Thursday, January 31, 2008

School Days

Amanda is in fourth grade. I've been quite pleased with her school thus far. She is progressing socially and academically, and her homework burden has not been hard to manage. This week, she came home with some information that I thought might change that.

"We're doing a non-fiction book project. I'm studying the Titanic, and I'm going to make a diorama as my visual. You know--a box with the ship in it hitting the iceberg and sinking. I'm going to put penguins on the iceberg."

I held my tongue, but I was thinking, "I'm no good at this sort of thing. Can't she make a poster or something?"

This morning before school, two days after she mentioned this to me, she said, "Mom, I need a shoebox for my diorama. I need it today. A big one."

"You're working on the project at school?" I asked, thinking that this was turning out much better than I thought. I gave her the shoebox.

Today she came home from school with this requirement: "Mom, we need to go out and buy clay today for my project so I can make the Titanic. We have to have it finished by Monday. I need it tomorrow."

Okay, now this was shaping up more like the projects that I remembered doing in my day. I balked at her request, and I'm still not sure how it's going to turn out for her. I'm a little inflexible when it comes to leaving the house after we're all nestled in when she gets home at 4:00pm.

One thing is certain. Regardless of the last minute shopping excursions and home scavenging required to procure the required materials, there will be no screaming at each other at the kitchen table, no tears, and no doubt about who really put the work in on the project--parent or child.

It actually makes a lot of sense. I'm sure that when she goes to intermediate school it will be a different story. I've heard that's when homework begins to ramp up. Well, that and trumpet practice.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Maybe Ratatouille Wasn't the Best Choice

Even though Kyle is still a consummate napper, I have been aiming at keeping him up one day a week. I find that doing this helps him be able to consistently nap on the rest of the days (which I need and want), as well as not interfering with nighttime sleep. We often have plans on Saturday that keep him from napping, or we have things to do when I pick him up from school that last into the afternoon. Today was one of those "things to do" days. I picked him up at 1pm. We got his hair cut. We deposited two checks. We picked up a few things at the grocery store. We went to town hall and paid our taxes, and then I picked up the dry cleaning and we returned back home, almost two hours later.

I find that watching a movie on the non-napping days is a good way to fill that time. So we picked up a movie via Redbox at the grocery store.

Maybe Ratatouille wasn't the best choice.

As you probably know Ratatouille is about food, and as of Sunday I've been on a self-imposed eating plan. That's my code for "diet." I don't like the word diet at all, because to me it implies deprivation and also a temporary measure. I have to admit that deprivation does come into play. While I do truly enjoy healthy eating-- incorporating lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains--I'm not very good with moderation, so in my effort to get back on track, I am trying to severely limit the extras.

I've found that when I focus on making healthy choices, my weight does tend to come down or stabilize. I'm eating what my body needs and modeling health for my kids, which is an ongoing goal for me. I'll be honest here and proclaim the equal joys of dropping a size!

Tonight we're having mashed potatoes, salmon, and broccoli for dinner. There won't be any deprivation there. The key is holding off my snacking until dinner and limiting my grazing after dinner. I am a bit hungry, and I'll admit that watching a rat stir and season delicious French food probably didn't help my case.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Just Like Currier and Ives


The sticks click against the ice, the puck glides. Young men shout out as their skates cut through the frozen pond. A girl or two and a few adults join in the hockey game composed mostly of teenaged boys.

The younger boys start their own game.

Amanda joins the skaters on the periphery of the pond--her first attempt at skating with no walls to guide her. I remembered to have her wear her warm skiing socks, but forgot the snow pants that her friends wore.


It was all new to this Texan, but not for our friend whom we met there--raised in New Hampshire with a pond in his backyard. "Dad brought a rope," Margot assured Amanda.

"I've pulled someone out or been pulled out too many times," he remembers.

The rope wasn't needed. It wasn't too cold to enjoy some time outdoors, and Amanda spent more time upright than sitting on the ice, so she didn't need the snow pants.

