Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Play

We are all about playing here right now. Jude has two different playgroups that he attends. It is so fascinating to watch all the kiddos his age interacting. Jude has a hard time understanding that if someone is playing with something that doesn't mean they are pointing it out for him! But I guess that's pretty common for his age.

I can honestly say I benefit from the playgroups as much as he does. A couple of weeks ago, I was having a rotten day. I was in a terrible mood. We went to playspace and after 1.5 hours of watching kids romp around and giggle, I forgot all about my bad day.

I recently read an article, Taking Play Seriously, in the New York Times Magazine. The article explores all kinds of angles for why play is beneficial only to say that the experts don't know how play is evolutionarily advantageous. At the end of the article there is a quote from Stuart Brown that goes beyond the cognitive and physical benefits that play might provide children, to what I have experienced myself. '‘‘If you think of all the things we do that are playrelated and erase those, it’s pretty hard to keep going.’’ Without play, he said, ‘‘there’s a sense of dullness, lassitude and pessimism, which doesn’t work well in the world we live in.’’'

Less seriously, we did some playing out in the snow this weekend. John and I huffed and puffed to build this tiny snowman for Jude who could hardly walk more than 5 feet without falling. His snowsuit was so immobilizing that each time he fell, one of us had to go hoist him back up onto the soles of his snowboots. At one point, I said to John, "there is a reason kids build snowmen and not adults." It's hard work to be on your knees rolling balls of snow! Here are a couple of photos.

Jude hugging Mr. Snow Dude

Sophie ripping off Mr. Snow Dude's pinecone nose
'"Look at life without play, and it's not much of a life."'-Stuart Brown as quoted in the New York Times Magazine article Taking Play Seriously
Now, get off the computer and play!

Friday, February 22, 2008

a nudda wun

Well, I'm getting on a roll here. I'm surprised that I have posted as many times as I have. We can all thank Jude for the title of this post. This is his favorite expression these days. Today, I also heard him say "good wun". For the sake of amusement, we took a pic of Jude's favorite cast of characters today. Here they are...

Duckdee, Pooh, Babee, Munkmee and little Duckdee


Most of his play with these guys involves looking for them. Sometimes, he hides them, smiles, puts his hands up in the air and says, "Munkmee?" Of course, he gets great amusement out of taking baby's clothes off and putting on his "that" (hat).

Here is what I've been playing with....



It's kool-aid dyed yarn for a purse project. I was very pleased with the result mostly because I developed a new easy and mess-free way to do it. I even mixed colors to get a salmon color.




Next time I'll take some pics and make a tutorial.


Well, we got some snow last night. I'm off to search the cupboard for some hot-chocolate. Oh, if only I had some whipping cream....


"When I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it . . . and it is all one." M. F. K. Fisher


This is so profound. I know it, know it...but whipped cream is definitely my first choice of a substitute when the love isn't readily available. Check out this woman's master cleanse diary for some interesting things that happen when you stop putting the gunk into your body. Who'd a thought?





Friday, February 15, 2008

The day after...



These days, you have to almost expect me to write a valentine's day post the day after valentine's day. But hey, it's always good to share a little love even if it comes a day later than it's supposed to. Jude and I made this special valentine for John. (You can make one too!)Jude's part was being patient while I focused intently on something other than him. And we made this one...




for Mimi. I think he enjoyed making this one more until I had to edit it with Photoshop. Well, he enjoyed eating the snow/ice anyway. We also made Mimi a gift, but I don't want to give it totally away because she hasn't received yet. So for now, I'll just say it was inspired by this. I'll post a picture soon, and I'll leave you with this...
"Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, love does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Wow!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cabin blessed


I don't know whether to call this cabin fever or a cabin blessing. Last week Jude was sick all week and we didn't go anywhere. We took several baths a day trying to break his persistant fever. I started to think about it today, and it is really such a blessing to stay home. I don't know why but I feel so much stress just getting Jude ready to go anywhere. It usually involves multiple trips to the car, a diaper change, a check for clean diapers in the diaper bag...I have to think about food and drinks and the time we will be away. Then there is the actual getting into the car and convincing Jude that I will turn the music on for him. Right now he is digging this CD of beautiful hymns. He just loves that CD.



I remember in the days after Bennett died, I walked around our property. Not that our property is that big, but it has little pockets of variation. I remember thinking that I just wanted to stay home and take of my little piece of the world. I'm kind of feeling that way again. There is something to be said for slowing down a bit and taking care of little things or little people.



I love this quote from Mother Theresa..."We can do no great things...only small things with great love." These are words of truth.

Friday, February 1, 2008

The first words...


he said clearly were "oh wow". And it really isn't surprising because he loves to discover things, observe things, and figure them out. He inspires me to find the wonder in all things, especially simple things. So I hope that through this blog I can share some of those experiences...our adventures of big wonders and little blessings.


This really isn't a big bang of a beginning but so it has been said...
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step."