Monthly Archives: September 2008

Lego is King

Over the years, toys have come and gone. Spider-Man, Buzz Lightyear, Woody the Cowboy, Power Rangers, and countless others that escape my memory at the moment. But one toy that has held on tightly to my boys’ imaginations for quite some time is Legos. They absolutely love Legos. We have a “secret” room, which is […]

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Carri - September 30, 2008 - 7:22 pm

Catwoman rocks!! I love the idea of a lego lab. How cool!

The economy is a bit devastating at the moment. Things will get better and your photography business will flourish.

allyall - October 1, 2008 - 11:43 pm

Very cool lego creations. :) We need some legos here – just have duplos and the boys would LOVE legos – they demonstrated that at the RE conference.

Madeline - October 6, 2008 - 11:52 am

Jesse hasn’t finished any of the Legend of Zelda games, yet. He goes to YouTube Legend of Zelda walk-throughs at times when he gets really stuck. He prefers to do it on his own but is finally willing to get help.

whimsigal - October 6, 2008 - 1:06 pm

Thanks, Carri! I sure hope you’re right!

M-Legos have been so huge at our house. I know you’re right and your boys would love them, too!!

Madeline, Iain has been uploading some Legend of Zelda videos to youtube under the name IainandRyan so maybe Jesse would be interested in checking them out? Iain also gets tips from folks on youtube. He has found that to be a very useful tool because he’s not about to sit down and read a walkthrough.

Cupcake Math

You know what? I think this is a theme here because, if I’m not mistaken, we’ve also done doughnut math. Hmm. Anyway, last night the boys and I ran to the grocery store to pick up dinner and Ryan wanted to buy some cupcakes. They sell some that are “two-bite” cupcakes and they’re pretty cute […]

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allyall - September 28, 2008 - 6:19 pm

ROFL. Edible learning is the best!

Sheri - September 29, 2008 - 2:52 pm

Isn’t that always the dillemma? Why can’t cupcake goodness be zero calories and mathematically challenging? What a perfect world it would be. :)

Friendship – My Truth

What exactly is friendship? Dictionary.com defines it this way: “The state of being friends; friendly relation, or attachment, to a person, or between persons; affection arising from mutual esteem and good will; friendliness; amity; good will.” and these words are synonyms: “harmony, accord, understanding, rapport.” It is at this point that I must ask the […]

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Stephanie - September 26, 2008 - 11:14 am

Well, I’m not certain where you’re coming from, so I’m not certain that I agree.
But maybe I’m a really lousy friend to offer help, too! That’s something that I struggle with – just allowing another to express frustration without offering solutions. I”m dense that way, I guess.

Not that I feel toward my family the same way that I do my friends – that isn’t so. They difinitely have their own category.

Have to think about this some more.
Steph

whimsigal - September 26, 2008 - 11:27 am

Basically, in a convoluted way, I’m saying it’s a burden on a familial relationship to impose the same expectations as a friendship. Your family is your family and your friends are your friends. Your family giving advice in a situation is going to hit you differently than a friend who does it. Family relationships are built upon many things and our interactions therefore reflect that. Friends don’t bring the same things to a relationship that a family member does. They can say the tough things without causing hurt feelings because it doesn’t feel like there is something else behind it.

Is that any clearer? Probably not. LOL seems lately I’m not very good at communicating.

mamak - September 26, 2008 - 2:12 pm

I agree. I am very close to my parents, but they are not the SAME as friends. You cannot even compare the two. I feel that there are unsaid expectations and such with family. I have no expectations for my friends and nor do they for me. That changes everything. DRAMATICALLY.-K

Joan - September 26, 2008 - 2:25 pm

I keep things separate but then again I have a brother not a sister. That makes a big difference. I’ve found in the past when I’ve tried to be real close to family members I set my expectations too high. Something always happens. I’m sure it is partially my fault.

whimsigal - September 26, 2008 - 4:26 pm

K- That is exactly what I was attempting to say but just wasn’t able to! I’m glad you said it so succinctly! You’re right when you say that they’re not the same. Apples and oranges!

Joan, I think I do the same thing and have high expectations or even a pre-conceived notion of how the relationship is going to be. I know, too that I am equally responsible when things go awry. It’s such a tough balancing act. I bet with a brother it’s a bit easier to keep things separate.

Stephanie - October 1, 2008 - 10:51 pm

I was coming from the other side.
Imagining not being friends with my children.
That’s sooooooo hard for me to take. Trev says all the time “Best Friend, Mom.” “Best Friend, Dad.” We Are good (best) friends, and it makes me sad to think that he won’t in the future want us to be on his “friend” list.
make sense?
xxoo

whimsigal - October 2, 2008 - 7:58 am

Steph, I totally hear what you’re saying and can relate to it, too. My boys also tell me all the time that we’re best friends and I appreciate it but I also feel that once they’re older, that designation will probably change. Relationships within families are inherently different than the ones between friends. It IS friendship, just different than the one you share with people to whom you’re not related.

You’re different than me so we will probably always see this differently but I think, in spite of the fact that they’ll be grown ups, I will always see my boys as my kids. That in and of itself changes the “friend” part of the relationship to me.

Having said that, I don’t doubt for a minute that if anyone could have a best friend relationship with their kids it would be you!!