Friday, January 25, 2008

I Can't Think of a Better Reason

I recently reviewed a savings software program for kids here. Amanda is really enjoying using it. She set a goal for her savings, which helps encourage her to save instead of spend. You might wonder what the goal is.

A trumpet.

Yes, Amanda is saving for a trumpet. When she goes to 5th grade next year, she will be eligible to play in the band. This interests her and the instrument she has chosen is the trumpet. "Why the trumpet?" her father and I (and our ear drums) have asked her.

"It's a great instrument. It's loud and fun, like me!"

But seriously, I've heard that it's a difficult instrument to learn to play. She'll only be ten. Does anyone have any first-hand experience with it?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

4 Things Meme

I do appreciate a good meme now and again, and since my friend Lori asked so nicely, I am going to do this one, right now. Maybe you'll learn something new about me. Maybe you'll discover that we have something in common.

4 Jobs I've Had:


1. Telemarketer--Go ahead, throw tomatoes my way. I was in high school and I made way above minimum wage, so I have no apologies for it.
2. Waitress--during college breaks. Loved it.
3. Teacher--for two years at a Christian school.
4. Personal Assistant/Freelance Writer/Mom/Head Chef/Laundress

4 Movies Watched Over and Over:

1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
2. The American President
3. When Harry Met Sally
4. Beaches (although it's been a while, I've seen it many times)

4 Places I've Lived:

1. Houston, Texas (Ironically although I've lived in 5 different places in that area over 20+ years, I never actually lived in Houston)
2. College Station, Texas
3. Portland, Oregon
4. Connecticut

4 TV Shows I Watch:

1. The Hallmark Channel has been showing 7th Heaven in reruns, so I've been trying to catch up
2. House
3. Seinfeld, any time it's on TV, and on my DVDs
4. Sports, Noggin, Cartoon network--they all get a lot of TV time, but for me they are background noise

4 Places I've Been:

1. Beaches in the Caribbean
2. Mountains in Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and New York
3. Cities in the U.S.: Seattle, New Orleans, New York, Washington D.C., San Antonio, Chicago, L.A.
4. Cities in Europe: Paris, Rome, Venice

4 People who e-mail Me Regularly:

1. Katrina
2. Lee
3. my dad
4. Susan and Janice

4 Favorite Things to Eat:

1. Mexican food
2. Pizza
3. Ice Cream
4. Hummus (I'm a little addicted--still haven't kicked the habit)


4 Places I'd Rather Be:

1. I don't mind being here, but could I be alone, and could it be quiet?
2. If not, maybe a bookstore, in NYC
3. At a movie theater (I don't see movies often, but I've seen a couple lately, and it's a lovely escape).
4. If I wasn't alone, I'd go for being anywhere with some special friends.

4 Things I Look Forward to This Year:

1. More freelance writing credits
2. Going skiing in Lake Placid
3. Taking a wonderfully relaxing trip to a Caribbean resort alone--with Terry--but alone
4. Making some big changes to the house (I look forward to the results, not the painstaking process and decision-making)

4 People to Tag:

Feel free to ignore the tag if you've done it or if you don't want to do it:

1. Kelly, because I'm glad to see she's back to blogging
2. Stephanie, who always has something interesting to say
3. Heather, because she's moved and I still haven't changed the link on my sidebar
4. And an open tag for anyone who hasn't done it and think that they want to!

Yapta


This week I thought I'd share a fun new travel site I've discovered. Yapta is a site that enables you to track airfare. You simply download a little program (and if you are a Firefox user, you an download it as an add-on right to your toolbar). Then when you search approved sites, which includes all of the major airlines, you have the option to "tag it with Yapta." That will save that particular itinerary in your Yapta file. You can check in daily to see if the fare has gone up or gone down.

For example, my husband and I are planning a trip to the Caribbean in May. The price seems fairly firm, so I'm not worried about buying it now, but because I have it saved, if there happens to be a sale, I can snatch them up.

I recently used it to buy a ticket for myself to go to a friend's wedding in April. Yes, I delayed a few days and saw the price rising, but after I bought it Monday night, I had immediate gratification, because it had gone up after I bought it.

