Finger Painting Leaves the Bucket List

Last week, I figured out all of the fun stuff that I was hoping to do with my kids this spring.  One of the big ones was that I wanted to work on my own avoidance of things that make messes… and I wanted to let the kids loose on finger painting. [Read more…]

Being a Better Mom in the New Year

I suspect I’m on an eternal quest to be a better mom.  There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, providing that I don’t think that my desire to be a better mom is because I suck or something.  I don’t think I suck.  (At least, I don’t think I suck right now.  Later could be a whole different story.)  I just figure that there are always things that we can be doing better.  After all, no one is perfect, right?

So, yeah.  I don’t do New Years Resolutions, but we’ve been fortunate enough to have something come up that will help make life easier.  My husband is getting a company vehicle in the next while (sometime in the new year), which means we will no longer be a strictly one car family.  A large part of the reason that I don’t get out of the house with Norton as much as I should is because, quite frankly, it’s a complete and utter pain in the rear to arrange having the van.  I have it a couple of days a week because the husband is car pooling, but I don’t always keep it because it’s easier for him to drive on days he doesn’t have to so he can stay late.  Whatever.  Either way, it means that I have to put effort into making arrangements to go places with Norton.  Spur of the moment things just don’t happen.  And that sucks, because I am totally a spur of the moment kind of person.  Making big plans just doesn’t seem to work out.  Ever. [Read more…]