Saturday, October 11, 2014

For a Moment in Time...

It's time to update those sidebars again...The (darling) pictures I had up of the kids were between one and five years old! The latest good pictures I have of the kids are from the summer, because that's when my artist mother visited - with her camera.

Before I go changing those lists of what the children are into at this point in time, I like to preserve the last one in a blog post. So here is what Xander and Nick used to be excited about, for a moment in time:

For a moment in time, Xander loves:

  • A Child's History of the World
  • knights and castles books
  • meeting friends at the playground
  • Paddington books
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • building with any kind of blocks
  • Wizard101
  • reading by himself
  • imagining and playing adventures
  • Usborne Greek Myths
  • Life of Fred books
  • play-fighting with Nick
  • pets and stuffed animals
  • helping out with chores
  • Nature specials
  • superhero movies
  • Wild Kratts
  • music!
  • redoing Lego minifigures
  • holding and petting Sandy
  • observing birds and squirrels

Nick loves:

  • making Duplos creations
  • wooden blocks
  • his National Geographic Mummies book
  • his pirates book
  • the Sharks book from the library
  • cooking ALL THE TIME
  • playing on the playground
  • the Myths and Legends book
  • Imaginext toys
  • watching Imaginext Youtube videos
  • Xander
  • Daddy
  • chocolate milk
  • singing or humming on any occasion
  • children's songs
  • animals in the ark
  • drawing
  • the Sphinx
  • the Mona Lisa
  • playing dress-ups with Xander
  • putting on a show whenever he can see himself (mirror, computer)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Home Pleasures

I have stayed at home with my children since the oldest was born. It has been wonderful and just what I always wanted. Now I will be going out and getting a full-time job outside the home. Undeniably, both working (outside the home) mothers and stay-at-home mothers have their unique challenges to face. All types of mothers and fathers have their deep sacrifices to make. I know that working outside the home while still being a quality wife and mother sounds daunting to me and I am relying on strength outside myself to help me through.

These are some of the things I will miss not being home all day:

Letting growing children sleep in until they wake naturally.

Having plenty of time to teach life skills.

Reading from several great books per day.

To be perfectly honest, communing with my Facebook friends at different times of the day.

The extra energy I sometimes have to do extroverted things because I am home most of the time feeding my introvert.

Making most of our food from scratch. (Might still be able to do this, but it is going to get much more challenging.)

Hours of time to spend with my husband in the evenings.

Getting and giving about 15 hugs a day.

Letting my children follow their passions even if everything takes longer that way. Xander has become a history buff who is getting pretty good at taking pictures. Nick tells us long tales filled with his favorite characters every day. Math is a fun and silly subject for us, not a forbidding and avoided one. *Sigh.*

With all that said, I have a second interview for a job this afternoon and, honestly, I will be lucky and grateful if I get the job. When you need one, you need one.