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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Pretty great

Did you all know about this?

I have really been loving it this winter. It makes random acts of kindness very easy. When you feel the need to give and help, you can do it so easily right here!
Be random.
Be kind.
Act!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

maybe?

How cool could this be?

The comments at the end were the best part!


Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit
Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/jordanchez
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Question: Was there a time when you wanted to quit but didn’t? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Moving

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Just begin the process

Really interesting.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Send love


This morning we sent flowers to the wake of one of the Sandy Hook Children. It was one of Addy's clients who lost his beautiful Grandson to this horrific event.
His name was Jack Pinto.
He was precious.
People all over are doing wonderful things for these children, and their families.
What can we do?
Sending flowers seemed so small.
Everything seems so small.
But then I remembered a quote, an old favorite from Mother Theresa, "We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love."
And so there is this:
The Paper Hearts Project:

"In memory of the recent tragedy in Newtown we are hoping to come together as a community in the thought that “those children are our children” and show the people of Newtown that we are in this together. So many of us watched the news with broken hearts and a feeling of helplessness. Here is the opportunity for all of us to show our love for Newtown, to let them know they are not alone. To let them know as they piece their lives back together that we are there to shed tears with them, prayer with them, and help in anyway we can.


Here is what you can do: Cut out a paper heart, decorate it, and write a message of love (positive messages only please). Address them to Hearts of Hope and send one or many and mail them to:

Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
14 West St, Newtown, CT 06470 or 

First Church Congregational, UCC
148 Beach Rd, Fairfield CT 06824

We are going to take these hearts and cover Newtown with our love from around the world. We are going to take these hearts and hang them up in local businesses, churches, and banks so that no matter where the people of Newtown go they will be surrounded by love and reminded that from hate rises love and support. That humanity is still very much alive and if we band together with love and hope in our hearts we can accomplish so much more. It really does take a village..."
Also if you would like to send donations that will help provide support, and help ease the families financial burdens after such a tragedy, these seem to be the most local places to donate to:

We have been getting many Emails on Who to Make Donations to. I am providing a Few organizations directly from Newtown. I urge you to visit the website and read ALL of the information provided before Donating. I have also provided Phone Numbers and Address Information Per organization for your convenience. 

*** I HIGHLY Discourage you to Donate to any other Private Links that have been circulating around & run privately Online through Fundraiser websites by other people. While I am sure these lovely people have good intentions with this, these have been provided DIRECTLY from Newtown. ****

Organization 1
* Newtown Youth & Family Services
Contact # 203-270-4335
Address: 15 Berkshire Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Website: http://www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org/

**Donations can now be directly made to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Please visit: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/

Ogranization 2;
*Newtown Parent Connection
Contact # 203-270-1600
Address: 45 Main Street PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470
Website: http://www.newtownparentconnection.org/
**ALL DONATIONS MADE TO THE NEWTOWN PARENT CONNECTION WILL BE DONATED TO THOSE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE SHOOTING

Organization 3
*Newtown Savings Bank
Contact # 800-461-0672
(Check Donations Only) Please call the number provided for other means of payment.
Website: http://www.nsbonline.com/blog/?p=187

Check donations may be mailed to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

****Questions have also been asked if The Fire Department & EMS personnel are Accepting Donations to their Local Fire Department, and the answer is YES. I spoke to them directly by phone and they are accepting them through Postal Mail at the Address below. Also there contact Number if you would like to call them. Very Nice Wonderful people.

Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue (SHVFD)
P.O Box 783
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Contact # (Non-Emergency) 203-270-4392

