>> Friday, December 24, 2010
>> Monday, December 20, 2010
When I think of celebrating my first born son's birthday, I think of what we have been through together. We both went through a "first" when he was born. Since then I am just so proud of him. Today he is one lively kid. He never ceases to amaze me. When I think of all that I want for him, on our anniversary, I think of this poem:
A new dimension has arise
To become the apple of my eyes
The comfort of my womb
The start of a new moon
That bundle of joy, whom I love a ton
Is my adorable first born son
My hopes and dreams in him abound
My role as mother is my crown
In traits and face he looks like me
Yet true to dad his personality
His expression and gestures I try to read
And instill in him the "Moral Seed"
Difficulty knocks a few times a week
Advice of golden women I seek
Grace also comes to my door
Because of his live I desire one more
For me he holds the present and past
In him my generation torch is passed
He sings in the morning and laughs at night
To see him dance is such a site
I can only give a foundation strong
And provide his bad times with a song
Although his future unable to mold
I pray him health, wealth and joy when old.
*Art in its Written Form, Amazon.com
>> Thursday, December 16, 2010
My birthday will be coming and I am psyched as usual. I am not the typical woman who is concerned about getting old. I am so looking forward to being 101. (I am almost half way there). I love the idea of gray hair and beauty in age. I enjoy learning and gaining wisdom. I find it fascinating that what you once disapproved of in life, can turn to becoming more flexible on the same issue. What you are relaxed about now, can later turn into indignation.
Now that I am almost at my Silver Stage in life. I developed some ideas over the years. Call it knowledge if you like. I wrote them down in a journal book and thought this would be a great time to share them. I was being creative and wrote about 50 in a proverbs style of writing. I'll share only a few with you now.
Proverb by the Adviser (all rights are reserved and have been copyrighted)
1) No matter the capability of love nor the brilliance of intelligence, freedom of choice rules.
2) A gossip can never be befriended, neither a critique satisfied.
3) Morals are more precious than bars of gold.
4) True compliments are not from without but within.
5) The next time you make a promise, remember the universe was made with a word.
These are quotes I found that are amazing to me:
-I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I feel it not. I believe in God even when He is silent. *Written on a wall in a concentration camp.
-"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." Paulo Coelho
-"Nothing wastes the body more than worry. And anyone who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever."Mahatma Gandhi
-The best way to find yourself is to loose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi
>> Thursday, December 09, 2010
Another thing I enjoy doing with my family are little projects here and there where they feel their talents have been used. They feel proud of themselves and that's the best that any mother could want for their children.
*The children love cooking dinner with me. Which takes a lot of patience on my part. For example, his job was to cut off the ends of the string beans with his fingers. I must say I looked at his pile of half string beans in the garbage and decided to show him once more, "only the ends.." He continued throwing away half a bean string and I decided to be more happy that he was proud of the job he was doing. The oldest said why am I crying as he pealed an onion for the first time. He found this amazing and asked 20 questions on onion vs. tears.
*We also like to make art work for decorating our outside door. This year we gathered some leaves for Thanksgiving on our trail walk. I just took it down yesterday to make room for Christmas. They want to buy a fern to decorate. Again patience, for all they want to put on the fern tree.
*The computer is always a nice way to educate as they have fun. These are some sites they enjoy using:
www.starfall.com (I learned from the NY Board of Education)
www.funbrain.com (One day my son was playing it because his friend told him about it)
www.clubpenguin.com (Advertised in a book my son was reading. Must sign up first to play)
www.mcworld.com (From McDonalds. Sign in also required)
www.pbskids.com (Used to play all the time)
www.thomasandfriends.com (Used to play all the time)
www.nickjr.com (Formerly known as "Noggin" )
www.nicktoons.com (A little more mature)
There is one more game that I know but it is for children and adults. You have to put in the search engine the game you want and have to keep vigilant as some games are inappropriate for children. I used to use it for racing games and sports games. I rarely use it now. If you want the site I can get it for you otherwise this is my list of online free games for children. If you have another please feel free to share.
>> Monday, December 06, 2010
My Family and I love watching movies together. Now that I have children, I enjoy watching animated movies and television mini-series. We cannot get enough of Avatar the animated television mini-drama that comes on, on Nickelodian's, Nicktoons. (Look for your local air time and channel on Nickelodian. Sometimes you can catch the marathon in its completed episodes). It should be more popular than it is. This series really is a gem. I am a fan and have found some online fans as well. My husband just got into it and now The family frenzy for this show is complete. Sometimes I catch him watching on his own saying, "I don't know what it is about this show. I can't stop watching". Even though he has seen the all episodes like us.
For those of you who do not know about Avitar (the Last Airbender) it is not the movie Avitar which can be confusing. It is a story about a boy who is an Avatar or peacemaker who is reborn every generation to bring peace to the world. Aang, who is the Avitar for the generation in the television series must master all four elements to defeat a Firelord who with fervor is taking over the world of four nations. To stop him Aang must learn how to master water, earth and fire through bending. He is already an Airbender. His Journey begins when a brother and sister, Sokka and Katara, find him in the ice. He is the last of his kind due to the the Firelord.
The Firelord has a son and daughter. The villains of the series. They want to capture the Avitar. One the way to mastering the elements. Aang must get teachers and this is the essence of the series. The teachers enfold and you are surprised as they are excellent maters and manipulators of bending. It gets better until the finale. I love it because it is the true struggle of good and evil. You are able to relate to each character in some way. The writers really did and excellent job in engaging the audience that you find you can't wait to see how everything turns out.
For those of you who know about Avitar (the Last Airbender) next year there is a treat. The series continues with The upcoming Legend of Korra. You can read more about Korra on the Wall Street Journal Blog. Of course with all shows you should use your discretion. What may be fine for my family may not be for yours. Here's a sample of some of the episodes.(They will all start at the same time. Place curser or arrow on the video screen and the pause/play button will appear. Then you are able to play one at a time).
*Sample trailers have expired and were removed. Check your local listings or visit Nicktoons for viewing sample videos.