Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Raising well rounded kids

Today I took my kids to see "Water Horse". When talking to some other people about the movie the past few days they we're shocked that I was ok with having my kids see such a "dark" movie. These separate conversation have started me thinking.... How do we really know what is good for our kids? Well, this is my thoughts.
I don't want my kids to grow up scared. And as much as I hate to say this, I don't want them to think life is going to be like a Disney fairytale. Unfortunatly life is not always rainbows and butterflies and happy endings. You don't always get your hearts desire. Life has some pretty sucky things that happen and it's what you make out of those situations that empowers and shapes you. I love moves whose endings are not what your heart wants to happen but you can see the logic of why that thing happened and how - for future purposes - it was the best thing for all that it happened that way.
We don't allow our kids to watch blood n gore, or graffic romance, but I do not thinkkids should be raised with rose colored glasses on. Because when something tragic does happen - it is made worse by their inability to understand and the wishing of Disney fairys to correct the tradgitey.
I also like to introduce my kids to new things. We happened into the dollar store and found som badmitten rackets & birdies... We're going to the park today on a picnic and then I am going to teach them the basics of badmitten ( that's all I know!). I want to give them a taste of everything I can so that they can decide what they want to learn more of.
Do you have any suggestions of fun things to do with kids???

Friday, June 18, 2010

Checking in again..

One of these days, I'll figure out how to post to this using my phone. My laptop is old and slow and our main computer seems to take forever to upload photos. And I have so much to share! I've made some cute blankets but also some easy and way fun aprons for the kids! Oh well... I'll get there.
Cheyanne is going in for some more tests. Her surgical team wants to re due/ update her tests from 2006. And hopefully our insurance will not be lame and cover this. So far they have declined the hormone treatments her growth specialist has requested. Mean while I am filling out books trying to see if we can get her covered on medicaid. Holey cow! I feel like I am starting an auto-biography! Grrrrrrr. Oh well. If it means she'll get what she needs, I'll get it done.
Joe has had some major visits this past month and worked major hours. And I just realized- since my last post- has been transferred stores. He is now working at the Brickyard store. He gave up his 10 min commute for a 45 min one. But this could be a great thing for his career. Keep your fingers crossed!
Tristin is going into the second grade. He loved first grade! Hopefully we'll get a great teacher to keep him excited and moving fast educationally. He loves the summer weather but enjoys playing xbox -especially with his dad and online with justice.
Keriana is 6! And had a fabulous year in kindergarten. She is helping both tristin and Cheyanne with their homework! She volunteered with me in tristin's class and fell in live with his teacher. This is the first time I have ever requested a teacher- but I felt I should considering Ana and her "stranger danger" issues. She has lost 2 out of her 3 lost teeth this year in a subway sandwich. She has decided that is the best way to loose them.
Myschief has finally gotten out of her depression and accepted Luci. And Luci is fitting in this crazy place just fine. It's taken us - her & I -longer to bond. And that was all my fault. Just wasn't ready after the loss of max. I still miss him a TON... But it's getting easier and my sad days are fewer and further between. I feel so stupid to get that way over a dog a barley knew... But then again I cry over hallmark commercials.
So besides working thru emotions, I have been busy volunteering, fighting for Cheyanne and her needs, normal household cleaning & kid teaching, I've redone cheys room and put the girls in bunkbeds in there, refinished a dresser (what an adventure!), different sewing and craft projects, and I just sanded down and watersealed our back steps. I've been learning many new house fixing techniques! It's been really fun & rather empowering. I've also been called as a nursery teacher ( we have 5 nurserys and our ward was just split in janurary. Scary right!) anyway, I was super scared at first, but now i just love it. And my kids are awesome! We have "run out" of adult women to hold callings - so I have Bern alone since janurary with these 9 wonderful little spirits. I just love them! Anyway, so because I am alone my door has to stay open. I don't have escapees and have been given the nickname " toddler wisperer". Kinda proud of that!