Sunday, January 22, 2017

Keeping a 3 year old Entertained

Early last month my grandson was born.  It was SO VERY AWESOME!!!  He was born on a Wednesday, so that afternoon and the rest of the week I kept my 3 year old granddaughter.  I have her overnight about every other weekend regularly, so I didn't think this would be a big deal.  Obviously, I was wrong.  It's been 34 years since my son was born and I am WAY out of practice, even after 3 years.  My granddaughter isn't a bad girl but her attention span is about a quarter inch long.  OMG, that lovely little girl wore this old lady OUT!!

She was so excited for her new "baby brother".  As far as she's concerned he belongs to her.  It was really cute to watch.  First thing I heard every morning was "Is it time to go see my baby brother?" and again every 10 minutes after that.  Just an FYI, that's a 25 mile drive.

It was so hard to keep her attention after coming home from the hospital. We tried everything.  We made Yule/Christmas presents with glitter, glue, paint and crayons.

What 3 year old doesn't love that stuff.  She did love it, but only about about 30 min at a time and then she was ready for something else.  I truly thought glitter would last a lot longer than that.  Glue and glitter should have had an hour life, at least, I thought.  Man, was I wrong....try 20-30 minutes and then she was actually ready for bed so it would be morning and she could go see her baby brother again.

It's been more than a month and she still is highly enamored with him.  She loves touching him and staring at him, which is so cute.  I must say there was nothing more exciting than seeing her baby brother.  I can only hope that continues as they grow up.

The Cute "Baby Brother"
By Friday afternoon mom and baby brother got to go home and she wanted to go home with them.  Grandma's place is cool, but can't compare to her new baby brother.  Oh well, that's okay, I can't blame her.  He's pretty cute and I was ready for the rest too.

She loves to come to grandma's place now, but after an overnight stay and all day, she's ready to go home to "mommy, daddy and her little brother".  Next I think we'll work on teaching her his actual name.  She knows it, but I think she may forever call him "my baby brother".

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Meditation Is Easy

I have a friend who has been having anxiety issues.  She's had them for a while and was on medication, then she quit taking it for about a year, started taking it again and recently the anxiety has gotten worse and they have almost doubled her meds.  This has all been over about a five year period.  She told me she doesn't want to be on all these meds and asked  my opinion.  My idea was exercise and meditation.

She knew both of these answers but like most of us, it's more effort than we want to put out.  I told

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I'm a country girl working in the city (50 miles/day). I want to learn all I can about how to do for myself. My husband and I dream of a self-reliant homestead where we can live and work together, raising chickens, goats and rabbits, and growing and canning our own food.