There's another feature that I haven't used, but they claim that you can get a credit on that airline if a purchased fare goes down (and so you can continue to track it). I am going to see how that goes. You can use this feature with any tickets, not just ones that you were tracking initially.

Click on over and check it out yourself. Being travel-savvy works for me!

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Parables

The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"

He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

Matthew 13:10-11
We've been studying the parables for the last couple of weeks in BSF, which means that my wheels have been spinning so hard that my brain hurts. Even the parables that are explained right in the text cause me to think and apply and marvel at the teaching. Some of the parables like the mustard seed and the pearl of great value are not explained, and we were challenged to think about what we thought they meant.

Which makes me think, with absolutely no disrespect intended, "This Jesus guy really knew what He was doing."

Have you ever noticed that we lose appreciation for what comes easy? By teaching in parables, Jesus has once again pricked my heart. I've had to work a little bit to glean the applications that He has for me, instead of just culling from the abundance that I've been given--church, personal Bible study, group Bible studies, and even listening to sermons on my ipod.

Life is pretty easy for my children. I have little tolerance when they pitch fits because they can't have ice cream for dessert--that in fact they have not been able to have any ice cream in two whole days. It's all I can do to refrain from playing the "there are starving children in Africa" card. But it's not really about Africa, it's about living with abundance, expecting that abundance, and seeing it as a right, not a privilege. There's no appreciation for treats, not to mention three square meals a day, because it comes so easy to them.

The Pharisees, those about whom he was speaking when he said, "Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him," did not have Christ, because they rejected Him. They did have the law. They had a lot of knowledge, but even that was taken from them, because they didn't have enough faith to put the knowledge into practice. The law without a means of salvation is worth nothing at all.

I have to seek to put the seeds that are scattered into practice. I have to plant them and let them grow and respond in obedience and gratitude to Jesus for all that He has given me.

If you want to see what Jesus wants to reveal to you through the parables, read Matthew 13.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Mishmash

Last week we attended a Veggie Pirate party at church. I have to share some pictures:



We haven't seen the movie, although I think that we might this weekend.

Speaking of movies, have you noticed that there is a commercial for 27 Dresses on every 15 minutes? Every time I've seen it this week, I feel quite ahead of the curve. I just happened to see the movie last weekend with a girlfriend at a special advance screening. Since I never see movies, and certainly never see them before their official release, I feel like quite the trendsetter. It was a cute movie.

Speaking of cute, could he be any cuter?

Kyle really enjoys helping in the kitchen. Last week when we were making cornbread, I realized that although he has helped me on occasion, that he hasn't had the opportunities in the kitchen that Amanda did (and does). I remember making brownies with her frequently in Portland, and we moved from there right after she turned two. I wondered if I was suffering from gender stereotyping, but I decided that it was more of the second-child syndrome. When he was two, I think I was holding on to his babyhood instead of anticipating what was to come, like with Amanda. Because of that, his new abilities seem to sneak up on me. Since Amanda still enjoys helping me out, I have to remember to make room for little hands to help.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What to Do with the Books?

Here it is the third week of the New Year, and I finally feel like I am getting it. I've gotten back into the routine, and I've been getting some stuff done. Monday I tackled the bookshelves in the library. I was planning on thinning out the shelves to make room for all the books that are piled in my room. As I started pulling books off, I noticed the layer of dust at the front of the shelves and behind the books, so I decided to take them all off and dust the shelves so that my books would return to a nice clean home.

I am trying to be more selective about the books I keep (especially since I receive between three and eight review copies each month). I loan books out, give them away, and this week, I decided to pack some up. I go back and forth about the practicality of having books in boxes. In my gut I feel like I should just let go completely. However, there are some books that I might like to have access to, and I do have some attic storage. There have been times that I've wanted to access a book that was boxed up and couldn't find it.


So I came up with a solution. Each time I decided that a book was box-worthy, I wrote the title down on the outside of the box. I organized it into columns by category so that they would be easy to find: parenting, travel, Christian, fiction. I tried to be ruthless about what to keep, but ruthless has a loose definition. My parameter was a book that was not readily available, meaning I probably couldn't get it at the library, excluding books that I love from the ruthless process simply because I love them.

