Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Messages and Other Things

If you have recently gotten a strange text from either of us, please read on for an explanation. If not, feel free to read anyway. A while back, firebirdluver and I bought new phones. We ended up getting the same kind, because they looked like good phones, they were one of those "one cent if you renew your contract" deals, and there weren't a lot of other options. You see, we have been staying away from getting smart phones. Among other reason, we don't want to have to pay for a data package. We just wanted some basic flip phones. Firebirdluver wanted something ruggedized, since his phones tend to get some abuse at work, which they phones are. Unfortunately, these phones turned out to be a little quirky in different ways, as well as containing some features we don't care for. One problem we have had is phantom messaging. Our phones have both been randomly sending out messages on their own. Firebirdluver's sends out the message, "No you don't have to come," frequently to various numbers. I myself have received it four or five times (or more - I lost count). My phone has been occasionally informing people I am, "In a meeting." Where this message originated, I have no idea (maybe it's a default thing?), but if you have received these or similar confusing messages from either of us, feel free to disregard them. In other news, I apologize for not being good about updating everyone on our recent doings. We are mostly doing the same things we have always done, just more of it. If you are interested, right now a better place to follow me would be on flickr. I have put up several new collections on Spoonflower recently, and while I haven't been so good in posting about them here, I have been posting about them on flickr. Well, mostly. I still have a couple to photograph and put up.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A few thoughts on motherhood

I have been so preoccupied lately that I probably would not have even realized it was Mother's Day, if it weren't for firebirdluver.

I also wouldn't be aware of most of what's going on in the world if he didn't keep me updated in the headlines. He showed me last night the controversial TIME cover of the mother nursing her three-year-old.

There are many things that could be said about it, and I am sure they have been said, many times over. The thing that bothered me the most, though, was the headline, "Are you mom enough?"

The media makes motherhood into a competition. This is easy, because as women, we are often insecure and tend to compare ourselves to others.

Don't buy into it, though. Motherhood is not a competition.

My mom never liked Mother's Day (some of that rubbed off on me), and I think one reason is because of what they used to do in church, at least the congregation we were in. They would give the moms plants, and I think everyone got one, but certain moms got more than one. They would have the moms stand up who had the most kids or who had been moms the longest or other things like that. They were trying to honor motherhood, but they inadvertently turned it into a competition.

This is a reminder to my fellow moms: It doesn't matter how many kids you have or how long you nurse them or whether you do everything as well as someone else. God has given you children who need you. You need to do the best you can with your own talents and abilities. Give them the best of you.

We were on vacation last week, where I spent some time around several relations who are moms. I observed things I admired about each one. One is an amazing decorator and manages to keep her house clean (things I struggle with), all while holding a full time job. Another has a great relationship with her husband and children. Another excels at the home arts and blesses her family with baked goods and quilts. Another fills her home with a spirit of learning and love of the gospel.

If I were to compare myself with any of them, let alone all of them, I would find myself wanting indeed. I hope they all know what great moms they are. In their own way, not someone else's.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Real Cub Scout

(He's been waiting for this for a long time.)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Life is good

I just realized that it's May. Wow. I have been intending to post many things about the boys and life and art, but... I have been too busy with the boys and life and art!

I feel especially bad about not posting when Baloo turned 1. His birthday was the day before Easter this year, but we kind of swapped the two. We did some Easter stuff on Saturday (Easter egg hunt in our backyard) and had cousins over Sunday afternoon for a BBQ to celebrate Baloo's birthday.

I love these cupcake picks. They're from OTC, and they go perfectly with the Silly Feet Cups. Super Cute has never been so easy. (Yes, that is Super Fish's handy trying to be sneaky).

Mmm... Cake

Baloo took his first steps right around his birthday, but he still didn't show much interest in walking. Apparently he was just waiting until he was sure of his balance. The light went on last week, and he really started walking, and he is really going now. The only things that get in his way are those occasional, inexplicable gusts of gravity, and occasional shoves by Super Fish (having a two-year-old brother to help must be so much fun *sarcasm*).

The same day that Baloo really took off, so did Beeper! He asked us to take the training wheels off his bike a few months ago, but he hasn't had much chance to practice during the winter. The other day he decided to get his bike out and really work on it. By the end of the day he was cruising up and down the street. He did have one good crash at the end of the day and got scraped up, but that didn't deter him. He was back on only a little while later, and just about all I've heard since is, "Can I go ride my bike?"

Sorry for the lack of video of either the walking or the bike. We've had camera issues. You'll just have to take my word for it!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's a bird... It's a plane...

No, it's Super Fish!

I finally decided it's time for a blog name change for Little Fish. We kinda knew all along that the "Little" part couldn't last forever. He is almost three now and not so little anymore. Certainly he is not the littlest anymore, although he may be again someday. Although, I would bet it will be kind of like how I am the littlest in my family. As in, being under six feet tall qualifies you as little.

He has always had a big personality, though, and "Super Fish" fits it oh so well. Here is a profile of our super hero:

Code Name: Super Fish
Super Powers: Boundless energy, never gives up, super volume
Only Weakness: Sleep
A.K.A's: "Tow Hook" "Sunshine"
Favorite Color: Pink (Red and Orange will do too)
Favorite Activity: Whatever his big brother is doing (alternately: sitting on his little brother)
Favorite Food: Actually, it's kind of hard to say. He generally gets excited about pizza, spaghetti, carbonara, zuppa toscana, hot dogs, french fries, ramen noodles, french dip, ham... I think it's safe to say he likes to eat. Okay, actually, candy is his favorite thing. Especially Smarties.

(I would have liked to include a picture for this post, as he spends roughly half his time in a cape, but his super speed makes him pretty hard to photograph these days.)

Monday, April 2, 2012

What you should know about social networking

I admit I don't know much about social networking. We stubbornly persist in not getting facebook or twitter accounts. While it means missing out on the chance to enter an occasional giveaway, I still think it's for the best.

Those of you who do use facebook or similar places may already know about privacy settings, but in case you don't, here is something you should know:

This Creepy App Isn't Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Dieting may increase weight gain

Here is an interesting summary of a study done with twins that showed if one twin tried to intentionally lose weight and the other didn't, the intentional weight loss twin would end up slightly heavier than the non-dieting twin.

A while back I started reading a book called Health at Every Size, which has a really good explanation of the science behind why dieting probably causes weight gain. Unfortunately, as with many books I start, I never quite got around to finishing it. I have the kindle version, though, if anyone would like to borrow it. What I read of it was good. I just got distracted by other books.

There's also a Health at Every Size blog, which I enjoy reading. It doesn't give as much information as the book, though. It's more of a "how we're being tricked into seeing the world backwards" thing most of the time.