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The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind

I recently stumbled across a book that really impressed me.  Let me rephrase that.  I recently stumbled upon a website for a book that really impressed me. The book is called The Boy, the Kite, and the Wind by Al Andrews. I haven’t ordered the book, but I fully intend to.  I was going to wait to post this until after I purchased the book, but I’m a realist.  By the time I actually buy this book, it’s going to be a week before Christmas.  I would then write a post recommending that you buy this book for every child in your life this Christmas and it would be too late. So I’m writing this post now to give you enough time to order it for Christmas.

At this point you are probably wondering what is so special about this book? It is special for two reasons. Keep Reading…

I want a forest, but I only have seeds.

You might say I’m a dreamer (but I’m not the only one, hehe). When I start a project, I think about the finished product.  When I’m not at home being a mom, I’m a graphic designer.  When I begin a project, nine times out of ten, I have an end result in mind.  I am working to achieve the end result.  Sometimes I have to make changes and modify the end result. But for the most part, I have a goal in my head and I’m working toward the goal. That’s what I like about graphic design.  I can begin a project and finish it, sometimes even in the same day.

Unfortunately, everything in life doesn’t work this way. Keep Reading…

Spiderman, a Princess and a Race Car Driver

Today he is Spiderman. He is fearless.  He is magnificent. He is mighty.  He can climb buildings with his suction cup fingers, swing from roof tops on his web and sense evil with his Spidey senses. Today he is a hero.

Today she is a princess. She is beautiful and confident.  She is graceful and sweet.  She knows that she is special and she desires to be treated as such. Today she is royalty.

Today he is a race car driver. He is fast and fearless.  He is brave. He knows no limits and can conquer the world. He effortlessly speeds around each bend not worried about what might await him ahead. Today he is in control.

Today is certain. Tomorrow is a mystery.  Tomorrow Spiderman might realize that he is incapable of solving the entire world’s problems. The princess might become obsessed with finding a prince and forget how wonderful she is without one. The race car driver might become anxious about the course and not want to race. No, we can’t predict the future.  We can only live in the present.

And today he is Spiderman, she is a princess, and he is a race car driver.

It Happens In A Blink

During the first year of being a mom of three, I kept a song on repeat in my head — Trace Adkins’ You’re Gonna Miss This. Every time I was over whelmed with changing diapers and crying babies, I sang the lyrics out loud.

You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this Keep Reading…

Did you see the Moonwalking Bear?

There is a video on YouTube that I’ve come across a few times that I find very interesting. It’s about awareness.  In case you haven’t seen it, here it is:

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I love the line at the end “It’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for.”

I think that’s why motherhood can be so stressful for me sometimes.  Because I’m constantly trying to spot the moonwalking bear in the room. Keep Reading…

I’m no elephant.

It all started on Monday. I made my grocery list while sitting in the preschool carpool line waiting to drop off my son.

I thought it was a great time-saving strategy since I was going straight from the preschool to the toddler gym for a class with the twins and then to the grocery store. One of the first rules I learned when I began taking more than one child to the grocery store was that you NEVER attempt to shop without a list.  Keep Reading…

A Parents Guide to TV for Preschoolers

I can still remember several years ago when my oldest child was getting to the age to watch TV and not knowing where to start with shows.  The classics of my childhood (Fraggle Rock, Gummy Bears, Duck Tails) were long gone and replaced with shows such as The Wiggles, Team Umizoomi, and Special Agent Oso.  Unfortunately, there are only two ways to figure out the good cartoons–watch them by yourself or watch them with your kid. Watching them by yourself is much more desirable, because if you watch it with your kid, you risk your kid falling in love with a show that is ridiculous and you will be watching that dumb cartoon for the next three years. But who wants to spend their free time watching cartoons? Look no further, as a gift to all new parents out there, I have summarized the best (and worst) TV shows for your kids. Keep Reading…