Saturday, April 28, 2012

Take My Child to MY Work?!

Thursday was "Take Your Child to Work Day". Children are excused from school for the purpose of exposing them to lines of work to help them form some ideas about future career paths. Keeping that in mind, when Sun Kissed Boy #1 asked to stay home with me to experience "my job", which is housewifing, my first reaction was to say no. But after some thought, I decided that it would be a good experience for him to see what I do on any given day. My "every day" sort of speak.

After the littler brothers were dropped off at school, we got to work. I tackled the laundry as he tidied, vacuumed, put laundry away, helped me move furniture around, hung up art, cleaned up the backyard, and danced somewhere in between all that.

This boy has a way of keeping me on my toes. When we finished, the house looked really good. So he says, "Mom, no offense. I don't see how this is your "every day" because our house doesn't always look this nice". He was right. This is when I explained to him about self motivation (and lack there of). I told him about teamwork. Working together not only made the job go faster but it also kept us motivated to stay on track. 

I also told him that I often have to do things outside the house. So off we went to run a couple of errands.

Like a lot of jobs, this job has it's perks too. After our chores were done, we joined a friend for lunch.

Our day turned out to be a very productive one. We worked hard. I couldn't let it end without asking him if he now understood why I get upset when him and his brothers leave messes behind. He understood. I don't think he's a changed person but at least he understood.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Party Favors from Target's Bargain Section

Target has an area in their stores called "Happy Bargains". You've probably noticed it. It's a small section of little isles right at the entrance filled with items priced at $1.00 or $2.50. I always like to browse through it because you never know what you can find. That's where I came across the Wild Things bag that I decoupaged on the Wild Thing Stool. Every time I rummage through these knickknacks, I always think what wonderful party favors they would make. Here are a few I thought would be adorable for kids (or grown-up) parties.  

If your party-goers like to monkey around, then Paul Frank's version of the sock monkey is a perfect fit. Right now, Target has totes, erase boards, sticky notes, or key chains for a dollar each.

Spring is the right time of the year for a Garden Party. Have your guests leave with this cute watering can. On it's own, it's just $2.50 or pair it with colorful garden gloves for $1.00 more.

Summer is just around the corner. A Pool Party might be in the works. These mini water guns are sure to be a crowd-pleaser during the party and to keep the fun going at their own homes later. Make a game of it by having the guests shoot at pin wheels with the water guns. See who can make it spin faster, splash the most water, etc. The water guns are $2.50 and the pin wheels $1.00.

For Baseball-themed parties, these little rugs ($2.50) are a darling take-a-way gift. Think about personalizing them (before the party), with craft paint, with each of the kids' names.

It's also fun to make the party favor a project during the party. These basket totes, at $2.50 each, are perfect for decorating.

Which party favor do you think would work best for you? 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Getting Ready for the Storm

On Friday, the weather forecasters had promised thunderstorms through the night. When the sky started flashing, Sun Kissed Boy #1 began getting ready. Since we live in a place where hurricanes are a yearly threat, he knows that if we ever need to hunker down, we need to take shelter in a window-less room. In our house, that room is the boys' bathroom. He gathered up things to be safe AND comfortable. Cooper, blankies and lovies went in first.  

Once he had the brothers in the bathtub, he explained the "seriousness" of the situation. He told them that there would be lighting, loud thunder, and the electricity could go out.

After he had laid it all out, he was free to relax and wait.

Everyone was relaxing and waiting for the storm to pass. 

However, he must have worried Sun Kissed Boy #2 because he suggested they pray. Sun Kissed Boy #1 was in charge of the prayer and some of it went like this: "Please, dear Lord, give us a bigger bathtub so the entire family can fit. Oh, and Lord, please, make my mom stop shooting pictures so we can get to the business of surviving".

About 15 minutes later, they realized that it was just a rain storm and the electricity was still on... so they left the bathtub and watched a movie instead!
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Cheering Up a Dreary Room

It has been a while since I've written any decor-type of posts so today I thought I'd share how I changed up the living room for spring. 

Due to the light walls and furniture, this room can easily look a little drab and washed out. Accessories not only bring in pops of color, but they can also transform the look and feel of a room.

By adding bright pillows and a tangerine lamp shade, this room feels cheery and fun. To give it some visual interest, I mixed different textures on the pillows and throw. 

The living room gets used a lot so it's also got to be comfortable. Putting a pretty throw on the couch makes it cozier and inviting.

When decorating, I recommend taking pictures of the room. The camera gives it a set of "fresh eyes" allowing you to see it in a different perspective. I didn't notice how bare the walls looked until I saw the photographs. I am still working in this corner but I hung up the picture frame there for the moment. Re-positioning accessories is another way to change up a room.

I am a horrible gardener. My "flowers" are right here on this sofa. A combination of them and the afternoon sun beaming through the windows, make me happy.

Have a happy weekend, everybody!!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Meet Angry Mommy

When the boys are acting up or are about to do what I know will make me fly off the handle, I try to defuse the situation by jokingly reminding them that they don't want Angry Mommy coming out. Just so you have an idea, Angry Mommy looks something like this.

