So I had my first major birthing class drama with a couple that did not like the way I was doing things, haha! She had had a friend who took the class and in her class they had done a relaxation practice every single week and I don't do real practice in class until class 5. It's not in my class outlines and we didn't do it that way in the class that I took before Charles was born so it never really even occurred to me. So this couple started taking classes a little late in their pregnancy and barely had time to finish up the whole series and then we had Christmas and then the next week we were sick so I cancelled class again. So the next week was their third time coming, but I was trying to catch up and we did class 4 and part of class 5. I was really trying to accommodate them! So once again, we hadn't done a practice and I said that we were going to start the next class with a 30 minute practice -- they were so annoyed! And they told me that they didn't really know how to practice relaxation at home since we hadn't done it in class. I just think that is stupid! Have they heard of the internet? Just look up relaxation exercises! Plus, we have some in the book for every week that I read out loud and then they're supposed to do all week. Go home and do it! I did it before the internet and look how that turned out! But, as they were talking, she said that she had found out that she was showing signs of maybe coming early so I'm sure she was just stressed out! And in the end, I was kind of relieved that they just decided to quit the class (they didn't know what they were going to do, but seemed relieved when I offered a refund) because they were seriously sending off a negative vibe! Which wouldn't be good for the other three couples. My first instinct was to be totally offended and upset, but I was very nice to them and they appreciated that. I might just be growing up, aaah. I also decided to learn from the experience and will now do short relaxation practice starting from class 1. Learn from trials and try to do better, right?
I started doing the Artist's Way -- a sort of program to rev up
one's creativity. I'm doing it with Cherrie, Fara, Joy, and Rebecca. We have a
facebook group and hopefully it will be good. It lasts 12 weeks and
each week there are tasks to do and every morning you're supposed to
write three pages of stream of consciousness. I was nervous about that,
but it hasn't been too bad. It helps that my brain has a constant
commentary marching through. Anyway, this week I had so many ideas
percolating in my brain -- it was really great! I was rethinking my
children's book that I started writing in France. Did I mention
that serendipitous thing? Ever since
we got back from France I have been searching everywhere for my little
black notebook! And I was never really losing hope. Every time we go
on a trip I would re-look in all of the suitcases hidden pockets still
hoping the book would be there! Every time I get out a box in the
basement, I'm just sure it will be there! I have cleaned out my
cupboard multiple times since then, but I was still sure that it had to
be in the house somewhere! Well, on Christmas Eve, when the Thayn's
were here, we were having so much fun singing songs that we got out
these old songbooks that we had gotten free from the church. They were
in the messy cupboard where we keep the hymnbooks. Moving those red
songbooks made everything fall over, so later, while Dad and Charles
were trying to set up the Christmas presents, I decided to reorganize
that cupboard. First I found an unopened French hymnbook and then right
behind that was my little black notebook! It has been four years!!!!
Can you believe that? I was so excited! I have tried to sit down and
rewrite my little story, but it was totally blocked. I couldn't even
write one little sentence! So this was really a blessing and I've been
thinking about writing a whole series about little kids who move to
different countries and the strange new customs that they find there.
And then in the back could be a list of simple vocabulary words, etc. I
was also thinking of either doing travel books or a webpage of
traveling with children. And then we just might have to travel more
places, right? Oh, the possibilities! So it is fun to be thinking and
planning, but the next step is the actual doing. Hmmm, that is always
I finished another Korean drama that was so good! It was about a doctor who gets kidnapped back in time to the
year 1350 so it was so fun to be discovering ancient Korea with her and
then the things they thought were strange about her. And the romance
part was really sweet. I think in about the 17th episode he held her
hand, aaaah. They are so clean and sweet.
Everyone here thinks I've gone crazy, though. I never used to watch
t.v. in the middle of the day. It's a bad habit.
the girls' piano recital. Charles favorite day of the year, woohoo! He
promptly fell asleep and then we were wrestling with Phin and Archie
for the entire 90 minutes. It is a little bit painful, but not so bad.
Poor Ibby was super nervous and had a pained expression on her face the
whole time. Lucy was the star of the show and played her pieces last.
When she started playing, Phin looked at me and said, "This is so
beautiful! Mom! Have you ever heard this song before?" Matthew and I were
cracking up (quietly, of course)! She plays that song like 10 times a day!!!! Was it
really completely new to Phin? Hahaha! After the recital we had the
sister missionaries over for dinner. Matthew had gone upstairs to change
Archie's diaper and I was in the kitchen and I hear one of the
missionaries scream and then everyone was laughing so hard! I ran into
the dining room and Phin had stuck a marble way down into her rice! I
said, "Phin! You can't do that!" So he proceeded to stick his fingers
in her rice again and try to dig it back out! Oh my goodness! So I
yelled again, "Phin! Just stop touching her food!!!!" She was laughing
so hard and said it was the funniest thing that had happened on her
mission so far! Later, they were talking with us and Phin wouldn't come
in so we said, "They're going to show us a video." He went and got
that green velvet stool and parked himself right at her feet, but then
when she started talking, he stood up abruptly and said in a disgusted
voice, "This isn't a video!" And stomped out of the living room! Oh
my. We are THAT family. We tried to excuse the boys by chalking it up
to having to sit through church and the recital. They just were not
having any more of controlled behavior.
I had better go. The kids don't have school for MLK day and I hear crashing noises upstairs!