Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Brea: "Look Mom, if you open all of these nested hat boxes there's a treasure of cotton balls inside! What fun to play with when you're hands are still sticky from breakfast."


Thursday, May 17, 2007

As the seasons change...

You often read that it's not uncommon to experience mental and emotion swings with the changing of the seasons. I definitely think I'm one of those people. Funny because spring and fall are my two favorite times of the year. Spring is all about new growth and the awakening of nature after the long hard, cold winter. The rich, dark, wet soil of spring gives way to lush, green growth. New starts. Fall on the other hand signals a time to reflect, to gather, to nest, to rest following the hot days of summer, and to prepare for the winter months ahead. The varied shades of color that splash the fall landscape never cease to amaze and inspire me. Football games, raking leaves, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, apple picking, pumpkin carving...I love the so many fun family things to enjoy in the fall.

Maybe it's because we live in a college town and the general atmosphere (especially those of us who are somehow connected to the college) seems to closely follow the cycle of the academic year. Whatever the cause, I get sappy this time of year. I get all teary at graduation and wedding ceremonies. I spend way more time than probably necessary reflecting on where I am on my life journey. In one day I can be washed over with emotion because I'm so happy to have the many blessing that I do in life, and then slightly saddened by the "what ifs?" that we all have lurking in our past.

Yoga teaches to live mindfully in the present. To acknowledge the past, without dwelling there, and to look forward to the future, without living solely for what it might bring. It's a good practice for me to remember this time of year.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

5 year-old perspective...

Lexi: "Mom, can I change the channel on the TV and watch my morning shows?"

(How she refers to her hour and a half of PBS shows she can watch in the morning.)

Lexi continues: "Because since you don't have 2 heads you can't watch Today in the living room and do the dishes in the kitchen at the same time."

True honey, very true.


Friday, May 11, 2007

A Day of Celebration...

Today we celebrate the completion of Scott's MBA through the University of Iowa. We are fortunate that they offer such a respected MBA program that allows working professionals, many with young families, to complete their MBA degree while living the rest of their normal lives. I was struck how different the audience at this graduation ceremony was compared to our college graduation almost 10 years ago. While the crowd still had plenty of proud parents and grandparents there to cheer on their graduate, there were also a large number of young families, like ours, cheering for mommy or daddy as they crossed the stage. It's obvious that completion of this degree for many was a family effort and sacrifice unlike most undergraduate studies are for most of us.

Scott, we are so proud of you. I'm so glad that we were able to give you the support, time, and space you needed over the past 3 years to complete your degree requirements. We love you!


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Sunday, May 6, 2007

The Tougher Side of Parenting...

Being a parent it great. I love my girls dearly. But sometimes the tougher side of parenting gets to me.

Lexi is a loving, compassionate being. She feels deeply about EVERYTHING. We are so much alike in this way. When it comes to parenting, that can be both good and bad. I can better understand what she's going through, but I also know that often her head over thinks things, making things seem so much worse than they really are.

Our latest issue, pulling baby teeth. We've had to pull three to this point and have a 4th just about ready to fall out on it's own. We have spent HOURS trying to deal with nervous and scared feelings on Lexi's part even though she knows full well how it will feel once she finally opens her mouth and allows us to give it a pull. Yesterday I tried every thing I could think of to help her be brave. The struggle drug on for HOURS, yet that little tooth still remains an inhabitant of her mouth. After a while I started to there any lesson left to be learned here or is it so out of control that now no good will come regardless of the end result? I mean how are you suppose to know when to continue to push and when to just let it go? On one had I don't want her to think she can just resist until she gets her way, yet on the other I don't want to loose her trust and confidence in me as a loving parent which will be even more important as she ages.

I don't know that there's clear answer to my questions, when it comes to discipline it seems there's never a clear cut answer. I know this is only one of MANY challenges I'll face as a parent over the years. I'm sure there will be other times, just like yesterday, when I wind up in tears second guessing my parenting decisions and abilities and wanting to put myself in a time-out.