Sleepy Sundays: Blush

Blushing LeavesBlushing Leaves

November has blown in. While out and about yesterday afternoon, I had a photo-snapping fest. This was one of the favorites of the bunch. So, I figured it would be perfect to feature here on this Sleepy Sunday. The color of these leaves reminded me of someone blushing. I actually giggled as I scrolled through my different takes.

Fall is a massive array of color and beauty. Why not get out and take it all in yourself?

What was the last thing that made you blush?

Have a giggly Sunday!

Color Their World

Happy Easter greeting Spring is an ideal time for bringing the little ones outside. There is such a large array of family activities you can take part in without spending a ton of money or straying far from home. For all of the creative Mommies out there, you can organize a “spring themed” party or egg hunt with little to nothing. Some may even be able to craft their own decorations with everyday objects just lying around. (Toothpicks and colored paper, along with a little skilled folding make pretty neat little “flowers” – that gem is for free 😉 ) Let’s face it, smaller children love painting/decorating eggs and going on the hunt for them. Below, I’m going to list a few short activities sure to be a delight for both you and the kids.

Paper Egg Decorations

This can be done with something as simple as some plain white computer paper. Draw an oval-like egg shape with a black pen or marker and let your child decorate it. Make a few of these so you can help if they ask, or one for each member of your family. When they are finished, cut them out or help your child cut them with safety scissors. It’s as simple as that, see? Easy as pie. I promise, kids love this.

Painting/Decorating Eggs

There are a few different ways you can go about this. There are no real rules, in fact – the really silly eggs that look like garbage are usually the most fun to make. (They’re usually the ones your kids will remember the most too!) Many stores sell dye kits with fancy holders and cute little stickers. However, you can also do this just the same with some food coloring and your own stickers or paint sets. Improvise, it can be fun. Just hard boil some eggs and get to painting away! Your kids will have a blast. Get the whole family involved and this could make for some wonderful memories for all of you. Take some pictures! Post them! I’d love to see some!

The Egg Hunt

This is a joyous occasion for many children. I urge all parents/caretakers to be sensitive to each child’s needs, though. Some children can easily feel left out of an activity like this. (They may not find any eggs or be as fast as the other children.) In cases like this, place some eggs in more obvious spots, and others in more tucked away areas. Always be sure this activity is away from any roads, and heavily supervised by more than one adult. It can be easy to lose track when there are a lot of children participating. If you see a child looking discouraged, walk over to see what’s wrong and possibly offer some help. Remember, this is meant to be fun for all, not stressful or saddening for anybody. Make it colorful, make it bright, be enthusiastic, and you’re all set.

 

To all those that celebrate it, I wish you all a very happy, healthy, Easter weekend! Share some stories with me! What are your plans? Will you do anything listed here? If so write me about it! As I said above, take photos and write a post about it! Tag the post #ColorTheirWorld so I can find you. I’d jump for joy to anyone that participates.

white rabbit
…Just don’t go chasing rabbits, you might end up like me. 😉
 

Grief Management

In Between

A large number of men and women have dealt with or known someone who has gone through some shape of grief in their lifetime. Grief and depression can affect a person’s life negatively and hinder many processes that lead to growth. In order for one to move forward in life, one needs to grow, right?

To those reading this that may be dealing with some portion of grief, take solace in knowing I’m going to offer you some help.

Before reading on, read this first:

The following are some tools I’ve learned over the years. Please do not replace these for medical advice; especially, if you are indeed in crisis. My only intention is to pass on some knowledge that may be of help when you are having a particularly difficult time dealing with grief.

  • Instead of putting such emphasis in your mind about the day a person died, remember their birthday instead. Celebrate their life instead of mourning their death. For women/couples that may have suffered a miscarriage, remember the day you found out you were pregnant rather than a time that brings you pain.
  • Go though the boxes. This one is tough, I have to admit, but you’ll feel better afterwards, trust me. To anyone that’s lost someone, you know what this means. I don’t have to explain it. Sometimes, it’ll do you some good to get rid of some of the things that aren’t important too. I know that is also difficult, however, one needs to realize that deep down, you know this person will not be upset with anyone for getting rid of the unimportant items. Part of moving through grief is letting go. Holding onto too many objects can become unhealthy (ask a therapist) and can develop into a condition known as hoarding, which is a serious mental illness.
  • Do something you enjoy, preferably outside. The outdoors are the best place you can be as you’re moving through the grieving process. Take a vacation, go out with a friend; take a walk. Anything to keep yourself from constantly dwelling on sadness.
  • Remember the things that bring you joy and participate in them. Go through the motions. Stay active. Listen to music, paint, dance, sing, go see a movie. Whatever brings you happiness, take part in it.
  • It’s okay to cry. Male or female, no matter how young or how old…it’s ok, just let it out. We were given tear ducts for a reason. You may just feel a little better afterwards.
  • Build a support system. This can be so important. Even if your support system is only one or a few people. It’s essential to have someone to vent your feelings to. This could be a close friend, family member, therapist, or all three. You shouldn’t be alone in times of grief. Isolation is a dangerous thing when you are going through a grieving period. Isolating one’s self could turn grief into depression.
  • Write your thoughts down. (Optional) This can be a form of therapy. Getting your thoughts out of you and onto paper is an excellent tool for releasing pent-up anxiety.
  • Make peace with yourself and with the departed. If there were any grudges held, arguments had, resentment, or just plain issues before this person’s death…make peace with it and let it go. Forgive them, forgive yourself. You can even write a letter of forgiveness.

The above mentioned tools are just some of many. These are just the highlights of what has helped me the most. As a person that has lost many, mourned severely, dwelled, and later sought healing, you could consider me somewhat of an expert on the subject. However, I remind you not to mistake my helpful tools for medical advice. Although, some have said I’d make a pretty excellent grief counselor…

This post is intended to be thought of in conjunction with my Stress Management post (hence, the similar wording and format.) Think of it as a part two of sorts.

Season of Change

Mellow YellowFall is a wondrous season. Whether you believe so or not is nearly a matter of opinion. Throughout life it has been my personal favorite. A warm, giddy feeling tends to consume me once September rolls around. You start to see the stores putting out their Halloween decorations. You’ll see local shops and markets start spurting apple and pumpkin pies. Cool, windy air fills the atmosphere; coupled with the smell of some neighbor burning wood from their fireplace.

Words can’t express how much I absolutely love all of these things. As a child, every year we’d gear up for pumpkin picking at one of the farms at the edge of town. They’d offer free hay rides for all families with children. Sadly, these traditions known by many around me have lessened over the years due to a suffering economy. However, I’ve managed to keep some of it alive. Now with my own child, I try to give him as much exposure to such fall activities as possible. I feel “memory building” is an essential process to a young child’s health and overall emotional well-being.

We happily got to take part in some fall-driven fun yesterday. Since my son has nailed identifying colors, we were naming many of the colors of the leaves as we drove. I lined up some fallen leaves when we arrived and he would point and say “yellow”, “orange”, “red”, “brown”. It was something small but I can tell you, he enjoyed this tremendously. He’s been talking about it ever since. We’ll be searching for the perfect pumpkin next weekend.

I have many fond memories of the autumn season from my childhood. Now, it’s time to build some for my own child. Fall is the season of changes. Although many of us may be hesitant toward change, I encourage you to embrace it. You’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.