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Jokes with Marshall

May 29, 2011 Leave a comment

M: Knock Knock.
B: Who’s There?
M: Who’s There!!
B: Marshall?
M: What?

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Today.

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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Math for Families

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I just wanted to share this handout that our school gave from Achieve BC. I couldn’t find it on their website, so decided to post it here. I thought it was very useful!

Math For Familes

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The Politeness Project: Extended Version

August 8, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently read this article in Ladies Home Journal (what up, I’m a lady).  It details an experiment by a woman who typically reacted to rude service with more rudeness.  She tried to “kill ’em with kindness”, and no surprise to me: she was pleasantly surprised by the reactions of others.  Encounters that started off rude ended up in her favour, and the kindness was returned.

Being kind is its own reward.  You don’t absorb any of the others’ negativity or pain to pass on to someone else.  It doesn’t feel good to be the recipient of rude behaviour, but ultimately I believe that people don’t want to be nasty deep down.  They don’t have the tools to choose happiness.

I can’t pretend that I`m always a model of kindness, but as we move through our lives and daily chores, let`s make it easier on each other and enjoy our interactions.  I waited in a long Costco line today, but what`s the point of being frustrated over it?  And my checkout lady was clearly enjoying her life, passing her time at work by chatting with her customers, making the chore of grocery shopping and packing not just one of life’s chores, but a human interaction that left me smiling.  (Too bad she didn’t come home and unpack all that stuff.)

I know that this all sounds a little dorky, but if you just try to see everyone who crosses your path as a person, it just might change your life.  And when you’re faced with terrible service or attitudes,  think about how negative their headspace is, and how you get to choose your own.

“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.”  -Plato

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Is that all you’ve got?

April 27, 2010 1 comment

Took Marshall to get his 18-month vaccinations today.  (Yes, he’s 3 days short of 2.  That’s another story.)  The kids go ape over the toys at the clinic.  I told B that he had to be calm and good because Marshall was getting a needle.

B: “I wish I could come back to play. Maybe Marshall can get another needle tomorrow!”

Me: “How about you get a needle?”

B: “Okay, sure.  I still get to play with the toys, right?”

Me: “Um, sure.”

So we get called into the room and Benson’s eyes are as round as saucers as he watches the doctor prep the shots.  Dr. Strovski is totally the bomb and kept Benson talking the whole time about how he’s 4, but soon he’ll be 5, and Marshall’s not 2 years old, and so on, and so on.

I had Marshall on my lap holding his arms down, and the doc gently said, “He looks like a strong one.  You’re going to have to hold him a little tighter than that.”  So I crossed his arms across his body like I was a Policewoman of Broward County on a meth-head (if you pretend you don’t get this reference, I understand) and hunkered down.

“The worst part is when I first stick it in,” Dr. S. said.  We both wished Marshall wasn’t staring down the needle, and I swore I could feel it as he jabbed it in, quick and hard. (That’s what she said.)  Marshall just looked at it.  He let out a little, angry cry near the end of the shot.

“Wow, that was pretty good.” Dr. S. was impressed and stuck a band-aid on the dot.

“Marshall, check out your sticker,” I tried to distract him as he was starting to figure it out.

“Mom, that’s NOT a sticker, it’s a band-aid.  And I don’t want a needle anymore,” the ever-helpful B.

One down, one to go.  This time Marshall was looking down the barrell of the gun, and didn’t even flinch as Dr. S. jabbed the other arm.  He just stared at it, then stared at the doc.  I could almost feel him thinking, “bring it.”

So only 2 out of 3 of us were traumatized by Marshall’s last vaccination, but 3 out of 3 of us enjoyed the promised ice cream afterwards.

Marshall hates it!

April 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Took the boys swimming last night. Benson can now fully put his head underwater sans goggles.  Marshall was so not into it.  He loves to splash in the bath but the pool…not dealing.   Not a toothy grin to be found all night, even in the face of other babies and "hi baby!"s. 

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the simple kinda life….

April 14, 2009 Leave a comment
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