Friday, March 25, 2011

Find Our Strength as Mothers

When strong women bind together with purpose, especially to strengthen motherhood, well...watch out world!

Sometimes, though, life gets overwhelming and I feel bogged down, trapped, unable to make needed changes. Then, I feel like escaping. {Note: Not as in: escaping forever, but as in: describing a feeling that was persisting as a sign that something was out-of-balance.}

What makes me want to 'run away' may be different for another mother. That said, this was my experience.

The Problem
Just a week ago, I was just feeling everything was "too much". I realized when I saw everything that I was doing as a wife and Mom as a "have-to" that I was dreading because it felt like it was required of me but not inspired from me-- it squelched my creativity and enjoyment.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Salt Lake City, UT trip

Because of the nature of my husband's job, we are able to take trips as a family sometimes while he works.
This month he had a conference and a few other events scheduled in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. The hotel he booked had a suite with two bedrooms, a kitchen and there was a waterpark inside the hotel! We didn't have to think twice. The kids loved it!

Having the kids learning from home rather than at a school allows us to be more flexible with our time and the places we choose to go. While on the trip, several people asked me how on earth I managed to get the school to allow my children 10 days off. The answer is simple. They don't go to school! No homework to make up, no school to beg or placate...it makes our lives much easier. I really love not having to negotiate with a school to have time with my children and it's a bonus that they can learn wherever they are, even if the lesson is not from a handbook. Especially if the lesson is not from a handbook.

After the rough beginning to the trip (sick kids and being stuck in a snowy pass for an hour), the kids and we started having a good time. My Mom came along for lend us a hand and see her cousin's family. It worked out really well.

Our 3 year old is still talking about the soda dispensers in the hotel's breakfast room!

Here are some of the photos I took.

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At the Latter-Day Saint Church History Museum's Children's room. We met my husband's Aunt and her sister-in-law there for an afternoon. Our little daughter really liked playing in the kitchen!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Simple Solution: Library Cards and Bag

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Ever wonder where to put your kids' library cards?
No more fumbling in the diaper bag or losing cards for us!

This solution makes it easy and fast for the kids to choose and check out their own items at the public library. The cards attach by a ribbon to the designated 'library bag'.

The bag hangs by the front door and is always ready. We put items to be checked back into the library inside the bag on return trips and the boys place the contents into the return slots and then are free to go on and look for more items to check out. They put all their items inside while they use the computers or attend story time and then have a convenient way to carry them out when they are all done.

I saw this idea somewhere on the internet last year and this morning attached all three boys' library cards. I hole punched the cards in one corner and tied them all on the same ribbon and then tied the ribbon to one handle of the tote bag. Voila! Solution!