Archive for June, 2012

Lead Us

I think this song perfectly says what every family is looking for from their husband, wife, mom, dad.

I know the song speaks to husbands/dads, and statistics show that there are more fatherless children, than motherless.  But I think this can apply to both.  I also think it can apply to parents that are distant in the home (ie: workaholic).  Your children need a parent that is going to stand up for them, love them instead of chasing after temporary happiness and pleasure, fight for them, and lead them.  Your spouse needs this also.  If not, everything falls apart.

(it won’t let me put the video on here so you have to click on the “Watch on YouTube” after you try to press play)

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Kayaking

We took O kayaking today for the first time.  He’s not a big fan of his life jacket so I wasn’t sure if he would actually get in (because he wasn’t getting in without one on).  But he did!  He didn’t want to go out too far, but he did fine.  Which is great for our trip to Newfoundland because we have plans to go out the bay for a few nights and of course go for a few rides in Poppy Smarts boat besides that!  We even saw several huge frogs today…every attempt to catch one failed 😦

I took *some* pictures.  Here are a mix of my pics and my dad’s (you can click on any picture to make it bigger).

Hitting the road

Poppy went out first to make sure he was comfortable with the kayak (it’s been a couple years).

Lifejacket time!

Getting in (see I told you I took a few pictures…)

Meanwhile, as O & Poppy were kayaking, I found this guy:

We tried to catch him, but he keep escaping us.  We then discovered there were LOTS of these guys in the swampy area.

My sister and I attempted to go across this swamp, but it was really muddy and filled with mosquitoes…my poor legs.

Dad then went out to see if he could catch a frog.

Then it was my turn.  Still didn’t end up catching one, and as soon as O saw I was in the kayak he insisted on going with me.

After we came back in we looked for fish

I tried to tell O we had to stay very still for the fish to come.  Needless to say, we didn’t see any fish, lol

I made one last attempt at catching a frog by flicking mud at it with a stick so it would jump our way…it didn’t work…

It was fun.

Silly Saturday

Another instalment of silly pictures from O & I on this dreary Saturday 🙂

O only has one silly face…in involves sticking out his tongue and that’s it…but to be fair, I apparently only have 2 funny faces that I can come up with, ha.

3 Questions

I’ve been reading Kevin Leman’s book “Single Parenting that Works: Six Keys to Raising Happy, Healthy Children in a Single Parent Home.”  I’m only on chapter 3, and already it’s been an awesome read.  But why wouldn’t it be…I have yet to not like something Kevin Leman has put out.  He writes good stuff.

I know I haven’t gotten around to doing a list of helpful books/studies for families, but when I do this will be on that list.

I wanted to share 3 questions he says single parents should ask themselves, because I think they are questions that every parent should ask themselves weither they are single or not.

Take a moment and ask yourself these 3 important questions in regards to what you want your life to be like 1, 5 and 10 years from now:

1.  What do you want your home environment to be like (If you could choose your home environment, what would it look like)?

2.  What kind of person do you want to be (What characteristics or qualities would you want to have)?

3.  What kind of person do you want your child to be (Do you know who your child is, what are their strengths, what are their weaknesses.  How can you best support your child)?

Those are huge questions.  Take the time to think about it, write it down, talk about it with your spouse (or if you are a single parent, discuss with a friend!).  If you don’t take the time to sit down and figure out what you want your life to be like, you’ll just end up in the same place you are now 10 years down the road.

I will be discussing this with my friend Jean the next time we do hot drinks.  I can’t wait.  Maybe I’ll post about what we discuss some 🙂