a fun little blog thing that I found to be interesting:
Wow. Pretty interesting! Not your average "Cancer" sun-sign write-up, and I think it's more on the mark.
(Thanks to Lux- I found it through her myspace page).
Sorry I'm not writing more tonight- I'm beat!
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
On parents and discipline. . .
Well I hope everyone had a lovely Solstice/Yule/Christmas/[insert preferred holiday here]! (lol) We had a very nice holiday. Littleman opened lots of gifts (meaning his own, and everyone else's as well) and is just starting to understand the whole Santa thing. I think.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Hunted and found three letterboxes today! It was fun. Simon got to go "HIKING. SUNDAY." and I got to add some stamps to my collection. I have some ideas for more planted boxes, I just have to carve stamps and get the books and boxes ready. In all my free time. But it's a good hobby, and I really enjoy it, and it gets us outdoors in cool places getting some exercise. So I should find the time to do it more. (for curious noxers [non-boxers]: www.letterboxing.org )
Friday, December 9, 2005
Emotional Alchemy: turning stress to sweetness
I just want to say that sometimes, the most dreaded situations turn into the best memories. For instance there was tonight, when I'm getting littleman ready for bed. Usually it happens to work out that Griff is sleeping during the time that I am giving Simon a bath, getting him ready for bed and rocking him in the rocking chair before I lay him down. (The whole process takes 1/2 to 1 hour or so). But tonight for some unknown reason Griff was very much NOT asleep. He fussed off and on while I gave Simon a quick bath, but after that it was all-out scream-fest. I tried to make him comfortable and happy on the bed with Simon and I while I put on Simon's diaper and pajamas, but no dice- he wanted to be held just so, and walked around. Simon started acting up, too- he was tired and usually this is HIS time, so he was probably a little resentful too, plus he seems to feel a bit anxious when his baby brother is crying. This sort of situation is very stressful- there is only so much of me to go around!! My brief description most certainly does not paint a true picture of the chaos involved.
sleep or blog? SLEEP!!
So many nights I sit down just before bed to relax and type some thoughts into a blog entry. . . but I'm so exhausted, and really what I want and need is to go to bed.
Thursday, December 1, 2005
Just a quick check-in
Whew! Geez, have I been busy- I'm finally getting a couple minutes to sit down and type a bit.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Look out the window
You know, it's interesting what a mind-game writing can be. I'll think to myself, "I should write in my blog tonight"- but then I'll realize I haven't the faintest idea what I want to write about. I don't want to laundry-list everything I did today, and I don't want to run on in sappy cliches about the boys and how great they are (and they ARE great). I want my writing to be an exercise in thinking broadly, sort of like remembering to stop staring at the computer screen every once in awhile and look way out the window instead. So I'll think to myself that I need to think of a good topic, and then I'll be able to go from there.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Edge of the world
The rain waited for us to start. Light at first, it escalated rapidly into a gentle but very steady downpour. The trail gets slippery, and the treebark starts to shine. Big fat drops slide off the rhododendron leaves and hit our hats, hands and faces. Before long our backs and lower legs are soaked, though the hats and rainjackets help keep the rest of us dry at least. Did we remember to bring our gaiters? Of course not! The river roars by, rushing through leaf-strewn boulders and kicking up fine mist that melts into the foggy atmosphere. Stepping very carefully and grabbing the gnarled branches for support, we scramble back up the hill to the trail. Rain starts to ease a bit as we find our treasure spot, and littleman gets to walk the forest. He leads the way, marking "secrets" as we go. We must look a bit insane, wet and bedraggled in the woods with two young boys- but littleman is on top of the world. Baby is not, however, and lets it be known he would rather be in the snug dry car, so the 4 intrepid planters turn back toward people, asphalt and the rest of our day. Mission accomplished, at least. :)
Friday, November 11, 2005
lessons in recentering
Thinking about yoga in my last blog got me thinking about how in some ways, I have lost myself within my parenting role. It's a very easy mistake to make, and one I need to work on correcting. If I allow my individual self to be lost within the greater context of my family, then I will lose the very foundation I need in order to support my loved ones. It's extremely important to recenter occasionally, and recognize that I am an individual with my own interests and needs.
Monday, November 7, 2005
a nice cup of tea
Sometimes, there's nothing better than a hot cup of mint tea in the evening, sitting with my feet up. The scent is so relaxing, so refreshing, and it just makes me feel good. The minty steam infuses the back of my throat, leaving a lasting fresh inhalation. The warmth rushes to my stomach and radiates out, not unlike a feeling I get when practicing aware breathing in yoga. The relaxation is similar, too.
Saturday, November 5, 2005
late night adventure (of sorts)
OK, so the night after I post about inner peace and acceptance of nightly interruptions, Electra (our cat) strolls into the bedroom at 4 am with some sort of little mole- a mole who is very much alive, and very loudly squeaking about it. I tend to pile my shoes behind the bedroom door, and this is where the mole finds refuge. So, at 4 am I am up locking away the cat and then trying to catch a terrified little mole with a towel. Billy got up to help, but it was still a bit of an adventure before we were finally able to release the mole, round up the now excited dogs downstairs, release the cat and get back in bed. Neither one of us was able to sleep right away, and I of course had to get right back up soon after I dropped off. Sigh.
Friday, November 4, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
zen and the art of newborn nights
The last couple nights have been a little better. It's not necessarily because Griff is waking less- it's more because I have been more relaxed and accepting of the need for me to wake at night. Somehow, by remembering to go with the flow rather than resisting when Griff needs me at night I actually end up feeling more rested come morning.
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
I don't remember what I wanted to write about. . .
Well, baby Griff was up every two hours last night to nurse. Considering how long it takes him to nurse each time, that leaves me with very little sleep indeed! Of course the boys did not nap at the same time today, so no naps for me either! I'm doing OK, but am pretty exhausted. Littleman takes a lot of energy!
Halloween, and good night
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Today is littleman's birthday! He is now officially 2. We are looking forward to having a bunch of friends and kids out to the house today. I'm sure it will be chaotic, but fun. I'm tired (had to get up a bunch for baby and even a few times for Simon) but I'm in a good mood.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Well, here we go. . .
OK, So I've toyed with the idea of starting a blog, and perhaps this is as good a place as any to do so. I have not been writing anything for ages, and I would like to get back in the habit. It's often a good intention that ends up unfulfilled (especially now that I have the boys keeping me busy!) but I think it's an important habit for me to cultivate. So, here we go! We'll see if this works better.