Mardi Gras

February 28, 2007 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Wow! It has been a while since I posted. I guess I will do some quick posts to catch you up on the excitement here. s3cuties2.jpg

We did Mardi Gras last week and the kids had tons of fun! We went to a parade downtown where my munchkins got to pose with the “queen,” dance, and eat! squeen-and-kids-2.jpg

We had a great time! We followed that by having a party at our home school group location, The Homeschool Zone, AKA The Zone. We made king cakes and ate beans and rice. I made a huge batch of beans and rice and took half to the zone and we ate the rest. Yummy! I hope you all got to have fun for Mardi Gras!

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Happy Birthday Reiza!!!!

February 25, 2007 at 7:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Happy Birthday to my hip and happening Reiza over at Tales of the Bitter Rose! What a great gal and a great mom! Happy birthday Reiza!

http://reizamara.blogspot.com/index.html

Furniture

February 24, 2007 at 5:12 am | Posted in simplicity | 3 Comments

 

Another thing I seem to be colleting in life is furniture. Lucky for our pocketbook, this is usually from Freecycle. I get an old piece and paint it to make it like new. Garage sales are also great for items of furniture that just need a little something to make them look great. Problem is, it seemed I kept getting furniture and never getting rid of any. One day I realized that some of it just has to go. We had an extra bedroom set that had been used in the guest room at one time. Since we downsized all our clothes, they would now fit into the smaller set of furniture. We had a giant, and rather bulky, headboard that we also moved out of our room. We were suddenly finding ourselves with lots of space to walk in our room, without having given up any amenities. It felt so much more calm. One day when I move into my little cabin somewhere, I want to have this bed and do away with all the other furniture. http://www.ultimatebed.com/ Can you imagine? What a space saver! It also cuts down on surface areas to collect dust! So once I finished the bedroom, I went on to declutter other rooms in the house. I had to look at pieces of furniture that we really don’t use. They seemed like a good idea, but they just don’t “work” as everyday pieces. If the furniture doesn’t make you happy just to look at it, it probably needs to go. Family heirloom furniture, for instance, may almost never be used, but just looking at it brings great happiness. That is good. It is all about your home giving you a wonderful sense of peace and calm. And with my kids running around, I need my house to work with me, not against me.

Simplify

February 22, 2007 at 7:57 pm | Posted in simplicity | 4 Comments

 

As my friend Reiza got inspired to simplify, she asked me for some ideas. I guess that I could share my ideas here so that anyone who wants my opinion can have an idea of what I am doing.

A big clutter issue is clothes. I went though both kid’s clothes and took out those that they never wear. I mean really, they would wear the same outfits day after day if they could. So, out they went. As I was doing this, I had them try on any clothes that were “iffy” on size. If there was not 6 months more of growing room in them (for older kids) then away they went. This alone left me with a much smaller pile. Then I did what a friend, Melissa, did. I looked through and tried to pick out only mix and match able clothes. There is no point having a huge pile of outfits that can only be worn together. My kids would soil one part, and the other part has to be changed also. To much work. Now, their clothes can be interchanged easily! This cuts down on laundry, storage space needed, and even makes the kid’s life easier. Often I would find clothes all over the floor that they would have to pick up because they had to did through all of them to find the outfit they were looking for.

Once I finished with their clothes, I had to be honest and tackle mine. Mr. Karma too. I feel that men have it easier when doing this. They don’t have coordinated handbags and shoes. But, If I haven’t worn it in a year or more, it must go. If it is something I am holding on to in that the chances of me wearing once a year, let it go. Par down to some beautiful mix and matches and go with it. It will make it easier for moms to get dressed every morning too!

Well, that is one step (that took almost 2 weeks to do) to get started on a more simple life.

Simplifying soothes the soul

February 20, 2007 at 3:03 pm | Posted in simplicity | 3 Comments

 

It really does help calm you. Really.

http://www.webmd.com/content/article/84/98249.htmhttp://homepage.mac.com/laschrader05/My%20Website/page80/page109/page109.htmlIt has been proven that being in a clean and clutter free home can actually help to alleviate depression. Yup! It is true! You know that great feeling you have when the house is all Spring clean and you can sit down? I am trying to have that feeling a lot more often. Simplifying is the start to it all. If you have less stuff around the house, then you have less clutter, or potential for messes. Do your kids really need all those toys? Go through them and throw out all the cheapo plastic toys, the broken bits, the ones outgrown, or over loved. Donate them to a charity or animal shelter (they often take stuffed toys for the kittens and puppies). Look at the toys from a “holier than most” attitude and think of what you really want your kids to play with. Do you have 3 sets of blocks? Do you need 3 sets of blocks? Would you rather have the plastic or wooden ones? Once you go through them all, box them up and move them away. I put them in the front passenger seat of my car. This means I won’t forget it and leave it laying around. Then it is already loaded up to be dropped off at a donation center.Once all these toys are cleaned up and through, there will be less mess when the kids are playing. It also makes it easier on everyone when the mess has to be cleaned up. Give everything a spot, and teach the kids to put it there. Even young children can learn this, they may not want to, but they can!

Happy Chinese New Year! The year of the Boar!

February 18, 2007 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why red and fireworks? It was believed in ancient times that a man eating beast would descend from the mountains and sneak into homes and eat the occupants. They call this monster the Nian. Soon they figured out that the Nian was afraid of loud noises and did not like the color red. These ideas led into the first of the New Year celebrations in China.The Chinese custom is also that you clean the home really well (like Spring cleaning) and celebrate a wonderful meal with all your family, usually at the most senor member of the family’s house. Many Chinese return to China this time of year for reunions. Red envelopes are given to the junior members of the family with and even amount of money in them. Sweeping on New Years is thought to sweep out your luck, but opening the windows will let luck in.

