Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Currently.

Doing yoga with Mommy this morning. 
yoga with Mommy

Reading: nothing right now. I am going to pick a new book to start this evening but I am open to suggestions. Anyone?

Wondering: if it's weird that Henry doesn't know how to use my iPhone or our iPad. The only thing he's ever done on the iPad is watch a movie while in the car, and on our iPhone there's one alphabet game he's looked at a few times, along with Peekaboo Barn when he was a little younger. But he's not into it at all really. I've been paying attention a bit more, and noticing that most kids his age are super knowledgeable about all things technology, but with Henry we just haven't made it available so he doesn't really know it exists, if that makes sense. I wonder when this will shift; when he'll see his friends using their parents' phones and want to do the same, when he'll look around a restaurant and see other little ones tapping away at an iPad and be curious. We are obviously a family that's really into all things tech, but for now I like that it's not part of his life. But then I had this whole conversation with a friend and we discussed how it might be necessary to get him acclimated early because every other kid his age will already be to that level, and as more things in our world merge with technology it will be a necessity. Such an interesting topic, right? I also wanted to add that this whole thing isn't to be like "oh, Henry doesn't use an iPhone or iPad. We are special," because lord knows we sure love to watch our kiddie shows. Sesame Street is an every-morning thing. Just wanted to make that clear! ;)

Feeling thankful: for our trip to Disneyland. This was a really special vacation, maybe the last one for just the three of us before Charlie arrives in a few months, and we had a wonderful time. I'm still kind of in awe over how well it went. I was a little nervous; Henry loooves his crib and hates sleeping in bed with us, and I was worried about him being so big using his old pack 'n play, but besides night #1, it was awesome. I have a ton to share about our trip, our experience bringing a toddler to Disney for three days, and being pregnant while there, and I'm looking forward to getting my posts together either this week or next! So much to say!

Eating: Does anyone else like to eat the same thing over and over until you get sick of it? That's what I always seem to do. Right now here are my current favorites- for breakfast: 2 slices of Ezekial toast, 2 eggs with spinach, and a glass of orange juice (citrus anything is my favorite, both this pregnancy and with Henry). For lunch I've been loving a quinoa bean bowl as I call it, which is just a big bowl with quinoa on the bottom, topped with black beans and cheese, then pico de gallo. Seriously amazing. Then for dinner it's really whatever we cook for the night. But breakfast and lunch have been on regular rotation for the past couple of weeks and I'm still not sick of them. I give myself another week or so...

Watching: I just watched the Revenge season finale. Whoa, whoa, whoa! Is anyone else into that series? It's so good. I've been watching that, and then also getting my fix of horrible television via The Real Housewives of OC. Ooh that show is fun to watch. I think my favorite person on it this season is Heather, she's hilarious to me.

Working on: DOING. Odd thing to be working on, but let me explain. So many times I see something I love, something that inspires me. Maybe it's a garden full of flowers, maybe it's a cooling tray full of freshly baked muffins. And I want to make or create or grow or do. But I don't. I mean sometimes I do, but overall, I kind of just admire and look and wish I was doing something...but then don't. It's like that whole thing we see all over the internet now, those articles about how we all spend our time pinning, but rarely doing. I want to DO! Pick a recipe or a flower to pot or a place to go, and just do it. I want Henry's world to be full of life, and in order to do that, I think it's important he sees me trying new things all the time. So do, I shall.

Loving: the sweet age of 2 and 1/2, strawberry jam on bran muffins, eating meals on the patio, these big springtime clouds, fresh peonies, happy news that Lucy rolled over for the first time, making plans with friends, Seattle next month, learning something new, toast and butter, and seeing friends succeed.

So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out. And thanks again to my dear friend Megan for providing the original inspiration for these posts.

66 comments:

  1. Anything Jodi Picoult. She uses the same formula every time, but I swear I never see the ending coming, it's always out of left field.

    And I always end up bawling.

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    1. I don't know if I've ever read anything by her. I feel like I have? Either way, which one do you recommend I start with?

