Monday, May 30, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
On pinterest (have you signed up for it yet? It's the most amazing time sucker ever), I found a phrase that I haven't been able to get out of my head for a while- "If it's important, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse." There will always be something else that probably needs to be done, but I can find a way to fit in the things I want, too.
I need to be creative again. I need to be working towards goals. These cupcakes are the last bit of crafty-ness I've done, and that was at the beginning of this month. There is always a great reason- teething baby, messy house, other obligations. I do know, though, that I'm happier when I'm working on a project and allowing myself that outlet. There will always be a reason not to, but I really want to make sure I'm taking the time to work on some of the goals I've set, creative and otherwise.
I'll be helping a friend with a baby blanket soon, and I'm looking forward to that- but I need to get back to work on some of my own stuff too. It's not a lack of supplies or ideas that's keeping me from workin on it- it's just me being stopped by feeling overwhelmed with life. I think if I take the time to focus on a project like this- even just a little each day- I can conquer feeling overwhelmed, too.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I apologize for not writing much in the last week- my sister reposted to the LDS Missionary Training Center today to start her year and a half as a missionary. Later on, she'll be headed to Campinas, Brazil, and I'm so proud of her. I'm a little sad, too. She'll do great things, and it will be so fantastic for her. Between missing her and recovering from the go-go-go week and weekend it has been, I'm a little grumpy today. So I'm staying in my jammies and making sure we're all clean and fed, making delicious broccoli cheddar soup, but that's about it.
I'll be updating a blog for her, if you'd like to follow it here, and if you know her and would like to write, I can give you her information. let me know. In the next few days, I'll tell you how Chris totally won at Mothers' Day, and share some pictures from our weekend craziness.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Well, it's not that bad. In fact, we know that WBH's teaching job is secure for another year, but I think the truth holds just as well if you substitute "a lousy economy." We had an absolutely glorious day this weekend, and we took advantage of it- yes, a little late in the season. We're experimenting in square foot gardening this year, and I planted the first seeds.
This is the third year Stinky has helped with our garden. I really believe in involving kids with a garden for several reasons:
- You can get kids to try eating what they've helped grow. Last summer, Stinky would grab snap peas right off the vine and eat them while he played.
- Children gain a sense of accomplishment and contribution to the family from working together.
- You're teaching math and science concepts without really having to try.
- Kids become connected to their food, seeing it in it's whole, fresh form and learn to value that.
Here's what works for us:
- Know ahead what you'll have your child do: Stinky got to help push in the stakes on the outside of the garden, cut the yarn, push in the seeds where I poked holes in the soil.
- Remember that it will take two to three times as long with your helper.
- Let them help shop for seeds and help plan, as they are able: Our rule is that he has to try eating whatever he wants us to buy.
- Small children are usually happy to dig or rake next to you if they're not ready to follow directions (we ended up with more spinach than we could eat due to eager hands tossing seeds by the fistful).
- Plan other projects around it. We made markers for our squares from Popsicle sticks. You could paint rocks, draw pictures- just makes sure it's waterproof.
- To keep costs down, if you're local, we used TAGRO's you-shovel pile. Stinky got to help with that, too.
I'm excited to see how our garden comes in using the square-foot technique, and excited to add our other plants later on. The coldest spring in over a hundred years has kept us inside for so long. It felt great to be in the sun and working.
He's pretending to eat a carrot here, by the way. Thanks for reading this epic post today! Happy Monday!