This is the year of the boar. I was born in the year of the dog. Here is what Wikipedia says about the dog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_%28zodiac%29 )

Like his animal namesake, he is Loyal with a capital “L”. He is the one who people are most likely to turn to when they need help. The dog person will come through every time. That is because he/she is sensitive to others and empathizes with them, particularly if someone has suffered an injustice; he/she reacts quickly with the same feeling as though he/she had been personally offended. Friends know that they can rely upon their Dog friend to keep a promise or remain cool in a crisis.

Dog types are honest, intelligent and straightforward. They will take on any responsibility that is given to them and you can be sure that they will do their job well.

People born in this year tend to be difficult, upset and shocked more often than the other signs. (Who me?!?)

The dog is loyal, unselfish, and idealistic. They can sometimes be worriers and overly critical. Dogs go best with tigers and horses. Their friends are other dogs, tigers, horses and rabbits. Dogs get along worst with Dragons, whom they perceive as arrogant and all flash with no substance.

I have no idea if this sounds like me or not, but it is kinda cool.

Happy New Year!!!!!!

Commercialized Valentines Day

February 17, 2007 at 2:20 pm | Posted in simplicity | 2 Comments

Yes, our family is grinchy about Valentines day. We grown folks do not exchange gifts and cards are recommended to be handmade. We usually buckle and get the kids some of those cheap Mylar heart balloons (.50) for the kids to play with. We explain to the kids that we show our love for those around us every day all year. Luckily, since our kids are not in traditional school we do not have to deal with forced valentine giving, sweet eating, and the over commercialism of the day. If you are unsure of how bad it is, then look at this.http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=41638

I mean, $300 baskets? $140 teddy bears? How much more pressure can one get?!? It encourages us to put ourselves into debt just to “prove” you love us. Prove you love me by washing the dishes without being asked. Scrub a toilet and I am yours! A sure way to “be mine” is to take the kids to the park and give me a quiet break. That is love!Girlfriends show their love by being there when a good vent is needed, or validation desired. “Be my sweetheart” by telling me that that outfit doesn’t work and I look much more foxy in the other one. Only a true friend will keep you from looking stupid on accident. A really true friend will make a fool out of herself with you when the time is right (fancy dress party anyone?).

So, go out there and show your love to your friends and partners and have a beautiful non-valentines day full of love!

Bad Peanut Butter

February 17, 2007 at 1:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=41749

All I know is that my mom called to warn me (we use the organic-all-natural ourselves) and found out that is why she and my father had been sick for two weeks. They had four jars (2 chunky, 2 smooth) in the house, all with the 2111 number. I am surprised my dad survived his sickness with it. We had been worried about him as it entered his second week, then mom got it. He got better, but she was sick then. She was recovering when she found out about the notice. So, for any of you who felt silly sending it out, the warning might have actually saved some lives as I don’t see my parents surviving a second bout with this.

Happy Birthday Diatribal!!!!!!!

February 15, 2007 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Happy Birthday Diatribal!!!!!!!

 

Big shout out to the birthday gal at http://muzakosis.wordpress.com/

I hope it is a great day for ya!

C A R

February 12, 2007 at 6:08 pm | Posted in getting involved, recycling | 3 Comments

I got to participate in a great fundraiser on Saturday for CAR. That is the Center for Artistic Revolution, and their 3rd Annual Toma Mi Corazon (Take My Heart) Silent Auction and Tex-Mex Dinner.

http://www.artisticrevolution.org/Our community friend, Randy, asked for folks to step up and donate hearts for this auction. These are wooden hearts that are given out to the community for folks to decorate, give to CAR, and let them auction them for funds. It sounded like fun, and since they were letting kids do them, I figured my artwork would fit right in. Here are my two submissions. twohearts.jpgOne is from me and the rainbow one is for Little Rock Capital Pride. I felt honored that Joe asked me to create a heart from the group. Big responsibility.The kids helped, and Karma Girl fell in love with the LRCP entry. When we went on Saturday, we had to bid on it till we won so we could bring it back home. To see her proud little smile, and to see it hanging in her room, was worth every penny! Karma Boy, on the other hand, did not want the gold one we did, he wanted one with a kitty cat face on it. I bid on it till we won and he sat there, with his little hands tightly gripping the money, waiting for them to read his name. When they did he jumped up with so much excitement that everyone giggled. He took it from the presenter, Eric, and clutched it tightly to his little 3 year old chest and ran as fast as his stubby little legs could carry him to the table where you turned your money in. All the folks he ran past were just smiling the biggest smiles and chuckling. It is hard to resist the pure enthusiasm and joy that little man was bringing to the room. He waited very patiently in line to pay, then he left clutching his heart. He did not put in down, even when he went to bed. The kids both wanted them hung over their beds, and so it must be.My kids are so awesome, and I love the pure joy they bring in my life! I loved watching my kids mingle with people who are black, white, straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, and anyone who held still. I love their pure freedom with their little bodies in the way they run, dance, and will break out in a song (often at inappropriate times) and the way they will wear funky clothes or shoes on the wrong feet, just cause they wanted to dress themselves.action-shot.jpg

 I am glad they feel free to express themselves and to embrace others! One day, I hope all the world can have the personal freedom of happy well adjusted, and attached, kids under 5 have. It would certainly make the world a better place!

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