Brogging For Fun and Profit

What we say and do have such an impact on children. It is a precious and sacred power that has spidey-sense beat by a long shot. And as Peter Parker’s uncle Ben says, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Almost makes you want to pull the plug on reproduction, doesn’t it?

Want to know the latest thing kids have picked up from their surroundings? Watch/listen to them play.  All I need to do is to tune into an episode of “Elephant’s House,” to find out whats spinning Roenne’s world.  So far, I’ve learned that I can come off too harshly when I discipline by how she treats her naughty stuffed animals (no, no, no blue elephant! time out!).  Also, I’ve gotten more perspective about the things that are important to me, because of how they are filtering into her consciousness.

Obviously, there’s a lot of fun discoveries to be had as well. How many “Appa’s work videos” do you think she watched before she started making her own?

Oh yeah, she’s ready to take over the family business, don’t ya think? =)

*Note 1: Yes, for all those concerned, that is Arden crying via monitor as she had woken up 30 minutes into her nap (which is approximately a baby’s REM cycle, I am told). She fell asleep again shortly there after.

**Note 2: My heart is swelling with pride and happiness, as I managed the entire video process of record, download, hack into @tentblogger’s vimeo account, upload video, embed video, steal one of @tentblogger’s videos, and publish blog. /end triumphant boasting/

Babies Don’t Keep

I am loving this sweet poster that I found on  I’m grateful to have a big little reminder to deeply savor each second I get to hold my newborn (and even my big girl!) in my arms, and not merely survive these days in the weeds. Yes, even when my back is about to give out, and my arms can barely hold on to my big ol’ 14 pounder!

Can you believe Joni Lay created this little piece and is giving it away for free? Go get one for yourself (what are you still doing here?) or if you don’t have a little babe, pass it on to a deserving parent in your life!