About Us

There are four of Them: three girls and one boy, little stair-steps all. There are two of Us: best friends, co-parents and truly in love. The Six of us have epic adventures full of laughter and love, occasionally containing tears, but always together.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Couched in Destruction

When I was a kid we had some MARVELOUS living room furniture.  They were molded foam chairs, that could fold out into beds.  They had no wood, no screws and no hard bits, other than the zippers on the bottoms that held the covers on.  They would easily fit two adults on them, so they were no small peanuts.  And we loved them.  We would turn them on their sides and fold out the bed part, they would become a cave.  We scooted them close and climbed to the top.  We mangled them and scooted them and carried them around.  They were the best living room furniture ever.  The other bonus was that we lived in a house with a massive living room and so there was tons and tons of rooms for all these shenanigans.

We, unfortunately, have traditional living room furniture.  I look at it and compare it to the creative heaven that was my childhood and I am sad that my children do not know the wonder that is molded foam furniture.  (Just based on the ability for creative play, not based on aesthetics.)

I shouldn't have been so sad.

This is what my living room looked like this morning:


These are the signs I found posted on some bedroom doors:




And this is what I found inside the bedroom:


Creativity will overcome the adversity of traditional furniture every time!  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesdy: Rag Rug Factory

(TheBoyChild had a rag rug going too, but his has gotten misplaced. I'll help
him start another one tomorrow. He wasn't without something to work on tonight, though. He was practicing his trumpet!)





A Note to EveryMommyPast

Dear PriorSelf,

I see you back there, in the hindsight that time and growth gives us all, harried, stressed, exhausted. There's barely time to sit down and nurse the baby before you need to jump back up and kiss someone's boo-boo or help with homework, while listening to another child practice reading aloud while you are making dinner. It's insanity. And let me tell you: It gets Different.

Is it better? EveryParent while Dadam is away bringing home the TurkeyBacon is never easy. But in my reality, there are no more diapers and no more nursing time outs. Now there are games of catch to play and fraction problems to check. There are discussions about what "peace" means and which President should be added to Mount Rushmore. There are rag rugs to work on and instruments to practice. There is orthodontic work to clean and chapter books to be read.

Don't despair though! Our children are amazing and the time and energy and Love you are giving them in PriorReality is paying it forward. They love to laugh and do so easily. They are open and honest and talkative. There is always much to share and learn. They all four help set the table and they clean it up afterwards. They empty the dishwasher and load it again. They can even clear the table and put away the leftovers. And right now they are all in the special Years of Little Attitude. And it is lovely.

My goodness the beautiful and amazing children we have helped to grow. How I love them, how I know you love them. I know there is still work and I hope one day SubsequentMother will search for you and I and thank us.

Until then let us endeavor to savor every moment, try to relax and laugh, to Love them in total and completely. And to Love ourselves for who we are and what we do.

Thank you so much for all your hard work. With my utmost love and respect,
ExtantMommy

Friday, January 11, 2013

Self Publishing

We've always made a practice of making pencils, coloring supplies, and paper available so the kids could write and create as much as they wanted. This has resulted in some pretty adorable stuff.


PrincessE announces a "secret meeting".  This note was in the upstairs hallway.  Clearly her OpSec (Operation Security) needs some work.  


This little booklet was written by LuLu.  Inside is a list of things, presumably that she has seen.  


PrincessE also started publishing a weekly newsletter.  She scores massive points for the fact that it has a title, date and is actually a layout you might find in a newspaper.  One of my favorite aspects is that the article about the power going out is called "Electric Shock".  What a punny kid!


Noodle's note is for GranEde and GranDude.  
"Der Graneedee and Granddood wut did yoo doo on thrsda"



There is one person that is absent from this litany of creative and adorable writing samples. Yes, TheBoyChild is the one who usually isn't writing and doesn't really favor coloring.  That's fine, we understand that everyone has different interests.  But sometimes, he does come up with, well, interesting examples of using his drawing creatively.  

Exhibit A:   

This lovely picture was on the back of a "holiday card" TheBoyChild was asked to make at school.  The inside is a snowflake and it says "Happy Holidays".  Apparently, he was tired of the holidays......



(I had mixed feelings about sharing TheBoyChild's work.  For one, it's a bit violent.  Second, what the he*& was he thinking?!?!  Third, it's really sort of funny in an uncomfortable way.  And I think he may very well have been tired of all the fuss about Christmas; it's a bit of a culture shock to come from an entirely Jewish school to a school where you are in a tiny minority.  Lastly, and I hesitate to use this to explain away too much but it's appropriate here - he is a Boy, after all.) 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Just an overview of the last few weeks while I get back to blogging.











Aaaand we're back!

Hiatus all done, time to get back to writing, sharing, telling our story.  I don't know why it's taken me so long to get back to blogging.  I could say how crazy busy it's been, which would be true, but it would be a bit of a fallacy.  It's not so hard to pick up the smartphone that's constantly within arms reach and just bang out a blog post or two.  And yet, I haven't managed it until now, six months later.  Excuses, reasons and rationale aside, what's done is done.  Or more appropriately what's not done is still not done.

We're mostly settled here in California.  We had an Epic Adventure across the country, during which the kids went to Camp Awesome Experiences and enjoyed some amazing things as we made our way to our new home.  We got here and got settled and have been trying to adapt to the abundance of sunshine, tiny amounts of rain, strange school schedule and insanity of living in a major metropolitan area.  Some things have needed less adaptation than others; we're thoroughly enjoying the extremely close proximity to the beach and we have seen dolphins and whales in the water!

So, we're back. I'll be making a concerted effort to update lots more, catch up on some of what I missed and do a little everyday!