Monday, April 30, 2007

Makeover Monday

I'm a bit slow at posting about Makeover Monday today (my link to moodswingingmommy's post isn't going to work because she's tarting up her blog this afternoon!), I am still trying to catch up with my very disorganized self.

My plan to improve on time spent playing with my daughter went well last week - albeit that I think it's created expectations in her that I will now paint, do play dough, crafts, music etc on demand, like all day, everyday! (not happening sweetheart!).

We kicked this off on Tuesday with a play dough session, starting with us making the play dough (Martha's got nothing on me!).
Wednesday instead of coming home straight after the library story time, we headed to a nearby splash park for fun and lunch with friends. Much fun ensued, and a nice long nap later was a great bonus for all of us.

Thursday's activities were music related and I sat with her at the piano keyboard for AGES!, going over the ABC song (at her request) over and over again - then suffering in silence as she clanged the keys - she had a blast! No photos, they wouldn't do it justice - you really would need audio, but since my technical skills aren't up to that yet, consider yourself spared!

Friday we had some crafts in the morning:

We even got this in before heading out to our playgroup at 10am at the play center (does that earn me extra mommy points?). Since I've said enough about our fun play date already, and since I think I might cry if I make myself recall the rest of Friday, now feels like a good point to stop discussing it!

We did have fun doing these activities, and I will continue to do similar, and some less structured fun stuff with Miss E. Over this past weekend I also had something of an epiphany that I need to look out for myself more, and that this in turn will make me a better mommy, too. Saturday and Sunday were spent just surviving, and so teetering on the brink of a mommy meltdown one of these days - my next week's focus is on ME!

I've already had my hair done today - and you all know how much better we feel after a haircut. And, as I've told everyone within earshot today, I'm going out for a girly night during the week (okay, maybe just a couple of hours since my 6 month old will require my lactating services before long - but it's a start right?!). My other goal is to teach myself a piano piece by reading the music! I bought a book of classical pieces for adult beginners. I don't know how realistic this is within a week, but I will give it my best shot - how satisfying it would be for me to sit down and play a piece as its composer intended it to be played!


Jenny said...

wow... I'm impressed! Now if I could just figure out how to send CJ to your house for some good structured activities! :)

Shauna said...

Can Nicholas come with CJ, too?

Congrats on your goal. Awesome!

Lene said...

Wow! I am really impressed.Send some of those good mama vibes my way!

Megan (Velveteen Mind) said...

My boys need to come over to your house, too. We don't do that much stuff in a month! My "Makeover Monday" thing would be "be more like Annie."

Must now go schedule hair appointment and night out on the town, because those are the two most important ones, right? What? Spending time with the kids was the key? Crap.

Flamenco Mom said...

Wow, you really got so much done this week! I got tired just reading about all of it! Good for you for realizing you need to take care of yourself. Sometimes we moms forget. I know--I almost had a mommy meltdown this weekend for the very same reasons.

Annie said...

Megan you sure you want to be more like me? ;)

You know, one of the reasons I love reading blogs is that there are REAL moms blogging. Not perfect mothers - just normal ones. Despite feeling on edge at times - it is very comforting to know that other moms feel exactly the same way.

moodswingingmommy said...

Sorry it took me so long to swing by, Annie!...
What a wonderful job last week. I cannot tell you how much I love your pictures! Your daughter looks like she's having such a blast. I second Megan. We don't do that much in a month either.

Good luck with learning your piano piece (buying that book is fulfilling part of that goal in and of itself), and have fun. I wish I was closer so I could join you on that mom's night out!

The Humble Housewife said...

Very impressive. You are amazing. She's an absolute doll by the way!