Monthly Archives: November 2012

Not Perfect

Sometimes, we can get stuck in the “Life is not perfect,” doldrums.

I’ve been there a bit lately.

More than I’d like to admit.

And it’s interesting, isn’t it? I mean, life is NEVER perfect. Life was not meant to be a constant struggle, but I don’t really know what a perfect life looks like. I don’t know that there IS such a thing. I don’t know a single person who has never struggled, has never cried, has never been sad.

Maybe life isn’t perfect. Maybe nobody’s life is perfect. Maybe it’s all about perspective.

Maybe it’s about seeing the world the way we want.

Even in times of great struggle, there can be moments of bliss. You just have to look for it.

For the record, my life is actually pretty great right now. No, it’s not “perfect”. I don’t have everything I want and there are a lot of things that are a struggle, some I’m not really able to talk about here. But there are wonderful, fantastic, amazing moments. There’s a lot of good in my life, much more than there are negative.

So I’m working on focusing on the positive. I’m not always successful, but I’m working on getting better at it.

I’m not perfect, but I wouldn’t trade my “Not Perfect” life for anything.

And maybe that’s as close to a “perfect” life as you can get.

Really Neat Clay Class Today!

Today, in clay class, the kids made clay balls and dropped them from a stepstool, having their arms at various heights. Towards the end, they sprayed the clay with water so it didn’t roll off.

Clay Class, November 20, 2012

By the time they were done, it looked like this.

Clay Class, November 20, 2012

Bonus action video:

The kids all seemed to have a BLAST. They LOVED dropping the clay balls. They all talked about how the balls would go faster or slower depending on how high up they dropped them from, they explored using water, some were bigger, some were smaller. Overall, the experience was really neat.


Thanksgiving in the US is this coming Thursday.

My birthday is Sunday.

Kai comes home from a week away tomorrow (Monday).

He goes back on Tuesday, comes home Wednesday, leaves again Thursday night, comes back Sunday…

I doubt we’ll do anything besides clay class (and Thanksgiving) for what little time he’s home this week. Sometimes, holidays make life hectic.

I’m glad we have the holidays and all, but for the rest of the year, our schedule/rhythm is pretty much obliterated. So, I’m looking forward to January, when things (hopefully) stabilize again.

For now, I’m trying to take it a day at a time.

Flashback Friday! (Flashback to November 12, 2011)

Last year, Kai enjoyed Yo Gabba Gabba! So we went to see Yo Gabba Gabba! Live. He had no clue what was going on until it started happening.

After the show, we got him a Plex stuffie (that still lives in his bed) and a boombox that he still uses (it was connected to his mp3 player for a long time). He still talks about the day that DJ Lance “came out of the TV”. And for many months, we watched TONS of Yo Gabba Gabba! We still watch it from time to time, but not as much.

If you ever have a chance to take your kids to something like this… do. It was totally worth it.

Game: Shut the Box! (Or: How to Help Your Child Learn Math Facts)

I decided I’d introduce you all to one of the math games we play called “Shut the Box”. We actually use a version called “Double Shutter”. But I also talked about how you can make your own, using a pen, two dice, and index cards.

I went ahead and found a few different versions on Amazon. I use the Amazon Associates (affiliate) program, but the main reason I link there is because that’s usually where I find the best prices and we have a prime account, so when I buy from them, I don’t have to pay shipping. I also wanted to be able to show a few different versions without having to come up with my own pictures.

This version looks really neat:

(As an aside: I’ve found that the quickest way to get my cats’ attention is to try to record a video.)

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Tomorrow’s another day.

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of “I’ve messed up horribly” posts from parents who beat themselves up over a bad day.



It doesn’t help anything and it only makes you feel worse. Remember, tomorrow’s another day. And there’s the rest of THIS day. Take a deep breath. Try again tomorrow (or today). If you have more good days than bad, if you try your hardest, if your kid knows you love them, you’re doing good enough. And good enough really IS good enough.

Forgive yourself. Move on. Make the more loving choice the very next time you can.

Tomorrow’s another day.

Vortex cannon!

I was looking through some of our older videos and pictures and came across this. We did this back in March and had SO MUCH FUN. All you really need is some tape and a box. The plastic cups were so much fun to knock over. I think Kai was eventually able to do it himself. He also liked being “shot” with the cannon.

Find out how to make your own on