 Together we can send such love and outreach in a time that feels like what we can offer is so very small.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

what if

I am sure everybody knows about the school shootings. I don't have much to say about it. I think about the children and their families, about their christmas gifts under the trees, about their confused siblings, about anger.
I am mostly angry about the how this happened. I am not one who wants to rewrite the constitution or wants to make guns illegal.
We own a gun, one gun, for hunting. It would not be much use in protection as the bullets leave the house everyday with my husband. Honestly, I believe dogs are your best bet if you are afraid of a home invasion or something. They bark and know there is a creeper about. How would an unloaded gun in the closet protect you if you awoke to someone in your house who already had a loaded gun?
If we have rules, big annoying rules in place for flying, or a basic intelligence that needed to be met to operate a motor vehicle, why don't we have harder rules for gun ownership? Why are calls not made to the physician and psychologist, why can't there be a certain number to be achieved on a IQ test?
I know the shooter in this case was brilliant ( reports coming out, not a fact) But he also had a personality disorder and possibly Asperger syndrome. The guns were his mothers, legally hers. If you have a person living in your house that is not completely normal, should the guns be removed if you choose to let a person like that reside with you? Why did she have so many guns, maybe a cap on two per household? Maybe a special permit for multiple owners, collectors?  And I understand the hand guns, but why do we allow semi automatic weapons, machine guns, AK-47's and other military styled weapons be on our streets?
I look at a bunch of other countries that have very strict gun control, and the numbers of shootings are nothing like ours.
NOTHING.
We rank right up there with Africa, another country whose people are intent on slaughtering each other.
I am not saying that the right to bear arms should be removed. I am saying we simply should make it harder. I know there are other things involved here. But why is this happening here, why is it not occurring like this in other parts of the world? I know if people wanted to kill they could just get it illegally, blah blah blah. But why is this not happening elsewhere? I know there is always an excuse that people will just do this, or that, but that is just brushing aside and ignoring a problem. Remember when everyone was so pissed that our kids had to sit in carseats, and that we adults had to buckle up or be fined if caught?
How dare the Goverment tells us what to do, or impose such rules on us?
 It saved lives.
We do it naturally now.
  And Yes there was a shooting in Norway, a horrific shooting. But it was ONE. We are having it happen over and over and over.
School shootings?
 Instead of What? We say where?
I just think we could step it up. It's called control for a reason, and we are overly permissive and don't seem to have control.
It should be harder.
We need to discuss regulation.
We need to discuss education.
We need to discuss this.
How come we have to get our cough syrup by showing our license and can only buy one or two bottles behind the counter at a pharmacy, but people can stock up on Ammo? Why are no bells going off when they purchase 1000 rounds?
I know this won't stop all violence but it will cut it down because it will be a little harder, and some people that would have made the cut to have a deadly weapon will not have easy access.
If I was a Mama to one of these slaughtered babies, I would want people to make a change.
I would want it to be a little harder for you to gun down my child.
I just want it to be harder.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Good listen


This is a long but a very good listen.
It's various TED talks wrapped up in a single audio episode. If you don't want to run it on the computer, you can get the podcast and stream it in the car, or while your vacuuming, or doing the dishes.
 It's pretty awesome.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Truth


Sunday, December 9, 2012

choose happy

Friday, December 7, 2012

Can't wait

I can not wait to see what my kid's kids will be playing with!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Fostering

If you check on my instagram feed ever, you would know that we have fostered two puppies, and can't wait to host another. If you know me at all, or if you have been here reading long enough, you would know how I truly believe in adopting shelter dogs, or adopting a pet vs buying at the petstore. My last 6 dogs were rescues. They were, and are great dogs!
 Did you know that the State of Texas animal control facilities euthanize on average 700,000 animals per year?
The humane society estimates that 6-8 million animals enter shelters each year, and approximately 3-4 million are destroyed.
This includes, bad dogs, good dogs, great dogs, puppies, mixes, and plenty of purebreds.
Don't believe me?
Look, look closely.
Pick your jaw back up, and wipe your eye, because you can help change that. I am not trying to be in your face or make you feel bad. But my intentions are straight forward. You can help change this, you can make a difference. If you want a dog, adopt. If you want a particular breed, you can find it. A dog is a dog. That's it. Not one kind is better than another. If you want a certain look, you can bet you can find it.
If you do not want a dog for keeps, there are other options that will help this get better, one person at a time. For instance you can foster. You can request older, house trained, good with kids, and cats, or you can go all out and get a little puppy. You might love and take care of it for 2 days to 2 months. And if it's not working or it's not a good match you can ask the rescue group for a switcharoo!  You can even adopt the little bugger if you want!
Say you can't even have a dog at the moment, well, there are even options for you! You can donate to a rescue of your choice, or you can sponsor a particular pet who may need a surgery, or who has had a rough start and needs medicines to be a 100% ready for adoption.
But you can do something.
We can always do something.
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. ~Albert Schweitzer

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In pursuit of the thing.

