Having run off together through Mexico and points beyond, then living on 3 of Hawaii's islands, we have moved to Beauteous Colorado. Adventuring about, experiencing everything fully. Our family of five, frolicking famously here for friends, family & foundlings.
The Kitten. Of late, rightfully named Darth Siddius, as he has been an absolute nuisance at night and the wee hours of the mornings. It's rather like having a new baby in the house, at least that's my reference last I felt this sleep disturbed.
After her laborious endeavor to ensure receiving a "real live kitten" from St. Nick, Christmas morning the mewing package was opened. The Firstborn is enamored of her feline to a point of distraction--which may not be saying much as she is a 5.5 year old.
kittenish in kitten pajama, with real, live, kitten
proper 'crazed' look of kitten
Porter was, er, less than enthused about Darth Kittius (code name: Breakfast Cheese). After 4 days, the elder cat has begun venturing out from under the bedside tables (where he hissed and mowled at kitten's attempts to play) to his usual haunts. We plied him with canned wet food, a rare treat, and a new collar with proper tag. He is slowly becoming accustomed to the new addition. To get a taste of what it's like cat + kitten, see Double Trouble.
We held it together until we thought it was stuck, but then there was a holiday landslide...it's all about the process though, no? It was a valiant effort. And after a few mouthfuls of candy we had to "stop serving" The Firstborn as it didn't bode well for dinner.
As it's about the journey, there is something to add here about building materials for long term friendships, this is one. It's about the effort paired with presence, nothing whatever to do with quantity, it's all about quality.
I've been pregnant of sorts with a brain baby, and idea on my mind since February or so, finally came to fruition this past weekend, and here is the story...
I have a challenging, tenacious, outspoken five year old
daughter. It was her first summer day
camp and she was having some problems adjusting. One night after a trying day, an idea
occurred to me, to tape affirming adjectives to her pajamas as she
slept…”calm”, “respectful”, “cooperative”, “loving”. I had just learned about Masaru Emoto’s work
with positive & negative phrases and water crystals. I figured, well, humans are mostly water it
couldn’t hurt to try it.
It was as if a switch flipped. She awoke her sweet self the next morning and
had very good days at camp thereafter.
With this success I ruminated on the idea. Our homeschool co-op utilizes The Family
Virtues Guide of The Virtues Project. Taking this as inspiration to my
adjective idea a strike of mental lightning gave me my first three or so
word-triplet designs. It had to be “I
AM” statements, adjectives that are interrelated and would aid me to be my Best
Once I had the matured concept on the brain, it wouldn’t
leave me alone. I love a soft, quality
tee-shirt with a stylish pair of jeans, my mommy uniform. If that shirt were to help me, “Patient,
Loving, Kind,” with my daily endeavors to raise human beings AND if my dynamic
daughter will wear a comfy tee that states, for instance “Peaceful, Respectful,
Cooperative”, making my mommin’ even a little easier—I am all for it!
Of course, with all of this I became compelled to share this success with others. After some tribulation with
the How to get it done, I settled on hand stenciling the shirts. Until I receive a massive order, I will enjoy
the total customization possibilities, and the artistry of it all (I have had
to begrudgingly admit I am an artist).
So, here we are.
Joyfully moving forward on this new adventure! This is LOViNTee, positively wearable.