(Sarah said it's a word so I'm gonna go with that.)
First, in just a very few weeks we will be headed off to Rome! I know! And apparently, we need some good walking shoes. The kids are all set after I scored some Keen sandals on Ebay and I have a few pairs of close toe shoes but here's what I need: Women's sandals that are super comfy for walking but don't look like hiking shoes. Like something I can wear with a skirt and not look like a total nerd. Any recommendations? Oh, and it has to be something I can get for like $25 or less or off of Ebay. Ain't nobody here is going to be paying $100 for a pair of shoes even if they are the Best Things Ever.
Related: Ten hour middle of the night flight with four young children. Keeping them occupied we could do...but I don't want them occupied. I want them asleep. Because we'll be getting there and it will be the middle of the day and if they don't sleep, oh my goodness, the next few days will be rough. That would not be fun. Here's what I have: ear plugs, some of those neck pillows (do those really work?), blankets.
What else can I do to get them to sleep? Thoughts on melatonin?
(I know. A lot of people recommend Benedryl. We've decided we may be willing to compromise some of our natural tendencies and try that for the first time ever if we absolutely have to. But I would love to hear if there are other things that could work first.)
The other day my mom and stepdad took us to see Robin Hood performed at a local children's theater.
You can't tell because they hadn't yet taken off their coats but they decided they all had to wear green in honor of the occasion. Those are my nephews on the end :)
Let's get a close-up of that hat, shall we?
Thanks to Kelly for her inspiration. Or at least for her pinning someone else's inspiration. John Paul whipped this up before we went and was heartbroken to realize that it was way too small for his noggin. At least it sort of not really fit David.
He was making me laugh by sandwiching himself up in the seat :)
It was really well done and the kids loved it. I took a chance bringing David, too, and he sat through the whole two hours and only got antsy at the very end! It was different than the version we had read. Do you know what I never knew? That Robin Hood isn't one book and doesn't have one author! (Should I not admit that? Does everyone else know that?) I guess I just assumed it was one book. Apparently it's a legend of English folklore and there are many versions and stories that have been written. So there's your fascinating fact for the day.
Back to advice:
Do any of you have a great natural shampoo and/or conditioner you use? One that doesn't have unpronounceable ingredients and all the harmful chemicals but still works well? I cannot seem to find one that doesn't either make my hair greasy, fried-looking, or give me dandruff. I've been trying to figure out my hair since having Luke when it totally changed on me.
(And yes, I've done the whole no shampoo thing. Three times. I even got like two months into it once and my hair and scalp still looked like death and didn't suddenly transform like everyone says it will. I just got pseudo-dreads. Maybe it's our water?)
Related: Maybe it really is our water? This is what the bathtub looked like when I filled it up the other day:
Latin people: John Paul finished Latina Christiana I months ago. The program is okay and he did fine enough but I can't say I'm super thrilled with it. We used the DVDs. I was just going to have him go onto II but then heard about Latin for Children from Classical Academic Press. Anyone else make the switch? What are your thoughts? And what level do you think would best follow the Latina Christiana I if I switched?
"Those underrate Christianity who say that it discovered mercy; any one might discover mercy. In fact every one did. But to discover a plan for being merciful and also severe—THAT was to anticipate a strange need of human nature. For no one wants to be forgiven for a big sin as if it were a little one. Any one might say that we should be neither quite miserable nor quite happy. But to find out how far one MAY be quite miserable without making it impossible to be quite happy—that was a discovery in psychology. Any one might say, “Neither swagger nor grovel”; and it would have been a limit. But to say, “Here you can swagger and there you can grovel”—that was an emancipation." - G. K. Chesterton
I read this in Orthodoxy a few months ago and really appreciated this, especially that bolded line. It reminded me of the times in Confession when I've had a priest sort of belittle what I've said like it's not that big of a deal. Anyone else have that experience? It really bothers me. I don't think I'm an over scrupulous person and if I'm bringing it to Confession it's because I know I did something wrong. I don't really care if it's a "common" sin or really, if it's a "big" sin or not, I know I hurt my relationship with the Lord and I want to confront it and fix it and be healed of it. And I want the grace to not do it again. I really really appreciate when a priest treats each Confession with reverence and gets that. The freedom of Christianity lies in accepting mercy but knowing that that mercy was (and constantly IS) needed. To see ourselves in our true state in all our gloriousness and wretchedness is quite the feat of Christianity indeed.
Today while we sit in a 58 degree house (new furnace that yes, we did end up needing after all is being installed as we speak...thank you, dear men for coming on a Saturday afternoon!) the boys are doing this:
The End. Except for the part where you fill the combox with all of your wise and experienced advice. Thank you!
Go see Jen for more Takes and Sarah for more Chesterton!