Thursday, January 21, 2010

Second Annual Mommy+1 Series

This is the second year that Levi and I have enjoyed a six-week set of "Mommy and Levi" days. Dave takes the big boys to homeschool ski lessons each Thursday for six weeks, and Levi and I try to do something just for him. It isn't often when you are the baby of the family to have uninterrupted Mommy time.

Each phase of childhood brings its joys, wonders and challenges, and the 5th year of life is no exception. Levi is an observant little guy, always asking Big Questions. He usually has his own Big Answer, which melds reality and cartoons in a way only a 4 year old can. Sometimes, I just love to hear him go on-an-on with his Big Answers....on the days when I remember to slow down and soak in 4-year-old-ness. Other days, I'm playing my Mommy+3 roll, and I often dismiss his craziness.

But one day a week for six weeks in the depths of a New England winter, I have a chance to just be with a 4 year old. And in these moment it is nice to forget about dinner, the laundry, and the checkbook in need of balancing. I am enjoying living with Levi, not just being there.

This is how I've been living these past three Mommy and Levi days:

1. I didn't talk Levi out of painting his porcelain cat yellow and purple. It actually turned out quite nice.

2. We screamed and giggled as we sledded down the icy hill last week. Then, at the bottom of the hill, we sat with our friends and watched the cars and trucks go buy. There are a lot of white, gray and dark blue cars; few reds, yellows and oranges. Do you know how long 4-year-olds can sit and watch cars go by on the road?

3. Today -- the best evah -- we held hands and skipped for 3 blocks, past the state capital. In the sunshine.

I wish I could've bottled up today's brisk air, sunshine and the pleasure of watching my son skip down the road with me. These are the last days I'll ever have a 4 year old, and I am trying to soak them up.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Resolutions

I'm not a huge fan of new year's resolutions. But, what the heck:

1. Run a mile a day.

2. Finish reading the Bible (this was my plan from last year -- the Bible in a year. I'm somewhere at the end of July in my chronological Bible)

3. Be a little better at me. I miss reading books for me. I am usually reading something related to our studies, which is OK, but there is a whole wide world of books out there that I'd like to read -- from pop fiction to classics. Last year, there were several reading challenges going on at some of the homeschool forums I frequent. I just glanced over this one at Medieval Bookworm (a link from Susan Wise Bauer's blog) at it looks like fun. I'm going to go for Peasant level (3 books) to add into my mix of other things I'd like to read:

  • (3) Twilight series (I'm probably the last person in the world who hasn't read these)
  • (1) A book from Glenn Beck's reading list (politics)
  • (1) A book from Oprah's book list
  • (1) Re-read Pride and Prejudice (love Jane Austen! It's been probably 8-9 years since I read it last)
  • (1) Get The Well-Educated Mind and read a book off that list.
  • (3) Three medieval-related books
Of course, this will require me to be more purposeful with my time in the evenings. Especially since I also want to exercise more (see #1 above).