Whew. Is it normal to start nesting a month and a half before your baby is even due?? Because it seems I've gone into overdrive with this kitchen stuff. And a big reason is because I know that once the kitchen is finished we can maybe move on to a few other projects... Painting our bedroom? Painting the guest bedroom?? Finally finishing the boys room (we painted it in January but still need to put up some trim)??? And all this by October? Probably not. But while I've got the energy I should keep doing whatever I can (For today - laundry, dishes, dinner, bread to replace the 4 loaves I burnt yesterday... yet here I sit...). So, while I'm not sharing any pictures yet, know that the floor has been primed, painted, and painted again. All done by me while Zach was at work. Wait, not true, I had help. And (I lied) here's one picture:
I didn't let them help anymore after that since I went to get the camera and when I came back Max was walking in circles with a roller full of paint. But Zach's big into letting the boys help if they express the desire. He's better at it than I am. He always reminds me, "We're not just _______ (fill in with whatever we're doing at the time: painting the floor, remodeling a kitchen...), we're raising boys." And he's right. Most of the time they want to help and it only takes a minute to figure out a way to help them feel involved. And really, they're usually bored within a minute or two and then you can get back to work. But it's not always easy to remember that in the moment.
Anyways, there's a not so updated update on the kitchen. More exciting things to come.
On a totally unrelated note, these are a few things I've been thinking about recently:
A Cup of Joe talks about How To Talk To Little Girls. Fascinating.
The article that inspired her, and me, to try harder at coming up with better things to talk about. I talked about this with my sister and she posed an interesting question: Is it because of the way that we talk to little girls that makes them love dressing up and looking pretty? Or do they just come that way? Think about it the next time you talk to a little girl. You'll be surprised at how hard it is to not say, "Wow! What a pretty dress!" or "I love your shoes!" I work in Primary at church so every Sunday I'm practicing coming up with better things to talk about with the little girls.
An article I read today about young girls and the way they dress. Scary.
That last one makes me glad that, at this point, Team Cowan is only producing boys. But then it makes me worry for my boys as well. It's hard to teach them to avoid pornography (do people realize how damaging it is?) when it's pretty much walking around everywhere we go. And it's only getting worse. And it's so surprising to me to see such young girls in such inappropriate clothing because that means that the parents are buying it for them and letting them wear it! I assume that the last way a parent would want their daughter to appear is sexual, but maybe that's not the case anymore. Yikes. I know that even as a teenager my parents had a lot of say in what I was allowed to wear. And while, at the time, I hated it and fought it, I get it now. And I appreciate it. But I'm surprised that there don't seem to be many parents who enforce those types of rules anymore.
Why not? What are your thoughts? Am I extreme? Am I naive to think that parents have any say in what girls wear? Do you think that we can change the way girls see themselves?