      Thank you :)

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    2. I remember liking "Vanishing Acts" although I don't really remember the details. Many people read "My Sister's Keeper" I think that's one of her more popular books. I didn't like "The Tenth Circle." Just to get you started :)

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    3. Ahh I forgot she wrote My Sister's Keeper. I def. read that one - SO SAD! And the movie?! Jeez. I will add the other one to my list. Thank you so much! <3

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    4. Her newest book is "The Storyteller", and it is captivating. I'd recommend it.

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  2. My son turned 2 in January. He has used my Kindle Fire a few times but other than that no real technology. I do agree that with our children being this age that it will become a necessity. I just went to a new dentist and used an Ipad to check in/give demographics. Crazy!

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    1. Isn't it crazy? So different from how I was raised (I was born in '82). It will be interesting to see how it changes in the upcoming years.

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  3. Jarvis carries around my phone "talking' (well not that he talks), plus he loves looking at images and videos of himself, other than that he watches a You Tube video of an ABC song over and over. But has yet to be introduced to Kids TV.
    Don't spoil the ending of Revenge! Have two shows to go.

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    1. I'd never! I despise spoilers and wouldn't ever ruin it. Can't wait for you to see it! :)

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  4. I recently finished "what teachers make" by Taylor Mali. If you haven't read it, I highly suggest moving it to the very top of your reading list. I'm the slowest reader on the planet and I was halfway through it the night I started reading it. That good!!

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    1. Ooh, I love Taylor Mali! Good choice. Danielle, my favourite book EVER is 'Shantaram' by Gregory David Roberts. It's quite long, but a real life-changer, if you have the patience. Something perhaps a little more accessible is 'Perfect People' by Peter James which I recently finished, and was sad to have done so! A really interesting read.

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    2. Thank you both so much for the recs! I've added them to my list! :)

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  5. I was thinking about your technology topic. Kids to pick up on it quickly, however, I think it will be a huge part of his educational life as he grows up. I'm a teacher and I realized a couple years ago how much I took for granted that kids had experience with technology, even in the mixed income school I worked at. I had a first grade student who really was clueless about what to do in computer time. I spoke to his mother and she told me that he'd never used a computer before. She thought she was helping him by making all the technology off limits but said to me that in retrospect she wished she would have let him learn how to use it to some degree. He eventually caught on with how to use a mouse and how to interphase with the applications, etc. but we did have an interesting chat and your comments reminded me of that.

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    1. Isn't it such an interesting topic? We def. don't make technology off limits but for now he just isn't into it. I will be curious to see how this changes. I do agree that is absolutely will be a necessity for this next generation and kids who aren't on board will be behind. Long gone are the days of Oregon Trail... ;)

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  6. it scares me a little how so many children who are so little use smart phones and whanot. i feel like crativity and imagination should be encuraged, not technology.

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  7. It freaks me out how into technology kids are. It really bugs me when I see kids on iPads or iPhones at a restaurant. So I think it's great that Henry doesn't know how to use it! I know that technology is a huge part of our lives, but I just think there's an age and a place for it. I also can't really handle it when I see 7 year olds with their own phones, who can they possibly need to call? Parents say that they need it to call them, but there's always a place they can go where there is a phone, they don't need their own. I didn't get my own phone until I was 14. This is a subject I get really heated about.

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    1. It's so funny because we didn't even have cell phones before I was oh, a senior in high school. We had those big car phones and then senior year I got one of those heavy duty Motorola ones. It's insane to think back. I'm the same way as you- it's so weird to me to see LITTLE ones with their own phones!

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    2. Totally! I remember when my sisters got their pagers on Christmas and it was a huge deal! Even when I did get my phone, I couldn't do anything on it except call people!

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  8. I just wrote my 'Currently' post last night :)
    http://www.kittyandbuck.com/2013/05/currently.html
    You may like the books I'm currently reading, especially The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto. It has quite a nice snappy prose :)
    x

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    1. Ooh thanks lady! Off to check out your post now! <3

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  9. I think it's awesome that Henry isn't into iPhones or iPads! My five-year old asked me for a Kindle the other day and it was a bit off-putting for somebody who loves real life books so much and hates when people have their noses in their phones at a restaurant.

    That quinoa bowl sounds fantastic!

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    1. It's soo fantastic! You must try it!

