Tuesday, September 30, 2008
She was posting about Michaelmas and said,"we can slay dragons and we can tame dragons and we can know the difference between the two deeds."
Often there is a big debate in Waldorf circles about age appropriate 'slaying of the dragon'.
I think this is the answer. We all have those 'dragons' in our lives. Some do need to be slain and never rise again. Some need to be tamed. Finding that inner light, that inner strength to know how to guide ourselves and our children on the path is part of the process.
Tonight I watched a webcast with Jenny McCarthy. She has a new book called "Warrior Moms" out. Amazing lady! She is inspiring and pro-active and I really like her.
I really HATE the word Special Needs! My girls have bodies that are no where near normal frames. Maliea recognizes she has mental difficulties sometimes too. Lydia is slowly figuring out these physical things too.
Every child has special needs. Is it hard? Heck yes, but we all have callings. I am NO different than any other mom out there. Every day I know I am on borrowed time with these children. We ALL are on borrowed time. It breaks my heart to have to watch them in pain and not be able to "fix" it. For other moms it might be having to nurse a child with the flu, here it's a little more severe but the emotions are the same.
The blessing of all of this is that I never take a breath or an hour for granted. I am not saying it's all wonderful. I struggle sometimes. Each day I (and you) have the opportunity to choose joy. Someone asked me the other day, if I wished my girls had been born healthy. Part of me said"well, sure" but the other part said "no, I wouldn't change a thing" because we wouldn't be who we are as a family, as individuals if they were "perfect".
God asks us all do to hard things sometimes in our lives. I would never, ever, ever change a minute of this journey. The beauty of this path is stunning! The joy that every single day brings is amazing.
Plus there is a extra surprise bonus package with all the hard stuff. GRACE.
Monday, September 29, 2008
They love each other so much!
Chaiya and Quayde were having a little too much fun with the whole slaying of the dragon.
After we had our little skit, we discussed finding inner light and the "dragons" in our own lives. Then we started our feast.
Roasted chicken because I'm not going to do a goose! Even if a goose is traditional. We also feasted on whole grain bread , cheeses and grapes.
Look I even got a rare picture of Maliea. She made the choice to come and celebrate and not stay home reading a book. I think she really enjoyed getting away from the house. We had such a wonderful celebration this morning. There was even a little time to play on the rocks and find the "smallest" frog ever according to Lydia. It was really a rock toad.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
After some serious finagling we arranged to go ahead and take Quayde and another boy up to the campground.
Our plan was to drop them off and then drive the rest of the way to Flagstaff, spend the night and enjoy Saturday before the boys had to be picked backed up to come home.
NEVER, NEVER , NEVER go to Flagstaff without hotel reservations ahead of time! The Europeans on big buses take up all the rooms!
We were not even sure of this plan until Friday afternoon so.... spontaneity rules right?
Finally around midnight we got a hotel room after searching multiple places for vacancy but I have jumped ahead of myself.
Once we got to Camp Raymond we were told to park and the boys had to hike over to the main building to register. Things at the campground took awhile to settle. Lydia, Thayne and I waited in the van for over an hour in the dark, the pitch black dark! Ever see those movies where people are combing through the woods with flashlights and then some evil thing comes. It was reminiscent of that only without the evil thing popping up. Give or take. When Mike came back to the van we were "allowed" to drive to the campsite which was like the farthest one back. We got the boys' tents put up and got them settled. Then we headed out on our adventure. Apparently being a district leader for the Scouts is an adventure too because when we came back the next day things were even more crazy. Poor Sam. He was a little stressed out. As the other boy we brought ended up being the evil thing! I really felt bad but the boy is not my kid. At least we got a good report about Quayde.
Our day in Flagstaff was a nice little break. I always have this tendency to view Flagstaff as a cute little town and forget it's a city until I hit the traffic and try to get a parking place. We played at a few parks, hit the fun toy store in old town and Bookmans ,which is my dream bookstore! I forgot to bring up the pile of books I have waiting for exchange but I found some new ones anyway.
We created this yummy lunch by getting some herbed/vegetable cream cheese and flatbread, ohhhh so good. Lydia and Thayne love Thorpe park so we played there for about 1 1/2 hours until I was done. We drove by this house that has a great cob wall that is a work in progress. Very cool. I'm sure they were wondering why we were stopped in the middle of the road looking at their yard. All in all it was a really laid back relaxing day.
