Thursday, March 29, 2007

On being an at home mother....

"To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets,
labors, and holidays; to be Whitely within a certain area, providing toys,
boots, cakes, and books; to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals,
manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the
mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career
to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to
tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same
thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman's function
is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute."
(What's Wrong With the World, G.K. Chesterton)

School Vacation

Aaaaah. School vacation. We just finished a long six week run of school. One of the million advantages of homeschooling is that we can take vacation when we need it. And boy, we need it. We're all a bit tired and a bit weary, and we worked extra hard today to finish up even tomorrow's work.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

What I did instead...

Last Thursday my friend Sarah and I went out for lunch. As we parted ways, she asked what my afternoon held. I told her about a list of internet errands that I needed to run and how I was looking forward to getting them done. However, when I got home the combination of sun and spring euphoria hit, and this is what I did instead.

my snowbear sitting on a snowstump

my peanut hugging my snowbear
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Monday, March 19, 2007

Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound....

She's Super-MOM!

Sometimes you just have to brag. And what better place than a blog.

I've been working on a video-editing project - trying to get all our mini-DV footage into a format to go onto DVD. I'm enjoying the process and reacquanting myself with the editing software that I have, but the process takes up oodles of space on my hard-drive. I've been near panic to see that I only have 12GB left.

So this afternoon instead of tackling a to-do list, I took apart a computer that the kids use that had two hard drives. Pulled one out. Opened up my computer. Installed new hard drive. Unhooked a zipdrive that I have never used, and an unnecessary cd-rom driver. Voila. I have 55 additional GB, and the computer is running faster (and I think happier).

*sigh* I should get paid for this stuff.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

New Car

Here is the new car. It is a 2004 Prius. I'll link this to Marc's blog when he writes the full story there. (No pressure, hon.)
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Philadelphia Chickens

We love Sandra Boynton. We have been buying her delightful books since Caleb was a baby. Yesterday, Marc came home with Philadelphia Chickens, a book and music cd by SB. We listened to it over breakfast this morning. What an absolute hoot! Great music, and lyrics that match all the delightfulness of Boynton's books. Songs include "Cows", "I Like to Fuss", and "Faraway Cookies" along with 17 others.
Looking on Amazon this morning, I found Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs, Dog Train: A Wild Ride on the Rock-and-Roll Side, and Grunt: Pigorian Chant from Snouto Domoinko de Silo also by Sandra Boynton.
Hooray! I think I'll go Dance Factory with some Chickens!

Cool Mom

I rarely get to be the cool parent. I'm with the kids too often, and my spontaneity and fun isn't always in their language. Yesterday I got to be the cool parent. We were stocking up at Sams Club, and I spontaneously bought Dance Factory for myself. I had some birthday money left over, had thought about this purchase a couple months ago, and there it was at Sams, staring at me from the shelf, whispering "you know you want to". So I did. I'll blame it on the moon phase combined with the pressure system of this storm.

It came with two dance mats that connect to our PS2. What I especially love is that somehow you can put your own music cd's in the PS2, and it formats a dance for you. So you can dance to your own music.

I'm especially excited because I began back on Weight Watchers this week and am participating with Move and Improve. Can you say 'fun activity options"?
All of us are having loads of active fun!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Sofia Cuteness

I was sitting at my desk, when I heard a little voice say "night-night, mommy." When I looked around the corner, this is what I saw.
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Book Recommendation

I've been meaning to post this for a couple weeks. I'm currently reading The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Lerner. I love it and think that every woman should read it.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

I preached today....

After a very long break from preaching, I preached today. To hear me, go here: I felt pretty good about it. My homework is to listen to myself this week. I'll post how I feel after I listen it.

Friday, March 09, 2007

2 Year Old Pictures

March Walmart Picts

We went to get cheap photos at Walmart this morning. They came out pretty well. The first one is the one we went for, the rest are just six extras, so we didn't go for perfection (as you will see). Click on the photo above to see the rest.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

could it mean something?

I got this card from a friend yesterday.

And this was the proverb I found on a tea box as I cleaned out my tea cupboard today.

Think I should pay attention?

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Sofia's Little People Playhouse (2007)

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My Little People Playhouse (1970's)

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Since my sister got my fabulous Ingenuitea teapot, I have bought tea twice from I got my second sampler today, the herbal sampler. I love Adagio, I love the tea! What a happy package to get this morning.
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