Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jim Infantino : blog : music : news

Jim Infantino : blog : music : news.

Hmph. I started a blog post about this almost exactly a year ago. Just found it in my list of posts and saw it never got finished or posted. Sharing Jim I. is always a good idea, and it breaks up the super-heavy philosophical posts.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Feminist Daily News 12/19/2008: Strong Feminist Chosen for Labor Secretary

On the bright side, the same organization also made note of Obama's Strong Feminist Choice for Labor Secretary.

Feminist Daily News 12/18/2008: Feminist and LGBT Leaders Voice Outrage Over Rick Warren Selection

So when I read this Feminist Daily News 12/18/2008: Feminist and LGBT Leaders Voice Outrage Over Rick Warren Selection, I had to post it. I am so disappointed in Obama over this choice. And his defense that he wants to "include people he doesn't agree with" is so lacking. I know he won't change his mind, but I just hope he doesn't make any missteps like this ever again.

sick babies

Amelie is sick with a fever today. There is just nothing worse than your child being sick. I never understood until I had kids of my own, how you'd rather be sick as a dog yourself, than have your child feeling miserable.

I'm hoping watching my children on Christmas will bring some holiday spirit into my bones, because this year I've just got naughta. It's dark and cold, my days are long on mind-numbing childrens programming and short on light. (although I have to admit there is some good stuff out there - thank you Jack's Big Music Show and Fifi. ;-).

Evan is quite the singer these days. He knows the words to almost every song on all his favorite shows. His newest favorite is the Pajanimals and I have to say, they make me smile. Cowbella is voiced by the same person who does the voice for Mary on Jack's.

Amelie is such a helpful little girl. If I ask Evan to bring me something and he either is oblivious or ignores me, she hears me and goes and retrieves whatever it is.

Evan has been enjoying the snow (that makes one of us). He loves to tell me "I go out to help Daddy shovel". This weekend resulted in snow that's actually going to hang aroudn for a while, so Amelie will get her shot at playing in it when she feels better.

The shortist day of the year is this week. I'm praying I start to get back in the swing of things once they start getting longer. Right now I just have to get through Amelie's fever and Christmas. Wish me luck.

Friday, December 19, 2008

a poet for Obama's inauguration!

So now it is time for me to read up on Elizabeth Alexander, Obama's choice to compose a poem to read at his inauguration. It's been too long since a poet was part of this auspicious day. I am so excited! You can watch her read one of her poems, here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Bread of Life

Sunday night after communion, Evan came up to me and exclaimed excitedly, "Mommy, Evan have the bread of life!". One of his favorite songs is the "Amen" song we sing right before communion. He also loves "Peace Like a River", Elizabeth's Mitchell's version. Add to this that he can tell you whose birthday it is on Christmas, but barely knows who Santa even is...and we're happy campers here. Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sweet Honey In The Rock

Sweet Honey In The Rock just revamped their website. I've blogged about them before, have them listed under "fave kids' music" because they have 2 albums for children. But this website revamp gave me the excuse to mention them again...they're that good. ;-)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas

So I'm trying to get in the Christmas Spirit. I've always been a bit of a scrooge...not quite sure why. I get more stressed out about the fact that I don't think of "cool" gifts for people and that there are more gifts to get, than I get excited about Christmas.

I'm listening to "Grown Up Christmas List" by Amy Grant right now.

Do you remember me
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies

Well I'm all grown-up now
And still need help somehow
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

[Chorus:]
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Everyone would have a friend
And right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely
Wrapped beneath our tree

Well heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul

[Chorus]

What is this illusion called
The innocence of youth
Maybe only in our blind belief
Can we ever find the truth

[Chorus]

So it would be easy to blame the absence of my aunt for my bad attitude. Or my mommy-stress. But I've struggled with the "Normal Rockwell" expectations for years. Christmas has been different the last few years. When I starting hearing Liz Myer Boulton preach about Jesus, and how he of all people can understand our struggles...I've celebrated Christmas with a different feel. Jesus' birthday really *means* something. When I think about the fact that I never feel like I "measure up"...I should remember I don't have to.

celery

We've always been lucky that both of our kids really like their vegetables. Barring any change, that's one struggle we don't have to deal with. But this morning, as I was pouring their milks (Evan drinks "pink cherry milk juice" - milk with a touch of strawberry milk so he won't balk at it), something went plunk into their cups. Yep - as Stuart McLean would say "you guessed it!" - the celery. There was one other piece in there so I poured all the milk into glasses to fish out the last piece.

Never a dull moment.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Green Parents Network

I discovered this site this morning while surfing Facebook. Facebook is my new "Sims". I used to be addicted to The Sims, I think mostly for the decorating the house, and having my character have babies. Now that I have 2 babies to take care of, and a house we don't have time to decorate (not to mention spaces the kids won't get into if we do), that doesn't hold the same appeal.

But this new site, Green Parents Network, seems to address both the environmental and social issues I care most about as a parent. This is exciting.

I need to blog more about some of the new things the babies can do and have been doing. That's my goal for this week. Have a great day, David! (If I have other blog readers, drop me an email ;-).

Amy