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Thu May 29 15:11:42 EDT 2008 (claire)

I was just reading an article in my Real Simple Magazine that I swear was written exclusively for me. As much as I try, I am not a good listener. At times, I think I do a half decent job at appearing to be a good listener, and I think I'm listening, and I want to listen, but my brain has too many other things going on for me to always listen -- especially to my kids...

Paige is a CONSTANT talker, and it's impossible and exhausting to always listen to what she is saying -- I would never get anything else done, but I am trying to at least listen to the big things. At 5 years old, there doesn't seem to be too many big things, but I did catch one in the car the other day.

I want Paige to play soccer in the fall, not ballet. I think she would benefit from playing a true team sport. There is nothing wrong with ballet, but she has done it for two years already and I'd like her to try something new. Also, I have a slight fear of potential self esteem problems, knowing that her adult build will not be tiny and dainty.

I pretty much figured I could convince her over the summer to take a break from ballet and do soccer. That's my job, to convince her to do what I know is best for her, right? Well, luckily I stopped to listen to her talking to her friends in the car about next year in ballet. She went on about how excited she is to be in a longer class, to practice what she sees the "big girls" doing and on and on about ballet. Never once have I heard her mention soccer to her friends who are also playing in the fall.

As much as I am unsure about ballet, I figured I needed to pay attention to her now at 5, not wait until she yells at me at 15 that I never listen to her. So, I looked over the fall schedule and signed her up for her next ballet class....and soccer.

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A weekend with Daddy!

Thu May 29 13:43:40 EDT 2008 (claire)

On Saturday my cousin got married in Philadelphia, and I went solo, leaving the children with John. I'm happy to report that everyone had a good time doing something different. John experienced how the kids can behave so well with only one parent -- he took them to Harrisburg for the Arts Festival, and they had a blast. They also ate Chinese food for lunch, and John enjoyed that the kids are great eaters.

I had a nice time at the wedding. It was great to see my extended family, and I managed to sneak in a lunch with my good friend Erin. I enjoyed my train ride listening to my podcasts, reading the Real Simple magazine that I picked up and even the silence of the cab ride. It was nice to spend a bit of time without the family, but it was nice to come home too!

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TOO MUCH STUFF

Thu May 08 15:21:20 EDT 2008 (claire)

In addition to this month being completely busy for John and I at work, I have been trying to clean and organize the house. Perhaps some of this is spring fever, most of it is realizing that the kids and John and I have way too much unorganized stuff! We've lived here for over 5 years and I have never done a major "get rid of stuff season." I feel very cluttered. K-Prep had a recent yard sale which helped get rid of some things, but it's been more of a motivator to go through everything to determine what to keep and what to donate.

Let's face it...Are Paige and Ben suddenly going to start playing with the toy they got for Christmas two years ago?

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