I love creating and continuing traditions with my family. Traditions that make us laugh like always getting ice cream from 'Captain Sundae' the day it opens in the spring (even if temperatures are in the 30's!)
Posted by Anna at 3:20 PM
Tonight at dinner we looked ahead to the last week of Lent. We posed the question, "What could you do to make your school or classroom a better place this week?" The kids thought for a moment, and their answers were full of beautiful simplicity:
A: "I could play what my friends want to play while we are on recess."
S: (after a little prompting from her sister) "I could go outside everyday this week to play with my friends" (vs staying inside to 'help' the teacher...which is wonderful but apparently causes her friends...and her sister to miss her)
N: "I could offer to be the 'referee' in our 2 on 2 football tournament" (apparently the same boy did it many days next week, and no one really wants that job...because they want to play!)
|Abby making the lives of her feathered friends better by creating her own recipe for birdfood!|
Posted by Anna at 6:08 PM
The kids had their school, "Celebration of Learning" tonight. They sang beautiful songs and Noah had several speaking parts (in front of ~600 people!).
For the grand finale the entire school sang "The future belongs to us" while baby pictures of the kids flashed on the screen. Seeing my sweet tiny triplets on the screen while my beautiful/handsome big kids sang away was priceless (and tear worthy).
Posted by Anna at 9:12 PM
I got a vintage typewriter yesterday. It turns out you can still get ribbons (yes, I called it ink at first) for them! Ever since we plugged it in (it is electric!) it has been a constant joy in our house. It coincided nicely with the poetry unit the kids are doing in school. They have me wonder struck each night with their amazing poetry. They even challenged me to create something today...which I did. I wondered if the constant 'rat a tat tatting' would grate on my nerves in a house that is already at max volume at times. But what I found is that as soon as the typing begins...I smile. It is such a wonderful sound. Lately I have been thinking a lot about what happens around our kitchen table. It is something I hope to write more about in the future, but for this week the sight of kids typing poetry on a 1960/1970's typewriter is making my heart full.
Posted by Anna at 8:55 PM
For Sunday night movie night last night we watched, “Rise of the Guardians”. This movie came out around Christmas time and is based on a series of novels by William Joyce. Admittedly the movie does not deal at all with the ‘real’ meaning of Christmas and Easter, if you can get past that it had an amazing message for me as a mom. In the movie Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth fairy, Sandman, and Jack Frost are all appointed to be ‘Guardians of Childhood’. Each of them has at their center something that protects childhood. Santa has wonder, the Easter Bunny has hope, the Tooth fairy keeps all the baby teeth because in each one precious childhood memories are stored for when they are needed, Sandman has lovely dreams, and Jack Frost has fun (he does after all bring snow days!) Each of them takes an oath,
“That we, one and all will watch over the children of the world. To guide them safely and surely from the ways of harm. To keep happy their hearts, brave their souls, and rosy their cheeks. To guard with our lives their hopes, their wishes and their dreams. For they are all that we have, all that we are and all that we will ever be.”
I loved this movie.
Although as parents we have so many ‘jobs’ I believe one of the most important is to be the guardian of our kids’ childhood. I want to have at my core as a mom wonder (my word for the year!), hope, and fun. I want to make memories with my kids that can be stored and recalled on a day happy thoughts are needed (and yes, I do keep their baby teeth!). What would this look like in my daily life? What small changes could I make keeping this in mind? I want to keep happy their hearts, brave their souls, and rosy their cheeks. For they truly are all that we have, all that we are and all that we will ever be.
Posted by Anna at 3:03 PM