When we moved in there was an opened package of plastic cups in one of the kitchen cupboards. For sanitary reasons I wasn't too excited about drinking from them, however I found several other ways to put them to use. One of the most successful was a new version of the Memory game. I used alphabet stickers and placed them on the inside bottom of the cup; although any kind of medium/small stickers would work as long as you have two of each picture to make a pair. Turning the cups over to find what was inside kept A's attention a bit better than cards. And in the end, storing them was as easy as stacking them up.
Midweek Pick Me Up
This week's midweek pick me up is a quote from Oprah. Whether you love her or hate her, she has great and important things to say to and about mothers. She has said herself (and I am paraphrasing) that she didn't feel up to the challenge of being a mom because she knew how difficult it was. This is taken from the back page of her magazine from a few years back, an article called "What I Know for Sure":
"In our society, we give motherhood plenty of lip service. We pat momsIsn't that amazing? Say this to yourself: I have a calling in life, and it is a very important calling. And I love it!
on the head, bring them flowers on Mother's Day, and honor them before
crowds. But at the end of the day, we don't extend them the same respect
we would a professor, a dentist, an accountant, or a judge.
I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the
greatest spiritual teachers there is. To create an environment that's stimulating and nurturing, to pass on a sense of responsibility to another human being, to raise a child who understands that he or she is created from good and is capable of anything -- I know for sure that few callings are more honorable. To play down mothering as small is to crack the very foundation on which greatness stands.
The world can only value mothering to the extent that women everywhere stand and declare that it must be so. In our hands we hold the power to transform the perception of motherhood ... We should no longer allow a mother to be defined as 'just a mom.' It is on her back that great nations are built."