Reading TOOJE's Mumbles last week, I got the impression that I don't do these right if I'm not grumbling about something in my mumbles. Maybe I missed the memo :) Either way, I'm not particularly unhappy with Mondays right now as it means I have a day with just my baby boy (girls are at school and Dominic is at the daycare on Mondays) so it's fairly quiet around here. If you would like to read another mumbles post, head over to Circling the Square Table and read TOOJE's.
1. Do you have an irrational fear of anything? Well, I guess fear might not be the right word. You see, we have ceiling fans in every bedroom. Now, when they are on the high setting, they are going pretty fast and powerful. And, sometimes this thought pops into my head, "What if they get going so fast that they just fly off the ceiling and onto the bed and what if I am (or my children are or my husband is) sleeping?"
I wish thoughts like that wouldn't pop into my head.
2. I've been thinking a lot this weekend about whether I try to fit my children into boxes I have planned for them personality-wise. I have always thought of my children as extroverts. I don't know why. It's not like I was the most outgoing child. I think I behaved a lot like Helen does: In a new situation, I would just kind of lay low and get a read on the environment. When I became more sure of what I was dealing with, I could adapt and be more outgoing or keep to myself whichever seemed most appropriate. I've always assumed that since Dani makes friends easily, she's my 'social butterfly' and honestly, what I've witnessed with Sarah is that she is very much like her father and can strike up (and carry out) a conversation with pretty much anybody. But, I think I'm going to pay a little more attention. Mostly because of this article I read over the weekend. It's a good read...check it out.
3. Time out. Do you use Time out with your children? Do you have any special twists you add? Of course, you realize that I am now going to share my special twist, right? Well, I have to give my mom credit and I'm not sure if she came up with it herself or if she had it used on her as a kid. When we were kids, if we fought, we would have to stand facing each other and hold hands for the duration of the timeout. It was really funny because we often would end up giggling and somehow the fight would be long forgotten by the end of the time out.
So, I finally had enough of Dani and Helen fighting on Saturday and decided to use this form of time out on them. It had pretty much the same effect it had had on my sisters and me growing up. Giggling and the end of fighting.
4. Remember that giveaway from Maggie at From the Heart? That one that I won? Well, she and I met up on August 13! She and her family attended Mass at our parish and then came over for a bite to eat. It was great to meet and visit with Maggie, my kids enjoyed Joe and I think my husband enjoyed the conversation with her husband, too. The great news is they have moved to the area, so this is most likely the first of many (I hope!) get-togethers for our families.
Here is a pic:
5. Finally, Vincent is 7 weeks. Oh my, these first few months are flying by! I am actually surprised at how well Iphones at Best Buy take some great photos. Vincent smiles a lot more regularly, but those smiles all but disappear at the site of a camera (or my iPhone) trying to catch it! This is as close as I've gotten and it looks like he is giving me a smirk...
I really don't have anything to grumble-mumble about, so this is it for now. I'd love to hear any feedback you have regarding my posts on schooling...seems like maybe the posts lost steam after the first one. Or maybe there was nothing really to say.
Hope you all have a great Monday!!