Category: Family

Hello Busy Life!

Wow, you guys! It has been pretty much pure insanity over at my house for the last few months. I’m going to give you a little recap and share some fun photos of what has been happening and catch you up!

First up we had Advanced Green Belt testing for my oldest son.

Passed his Advanced Green Belt test
Passed his Advanced Green Belt test

My daughter is on a Tiny Team at Gymnastics and she bumped up to Level 1…and soon Level 2 next month which means she gets to compete (I swear I need to clone myself).

Practicing handstands outside.
Practicing handstands outside.

This mama got a perfect score and was awarded an Excellence Award for Research Writing from my college Western Governors University-love that school, for a paper I wrote titled: Gifted Education: The Leisurely Evolution. As a side note, I wish they would have written that instead of “Task 1”. Oh well, I’ll have to write them a suggestion ticket, lol.

My award. #proudmoment
My award. #proudmoment

I have been applying for graduate school…MFA in Creative Writing! I have been busting my tail getting all of my admissions papers in, personal essays in, critical essays, AND a creative manuscript…into their hot little hands so I can see if I am already good enough to get into an writing program to make me better. Craziness.

Homeschool has happened..mostly. My oldest is taking the full amount of credits he can at the co-op program by our house and he is loving it. He is excited about going because he chooses what he takes and when. That leaves him time for all the in depth math and science he wants to do. It’s a win for everyone. My daughter is still doing her preschool co-op class once a week, which I teach in every other month. My tot…he just comes along for the ride!

Messing with the numbers...do you see which ones were switched? :D
Messing with the numbers…do you see which ones were switched? 😀

 

Art time!
Art time!

 

The big kid working on math.
The big kid working on math.

 

Learning multiplication with a checkers board and glass beads. Improvising!!
Learning multiplication with a checkers board and glass beads. Improvising!!

Let’s see….I have been making and selling my latest fun craft project: Waldorf Hand Kites. They are made of natural, unfinished birch and pretty double sided satin ribbon…all USA made materials. And they are gorgeous (if I do say so myself!). I will be selling them on etsy very soon along with another blogging mama over at EcoFriendlyMamaUSA.com!

USA Made Handmade Waldorf Hand Kites. I love these so much!
USA Made Handmade Waldorf Hand Kites. I love these so much!

And lastly, we have been enjoying some amazing family time together. We have been trying to especially get outside when the rare peeks of sun happen, which is happening more and more now that we have hit mid-March! Blossom trees are in full bloom around here <3

Gorgeous blossom trees!!
Gorgeous blossom trees!!

 

Bye for now!

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Lessons From my Community

One of many views of my beautiful community.
One of many views of my beautiful community.

I took a trip to my local food co-op with my three kids a couple of nights ago…you know where this is going right? It started out as a stressful trip because we were trying to grab a few items for dinner, the toddler wasn’t having it, the preschooler was not listening, and the 9-year-old was trying to help but not really. I was thinking to myself: Get in, Get out – as quick as POSSIBLE. It didn’t exactly happen that way. Okay it didn’t happen that way at all. I walk in and put the toddler in the cart and thought that I was ready to go. Nope. He is trying to climb out any way he could and I decided it was safer for him to be out while I chose the things I needed. I asked the big kid to help by hanging out with him (the toddler has a tendency of grabbing things off the shelves…like, all the things off the shelves). I put the toddler down and he looked happy…peaceful even, just looking around. Then in a split second he turned around, grabbed the nearest thing to him, and tore it from the shelf. He happened to be a 4-pack of drinks in GLASS bottles. Ugh. Fun times. I go grab an employee…although I think they are all technically volunteers…to clean up the mess. This old man comes broom and mop in hand, and begins to clean. I apologize a million times and offer to pay for the drinks. He refuses and after I apologized again for my ‘monster toddler’ he just smiled at me and said “Hun, isn’t that what toddlers are supposed to do? Test your limits and be little monsters?” and then he just chuckled and finished cleaning up.

Lesson One: Not everyone finds your children’s actions as annoying and crazy as you do.

He was right. He was being a toddler, it was an accident, and he could see how sorry I was. He was choosing to be positive about the whole thing.

I finish grabbing the few things that I needed to get for dinner and head to the checkout line. At our food co-op, there is a (super cheap) member fee to shop there. If you do not have a member card, then you get a 10% fee tacked on. I had forgotten this as it had been the first time in about 2 years or so I had shopped there, since moving to the area. I told the guy I would like to sign up and he simply gave me the paperwork so I could take it home to fill out instead, and waived my fee since I promised to come back and get the card. I think he secretly felt bad for me since my toddler was trying to fly out of my arms while I am paying and packing my bag one handed.

Lesson Two: People do still trust other people’s word, and can have compassion while others are struggling.

As I was leaving, I bumped into an older lady and apologized to her a few times. She stops me in, lays her hand on my arm and tells me “You have nothing to be sorry for! You have your hands full. I bet you apologize all day being a mom and dealing with your kids. In this community here, you do not need to apologize. We have all been there and understand.”  I told her I did feel like I say sorry a lot as a mom and I really appreciated her for saying so. Sweetest. Lady. Ever.

Lesson Three: There are people are out there that care and understand. You do not have to apologize for everything.

It’s true, I do live in a very “hippy” area. We are a breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, organic food eating, laid back, diverse, and accepting community.  I tend to forget that with the stress and wild days with my kids. I over-apologize, over-compensate, and over-analyze what I think people are expecting from me and my children when we are out and about. I need to step back and realize that kids will be kids, most people really are just trying to help, and not everyone sees kids an inconvenience. I know I most certainly don’t! Good community is hard to come by and I am fortunate to live in an amazing one…I think it’s time to embrace it!

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Local Food Co-op, an amazing place!
Local Food Co-op, an amazing place!