But I digress, here's my five random things for the week:
1. OLW - February and March assignments
I promised to apply myself to this over the past weekend and I did. I just wasn't able to blog about it until now. February we were to gather 9 pictures that depicted our word. I found this really tough as my word is hard to visualize in that way. So I had put it off until this past weekend. But here's what I eventually came up with:
From the top left my images are; the filthy "clean" pan (see this post), my "Release" t-shirt that I won from craftysteals.com, a picture of red balloons in a tree (see below for a close up), the backside of my Release title from January (see this post) with the word "EMBRACE" on it (my secret second One Little Word) and then some images I took from the web - "Pain! U just have to LET GO", dandelion seeds blowing in the wind, a butterfly being released, a flock of graphic butterflies and lanterns being released at a lantern festival. I chose all these images because I felt they depicted what I am trying to achieve.
A relinquishing of pain, anger and frustration.
A lightening of body and spirit.
While putting this together I decided to add the journalling. It's not a quote, just my thoughts.
And now onto March's assignment. We were given the task to ACT on one thing this month. To write it down and commit to a day when we'd do it. Here is my page.
The page dividers Ali is using are an assortment of sizes and configurations. This one has a flap that (as you can see) attaches with string. Anyway, here are the close ups:
The top part of the flap on the right has a tag with the prompt "This Month I" and then we were to fill in the rest. So I chose "Get Organized". I had many ideas and tasks zooming around my head but they all seemed to be in the same vein of cleaning, decluttering or getting tasks crossed off my never ending to-do list. So ... now it's official!! Gasp!
The bottom slot is purely for decoration. The 1 is to remind me to focus on one thing only. Ya, right!!
With the flaps opened it looks something like this.
Another reminder to myself to do it now, not to procrastinate as is my usual habit!
Just a little bit of complaining!!
One of the templates Ali sent us this month was this calendar into which we were to put when we'd committed to do our One Little Thing. I intend to write in more but at the time I did this I knew Spring Break was coming up and that I wasn't able to commit to a specific day just yet. On Monday I plan to revisit this and put in the following tasks: Declutter and clean the Master Bedroom, Organize the toys (OMG what a job that is going to be!), and clean up the office/craft room. That should be plenty to worry about during Spring Break, right?
The last template was a journalling spot to document our experience. I wrote down my thoughts about starting the assignment and at the end of March I plan to write down my thoughts about actually doing the assignment.
2. Project 12 - March 2011
I started this last Sunday and it sat out on my drafting table all week!! I put bits and pieces together in 10 - 15 minute spurts until I was mostly happy with it. I think my displeasure with it is because I wasn't able to do it in one sitting. It's okay but I know I can do better. I must admit, the brown paint looked heavy going on but I'm pleased with it now.
I was going to show a couple more close ups but in an effort to keep this post in the realm of "readable in one day!!" I won't.
Moving on ...
3. Soccer Fun Day
Or, as I referred to it, Soccer Not So Fun Day!
Sunday was the wrap up tournament for Marley (and lately Paige's) soccer season. It was also rainy, cold and generally a miserable day to be outside all morning! It was also the first day of Daylight Savings so we were all extra tired! Fun times!! LC was still sleeping when Greg and the girls left so we joined them at 9:30 for their "break" - face painting, Timbits, etc. LC was happy enough to have a Timbit but got pretty upset when I wouldn't let her take it onto the turf field.
Ah, the emotional ups and downs of an almost 2 year old!!
We stayed to watch Marley and Paige go through the skills drills and part of one game but then we had to leave. LC was done!
Marley waiting for her turn to shoot at the radar gun.
Paige charging at the ball - her kicks were NOT the most powerful out there but she had fun trying!
The very important warm-up before the game.Since I wasn't there for the medal ceremony I settled for taking pictures of the girls with their medals once they got home. Paige's medal actually belongs to a teammate that moved to Australia in December. She knows that it was just on loan and will be winging it's way shortly Down Under!
I really don't know what is up with Paige's smiles lately. She insists that she WAS smiling. You be the judge!
4. What happens when loose teeth start dying!
We learned a valuable lesson this week about loose teeth. Marley's two upper teeth have been loose for ages now but were stubbornly sticking around. One in particular would bleed every now and then which caused us to hope it would fall out soon but ... nothing. Then Marley noticed that it was turning grey. Grey? Eww!!! Time to call the dentist! After a quick appointment to pull the offending tooth (and it's loose neighbour) this is what Marley looked like.
So tiny ...
5. Now for the personal bit ...
Paige's preschool will not be continuing next year. This doesn't directly affect our family as Paige will be going to Kindergarten in September and LC is still too young to go to preschool but I am unbelievably sad about it. As the current President, I feel like I've failed the preschool, it's families and the kids. As an Alum of the preschool, I am saddened to see a place that gave my girls such joy have to close its doors. As a member of the community I am disheartened that we can no longer support this kind of institution. The Parent Participation Preschool only works if there are parents willing and able to participate!
I could get on my soap box about the messed up attitudes when it comes to putting our kids first, volunteerism, etc, etc,etc ... but I'm not going to. I will instead try to put that energy into shutting things down correctly, going out on a good note, and generally closing that chapter of my life without regrets. If any of you out there have reason to take your kids to a PPP, DO IT! The friendships you'll make will last a life time and your kids will be forever enriched because of your willingness to play with them.
Okay, I think I am finally finished this monster post! Sorry! I will try to keep them shorter in the future!
Have a great weekend!