My kids are doing pretty well on finding what they really enjoy.
Kaya is all about video gaming and dancing, in the summer he really loves to fish. He is really just beginning to tap into his big picture. He is a little hesitant to really dig into things as his Dyslexia holds him back from engaging on his own, he always needs a push. It's getting better, and he is figuring out how to navigate through his world regardless, it just takes more time, and a little help. I am trying to find him more good and kid friendly game designing resources. One that will challenge him a little more. He is beyond many of the free resources on the web.
 Ev is into dancing, and mushrooms at the moment. He is still young and has not tapped into his thing yet, he has barely started seeing the opportunities before him.
Marlin loves reading, designing things ( pinterest, polyvore) she is way into fostering dogs. Anything related to organizing something. As she is my oldest, I am really able to see her path come into view. She likes details, interacting with people, making the personal connection, making a difference in someones day. I used to laugh, but when she was little, she really, really wanted to be a grocery bagger.
Why?
Now I see it. She likes to organize, chat with people, smile and make them happy. This happens completely within the fostering as well. She has to pick a pup, help organize the transport, pick it up, care for it, and hand it off with a smile. She can see it full circle at the end. She has since upgraded from bagger to a hotel concierge, or boutique owner.
Me?
I am still wading through it all. My kid's lives are so different from mine. As a kid, going through school I had dreams, things I was really into, but school got in the way. I  remember clearly being told that being a Dolphin Trainer was pretty much a pipe dream, and it probably wasn't going to happen, so what else did I want to be? There wasn't much in me beyond an intense interest in animals and nature. I don't remember being crushed, just that it wasn't going to happen. I think somehow I took the message that you are not really in control, but that you would fall into something.  That is not a good notion really.
You fall into a hole, or a pile of poo, it is not a way to live your life!
I want the opposite for my kids. I want to give them the chance to explore their interests seriously with out barriers. I am happy that they are able to have such a hands on, fluid, mostly child driven education in which they feel a sense of control. That they feel like they are doing things, big things, important things. I want my kids to find and pursue what they love. This is the time to do it.
Childhood is the absolute perfect time.
 They are truly free and able to follow their own paths until they find the right one for them. I know many adults, including myself, who thought there was one or two main trails to follow to succeed. I wonder what would have happened if I stayed on my path, the one towards the ocean, because I know that if I did, I could have been one happy Dolphin Trainer.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Who's shoes?

Ok, this has been bugging me for so long. I mean I think about it at least a couple of times a week. It is so utterly baffling to me, and bizarre. I don't know if anybody else notices this phenomenon? Maybe because I think about it so often, I am attracting more and more sightings? I am not really sure, but why are there so many damn shoes on the side of the roads? I mean I get the whole two shoes tied together over power lines thing, and the occasional random one, but I see them everywhere. On the highway, side streets, in the city... I mean do people intentionally toss them? Are people putting shoes on tops of their cars and driving away scattering shoes? Do people buy new shoes and toss their old shoes out of the windows? Is it something more insidious like alien abductions and they are sucked up so fast out of this galaxy that there shoes come off?
What the hell?
Anyway, when it was really bothering me, I thought to myself that I should start a road shoe blog. Because other people, I mean at least one other person must also be consumed by this mystery! But then I thought... lots of times when I see these shoes, I already am passing them. And many times because I am on the highway or cars are behind me, and most commonly, I am already running late- I just can't turn around. Sometimes it would be just plain dangerous.  So maybe sometimes, if I am like, on time, or not on a hairpin corner, or on a highway, I can just maybe snap a quick photo. I mean it is interesting. I am a beyond fascinated with the whole thing. It's like one of those crazy movies, really bad movies from the 70's when all through the movie you hear a hawk's cry, or a rattle snake's rattle, and somewhere in the movie it is revealed that this is the persons spirit guide or whatever?
Yeah like that... instead I get stinky odd shoes mocking me from the road side.

