Winter & Sunshine

February 10, 2020
Growing up in Oregon you get use to the weather. You eventually normalize the grey skies, rain and lack of sunshine. Luckily when growing up, every other year my family and I would fly down to Mexico in the winter to visit relatives. I strongly remember the climate differences. Flying into sunshine was delightful as was the warmth and the colorful topiary that comes with sunny weather. Winters in Oregon weather bearable with planned vacations, indoor sports activities and as I was older winter sports in the snow.

Staying Healthy During This Season

January 27, 2020
This winter Norovirus has been a real challenge. If your school did not shut down then I am sure you saw it in the news. It was a local and national issue. I learned very quickly that children get sick a lot. My kids love to explore, when they were babies they put everything in their mouth. I have tried to teach good hygiene habits. Sickness is inevitable regardless of your dedication to good hygiene. I believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

A Nourishing Year

January 13, 2020
Happy New Year! We are a couple weeks deep in 2020 and I can’t believe it! I was fortunate to take a trip to Mexico with my husband and sons over the holidays. I was hoping to get one last blog in 2019 but it did not work out. The Wi-Fi tower in the town we visited was having issues. Plus, I forgot to turn on my cell phones roaming feature. Most of my trip I was without internet, which was actually nice. The bad thing: no end of year blog. Alas, 2019 is in the past. It was a good challenging year, but on with the new.

As The Year Winds Down

December 16, 2019
I enjoyed reading the Chicken Soup for the Soul books while growing up. The books were filled with true inspirational stories of hope and happiness. The stories were written by many different people who had faced adversity or had overcome challenges. Somehow, they were able to draw from hope and see the good in the situation. It was inspiring to see how the writers took control of their lives and found good in difficult situations.

A Centered Holiday Season

December 5, 2019
It is December and we are in the thick of holiday season celebrations. This is my eighth holiday season as a parent and I feel confident in how I celebrate. To me, focusing on simplicity makes for a more peaceful and joyous holiday season. More importantly, it honors the true spirit of the holiday season by allowing space to enjoy time with our cherished ones.

Nurturing a Thankful Spirit

November 18, 2019
Have you ever seen the quote, “Change your thoughts and you change your world”?  Well, it’s true. How do we make our brain happy so that we may have a better lens to view life? Through working in the early childhood field and with medical personnel, social workers, therapist, counselors, and behavioral specialists, I have come to know the special effects gratitude has on your brain the science exists.

Hope for Peace and Joy

November 4, 2019
Three years ago, my son’s preschool class made mini-pumpkin pies. I still admire his teacher for leading the baking project. The pumpkin pie was small, cute, and the smell was both comforting and mouthwatering. Luckily, my preschooler shared some of his little pie with me and I am not sure if it was because my son made it but that little pumpkin pie was so yummy! It made me think that things are to be enjoyed no matter how big or small. Quality over quantity, a good motto to have this holiday season.

Balancing Motherhood

October 24, 2019
This past weekend I was able to hold a sweet baby girl while mom used the restroom and it took me back to those baby-era days. My sons are in preschool and elementary school so it is a different ball game, still demanding but in different ways. When my boys were babies, basic human necessities were a process and a lot of work to make happen. For instance using the restroom in peace and quiet was an unrealistic expectation. I frequently felt like I was sneaking away to do simple things like showering.

Why is Communication Important?

October 9, 2019
We recently celebrated my younger son’s third birthday! With his third birthday came a noticeable development in his language. He is quite articulate with thoughtful questions and comments. After a recent visit with his pediatrician he said, “My doctor takes care of me.  He loves me.” The entire family is enjoying Samuel’s comments and questions. We are entertained by Samuel’s newly developed communication skills.

Social Emotional Connections

September 23, 2019
One of the main reasons I enjoy working in early learning is the strong focus and importance of social emotional development. Social emotional curriculum, support and education has become more normalized over the years. Which makes sense, we are only humans and emotions are a big part of our biology. Knowing how to regulate our emotions properly and teach skills to our littles is possible.