- Toni Morrison
Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
That main theme that I have found in many of the podcasts is finding Zen and being very mindful about what you are doing.
Very brief history, the Shaolin Monks believed that enlightenment was found through exercise, and from what I know they used martial arts as that form of exercise. Anyway, many people now have taken those themes to running and working out and doing a ton of other things but with the underlying belief that you should be mindful in what you do.
"Okay Fred, why are you talking about this?" Well one thing that I have found is that as an adult we have lost our connection to "now" and we are always looking to "then"... two different thens, it will happen then, and it did happen then. We have forgot about NOW!
The disconnect is that children live in the now. I have been trying to incorporate this in parenting to help understand the girls as well as appreciate them more and more.I am not the one to preach about this at all I find myself reaching for my camera before I ever get a change to relish that is going on now. I try to capture it now, so I can look at it in the then in the future... too bad I missed it then in the past.
Even on vacation I find that I take more time taking pictures than actually soaking in what I am looking at.
Our kids are growing up so fast that from one day to the next they will be different people. We need to be mindful of our kids and try to share the now with them. Get in there and color that dog in green and go outside of the lines! Take your shoes off and jump into the sandbox with them. Get Dirty! Roll around in the grass! Just sit and watch them work. Look at their face when you give them ice cream. Remember time goes from now to the past... not the future to the present!
If any of this means anything to you and you are interested in learning more please read up on it. Along with the girls I am really trying to be mindful about what I am eating as well. Think about how many times you eat a meal and don't remember what it actually tasted like. There is a lot of research about mindfully eating and becoming more full faster, and in turn losing weight.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Something must have just clicked and she was off.
In saying all of this she is not 100% walking but, she really has upped the time on the toes!
If you haven't been to a local playground lately, I would encourage you to get outside and get your kids practising their motor skills. Also you would be amazed with all of the new and cool things to play with on playgrounds!
I love these new and very safe play areas, but what did ever happen to the old school playgrounds were everything was steel and burning hot in the sun? I remember as a kid one of the best things to play on was a tire, not like the rock climbing walls, nets, huge painted murals of the US, xylophones, and periscopes to name a few!
Here is a list of some of the things from when I was growing up that was a playgrounds.
- Tires (Normally one big and one small)
- Monkey Bars x2 - Remember the ones that were shaped like a half circle also?
- Some sort of fort thing to climb up into
- The Dome - I am really not sure what this was called but you know what I mean
- Teeter Totter - But I remember them as being huge!
- The Spinny thing - basically a quick lesson in centripetal force
- Maybe Rings
- What else am I forgetting? Leave a comment
Take a look at the pictures Isabella had fun playing soccer. She won a pencil box with Tinkerbell on it. She loved "bouncing around the room" as pictured.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Check it out... we ate some dinner and found some live music in Gahanna. It was really good. Gahanna really is starting to impress me. I read a few flyers about movies in the park on a big projector with a 16 foot screen, sleep over camp outs, and many other things... check it out!
June 26, The Wizard of Oz
July 24, Breakfast at Tiffany's
August 28, E.T.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Dealing with two kids way after their normal bedtime is very stressful even after an excellent day spent with our core family. Trying to keep them entertained on a blanket for two hours in the rain was a hard task. But once the fireworks started and I held my children it all faded away and it all is worth it. Watching the girls watch fireworks for the first time and the glassed eyes of amazement is something that I never want to forget.
Yes the Forth of July is a celebration of our country, but from now on I know that it means to me, that I have a loving family that consists of two beautiful girls and one wonderful wife. It is a time to realize that there are many ups and downs on our road of life but when you get a second to step aside, it all seems worth it.
Enjoy your life.
Live today and tomorrow will take care of itself.
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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Gahanna has been listed as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2007 by Money magazine.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.
After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.