making a book


I haven't been here this week, as I have been making another blog book at blurb. It is my goal this year to get all caught up with that. It's really great to physically be able to hold these pages, and know that all my pictures and memories are safe by my side if this place crashes.
Not that it will, but if it does, you know...
Anyway, I am not getting paid or anything to plug for Blurb, but I truly love how my books come out. There are many sites that you can use to make a blog to book, but Blurb is really customizable. I can enlarge my pictures, change up the layout and delete pages or images that I do not wish to print. With some other sites you do not have that control, and the pictures are really, really teeny.
So, if you were interested in publishing your blog into a book for your self, you should check it out. 
Also, trying to publish a blog that is 5 years old is a lot of work. I really wish I could turn back the hands of time, and that I had done a book every year, if you post a lot then every 6 mos. It wouldn't be the mountain of a job that it is today. Each step is a step closer, right?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hey there!

We have been pretty busy doing lots o'stuff. I just can't seem to write about that here. I am still pretty in love with just snapping photos of it all. Truth is that I love taking pictures, so I say if you love something and it makes you happy, then do more of that! 
 I said it once on here already, and I will say it again. I can see the cobwebs and dust building up in here! If you are remotely interested in seeing any of us doing our thing, you can look up to to the right of the page and you will see two options to see photos. Both instagram, and no, you do not need an account to see them. One option is an RSS Feed. and the other is a simple button that will link you to a page viewer. So that's where I have been. Not saying I won't post on here anytime soon, but I have nothing rattling in my brain yet. That could change pretty quickly though...
 Things you will see if you click on the link:
cute puppies that we have fostered/ are fostering.. PUPPIES!
trip into NYC ( girls day out!)
cute minecrafting, breakdancing boys
scenes and beauty from our day
:>)


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The view

Hmm, what to write, what to write...
I have not been feeling bloggy lately, not sure why. It seems it has left my system. Sometimes I just want to live and not record it. Just be like 98% of all the other people in the world. But then one day I know I will look back and wonder what we did, where it all went? So I will sit here until something taps it's way out of my fingers...
 Winter is a very inward season for me. My whole personality changes. I just want to be left alone, stay in my pj's, just ride it all out until spring makes it's glorious comeback.
I am not depressed.
I think I am hibernating.
Wintering over, going dormant.
I spend vast amounts of time sitting in the sun and gazing outward into the woods. I am not truly day dreaming though. I am looking forward and straightening out our path. I am not just one to free float and see where this life takes us. I want to point us in a good direction, where the beauty and opportunity lies.
This is harder than you think.
My kids are each free thinkers, each with their own path. Somehow I have to keep us all going in the same general direction. This is the true beauty of learning together at home.
It's a rambly jaunt.
One runs ahead with out looking back, one still holds my hand, and the other one drags his feet a little ways behind.
But yet we still move on together.
One kid has a very clear idea of who she is, and what she needs.
One boy is just at the cusp of figuring himself out.
And the last is intently watching the others and trying hard to do the same, just a baby.
My primary focus right now is them, I have to follow their lead. I can no longer pick them up and carry them to an easier path for me.
All I can say is hot damn.
The teenage years are going to be quite the hike.
But the view, it will be something else!

Monday, November 12, 2012

lesson learned

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The paralyzed chicken has died.
 I am not really that sad about it. More, I dunno, pensive maybe?
Introspective?
 I mean I feel very badly for her, and yes, I do feel like she is better off.  Anyway, not much to say about it. I do feel like the above picture sums it all quite well.
sigh.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Paralyzed chicken

