Best Quote of the Afternoon:
Good Thing this isn’t about winning, Mom. Because we really lost!
So we went out for nachos afterwards. It’s the only way to nurse a wound, you know.
(P.S. Taking orders for Eileen’s cookie dough if you want some. $12 for 3 pounds in a scoop container. It’s a wonder the woman doesn’t have her own franchise. Yummo!)
1. I have this portrait on canvas somewhere in storage. I miss that age!
I want to unpack. (Correction: I want to unpack with an army of hired help while I sip tea. It is clear I have been watching too much Downton Abby.)
2. My very first photography class was with Karen Russell. I respect her knowledge and the way she is able to break it down and teach it in manageable chunks.
And I adore her as a person. Her blog is one of my favorites because she has a blended family and the way she portrays them inspires me.
Anyway. She started sharing “what is working” in her household. She blogged about their allowance system (simple and effective and easy to keep track of), and more recently, how to pack for a trip. She has three kids that need entertained (and one away at college) and she talks about their “quarter” system. Each child gets a roll or two of quarters to spend (and that’s it… no more asking for money!) and they get one taken away for each bad behavior “moment.” I love a good parenting tid-bit. Sometimes it just takes hearing how someone else is doing it.
Her blog is here.
3. Learn how to make your pictures look better on Facebook (has to do with how they are compressed while uploading. Awful.) Click here.
4. Have you ever had Cookie Butter from Trader Joes? Mom and Dad are not allowed to come back from AZ unless they have it packed in their suitcase.
5. Heaviest for last.
Holding Claire back a year. She is academically ready for Kindergarten but not mature enough. I am trying to decide how she would be best served this year while we wait for her to catch up (she still needs a nap, has potty accidents, has a difficult time staying on task, but knows her academics inside and out). She has been in Pre-School for two years. Should I home school her since she doesn’t need as much academically (I can advance her myself) or should I place her in one so that she is socialized? I feel like play dates and ballet and swimming, etc. are good for social interaction, but mostly I am worried about my own sanity if she is home all day. But also, if I place her somewhere, she will be with kiddos much younger (3 and 4) while she turns 5 in May, and I am not sure I like anything about that.
Anyway. I’m sad for her. Disappointed. But I know in the long run this is best for her. The more I pay attention, the more I realize this is more common than I realized.