In addition to the box full of books that will go into storage, I have a shopping bag full of books that I will give away, and look--empty shelves!! There are books in piles in my bedroom that will soon fill those spots, but I'm excited to use at least a couple of shelves to store books that I want to read soon, not just as a showcase. It seems practical and efficient.



This is linked up to Rocks in My Dryer's Works-for-Me Wednesday. Click on over to see other tips from around the blogosphere.

Speaking of bloggy happenings, I've decided to become a Company Girl.



Rachel Anne has always been such a sweet encourager in the art of creating a Home Sanctuary. This month she kicked off a plan to help us create a better home by doing the small things. Click the button for all the info. It's not too late to join in. Due to her challenges this week, on Monday I vacuumed the hall and my bedroom in addition to the downstairs rug to help get things back in order after the weekend. Then today I tackled a bed--you know that crawlspace that hides clutter? Since Amanda's bed got moved to Kyle's room, and she's sleeping in her loft, I decided to see what had accumulated under his bed in the couple of months it's been in there. I threw away a couple of handfuls of trash and cleared out some books and shoes that were hiding.

I'm looking forward to see what new habits I'll make one small thing at a time.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Peekaboo

This year I finally decided that Girl Scouts could fit into Amanda's schedule. With BSF being a weekly commitment, and soccer practice occurring in the Fall and Spring, I always thought that was enough. She's really enjoying it, and I like the activities that they do at their meetings as well. I now wish I had let her do it earlier, since they meet just twice a week right after school (which only requires a pick-up, as opposed to drop-off and pick-up).

To most of you, Girl Scouts equals Girl Scout cookies. Friday was the first day she was allowed to sell, so on Saturday, we hit the streets. Saturday morning we went to the four closest neighbors who we know. Saturday afternoon we walked the block. This activity which granted me a peek into my neighbors' homes left me with some observations as well as some questions for you readers:

1. Apparently here in the Northeast, Saturday is the day to take down your tree. Of the people who invited us to step into the foyer from the cold, at least 75% of them were taking down the tree. I would have thought that last weekend (or even New Year's Day) would have been prime. I wonder if this is a regional difference? What do you think? When do you typically take down your decorations?

2. Although I like the winding roads and longer driveways that we have here in our town, it does make door-to-door solicitation somewhat of a hassle. We walked the mile and a quarter loop, plus a few long driveways and got 8 orders (and asked two others who had already secured their cookies), and that took about an hour and a quarter. We did not stop at all the houses. In fact, one stretch of the road has very long driveways, so we just visited the two homes with kids who are on Amanda's bus.

3. That said, I'm glad that I went out of my comfort zone (literally and figuratively speaking) with Amanda. She was so excited about each order that we received, and it gave us some nice time together. It also reminded that I don't really know my neighbors, and I was kind of glad for the excuse to knock on some doors and chat a little bit (and I might have found two new babysitters who just live across the street and two houses over).

4. And finally, there really isn't a favorite cookie. I would have thought that Thin Mints or my personal favorite, Tagalongs (the chocolate and peanut butter confection), might be clear winners. But so far those two are fairly even with the Samoas (coconut and caramel) and Trefoils (shortbread). What's your favorite?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

This and That--Book Reviews!

I feel that the title warranted an exclamation point. I haven't been posting as many book reviews as I used to, mostly because my official book review column at 5 Minutes for Mom satisfies my need to share my bookish opinions, but I have read several books just for personal pleasure in the past few months that I'd like to share with you. And while some of you may not read it with an exclamation, I'm going to proclaim it with one--or two!!

Here's some of what I've been reading in my personal time in the last month:

In High Places
is a novel by Tom Morrisey. A friend lent it to me, and I trust her recommendation, but I wasn't sure I wanted to read about a father and son who move to a new town after the death of their wife/mother. I'm so glad I did. It was not morose and depressing as I feared it might be. There were several reasons I liked this book. The rich setting created by the hobby of rock-climbing that father and son enjoy adds a rich layer to the book. The book is told from the point of view of a sixteen year old boy, experiencing first love and his first encounter with God. I enjoyed the reality of the way things panned out in this book. I recommend it, and though I haven't read anything else by Tom Morrisey, I would definitely pick up another novel after this introduction to his work.