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  10. Better for Henry to stay far away from technology. Nowadays kids begin so fast with all this stuff.. they need to be kids and play as kids (the ball, getting dirty...whatever!)

    El blog de lauritapurple

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    1. I think as he grows up we will try to have him enjoy the best of both worlds...hoping that is possible!

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  11. I'm responding to some of the comments on here - not to you, Danielle: I don't want to be THAT person, but sometimes there might be a reason a kid is using an iPad or iPhone.... I have friends with autistic kids and for them it can be an important thing to help prevent sensory overload when out and about. I would prefer my two year old to scroll through the photo album on my phone while waiting in the queue at the post office, rather than have a complete meltdown. Believe it or not, we also go to the park most days, play group, a singing and dancing session and we do all sorts of other things at home. Some days it's hard enough dealing with two little ones, without adding tantrums into the mix.

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    1. Hey Jane!

      Thank you so much for your perspective; I have a gf with a child who has a sensory disorder and that's the case with their iPad. It's definitely good to keep that in mind so we can be tolerant and not judgmental. Your comment is so appreciated.

      Lots of love! <3

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  12. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I just finished it, I've never laughed so hard while reading a book.

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  13. I just stared the Mortal Instruments series & it's so good so far! :)

    Here's my currently post from yesterday:
    http://mommaruthsays.blogspot.com/2013/05/currently.html

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    1. Thank you! Off to check out your post! <3

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  14. ummmm....i think it's awesome that henry doesn't know how to use your iphone or ipad. don't question yourself on whether or not your two year old is using technology enough. they don't need it.

    my husband and i joked that our five year old was going to be the only kid who didn't know how to use a computer when he started kindergarten this past year. i think it's great when our little ones don't depend on technology.

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    1. Deanna do you find that you guys are in the minority where you live too? Does your little one ever want to play on your phone or iPad?

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    2. oh yeah, we are definitely in the minority. everywhere we go there are kids playing with tablets and phones in the grocery store or restaurants. it kind of makes me sad, because we did just fine without all that stuff when we were growing up, you know?

      i actually don't have a nice phone. all mine does is text and send calls. but my husband does. fortunately they don't really pay much attention to it. i do have a kindle, but i mostly read on it. my oldest son didn't even know he could play games on it until he saw that my brother's tablet had angry birds. :)

      while i wouldn't mind them playing on my kindle on occasion, part of me cringes when i see parents handing off their phones/tablets to kids because i am afraid my kids would drop mine instantly.

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  15. Now I'm not a parent and don't plan on being one but I'd like to weigh in on the tech topic you brought up. I personally cringe when I see parents letting their kids play on their iphone/ipad. I agree that technology is important and they should know how to use it but Apple products are especially expensive. I can't get behind giving my $200 phone to a toddler who will eventually get bored and just throw it, spill something on it, hide it, etc. My friend's kids (ages 3 and 5) have gotten mad at me for not letting them play on MY iphone because their mom let's them use hers. I didn't budge on it and they got over it but it happens all the time. I don't like kids looking at these devices as toys because they aren't. I think kids should play with real toys and go outside. They will have plenty of time to play around with technology. It's certainly not going anywhere.

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    1. OMG I so feel you on handing off my iPhone! I cringe when Henry even wants to play with it. I'm so obsessed with photos that I'd be nervous he'd delete some! ;) haha!

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  16. I think it's a good thing, that Henry isn't too familiar with technologies at his age. I'm studying educational science since five years now and I'm about to finish Universitiy this year. My subsidiary subject was E-Learning. I myself think it's best for a child to be a child. It doesn't need to know how to use an iPhone oder iPad. Even if other kids do. He can learn so many things from books, the nature or his family. And if he needs to learn how to use technology (like later, in school), he will figure it out by himself.

    (i hope that makes sense, I'm from Germany and my english isn't perfect)

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    1. Thank you so much for your input and yes, your English is wonderful and makes perfect sense! :) How neat that you studied e-learning - I'd love to learn more about it!

