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On our chalkboard this week…

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Last week’s quote was:  Success:  10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.  That generated a lot of conversation.  Things like, what is perspiration, what about annihilation, and even some serious talk about what it means to get the work done.  My husband says the thinks the quote is really 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration– and he’s propably right– but those odds just look a little daunting.  So I went with 10.

We will see what kind of dinner table talk this week’s quote brings up.  I got it from The Happiness Project.  Gretchen Rubin calls it a universal truth, one of the very few.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

Favorite Book Friday 2 We just finished the very long but very captivating, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.  And we all listened to it together, which was so fun.  We could discuss what we thought about what was going on in the story, what we thought might happen, and the every popular, this is what I would do in that situation discussion.

We took the old school route and listed to it on CD, mostly in the car.  I picked it up at the library, my very favorite source for books!

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It took a couple of road trips and some errand running around town days to complete but it was so worth it!  The total playing time was 13 hours and 17 minutes.

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Listening in the car was our favorite way to hear the story.  We tried listening at night before bed but its so hard to find a stopping point.  I mean why not listen all night?

We tried listening in the family room sprawled out on the sofa or the floor but too many other things could distract us, like new library books, a strange cat in the yard, that kind of thing.

In the car we had to stop when we arrived at the museum or the pool or the grocery store.  It’s hard to argue with, we’re here!

This fascinating story has been one of the highlights of our summer.

We have our longest road trip of the summer coming up next week.  I just hope we can find a new book to enjoy as much.

Happy summer and happy reading!

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Beyond the Beyond (Another Kooky Poem)

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I love you in the ordinary and in the over the top

I love you all my moments I just can’t stop

I love you in the clouds and under the table

I love you smelling good and all the pictures that you doodle

I love you with stinky feet and way beyond the horizon

I love you greasy shirted and more than anything I lay my eyes on

I love you happy, I love you sad, I love you sleepy and I love you mad.

I love you beyond the beyond and even further than that

But mostly I love it when I am here with you in our cozy habitat.

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Be Your Awesome Self

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(A poem and a reminder to my wild, loud, blustery boys.)

Be your awesome self and let the real you shine through

Be your awesome self and to thine self be true.

You’re a great kid.

You’re amazing and kind.

I think that in this life you will find

That though some things are hard and can make you feel sad

The world deep down is good and for that I’m so glad.

Be your awesome self, be happy and free.

Be your awesome self, you’re the only one you see.

So live your life in a way that fits you.

Be daring, be bold, in all you pursue.

 

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The Trumpet of the Swan

This one got past me as a kid.  I am so glad I discovered it with my boys.

Favorite Book Friday 2

They all read Charlotte’s Web at school and liked it, but didn’t rave about it.  All of us fell truly in love with E.B. White’s, The Trumpet of the Swan.

Trumpet of the Swan We read it out loud at bedtime.

It is the story of a swan named Louis.  He is not perfect but he has a perfectly extraordinary life.

Love, purposefulness, determination, using your gifts– all portrayed in interesting situations.  Louis finds the good in all he encounters.

I was afraid there was going to be some super sad, Mommy can’t read because she’s crying part, but it never came.  The story left all of us with a great feeling.  Kind of like, wow, if Louis can do it, so can I.

One of our favorites.  I look forward to finding another book to read out loud that brings our family that kind of goodness.

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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A little something to read to my boys as they are falling asleep…

Tonight I want you to know it is possible to be your own best friend.  In fact, I think everyone should be their own super best friend.

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And how do you treat your best friend?

You are kind.  You are honest.  You let them go first.  You make sure they get what they need.

Do the same things for yourself.

Be your own super best friend.

When you talk to yourself—say something nice.

Make sure you get what you need:  Good sleep, healthy food, deep breaths.

And if you find a time when all your human friends let you down—it does happen—you already know your super best friend lives in your own body and in your own head and in your own soul.

Your super best friend is always ready to play.

You and your super best friend can count the stars, create a song, or bask in the sunlight.

There is super joy in being your own super best friend.

Now.  Deep breath.

Close your eyes.

Be still and quiet and you will go to sleep.

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I never would have thought…

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Big Nate.  I love you.

You have provided our family with information we never thought we would need.

Since my boys have discovered you we have discussed Kenny G, Barry Manilow, two-pees (toupees), study hall, casual laughs, baseball and the Three Stooges.

This morning Walt quizzed his dad from the Big Nate Boredom Buster book. Who was MVP of Super Bowl ex-v? (He guessed Walter Peyton, not correct.)
When was ZZ Top inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Missed it by 2 years. The only question he got right was what is 12×7. I just don’t know when we would have ever gotten around to discussing ZZ Top without you Big Nate. Big Nate inside

 

Yes, Nate, I know you are a little irreverent, and detention is a word I hoped we would not have to deal with, but I love how much you value your friends,  how you tolerate your father, and how you find a lot to laugh about in middle school.  Oh, and your cartoons!

Last week Mack asked if I knew ree-oh speedwagon.  Huh? Oh!  REO Speedwagon!  Sure.  Let’s listen to “Keep on Lovin You”.   Then we listened to “Take it on the Run.”   I have not thought of those songs in a good ten years.  Thankfully, now my children know REO Speedwagon and the meaning of an 80’s power ballad.

I am so grateful.

 

 

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All these questions and flashbacks are good for a Mommy’s brain.  It feels good to know all the words to, “I Write the Songs that Make the Whole World Sing.”  Maybe my brain is still firing on some cylinders.

I pull out all my Mommy talent to follow the middle school banter read to me from Big Nate.

In cartoon frames.

While driving to soccer practice.

A good exercise in focus.

Keep those Big Nate books coming Lincoln Peirce.  You are good for our whole family.  And we love it!

 

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Using my device for good. Every night.

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Some nights it is such a struggle.  Some nights I have to raise my voice and pull out my mean mommy routine to get teeth brushed and pj’s on and little ones into their beds.  The stalling is just so exhausting.

Especially after a long mommy day.

A tired mommy is a frustrated mommy.  Not the way I want to end the day with my children.

I want the day to end on a comforting thought, with values passed on and reminders that I love them no matter what.  Thoughts and ideas that don’t make it in to the atmosphere of cleaning up the breakfast dishes, putting away clean clothes and studying for our timed times test.

That’s why I wrote, A Life of Great and Wonderful.

It’s a reminder for me.

If I have the words in front of me I have the tools to end the day in a gracious, comforting way that is soothing to my children and to me.

These are the messages I want pickling their sweet, wild minds when they are without me:  in their camp bunk, or their barracks, or their dorm room.

I want to remind these sweet precious souls how much they mean to me, to our family, to our community and to the world.

If you would like your own digital copy to read to your children, click here.

Turn out the lights, dim down the screen on your phone or tablet, and soothe.

Sleep well.  Everyone.  Sleep well.

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A new word for chores…

contribution

Think it will work?

Works for me.

Today, so far, my contribution to my family has been  washing two loads of clothes, unloading the dishwasher,  preparing 9 meals by 7:15am (5 breakfasts and 4 lunches), chauffeuring three boys to school and maybe a couple of other things I haven’t thought of that mommies do automatically.

Yes.  It feels less like a job and more like a joy when I call it a CONTRIBUTION.

We will see if three little boys agree when I offer them a list of CONTRIBUTIONS they can make to our family and our home today after school.

Contributions like:  emptying the trash cans, folding the towels, putting away clean clothes and setting the table.

I like it.  Can’t wait to try it out!  Everyone hates to do chores but most love to make a contribution.

The power of words.

Happy contributing!  (Not sure if that’s a word.)

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