your little ones.

See ya soon.
(I promise)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Oh How a Year Goes By

It has been a year already.  Samuel is 1 year old today.  I can't believe it's happening.  My baby is no longer a "baby".

 He came into this world pretty simply and has been pretty simple to deal with ever since.  He is so laid back and easy going MOST of the time.  I mean, he has his moments.  But, what a good, happy baby.

He is always laughing and now talking.  Of course we don't have any idea what is so funny or what he is saying but he is busy doing it anyway.  He adores his big sister and of course thinks anything she says is hilarious.  Even when it's not.

He completes our family in a way I didn't think could happen.  He is full of love and snuggles all the time and I am so grateful for that.  He is always curious and always busy.  He doesn't sit in one place for very long.  No sir.  He has important things to do.  He plays with anything.  Doesn't have to be a toy, in fact, he'd prefer it not be.  He loves knit things as much as I do and likes to do things on his own without help.  He gets incredibly frustrated with himself when he can't figure something out (again like me) and he'd just rather not do it then.

He has a sweet tooth like his dad (none).  He'd rather Cheerios to strawberries.  He'd rather cake to icing.  He does love frozen custard and toasted ravioli so he will be allowed back into our hometown with ease.

He is a boy.  Full on.  He loves me and I love him more than I thought I could.  Never thought I'd enjoy raising a stinky boy.  But I do.  I love everything about it.  Him, his laugh, his smile, his teeth, his cry, his playing, his talking, his dancing (boy does he love to dance).  Everything.  He is my love and I'm so proud of him already.

Happy Birthday Samuel.  We are so glad you came to us.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Slow down my heart

Lazy mornings. Playing outside. Grilling good food. Watching baseball. Blowing bubbles. Planting herbs. All these things and more are reminding me to slow down and look around. I've felt a lot of stress lately. I say there is no reason because I have nothing important to do. Like a work deadline. Important meeting to prepare for. People waiting for me to do something. Making some huge decision affecting others lives. You know "important stuff" that normal people stress about every day. I have none of that so I should just chill right?  

Of course I do have two little lives that demand my attention 24/7 and rely on me for all their daily needs. Every decision I make affects every aspect of their current and possibly future lives. I have to plan menus and shopping trips. Maintain vehicle maintenance on both cars and fix most things that break in the house and around it on a daily basis. No important stress right?  Ha. 

But the reality is I can do this!  I need to occasionally reorganize how I manage and deal with the demands. I have to worry about writing blogs and finally trying to write a serious one while my daughter constantly interrupts to tell me about her current adventure with Flynn Ryder and the fishies in the creek!  That never happens!  (Hint:  it's happening NOW)

I love my life. I don't regret anything. But sometimes I find myself overwhelmed. This happens for several reasons every time. 1- I'm not talking to God about it. Or them. Yep. Easy enough. I need his help. I should ask his help. I have a lot of responsibility and let's face the truth:  I don't want to screw it up for any of us!  2-  I'm not spending real time with my babies because I'm focusing too much on tasks and chores. Yep. I get in my own way most of the time. 3-  I'm not taking care of myself. Seriously not eating right or sleeping well or working out. Nothing. I say this is because I don't have time and must put them first. The truth is it's just easier. Until I find myself in a fuzzy tunnel of madness. 

So these days I'm trying to eat better. Sam might be a bit fussy because I'm not feeding him at this second but he will have to wait patiently. I'm taking tasks one at a time. For now that is gonna be me creating a list and choosing one extra something to be done a week. "Extra" as in not normal household chores. I've been focusing for a bit on this as a daily thing. That's not gonna happen. I'm being there for my babies. This means putting my phone down a lot more than I already do. And trying to see the ways my daughter is exactly like me. Then I can see why she is behaving like she is. Oh and breathing.   For times when it gets too much I have essential oils to calm me down. Ha. 

I don't want to miss them. Sam is almost a year!  Wow!  
Life goes by too fast for stress. 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Dancing Queen

The other day we had Madison's final dance class of the year.  Insane how cute this is.  It's similar to watching little league ball.  You know where you find yourself yelling "run!  you hit the ball!  You run to the base!  Don't stop!"  Just the simple things except here, you're thinking "um, not one person is skipping".  It's awesome.

