Monday, June 27, 2011

mommys struggles and snuggles: The Grass Is Aways Greener

mommys struggles and snuggles: The Grass Is Aways Greener: "Why do we always feel the need to compare? Is it our selfish human nature that leads us to be dissatisfied? Somehow, even when things are go..."

The Grass Is Aways Greener

Why do we always feel the need to compare? Is it our selfish human nature that leads us to be dissatisfied? Somehow, even when things are going well we still find ourselves comparing. Sometimes, it's our looks. We notice that everyone else is prettier or thinner or dresses cuter or has better behaved kids. Sometimes we look at the ones who we don't perceive to be cuter or their kids aren't as well behaved and secretly feel a little smug. Why can't we just be happy where we are?

There is always going to be someone with nicer things than we have, there will always be someone who looks cuter, (usually at the time when we feel the worst about ourselves) and always without a doubt someone whose kids are better behaved than our own.

Instead of comparing and feeling bad,we need to take notes and learn from those around us. You don't have to have tons of money to make your house feel like a home. Don't be jealous of parents who have kids that act better than yours, ask questions. I am just now getting this. I ask, I google, I read. If you want to improve something in your life, find some one who does good in that area and find out how they did it. Many times you will be surprised at what you learn.

All of us have many wonderful talents. I have friends who can sew and make amazing things, friends who can cook some amazing things, friends who have voices like angels, friends who are awesome at giving their time, friends who have a way of saying the right thing even if they don't know it, friends who show me how to be softer, friends who show me how to be firmer, friends who are stunningly beautiful inside and out, and friends who have an eye for decorating.  To all my friends: remember each one of you has something special that someone else admires you for. You are beautiful vessels. Forget about what we don't have, learn from others that do, and remember the grass is always greener on the other side.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

mommys struggles and snuggles: Summer Time

mommys struggles and snuggles: Summer Time: "Summer time is here and with it the blazing heat. Such is to be expected in Texas, but some how every year I get a little less tolerent. Ok ..."

Summer Time

Summer time is here and with it the blazing heat. Such is to be expected in Texas, but some how every year I get a little less tolerent. Ok so I was dreading the swim lessons for Brylee this summer because I have to get in the water with her. Now I actually look forward to it because I get the chance to stop sweating for a few minutes. This is her first year in swim lessons and she is loving it. I am excited for her too because Bodie gets to go to camps and she gets left out because of her age. Finally this is something just for her and she is eating it up.

The first weeks of summer have been so busy that I had not had a chance to slow down. This week has really been nice though. It's the first time I have not had school since Brook was born aside from her first few weeks and I am realizing now that I really needed the break. I actually have some free time. I have  noticed that I am so much more relaxed. I know Bodie was ready for the break also. We had a good school year. I am over all impressed with all he learned. I wil be making some changes in some of his curriculum for first grade though. I think I am going to go with Abeka math this time and also Abeka English. I really do like their phonetics program and think it will help him later if he has a good start with phonics. Also, still realizing that I have to relax a little and not so much pressure on myself or Bodie with school.

Brooklyn is growing so fast. She is fastinated by Bodie and Brylee both and loves to watch them. She has started saying  da da da. I am trying to convince her that she should say mamama, but so far no luck. Oh well you can't win um all. I am so glad that she is pretty low key right now. I think I would have cracked had she been a fussy baby like Brylee was. Thank God he knows how much we can handle.

Our garden is still hanging in there despite the heat. We are just getting ready ( if all goes well) to have good amounts of tomatos, peppers, beans, and peas. I canned my first two jars of peppers a couple of days ago and am about to have more to put away.

Also, I decided that I am going to take one room at a time and start doing some little improvements. I think I am going to start with our bedroom, since it is least seen. If I make mistakes no one will notice as much. I'll do before and after pictures of what you can do on a shoestring budget.

Looking forward to the summer and getting a few things done around here.

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