Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
If you want to know how I'm feeling on the inside, just take one look at my surroundings. Up until yesterday you would have seen a messy house, messy car, and messy work bag. And I'm gaining weight.
Change #4 = I need to figure out the exercise piece again. I had been going to the YMCA regularly, but now Tate hates the daycare and I can only squeeze in 15 minutes of exercise before they come get me. My goal is three runs a week. I can go to the YMCA on Saturday morning with Henry (while Matt runs with Tate). On Sunday, Matt can take the boys to the dog park while I run around the trail (since he plays soccer in the afternoons). Then, once during the week, Matt could switch his running time from 8:30am-10am to 3:30pm-5:00pm (if it works for his work schedule), and I could fit in one more run while he takes Tate in the stroller and I take Henry to the YMCA.
Monday, February 24, 2014
We once asked my mother-in-law if her pregnancies were indicative of her son's personalities. She said no and instead explained that their personalities were more reflective of their births (her data pool includes three boys).
It's a work in progress but it's fun working on it.
Labels: Purposeful Parenthood
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Labels: Dwelling in Possibility
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
- Sara's clothes (including undergarments)
- Matt's clothes (including undergarments)
- Tate's clothes
- Tate's socks
- Henry's clothes
- Henry's underwear
- Henry's nighttime diaper
- Tate's diapers
- Tate's wipes
- Rice cereal
- Phone charger
- Computer charger
- Toiletries (comb, soap, toothbrushes, floss, razor, nursing pads)
- Henry's toothbrush and toothpaste
- Tate's bed and blanket
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I want our home to be the kind of place where we invite people to stay for dinner at the last minute and can whip up something delicious. I want our home to be the kind of place where children can run, explore, connect with nature, and swim. I want our home to be the kind of place where our family can curl up together on Friday nights to watch movies. I want our home to be the kind of place where everyone crowds around the kitchen island to help with dinner. And the kind of place where we gather around the table for board games in the evening. I want our home to be the kind of place where robots are built out of cardboard, Halloween costumes are sewn, cookies are baked, science experiments are conducted, and bird feeders are built. I want our home to be the kind of place where out-of-town guests choose to stay and where they find fresh towels and Aveda shampoo waiting for them. I want our house to be the kind of place where Classical music flows and spontaneous dance parties erupt. The kind of place where marshmallows are toasted while chatting in Adirondack chairs. And the kind of place where vegetables are grown and fruit is harvested. I want our home to be full of laughter, love, and joy.
- A welcome note written on a mini-chalkboard (or maybe it should be on a card so they could keep it?)
- High-quality instant coffee (is there such a thing?)
- Little chocolates (could we keep these in the house without eating them?)
- Maybe an extra toothbrush, dental floss, and soap in case they forgot something?
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Henry has definitely undergone the shift that happens in development between 0-3 years-old and 3-6 years-old. It's fascinating to watch him grow!
- When Matt is playing soccer on Sunday, that's the optimal time for Henry and me to do some work together, especially when Tate is napping. I ordered him a child-sized broom, so we can sweep the front and back deck together. We can also sweep the driveway and sidewalk.
- Another other time for us to do practical life together would be after school. I cut a sponge in half so we can clean his table, his learning tower, and the high chairs together.
- I'd like to be really intentional about cooking dinner with Henry at least once a week. He definitely helps out with chopping, etc., but I find myself relieved when he's engaged in independent play and I can hurry and cook by myself. I'm going to commit to cooking with him from start to finish (including dishes!) at least once a week.
- I ordered these beautiful placemats from Kylie, so we can have more of a process around setting the table for dinner. I also ordered this apron and this apron from my friend Karla for cooking/baking and dishwashing.
- I also think we need to slow down the evening process, so that Henry can be more involved with clearing the table and putting away his toys at the end of the day. Right now, Matt shuttles Henry and Tate into the bath right after dinner while I do all the cleaning. I think we should push his bedtime back a little later to make time for these important steps.
Monday, February 10, 2014
- Director of Student Affairs & Services: This position is essentially an AP position--great for someone who wants to be on the principal track and is really strong with classroom management, culture-building, connecting with families, and coaching teachers. Bilingual in Spanish/English, preferred (although all candidates will be considered).
- Director of SPED & Intervention: We are looking for a SPED guru who is passionate about working with students with special needs and also has the skills and strategies necessary to set up and manage the entire SPED program.
- Lead Teachers: We are looking for amazing teachers who are more interested in being a "guide on the side" as opposed to a "sage on the stage." The school is willing to pay for individuals to undergo their Montessori certification the summer before school starts.
- Associate Teachers: This hands-on fellowship is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to become a teacher but needs more experience. The fellowship involves working alongside a lead teacher while undergoing professional development and a gradual acquisition of responsibilities.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Labels: Being the Change
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
- Plan Henry's birthday party: Yes! Evite was created and sent out. We are hosting a wear-your-pajamas-and-build-forts-pancake-and-waffle party at our house. Good times!
- Plan my birthday party: Yes! We headed to Houston for a weekend of visiting our favorite friends and places.
- Set up a housecleaner: This one got put on the back burner because our nanny share unraveled and we had to hire a nanny by ourselves. We cannot spend extra money on a housecleaner right now. I owe you a post about the nanny share situation.
- Get a robotic vacuum: Yes! We got one has a Christmas present from Matt's parents. Thank you!
- Join the YMCA: Yes! I joined during January when the joining fee was waived.
- Get security system installed: Womp, womp.
- Request addresses and birthdays from dear friends: Yes!
- Get whiteboard hung: Yes! I owe you a post about this one...
- Plan dinner party with Diana: Yes!
- Run at least 12 times and go to yoga or Pilates at least four times: I ran 6 times and didn't go to yoga at all. It feels like a start!
- Drink at least 80 ounces of water a day: I neglected this one early in the month but then did it faithfully!
- Add at least one new meal to our weekly rotation: Yes! Mexican mac-n-cheese.
- run at least three times a week and go to yoga once
- drink at least 80 ounces of water a day
- add new meals to our weekly rotation
- attend church potlucks
- sign up to support people by delivering meals, etc.
- regularly invite people over
- send birthday cards
- completely organize our house
- finish our front- and backyard landscaping
- get house completely organized
- do service learning with Henry
- start a garden
- Run at least two times a week and do three sun salutations at least three times a week: I'm lowering this goal to make it more realistic for me right now. I hate exposing Tate to all the germs in the YMCA childcare room. But I don't really have any other options right now.
- Drink at least 80 ounces of water a day
- Incorporate more practice life into our schedule
- Add at least one new meal to our weekly rotation
- Get our front and back landscaping completed
- Plan my presentation for the American Montessori Society conference
- Completely finish our white board
Monday, February 3, 2014
Labels: Purposeful Parenthood