Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Meaning of Marriage

The other day, I overheard an incredibly interesting conversation between my toddlers:

Son: "We're married!"
Daughter: "We're not married."
Son: "We are married because we kissed."
Daughter: [Short pause] "Ok, we're married."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

I discovered another interesting 'pin' from Pinterest  for Homemade Christmas Ornaments. The kids and I made these before we left for our trip. Even though we followed the directions exactly, the drying time was much longer than anticipated. So, we left them on the cookie sheet while away, and came back to find they hardened nicely. Now, they just need to be painted. But I think that may be a task for next Christmas break.

As far as projects go, this was top on the kids' list. They enjoyed getting their hands dirty in the batter, watching me roll out the dough and using the cookie cutters. Mess wise, expect a ton. Sticky dough is exceptionally difficult to clean up. But, the memory of it all is priceless.

When the recipe calls for 20 minutes of kneading, they weren't kidding.

For the circle shape, I used the top of a mini cake tin. For the others, I used regular cookie cutters. The hanging mechanism for all the ornaments were created by punching a hole at the top with a plastic straw.

They can be painted, stained or left natural. I'm undecided. But, I have a whole year to figure it out. :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

The previous post, then led me to to this one:

50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

  1. Love her Mom.
  2. Always be there.
  3. Save the day.
  4. Savor every moment you have together.
  5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.
  6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball.
  7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.
  8. Go ahead, buy her those pearls.
  9. Of course you look silly playing peak-a-boo. You should play anyway.
  10. Enjoy the wonder of bathtime.
  11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”
  12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.
  13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.
  14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.
  15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.
  16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.
  17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.
  18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.
  19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.
  20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.
  21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.
  22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.
  23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.
  24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.
  25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.
  26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.
  27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.
  28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.
  29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.
  30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.
  31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.
  32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.
  33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.
  34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.
  35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.
  36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.
  37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.
  38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.
  39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.
  40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.
  41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.
  42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.
  43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.
  44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.
  45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.
  46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.
  47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
  48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.
  49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.
  50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

25 Rules for Moms with Sons

I came across this today and thought I would share it...
25 Rules for Moms with Sons

1. Teach him the words for how he feels.

2. Be a cheerleader for his life.

3. Teach him how to do laundry.

4. Read to him and read with him.

5. Encourage him to dance.

6. Make sure he has examples of good men who are powerful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity.

7. Make sure he has examples of women who are beautiful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity

8. Be an example of a beautiful woman with brains, determination, and integrity.

9. Teach him to have manners.

10. Give him something to believe in.

11. Teach him that there are times when you need to be gentle.

12. Let him ruin his clothes.

13. Learn how to throw a football.

14. Go outside with him.

15. Let him lose.

16. Give him opportunities to help others.

17. Remind him that practice makes perfect.

18. Answer him when he asks, "Why?"

19. Always carry band-aids and wipes on you.

20. Let his dad teach him how to do things.

21. Give him something to release his energy.

22. Build him forts.

23. Take him to new places.

24. Kiss him.

25. Be home base.


Thursday, January 5, 2012


At long last, my baby girl is digging hair accessories. I'm so excited! Through Pinterest, I found this site with instructions to make hair bows. So fun! Since I'm using scrap ribbon and thread, my latest project is saving me $7 a bow.

Who knew following up on 'pins' would pay off. lol!

Check out my handiwork:

Monday, January 2, 2012

Yes Children, There is a Santa Claus.

Following Fox News anchor Robin Robinson's declaration on the evening news that Santa isn't real, I read a lot of blogs and magazine articles expressing diabolically polar views on whether or not we should allow our children to believe in Santa. As the mother of a three-year old and two-year old, this story was especially interesting to me. I am pleased to say that the discussions have not changed my current practice. Here's why.
  • In 2011, I remember crying on numerous occassions while watching news reports of children comitting suicide as a result of bullying.
  • I sympathized with military families who lost loved ones in far away lands.
  • My family happily gave money and time, even when it was difficult to do so, in order to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by natural disasters, poverty, etc.
  • My husband and I get chills when we read the stats about teen pregnancy, drug abuse and crime, and think about the best course of action to protect our children from these social ills.
  • Amidst this worldwide recession, I am grateful that husband's job is secure and my family can still afford to live in our home, even while three houses on our street are in foreclosure
I am not endorsing crazy Elf on the Shelf behavior or having your 14-year old set out cookies for Santa and carrots for Rudolph. The point is there are so many distressing, depressing and disgusting issues all around us, there is no harm in indulging children's imaginations in a little holiday magic. I talk to my kids about Santa. I 'help' them write their letters and read Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. No parent on their soapbox is going to change that. And I pray when the're all grown up, they'll look back on this time as lovingly as I will.