Bedtime Stories

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“I’ll read,  Mommy “

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Maple Syrup

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In February Arman’s nursery school class begins collecting sap from the maple trees on their playground. Families then volunteer to take the sap home to boil. These two gallons will produce just over a cup of amber, syrupy goodness! The kiddos will enjoy the final results later this week at their pancake breakfast. Sweet!

Spring at Yale

The Yale campus is one of our favorite outdoor spaces in New Haven.  With its’ secret garden-like courtyards,  weathered stone buildings with intricate lead framed windows, and ornate structures like “Harkness Tower”, it  always feels like I’ve wandered right into Hogwarts.

It’s downright lovely and the perfect place to lay out a blanket and enjoy the warm weather (Of course, I’m always cold and will be sporting a cardigan until July).  For a little extra goodness, we usually grab some homemade ice cream up the block before heading to the green.   Mmm!  Spring is tasty.

Sterling Memorial Library

Manu runs free in the courtyard

Sticky cookie-dough face

Chocolate croissant face

Preoccupied mommy face 🙂

Lovely Advice

For those of us who need a little reminder:

Health:

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  4. Live with the 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
  5. Play more games.
  6. Read more books than you did in 2010.
  7. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  8. Sleep for 7 hours.
  9. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

  1. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  2. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  3. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  6. Dream more while you are awake.
  7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  8. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
  9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  13. Smile and laugh more.
  14. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Society:

  1. Call your family often.
  2. Each day give something good to others.
  3. Forgive everyone for everything.
  4. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
  5. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  6. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  7. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

  1. Do the right thing!
  2. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  3. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  4. The best is yet to come.
  5. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Halloween

Halloween is one of those situations where more is more. With two kids to torture dress up, this year proved to be the most fun yet.  I made the costumes again this year but kept them simple.  The most time-consuming was sewing Zeemu’s top which really only took 2 naps to complete. ( I measure time in naps)  A little duct tape and reflective tape and Manu’s costume was done in one evening.  Very easy and so inexpensive.

Our fireman and his dalmatian:




Manu had a blast.  He really got the concept of trick or treating this year and of course was totally into it.  We let him stay up past his bed time to make his way around the neighborhood collecting treats in his little plastic pumpkin.  And while he now understands the ritual of ringing doorbells and collecting candy, he’s not sure why we’re not trick-or-treating EVERY single evening.  That’s a hard one to explain; doing things only once a year.  For him,  next Halloween is pretty much a life time away….but we already have a costumes planned : )