Monday, March 12, 2012

Muffin Tin Monday: rainbow time

I LOVE spring!  Have I ever mentioned that?  I started my blog about this time a year ago but I'd have to go back and review my old posts to see if I did a muffin tin Monday for rainbows last year or not.  I really don't recall.  This week we're doing some rainbow stuff in honor of St. Patrick's day and because the weather has SPRUNG to SPRING!  WOOT!  I'm a little excited about it.  Just in case you missed the excitement.  So without further ado here's our glance at this rainbow muffin tin (nothing glamorous mind you).

multi-colored goldfish crackers, strawberries, string cheese, orange slices, cucumber slices, and rainbow twizzlers.

They got to eat lunch in the living room which was a special treat (mostly because our dining room table was covered in stuff from the weekend and I hadn't gotten to clearing it off by lunch time lol).

Princess Sierra looks like she's enjoying it in this pic but she didn't eat very much at all.

And that was our muffin tin Monday.  As usual I'm linking up with the Muffin Tin Mom blog so go check out all the other great muffin tins from today and this week.  Their "unofficial theme" this week is actually green foods - I'll have a 2nd muffin tin post tomorrow with our green lunch. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wallow and self pity or Do and Be - choice is yours, results are a world of difference

Do you ever see another woman and think "I sure wish I could be more like her?"  Of course you do.  We all do.  We see a thinner woman and think "I sure wish I looked that good."  We see a mom with a passel of kids and a huge smile on her face and think "I sure wish I had her patience and joy." 

Generally when I begin looking at other women and thinking these things it turns out poorly.  I look at them in that one instant in time and envy someone I know nothing/little about.  How ridiculous is that?  Pretty darn if you ask me.  It makes me feel poorly about myself.  I don't know about any of you but when I feel poorly about myself I tend to withdraw, from my children, from my husband, from my friends.  I live in a little bubble of self pity and self hatred and as I said that just isn't good.

But today I realized that sometimes I look at women and I think "I sure wish I could be more like her."  And then instead of wallowing, I get up, and I make an effort to be more like whatever trait that person displayed that I want to have.  Mostly these are women I go to church with.  Women I know in passing as we each run off in our own directions to wrangle our children on Sunday mornings.  Women who have inspired me to BE more generous, more giving, more selfless.  Women who are showing me in snippets of their character what it is to be like Jesus.  Sometimes it's helpful to see someone else living out the character traits of Jesus, to see what it looks like in real life.  Sometimes it gives you the nudge you needed to change to be more like Him.  These women would probably be surprised if I walked up to them and told them what an inspiration they are to me in this way.  I know that they too probably sit in their homes and sometimes struggle with impatience, and selfishness, and laziness, and just plain "don't wanna"-ness.  But we're human so that's really to be expected.  The defining moment though is when we look at another person and choose to DO, to BE rather than to WALLOW and PITY ourselves. 

So when you see another woman who is doing something you want to do and being something you want to be, don't wallow, don't pity yourself, get up and do, get up and be.  It's MUCH more rewarding than wallowing.  Trust me.  I know from experience.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A long hiatus

I might have mentioned before but it can't hurt to say it again, life with four monkeys is totally busy.  Time just completely gets away from me.  And before I know it I've lost three weeks in the blogging world.

That definitely doesn't mean that life has stopped.  Life has gone on.  The kids have gotten even bigger.  Sierra has learned some new words and other skills.  I've concluded that we'll be creating our own around the world adventure for the next year and a half for our social studies portion of school.  I've worked on getting the house cleaned back up.  Again.  And again.  And once more now.  Forever and ever. 

And I've decided to limit my computer time for the next month or two.  That does NOT mean that I'm ignoring the blog though and I promise to have new posts up soon.  It does mean that I'm spending more time WITH my children and with the housekeeping stuff I struggle with.  It's all good.  I think in the end it's going to be a huge blessing to me and the kids and our family as a whole.

Once I replace my now non-working camera I will do muffin tin Mondays again.  I tried to snap pics of our muffin tins last week but that's when I discovered the camera was completely dead.  Gone.  Needs to be buried.  Bummer.  In the meantime it's March which is national reading month - so go curl up with your babies and some great books and spend some time reading together!