Little Things

This is an effort on my part to capture the Little Things in my daily life that make me smile. We’ll call it my virtual gratitude journal.

Little Things: Read to Me

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This summer I noticed SuperBoy’s reading skills increasing exponentially. He read all sorts of things to us: signs, advertisements, even some of our books. I suspected that although he was learning, a lot of what he was “reading” to us was either memorized or something he was able to put together based on pictures and surroundings.

Thursday he came home from school with his first library book of the year: Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! He was so excited to read it to me, so I settled in for a long night of “sounding it out”.

He read the first page, then another, then another.  He stumbled over only a handful of words which he was able to sound out for himself.

He’s never read this book, or had this book read to him before.  This wasn’t coming from memory.

It’s a Little Thing, being read to.  But what a huge thing when it is your “baby” reading to you.

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Little Things: Bobby Pins

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hairstyle tools, bobby pins, how to use a bobby pin


Sometimes all it takes is  just a small amount of direction and your life’s view of a seemingly useless object can change forever.

Bobby pins always seemed like a good idea but they never worked for me.  Other people could get them to work…but they fell uselessly out of my hair whenever I tried to use them.

My hair has grown longer this past year, and SuperGirl has amazingly long hair.  As a child I never really learned how to “fix” my hair, ponytails and regular braids aside, so I’ve been spending some time on the internet learning how to twist and turn our hair for a little bit of variety.  In my search, I came across Kate at TheSmallThingsBlog  and a whole new world opened up for me.  She is classy and knowledgeable and her tutorials are so helpful.  I know, I know.  I feel a little silly researching how to fix my hair….but better late than never, right?!

So what’s with the bobby pins?  In reading through Kate’s tutorials, I came across a comment where a reader said, “This seems so easy but the bobby pins never stay in my hair.  Everything falls out right away.”  That’s my problem!  Kate’s answer: “Make sure you are using your bobby pins with the bumpy side down.”

Down.  Do you hear that?  That little bumpy side that appears to be the top of the bobby pin is really the bottom of the bobby pin.

I can’t be the only one who was deceived by this little metal object for so long.  I mean, I’ll be 38 years old next week and I had no clue.

I tried it last night on my “I’ve been in the house for three days” hair and sure enough,  I pulled back the top half of my hair and just pinned it around back with two….two pins and it stayed in place nice and tight.

I’m going to try curling my hair and pinning it up next.  My hair has never been able to hold a curl…but I can’t help but wonder what else I might not know.

Knowing how to use the tools you have on hand is such a little thing…..but it can make all of the difference in the world.

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Little Things: Kids’ Choice

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Turning off of the interstate today to pick up some lunch for the kids I headed down the street with a Subway to my right and McDonald’s on my left.  I was steeling myself for the debate regarding sustenance of choice when SuperBoy piped up in the back seat:  “Can we go to Subway?  My tummy feels better when we eat there, I don’t really like McDonald’s anymore…”   reeling from the shock I hear SuperGirl pipe up “Yeah, me too!”

To say I was thrilled would be an understatement.

As we picked out our sandwiches and the kids asked to go and pick out apples while I refilled their water cups…. I was thrilled with their decisions.  Decisions that I will allow myself to take partial credit for because while we have had the flat burger meal on occasion, I have made a conscious effort to discuss healthy choices with them…to limit their intake of sugar and gross processed foods and I have spent time talking with them about how their bodies feel after they eat! 

Your tummy feels yucky?  Do you think you ate too much sugar?  Maybe next time you should try an apple instead of a cookie.  Do you think you are really hungry for a snack? When was the last time you had a glass of water?  Did you know that your body can feel hungry when it really just needs more water?

I’m hearing some of these things echoed back to me around the house…and now I’m seeing it in their actions!

While the kids making the choice to dine and one establishment over another is a Little Thing, seeing an essential piece of my parenting efforts come to fruition most certainly is not.

Parenting #FTW!


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Little Things: I Love You Pancakes

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Little Things like breakfast made with love are important.  This year I made little heart pancakes for the kids, served as always with my homemade pancake syrup (corn syrup is okay if you put it in your own recipe, right?).

It turns out, this was the highlight of the day.  The hours that followed were a mixture of chaos, unprecidented application of Murphy’s Law and downright bad luck.  I’m so glad that I even though I was exhausted and the kids were crabby and bickering…. I stuck to my guns and got this breakfast on the table.

We called it quits on V-Day by noon….so I’m glad the kids will remember a Little Thing like heart shaped pancakes filled with love on their breakfast table this Valentine’s Day.

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Little Things: Happy Valentine

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Little Things like a snuggle from a warm little body can add perspective to the worst of days.

Today is one of those: a lousy, no good, rotten, very bad day. SuperDad and I were on the couch, staring at the walls (okay, the television…whatever)….when SuperBaby wandered in, groggy from his nap and climbed into my lap. His warmth and his smell flooded over me bringing calm and gratitude for all little things.

My Littlest Valentine.

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Little Things: Monumental

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A Little Thing like new clothes can make a girl feel fantastic.  If those new clothes come from your favorite store, the one you have avoided shopping at for FIVE YEARS because you wanted desperately  to enjoy the shopping experience; to have the clothes fit and look good, to not cry in the dressing room and  more than anything, to look in the mirror and see YOU looking back …. it becomes monumental.

After five years, I am comfortable with my body again.  I’m not perfect, but I’m good.  Many thanks to SuperDad who took me shopping this weekend because “it is time”.

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