Of bickering and squabbling!

a5b7f00579d3071ee296ee9096c19e64If you are a parent who has more than one child, you can probably relate to this blog post’s title! Winter is the worst. With all of the snow days thrown in and all this energy to burn, the little angels turn into sort of demonic beings that want to devour anything that happens to come in their path and looks at you askance when challenged. We’ve all had those days and I am having one right now. As much as I love my kids, there are times during the day when I wish for nothing more than to curl up with a good book and retreat into a peaceful, quiet corner of the house. A warm cup of freshly brewed chai tea would not be turned down at that point : ) But all of that is a dream that only comes to fruition when the school’s in session and the little kids are doing the robot dance there ; )

During my 10 minutes of skimming over the newspaper today I came across this interesting article where a Mom who had got tired and wary of her children’s bickering’s struck this moment of brilliance in a unique, new idea. She thought of an award system to calm the kids down and to motivate them to be at their best behavior. This is no “you get a candy if you are good” award. These are a series of special commemorative plates that are used as special awards and have inspiring words written on them telling the kids how much their good sibling or Samaritan behavior, is appreciated. You can read more about it here.

I am hoping to strike up a genius idea like this one of these days. In the meantime, there’s Pinterest and screaming! The rate at which the kids are growing, which incidentally seems to be like a weed or is it bamboo? Well, you get the idea, I think their hostility towards each other will be over sooner than I can come up with that multi million dollar idea. That’s all for good, though. I can keep my sanity instead of the money. What say? Having said all that, I still wouldn’t change anything about our wonderful life or our precious kids. Each of their characteristic is as unique as they come. I have embraced it as I embraced my “scary Mommy” avatar.

What idea of brilliance would you think of next? Do tell.

Mermaids and Ballerinas

IMG_3385We are on day 3 of our snow days here in Virginia. The kids are of course beyond excited as even though there is no snow (just freezing rain), the prospect of watching a movie on a weekday (maybe) is wauntitled (2)y too exciting. Usually we do some crafting and art on our days off but today is one of those days where after exhaustively working on their duly appointed homework, they chose watching TV over crafting. Yes, I am a hard task master who before dispensing of the rewards demands sacrifices from her loyal subjects. Its for their own good if you must judge.

Since I am big on art and crafts as well, I notice that my 7 yr old daughter is quite happily following suite. How wonderful it is, when your child tells you that they aspire to be like you. A designer, a creator, a crafter or as my daughter lovingly refers to me as “Clay Maker”. She is my biggest fan and admirer.

We did a couple of crafts. Love Pinterest for it has a limitless supply of cool ideas for anyone who has a glue gun, odds n ends, beads, buttons, rock, paper, scissors…(shoot)..Just kidding, and a healthy imagination, along with of course, excited, craft loving kids! My 7 yr old and I decided to do some papier mache ballerinas to hang in her room along with our paper flowers. It was so much fun to rip the tissue paper, soak it in glue and slather it all on the ballerina wire frame. Here’s a picture of the outcome of our labor and sweat. What do you think? I think it adds a lot of charm and movement to her little reading corner.  She got so inspired that she also ended up sketching and coloring this totally awesome picture of a mermaid as a bonus.

Maybe next time we will try a boy version and maybe make some super heroes out of this! That would be pretty cool.

Ciao…until our next snow day and next craft hack from Pinterest!

Here’s a link to the pinterest pin we used.

 

The Smell of a brand New Year

Now that the champagne bottlese3d0a3522464280ad15fd7e5f9e2f4a4 are in the recycle bin and the heels have been put away to tend to sore feet, the time for reflection is all in the past as well! We are headlong into a brand, spanking new year. My very first resolution of the year was to make sure I blog on the first day of the year. Ya, that really did not go as planned. How do folks do it? I am in awe of bloggers who are able to find enough time during the day to put their thoughts together in a creative, awe inspiring, methodical and original way. Where do you get the content from people? Are you doing a DIY project a day? Don’t you have kids who tell you that you spend way too much time on your smart gadgets and laptops? What am I doing wrong? My other resolution that evolved out of my first failed one, is to understand this mystical fact. How?

The year is off to a great start though. We danced and sang our way into the year. Ate too much, drank too much, and laughed too much! I have to say that if we did this the entire year, I would say the year turned out great. I do have a long list of things I want to achieve this year. I am sure you will hear my rants about some or possibly all of those as the year goes along. For now, I just want to wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy 2015. They don’t say Health is Wealth for nothing.

I sign off today’s post with this beautiful and well known poem of Lord Tennyson’s.

 In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells]
Lord Alfred Tennyson, 18091892
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
   The flying cloud, the frosty light:
   The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
   The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
   For those that here we see no more;
   Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
   And ancient forms of party strife;
   Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
   The faithless coldness of the times;
   Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
   The civic slander and the spite;
   Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
   Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
   Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.