So a 3-way playdate with 4-year-olds was pretty much a disaster. 3-way playdate with 6-year-olds might even be better than 2-way. They are taking turns being the negotiator and mitigating conflicts! (And the actual negotiations are very funny - currently about the possible nature of a a nocturnal horse and whether she could communicate with the two vampire princesses, since the horse-player doesn't want to suck anyone's blood but they all want to be part of the same game-scenerio.)
Totally non-unique thought of the morning: I need a clone of me to do all the things I want/ "think I need" to do.
Maya chose to spend (some of) her Christmas and birthday money on Eva, but insisted she wanted no make, not buy, her clothes. So today, mom's worn out crew sock became stockings, and then a hat and mittens (because mom likes a challenge).
. . . what books would be on my office shelves, I probably would have guessed very wrong.
I've always considered myself to be a generalist, of sorts. For example, I resisted specializing in environmental policy, already quite specialized, and chose communications instead of a particular policy focus.
Well, that was another lifetime, but recently, I've described my yoga teaching as covering the entire prenatal-to-death spectrum. I teach toddlers, preschoolers, school-age kids, adults, prenatal, postnatal . . . but I'm finally thinking I need to specialize, at least a little bit.
My father has always said, "If you want to know what someone wants to do, just watch what they do."
complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
. . . again, and again.
Musing on this tonight and anytime I have to make a decision. My philosophy on fear is something I teach in prenatal yoga: you have to go into it, the uncomfortable feeling, but that doesn't mean it goes away, just that you can do what you need to do anyway.
Photos: Warning sign on the Great Wall near Beijing, China. "Heart" leaves in Great Falls National Park, MD.
and then, even worse, I made one of my hobbies into my day job.
I watched many NaBloPoMos, Blogher's challenge to post every day in November, pass without signing up. This year, in an effort to force myself to create fresh written content for Breathing Space Family Yoga, I signed up. In a fit of madness, I signed this blog up too.
So far, the posting her has been minimalist, but I've got some ideas . . . In the mean time, enjoy what I've been posting on yoga:
It’s a standing pose introduced in most beginners yoga class, yet its
classic form and variations continue to challenge me years after first
encountering it. Uttita Parsvakonasa (extended side angle pose) is one
of my favorite asana (postures) and I teach it in nearly all classes
from beginner, to early morning open, to prenatal. . . . more
"What do you do all day?" is one of the most common questions about or kids yoga day off camps. No, we don't do yoga for 7.5 hours.
We do lots of yoga and yoga games, but that's not all. We'll do
arts and crafts every day. If the weather is nice, we walk to a
nearby playground for lunch and outdoor time. We have quiet time
every day for both nappers and non-nappers. . . . more