Thursday, April 26, 2012

Day 4

Day 4 went really well.  

We made a little craft-- a purple alien from a kit I've saved for a couple years.  

I can already see a change in my kids even after a few short days.  They seem happier.  Am I imagining it?  I'm happier, too. 

Okay, here is a quote for today, just to brighten yours:  "does Jesus lose His glow when He is underwater?"  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Little Dose of Mayhem

Today I dropped my housework to stop and read with my six year-old, who has picked up a surprising amount in just a few days.  We had a little picnic on the porch for lunch, which is when things started to get interesting.  My baby fell off a step and scraped his head and his leg, and my girls would take a chipmunk-sized bite out of their grilled cheese sandwiches and then get up to dance, pick flowers (weeds), or retrieve the chocolate milk from the fridge, which was promptly spilled and I had to clean it up while fending off cute baby.  I was feeling behind, and tired, though I tried to be a good sport.  I'm sure lucky to be their mom, even when things don't go exactly as planned.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 2

Walked with my kiddos to school on day 2; it was a great chance to chat with the school-aged kids (10 and 8).  It was a beautiful morning.  I took the youngest three on a detour to see some birds at a local bird refuge.  It made for a long walk, but it was so nice!  I'm finally doing things I've wanted to for so long!  I was a bit behind on my dishes and housework but I felt energized by doing something meaningful.  I did get them done quicker than I normally do, though my large pile of laundry was still sitting on my bedroom floor when I went to bed. 

On our walk, I was thinking about what people remember about you when you are gone.  I have never wondered if Abraham Lincoln's toilets were clean or if Mother Teresa had stylish clothes.  I tend to stress over my unmopped bathroom floor, the 20 pounds I need to lose, or that one of the weeds in my yard may very well be large enough to impale someone.  I know my kids care more about how I treat them, what I teach them, and what kind of memories we make together than about the size of my waist (though that is definitely on my list of to dos!).


Monday, April 23, 2012

Day One

Our first day went well!  I helped my cute 6 year old practice her reading, which was long overdue.  She had a little notebook and started writing the things we were working on in it (we worked a little on her phone and address, too).  She wrote in these super tiny letters and put different sized circles around the information.  It wasn't until she was almost done that I realized she had made a snowman!  It was so cute.  She had info in the hat and each of the different sized snowballs.  We laminated it for fun and she carried it around the rest of the day.   I remembered that when my son was small, he said one day, "Mom, snowmen don't have legs, they just have balls."  Its times like these I want to make the most of.  Today was a good day!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

This is It

Today I'm starting my 5 for 50 Project-- a parenting project designed to make the most of my time with my young children. I'm trying to look ahead so I can look back with no regrets.

 I want my children to get the best start possible-- I know if I invest heavily over the next five years it will pay dividends for them over the next 50 and forever (at least that is my hope). At one point I realized that though right now I feel like I have little free time, I may have up to 50 years myself to do things I've always wanted to do, like run a marathon, get more education, volunteer, and write a book. When I do finally have that time, I'm sure I'll look back on now as the best time of my life. I know that investing in a child will be the most valuable work I'll ever do.