What a weekend! To say that I am “inspired” is an understatement. My weekend was eye opening, life changing. . and dare I say epic? So now that I have all of your attention and curiosity, let me take a moment and tell you a little bit more about what I did this weekend and then we will get to how it has impacted my life.
You may think that I have it all together. You may even think that I cater to the supermom mentality with my blog. Truly, I don’t or at least I don’t try to. In fact. . I also dislike the pressure that comes from the “supermom mentality”. When you become a mother you are expected to care for your kids and husband, clean up after them, cook for them, drive them around, sometimes work in a job outside of the home, be present at every event, make sure your kids hair is brushed and looking good, clean up after everyone (yes, I know I’ve said that twice), all while getting minimal to zero sleep at night. The sleep you do get really shouldn’t be qualified as sleep. It is more like closing your eyes while trying to hold your child from falling out of the bed, while laying on your tiny sliver of bed space, with your arm asleep and getting kicked in the gut the moment you start to drift off. Then as you are trying to do it all right, if you mess up even once you run the risk of getting judgmental looks or comments from other parents about how “when my girls were younger I always made sure they had a bows in their hair”.
|My “Super Easy and Delicious” MUSH|
Now what? I’ve slept maybe five hours total, haven’t eaten all day and now it is six o’clock and I have nothing to feed my family. I decided to muster up my energy and take the kids into town to grab a bite to eat. All the while I am feeling guilty for not providing them with a wholesome home-cooked meal yet again. After dinner we got home, I gave my daughter (who was not pee’d on the night before) her bathtub and I rested for the first time all day. Whew. . I started to get angry at the day and curse having so much responsibility and then my kids started singing and dancing to “What does the fox say” and my thoughts immediately changed.
Right now my moment is watching my kids sing “What does a fox say” and I am going to enjoy it completely.
<3 Dick and Jane
Awhile back I found a large, old picture window at a garage sale for $1. It was gorgeous. Twelve frames in all and very chippy, rustic looking. I decided back then to hang the old window on a bare wall in my living room, but it was still so very plain. The window needed something special. I thought about adding pictures of our family behind each picture frame, but the slots were a bit too big for even an 8×10 picture. So there it sat for a few months, while I starred and pondered. Now that Halloween is over and Boom, all the Christmas decoration are up I got an idea to hang a wreath on the old window. Cute, right? I wanted something white and dainty. Something that would blend in with the rooms decor and not be like “BAZZING. . LOOK AT ME!”. I couldn’t find what I wanted anywhere. All of the wreaths I found were very Christmas oriented. I wanted something that I could use year round. So I did what I normally do anyways and made a wreath myself.
The coffee filters were a bit too long, so I decided to fold over the pointed end of the filter before gluing it to my ring. That seemed to work better and my ruffles were tighter and closer to the ring like I had hoped. (This would probably also work well with cupcake liners because they are a little bit smaller, just a thought).
I worked my way around the ring, taking breaks to allow the glue to dry in between sections. I decided not to decorate the back of my ring because I wanted it to lay flat against the wall. When all of my coffee filters were dried and secured onto the ring I added a burlap bow to my ribbon and placed in on top of my picture window for display.
Oh yes. . it was perfect. Frilly, dainty, rustic and it looked like it had always belong.
If anyone decides to make this wreath and uses a hot glue gun instead of Elmers glue let me know how it works. Plus, I’d love to see your renditions of this wreath. Did you use cupcake liners instead of coffee filters to create a colorful wreath? Post your pictures to our facebook page and we will share them with everyone. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
All of our children are different, correct? Some learn at different speeds, levels and by different methods. Not all children thrive in the education system that our schools provide and this doesn’t mean that they aren’t as smart as the other children. . it might just mean that they require a different method of knowledge delivery.
Being Visual, Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers, is an amazing book that I just finished reading that spoke more in depth about this concept. I was amazed to find, while reading this book, that I am a visual learner. Throughout my life I have always struggled with math and subjects that offered no pictorial enhancement. I needed to see concepts in my mind to be able to understand them. Even today, when I am trying to remember something, I will create a picture of what I need to remember in my head. For example, if I need to remember a specific time of day I will actually picture an old school clock in my head with the correct time showing. This just works for me.
I wish that when I was in school someone would have taken the time to teach me as I needed to be taught. Math might had made more sense had I used M&M’s to visualize adding 10 + 9 instead of just being told to do it in my head. Being more artistic by nature, my mind just didn’t work the same way as the “standard” lesson taught and that’s ok. This book, Being Visual, gave me many examples of ways that I can teach my children (to supplement their education) in a way that might better resonate with them if by chance they share my visual method of learning. One of the examples talked about in the book really hit home with me. Being that I have younger children I decided to give this suggestion a try first. We will talk about what that method is in a moment.
If you are following along on my Instagram page you probably saw the picture of my daughters bedroom as I found it yesterday. I mean really. . what is going on?
Just in case you missed it, here it is.
When I was in Las Vegas last month I ordered a breakfast of salted caramel and banana french toast from the restaurant in my hotel my first morning there. Oh my goodness, it was good! It took everything I had not to go back and order it every morning there after. So when I got home and was remembering what a great time I had I started to think about that breakfast. Yes, I do daydream about food. . sometimes. . . ok, quite often. . . don’t judge.
Happy November 1st! Halloween is over (we hope you all had a nice night) and it is time to start getting ready for the next rush of holidays coming up. Today I will be taking down my Halloween decorations and putting up the Thanksgiving ones. It really seems like from October through February all I am doing is decorating. It is a lot of hard work, but it sure fun to enjoy it when it is all done. Don’t ya think?