When we picked up the boys, Quayde wanted to know how far (fast) it was to a Circle K store so he could go to the bathroom. He refused to use the one at the camp and said it was too disgusting. When we got to Williams, 22 miles later, he spent quite a lot of time in that restroom. I hope he didn't "hold" it the entire 24 hours!
We got back fairly late. Good thing church is in the afternoon. Some of us got to sleep in. I need to go wash the van tomorrow it is covered in good old Northern Arizona red dust!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We had such a great time at the ASU art museum today! To start with I was so glad I read the fine print on the web site about parking because if you park in the reserve spots it is free! You just have to sign in at the desk with your license plate number. Then admission into the museum is free! Plus throughout the exhibit halls they had stacks of postcards of some of the displayed art pieces for free. These were the same postcards they sold at the gift shop for .70 cents!
Lydia was delighted to find that there were some 'please touch' areas. We read a fabulous book about a sister that created a dream jar for her younger sister to keep away bad dreams. The whole first floor exhibit was a dream theme. I discovered that Lydia is way too fast in her wheelchair on hardwood floors!
Chaiya got to look at a Marc Chagall piece, he is her artist of the month. She was amazed at some of the wild sculptures. Now I only got these pictures because I did not 'see' any sign that said we couldn't use cameras. Okay I know better but......
On the second floor they had a guard so I had to behave. The second floor had a whole wall of portraits including this huge paper crafted one that just made you smile. The gift shop had a lot of really unique items. I just love museum gift shops. I resisted though. I only purchased a little wind-up robot for Thayne and a book on paper bag crafts inspired by works of art.
This was really a very weird piece of art with no explanation of what exactly it is. We had a great afternoon and free is always good. Very grateful to IKEA for sponsoring the exhibit!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is supposed to be a cow puppet, which Lyd really had fun making. She has also been having fun running around the house saying Rosh Hashanah just because it is fun to say.
I know that the other kids have not received much blog highlights. Quayde is always gone with friends. I need to find a way to keep him from being so social. LOL
Monday, September 22, 2008
So today: I made a batch of 15 rolls
a loaf of bread
two bottles of syrup for pancakes/waffles
pancakes for the kids for breakfast
Quayde and I accomplished two whole pages in his language arts book
I had visiting teachers come over(they are both over 75 and apparently hard of hearing as the Wall-E website was on Michael's computer and making robot noise a plenty and I couldn't reach it to make it stop. They didn't even notice.) and Erica, baby M's mom came to give me her schedule and stayed for way over an hour.
the house was relatively clean with the requisite normal piles
spent quality time with Chaiya ( a rare thing these days)
talked to Shawna and a future client on the phone (only 3 solicitors called today)
found the magnetic sheets at Office Max that I have been looking for
I played 1/2 a game of Candy Land with Thayne before he went to locate Daddy (this was a major accomplishment I tell you!)
I know pretty pathetic list huh. Someday I will have it all together again. Not quite sure when though.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We have this THING about funeral stuff around here. Chaiya suggested that for a family project we should all make urns. Learn how to throw on a wheel and fire our own urns. Keep them on a shelf or in a box to grab with our 72 hour kits...just in case. Then we got off on making individual necklaces so they could have a tsp. of me with them always and then it is late and we are all laughing really hard and probably being irreverant to the dead and stuff. Quayde suggested that Maliea gets a kidney, 'cause she only has one you know. Well it got way out of control around here.
Then we found this site so obviously we are not as crazy as you might think.
After we left to drop off Maliea at her institute class, Lydia approached Chaiya.
Apparently the conversation went like this.
Lydia extends her hand to shake and says," Hi , you are my sister. My name is Lydia. Our parents are gone. They sometimes feed me. I'm hungry. Will you feed me?"
Now we DID give her food prior to leaving! Lydia has quite the sense of humor. Chaiya gave her Soy Dream ice cream. She was happy.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I think Thayne had a great time too! He actually sat still long enough to clear two whole ears himself. He wasn't quite sure about the silk though. He helped cook the ears and I know he ate lots more than Lydia did. She like licking the salt and Willow Run margarine off of hers.