I love to write on my blog. I really do. I just don’t have the energy to keep up with this right now. I don’t have the energy to even turn the computer on each day. So I don’t. I don’t want to hear that whirring sound coming from the tower. I don’t want to deal with Dallin wanting to help me type or Aiden wanting to sit on the bed behind me playing XBox. I just want to sit on the couch and watch some TV, maybe take a nap, or read a book.
I just finished reading “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant. I had heard of this book before (it was a New York Times best seller, afterall), and I had heard a lot of good things about it. It really was interesting to read, but I’m not sure if I would recommend it to most of you. If you want to hear some of the story of Jacob, Rebekah, Leah, Joseph (and his 11 brothers), but you are strict into what the Bible says about the story, I don’t think you’ll like it. That said, it really was a good a read. I like to read things that don’t get me too caught up in word usage, but still makes me have to think. I like to use my brain.
The other book I just finished reading is “Leaving Patrick” by Prue Leith. also a good read. Apparantly the author normally writes cookbooks, so there is definitely a good description of food in the book, but it certainly doesn’t overtake the story (which is what I heard happened in the book “Under the Tuscan Sun”… apparantly it went on and on describing food and had very little left in the story. Wonder how they made a movie out of that.). This was a fun read, but careful, ladies! I know some of you won’t like some of the sex talk. It’s not too descriptive, but there is a bit of it in there. And I liked the ending. It’s nice to read a book and have it end just the way you think it should! 🙂
Dallin finally figured out how to clap on Tuesday! He normally loves to take a hold of my thumbs and clap my hands together, so I’ve been trying to show him how to clap his own hands together. It’s so adorable. We went to winterguard rehearsal that afternoon, and some kids were playing on the drums (which both of my boys absolutely love). Dallin would listen for a moment, then smile really big and clap.
Aiden’s newest phrase has come from something you would hardly believe. HA! Of course he gets it from Star Wars. Last week I told him to do something (like “Get down off of the bookshelf!” or something similar). What was Aiden’s reply??
“You are not my father.”
I couldn’t help but laugh the first time because it was so unexpected. I responded with, “No, but I am your mother, so you must do as I say. And your father will certainly hear about this!”
Thank you, Star Wars, for giving my 3-year-old ammunition and the know-how to talk back. This is a very new thing.
On Good Morning America the other morning they had a segment about the “mommy wars”. It was interesting as they had some author touting her new book and research saying that stay-at-home mothers are horrible women, boring women, and doing a disservice to working mothers and are bad examples to young daughters. She used her reading of “online journals” to read the SAHM’s descriptions of their days and said, “This cannot be fulfilling. These supposedly smart women are boring and do not live up to their potential.” She even stated that it is a waste to send women to university to get degrees if they are not going to use their education. Oh, and she said that SAHMs are selfish and having more than one child is selfish if you are a working mother.
I am not going to comment any more on this “woman” other than to say that she is sadly mistaken. She is trying to pick some sort of fight that really doesn’t need to exist, and she obviously has no children of her own. I consider myself a SAHM, but I also work part time here and there (color guard isn’t exactly a steady job, you know). I had just read an article in Redbook magazine talking about the “mommy wars” and they have found that most women just want to do what is best for their family and they try not to judge other women for their choices. In the past there has been two general camps: the SAHMs and the Working Moms. However, they have found more and more women that are more of “in-betweens”. People like me who stay home, but work part time or have really flexible schedules.
Mothers of the world, rejoice that we have a choice to stay home, work part-time, or work full-time. No one can make the decision for you and your family except for you, and don’t let anyone get you down about your decision. We are all just trying to do the best that we can, right?
Which reminds me… At band rehearsal last night we had to fill out some forms with our names and such to put on the concert program in April. We were also to fill in our occupation (or retired from occupation, as is the case for about half the band). At first I penciled in my occupation as “mother”, but I decided to make it a little fancier. I erased that and wrote “domestic engineer”. After rehearsal, as Ches and I were leaving, one of the other trumpet players came to me, just laughing and laughing.
“I just read what you wrote as your occupation,” he said. “That’s so great! Good one!”
Man, I sure wish I could say it was an original thought, but it’s not. I wonder if that’s what Mack will actually have put on the program next to my name, and what people will catch it as they read it. Have to wait until April to find out, I guess! 🙂
Tomorrow I’m going to my quilting group. We are making a lap quilt with different 12 inch blocks so we can learn a lot of different techniques. I’m so excited. And now I must get the kids and go to the fabric store! WOOT!!