Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Snow Clothes

Any ideas where I can beg, borrow, steal or purchase used second hand snow clothes for TWO four-and-a-half feet tall, 70 pound active boys? Looks like we are heading towards the snow on Monday!

mind power

Grateful for love and friendships and that all of our basic needs are met. Our new hot water heater is installed, gas and water are turned back on, boys are happily bathing, T is grilling shrimp, chicken and beef for our xmas feast (salvadoran style - celebrating on the 24th).

Amazed, truly amazed, at the power of my own mind in determining my happiness.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Day Two

Much better today. I was able to start off my morning with some meditation/reflection, and had a much more positive outlook today than yesterday. Plus B had a 9am tutor session and we put get dressed on his list of things to do with HER. And I have my "patience" rock next to my bed to keep me on track.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Day One

Day 1: By 9:30am I totally lost it. Didn't have the patience to wait out getting dressed. Looks like we're in for a rough "vacation."

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wishing you peace and light
And the knowledge that tomorrow the darkness will be shorter
and the hope that the brightness will enluminate you

Thursday, December 11, 2008

feeling sad and frustrated and short-tempered

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dear Santa,

Now that I live with christians and get to celebrate christmas every year, I've decided to write you my first letter. You won't be passing over my house, since we don't have either a mazzuzzuh or lamb's blood smeared by the door. So what I'd really like for christmas this year is patience. I need a lot of it, and mine always slips away just when I need it most. So please slide a large dose of patience down my chimney. Oh right, we don't have a chimney, so just leave it under the tree. By the way, our christmas tree is outside, next to the driveway, planted in our yard several januarys ago, since we don't see any sense killing an evergreen tree every year.

Thanks, Santa. You're the greatest!

Monday, December 08, 2008

plow pose

Wednesday is yoga day for PE at B's school. Apparently he is absorbing these lessons. He practices at home, particularly the halasana, or plow pose. Quick research shows this releases tension in the back and shoulders, and may help the practitioner get to sleep.

Just one more reason why I love B's new school.

Just yesterday it dawned on me that soon I need to start worrying about middle school. I really have no idea what the district or county offer in terms of middle school placements for my kids. I'm much more worried about A's placement, since B is set where he is till he turns 22, and possibly beyond since there is an adult day program there, too, unless there are significant changes.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Listening to acoustic sunset on Sunday evening radio, making gfcf ginger snaps with my kids, feeling almost "normal".

B and A both did a great job following simple one-step directions: bring me an egg, get a fork, mix it.

There is so much about this time of year that frustrates and disappoints me, with all the excess, consumerism, waste. And the "holidaze" just seem to emphasize the divide between the haves (money, family, majority traditions) and have nots. I try to select the pieces that resonate, celebrating peace, light, goodwill; and let go of the rest without appearing to be scrooge.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Good Night

It is 9:18pm and I haven't heard a peep from either kid since putting them to bed about 45 minutes ago. So, you see, miracles do happen.

Monday, December 01, 2008


When does more information = harder decisions? Trying to figure out best health care options for the boys, and getting nowhere fast. Hard to do objective cost/benefit analysis when it comes to my kids' health.