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  17. I decided last week that it was way past time to take a break from young adult fantasy and from paranormal romances, so I went through my library's e-books (Brooklyn Public Library has such a great e-lending program!!) and browsed the books readers had given five stars. I just finished this one called "Goodbye for Now" by Laurie Frankel and it was really great. Super poignant. I've also been reading Susan Beth Pfeffer's "The Last Survivors" trilogy. I have a hold on the third book, can't wait to read it. It's an interesting take on the post-apocalyptic survival story.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing those titles Amanda! I going to check 'em out! <3

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  18. I was just reminded to add Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem to my reading list!

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  19. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon also Tatiana & Alexander by Paulinna Simons

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  20. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon also Tatiana & Alexander by Paulinna Simons

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  21. I really liked Tana French's books- I started with "Broken Harbor" and then went back and read all of hers (they had them on ebook format at my library, thank goodness, to borrow).
    I keep a list each year - on my blog- I call it my "50 book challenge" and I keep track of all the books I have read. That way, I can go back and skim, and see what I liked and didn't.
    I loved Stephen King's "11/22/64"- it is really thick, but it isn't typical Stephen King horror/drama. It's more of a love story, and it's about time travel, which fascinates me. I loved it.
    I also really enjoyed: "Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea" -- Morgan Callan Rogers, both of Rosamund Lupton's books, "What Alice Forgot' by Liane Morairty, "The Kitchen House" --Kathleen Grissom, "The Story of a Beautiful Girl" -- Rachel Simon, "The End of the Wasp Season" --Denise Mina, and "When She Woke"--Hillary Jordan was pretty cool. I'm a book fiend.

    As for technology- I have 2 girls - and they know how to work Ipods and Ipad, but we let them use them for limited times. There are some really cool educational games and puzzles, but we mainly use them for keeping the other one distracted during doc visits, or plane ride, or something like that. We also let them have "their" music on their Ipod (my old Ipod Touch). The real thing (real games, real puzzles, etc) are obviously more awesome. I'm an ECSE teacher, and find that kids only knowing how to operate technological gadgets can lead to new brain patterns, and these kids have no clue how to do the real thing!

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    1. YES - anything by Tana French! I find her books to be so interesting but I have to read them if my husband is home because they are thriller / mystery-ish and I'm easily spooked. ;)

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  22. Ohh, Seattle? So fun! Skip on over the border and visit the Okanagan (British Columbia), beautiful!

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  23. I love the idea that you are working on DOING! I've been looking for how to describe my mood at the moment, and you have totally summed it up, so thank you! There is something about spring that energises me and suddenly I am all about adventures, and making and hurrying around!

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  24. I have that burn out with my eating all the time. Right now I'm in that in-between stage where I'm waiting for my next food love to take hold.
    As for DOING... I'm right there with you. :o)
    My May 'Currently' post is here... http://www.life-between.com/2013/05/currently-may-2013.html

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  25. Try reading "Those That Save Us" by Jenna Blum. I'm only partway through but it's wonderful so far!

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  27. my friend and i were just talking about this at lunch today! i'm only 17, but i think it's crazy how all these young kids have iPads and iPhones already. i was babysitting the other day and the 2 year old knew how to unlock my phone -- crazy! and my little cousins know more about iPhones than i do.. what?! i like how Henry isn't really into all of that -- i think kids need to just play with toys and play outside. play house with friends instead of playing Angry Birds!

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  28. Boom: http://marriedcatpeople.blogspot.com/2013/05/currently.html

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  29. i totally eat the same dish over and over and over again - for days and weeks sometimes months and one day i am so over it, i can't even think about it anymore.

    be thankful for every day henry isn't into any tech stuff. i remember the time when the only thing my little cousin wanted to do was play computer/nintendo games and nothing else. everyting else was boring. sometimes i wonder how we could survive as little kids, no iphones, no ipads, not even a computer let alone internet. kids of the 80s, how did we do it? ha ha.

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  30. Some books I've recently read that you may enjoy:

    -"Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See
    -"Afterwards" by Rosamund Lupton ("Sisters" by the same author is also good)
    -"The Weight of Silence" by Heather Gudenkauf (She has a few other good books as well)
    -"The Secret of Nightingale Palace" by Dana Sachs
    -"Reconstructing Amelia" by Kimberly McCreight

    If you want something non-fiction, I read "Escape from Camp 14: One's Man Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West" by Harden Blaine in April, and it was very insightful. Barbara Demick also wrote a great book on North Korea.