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I have acquired a special needs chicken. She was attacked by a raccoon and had to have a leg amputated.
 She can not walk.
 She is pretty much completely paralyzed.
 She seems happy, she eats and drinks. She can barely move. She can not just hop around, as she does not seem to have a sense of balance. The previous owner did not want the special needs paralyzed chicken, so she came home with Addy.
My initial impression of paralyzed chicken was not a good one. I wanted to just send her back in to be euthanized. I felt she had such little quality of life. I found it to be a cruel existence. I literally have to place food and water in front of her. If she fidgets and gets turned around she can not access her food until I check on her again, and turn her around.
Helpless.
Slowly I have come to appreciate the young chicken. Somehow during the course of my care for her, I have changed. I don't know when it happened exactly. There was no pivotal moment of heart change. Today I just realized that I enjoy looking after her. She is helpless, she relies solely on me. She did not ask for her leg to be fixed, but here she is in my care.
 I would like to believe that if I was ever in a situation where I was helpless and alone that some kind hearted person would care for me, look after me. That I would not have to struggle or suffer. What I considered an unwanted undertaking has turned into some sort of spirit changing thing. I don't know really how to explain it. There is no reward for me, just constant work and effort. I just genuinely want to do something nice for this chicken.
 She may not even like me.
I think paralyzed chicken is here to make ME better.
It's weird.
Anyway, she even has her own song now because I think she likes it when I sing.
 The only one who might.
It's a special treat to hear my beautiful song. You'll only hear it from my lips if you are paralyzed, and a chicken. But I will share the special lyrics, are you ready?
"Paralyzed chicken, paralyzed chicken, you are special to me
You were attacked by a raccoon, your leg was chopped off, and you're special to me."
So there you have it.
special words.
I am not sure if I even got across what I wanted. I guess I am just saying that change can come from the strangest of places, and you'll only recognize it when your fully under it's wing.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thriller

Come on!
 You know all dancers start dabbling in MJ sooner or later...

And I love the fact that they only have an hour to do these little choreographs.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Comments back ON!

So this lady I know, Heartrockin' Mama. She said it was a no like to have my comments turned off. And I was like ok, I will turn them back on....
So why did I turn them off anyways?
Well, I have always wanted to try and turn them off because then I would not feel the need to check my blog randomly through the day to se if anyone commented.
Come on, you know you do it too...
Because sometimes if I thought that I had exciting or lovely stuff on here, and no one was commenting for hours and hours, it was like watching a pot boil...
 Not that I post for comments specifically, but sometimes I could not understand why some fluff post had 6 comments and my very own faves were flatlines... It's nice to say, we or I don't care about comments, but sometimes we really like to get them, and enjoy that we made a connection out there with someone who gets us and likes us for whatever reason. Also, I had this issue where sometimes I read blogs quickly, like a few of them in a rapid fire succession. Thing is, sometimes I don't have the time, or I am on my phone, or just am too tired to put a well thought out sincere response-so I don't. And Me being a good thinker, pretty much knows that the other person wants a dialogue or a comment on their post too. So I would feel a bit crappy about not commenting on their stuff. So, I thought, well hey! If I stop caring about the comments, and block commenting on my blog, than it frees me to comment on other peoples blogs when I actually can and feel it!
No pressure...
Fucking brilliant!
 maybe not..
I guess like most things, there is no easy way out.
I just have to be not lazy, and work on my own little issues.
So comment if you want, I promise I won't check this place every time I log on...
As if...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sir Ken Robinson

I could listen to him talk all day.
No lie.

What's Your Passion?

I started here this morning:
What's Your Passion?



I recently watched this documentary. After seeing this, it got me really thinking that the key to happiness really is pretty simple.

 Find your thing, and do it as much as you can. The problem is that finding your thing is elusive.
At least it is for me.
The problem is, is that my life is almost half over ( I think?) My good years are now. I don't want to miss out on my thing much longer! I want my kids to find their passion young enough where they will benefit from all the goodness that a full, rich, joyful life will give them and their families. I see a lot of people just living day to day, with out much joy. I think for everyone, it's there waiting for you to discover it. So as for me finding my own thing. I will really begin to examine my days and take the advice to jot down what I loved, and what I hated. And start by doing those things more and less, and then hopefully, magically over the course of the winter and spring, I will know more about my thing and purpose than I ever have before.
It's a good start.
Care to join me?
Come on, you know you really want to discover your thing, too....

