Friday, December 31, 2010

Crazy squirrel lady

I am not a fan of birds. But this summer, I was possessed with the desire to own a birdfeeder & attract them. I'm not sure why. And of course, being a beginner, I ended up attracting a squirrel. Not just any squirrel - Jumpy.

Jumpy has been hanging around our house since before Charlie was born, hiding his nuts in our yard & basically being a nuisance. Roman is the one who named him. Well, the arrival of the birdfeeders appeared to be the challenge Jumpy was looking for. It doesn't matter what kind of feeder I buy, Jumpy figures out how to get seeds from it. He destroyed the one pictured below within 2 weeks.

The thing is, I don't really mind feeding Jumpy. Of course, he's getting quite fat and may not make it up to his nest in the tree across the street eventually, but I like seeing him. But I do miss seeing birds strangely, so yesterday I bought a magazine from Birds & Blooms with tips on what to put in feeders to attract certain kinds of birds. And it dawned on me - because I am allergic to dogs & cats, these animals are my only chance at pets! They cause very little work for me other than filling the feeder, and I get to admire them when I have the time. And Jumpy, he's gotten to the point where he doesn't even run when we go in and out of the door. So, yes - I am the crazy squirrel lady.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A word for the year

When I have free time, which isn't often, I cruise around the Internet to scrapbooking sites & blogs. There are certain people I like to "drop in" on. The other day I popped over to Ali Edwards' blog. I'm not a big fan of her style, but often she will provide some inspiration that gets me thinking. And so it was this day - her "one little word."

The idea - to take a word and embrace it for the year. Let it guide your decisions, let it give you direction. I love this idea. So many words bounced around in my head, but it only took a couple days to settle on the one I will use. TIME.

Spend it, squander it, find it, make it, it goes too fast, it goes too slow... so each month I plan to do a little page about how TIME is affecting me but more important, how I am using my TIME. I want to spend more with my kids without thinking of the zillion other things I have to do. I want to carve some out each week so I can be creative. I want to use my TIME better.

So there you have it. We'll see where it takes me.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fun on break

Already I have a bunch of videos I could share of bouncing, sledding, snow angels, and general goofing off (not to mention 2 of our "pet" squirrel!). But this one just shows the joy they had on Day One of break. Watch it a couple times to keep an eye on both boys.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Into the Christmas spirit

I have avoided listening to the radio station that play Christmas songs this year. I have stuck to the traditional favorite CDs that we have & am not disappointed to have missed "I want a hippopatamus for Christmas." In rotation has been Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Attic," Roger Whittaker's Christmas Album, Domestic Problem's old Christmas CD, and tonight I broke out Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters. Oh yes, I was belting out the backup vocals with those ladies.

Anyhoo, we've also been trying to focus more on the "Reason for the Season" with our advent calendar and general discussions. Of course, Santa Claus is very exciting to a 3-year-old so we had to go see him this afternoon. We thought Roman would take it more in stride, but he was just as excited as his brother. Charlie asked for candy & cars; Roman asked for the Lego Hogwart's Castle (no way, it's $130!), a DSi-XL (no way, he already has a DS!) and a street hockey set (oh yeah, it's already ordered).
This coming week is a busy one in terms of Christmas fun - Thursday is Doug's work dinner party, and on Saturday Doug and I are going to Greenfield Village for our own special holiday night out, including the Eagle Tavern Dinner. Oh, heavenly yum!
The boys have been shaking packages under the tree and begging to open one. We keep telling them it's socks and underwear, but Roman is very smart & has already identified a book for himself, a video for Charlie, and Legos for himself. Thankfully, he can't read through the wrapping paper. Will have to start disguising next year.