Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
"Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface."
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
* 2 cups of corn starch (I as said, used less)
* 1 cup of cold water (go with warm cold makes cornstarch clump like mad)
* 4.5 cups of boiling water
* Liquid food colouring
Pour boiling water in with corn starch., I'd forgo using cold water at all and just use more warm, separate into jars, add color and stir. It has custard like consistency. It will keep which is great so you don't have to make every time you want your mini garbage disposal to paint!
Little little loved the feel of it, and of course ate some. He seemed more interested in putting his feet and "walking" (think mobile downward facing dog) across his brother and cousins paper's. He did however end up with a beautiful modern print :) Big little's preferred medium at the moment is sand dollars, so we have a few more to display that are a rainbow of perfection. It's so much more fun for kids to paint when they get to feel the texture and truly explore the paint! (Big little played with it and then decided it was gross, and wanted a brush. Always the kid to want clean hands!)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Having your small child go into surgery is always terrifying even if it's quick, the risks of anesthesia however small terrify me. Sitting in a surgery waiting room waiting for your ten month old to come out is a horrible feeling. Mostly because of all the horror E.R. shows I have watched, needless to say I worried most of the time even though I knew he was in good hands. Thankfully we had lots of prayers and he recieved a blessing before he went in. It was harder to remove than expected, it had gone in and up further. Thanks to many prayers and a great doctor he did great and it was over in forty minutes. He like the Hubs and his brother is an ornery little monster when waking up from sedation but cute and cuddly as can be! He finally could nurse after seven hours of not eating and he calmed down and was content to cuddle away the hours that he had to stay for observation. We are sure this is the first of many visits for this one, he eats EVERYTHING (needs a muzzle it's so bad) and he is fearless.
Friday, April 20, 2012
P.s. The camera is on a great sale right now! This is my FAVORITE photo store Ever!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Three and a half hours into a fourteen hour drive with two small children. Luckily we left around four a.m. and the boys are just waking after a short nap. By this time tomorrow we'll be basking in the fun of visiting grandma and grandpa (in our case Yiayia and Grandaddy) Thank heavens for books on tape that will the hours away.
I can't wait to take the boys to the beach and hopefully get big little to realize how fun it is! (Big little has hated the waves since he and his buddy had an incident with huge waves dousing us and trying to sweep them away on a beach in Spain.) I can't wait to show them all of the wild life on the Cali beaches! Sand castles and sea lions here we come!!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
P.s. This is my favorite Montessori bedroom ever!
|Ikea magazine rack|
|spice rack bookcase|
Monday, April 16, 2012
After some adorable pics on Sew Liberated I just was thinking about how great outdoor play is. I love how happy my boys are when they are outside it is so great to see the joy in their eyes when they explore the world. It's amazing how much wonder they can have over such little things. It makes you take a second look at the world around you and realize how great God really is and how much he must love us to give us ALL of this!
The benefits of outdoor play are well documented, and include:
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
montessori books and books on play based learning. This book however isn't a boring book telling you what you should do and how you should do it. Bringing up Bebe doesn't get close to that type of book, it's funny and emotional and you can relate in almost every way to the author. Teaching your children is such a struggle and knowing that others are in it with you is always comforting. One of the main things I loved in this book is "The Pause" it's something you start when the baby is a few weeks old and while it may sound mean to some it's a great way to teach your kids patience from the beginning. It's about letting your child cry for a few minutes before you give them what they want, it's not about depriving them but about teaching them to self soothe from a young age. This book is based on French parenting and while there are things I don't agree with overall this book is amazing and is very close to how I want to raise my own children. It's about having kids that can entertain themselves, having kids that eat at 3 mealtimes and only one snack time a day. Being an American mother I have toted around food for my kids to soothe anything from whining to them annoying me. I have to say that this new one snack a day has gone well for me, while my Little Big doesn't love one snack a day he is getting used to it and no longer turns to food for everything.
Another thing that I think is essential for a modern family to survive is having a marriage based family. Not neglecting your kids but letting them know that your husband/wife comes first and that you two are always on the same page. Letting them know that there is family time and there is adult time and the latter is not something they can interrupt. This book draws you in in so many ways and is a lovely read. It's the type of book that motivates you to try harder as a parent and not just go the easy way and, not just while you read the book but after too. I plan on getting one for every pregnant woman I know!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
One of my absolute favorite pastimes is baby wearing, I enjoy it so much I will go on walks just to strap little little to me. It's as close to the goodness of pregnancy as you can get, you know your baby is warm and has everything they need if they are nestled up that close to their mamma's. Even on our cruise to Greece where I was wearing him for 6-8 hours a day I didn't get sick of it, they are in the perfect kissing reach and you can smell their sweet little breath. Baby wearing gives you the chance to have that piece of your heart they took when they were born back, it's a feeling like few others. My favorite is front baby wearing where you can kiss them the entire time you wear them or feel their breath when they fall asleep on you. It turns grocery shopping with a child from a slightly hellish experience to a lovely way to relax and spend time with your baby. And while it may turn hiking into quiet the sweaty affair teaching your kids to love the great outdoors never felt so good!
Back wearing is just as good for the closeness and a lot easier when your doing something like hiking the only downside is the lack of kisses. There is nothing quiet so great as having little little snuggling up to my chest, if only big little didn't weigh close to 40lbs I'd tote him around too.
Not only is it something that is great for your day to day happiness but baby wearing has tons of benefits, it helps with the bonding process, mother, father, or even grandparents. It makes life immensely easier for everyone, and not just easier a lot more pleasant. And it helps colicky or sick babies, and trust me any one who has survived colic knows how important something that can calm your baby is.
You can even baby wear in your moby without a top for skin to skin contact which is great for bonding and for baby. Read this story about skin to skin to see just how amazing it really is, a baby pronounced dead at birth was resuscitated not by CPR but by skin to skin with his mamma!
P.s. my favorite carriers are moby (for the baby baby stage) and Ergo for that and anything beyond! ( I prefer the ergo sport it's a few more dollars but more breathable and living in a state as hot as this one I need that!)