    I also started reading "Salt Sugar Fat: How Food Giants Hooked Us" by Michael Moss. I haven't read beyond the first chapter or so only because I have it on my iBooks and I've neglected my iPad since receiving my Kindle Paperwhite.

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  31. I know a ton of kids who have their own phones and/or iPads so their parents don't have to share. I know a bunch of kids with Kindles. Honestly, I'm not a parent, but there's absolutely no reason for any of that. I don't let any kids touch my phone or my Kindle. I work hard for what I have and stuff has to last a long time. If your kid wants to read, hand them a book. If they want to play on the computer, set a timer and be done when the time goes off. One feature I like on the Kindle fire is that you can set a time limit for stuff so it shuts itself off when time is up. You can make the reading time, game time, etc. however long or short you want.

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  32. I have loved seeing your Disneyland pics via Instagram and I can only imagine that taking a toddler their must a quite magical (and a tad exhausting) ! I only dream of the day I can take my boys. They will both die happy for sure. And I think that is awesome your little guy does not know how to use Apple products. I don't let my kiddos use ours either unless it is to keep th from screening their bloody guts out while we are in public! Ha! Right now I am reading The Whole Brain Child. It is about the child's developing mind and how to help them in their growth. I am about half way through and loving it. I really feel like I am being inning to understand why my Three year old reacts the way he does sometimes, and visa versa;) sorry this is so long! Can't wait for your Disneyland recap!

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  33. I'm totally hooked on Revenge! How long do we have to wait until the next season?
    I posted a "Currently" post this week: http://www.notesfromtheslife.com/currently-6/

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  34. Your Disney holiday looked like such a dream, I'm glad you got to enjoy it! How exciting that Lucy has rolled over too, it won't be long until she is chasing Henry around. Right now I'm reading The Book Thief and really getting into it, it's so different.
    I posted my own version of 'Currently' this week http://hayleyfromhome.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/a-little-bit-lately.html

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  35. There was a really great article by Hannah Rosen in the Atlantic on the subject of toddlers and touch screens a few weeks ago. I encourage you to read it; a nice balanced non-alarmest view of a subject that we tend to be a little neurotic about. It was food for though for me and my view of screen time with my own 2 year old. I'm finding myself feel a bit more comfortable with handing over the iPad (obviously within reason).
    Worth a look if you have time!

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  36. I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch everyday too! I change it up sometimes, but it is so much easier to make one big meal for the week! Less dishes and time!! :)

    www.foundafeather.com

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  37. I have a great book for you to read: Legend by Marie Lu
    I just read it with a few students and I loved it! It is a great series to follow The Hunger Games.

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  38. I kicked off my new blog with a "currently" post! It's such a nice way to break the ice as a new blogger. You can check it out here: http://adventureinreverie.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-little-hello-currently.html

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  39. i love the "currently" idea. here's mine, of our first week post-wedding: http://thehomesteady.typepad.com/my-blog/2013/05/currently.html

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  40. I like that there's a category of "loving". Also, I totally know what you mean about the eating something until you get sick of it. I did myself in on sandwiches before 3rd grade. One year I ate only graham crackers and peanut butter, one year I ate yogurt, etc. Now it's very unlikely that I ever make my own lunch to take anywhere because I've gotten sick of most of it already at one point or another.

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  41. hi danielle! my husband & i have a baby due in two days & we've lightly discussed how "tech-savvy" our kiddo should be. we certainly don't like seeing parents shove a tablet into their kid's hand to keep them quiet & occupied for hours, & we definitely think it's more important for kids to be active versus spending countless hours in front of the tv or computer, however, you made a good point that i hadn't thought about: developing skills necessary for their future, highly technological generation. i think finding a good balance is crucial. i don't want my kiddo to be so reliant on technology, i think it'll make them lazier & more impatient than kids who don't rely so heavily on those tools.

    i completed my first "currently" post on my new blog & gave you a little shout-out. ;) i enjoyed filling it out so much that i think it'll be a reoccurring feature, so thank you!

    -monica
    http://awinkandanod.typepad.com/blog/

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