Thursday, February 26, 2009

Reality take 2

The past few weeks have left me thinking about mamas and how sometimes we feel like things can divide us - economics, parenting styles, our homes...guilt, inferiority complexes or hubris - not to mention the flood of cultural messages on what a mother should be and do.

Whether its a mother losing her patience in the check out line or an apparent wonder mom, seems it can be hard to look past the exterior and really try to see the woman standing in front of us. A mother plain and clear, possessing that fierce love and all the ups and downs and in betweens that come along with that kind of fire. Doing what she does in her own style or the best way she can muster up at the moment.

Here is a little something I've been trying to focus on:

Supporting each other whether its in the check out line of the grocery store while the mama in front has her hands full with a tantruming toddler or dropping off some dinners for a family who just needs a hand. Its all good, all true and all "so" neccessary, ya think? Seems it also might have something to do with feeling good about where we are and what we're doing then sending out that sunshine.

I was in the line at The Dollar Store once - yes, The Dollar Store...and one of my kiddos was just having one of those absolute fits - you know the really hair raising ones...Anyway, this woman behind me was watching as I was trying to talk my DD through her storm and she was just smiling...a really sweet smile too. After a bit she said, "You're doing a great job..." and that one little bit of support (aside from nearly bringing me to tears right then and there because inside...things were starting to feel just a little snippy) really made a difference. It gave me the extra juice I needed to keep talking the little one through her moment (or minutes...or maybe it was an hour ;)

Also, just a few things I wanted to touch base on real quick ;)

* I do like to clean - believe it or not...really! When my husband takes the kids some Sundays to his parents; its me, the baby and an all out war on the dustbunnies. I'm not talking a few hours, this is an all day event with battles on all fronts. Where does it get me? A clean house to go to sleep by and tripping over bionicles and wooden animals for the rest of the week but in the end so worth it...

It may be this:

My kids play - a lot. And they play in the living room - all the time. With 3 kiddos sharing a 13x10 room, that doesn't leave much playroom so they haul it on out into the living/dining room. And they are never done ;) You know that, "But I'm still using it!" response you get when its time to pick up? Yeah, like I said, they like to play.

*Stuff - and we have too much of it. Really, we do. And I have been wondering who are these toys for anyway? Them or myself, lol.


* Moving along the stuff - we will be taking a good hard look at what actually is played with and what is just here because, frankly, I like the look of it ;)
Well, there are, of course, more reasons than this but we'll save those for another time - a little something to look forward to if you will.

What about simplicity?

Well, that's all a matter of perspective I guess...we have a small home that doesn't use up many resources to keep it warm and fill it up with accessories to a nice coziness. BUT - the amount of mental and physical resources that go into maintaining a smaller space with this many people living in it, I find are pretty big. For us, its a constant evaluation of the space and how we use it.

For instance:

My truly wonderful husband thinks its perfectly reasonable to hang tools that he knows he will be using soon - ON THE WALL OF THE LIVINGROOM... Needless to say - this doesn't fly.

Just thought I'd share that bit of reality ;)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Snow - and more snow ~

One storm dumps about a foot and then about a week later - another ones comes along and shakes out just a bit more - another foot. That leaves us pretty well buried down here in the hollow and without power for a couple of days -

Or, as we like to say here, without electricity....we still have power ;)

We are lucky though - some folks had a 3 day stint in the dark and without any electrictry to run their blowers, boilers and such; what a chilly stint it was...thank goodness for the 'warming shelters' that were opened for folks. Such gratitude we have for a shed full of wood...

We managed some showers at extended family's and managed to do a whole list of errands yesterday while we waited for the lights to flicker again...We entertained the thought of holing up in a hotel - pool included of course, but wouldn't you know, we JUST did that the night before the storm struck. We figured we were being clever by beating the storm ;)

Did someone say Spring was around the corner?

I'll take some pics of these crazy high snow mounds we have here. Absolute pure sledding joy.

Thank you Lemonade Ladies!

Wow! Thank you Erin and Jennifer for the Lemonade Award :)
Sweeter too as we sure do love a cool glass of lemonade when the weather's just right ;)
Thanks for reading along ~ I hope to be more regular in posting too :)
I couldn't figure out the icon thingy to post it but I wanted to say thank you!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bits of Goodness

Goodies for the ATC and Nature Table #2 Swap for Bits of Goodness.

I have to admit, finding the time and more importantly, the mental focus to complete these was a little more tricky than I had the end, well worth the squeeze and good fun all around.

SO looking forward to seeing the creative fun other folks had as well!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Evil has many guises...

And in this case it comes in the form of ....

a peanut butter square.

Or, maybe it was the whipped cream and chocolate pudding binge...hmmm, either way - we seem to have a problem.

Tell me its normal to still be wearing your maternity clothes just a mere 6 months after the birth...Tell me, "Sure thing! You bet! All in the normal course of things."

Ahhh yes, remember that bit about 'accepting where we are'...well, I am accepting, surrendering, realizing that I won't ever be that former size again. And you know's ok. Really it is. I mean, I get to actually eat now and not completely freak out about food. The simple luxury of eating after 5 o'oclock without racking worry is a beautiful thing. And eventually sure, I will wear clothes that don't have elastic waistbands. Til then, pass the dessert please!

Oh, and in case you want to join me in this bit of decadence ~

1 cup peanut butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup of melted butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 Tblsp butter
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Mix the first 4 ingredients and press into a pan or glassware. (roughly 9x13)
Melt the chips and butter and spread over the peanut butter mixture. Let it harden in the fridge...

Just a disclaimer - regardless of how much organic PB, sugar ect you use - these are still just oh-so naughty. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Warming the Heart

This Man

Terrain I know so well
Yet understand
There are still
Of unchartered land.

I would weave the most
Of bridges from my soul's veins
And follow him
Into future unknown.


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