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We found our village

While I’m not familiar with the origin of the proverb, I’m wholly in agreement that it certainly does take a village to raise a child.  In this day and age of internet-connectedness where our closes friends could be hundreds of miles away, I feared that our village would be rather small indeed.  I have been pleasantly surprised, though, at just how large our village can be.  My close friends and family know who they are and so I’ve taken away a few paragraphs where I named names and deeds from our friends and family who have helped us with our little elfkin. The appreciation still blossoms when I think of how they’ve helped and the lessons they’ve taught us. I was most interested, though, in writing about finding unexpected people in the village that helps us to raise our child.

I was surprised the most to find that we had a village even in the strangers in our neighborhood.  Little old ladies smile with eyes twinkling and offer helpful information–where the restrooms are at the grocery store.  Other moms come congratulate me on my little one, tell me how beautiful she is, and reassure me that I’m the only one bothered by her wails of dismay in the middle of Toys R Us.  The librarian at our local branch showed me how I can put the entire stack of books on the check out all at once instead of having to scan each bar code–a real lifesaver when you’re on the count down to a melt down because it’s almost meal time.  The woman at the coffee shop who admired us as a tag-team, out on the town running errands–and who kept an eye on her while I got cream for my coffee just 5 feet away.  Yes–gasp–I let a stranger keep an eye on her for just a moment.  When I returned with my cup of coffee, we talked, the woman and I, about babies, schooling, and the variances in different Montessori schools.

It was then that I sort of realized that these strangers are the village that it takes to raise a child.  Without these people I’d be, for example, running out of a store at top speed the moment our little one’s face crumples.  I’d be stuck going no further than 5 miles from home so that I knew I could be home to change her diaper or give her more food when the time ticked down.  I’d be unable to take the time to run the errands necessary to keep the household running smoothly…

At first, the attention made me shrink.  I like attention, yes, but on my terms, not someone else’s.  But then, as the hints proved helpful, and the smiles proved warm and genuine, I began to enjoy being a part of this village and taking the opportunity to make life easier by listening.

There’s more to be said about this, but she’s calling me now.  In summary–I’m thankful for our neighborhood, our neighbors, and the kind smiles from strangers in the world.  When given the opportunity, be that kind person who lends a helping hand or understanding smile.  I think it makes the world a much better place. ❤

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Breakfast: first day of tracking

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In addition to my cup of coffee, I picked up two ham and egg breakfast sandwiches. One isn’t enough and two is too much, so I compromised by throwing out the bun on each one.  That should help 🙂

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I re joined MyFitnessPal, so if you’re on there, add me 🙂 my user name over there is Aminarra.

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It’s not working..I’m so tired!

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I went to iaido last night, after an eleven hour day at work, then spent a couple hours studying.  I got to sleep after midnight, I was up at 5:30..and I’m tired. Exhausted, really.  But I’ve got 8 hours ahead of me at work, plus school.. I won’t be home until 9pm.

What does all of this have to do with the photo above? Well.. raised wipers is a winter omen in Minnesota.  Winter is coming..again. 6-8″ snow expected before I have to go to school. I’ll take a before and after picture of my car..

In the mean time, I’m going to be living on energy drinks.

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Sugar Wednesday

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Today was a bit hectic. We stayed up super late last night (1am), so this morning was rough.  I had a sensible breakfast, then pizza, a sensible lunch, (salad and menacotti (sp?), then too much sugar.

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Since things are stupid stressful at work, people keep bringing around doughnuts and treats, and I keep eating them. The scale reflects those decisions…

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Oh! Hi, there. (Ohaithere!)

It wasn’t until I saw that my previous post was entitled “Enter, enter, the first of November” that I realized how long it’s actually been since I’ve blogged.  “Busy” doesn’t begin  to describe it.

One thing I’ve been busy with recently is getting the apartment ready for Christmas 🙂

I’ve got a load of dishes in the washer right now, and once I’m done blogging, I’m prepared to go make cookies for a couple of hours.  In the mean time, though, here are some pictures of the Christmas festivities around our place:

Caribou and Tim Horton's Coffee Ornaments
We love our coffee enough to hang our love on a tree. Caribou when we’re in the states and Tim Horton’s when we’re not 🙂
Detail of our Tree
Detail of our Tree
Our tree, 2013
Our tree, 2013
Tim Horton's Ornament
Snowman with his extra large double double
Caribou Coffee cup ornament
Large chai latte with a shot of cinnamon and a shot of espresso. yum.
German Shepard Angel Ornament
In memory of Damon
Nicolin Mansion Ornament
We stayed at the Nicolin Mansion for our Honeymoon ❤
We toured the Coors brewery with Lori and Ross when we went to visit them :)
We toured the Coors brewery with Lori and Ross when we went to visit them 🙂
Initial "P" Ornament
Monogrammed ornament 🙂 It was originally to celebrate Jeff’s first Christmas in the states, but now his initial is mine too! (Our 1st Christmas as a married couple, awe)
English Bulldog ornament
In memory of Otis, our duh-dog who was half pit, half bull, all awesome.
Angel dog ornament
In memory of Dutch, my favorite Rottie.
Snapfish Snowflake Photo Ornament
I love the photo ornaments we have on our tree. Get ’em at Snapfish.com
Angel
Our tree is topped by a serene angel this year. Her head is just shy of our ceiling.
paper snow flakes on a glass door
The paper ones preceded the real ones
Candycanes in the snow
Candycanes in the snow
View from the balcony
View from the balcony
Skinny Santa figurine
Skinny Santa
Bowl of Balls w/ Bow (Red Glitter)
Bowl of Balls w/ Bow
Bowl of Balls 2 (blue glitter)
Bowl of Balls 2
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Well that’s pinteresting…

I took an idea from Pinterest recently and decided to freeze some coffee into little heart-shaped coffee cubes 😀 I like my coffee not-so-hot and so I’m constantly adding ice. It tends to water down the coffee, though, so this was a nice solution.

The only problem I can see is that the coffee seemed to settle to the bottom of the “cube”.

Worked like a charm this morning, and now Jeff and put them in his smoothies too =P