Five Minute Friday: Beyond

Friday, July 27, 2012

I can't believe this is the last Friday in July! Summer is speeding by.

And since it is Friday, it is time for five minutes of writing. Writing that isn't over analyzed, just released. Just spending five minutes putting down the words as they form, and not turning back - that is hard sometimes, not the not thinking part, the not turning back to fix it part. But it is important, and so I will do it!  Want to join? Follow the link to Lisa-Jo's and let go for five minutes!

Five Minute Friday
Beyond... beyond what?

There are so many minutes in the day that there doesn't seem to be anything beyond what I am doing and what I am feeling.

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I mean let's face it, staying at home all day with your kids is a blessing, but it isn't easy. There are million things to do. The chores, the bills, the meals, the teaching of your kids, the raising of your kids, the playing with your kids, the feeling guilty when you don't play with your kids, the extra long reading sessions to make up for the guilty feelings... I mean really the list goes on forever! So how can there be a beyond?

Sure everyone who has finished this stage of parenting tells you to enjoy it because it will be over so quickly. So I try my hardest to enjoy it - enjoy the whining, the yelling, the crying for no real reason, the endless time spent pinking up toys, helping them pick up the toys, etc, etc. But most of the time, I don't enjoy it. I just do it. Waiting for that next phase to come.

Taking the time to think about that next step isn't worth it. Thinking of what comes next sets expectations, which means I set goals for my kids and then push them towards them. I don't want to be that momma - the one that lives her dreams out through her kids. I want to live their dreams with them. Changing the dream even over and over.

I want that phase that is beyond this one to be full of fun. And I know it will. Because even though this stage has it's moments of hair pulling and sighing, it does have it's fun moments. That phase, beyond this one will get here when it gets here.

And until then I will do this phase. And focus on just making it through - which translates as sighing in those moments of craziness and smiling in those moments of fun.

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Runaway Bunny & Cozy Book Hop Four

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Usually I allow my oldest to pick out any books he wants when we are reading, but there are a few from my childhood that I just have to keep in the mix and one of those is The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown.

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Somehow, when my oldest was still only a few months old, my mother found this classic at a Goodwill store, and it's a treasured book on our shelf. Truly this book is worth spending some money on as it is a classic.

The story of the little bunny who so badly wants to run away but can't because his mama will always find him is just absolutely precious. The pictures help make this book an all time favorite for me. It is so cute to see the mama bunny take on the shape of the tree as the baby bunny becomes a bird to fly away for instance.
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Every time I read it I can remember my mom reading it me and my brother so many years ago. Even if my boys don't love this book, I do, and therefore it will remain on our shelf forever!

Is there a book you read to your kids for your sake? for the nostalgia is gives to you? Let me know!


And now it is time for another Cozy Book Hop!  I realize this hop is still small, but I have faith in it and love seeing what everyone has going on in their reading world every week. So please keep posting those reading posts and sharing them. Don't forget to grab the button so we can get more and more people in on this wonderful world of cozy reading time.

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