One of my good bloggy friends, Heather at Homeschool Fun, has given me some bloggy love: she says she’s HOOKED ON my blog!
And I can tell she is! Heather is a frequent commenter, even just to say “How cute!” about all my pictures, or to tell me she’s going to try one of my ideas. If you haven’t visited her blog to read about all the fantastic projects, books and sensory activities she does with her boys Gabe and Sam, you’re missing out – so head on over and tell her hi!
Now to pass on the love… the rules for this award say to
-List 6 things that make you happy and
-List 5 bloggers whose blogs you are hooked on.
Six things that make me happy…
1. BabyGirl’s belly laugh. I can’t fully describe it and don’t have a video, so you’re going to have to trust me on this one. She gets so excited about something that her whole body tenses and shakes, she goes up on tiptoe and clenches her fists and lets out this deep huh-huh-huh-huh-huh that has us in hysterics.
2. JediBoy’s midnight cuddles. He slept with us until he was 4 and was very physically attached as a baby (nursed until 3, lived in the sling, etc.). Now that he’s 6 1/2, he still gives lots of hugs and kisses but there is something different about those rare nights when he wakes up in the middle of the night and slips into my side of the bed… I’m transported to his sweet toddler years and I breathe in the scent of him and count my blessings.
3. Completing people’s sentences, or saying the same thing at the same time. It happens most with PisecoDad, of course – we’ve been married for 10 years but even in college, in our first year of dating, we would so frequently say the same thing at the same time that his mom (PisecoGrandma?) would call us spooky. This happens a lot with Aunt R. too, especially when we’re with kids, because we both have the same way of relating to kids & taught together so we have a lot of the same ingrained verbal responses. Every time it happens – with PisecoDad or Aunt R., Aunt T., PisecoSis or anyone – it gives me a happy sense of connectedness.
4. Board games, of course. Not only the complicated Eurogames that stretch my brain in unusual ways, but also the collection of old games in the basement… Bonkers! and Double Trouble and Chicken Out and all the silly long-box Parker Brothers games from the ’80s. Mystery games and word games and party games, and having a game for any occasion. They’re just a fun way to spend an evening, and they give me such pleasure.
5. My laptop. I’ve only had it for 2 weeks but already I’m amazed. I can catch up on a blog or two, jot down ideas and learning notes, read emails and check the news and weather while I’m in the room with the kids and they get involved in something that doesn’t require me for five minutes – I don’t have to leave the room. I’m on the computer for about the same amount of time, but in much smaller chunks scattered throughout the day, and it feels great.
6. Socks. Silly, yes, but it can perk up my mood to change my socks. I’m not sure why, exactly… but if I’m tired, or blue, or frustrated, I chuck my socks in the hamper, slide on a layer of lotion (pear berry is my current bottle) and then slip into a fresh pair of socks. I have socks of all weights and textures and all sorts of unusual patterns and pictures. And loving socks is so much cheaper than loving perfume or designer jeans – it makes for an inexpensive sort of retail therapy!
Now you know more about me that you really needed to hear! On to the interesting part – sharing 5 blogs I’m hooked on. When I stop to ponder this, a handful of names immediately pop into my head – Heather, Steph, Rose, Sara, Nina – women who I am getting to know through our bloggy world, exchanges of emails and some time on Facebook. But two of you already have the award, and one of you is on a blogging break, so my official list will look a little different.
1. The Outer Edge of Normal, aka Monkey Manor, without a doubt. Mama Monkey has become a good friend and I’m hooked on her blog to see what the latest goings-on are, and I want to keep track of how Marie is doing in part-time public school, what Martin’s latest project is, and how homeschool kindergarten is going for Missy.
2. The Learning Umbrella, where Sara shares lots of books and projects – for kids and for adults – and juggles her job with her homeschooling and writes honestly and wisely about her journey.
3. Ten Kids and a Dog, where Joann writes about her homeschooling life with, yes, ten kids and a dog. Joann and I have been doing a lot of the same online activities lately – Tot School, Operation Playtime, etc – so I find on her blog a great inspiration of things to do with little ones as well as the joys that come as the kids grow up.
4. The Wonder Years, one of my newer finds, where MommyMe blogs about at-home Montessori with her 1- and 3-year olds. This is where I found the idea for our mini clothesline, and there are plenty of other great ideas that I’ve also bookmarked there.
5. Kiss the Frog 4 Me, home of Fave Foto Friday, where Sarah blogs about her family, her youngest daughter also adopted from Guatemala, and her recent charity work in Guatemala. Because she hosts FFF, it’s a great place to hook onto other blogs, mostly in Guate-connected families.
There are lots of other blogs I enjoy – the number in my Google Reader is alarmingly high! But I decided to play along and narrow it down to five because I always find more good reads by seeing which blogs are recommended at the blogs I already enjoy, and maybe some of you will find a new blog to follow here today.