Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wanted: California King Bed

Last week I was not feeling well so my hubby was giving me some R&R by keeping the kids quiet and occupied while I rested in the evenings. One night, after a while I noticed that the background noise had ended and guessed that they had all fallen asleep in one of the twin beds in the kid's room. I couldn't resist taking a snap shot while they were all crammed into the bed. I love how Tia is completely aware of her allotted sliver!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Repentance and Rye?

The two can go hand in hand. My family celebrates Jewish holidays. We are Christians and that means we are Christ-like; what was Jesus doing this fall?-celebrating Rosh Hashanah. This holiday marks the first month of the Hebrew Calendar and commences the time of reflection and repentance. Often followers will toss bread into a body of water with each piece symbolizes an idea for change.
Last week I took my family to Douglas Park in Santa Monica so we could do just that. I read a page in a children's book that explained the topic and they each said somethings they would like to do better in the New Year. Tia thought this was a wishing well and was asking for things she wanted- I redirected her gently. My son is only three so I helped him say "I will obey Mommy when she tells me something and I will not hit my sister". My sister and cousin were worse than the kids! They were so enamoured by the ducks and water turtles climbing out the pond, the object lesson was lost on them.
Oh well, La Shana Tova! What are you going to do different this year? Get a head start on January!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Black and White is Beautiful

All my life (inside joke related to The Color Purple)-I'll I've ever wanted was a beautiful, dainty apron. This weekend; as we perused the antique stores in Old Towne Orange (Orange County) I looked for the perfect marriage of "Mad Men" sweetness and modern charm. I was overjoyed when I saw a store completely devoted to beauties of its kind called "Heavenly Hostess" ( all the tags have scripture) no less! As history has shown, my brown eyes are always attracted to the highest price points. These gorgeous price-gougers were $80!

I walked away with my head hung low; saddened by my misfortune. Wouldn't you know there was a place around the corner called Blessings. They had a similar product for a lucky $21 dollars. I batted my eyelashes and my DH opened his wallet. I LOVE this store. Turns out they were featured on Extreme Home Makeover. They blend eclecticism and whimsy magnificently. I'm all ready for the holidays now! All I need is my pink Kitchen Aid mixer. Pretty Please.........

Saturday, September 4, 2010

OMG! The Hobbit

Due to unforeseen circumstances, not only is Tia being homeschooled; but so are six of my other family members. My aunt is facilitating their education and yesterday my brothers got a large shipment with a myriad of supplies and books, including a microscope, Shakespeare and classical CD's. My aunt was exploring the box contents and squealed when she saw the book titled "The Hobbit". It was ChristmaHanukaKwanza for her, she is a book worm like me and is relishing in all that she will get to experience with them. I am happy for them all!
P.S. no picture today, as she would have my head!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

51 First Dates

About a year ago my husband and I decided to enact a weekly date night. Shockingly, we have hardly missed a night in 52 weeks. We met a couple who were not from our church at the jacuzzi one night during a church marriage retreat who suggested that there 32 year long relationship was thriving as a result of date night.
I had been mulling the concept over with my hubby for quite sometime at that point- speaking with them solidified our decision.
Now we do a date night babysitting swap with my cousin and her husband who live in our town. I so look forward to Wednesday nights because we have each other's undivided attention and we act like we did before we had kidlets. We usually have just dinner, that way we can talk. We are in our fourteenth year as a couple and we're still chuggin' along! It's really a gift to our kids as well, because it makes us a happier couple.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Placing My Order

Today I'm going to place my order for Tia's Five in a Row (http://www.fiveinarow.com/) homeschooling curriculum- so excited! Based on quality children's literature books, this program makes learning fun!