I warn them about Angry Mommy but the truth is that when Angry Mommy comes around, she comes quick and without funny warnings. Angry Mommy is impatient, irrational, and has a knee-jerk reaction to situations. Oh and she runs rampant at a certain time of the month. Last night, while helping with homework, Angry Mommy paid a visit.

So why am I writing about such a terrible creature? Well, I write a lot about the wonderful days I have as a mom, and though they are far between, mommy-hood has it's down days. Yesterday afternoon was one of those wretched times. I let Angry Mommy take over even though, as she was there yelling, somewhere in the back of her head there was a sane person asking her to 'calm down for goodness sakes'!

I, Loving Mommy, feel terrible to let Angry Mommy take over. I'm wondering, does she visit your home as well? How do you make her go away? Better yet, what do you do to KEEP her away?
      

I'd like to thank, my friend, Sharon for depicting exactly what Angry Mommy looks like.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Easy Entertainment for a Rainy Day

A long part of Saturday was dreary and rainy here. The kids were cooped-up inside and getting a little loud. A lot loud. 

They weren't being bad, just kids. But I needed to find a way to quiet them down (that didn't involve television) to keep my sanity. So I rolled out the craft paper on the kitchen table. We painted sun-catchers, drew pictures, played several intense games of tic-tac-toe, and connected-the-dots.

We also added more thankful notes to the jar. It has been a while since we've done that. The first time Sun Kissed Boy #3 added a thankful note, he drew his blessings. This time he actually wrote them.  

After that, we made grill cheese sandwiches and then electronics won them over once more.

What do you do on rainy days?
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Friday, April 13, 2012

BeINg There

Even though I've made a conscious decision to be the kind of mom that is engaging, it's easy to get side-tracked from that goal with the demands of everyday life. When Sun Kissed Boys 2 & 3 came in my bedroom dragging a basket-full of potato heads for us to play, my first reaction was to turn them away until I finished yet another task. But I quickly vanished that thought way and reminded myself of the mom I strive to be. 

When the boys play, I want to be IN the moment, not just in the vicinity. I want to be part of their giggles and creativity. When they grow up, I want them to remember me as a mom that was WITH them not just around them.

Had I not stopped what I was doing and taken a few minutes to play, I would have missed all cuteness that comes through every pore of their little bodies. 

And I would never want to miss out on an Indiana Jones Potato Head battle where he saves the pretty blonde.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

If I'd Won the Mega Millions

When I was a little girl I loved going to sleep just so I could dream. I use to think I could control what I dreamt about if I'd thought it right before bedtime. That never worked so I turned to daydreaming. I'd spend, what seemed like, hours imagining all kinds of scenarios in my mind. From what I remember, there was a lot of pink and a castle involved.

To this day, I am still a dreamer. When the Mega Millions jackpot rose to $640 million dollars a couple of weekends past, my daydreams went into overdrive! I had all kinds of plans about what I'd do with the money and how my life style would change. While my thoughts drifted about all the luxuries that kind of money could buy, I wondered if I'd still blog. 

After not blogging at all last week, I'd have to say 'yes!'. I missed it. Even though I was away from blogland because the demands of my little ones take priority, I lost count how many times in the day I pondered about blog ideas, design, and post stories. However, my postings would maybe look a little different than they do know. Perhaps they would be something like this:

When I opened my eyes this morning, I immediately pinched myself. I am starting to get a bruise on my arm from doing this every morning. But I can't help it. I still can't believe I get to wake up to this.

I was the first one up and the house was quiet. I said a silent prayer, poured my coffee, went outside, and read a book. I read three chapters! I haven't read in that large of a chunk in nine years! 

When I heard the giggling of the boys, I knew my reading time was up. I joined them in the dinning room where Chef Anton had arranged another gorgeous table setting with an exquisite breakfast to go with it.

The boys hardly ate though. Sun Kissed Husband promised them to go out surfing and they were anxious to hit the waves. I grabbed my camera and captured their exhilaration from the shoreline.

After all the water-log fun, the boys (and Sun Kissed Husband) were exhausted and took naps. 

While they did that, I FINALLY cleaned out and decluttered the garage!

Not too shabby of a daydream post, huh?
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Seeing Crystal Clear

I want to thank those of you that took the time to comment on yesterday's post. I appreciate your encouraging words so much. I am very grateful that you always have something positive and uplifting to say. For those of you that didn't comment but kept my aunt and me in your thoughts and prayers, I thank you as well.

  

Bad eyes run in my family. Sadly, so far two of the Sun Kissed Boys have inherited this trait. First, Sun Kissed Boy #1 started wearing glasses when he was in 2nd grade. Now, Sun Kissed Boy #2 is taking a turn. Luckily, he seems to be pretty happy about these turn of events. I think it's because big brother has them.

He was excited, but patient, as the doctor checked his eyes.

I know I am bias but I think he looks adorable! He's got my iPhone camera working overtime. Click, click, click, click.

When he's had enough, he turns and hides. But not before I can catch one last shot. Click!
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