Motherhood

Madeline and More

This week, we got a little bored and decided to make twelve little girls in two straight lines, and the smallest one was indeed Madeline.  We took construction paper, markers, scissors, and a glue stick and had an hour’s worth of fun.  Leli helped me glue the girls together (so they stand up on their own), and we named each one.  They walked around, went to bed, and lined up a lot.  I keep them in the Madeline library book we have on loan and am slightly tempted to return it with them inside…just to make a librarian smile. 😉

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Motherhood

Mom Moments

We all have them, I hope.  Maybe some have them without being a parent…just think of the things that you do when you’re really tired and are operating with only half the normal brainpower.  Things like putting your library card in a debit card machine, wondering where your phone is while talking on it, etc.  Take those moment, multiply their frequency, lower the brainpower a little bit, and add a child to comment on your recent mistake= Voila!  Mom moment.

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Motherhood

When Potty Training Gets Dramatic

See that beautiful photo of a waterfall? It’s a visual representation of how potty training has gone so far for our family. A sheer rock face that is impossible to climb because you will be drowned, knocked down, or at least soaked by massive amounts of liquid coming from the other direction. Continue reading “When Potty Training Gets Dramatic”

Motherhood

Puff Control

Control is an illusion.  You think you have it and “Poof!”- it vanishes into thin air.  Because it was all just an illusion after all.  Yet, it is the illusion that we all strive after, like kids with butterfly nets who run into each other over and over with our eyes straining after those fluttering, fleeting winged things.  We can’t see each other for the busy-ness, for the striving after control. Continue reading “Puff Control”

Homemaking, Motherhood

These are a few of my favorite things!

It doesn’t matter if it’s huge or tiny, we all have to have our favorite things to get by. Here are my top things (some Mom-related, some not) that are getting me through a fairly stressful period of time right now!

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Homemaking, Motherhood

Taking Pictures of Your Kids: exposure

Taking pictures of your kids – easy, right? Not always. When you have a nice camera but don’t really know how to use it, the gap between expectation and reality can be frustratingly huge. Bouncing off of last week where I talked about framing photos of your kids for maximum impact, here are some tips for how to make your camera work for you instead of turning you into a crazy person.

Exposure can be super confusing and frustrating if you don’t have a basic understanding of it. There’s nothing more annoying than getting what you think is the perfect shot, only to realize that it’s super dark or super bright or – the worst of all – blurry! Continue reading “Taking Pictures of Your Kids: exposure”