A List Maker's Life: September 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dear September,

 {sunshine, lunch at licaris, & artprize}

{super baby, stroll n' roll, pig roast, tractor rides & monster bonfire}

After days like these, 

where the new memories we are making begin to redeem the dreary associations which cast their shadows over your dates in the past, 

I am hopeful we may eventually be friends again.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Your Bounty for a Little Booty

It is inspiring when you meet someone who dedicates their time, energy, and love to making a change!    Inspired is just how I felt when I met Amy, the heart behind a local non profit diaper bank committed to diapering babies in need.  

According to a recent report, one in three families in the US struggle to afford diapers for their infants.  Without the resources to provide clean diapers, some parents resort to cleaning and reusing disposable diapers causing sanitary and health issues for their babies. In many cases cloth diapering is not an option because these families in need to not have access to private laundering facilities.

There is a way for all of us to swap our small change into a big change for some little loves.  (With the right deals and coupons, every dime buys a diaper.)

the Change for Change Can Drive  

To participate:
Choose an empty container
Decorate it as you choose, or simply print the Change for Change Can Wrap
Collect coins to fill the container
If you are local, bring your filled containers to Pumpkinfest on October 4, 5, or 6.  If you are participating from afar, deposit your change in the bank and donate via credit card or PayPal on Nestling's website.

Host penny votes in your family to make simple, fun decisions as to which activity to pick for family fun night or which restaurant to order Friday night pizza from.

Set up a team spirit coin rivalry in your office, neighborhood, or staff lounge.

Decorate an empty wipe container.  The hole in the flip top is perfect for putting loose change inside and the package is a visual reminder of the importance of a clean bottom.

Challenge your family to fill an empty toliet paper tube with change before the next time the new roll needs to be changed.

Empty formula cans are also a great visual reminder of babies' basic needs.  They are also a fun size to decorate.  

Place a jar in your laundry room with a note to remind your family to empty their pockets before throwing their pants in the machine. 


What could you do to... 
...Luv on a baby in need?
...Pamper a special someone?
...give a little Huggie? 

To read more about getting involved in Change for a Change, donating diapers to Nestlings, or finding a diaper bank in your own community check out Nestlings.org or find them on Facebook.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

On the 1st Day of Preschool...

...our Gibson said to me, 
 "This time when we go to my school will you please just drop me off and leave so I can do it all by myself?"

 "I need to wear my skinny jeans because they are my school pants and my play outside pants and my painting pants and my church pants and my going to a friend's house pants and my..."

"Did you pack my iPhone in the front of my backpack?"

 "I'm going to school with Korra.  She's my best friend and she's a girl, so she is my girl friend."

"Dad, I did lots of things at school today.  I jumped in the foam pits and hmmm.... Just ask mom she will tell you the rest."
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Saturday, September 8, 2012


We are four days into this new routine where our big kids head off to school for 7 hours of their day.  They seem to be transitioning well, but I still feel like the littles and I spend much of those 7 hours spinning around our house trying to settle in to an activity while checking the clock and counting down the minutes until pick up time.

It is strange, but our day has always been organized around their schedules, their snack break preferences, their favorite lunches, their rules for play, and their friends’ visits. The youngest two have always been up for the ride and happily participate as they are directed.  Now they have to learn how to do a bit of the orchestrating on their own. 

On a whim we stopped last week at our local indoor playground, after two Dr. visits and groceries, to find a bit of fun.  We had the place to ourselves, which used to be a treat with all 4 in tow.  Yet, this particular morning “all to ourselves” seemed a bit too quiet.  I scrolled through my phone contacts considering who we might call to join us for a quick climb and slide.  I quickly realized most of our recently and regularly dialed numbers would be to working mommas, or those whose own children are also off to full time school for the first time.  The realization is a reminder of my original “long range plan.” Before leaving my full time teaching job I was certain this would be the year I was back to school with the crew.  I’m not. Oh, but, please! don’t read this as a complaint.

It is a blessing to still be able to be home with my two youngest lovies, but it is different.  The three of us have a new long range plan: settle in to our own groove, find some new playmates, discover our own favorite places and toys.  There are new batches of memories to make.  There are new moments to make count -  instead of just counting the moments until we need to join the afterschool pick up line. 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fair Trade?

Today was the day!
We made the big swap...

...from picnics to packed lunches,
...from bonfires to bedtimes,
...from summer friends 
to school year besties,
...from flip flops 
to back packs,
...from looking out to taking in,
...from porch swing 
to playground,
...from following the leader 
to following the teacher,

 ...from searching for Petoskeys to searching for knowledge,

 ...from playing school 
to starting school,
...from the Great Lakes
to Great Lakes,
...from summer
to school year!
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Hold the World

This year's theme at the kid's elementary school is #HoldtheWorld.  In planning this year's Back to School Breakfast I put together a visual interpretation of the key concept.
The table is set.  The menu is planned.  The backpacks and lunches are packed.  The outfits are laid out. The kids are tucked in to bed.  Tomorrow is the big day.  #HoldtheWorldMomma'sHeart!

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