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Direction

I am still trying to figure out what will happen with this blog. I don't want to abandon it, but I am seeking a new direction. I am feeling a huge need for change. I am really enjoying snapping pictures of my kids and other beautiful things on instagram. It's effortless and simple, and I love it. The other big thing is my own personal evolution.
 Way back in 2007, I started this blog as an outlet, and to connect with other homeschooling families. Homeschooling was new to me, I was hashing it all out, and exploring different styles. Paradigms have changed and grown, anxieties have been shed, and we are all living pretty comfortably in a life learning lifestyle. I just feel like I no longer want to keep talking about it, and documenting it all. It all feels so normal for me now, and I feel silly that this is practically the sole focus here.
Also, it seems like this was the main focus of my life for the past several years. My kids are getting older now and taking charge of their own lives in terms of finding their own paths. I have been getting more time to get reacquainted with myself as someone who has all these interests and things that I want to explore and do more of.
So, that is where I am at.
 I wonder what color my pretty wings will be when I escape this chrysalis?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Amelia Earhart

 We watched a pretty interesting documentary. The kids and I got way into it. I had no idea there was more to the story than just simply lost at sea!
Amazon.com: Earhart's Electra: Eyewitness Accounts of What Happened to Amelia's Plane: Richard Martini: Movies & TV
Then of course we had to watch more of a movie about her, since we had some intriguing background now. So we went with this:
http://www.amazon.com/Amelia/dp/B0036SLOP8/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1351789724&sr=1-1&keywords=amelia
 Marlin just finished a book on Helen Keller. I guess I better start the hunt to find something to snuggle in with....

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Roller Derby, in New Haven County?

We are so going.  How cool is this?
Roll Players | Daily Nutmeg

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Funny.

I am sure you have run across this botched but super funny (endearing) picture of Jesus.
And now you know...

If you like Great White Sharks....

Monday, October 29, 2012

Awesome

I came across this article the other day.  I think it totally sounds like what a human voice would sound like under water. Plus, Beluga whales are so cute that this just makes you smile. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on us, a cute little distraction like this is great!
Today is going to be an exciting day ( for me). I  find crazy events like this invigorating and exciting. But I know for many, the next two days will be terrifying and sad for those who stand to loose their homes in the epic amount of flooding that will consume our coastlines. Stay safe everyone!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It is so intense!

Double rainbow all the way!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Articles

I found both of these articles very useful in terms of project based learning. Grab a cup of coffee, and let's hear those synapses start to wake.
Sizzle...crack, crack!
When to quit.

Thin walls

PBL interview ( a really good one!)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Trying something!

Heart Rockin' Mama piqued my curiosity about how to share instagram photo's online so that those with out an account are free to be included. Turns out, there are so many sites and platforms.  I found one which I personally liked the look of. I want to see if I can use instagram as a bloggy-ish type thing.
I am doing so many repeats, I'd like to cut out the middle man.
 For instance, I am a rabid instagrammer, then I blog my instagram photos. I publish for my own personal collection a book of my instagram photos through Keepsy, and a separate book of relatively the same photos with their story, through Blurb of my blog.
What if I just write what I want to say in the captions of instagram? ( which I can do with voice recognition instead of typing easily on my phone... Woot!) and use this platform to share those photos that I was just going to put again here...
Make sense?
I dunno.
Let's try it for a little bit, shall we?
Here is the direct link to my photos. I will begin to write more on instagram to see if it works.
:>)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dancing

