Lenten Traditions

Having a young child makes me appreciate and focus more on seasonal traditions. During this season of Lent, my family is starting, expanding, and continuing some traditions.

For a few years, our church has hosted Wednesday Night Lenten Suppers — simple meals of soup and salad, followed by a speaker. Last year, Caroline and I made the suppers but left for home and bedtime before the speaker. We’ll continue that this year. Of course, we indulged in a pancake dinner at church on Shrove Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, too.

Our church encourages members to take on additional service rather than (or in addition to, if that is one’s choice) fasting. The big church-wide project, lead by the youth and children, is The Heifer Project. John and I usually donate an animal in honor of each of our godchildren. This year, Caroline has her own ark bank in which to put a few coins each evening. She puts in a penny, a nickel, a dime, and a quarter (40 cents + 1). (Bonus: this helps with her eye-hand coordination and exposes her to the varying sizes and values of currency.)

Our new tradition, that makes me smile whenever I think of it, is our blessing tree. We started with a bare branch in a pot. Each day of Lent, we take a piece of ribbon and name a blessing the Lord has given us. Then we tie the ribbon onto our “tree.” By Easter, we’ll have a beautiful, ribbon-filled tree and a heart and mind full of blessings.

My First Tag

Erica at Haphazhard Happenstances tagged me with my first blog tag.

Here’s goes:

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? On a mountain in Lake Tahoe

2. What’s your favorite article of clothing? soft velour track pants

3. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex? build / body-type

4. What’s the last CD that you bought? Raffi

5. Where’s your favorite place to be? in the bathtub

6. Where is your least favorite place to be? toughie…I’m going to copy Erica here with “stuck in traffic.”

7. What’s your favorite place to be massaged? shoulders

8. Strong in mind or strong in body? mind

9. What time do you wake up in the morning? 7:30-8ish

10. What is your favorite kitchen appliance? Kitchen Aid Mixer

11. What makes you really angry? Irresponsibility

12. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? violin

13. Favorite color? red

14. Which do you prefer…sports car or SUV? sports car

15. Do you believe in an afterlife? I do.

16. Favorite children’s book? “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle

17. What is your favorite season? Winter / Christmas

18. Your least favorite household chore? Ironing — no good at it; hate to do it. Don’t do it.

19. If you could have one super power, what would it be? the power to edit things I’ve said (i.e., to rewind and prevent myself from putting my foot in my mouth.)

20. If you have a tattoo, what is it? No!

21. Can you juggle? No

22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to? My mom

23. What’s your favorite day? Sunday, lazy Sunday

24. What’s in the trunk of your car? stroller, box of slings, box of car toys, and my grocery bags

25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger? Sushi

And since I’m not sure who actually reads my blog and blogs herself or himself (besides Erica), if you read this, consider yourself TAGGED! Please leave a comment, so I know.

WFMW: Bathroom Organization

I borrowed this idea from another blogger, but now that it WORKS FOR ME and it is WEDNESDAY, I’ll share it here.

I use an over-the-door shoe organizer, trimmed to size and hung over my shower, to organize my toiletries. I hate the clutter of things on my counter. This frees up the counter but still keeps everything I need daily easily accessible.

For more WORKS FOR ME WEDNESDAY ideas, visit Rocks in My Dryer.

Quiet on the Blogfront

I’ve been pretty quiet this last week or so because my toddler is making some changes to her sleep routine, namely her nap time, which is my blogtime. After thinking things through and consulting friends and books, I have decided to follow her cue on these changes and go with the flow.

“The books” say that an 18 month old sleeps about 13 1/2 hours a day, 11 overnight plus a 2 1/2 hour nap. A 24 month old sleeps about 13, 11 overnight plus a 2 hour nap. My darling daughter has been sleeping 12-13 hours at night and only wanting a 1/2 hour to hour nap. She’s well-rested, getting her optimum amount of sleep, just not at the times suggested.

Mama loves naptime. That is her veg-out in front of the computer time (and eat junk food that she doesn’t want to share with eat in front of her daughter.) But mama also loves adult time in the evenings with her hubby. And mama loves sleeping in.

So, after toying with the ideas of keeping her up later or waking her up earlier to preserve that long nap, I have decided to go with it. Caroline can sleep from 7:30 pm until 7:30 or 8 a.m. and take a short afternoon nap. Mama just has to eat her chocolate fast!