Monday, February 25, 2013

Happily Surprising

Parade Magazine Quiz link

I do love the Sunday newspaper.  And I guess I read too many of my parent's Readers Digests when I was little, because I love the Parade "magazine" insert!  I usually read the Ask Marilyn column first.

Well this past Sunday had a great book excerpt with a quiz that was right up my alley.

I've attached the link to the quiz above, but here are the questions I was most fascinated by (the first two surprised me, but the last one I mention I hope we all know by now!):

#1. When a team of psychologists measured children's resilience, they found that the kids who _________ were best able to handle stress.

A. Ate the same breakfast every day
B. Knew the most about their family's history
C. Played team sports
D. Attended regular religious services

Answer (B) Knew the most about their family's history
The more children know about their family's history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives and the higher their self-esteem.  The reason: These children have a strong sense of "intergenerational self"- they understand that they belong to something bigger than themselves, and that families naturally experience both highs and lows.

#4. What do surveys show that most children want most from their parents?

A. To spend more time with them
B. For the parents to be less tired and stressed
C. A bigger allowance

Answer (B) For the parents to be less tired and stressed
An effective way to cut down on stress is to hold a weekly meeting to review how your family is functioning.  Sit together with everyone and pose three questions: "What worked well in our family last week?"  "What didn't work well?"  And "What can we work on now?"  The following week, adjust and try again.

#11. When men and women were asked the top three reasons they argue with their spouse, they agreed on only one.  What was it?

A. Housework
B. Children
C. Money
D. Sex

Answer (C) Money
The cliche is accurate.  Scientists posed this question to about 4,000 men and women and money was the only answer cited by both sides.  Couples can cut down on financial conflicts by dividing money into three accounts- "yours," "mine," and "ours"- and holding quarterly meetings to discuss finances.

Amazon link

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mom Movies

Amazon link
The other day Mona Lisa Smile was on Netflix so I watched the whole thing while folding laundry.  It is definitely one of those movies I'd like Mary Fowler to watch one day.  There are several, Joy Luck Club is another that has stayed with me- but she will have to be older for that one.

I'd like to somehow compile a list with pictures as opposed to my current little scraps of paper for her so maybe this is how I can get started!

Amazon link

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sorting Photographs

My sweet cousin Katie is getting married this month so we've been going home to Roanoke for various bridal parties (so fun!!).  On my last trip, it was a quick visit, and my mom gave me two tupperware boxes of old photographs.

They sat in my sunroom until last night when I found some energy after a wonderful, little surprise party for Mary Fowler.  (She turned 10 yesterday and we took her to get her ears pierced and then out to a special dinner with 7 of her sweet friends:)

I just sat down with these photos and sorted them pretty much into decades.  It really was amazing how simple and quickly it went.  My piles were labeled

"1970s and before",
and "2000s".

I went through one of the tupperware containers and I'd say it took about an hour- but I was also motivated to go through and clear out my packed file drawer and even found some things I had been looking for... most importantly, a little booklet I asked my grandmother to fill out!!

For the file drawer, I pulled things out like family trees, little notes I've saved, anything that I wanted to "scrapbook" (and by that term, I mean "hang onto in an orderly way").

Please don't let me fool you.  I am still feeling VERY disorganized.  When Mary Fowler was born, my husband bought me a new camera each year.  Additionally, we went through several computer upgrades, including keeping a PC and a MAC, and backing up each differently.  So I have digital pictures EVERYwhere and I really do not know how I will begin to keep them all in one place.

I cringe thinking that I will most likely have to print them ALL out to sort them but we are talking thousands!!  So, my plan is to make some appointments at the MAC store and hopefully one of those unlucky fellows can help me!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Library Finds

I went to the library for a book club book (The Magic Room) and found these!  I just felt giddy walking out with this stack of free books!   And then I realized what a dork I am!  All non-fiction!?!


Sunday, February 10, 2013


Proof of Heaven- Amazon

I stayed up until all hours last night reading this book and I LOVED it.  It's just my kind of book.

I'm not the fastest reader (unlike my mom who easily reads a book a day) but I read this in like 4 hours.