The boys are loving dancing.
 It is one of the first activities that they have not slowly lost interest in. IMG 6496
 You know the halfway through Mantra when a new interest is explored but not enjoyed as anticipated, "I don't want to go, it isn't like what I thought".
I have heard that song many times.
 I always let them explore an interest, you never know what will be there thing. But it takes a while to find your thing, and we have had a high turn over of activities in our lives. I always try to find out what they don't like about it, is it the way the class is run, sucking out the joy, is the instructor really kid friendly? Sometimes when adults offer classes to kids, they don't enjoy kids really, they just see a niche market. I am usually like, "But honey I signed up for 10 weeks for 450.00 dollars, you have only been to three classes… "
It's my knee jerk reaction.
But in the end when I think about how excited they were to try and begin, and how unhappy they are at present, I know that they are not just giving up. When a pleasure activity becomes a chore and brings on tears, you gotta move on and give high fives for checking it out! It's not a life skill like reading, or math that they are bailing out on. It was an interest. Anyway, that's just my take. Sometimes it feels good to see in writing what you believe.
 I would rather have a quitter who tries new things constantly than a forced to stay, who learns to try very little.
 Anyway, it's not this way with dance! Dance is hard, repetitive, you have to master each move, remember sequences, dance in front of others. My kids take an hour long class with other kids and then immediately afterwards they do a private lesson with their dear dancing friend. IMG 6503
 That is two hours of physical and mental activity.
They never make the ride home! IMG 6745 IMG 6746
 They can't wait to go back every week. I see them dancing everywhere. I love it, they love it.
 It's so good.
 They ask about what happens when dance is over, will there be more? What about summer, can we go? Can we go on any other day besides Tuesday?
The best part is watching them. Each week they get better and I see it happening. I can't wait for their winter performance.
 I may cry.
 It's what I do when I see my quitters engaging fully in an act that brings out pure joy. IMG 6495
 I know it's in them at all times, but when I see it manifest in front of me, it blows me away each time.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sooo, a cat?

I am surprised it took me this long to get this boy on here. I suppose I should start from the very beginning:
 One night in August, the dogs made it loud and clear that they had something cornered in the garage. Addy went out to investigate. I soon heard him calling my name from the garage. I looked out the window and saw him holding a little gray ball up in the air. I was expecting raccoon but was seeing a kitten.
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 News spread quick, and the kids were on my heels. It turns out this little guy was very friendly, very thirsty, and very hungry. We held it, fed and watered it. I scrounged up a low box and made a feeble litter pan, and stuck him in a dog crate with a cozy blanket. My plans were for it to go with Addy to the Vet office and he could try and find his owner. At the mere suggestion of this, out of nowhere, Evren burst into tears. Full on lip quivering.
No! WHHHHYYYY? I love this kitty.
So I explained that he probably had a home and….
Just picture a sobbing boy clutching a happy purring kitty. IMG 4532
Anyway, we would foster it, and if we found the owner we needed to return it. Yeah! He was so happy. But as days passed and no looking owner appeared, I called animal control. I was informed that a litter of gray kittens were dumped in the area and 5 were already found.
Sooo, we now live with a cat. IMG 5946
 A cute, funny, cuddly, well loved kitty. IMG 6521
Oh, and Ev named him Mystery.
 :>)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A place of beauty.

On Tuesdays, in the very near future, our Huckleberry Hill Project (which I haven't blogged about because I am a slacker...) will be meeting at a beautiful farm.
The farmhouse is stunning.
I will get pictures of it soon.
But for now there is this!







Not too shabby.

Into the woods with new eyes.

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Evren has been on a  mushroom and fungus kick.
He is so interested in them, as you can clearly see by this extra cute video…

 :>)
Every time after it rains, he wants to venture into the woods and look for his beloved mushrooms. IMG 6189
It's been so great.
He seems to find so much be beauty and goodness along the way. IMG 6236 IMG 6342 IMG 6341 IMG 6344 IMG 6345 IMG 6340 IMG 6339 IMG 6338 IMG 6337 IMG 6335 IMG 6336 IMG 6334 IMG 6333 IMG 6235 IMG 6234
We are going on our first guided mushroom hike this Sunday with the Mycological society.
 I love that he is so fired up about it!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Adventure Park

Groupon had an awesome deal for this place.
So I bought some for the kids.
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There was a bit of a learning curve as they was no one up there to help them, and they had to hook up there own safety clips and gear to the lines on their own. IMG 6566
Marlin and Kaya did not have much of an issue, but it was hard for Ev to remember all of the steps. IMG 6585
 Addy and I had to always be watching the kids to be sure they hooked up right, because if they did get mixed up, the consequences wouldn't be so great.
Even at the easiest level, they were 15 feet up! IMG 6554 IMG 6556 IMG 6557 IMG 6558 IMG 6564 IMG 6565 IMG 6567 IMG 6569 IMG 6570 IMG 6573
It really was so much fun, IMG 6583 IMG 6586
and I am sure we will be back in the spring to do it all again!