Guest post written by Tim Hall
I’ve never been great at drawing or painting, but something that my teachers always told me in school was that I was a good writer. Sometimes I wish that I had gone into writing as a profession but that’s much easier said than done. Well, now I’m going to try and pick it up again as a way to have some fun.
I’ve been doing my research to see exactly how I can really get started creative writing in the right way. I have found all kinds of great tips online about how to really get started with creative writing. I mentioned something about it to my kids, so they got me a nice little journal for my birthday. It was so sweet because they had really paid attention to know to get that. I plan to fill up that and many journals.
One of the things that I like about the Chrome browser is that it automatically tells me if a webpage comes up is in a language other than English, tells me what language it is, and offers to translate it for me. Often I will agree to let it translate for me because I think that the webpage looks interesting, or I’m feeling like I want to broaden my horizons a little bit and try to learn what some of the words mean. That is how I learned that the phrase “abogado de inmigracion” is Spanish for “immigration lawyer.” I wonder if I could learn to read Spanish just using that Chrome browser translator.
Lady Bug and I had a play date this afternoon. While at her friend’s house I saw something extremely clever. Every wooden puzzle had a small piece of Velcro on each piece and it’s corresponding hole.
I thought this was shear genius! I love that Lady Bug could pick up the puzzle and move it to a different area without all if the pieces falling out. This also allows for vertical storage of the puzzles so she can flip through a few to find the one she wants like on a bookcase.
I live this idea soo much that I’m going to stop off at the craft store tomorrow and pick up some Velcro for our puzzles.
Ladybug had a Christmas performance at preschool this morning. She was soo cute. All of the girls and boys in her class were dressed as little elves. There were also angels, reindeer, and Santas in other classes. Each child was adorable in the costumes they had made. I think my favorite were the painted on red noses that a few reindeer had. Each class sang a few popular Christmas songs including Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Ladybug did a fantastic job and smiled the entire time. I just wish I had a better seat to capture the special memory.
I tried to get to the school early but then I remembered a little bit before it was time to go that my phone was almost full and I wouldn’t be able to take any pictures or videos. I quickly plugged it in and started transferring all of the images to my computer so that I could make space for new pictures and videos from the performance.
It took 18 minutes to move it all which put me behind schedule. I ended up getting to the school about 5 minutes before the show started. That meant that I had a crappy seat and it was hard to see over every person in front of me with their cameras held high. Note to self, clean out the camera ahead of time and always plan to be at school shows at least 30 to 45 minutes early if I want to get a decent seat.
I like to let Ladybug choose what she wants to wear to school. Some days she matches and other days well let’s just say she is proud of her selections. She’s even asked to wear some of her dress up clothes to school. I’ll let her wear most anything she wants as long as it will not be a distraction to her or any of the other children at school. I would not let her go to school in a pony costume or something crazy like that because I know all of the focus would be on the costume and not on learning.
I have seen some crazy outfit choices over the past years. As long as she’s happy that’s really all that matters to me. If she wants to wear a purple polk-a-dot shirt with a green skirt and hot pink leggings, then so be it.
It’s important to me that I give her choices and that she be allowed to have some control over things in her daily life. Now, I’m not going to let her decide everything, just a few small things that will make her feel independent and like her opinion matters and that she can make a difference in her own life.