Friday, December 31, 2010

A New Year, a New Opportunity

It's that time of year again. The time when we pass the bubbly and talk about how we want to improve in the New Year. Honestly, I don't feel a "change" besides having to take down the schoolroom calendar inserts. It will probably take me until mid-March to remember what year it is. I still have a long way to go with last years resolutions for crying out loud!But I am still trying. I would say that I am focusing on my family, our education (self included, one can always learn something new), and showing humanity.

This last one is heavy on my mind and heart right now. I recently read an article that made me really very sad. An article which was mostly composed of reader views about Atheists, calling us a hate group and other foul things. It just made me hurt deep down. I don't understand how any group of people could make such judgments about others and come off so completely wrong. I found this clever parenting article today and it made me laugh. Yes, all groups are judged and even by others within the group. Motherhood certainly throws us in the world of judgement from the moment one begins to show. So is life.

I realize that I set myself and my family on a (mostly) unique path - secular homeschoolers in the deep south. Yeah, that's us. I am happy where we are and in the New year we will forge ahead living the best life that we can, and hopefully that will rub off on those around us.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rudolph: Center for Puppetry Arts Performance

I'm not sure what I expected when we arrived downtown at the Center for Puppetry Arts to see Rudolph, but I know I walked out in awe. This was by far the COOLEST puppet show I have ever seen. I mean, there was animation involved for cryin out loud! The stage had depth, lights, moving dancing scenery. The crew was amazingly talented and even gave a brief "behind the scenes" after the show. I was stunned. Both kids really enjoyed the show and both sat with friends leaving me to myself - I'll admit, that stung a bit. They knew I was nearby but didn't need me to be next to them, not when there was an opportunity to be with buddies. I did get cheered up when another little 3 year old friend of mine came and snuggled on my lap for part of the show :)

Oh, and we got to make out very own string puppets too. We will definitely be making a trip back there in the future for another production!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Tis the season to be BUSY! Happy Thanksgiving

I was finally getting back into blogging, and then BAM! Holidays. Traveling. Packing and unpacking. Decorating. Busy busy busy. We packed up the kids and the dog and spent 32.5 hours in the car and about 80 hours in Buffalo, NY - where we managed to eat 2 Thanksgiving dinners in that short time with lots of family gathered round. It was a cr
azy few days filled with food, family, friends, fun and lots of other stuff that doesn't start with an F. Snow. Suitcases. Laughter. Brake lights. Scattegories. Happy belated Thanksgiving!