Friday, November 19, 2010

The play experiment

I want to be better at letting my hair down, and truly playing with my kids. I know I should do it more. Maybe this is a common theme among moms; maybe it's normal to feel this way...but trust me, I am really not good at this. So I've been trying to improve.

Why is this so hard? Playing shouldn't be a chore. But it doesn't come naturally to me. I have to make a conscious effort to remember to play. When I have a few spare minutes, what does come naturally to my mind are all the tasks I need to scratch off my to-do list. There is always something that needs to be done, and their is always an impending deadline. Maybe I am just too practical. I should think more like a kid. When they have a few spare minutes while they're waiting in line at the DMV...they start playing! My kids are really good at this. Maybe I could get good at it, too?

I am attempting to work PLAY into our days more often. Here are some things I've tried with Eden (her age makes her my prime target right now, but I'm working on it with all of them):

*"Camping" in our indoor play tent
*Acting "Little House on the Prairie" (she always wants to be Charles and I play Caroline--Eden goes *hunting while I take care of the homefront)
*Playing the Disney princess memory game
*Racing tricycles on the sidewalk
*Popping out from under a blanket with a new facial expression that the other has to identify

Of course, it is nothing but great to spend time this way with these little ones that I love so much. I always enjoy it, and feel good that I am nourishing our relationship. I am learning more and more that motherhood requires a proactive approach. All the teaching, listening, guiding, playing, memory-making that I want to happen doesn't just happen...if I don't make it happen. The time I have with them living in my home is finite. Sometimes it feels like an eternity :), but it will come to an end. The time to play is now.

I have so far to go, but I hope I am slowing turning into the mother I want to be.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Is there anything better than turning an almost-piece-of-garbage into something cute and functional for your home? Not much.

I found this funny little bookshelf thing on the curb during my neighborhood's Spring Cleaning effort months ago. (remember, Monette and Melayna?)

From another house, I drug home this child's chair. It was sturdy, but scarred with a pink paint spot and some weathering.

All it took was mild sanding and two coats of mossy green paint, and Ansley now has a reading corner in her room.

These kind of cheap, trash-to-treasure projects are perfect for practical, non-committal me. I never would have purposely purchased something like this, but when it's sitting out for the garbage man, I have no problem welcoming it into my home.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Couldn't resist

I think it must be an obligation of every blog owner to do a Fall post of some sort with pictures of pumpkin patches, pumpkin carving, and costumes. At least that's what I've gathered from my observations. So, I guess I have no choice...

All of the costumes came from our "costume pool" from years past. The only things I came up with this year were the Batman briefs (made from an old black t-shirt), belt, and boots (old ladybug boots painted worked amazingly well). Either I am a slacker, or I am really lucky.