Welcome to the March 10, 2008 Edition of the Carnival of Family Life - The Extreme Homemaker
Everyone likes to share information about their family - YES, they do - especially parents! Here's a place where you can sit down, have a cup of coffee (or, a beverage of your choice) and share your thoughts, stories, and experiences.
Today, the carnival is making a stop at our house and I am very honored to be your hostess with the mostest...dust bunnies, that is. So, for you first time visitors - welcome to our home, don't be shy, come on in - my name is Liz and I am the keeper of This Full House. We have lots to talk about...
....so, please clean off a chair and make yourself comfortable as we tour the blogosphere and extract some Pooh....Extreme Homemaker style!
A.A. Milne on education: "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks."
I'm looking forward to watching my children grow to be, well, very smart and well-versed in the world of higher thinking...and yet...surprisingly very down to earth and a bit hairy, like their mother!
Looking deeper into the school daze:
Relationships and Self-Improvement
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh!" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you." ~A.A. Milne
I like to hang my laundry outside (especially, the linens, blankets and quilts) and last summer, after I broke it for the upteenth time (I do that, a lot) my husband, Garth (not his real name) ran right out and bought me a new one!
[the sound of crickets chirping]
You see, after nearly 18 years of marriage, it's the simple, silly little things that make me happy and love him, even more, and a hot pink clothes line totally rings my bell!
David B. Bohl presents High Maintenance Friends and How to Deal With Them posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, offering advice on how to deal with demanding friends.
Christine presents Is Marriage Outdated? posted at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France.
"One for the money, two for the show, three because uh - uh, comes before four, and here we go! ~A. A. Milne
So, for Christmas, I got him a perfectly respectable tie. It's says, "Got Revenue?" They won't allow him to wear it, either.
More about cha-ching:
Mark Butler presents Interview with a Millionaire: M.R., a Furniture Store Owner posted at The Butler Project. He believes that the best place to get advice about family finance is from financially independent people. In this interview, a millionaire provides insight on becoming financially free.
Silicon Valley Blogger presents What Price Are You Paying To Have It All? The Supermom Myth posted at The Digerati Life.
Family Health and Wellness
"It all comes, I suppose," he decided, as he spun round three times, and flew gracefully into a gorse-bush, "it all comes of liking honey so much. Oh, help" ~A.A. Milne
I am NOT a morning person and my husband is...well, let me just tell you...he's like a fluffy little bird happily twittering about in the early morning sunshine - scary, I know - needless to say, we go to great lengths to stay out of each other's way and try not to, you know, talk...too much.
He hands me my morning coffee and I drink it.
By dinner, he comes home pretty much spent (stupid bank) and that's when I break out the Smiley Fries - works for us!
Today's menu includes:
Taylor Coburn presents Law Of Attraction posted at Internet Business at Process To Profits. We attract what we think about, whether or not we are conscious of that fact. So if we worry, our family may worry. If we're happy, our family is happy.
Aparna presents Home remedies for PMS posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, a collection of simple tools for dealing with the emotional, physical and psychological symptoms associated with pre-menstrual syndrome.
"Nobody can be un-cheered with a balloon." ~A.A. Milne
Kids say the darnedest things. But, for my 40-something-or-anotherth birthday, they wrote me letters - here's one of them:
Happy 25th birthday. Haha! Can I ask for more of a mother? No! You are the greatest. I thank you for bringing me into this world, and for coming into this world yourself! Today is all about you, which it basically NEVER is! Today, just sit back...relax...and let your muffins do the talking. Feel free to have us spoil you...even though I might push you in the pool...just kidding, or am I? Well anyway, happy birthday Mom and even if you wake up to be a grumpy, cranky old woman, I'll still love you. Be sure to keep away from Dad, because he is sure to give you (43) 25 whacks. Stay happy! For as long as you can!
Also desperately trying to keep their sense of humor:
Jaimie presents When Did I Stop Being The Ultimate Authority… posted at Hug Twice. Jaimie says, "I knew he'd figure out I didn't know everything eventually ... I just didn't know the skepticism would come so early."
Jenny Rapson presents I’m Packing My Emergency Baby Delivery Kit! posted at Mommin' It Up!. She is about to embark on what she calls the "shopping adventure of a lifetime" with her pregnant cousin and co-mommy-blogger, about which she says, "I just hope that shopping is all that happens!"
Neena (NeenMachine) presents The Stomach Bug That Keeps On Bugging posted at A Mom's Life at NeenMachine.com. As with so many other families, the stomach bug wreaked havoc at Neena's house last week, so she observes that if she "couldn't find humor in this situation, there would be nothing left to do but cry."
"They come in ones and twosles..." ~A.A. Milne
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"” ~A.A. Milne
We live in New Jersey - about a 2 hours ride south of Sopranoland - and some of my most treasured childhood memories are from summers vacationing down the shore (a.k.a. going to the beach, to you bennies and shoobies) where we'd spend the day jumping thunderous waves, or - especially, those times when the tide was just too rough - my brother and I would tumble around in the foamy breakwater and search along the surf for hours, lost in the hope of finding buried treasure.
Sharing a bit more:
Parenting Tips and Advice
"When late morning rolls around and you're feeling a bit out of sorts, don't worry; you're probably just a little eleven o'clockish." ~A.A. Milne
Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, there are just some things that I CANNOT get my kids to do...without a fight...or, flight...tapping into some serious negotiating skills taught in some sort of parenting class I've obviously MISSED.
But, that's what blogging is ALL about.
Amanda Harris presents Allowing Your Children to Go Online with Video Games? posted at eFamilyBlogger.
Fathersez presents My advice to my children on traveling in the post 9/11 world posted at Father Sez. He observes that "the world has become a lot less trusting since September 11, 2001. Understanding and respecting each another's religious beliefs and rituals will help establish mutual trust and respect."
Family Crafts, Recipes and Activities
"Hallo, Rabbit," he said, "is that you?""Let's pretend it isn't," said Rabbit, "and see what happens."
Never underestimating the power of collecting and saving an abundant supply of what seems to be useless crud - not to mention, never having thrown anything away since 1993 - see, I knew this crap would come in handy, some day!
Meet Humpty, the humpback whale - he's a handsome-looking mammal (though, it's hard for you to see his fins fashioned from black construction paper) happily blowing his bubbles (saved from a broken strand of Christmas beads) swimming in a sea of blue sidewalk chalk and hiding amongst the crepe paper sea weed.
Crafting right along:
HowToMe presents How to make a Custom Birthday Cake, Post II (guest submission) posted at HowToMe.
Laura Williams presents Sew Crafty Friday #1 AND Online Craft Club - Felt PB&J Sandwiches posted at Laura Williams' Musings.
Oh, my...look at the time...thank you so much for coming - truly, it's been fun getting to know you guys - but, it's a brand new week and I bet you've got plenty more places to go.
Aaaaand I do believe I have ignored the laundry, long enough.
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Have a great week, everyone!
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