Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I like to crochet, and s@*%

I've been lucky enough to have some time lately to crochet. Here are some of the things I've been working on. First let's talk about this pie. I seriously love this pie!! It's one of my very favorite patterns. This "chocolate" version is the latest of three I've made. The two that preceded it were "pumpkin" and "pink with blue icing". Can you guess which one I made for Nora?? I really do need to make another "pumpkin" one and keep here it just for me :) But, this little "chocolate" cutie will soon be sent away to a new swap partner of mine :) The same thing goes for the "Bowie Mitts" as well. Now I just need to make the second one.

I also recently finished up this shawl and I'm pretty crazy about it. I had some lovely Madeline Tosh Merino Light and for the longest time I refused to use it because it was just so incredibly pretty. However, I must admit it looks even prettier as a shawl so I'm super pleased I ended up using it :) I'm thinking of making this part of my orchestra attire when Nick and I go to Severance Hall in January.

Wish me luck in terms of completing my other "Bowie Mitt". I seem to have issues making things in duplicate...

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Letter G

Grapes and Gumballs :)

Nora's First Day of Kindergarten

Here she is, our little "bulldog" on her very first day of school!! Wow, looking back at this picture now, I'm getting emotional. However, at the time this photo was snapped (one week ago), I was more nervous than anything else. We were running late due to some miscommunication in the handouts, though I didn't realize it until we hit the front doors. From that point on everything seemed to go by lightning fast. I remember feeling things now in little emotional flashes. I kept feeling as if I didn't have enough time to react properly...

In retrospect I'm convinced that I would have cried afterwards, however Nick was there. We were talking and I was distracted and no bawling did occur. However, I did feel kind of empty and strange, like something just wasn't right... perhaps like I'd just left my first born off in some school system I barely knew with some teacher who I'd talked to a whole 3 minutes... yeah something felt majorly off. However, I also felt pretty okay with the school. We'd attended information night there a while back and Nora went to Boost there for a week. We had orientation there just the week before and Nora seemed to like it there... but still, it was hard, just leaving her there. In REAL SCHOOL, for the first time ever.

Also, I felt a bit guilty?/proud? that I decided NOT to walk her to all the way to her class. I wasn't aware beforehand that I even COULD but then the secretary asked if I was planning on it...and I heard myself saying, "no". I guess it was b/c I hadn't planned on it and I knew Nora and I were already running late...also I wasn't sure how walking her in would make either of us feel and things were going by too quickly to weigh options and to plan... so, snap decision, I parted ways with  my KINDERGARTENER (o.m.g.) right then and there in the office. She got a bit nervous when she heard I was leaving her off like that but then she was brave about it and we hugged and we parted ways. I walked out afterwards in a bit of a rush, not knowing if I felt really good or really bad about what just happened. The only thing I did know was that I didn't know at all...

Fast forward a bit to us driving to pick her up. Thank God her school is so close. We were early getting there rather than late this time. I could not wait to see Nora and ask her about her day. I could not wait to see that she was okay and to give her a gigantic hug. But when I walked in she was distracted...by a plethora of other kids. And she was playing and distracted and having fun and she didn't want to go home! And that was literally when my heart got ripped in two. It was the moment when I realized with both horror and with pride, that she really was entirely okay without me there. It's when I think about that more than anything else, that I want to happy/sad cry all over the freaking place.

So here we are now, on the eve of Nora's second week of school and things are already routine. Our schedule's pretty much set in stone...and we know what to expect. Still it's kinda tough knowing we'll have to part again soon. We'll have to go off and be our own people for a while. I think that's the hardest part of all of this. The fact that we are two separate entities and that with each milestone that goes by, that fact becomes more and more true and more apparent. It makes me so happy to see the person Nora has become and the person that she has yet to be. I am in awe of that fact and a bit terrified too. Mostly I'm terrified of being separate from her. I just hope that she doesn't drift too far or too fast because sometimes, as a parent, I feel like there's just not enough time to properly react.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Teaching Kids to Use Scissors

Here are some helpful things I learned recently about teaching kids to use scissors:

I tried this method out today with Claire. I rolled some Play Dough into "worm" shapes and gave her first pair of scissors to her. When I demonstrated how to hold them, she said, "I want to do it", so I let her have at it on her own. She attempted to hold the scissors with one hand but I could tell that it was awkward and her hands were just too small. She resorted back to using two hands shortly after. She did manage to cut the Play Dough on her own, using her two-handed method. She seemed to enjoy the activity too. It's definitely something I will try with her again.

    I tried this technique out with both Claire and Nora. It really helped Nora out A LOT. This was the first time I really paid attention to how she holds a pair of scissors and I noticed that she held them by putting her thumb in the wider opening and her fingers in the smaller one. Once I put the sticker on top of the thumb hole side, she got it right away! The only trouble we had was getting the smiley face to stick (we used a smiley face sticker instead of an eye). I blame the surface of the scissors. They weren't entirely smooth. I tried reinforcing it with tape but it just would not stay. *Sidenote: I also put a smiley sticker and some tape on Nora's Fisker scissors for school and did not seem to have this problem. So this method would work best if you can find a pair of scissors with a smooth surface rather than a slightly textured one. Anyhow, this is another awesome method that worked out really well for us.

     I would definitely recommend both of these techniques and plan on using them both again!!! They were both highly effective and the girls enjoyed them too. Win win if you ask me :)

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    Wow, Such a Change

    Pre-K Photo (Fall)

    Pre-K Photo (Spring)

    ...and here I thought two photo shoots in one school year was just excessive. My cynical-leaning mind was just shouting, oh sure, more money for the photo companies. We never had two photos taken when I was a kid, etc, etc, etc... But wow, what a change I see here!! Right here before my eyes and I didn't even notice until I just placed these two photos side by side. Wow, Nora you really do look different! I'm a bit floored, actually. You look almost baby-ish in your Fall photo from 2013 and undeniably girl-ish in your Spring one from 2014. And it's not just your looks that are different. You're now much less reserved, less unsure, much MORE talkative and super inquisitive to boot!!! And, *sigh*, much less the little toddler/baby/tadpole you once were :'(

    However, Nora, you are still my first little darling and nobody can EVER change that. Much love to you Little P!! You're the bestest!!


    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    40 before 40...a bit at a time

    a new set of goals, though some remain the same...only adding when i think of things worthy
    1. obtain a preschool teaching position/work in childcare once the girls are both in school
    2. pursue my master's in Early Childhood education and obtain a teaching position
    3. knit my own socks
    4. find a church and become a member
    5. crochet myself a cardigan
    6. renew wedding vows (10 yrs)
    7. host mom/kid sleepover
    8. buy a house
    9. learn to use a sewing machine
    10. learn to play the violin
    11. grow my own tomatoes
    12. eat more family dinners at the table
    13. adopt a dog