Friday, April 30, 2010

Catching Up

We have been sort of busy. But, then again, we have sorta been not busy. You know how it goes. Right?

Madaline spent all day last Saturday with her Grammy. They went to a raptor show that was part of a local learn how to be green and recycle event. Maddy was mesmerized by the various birds of prey - especially the owls and their ability to turn their heads 270 degrees, which makes it appear as though they can turn them 360 degree.

Since Madaline had such a busy day out and about on Saturday, we spend most of Sunday snuggled on the couch. Heck, she and I even watched a movie - 'The Tale of Despereaux'. I read the book several years ago - and thought the story was sweet then. It really was a cute movie. Check it out if you have a chance - Matthew Broderick does the voice of Despereaux.

I have been stuck with the pictures I can take with my cell phone. The batteries in the camera are dead - and I can't seem to remember to pick up any new ones at the store. And, this kinda bites, because I know there are photos on the camera that I would LURVE to share, but, they are stuck on the camera for now, until I get them off and uploaded & edited.

Speaking of editing and changing - what do you think of the new layout? Like it? Like the colors? Like the cleanness & simplicity of it? It took me almost 3 days to make the changes you see and I think it would be nice if you shared with me what you thought.

Madaline's newest obsession is the 'Imagination Movers'. Which is fine by me - since, they are decent enough eye candy, even for a kids show. And, at least it is with live humans as opposed to animation. And, after some great responses from my twitter followers, I know that I am not the only on that thinks those boys shaking, singing and thinking are HAWT!

So, how has your week been? What do you have planned for the weekend?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fostering Independence

A few weeks ago I posted about the view off my back deck. You can clearly see that I live pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Really. You can't really think of where I live as a suburb or a cul-de-sac or any other fancy term. I live 10 minutes outside of, up on the hill, from one of those quintessential tucked into the middle of nowhere, quaint upstate New York villages. And, when I say upstate, I mean, UPSTATE - not West Chester or Poughkeepsie. We make wine here and Oh! We also have cows! COWS!

And, so, it is probably safe to say that I live with a bit of a false sense of security. Just a tad - but at least I know this, and I admit it. Bad things have happened in our little town - so it's not like I am completely naive. But, I do look at it one of two ways. Either you wrap your kid in bubble wrap & never let them out of the house OR You help foster a strong independence streak that can and will constantly come back to bite you in the arse. Daryl and I have chosen that later of the two methods.

However, I was concerned. Maybe we were allowing tooo much independence. Madaline is only 2.5 years old. Maybe we were tempting fate just a tad too much. And, so I did what any good mother would do. I asked my Twitter Following:

My sister, bless her, immediately told me that she would think that I had an independent self-sufficient child (she's a bit biased, don't you think?). There were a few questions about if I could see her (YES!) and if our yard is fenced (NO!). But, overall, my twitter followers confirmed what I had originally thought. That's it ok. That I am fostering independence and teaching boundaries at the same time.

She knows she HAS to stay in the backyard or on the deck, and be in my sight line. She tested her boundaries, ONCE. It landed her on the naughty step and the loss of her evening 1/2 hour of TV. (I know...I'm a mean mom). And, truthfully, I relish the fact that I don't have her begging me every 2 minutes if we can go outside yet while I am trying to get dinner on the table. It gives me a moment of peace and serenity as I am stirin' sauce or boiling water. It works for us - and at the end of the day, that is all that matters. It works for us.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Savoring Spring

The first scrapes and boo-boo's of spring - a rite of passage on her childhood path. Of which I am sure we will have many, many more.Her sweetness that reminds me to slow down - to look a bit closer and to savor each moment a bit more. And, strangely, how some days, the little things she does, her actions and her mannerisms, is like watching my sister all over again.
The pleasure she gets from such simple things - To see the sweetness, the innocence and the joy of the unexpected - all mirrored in bubbles that come and go in the blink of an eye.
And, that brief moment, when she finally climbs into my lap and sits still. I think to myself, she is all mine. Mine, mine, mine!

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Celebrating EASTER

Easter duck and Easter chick, Easter eggs with chocolate thick, Easter hats for one and all, Easter bunny makes a call! Happy Easter always brings Such a lot of pleasant things! {Easter poem found at}

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Friday Feature: Toy Block Music

Just the thought of listening to screechy kid music makes my ears bleed. As a result, outside of what Madaline might hear while watching Nick Jr., the music Madaline is exposed to is what both my husband and I listen too. This can be anything from The Who to The Dave Matthew's Band to Keith Urban to classical composers to Broadway show tunes. Broad spectrum of music. At times, while I know Madaline doesn't understand the context, the lyrics are not really always appropriate for 2.5 year old ears.

And, so, when my friend Joanna, founder and president of:

sent out a teaser email about a kids album, that with the help of Grammy-award winners, Ricco Lumpkins (TLC's Fanmail) and Matt Shane (Flight of the Conchords), she was putting together, it peaked my interest. As Joanna writes in their promotional material, 'were putting together a music project dedicated to the idea that kids understand, and deserve,real music written and performed by real musicians. The Eat Paste album rocks out to a hip-hop/funk 'Wheels on the Bus' a surf punk 'The Cat Came Back', an indie 'There Was an Old Woman', and other fun gems. I admit, I was skeptical at first. Kid musics for me usually equals ear bleeding - but, I thought maybe this will be something different.

And, let me just say this - I LOVE IT!!!! And, I knew I had to share it with all of you.There was a little glitch in my promotional CD - but as soon as I let Joanna know, she fixed it for me. And, can I just tell you that I have had Eat Paste playing in my car for last two days. I have been listening to it as I drive back and forth to work, and Madaline has not once been in the car with me. That's how cool these songs are.

But, the thing that really made me want to help promote the Eat Paste album? The news that a portion of all the proceeds from ToyBlock Music will be contributed to PAGER, the Pediatric / Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association. PAGER is a nonprofit organization working to educate and assist families and young children suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD is a condition which affects an estimated 7 million babies in the United States, and can lead to life long health problems if not treated early and continuously. PAGER works to provide support to children and families suffering from GERD, provides training for volunteers and professionals, collaborates with child abuse prevention programs, and conducts other public awareness programs throughout the country.

Joanna's daughter, and my daughter both struggle with this disease. As Joanna says “Infant and childhood GERD is not like having ‘a little heartburn,’”. She and I both know first hand how heart wrenching it is to watch a child suffer from this. The puking, the screaming, the self starving, the exhaustion, countless trips to specialists and the need to medicate you child. It rips at your heart and makes your soul hurt as a mom. No child, should have to ever experience this.

So, please, take a moment, and visit Toy Block Music. Click on the 'store' tab at the top of the page and either download the whole album or pick a few songs a la carte. You won't be disappointed. Serious - and just think - instead of feeding your music money into a large corporation, while not try something different? All in one transaction you can supporting a {mom run} small business and donate to a great cause that is near and dear to my heart at the same time?


(I was provided with a free promotional Eat Paste CD and then a subsequent download link when my CD arrived damaged for an honest review. The opinions stated above are my own.)