Originally Posted by revolting
We also have been making dandelion-infused massage oil. I'm planning on giving the kids massages before bed with it as a way to celebrate their bodies/sensuality. Maybe that's corny, IDK.
This sounds really nice! I just got a bunch of dried dandelion leaf and was wondering what I'd do with it. Thanks!
Originally Posted by LionessMom
ii feel like i come on her just to kvetch sometimes lol. i am just so frustrated right now. DD1's birthday was the 17th. i have been trying to get dh to help plan a party since the 12th. i finally decided on the 28th and called my family and told him to call his family. then comes the 20th and i ask and he says he didnt. so i have to do it. he said he wanted to get an ice cream cake. that was a week ago. so this morning i ask him if he still wants to do that bc his mom offered to make a cake or cupcakes, and he tells me that this was the first i have ever talked to him about it! i want to scream and then cry in frustration. i had a hard time even thinking about planning a party bc my grandpa just died and i asked him for some help and here it is the last minute and i have to pull everything out of my rear! by myself. i get so irritated with him. I hope people come and Laura isnt disappointed.
besides that i guess everything was going good. i am all ready for baby. i just have to go through everything and get it organized. i have 6 to 10 weeks left so i better get a hurry on.
Oh, that would bug the bejeezus out of me, too! I hope the party turns out well.
Six to ten weeks, dang! I was just looking through birth photos on a photographers website and thinking I'd love to have another labor and birth experience. Course, I don't want anymore kids, so that hampers things some. Have to say, I'm a little jealous!
Originally Posted by Maiasaura
He is on his way to a meeting right now. He decided that having $15 in his wallet was a bad idea, so he put it all in his gas tank and went to a meeting. Also he gave me his bank username and password because he's trying to be accountable for buying alcohol-- though what that would do is beyond me. If it helps him somehow, though, to know I can get in there, yay.
Hopefully having his bank info is helpful to him. Sometimes strange things like that help me. If I were him, I'd know you could get online and check my info out whenever so I wouldn't be able to hide it from you. It would keep me more accountable because I would avoid feeling like crap that I let you down, kwim?
Originally Posted by Mommy2Austin
Beltane- I'm at a loss. I'm still very green to all that is Pagan and still haven't really found anything I feel very drawn into. Wicca hasn't really reeled me in as something I feel in sync with so I'm just wandering somewhere on the way at the moment. I'd love to eventually find a festival to attend for all the things I've heard of them. They sound fun and very spiritually enlightening.
As for me... I feel like I'm constantly on a roller coaster. Right now I feel like I'm in a lull, but I'm waiting for the ball to drop. The end of the month is approaching which means bills will be coming up and usually means we get stressed and start heading for each others throats.
We had a big fight last week. One of those fight where I almost left. I just can't seem to find the balance that doesn't make me want to run from him at every turn. I love him. I want what we had when we got married. i just can't seem to pull it back. So much has happened in 7 years, but the bad weighs more than the good (though most of the bad is outside factors we couldn't overly control.)
I have a book called Celebrating the Great Mother by Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw. Its got a whole bunch of activities and a few rituals for parents and kids to do together. Its simply Pagan, like Lioness talked about, not Wicca/Heathen etc specific. Lots of good family ideas and its been a good starting place for me to work out things to do on my own. There are two parts, part one is on raising a child in an Earth centered religion and the second focuses on the Festivals of the Year. I'm a huge huge fan of this book!
I hope the air clears up for you two.
Originally Posted by LionessMom
it took me a long time to figure out exactly what i wanted and then i realized i didnt really want what other people who were "pagan" wanted. the only place i fit in was here, and the UU church. i never felt insync with wicca. i wanted something older, something that had a long history. so i started reading history. esp history i would have been descended from. then i got a book about the oldest religion ever documented. i wish i could remember what it was called. it was a scientific book where they had found the oldest cave drawings and burials ever and went into what they thought it meant for the religion of the time. it was at the heart of where life started. they showed spiral drawings and mother goddess figures, the way the burials were arranged and what was put into the graves, structures they thought were temples and how they were arranged, and the dwellings they found and the presence of "religious" artifacts. how they might have lived etc. it was simply the most fascinating book i have ever read. it was there i found my center in what i believed. everything i read after that just added to what i had already found. the base of religion, primal beliefs, my tie to them, the meaning of life. etc. my point is, is that you dont neccessarily need to read religious books to figure it out. pagan is a label that encompasses all sorts of paths. there is no one way to be pagan.
This sounds fascinating! If you remember the name, please share, I'd love to read it! I'm a total history geek anyway and adding ancient religion to the mix?! Forget about me doing anything except immersing myself in that book!!
Originally Posted by vydalea
Wow, Mamas, seems like we need a big group hug!
I agree! Seems as though this month has been extra hard on everyone.
Well, my dad started physical therapy yesterday. Its definitely a step on the right direction for him. I will be glad when he can drive himself, though! I'm going to be sooo behind on housework and cooking by the time that happens, though. Not to mention naps get totally disrupted and the boys turn into little noisy terrors.
My herbs are not doing so well. The temp dropped overnight down into the lower 30s a couple nights earlier this week and the frost really hurt my cilantro. I trimmed it up and it seems like it might be ok, there are lots of teeny leaves growing from the center! And DS2 seems to find it great fun to walk all over my basil so I'm pretty sure its been trampled to death. I only about four teeny leaves left on two short shoots. I'm hoping it will pull through, but I doubt it will happen.
I did get three loads of laundry out on the clothesline today though! It was lovely to be outside hanging it up and my sheets smell sooooo yummy! Its a little chilly and not very sunny so its taking forever for the stuff to dry, which kinda sucks because its going to start raining soon. But at least it'll have been outside some and I didn't have to run the dryer nearly as much.