Archive for ‘Kids’

October 18, 2011

I am the Science Mom

I work one day a week at my son’s cooperative preschool where I also hold a job. Last year at my son’s previous school I was a fundraising parent but this year I am thankfully the Science parent! It’s actually been a pleasure to switch from an adult and money centered job to a kid and activity centered job. Yeah! I am now planning a science project a week and thought I would share some of them here since there are so many great ideas out there.

Last week we did a trash scavenger hunt.

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October 6, 2011

I’m up for a creative halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday, by far. Always has been. And Alonzo wholeheartedly agrees! We’ve been making spiders to hang around the house. Egg cartons cut up and painted. Still need to add the legs.  I foresee many more creations for the Halloween set at my house……

October 5, 2011

I lost my daughter at Sunrise

Yesterday I went to feed my mom dinner at her assisted living facility. Clara always asks to come with me and the staff and residents over there love her so I take her as much as I can. Well, last night we were all set up in the dining room, I had my mom at her table along with assorted puzzles and toys for Clara nearby. These occupied Clara’s attention for about 10 minutes before the two year old crazies took over and she wanted to run around. Usually I just let her. It’s a lock-down facility and there is no way she can get out. Typically she’ll run around the halls and come right back to us. After a particularly difficult couple of minutes with my mom yelling at me while I tried to feed her I noticed I could no longer hear Miss Clara’s footsteps. I got up and walked into the hall.

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September 19, 2011

I’m losing the battle with television….

Look I like TV. I grew up on TV. I’m not someone who thinks TV is the devil. BUT I don’t want it on all the time. I don’t want my kids to wake up and immediately start figuring out what show they want to watch. I don’t want them to ask to watch TV instead of going outside and running around. So I’m going to attempt to wean us all from the TV and video games and iPhone games which my 4 year old is now addicted to. How I am going to do this is beyond me. I’m going to start planning A LOT of activities and projects and prepare to be mentally exhausted. Keeping up with the energy levels of a 2 and 4 year old is not easy!

So here are a couple of recent projects which occupied their attention for about an hour tops.

First we made terrariums. I loved these as a kid. Found a cool tutorial online at Craftzine.

Alonzo thought making a dino forest was pretty cool. Clara loved dumping the pebbles and potting soil all over the table.

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September 16, 2011

I brush teeth

I was going to write a post sometime back titled “I wipe butts” but I brush teeth is so much nicer dontcha think?

And when I write this I’m not talking about my own, teeth that is, although I do brush those too. No, I mean every day I pry my little ones mouths open to insert the tooth brush for a minute of screaming. Cleaning “the sugar bugs” out is a good ploy. Then later in the evening I brush my mom’s teeth. She is thankfully less resistant to brushing but never manages to rinse properly. She usually swallows the water. Oh well, perfect teeth for her are the least of my goals.

September 14, 2011

I ate lunch under a table

With these nuts! In my never ending quest to keep my kids occupied without TV we’ve been getting creative! Yesterday we built a hideout under the dining room table with sheets and pillows, and had a picnic lunch in there! After Clara went down for a nap Alonzo and I built a racetrack in the kitchen using some colored tape. Then we added some ramps made from books to launch the cars off of.

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February 25, 2011

I love her smile

Stevie Wonder wrote “Isn’t She Lovely” for his daughter, Aisha, and every time I look at this smile his words echo in my mind.

In between a crazy day of errands Tuesday I found a small slice if time to head out in the backyard with my mom and my daughter and snapped up these shots.

 

 

I love watching Clara interact with my mom because Clara is pure love. She has nothing but smiles and the cutest “c’mon” you have ever heard. Even when my mom is feeling blue, Clara can usually wrangle a smile out of her.  Years ago a therapist told me that I am a “people pleaser” (I’m sure many of you ladies out there have heard that before!) and it’s true. I thought it was something ingrained in me by years of watching my mom do somersaults trying to make everyone happy. But then I watch my daughter and wonder how much “people pleasing’ is in the genes. She is still learning to talk but willingly and excitedly helps me set the table (okay so the plates teeter precariously on the table edge), sweep the floor, and empty the dishwasher. Surely she is acting from pure nature not nurture, right?

Whatever it is, it is unconditional love in its sweetest form.