Monday, February 28, 2011

Out of the mouthes of babes...

"AJ" is quite expressive with her vocabulary and creative with her explanations of the things in her life. I decided to write some down before they are gone.

1. In the morning, just like her momma, "AJ" likes to wake up on her own accord.  Choosing her wake up time makes her happy. As of late she has been choosing her morning catch phrase to be "No wake up me"

2. "I go work" Since both parents work "AJ" likes to play work. Her dad works at Subway and at a local daycare where she says he feeds applesauce to babies which is what she now wants to do. If you ask her where her daddy works she just replies, "Subay, feeds applesauce to babies" (spelling indicates pronunciation) and marches on.

Take Care of Yourself

This is the first of my parenting entries...
     Here is my disclaimer . .. I am by no means a parenting expert and am not the "Supernanny" (although we are both glasses wearing, intelligent women). I parent my child through the advice of the many mothers in my circle, my family, doctor, pastors, and friends as well as commonsense.

A major thing parents I know forget is to take care of themselves. We all know our job is to care for our chidlren and provide for their basic needs. This can at times be a very daunting task, physically, emotionally, and financially.

We as parents needs to find ways to care for ourselves in order to care for our children better. This is not a new concept and an idea that I am reminded of often even in my own life.

We need to take time for ourselves and stick to it. Here are some of my current favorite ways to take care of yourself.

1. Read (even for ten minutes) - get lost in the lives of characters and a life that is not your own. My favorite author for years has been Robin Jones Gunn author of the Christy Miller Series and Sisterchick books. If you must you can read a parenting magazine or book.

2.  Craft - crochet, knit, paint, current craft is making felt food for "AJ's" kitchen and friends. I know its for her, but sewing is relaxing.

3. Scrapbook - ok I guess its crafting, but there is something calming about cutting and glueing with pictures and pretty paper.

4. Cook - I used to cook fattening stuff and still do at times, but now when I am stressed I try a new recipe and hope for healthy (sometimes). Trying new foods is a way to take care of yourself.

5. Walk - alone or with a kid in a stroller. Enjoy the scenery and breathe deeply. Its exercise, and fresh air is good for the soul.

6. Laugh - at yourself, with your kids, at a movie. "America's Funniest..." always gets me going. Its good for your sould to have a really good deep laugh.

Give the ideas a try or do some of your own, most importantly take care of yourself to take care of your kids.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blog Me

This is my first attempt at a blog. It will be my way to share ideas with family and friends. It will also be a way to share links to other great blogs I love and follow (and hope you will too).

Our family of three is always on the move, and finding new experiences is one of my favorite things to do. The newest experience we had was finding that our local mall has a family fun night the third Tuesday of every month.  My daughter for privacy sake will be referred to as "AJ" in this blog.

This month we participated in the Movie Mile (2 laps around the white tiles on the mall floor) and got entered for a chance to win passes to the movies and pizza. Each time we came past the sign-up table there was a juggler, juggling different things. "AJ" got so excited to see what was next. We didn't get a phone call about tickets the next day, so I'm guessing we didn't win.  Maybe next month.

If you are in the Venango County area, go to the Cranberry Mall and check out the Family Fun Nights... It was a cheap and fun event.