The Jar

March 12, 2008

We created this jar last year. We filled the jar up with activity suggestions and I am happy to report it is still "working". It works great for rainy days or those times when I just don't have the energy to come up with something, not to mention it is always fun to be surprised. It is on my mind because this week we created a similar box for Noah filled with suggestions for activities he can do by himself. A way to counteract the words I have been hearing too much lately "I'm bored" and "I want to watch tv". We sat down after dinner two nights ago and he came up with ideas (dig a hole in the back yard, play with legos, draw, etc). My favorite ones that he came up with: "collect poky balls (those poky things from the gum tree)" and "ballet by myself". I know that he will probably be embarassed to read this as he gets older. But our boy is a dancer and he loves tutus. I hope he always loves to dance.
Doesn't the start of this post sound so wonderful and idyllic...a happy family jar of ideas. A mother and son making a new one together. That was two nights ago. Today the house is a wreck,Adam woke up with white spots on his tonsils, Noah is begging for a turn on the computer, I am cranky from staying up too late and avoiding the packing that still needs to be done. I love to visit other blogs for inspiration, but sometimes I wonder "how can it always be so wonderful there?". I know it isn't and it certainly isn't always sunny here. It feels like the pendulum on our blog swings from posts of happy, adventures to whiny, rants and back again. And lately it has been more on the whiny side. Sorry about that. If I can get those suitcases packed, I know that a little trip will be good for all of us. But I think I will procrastinate a little bit longer and pick something from the jar because digging in the dirt or dancing in tutus is always more fun than packing and whining.
Jessica said...

Good grief, when is Adam going to get those tonsils removed already! Sorry things are so crazy, but at least you have a fun trip to look forward to!!! :) Hang in there!

The Davis Family said...

Thanks for your sweet words on my blog (www.daisyeyes.wordpress.com)! It is so neat how God works...one honest post about my struggles leads to 2 other mothers posting about the same sort of struggle. How awesome to know that we are all in this together! Blessings...

Anonymous said...

Sorry you're having one of those days. Yes, we all have them. (Way more than we'd like) I send Judson outside to play with the dogs when he gets that way. Hope you feel better soon and your trip goes well.

Jan
(Check out our newest blog. NOt much on there yet. Havent' told my family and we're still keeping up the old blog) www.thisisitimeanit.blogspot.com

Weasel said...

What a great idea to have an "independent fun jar". I am going to dig up an old mason jar as soon as Cole gets home from school. You're BRILLIANT!!!
Enjoy that trip!

Corinne said...

I do love the jar idea. My boy loved his tutus as well :) I know what you mean about other people's lives seeming idyllic (didn't I just post about that???) but I think you are right. The pendulum is always swinging and if we can get some good ideas from our friends on their good days, then all this blogging is worth it, right?

The Solley Five said...

what?! things aren't always perfect there?! sheesh- i'm going to stop reading this blog! i actually wrote about Turkey for a change. also, on your trip...and for your cool little book list thingy- read this book: connection Parenting by Pam Leo. I love it when i feel i'm getting sidetracked.

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