Thursday, February 25, 2010
-Some hair ties. Mothers of little girls will understand that a Mom needs an unending supply of these in her pocket.
-Quarters. It was laundry day. One of the domestic arts that has become immeasurably easier in the last hundred years of human history for many in the world. Part of the daily rhythms of my week, the making of a household and a home.
-A stick. This was Anna's 'treasure box', as she called it, and she gave it to me for safekeeping while she played at the playground. This Mom takes her role as guardian of her children's treasures very seriously. What may mean nothing to an adult mind may mean the world to my child. To an active imagination any ordinary, daily object can become anything you want it to be and the line between make-believe and real can become blurred.
-Two rocks. These were Josie's treasures, her 'special rocks' that she picked up at the playground, that she chose as hers from among all the others that could have been had. Yes, they do remember what treasures they gave me to hold and will ask for them later.
-Chapstick. I have to have something in my pockets that is just for me! Mama-care, because I, too, have value as a human being.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I put the coffee table close to their kitchen, a surface for them to play and cook on.
Or a surface for them to climb on, as the case may be:
And climb higher from:
And do flips:
Yes, inspired by little Ruthie, that coffee table ladder has meant hours (literally) of play for three little girls as they climb, flip, run around to the back of the couch, and climb and flip again.
Here's a little video of Ruthie in action. You might want to turn the sound off, it doesn't add anything to the video. Anna had a sore throat and ear ache for a while this afternoon and you can hear her crying in the background. She feels fine now, but she had a rough afternoon. Thankfully for me, Ruthie and Josie were completely self-entertained (by a coffee table and a couch) and I was able to focus on Anna. Anyways, enjoy the video of a cute Ruthie doing her flip:
"love lives here"
Our reminder, even in the tough times, of what it is that keeps us going, of the good that we do have, of so much to be thankful for.
I was inspired to create my own artwork that symbolized our family to grace our wall: And then I cleared that wall of everything else, so these reminders stand out to us of who we are and what we have.
Even if I have been unable to keep the floors or counters or desktops cleared of 'stuff' in the craziness that is our lives, there is a simple space in my home that reminds me of the peace and grace and love that lives here. My favorite corner of the house.
This is a phrase that gets said often in our house these days, with much affection towards the person at which it is directed. I must say, it fits. Ruthie is a little stinker! She makes the most of every opportunity that comes her way. She has an immediate magnetic attraction towards anything she's not supposed to get that you happen to leave where she can reach it, and has an irresistible draw towards anything she can climb onto to get to higher ground. I can't tell you how many times a day we find ourselves laughing at the youngest member of our family when we find her yet again getting into or onto something she knows she's not supposed to, looking at us with a huge grin of delight on her face.
Oops, Mama forgot to push in her chair:
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I thought you all might enjoy a little music video that we made with some friends to the song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun". I think some of it is just hilarious. Very fitting to who my girls are. Along with all 4 Clement girls, the video also features Lily and Isobel Testardi, Anna and Elenore Needy, CJ and Miriam Hess, and editing by Jenna Hess. We made the video for a Film Festival at our church, part of a yearly talent show tradition that we have.
Some of our video will make more sense if you've seen the original music video by Cyndi Lauper. If you've never seen it, check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A
When the snow is falling outside and the long, dark winter days are upon us, what better girl fun can be had than a dance party complete with tons of costume changes?
Sunday, February 7, 2010
She said "It's like the Lorax, Mommy! It keeps biggering and biggering and biggering!" (The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss) Even when her ball got bigger than she is she didn't want any help.
So Josie and I had to get to work on more body parts.
The challenge has been set.
All entries must be photo documented and can be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
While I was making them some food this afternoon Anna told me "Mommy, I was a nurse today, but you are a nurse everyday. Mommies are always nurses." So true, Anna. That is my joy and privilege as your Mommy.