I am not sure if anyone is in the same predicament as me but with two jobs and grad school, it has become quite hard to spend as much time with my children as I would like. I spoke with my pastor about this and she had some really great advice. My main issue was that I needed to spend more time with my teenage daughter and as anyone knows teenagers can turn their backs on parents and shut them out; mine hasn’t done this and instead has been trying to connect with me more often. My son is a handful and usually takes up most of my time when I am at home and not grading papers or writing papers.
So, I was told to send my four-year-old to bed an hour early. Simple but great advice! Why didn’t I think of that? Well, that is why I am sharing. I probably didn’t think of that because I am running on autopilot and didn’t step outside of the situation to take a closer look. Within that hour my daughter gets 30 minutes to herself to relax without having to help with her little brother and the last 30 minutes are for us to share and do whatever it is that SHE wants to do.
When I told her about the idea she was excited. She even helps me get her little brother in the bed earlier for his storytime and kiss goodnight. So far we have played monopoly (her favorite game) and 8 ball (a game that uses our cell phones). We even answered questions from our “Coke or Pepsi” book (great book to get for girls middle school and up). She loves our time together and so do I.
Courtesy of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
I had to write this post as I am nearing the end of the best movie this season thus far. Every winter, around the holidays, I watch all of the Christmas movies that I can find on Lifetime, ABC Family, Hallmark, and Hallmark Movie Channel. The kids and I love to watch these movies together because they get us into the holiday spirit and come are inspirational. Another channel which is new and I have not had a chance to pay as much attention to is UP, which I am sure has great programming too.
Anyway, a dream of mine would be to write a story that would be adapted into a movie for one of these channels. Each year, they outdo themselves. My cousin in New York and I call and compare notes on the best movie or what we are currently watching. As I type this post, I am watching “The Christmas Secret” on the Hallmark Movie Channel. It is a moving story of a single mother with two children who moves to a town to reconnect with lost family. Her humble and determined nature sets her up for fortune that she could never have imagined. Check out the trailer below, courtesy of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
This past weekend I decided to take my 10 year-old daughter to see the movie Mirror Mirror. Since, I have had my son, it has been hard to spend quality time with just my daughter. She has been such a good sport about it, that I had to reward her. So, all weekend long we did things together like walk around the neighborhood (she rode her bike), chill at the bookstore (she had to get Hunger Games because the movie is coming out and Liam is “sooooo cuuute”), cook-out ( I burnt the first batch of jerk chicken), and go to the movies. I really enjoy any time that I get to spend with my daughter because she loves mommy’s attention and I love learning more and more about the person she is developing into.
So, onto the movie. Julia Roberts was phenomenal in her role as the wicked step-mother in Mirror Mirror. The “Snow White”was a beautiful actress whom was appropriately cast for the role. I think the thing that I appreciated most about the movie was the lesson learned or should I say taught to my daughter. The lesson is that everyone has strength within and we are our only hindrance. Sometimes environment and circumstances prohibit an accurate portrayal of our inner strength but, it is there waiting to be tapped into. And sometimes the limitations are just within our minds. This lesson hit home for me, because sometimes I do not accept freelance assignments or even try for them because I feel that I may disappoint myself or the business/person that I would work for. I have since, changed this mindset and recognize my many talents and go after any opportunity that I may qualify for.
We started off with face painting in the lobby of the theatre and ended up enjoying a movie with great casting, excellent creativity, awesome graphics,humor that appealed to both myself and my 10 year old daughter, and a lesson learned for the both of us. All-in-all it was a terrific weekend.