Archive for January, 2009

Say What?

Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

Arghhhh — the water in our building has been turned off for over an hour now.  Bad news if you need to go to the bathroom, which I of course do. 

I went to check it again a few minutes ago and ran into a guy I work with.  I made a face at him because the bathroom was still closed.  He said something, which I thought was “do you have to pee?”  I responded “yeah, I’ve gotta pee and the bathroom is still closed.”  He gave me a very strange look and then said “I actually asked if you were mad at me because you were making a face.”  Oh.

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The Tell Me Trick – Tips for Writing a Memory

Posted on January 28, 2009. Filed under: Elemental Memories |

Sometimes it’s difficult to stare a blank page and think of how to write a memory.  When you’ve hit this creative wall, the “tell me” trick can be particularly helpful.  Let’s imagine we want to write a memory of your child’s first day of school…….

Imagine your child saying:

Tell me about my first day of school.

Tell me about what you remember from your first day of school.

Tell me about the school.

Tell me about how I got to school and how I got home.

After you’ve tried this, if you need more ‘content,’ act as if your child said “tell me more….”   Tell me more about….my teacher, how I acted, who my friends were, etc.

Finally, if you need specific details, combine the tell me trick with the reporter’s five: who; what; when why; how.

Tell me who….waited for the bus with me; I sat by on the bus; my teacher was; is in my class.

Tell me what….happened next; Dad did; bus number I was on; picture I drwe; I ate for luch.

Tell me when….school started; I got home; I went to lunch.

Tell me why….I rode the bus; you drove me; I went to a friend’s house after school.

Tell me how….you felt about me going to school; I acted when I waited for the bus; I got to school; I got home.

Use these little tricks and you wn’t have any issues filling blank pages….you just might need some more to fill!

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Watch Your Step

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

Picture this – I was just returning to work after lunch with a friend.  I had a call to get on so was trying to hurry.  I completely tripped over my own feet going up the stairs – fell on my face… purse went flying.  Oh yes, and all this on our building’s security camera.  I’m sure that one is going to make their greatest hits video.  Maybe I should search You Tube just in case!

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Just Do It

Posted on January 25, 2009. Filed under: Elemental Memories |

I went on a lot of vacations with my grandparents when I was little.  One of the things my grandfather always did was keep a little reporters notebook of the vacation tidbits, and I do mean tidbits.  He would write how many miles we drove before we stopped.  Note what we paid for gas, followed by a calculation of mileage (this was before computerized cars), where we ate lunch, how much it cost, where we stopped for overlooks… get the idea.  These little books are a treasure to me.  Not only do they document the trip, but they are also a peek into my grandfather’s detail-oriented personality.

So — follow the cue from Nike and just do it.  So often we get caught up in thinking we need to put together the perfect scrapbook page, or find just the right words to journal.  The truth is our kids just want to know. They just want to remember.  A little note on the back of a cafe receipt about the time your son sent his hot dog flying to the neighboring table will be treasured, grease stain and all.

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Creating, Capturing, and Keeping Memories

Posted on January 24, 2009. Filed under: Elemental Memories |

It’s probably obvious from my web store, Elemental Baby, and this blog that memories are important to me.  Keeping a blog is fun, but I wanted to offer more than just some entertaining reading.  This newest blog category is “Elemental Memories.”  Entires to this category will focus on tips to help you create, capture and keep family memories.  We might feature a fun scrapbook layout, have an expert walk us through how to take great portraits, or provide a memory book pagbe for you to journal with.  If there’s ever a topic you want covered, just shoot me an e-mail at blog(at) (remember to use the @ sign…this just helps keep the pesky junk mail away) and I’ll research it and get it out here.  Remember to share your ideas as well!

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Hidden Artwork

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

Last night the kids and I were sitting on the floor…CK doing his spelling homework and Punk doing her coloring “homework.”  I got up to check on the laundry and when I come back I notice Punk is sitting on a wet dishtowel.  I worry that she wet her pants and put the towel there to soak it up so I have her stand up.  Her pants are completely dry.  I tell her not to sit on wet dishtowels because that’s gross and I pick it up to discover that not only had she colored outside the lines, she colored on the carpet.

In the grand scheme of things, color on the carpet is no big deal.  One of these days (months, years) we’ll get the carpet cleaner out and take care of the problem.  What really concerns me is that she knew she did something wrong, and in the quick two minutes I was gone, she found a way to hide it.  She just turned three people.  We’re in trouble.

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Lost Is Found

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

Last night the BigD and I strapped on our ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ and settled into our comfy spots to watch the return of one of our favorite shows — LOST.  After all my excitement to see the show return, do you know that I was so darn tired, I had to go to bed before it was over.  Not to worry, we have our beloved DVR to capture what we missed while we were snoozing, and now I have something to look forward to watching tonight!  So don’t expect any blog posts later.  I’ll be busy trying to figure out the time traveling Daniel, and “I see dead people” Hurley, and “I don’t need to wear no stinkin shirt” Sawyer.  After the kids go to bed, of course!

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History In the Making

Posted on January 20, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

I won’t try to wax philosophical about today’s events – there are plenty of other bloggers who will do that, and much better than I could anyway.  But I am reminded of a story my grandparents told me.  My grandparents were born and raised in Nebraska, but moved to Mississippi for work at the height of the Civil Rights movement.  They employed an African American woman to help around the house.  One day at lunch, my grandmother asked her to sit at the table and eat with the family.  The woman was taken aback and refused saying that if any white person in the town found out that she sat at the same table and ate with them it wouldn’t be good for her, or my grandparent’s family.  I hope that woman is still alive today and was able to watch the inauguration of Barak Obama.

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Oreo Vampire

Posted on January 19, 2009. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

oreo1Punk is an Oreo vampire.  She has no interest in the chocolate cookie – she only wants the creamy goodness in the center.  I get that.  I have a bit of a sweet tooth myself.  But still, something seems a bit sacrilege about leaving the chocolate cookie pieces behind.  I really shouldn’t cast stones.  When I eat a hoho (which are much fewer and farther between at this age) I peel the chocolate off the outside first and then I unroll the cake and eat it.  But I do eat it all.  Her leave-behinds look like carnage.

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Good Kids

Posted on January 17, 2009. Filed under: The Parenting Thing |

Sorry for my absence for a few days, but I really do have a good reason.  Wed afternoon, the BigD took me to a surgeon’s office to have a cyst (or so we thought) removed from the back of my head.  It was supposed to be a relatively simple procedure done right there in the office.  Just a little local, snip, stitch and 20 minutes later I’d be without the bump on the back of my head.  Unfortunately, nothing in life ever works out exactly like it is billed.  After about 20 minutes of cutting and pulling and lord knows what else, the dr figured out what he was working on wasn’t a cyst, but probably a lymph node (or a bunch of them).  He then admitted he would have done this in the or had he known.  Oh goodie.  I’ll spare you the rest of the details, but almost 2 hours later he pulled the final stitch (which I felt because the local had worn off in that area). 

Now to the reason for the title of this little epic – in the days that followed, the kids were so good.  They knew mommy hurt and to be quiet and help daddy….so they did.  These kids, who are normally whirlwinds, walked over to me slowly and said “mommy, do you feel better?”  They would refill my water, get me a pillow or blanket, and then quietly walk into the bedroom and play.  Their genuine concern was so sweet to see and experience.

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