Monthly Archives: February 2008

Little Letter Lover

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It’s hard to describe, but Megan has just really fallen in love with letters.  I haven’t pushed them on her at all, but I am REALLY trying to take advantage of her interest.  I try to find little ways to encourage her learning; such as buying her Alpha-Bit cookies and playing the “alphabet song” while we are in the car.   One great tool that Megan loves is Sesame Street’s “Keyboard-o-rama”.  This morning I was able to catch some of it on video:

There REALLY is nothing more fulfilling then seeing that we are actually teaching her something and she is capable of learning from us. 

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I Keep Meaning to Mention…

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I am sure you all have noticed Megan’s adorable little clippies.  They are handmade by my friend, Sarah, and they are just the most perfect clips.  She has a website where you can check them out.  She ships them SUPER fast and there are so many varieties to go with all your little one’s different outfits!  Personally, I have found that it is hard to find good quality clips that don’t cost a trillion dollars, and I totally LACK the craft skills it takes to make my own.  So for me, Sally’s Clippies are really the best option!  

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Growing up :)

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For the past while…alright, let’s be honest: FOR THE PAST 20 MONTHS, I have been struggling with Megan getting older and turning into a little girl instead of my little baby.  I don’t mean I was a whiny little cutesy mom pretending that I was sad my little girl was growing up;  I was SERIOUSLY not happy about it.  Yesterday that all changed.  She was SO much fun!  She was talking like crazy, and making me smile and laugh, and were having so much fun!!!  I couldn’t believe how happy she was making me.  We really just had a WONDERFUL day!  I would have to chalk it up as one of the top 10 days BEST days of my motherhood.  She REALLY made me fall in love with her all over again!

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Goodbye Highchair

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Megan has never been a really big fan of her highchair.  When we eat together, we pull her highchair over to the table.  You can tell she’s not exactly happy that she has to be in the highchair while we get to sit in the regular chairs.  The other night, Adam and I decided to let her sit with us at the table on a regular chair.  We have a really strong wooden salad bowl, and we flipped that over and let her sit on it.  SHE LOVED IT!  She was so excited.  She smiled and laughed while eating her spaghetti, and she even grabbed several carrots out of the salad and munched on them: without any persuasion from mom or dad!  It was a miracle! 

So I went out right away and bought a booster seat.  The highchair has been disassembled, and it’s now in the garage.  I am happy because it makes Megan happy, and also because I always thought the highchair was a little bit of an eyesore.  Plus, now there’s more room in my kitchen! Yea!

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Have I Mentioned…

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…that Megan loves to sort and organize things?  It is so hilarious the random things she does.  The other morning, as I was putting away groceries, Megan was hanging out in the kitchen with me playing in “Megan’s cupboard”.  So I usually just leave all the plastic grocery bags on the floor until I am all done and then I gather them all up.  Well, Megan grabbed one of the bags and did this:

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Basically, she was taking items out of her cupboard (one by one) and placing them all ON the grocery bag.  She does things like this ALL the time!!!  I wonder what’s going on in that little head of hers…

i LOVE the library (and so does megan!!)

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It’s no secret – I love to read.  I don’t go to the library once a week for Megan’s sake.  In fact, it’s probably a “70/30” kind of thing.  70% it’s for me.  30% it’s for Megan.  Sure, I want Megan to love books and love to read, AND the library gets her out of the house and with other kids, but really, I am the one who needs to go.  The fact that Megan loves being there just makes it all the easier to feed my reading addiction. 

On Monday we went to the library and had a great time – as usual.  Megan loves to explore the ENTIRE library, so we took it slow and enjoyed our time there.

Picking out a VeggieTales video:

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Helping mom find a book, but having little success.  I asked “where is it”?  And basically she said “I don’t know…”:

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Playing with the Lego’s:

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A Mother Who Knows

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Yesterday the lesson in Relief Society was based on the talk “Mothers Who Know” by Julie B. Beck.  It was our Relief Society President’s turn to teach, and I can’t think of anyone who could have taught that lesson better.  It is such a powerful talk – it was really necessary to have someone who was passionate about getting the message across, and Susan did just that. 

I am pretty familiar with Sister Beck’s talk since it is one of my favorites, and also because my mom always says things like “you know, Elizabeth, a ‘mother who knows’ does…such and such…” but as I sat there listening to the requirements of a “mother who knows” I couldn’t help thinking of several things I could be doing better as a mother.  The part that specifically hit me was:

“Mothers who know do less.  They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally.  They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home.  Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children – more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, smiling, and exemplifying.  These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all.  Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the world.  Their goal is to prepare future fathers and mothers who will be the builders of the Lord’s kingdom for the next 50 years.  That is influence.  THAT IS POWER.”

I definitely could be doing more to be doing less.  The talk goes on to say:

“Who will prepare this righteous generation of sons and daughters?  Latter-day Saint women will do this – women who know and love the Lord and bear testimony of Him.  Women who are strong and immovable and who not give up during difficult and discouraging times.”

I often wonder about Megan’s future.  I wonder if I am doing enough to help her develop a strong and immovable testimony.  It’s up to me to be a great example to her at all times, in all things, and in a places, so that she will never wonder whether her mother has a testimony or not.  I am going to do all that I can do in order to be a “mother who knows.”

While this talk is truly divinely inspired, there are some who criticize President Beck by suggesting that her talk takes women back 50 years and removes women’s independence and prominance in society.  Some even suggest that the LDS church forces the idea that being a homemaker is the most important thing, so the women feel like they are OBLIGATED to be mothers and stay home with their children.  This could not be further from the truth.  For me, I am doing exactly what I want.   Sure, I would have loved to pursue my education further.  I would love to have a masters and maybe even become a practicing psychiatrist.  That is one dream.  Luckily for me, however, I am living another dream.  The better dream.  I am reminded of a scene from the movie “Mona Lisa Smile”.  The teacher is trying to convince one of her students that she shouldn’t have gotten married, and that instead she should have gone to law school.  The dialogue follows:

*: It was my choice… not to go. He would have supported it.
*: But you don’t have to choose.
*:  No, I have to. I want a home; I want a family, that’s not something I’ll sacrifice.
*: No-one’s asking you to sacrifice that, I just want you to understand you can do both.
*:  Do you think I’ll wake up one morning and regret not being a lawyer?
*: Yes, I’m afraid that you will.
*:  Not as much as I regret not having a family, not being there to raise them. I know exactly what I’m doing and it doesn’t make me any less smart. This must seem terrible to you.
*: I didn’t say that.
*:  Sure you did. You always do. You stand in class and tell us to look beyond the image, but you don’t. To you a housewife is someone who sold her soul for a center hall colonial. She has no depth, no intellect, no interests. You’re the one who said I could do anything I wanted. This is what I want.


 

Being a mother is what I want.  My Megan doesn’t care if I have nice things, stylish clothes, a fancy house, or a luxury car.  She only cares that I love her.  And I do love her!  I love her too much!  I am so grateful for the lesson on Sunday.  I feel invigorated in my duties as a mother and I look forward to do a little better each day.  After all, she’s SO worth it:

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