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel--Have you heard of this novel about a boy and a tiger who end up on a boat together in the open sea? I think I had read some blog reviews of this book, so when another friend offered it up after she recently enjoyed it, I took her up on it. When I mentioned to Terry what I was reading, he thought it was so implausible that it was just silly. What makes this book so compelling is that it IS plausible. If you like shipwreck adventure type stories, you would probably enjoy this. The first half gives some background of his life, including the familiarity with wild animals that he acquired as the son of a zookeeper. When the boat adventure begins, it becomes quite the page-turning read.

The Best of Friends--Friendship, ambition, success, failure are some of the elements that are covered by TV journalist Sara James and her childhood friend wildlife filmmaker Ginger Mauney. This book was one of my most-hoped-for books from my amazon wishlist, and I did receive it for Christmas. It wasn't as great as I had hoped it would be, but it does have the elements of memoir that I have come to love--giving me a peek into the lives of real people sharing their real life ups and downs. If you are interested in TV journalism or Africa, or women's friendships (as I am), then you might enjoy this book.

Me, Myself, and Bob
by Phil Vischer--I just finished this book, and I absolutely loved it. I learned so much from this book. I learned about just how ground-breaking Veggie Tales was in the field of computer animation. I felt like I was a fly on the wall observing one man making his dreams come true. I laughed as anyone who appreciates the quirky humor of Veggie Tales would. He tells the story of the beginning and the end of his part in Big Idea with honesty and the kind of wisdom that comes from enduring a trial. If you are a VeggieTales fan, interested in computer animation, starting a business, operating in the business world as a Christian, following a dream, or following God, this book will hold something for you. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

This book is linked to Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books

Thursday, January 10, 2008

We've Obviously Done Her Wrong

We thought that moving to Connecticut was a good idea.

We knew that Amanda would miss out on the experience of our backyard swimming pool. We knew it would be hard for her to leave friends and family in Houston.

We also knew that she'd probably enjoy the snow, skiing, the four seasons, and being closer to our family in Virginia.

All things are true.

Even though she's now lived away from Texas for five and half years (here and in Oregon), and only lived in Texas for four years, she considers herself a Texan. She loves Texas.

We were just watching Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader. The second grade question posed was "In what U.S. city is the Alamo?"

Terry turned to Amanda and asked for her answer. "What? I don't know. That's not a second grade question. What's an Alamo?"

Oh dear. At least I think that she knows what a bluebonnet is, and she does bleed maroon and white.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Restoration

While waiting on the covered porch for them to open the doors to preschool yesterday, Kyle was turning and bending and talking and wiggling. As he was hanging up his coat, one of the moms said, "He has a lot of energy today, doesn't he?" She was right about the energy, but wrong about "today." That is Kyle. He doesn't walk, he runs. Everything is big and bold.

This energy is not only a delight, but it's also a distraction. Each morning when I'm getting him dressed, I have to fight every fleshly urge to yell, "Stand still! Stop wiggling! Stop being so silly. Put on your pants!!!!" Truth be told, sometimes the flesh wins out. I don't like to start his day that way, and I don't like it when my day begins with impatience and anger. The good news is that I have noticed slow and steady change since I've acknowledged this reaction as sin, and made it a point to seek those fruits of the spirit: kindness, gentleness, patience, and self-control.

Right now Kyle is sleeping.

I was searching the Bible for passages that address sleep. I came across Psalm 127:2,"for he grants sleep to those he loves." Yes, sleep is a gift granted to us. It's a relief. Kyle needs to nap, and more importantly I need him to nap. Sleep ends a bad day. It provides a welcome break in the middle of the afternoon from a busy preschooler, and a time of regrouping and refreshment for that preschooler himself.

When I read the entire Psalm, this is what I found:
Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.

In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one's youth.

Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
What a timely reminder. Children are a gift from the Lord. My children are God's reward to me. If I allow the Lord to watch over the house that I am trying to build, I will not be put to shame. And if I am shamed, there is always the loving respite of sleep to restore me for a new day, along with the immeasurable gift of confession and repentance to restore my relationships--both my relationship with those whom I've offended and with my God, who is offended by all sin, but so graciously provided a way: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Habits in the New Year

New Habits in the New YearMy New Habits in the New Year series at 5 Minutes for Mom ends today. If you haven't been following along. You will find encouragement and resources (that you can win!) for growing friendships, prayer, and going green among other things. Click on over to enter on each post individually by today.

Today I am featuring an interview with speaker and author Brenda Nixon over at 5 Minutes for Mom. You can read the full interview HERE, but here's a bonus bit of encouragement just for you:

How can we stop beating ourselves up for our shortcomings and just try to do things right from here on out?

Good question. Isn't it easy to beat ourselves up? Been there, done that. But if we remember that we're human and will make mistakes, I think it takes the pressure off to be perfect. One thing I always encourage parents to do is to treat childrearing as importantly as they would any other career. Do continuing education by reading books, going to parenting seminars, learning and growing so your parenting skills and your confidence level improves. One of the reasons I wrote, and hopefully the tone of, Parenting Power in the Early Years was to empower parents in their knowledge base so they'd be more competent and confident in their childrearing abilities. Thankfully, there's no one right way to raise kids. So if we do our best with our continuing education, we will have a happier and successful parenting experience.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Five, Eight, Fourteen, Ten

Five degrees when I took Amanda to school at 8 this morning for her newspaper meeting.

Eight degrees when I took Kyle to school at 9am and did some errands (that Panera coffee tasted extra good coming in from the cold).

Fourteen degrees when I picked Kyle up from school at 1 pm.

Ten degrees when Terry got home at 7.

It's cold!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Honey

Thank you for
loving me,
liking me,
leading me,
and following me

for the last 15 years.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Looking Back and Pressing On

Happy New Year! Before I can begin 2008 with a clear conscience, I must deal with some remnants still hanging around from 2007.

The winners of the HP Photo Book Giveaway are comment #4, Stephanie from Stephanie's Mommy Brain, and #32, Candi at All Day Night. Congrats!

I never did a wrap up post from Katrina's Fall into Reading Challenge, but did I read--indeed, I did! I read quite a few books for my 5 Minutes for Books column at 5 Minutes for Mom. I posted reviews for 10 books that I actually read all the way through over that period, and got started on two others that will be featured soon. There were several that I really enjoyed. I also read several novels that I didn't review, although . Per usual form, over my Christmas trip I was able to read one book on prayer that I loved, and will be featuring this week at 5 Minutes for Mom, as well as half of a new memoir that my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas. Also per usual, Terry, Amanda and I filled our suitcases with books purchased at Half-Price Books in Houston. There are several that I can't wait to dig into.

Our Christmas visits were nice. Very busy, but nice. We drove to my in-laws' house and saw Terry's brother and sister and their families, along with Terry's grandparents who had flown in from Texas. Then we left there by plane and flew to Texas to be with my family for Christmas, seeing my Dad, Mom, sister and her family and my grandmother, as well as my cousin visiting from England and her new baby. Then we flew back to Virginia, stayed another day and a half and came home yesterday. Whew! See why I Closed for the Season? The kids got great gifts. It was definitely a theme year for both of them. About 75% of each of their hauls were Thomas (for Kyle) and penguins (for Amanda), and they were thrilled!

We had a quiet New Year's Eve and have had just as quiet a New Year's Day. Today begins a series that I am writing at 5 Minutes for Mom called New Habits in the New Year. Check in every day for giveaways and informational posts relating to some of the ways that many of us try to change as the calendar switches over to the new year. I still have unpacking to do, laundry to do, and of course daily posts through the 9th at 5 Minutes for Mom, but hopefully I'll be able to come up with something to post here before another couple of weeks passes by! In the meantime, you will find me here:


New Habits in the New Year