Easy as pie? Is pie really easy? It's easy to eat, but not always easy to make. Excellence is easy to appreciate and enjoy, but getting there takes a while. Join me in my Pursuit In Excellence. It won't be quick , but it will be worth it!
For me excellence revolves around motherhood and grandmahood. It is central to my many interests which I use to help my children develop their talents and have fun.
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- Inkheart – We watched the movie with the kids last night. I’d seen it before, but somehow didn’t remember the title or that I now want to read the books.
- Beautifully decorated Easter cookies – Somewhat Simple shared great directions with pictures so you could make them yourself. I’ve been wanting to try the tricks mentioned earlier this week, but time got the best of me and I passed the job off to my kiddos. The cookies came from a mix and frosted with store bought frosting; and they were yummy. I’ll try to develop my cookie decorating skills another time.
- Cute cards – I’ve been meaning to spend an hour or so making cards and Pebbles and just the inspiration I’m looking for.
- Cute boxes – While we’re being crafty, I’d love to try Little Birdie Secrets ideas. And it would make me use my Silhouette that I got for Christmas.
- More about Multiple Intelligences – Last week I shared Chocolate on my Cranium’s post on multiple intelligences. A few days later Amelia Maness-Gilliland talked about introverts and extroverts on Arizona Mama that tied right into the multiple intelligence post. So I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how I and my children learn. Today, Chocolate on my Cranium talks specifically about linguistic learners – which just happens to by my strongest area.
- A Twist on Garlic Bread – Next time you serve spaghetti or some other wonderful Italian dish, why not try Parmesan Garlic Pull Apart Bread from Dinner Time Ideas?
- Garden Experiment – My neighbor brought over a container and some lettuce seeds for us to try another “experiment”, to see if I can grown anything edible. The younger kids were out there helping prepare the container and plant the seeds. We had tried a small compost bucket last fall and it worked great! It turned our light brown soil to a deep, rich almost black that we mixed into the soil. We also planted some carrot seeds we had on hand. While we were in the backyard, our neighbor handed us some more containers over the wall and potato bulbs and green bean seeds. Wish us luck in not killing all of these plants!
I admit it, I’m a wanna be. I have a list as long as my leg of all the things I want to learn and master. Even though I’m short , that’s still a long list.
I wanna be a better writer.
I wanna be a photographer.
I wanna be a better mom.
I wanna learn to play the piano.
I wanna be well read.
I wanna motivate my Cub Scouts.
I wanna loose weight and be healthier.
I wanna learn how to use my new Silhouette.
I wanna learn Photo shop.
I wanna improve my blog.
I wanna find my long lost ancestors with Ninja family history skills.
I wanna grow a garden. (I’m not sure I’ll ever get that one down.)
I wanna have my food storage.
I wanna be a good cook.
I wanna decorate my home and create a peaceful atmosphere.
I wanna throw parties (not just my kid’s birthday parties).
I wanna understand more about nutrition.
I wanna catch up on my scrapbooks with beautiful layouts.
I wanna spend time with my family and friends and not feel rushed.
I wanna appreciate the beauty around me.
I wanna have my own business.
I wanna help others.
I wanna strengthen my testimony.
I wanna finish my Wood Badge tickets.
I wanna celebrate life.
I wanna feel connected to those around me in a meaningful way.
Is that much to ask? I guess it is, especially all at once. Since I’m not taking a class this semester, I’m trying to decide where to focus my time and energy. I think all of the things on my list have merit, it’s deciding which is the best use of my time that has me a little dizzy.
Several bloggers have chosen a word to focus on for the New Year. Last year I chose progress. It’s one of my constant words, but I had to go back and see what word I chose last January. Several of the items listed above are goals I’ll be working on this year and some will have to wait. This year my word is direction. I need to choose the best direction to focus on and choose a plan to get there.
I’m back with a new list of some of my favorite recent posts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
- 24 Birthday Celebrations at 24/7 Moms
- Raimi shares what can be done in just a few kid-free hours (including a super cute scrapbook layout) at If You’re Happy & You Know It
- Chocolate on my Cranium shares a guest post about how we women sometimes view ourselves as part of her Celebrating Family series.
- Scribbit shows us a very interesting strawberry and shares some great gardening links.
What blogs have caught your attention today?