My belly + two girls… phew.

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Between my massive belly, a child who can’t sit still, and another who is going through more “new sibling on the way” symptoms than the baby’s actual sibling… my goal is to stay calm, breathe, find some sort of beauty to focus on. Some days it really does work out that way and others I just lose it and have to lay everyone down and have some “cool off” time. Today is one of those days and this blog is many times where I turn to for “cool off time.” 

We have been actively changing many of the ways we do things to include Macky and Scarlet. It is a process that forces us (the adults) to learn patience. It’s not always the most convenient thing to have little hands in the dinner making process or “helping” with the dishes. But the immediate change in their attitude and their motor skills has been so amazing to see. In just a few days they have both become more independent, but happily so. Nobody has forced them to do anything, we always help when they ask, but they have literally begged us to move to a different level. 

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This is one of the scenes of our day since the weather has decided to be nice. It’s been a whole lot of drawing, creating, and exploring. Scarlet’s Gran and Granddad blessed us with the coolest little table for the girls. We have spent quite a bit of time at that little table making, playing, and learning how to drink out of real cups. 🙂 

Even in the midst of the tougher days like today, it is such a blessing to have these beautiful little feet pitter-pattering through the house with so much anticipation and excitement that this day will hold something new. They are like little sponges, soaking up everything we dare to throw their way.

A Day in the Life of Edison

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I couldn’t get the video to come over to my place so you’ll have to go there to see it. 🙂 Sorry.

I have recently put much effort into finding out what exactly our alternative parenting style looks like. Joseph and I have had many conversations about the age of 12 being “the age of accountability” and what exactly our children will need from us in order to get them ready for that age. We have researched and seen the amazing affects of many of the different styles of schooling floating around out there. I haven’t found anything that we completely agree with, but Montessori has come the closest to the direction we believe we should head in.

I watched this video in total shock. This little guy is only two months older than Scarlet. One thing that caught my eye is how involved this daily process is, not just for the child but for the parents as well. Scarlet gets a lot of attention I am realizing how much time we spend trying to occupy her time while we are cooking or cleaning. She always gets frustrated with not being involved in the process of everyday life.

This week I am going to experiment with putting her dishes and her art supplies down on a shelf where she can get to them. This is the only place I have found on the web to give any good amount of information. Most of my information has been from books and other bloggers. So, I am also on a hunt to find some good resources for teaching toddlers. Sew Liberated has also started a Meet Up for Alternative Parents and their kiddos. I would like to see Scarlet consistently be around other children who are learning at an early age. I feel like we might be stifling her a little by being here in the house all day with no interaction but Macky and I. She seems to be quite the social butterfly.

Hopefully I’ll get my camera back into the swing of things and snap some pictures of our progress this week. Today, we’re off to the Birth Center to here this sweet baby’s heartbeat. 🙂 Have a wonderful Thursday!

Up and Running!

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Yes, here I am and here is the story:

I love keeping this little space to share my heart, mind, thoughts with… well… whoever reads. But I have recently realized how uncomfortable I have been with who I am. I have always been one of those square pegs that never quit fit into the round hole I was given. I am so very understanding of the fact that I may live my life one way and others another and that is okay. But I never felt like I would be looked at the same by others. Having a blog that talks of alternative ways of living, parenting, and thinking has been very intimidating for me. 

I was sitting at a table of women this past weekend and someone brought up that I make my own laundry detergent. My first thought was, “Great. How in the world am I going to explain to them that I’m not a hippy.” But then they started asking my questions and writing down the recipe, they were genuinely interested. They would ask me how I thought to research the idea and the only thing I could think to say was, “well, because I’m a weirdo.”  I found myself pouring out all the information that I’ve learned and then apologizing. I realized after leaving that table that I am completely uncomfortable with me and my own interests. I have decided that I am going to be okay with me and the way that God has asked me to raise my family. I know that there are certain ways that we want to live that not everyone thinks is right or is for them. But I have come to the conclusion that there are two reasons you are reading this right now. You either are interested in who I am or interested in how I live. Otherwise you would not be reading.I want to be sure that this blog has a purpose, not just “Tabitha’s Crazy Ideas of Living.” I do apologize if anyone has felt like one idea is the absolute only way. That is not at all how I think. I am very aware that what is right for my family may be completely different for you and yours. This space will mostly be filled with alternative or creative parenting and living – through my eyes. My glimpse of the world. I do hope that you come and find inspiration, new ideas, and maybe a look at the world through different lenses. Because like I said, my look on life and this world is most likely very different from yours. 

We came across this video from another blog and Scarlet’s eyes were glued the entire time. It’s so much fun to watch and see what interests her, how she thinks, creates, and imagines.

There is a huge part of this motherhood journey that I never anticipated. I never realized how many parenting decisions I would make based upon what I believe is right for us as an individual family and how many of those decisions would not be the norm. Looking back at my life and who I am, I should have guessed it. But it has been a very uncomfortable journey. I have constantly felt the need to apologize for my “weird take on things.” Recently, especially after watching many alternative parenting views become the trend, I have become more comfortable. I’m not really sure if it’s just because of timing or if I feel more comfortable with knowing that other parents are thinking the same way, or if I am just coming to another level of being cozy in my own skin. 

So, as our little family greets spring with much excitement, this little part of my world will also start a new and refreshing season. As you can see, I have my pictures back up and running and I also have some other surprises in the works! 

Yay! for new beginnings!