But, they're learning the basics.  Positions, pointing and flexing toes, raising arms, leaping, following others, it's all necessary and good to practice now in the hopes it'll just be part of the future dancer they'll become.  That is if they stick with it.

 Madison is an individual, let me tell you.  I'm discovering so much.  I think because I have actor, dancer, film, stage on my resume, everyone assumes that Madison gets her unique personality from me.  She might, but it's not like I'm a stage mom pushing her on to entertain.  AND, so far there are some huge differences.  The biggest is what I see in dance.  I was (and still am) a people pleaser.  I've always approached my live performance stuff as performing.  Meaning I do what I'm supposed to do to the best of my ability to impress or take this chance to show what I can do.  If I'm supposed to be "on", I'm on.  100%.  Madison sees the camera (or audience) and takes the chance to make a joke.  "oops!  I fell!"  That sort of thing.  That sadly would've devastated a 4 year old me.  She wants to make sure in all things that she is getting a laugh.  I was a performer.  She seems to think she's a comedienne.

Another difference is her individuality.  Like in the picture below.  She refuses to dance with a scarf.  She used to love it.  I think she had some trouble getting the color she wanted, maybe doesn't like the manual labor of folding it before returning, I don't know.  Either way, she chooses not to use one.  For over a year now.  She refuses.  Doesn't care.  Has no reason except "because I don't want to" and she moves on with her life.  We are blessed that her teacher doesn't care.  Somewhere inside I'm mortified.  But, I'm learning to just go with it.  It's her world.

Heaven help us.  We will need it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lazy Saturday (um, not really)

So how do your weekends look?  Mine anymore look like this, BUSY!  It's crazy how much I seem  to pile on but there is a lot I can get done.  I'll be honest with you, I do this most any day because we really aren't on a "work week" schedule around here.  We are free to do whatever we choose most days.  I honestly think it's just that we don't usually run around on Saturdays.  Most weekends we are at home except for church.

 This week, I made bread, granola and hummus.  I stocked up on a lot of Sam's food.  This of course happens usually every few days anyway.  When we are low, we are low.  He's a big eater.  Madi and I cleaned up her room.  This was really a mess (closets, boxes, toys everywhere).  Mostly just organize her stuff.  It's amazing what can be in the box where the My Little Ponies go.  Then she wonders why she can't find these little items she's looking for, right?

I did a bunch of laundry which is pretty much an every day occurrence.  I think I did so much that I just couldn't take a nap either.  This would've been nice on a Saturday but no.  I kept working.  I've got stuff to do, make and research.  I keep making dishcloths right now.  I've been bored with mine.  I've had them for a few years now and they're looking rough.  So, I'm making more.

It was actually nice to feel like I did a lot.  Nice way to sleep too.  Ended with a movie night with Madison.  The Little Mermaid and some popcorn even.

What do you usually spend your Saturdays doing?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Flea Market Saturday

Finally!  It's Flea Market Season.  Well, technically it's always flea market season.  BUT, in order for me to go with the kids the weather needs to be nice.  So, flea market season has begun!!!

It was so nice today and there were tons of great vendors.  Which is good because I've gotta tell you, I have a huge list right now.  I didn't find some of the bigger more important things this time around but I'm always saying my walls are bare so these mirrors will be great somewhere.  I'll post later where I put them but for now, they'll stay the color they are.  I have ideas of a few rooms that haven't been painted so I may or may not change the color.  We shall see.  I don't love the round loop things on the small one so I'll probably remove it.  Just can't decide if a hook would be fun or nothing.  Again, we will see.

The chairs are gonna be awesome.  You can always use chairs, right?  So, I'm gonna use it for something.  I'm going to paint them and replace the seats.  I'll probably put one in Madi's room which is lacking furniture and has no seating.  OR, the dining room (which will soon be my "sitting room").  Again, we shall see but that's the joy of looking and buying.

Altogether for $30.  Not too bad.

I have other projects sitting around the house so stay tuned.  As the weather gets warmer, I'll be heading out to repair and paint.  I have a pretty big list right now though so bear with me.

Hey, if you went out digging this weekend too, share some pics of your finds below.  I'd love to see them.  It's always inspiring.

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