Living Thankfulness: An Abrupt Conclusion

I haven’t read their book, but do follow them on Twitter and they have great things to say 🙂

Back on November 30, 2013, I invited everyone to participate in a Living Thankfulness Link-Up.  I had just come off a great experience with 30 Days of Thanks on Facebook, and I wanted to keep the spirit of thankfulness rolling through the rest of the year.  I also wanted some action to come out of all of this thankfulness.  It is one thing to say you are thankful and another to truly BE thankful.  So my thankfulness challenge was born.  Wouldn’t you know it, I have done TERRIBLY with this. Continue reading

I don’t believe in Friday the 13th superstition…I swear.

Today is day #8 that I am stuck at my house thanks to this flipping snow storm.  Last night, Crazy Pants kept waking up and wanting to go in the “wimma room” (that’s toddler for “living room”).  This morning, I let him sleep in and addressed all of my Christmas cards.  I had this plan: mail cards, go to the bank, pick-up meat from the CSA, and lastly, pick-up a prescription.  Then, this evening we were all supposed to go have dinner with some friends.

Then I tried to leave. Continue reading

A Day in the Life of Mathair Fiona

 

Winding Road
So I ran across Kerry’s “A Day in the Life” link up over at Winding Road and thought it sounded like fun.  It is also such a great premise.  This blogging world brings us all together and we begin to form real relationships, but we really don’t know what the day-to-days are like for each of us.  Although most of us are writing from a parenting perspective, just how we live the parenting life is SO different from one another.  I don’t have the time right now to post for each day of the week, so I am going to do an abridged version that gives a general overview of what a day looks like in our household.  I just survived a morning of doctor’s appointments in preparation for the big hand surgery day, so I’m feeling like sharing with everyone what its like around here! Continue reading

A Mother’s Reflection on Two Months of Absurdity

I’m back!  I’ve been MIA now for approximately two months, but I now have a quiet moment to sit down and do a little bit ‘o writing.  I have been thinking a lot lately about the way I would go about writing this post because A LOT has gone on in this family.  I thought about doing an “update,” but that actually made me feel a great bit of anxiety because I don’t really want to re-hash all the details for the millionth time.  So then I was stumped, but after talking with my father-in-law at Sunday dinner last night, I decided I wanted to do more of a “reflection” on the past two months. Continue reading

#getoutofmyuterus

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I used #getoutofmyuterus quite a lot near the end of my pregnancy, and we finally had little baby Owen on August 20th at 10:45 a.m.  I just missed my birth center birth by hours, but I still had a beautiful intervention-free birth at the hospital. Continue reading

Art in August: Thanks Be to Nature, Good Friends & Family

I’m pretty sure that I missed a week of the Art in August blog along fun, but I’m back and I’ve got something to share!  This weekend, some of the crops in our super-sized garden came ready to harvest so I had some canning to do.  For those of you following along with my pregnancy saga, I am still pregnant.  Being a week overdue is rough, but putting food up in summer while a week overdue is even worse.  Luckily for me, I’ve got AMAZING friends who came to the aid of my husband and I. Continue reading

Art in August: Hazelnut Calm

Today turned out to feel like the most trying day in a very long time.  It was pretty normal, by most standards, but I just felt wiped by the time we hit nap time.  I had appointments to make, chicken to skin, family to visit, medication to pick-up, groceries to buy, donations to drop off, and mail to retrieve.  I did not realize how wiped I was until my absolutely over-the-top-full-of-energy munchkin was in his bed and I was finally eating an egg salad sandwich.  Which, by the way, seemed quite literally like the most delicious food I’ve eaten, as of late.  It was then, mid-sandwhich, that I heard the softest raindrops hitting the leaves of this lovely hazelnut tree just outside my dining room window. Continue reading

Art in August – Descent: The Mind of the College Educated SAHM

A blogging compatriot of mine over at Laptop on the Ironing Board, has started a fun creativity project for everyone to join in on.  She has dubbed this event: Art in August.  For background on her inspiration for this event, read Resolution and Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

The basic idea is for those who are participating to create something once a week during the month of August.  I decided to join in because creating is fun and is a good activity to help give your brain a workout.  Today, I decided to sit down with my two year-old and his art supplies and create.  This is what I came up with, and I dubbed it “Descent: The Mind of the College Educated SAHM”:

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This lovely little piece of preschool artwork has been the inspiration for a piece of writing to come at a later date.  Spending hours interacting with a two year-old and teaching him letters, numbers, shapes, and colors has clearly addled my brain and taken its toll on my creative mind.  I think next time I will put down the crayons and stretch myself with some mixed media.  For all of our sakes.

I Need a Fix: A True Confession of an Organization Junkie

Borrowed from diyhshp.blogspot.com

I have a not-so-secret love affair with the Simple Mom blog.  I love reading everything on her blog about slowing down and really being in the moment, and, of course, everything to do with organization.  Her site is dedicated to living simply, and I love that.  My family has not actively decided that “simple living” is something we strive for, its just kind of the way we are.  Both my husband and I grew-up rurally so we tend to have a different outlook on life than some of our more sub-urban/urban counterparts.  It also helps that we have to live on a budget so its pretty impossible for us to become overly driven by consumption and the proverbial need to “keep up with the Jones’.”  However, we are not idyllic farm-folk who need nothing more than to look out over our rows of corn to know true happiness.  We need reminding of the important things once in a while, and, for me, I can get that reminder through the wonderful pieces of writing found on Simple Mom. Continue reading

“Like” Me on Facebook

Borrowed from depositphotos.com

So I realized today, by way of How To Ruin A Toddler’s Day, that if I am to garner any followers on Facebook, I need to tell people about it!  Here it is: find me on Facebook and give me a “like” at www.facebook.com/MathairFiona or you can click “like” in the box on the right-hand side of your screen.  You can also feel free to follow me on Twitter: @MeghanDF.  You’ll get more updates there, so it’s really up to you how involved in my life you want to be.  Hahaha.

If you do choose to “like” me on Facebook, make sure to share my page with your friends!