Archive for February, 2009

What do Phyllis Diller, Honest Abe, and Kermit the Frog have in common?

February 28, 2009

Answer: They are all exhibits at the Museum of American History.

Oh how I love when school is not in session and we have the time to go do something fun as a family. Since we had a spring “like” day, we decided to head into Washington, DC to go to the Museum of Natural History. Here are a few highlights of our day!

MaMa and PaPa Buttercup wanted the kids to experience NEW things so we took a cab from the Metro Station…THEY LOVED IT!
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I, of course, was squealing with delight at all of the architecture as we drove through the city.
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Is there any kid who doesn’t call this magnificent structure, the PENCIL?
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Tulip was FASCINATED with the Abraham Lincoln exhibit. We spent over 45 minutes taking in all of the information in that room.
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I was fascinated with Phyllis Dillar’s shoes and…

Kermit the Frog.
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Other Museum of American History highlights worth mentioning….First Ladies Ball Gowns, the flag that inspired our National Anthem, and exhibits on the history of African Americans and Jews in the United States. If you are able to check out this wonderful Museum, it is worth it at any age!

Twinkles of Delight

February 26, 2009

TWINKLES OF DELIGHT–Yours for the taking. What are they? They are moments in your day which cost nothing. Free for the taking. DELICIOUS WINKS of time. All you need is your eyes and your heart to be open to those MOMENTARY morsels placed in our path each day.

The other morning, the girls were finished getting ready for school and were unusually quiet. As I rounded the corner I saw this….
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And I heard this…”cross your laces”
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“Make a loop….Like a bunny ear…Good JJ…”
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Biting my index finger knuckle….. tears in my eyes…thinking…RELISH this MOMENT MAMA….It might be gone in a nano.
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My favorite part ….they were sharing one pair of shoes for this lesson…heart….melting…..Can someone please get me a mop?

Vintage Spring

February 25, 2009

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Emily Dickinson writes…..

A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

I cannot get spring off of my mind…perfectly formed buds, springing beautiful blooms, tulip greens peaking from the ground…these are Buttercup’s thoughts as February ends.

Photographer: MaMa Buttercup
Camera: Canon 30D

Please take CARE not to CARE

February 25, 2009

We have been asked to take care of a very special item for someone while they are away to warmer temperatures.
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We were promised it needs very little care…but were also given very strict rules.

Do not place in direct sunlight
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NEVER over water.
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In fact, we may not need water the whole time we are in charge of our house guest.
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Neglect if you need to.
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I think I need to consider adding one of these gems to Buttercup Farm….EASY TO CARE FOR, BEAUTIFUL, CHARMING, LOVELY……..TERRARIUMS.

The Artist’s Way

February 23, 2009

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Book Title: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Category: CREATIVITY
Synopsis: Have you wanted to do something creative but don’t know how to start? Are you looking for a way to deepen your creativity? “The Artist’s Way” will help you do both of those things and more. Julia, teaches us a system to help unleash our creativity juices. I have owned this book for 10 years and still love to re-read it when I am feeling “not so creative”

To order a copy of this book, click here: The Artist’s Way

If you would like to try to win a copy of this book this week enter my contest HERE!

Guiding Creativity

February 23, 2009

Rearin’ the Petites Monday
CONTEST AT THE END OF THE POST

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I believe that all people are INHERENTLY creative and feel saddened when I hear someone say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”. Julia Cameron, author of “The Artists Way…A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity”, says that “Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.” She adds that, “We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.”

I just received an e-mail from a facebook connection, she wrote, “I look forward to the day that I can completely plug into my creativity like you have!”. How many people have a creative yearning and don’t tap into it, put it aside for a “better time”, or have never explored how creativity could enhance their life?

Creativity is more than just a piece of art, music, or dance. It is a way of seeing the world, ourselves, and our potential. It is about the freedom that comes from within. Being creative is a natural self-esteem booster and can enhance your mood if you dive in without ego.

As a parent I am very interested in not standing in the way of my children’s natural creativity. I want them to feel free to think and create from a place that doesn’t need reinforcement from “rules” or “recognition”.

At Buttercup Farm, we do our best to follow the rules I listed below. It is amazing how few “toys” we actually own, and how easily my girls can create “something” out of “nothing”. This is a rewarding experience for them everyday.

  • Be joyfully creative around your children. Demonstrate how happy you feel when you are spending time figuring out your own creative possibilities.
  • Expose children to creative thoughts and experiences. Share with them the beauty of nature using a keen eye for detail. Point out the colors in a sunset, flowers, and sounds of thunderstorms. Go on hikes and collect beautiful things from nature, paint Plein Air with them, read poetry aloud, listen to classical music, and dance together. All of these little experiences can add volumes to their creative memories.
  • Give your children space for creativity, both in time and place. Don’t fill their time so that they don’t have time to “putter” through their own creative moments. Leave areas in your home completely accessible to be creative. Keep lots of supplies they can just “pick up” as they pass by.
  • Try not to judge creativity with statements of recognition, instead, ask questions about how they did what they did. Share a common bond of how good it feels to spend the time creating.
  • Don’t look at creativity as an exchange for academics. It all ties together and in fact has been proven to enhance the academic experience.
  • Limit screen time. This is truly one of the biggest creativity squashers in my humble opinion.

    We have several spaces in our home we refer to as “Artist Retreats”. My children and I “LOVE” those spaces by creating in them daily. One of my favorite creative spaces on the farm is “Buttercup Amphitheater (needs a new creative name…don’t you think?). stage10 years ago I wrote down a dream describing a place where I would bring people together to enjoy music, community, and friendship. From there, the stage was built two years ago. In addition to our summer concert series, the stage is a PLAYGROUND for creativity in our community. The children spend endless hours creating “shows”, displaying collections, and playing with their friends on that raised platform. We also use it to dine Al fresco during the summer months. The stage is only a piece of concrete raised off the ground with an arbor covering it…simple structure yet it invites “creativity up” to do SOMETHING.

    Last night on the Oscars, an award recipient said, “Creative seeds are sown in the oddest places”. I loved that statement because it inspires me to be aware of where those “ODD” spaces might be in our (my family) lives.

    QUESTION FOR THE WEEK: Where are your creative spaces? Do your children have a special place where they create? What about you? What do your spaces look like?

    CONTEST: We need to NAME the AMPHITHEATER! Please post your ideas for names in comment section of this post and subscribe to my blog by hitting the button in the upper right hand corner (you need a feed reader to do so). Our family will choose TWO winners on on Sunday, March 1…winner #1 the person who comes up with the name, winner #2 Random selection winner. Both winners will receive a copy of one of my favorite books: “The Artist’s Way”, by Julia Cameron. I will post the announcement next Monday…If you enter and have a blog, I will also post links to your blog with the winner’s announcement.
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    I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    Also, don’t forget…it is “A Beautiful Life” Friday over at The Inspired Room . Take a few minutes to check out all of the post links you will find there. It is a great weekend treat!

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