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A Bear’s Bedtime

“Mom, so you want to see what I made for my bear?”

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“I’d love to.”

“And look there in the corner, it’s for his bedtime.”IMG_2640

Tucked in the corner of the mango box, were four, tiny, handmade books bound and ready for bear.

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“So he can have his story time before he falls asleep.”IMG_2644

Goodnight, Bear

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I’m not sure if there’s anything I enjoy more than seeing my kids using their creativity, and now at their ages, creating things all on their own.

 

 

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Back to School Essential Oils

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Back to School, so bittersweet.  I love the backpacks, friends, fresh books, new ideas, but oh my gosh, it’s a long day on little bodies.  Elijah started coughing 2 days after school began, and ALL my kids have been needing early bedtimes.  Here are some ways I have been using essential oils to comfort and help each of them in their transition to keep their immunity up, calm and relax them, and just plain take care of them in such a big transition.  Oils are effective in their purposes, but also just so darn comforting the moment they open up.

My kids, especially my boys come home filthy.  Why is dirt stuck to your face like a mustache, and what is that smell?  Ok thanks bye.  I used to have them wash their hands real quick at home, but we’ve gotten into a nice routine of a bath at home first, then home activities, it’s been wonderful.  Good way to transitions from school clothes and day, to then being fresh, clean, soft, snuggly, cozy clothes.  Into the bath I put these things:

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2. Lavender oil, which helps to calm them down, help with any body odor, and help any skin irritation, especial on their feet as they transition back into wearing shoes again from summer, especially their hard, new school shoes.  The smell makes me happy to when I add 5-7 drops into the running water.

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Find: Lavender Oil

3. To keep the lurgy away, I add On Guard into the bath as well, so it just soaks right into their skin while they are in the warm water.  No one wants sick kids, and no one wants to miss school, and this oil has help us so much, it proved itself to us especially while we were traveling.

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It’s a popular science experiment to test On Guard

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Find: OnGuard

After playing outside, chores, music or whatever, if they want to work on work books or do nighttime reading, I apply our beloved InTune.  They can focus, get their stuff done in a timely manner without anyone getting upset or me needing to snap their fingers at kids who are tired already after a long day.  InTune helps them focus and work hard.

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Find: InTune

Once it’s bedtime, we’ll sometimes put OnGuard onto the bottoms of their feet, not always, and then we put Serenity oil in their diffuser.  It helps to calm them and transition their bodies and minds to sleep.

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Find: Serenity Oil

Last night on Elijah because he was coughing, I reached for my Breath Oil, but it was empty!  Luckily, I had my Breath stick and I rubbed it on his little chest, he loved it.

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Find: Breath Stick

Then we do more books, snuggling with their clean, soft selves, and they drift off to sleep.

In the morning, we do InTune on the back of their necks, and DDR Prime on their spines before they head off to school.

We may miss summer, but we can proactively take steps to keep us feeling just as alive, healthy and connected to nature as we did in Summertime.

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I love using oils to take care of my family, I think they brings us closer, helps my kids reach their goals, keeps the peace and keeps us all healthy one drop at a time.

And as always, feel free to email me anytime with questions about EOs: amy@tinygreenelephants.com

 

 

 

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First Day of School ’17

Summer came to an abruppppppppt halt last Tuesday.   This was one of the best summers of our entire lives, ever, and the few days before it ended, I felt in shock.  “Nooooooooooo….” I kept thinking.  I contemplated homeschooling once again (like always, even though I have tried it, more than once, lol, heaven help me)

Elijah would be starting Kindergarten for the second time after a rough go at it last year, and Finley would be starting first grade, but his first year for a FULL day, and Maria would be starting High School, and The Queen is sticking in her preschool for pre k.

We spent the entire Monday before school getting reading, doing chores, taking baths, packing lunches, organizing, doing some last minute workbook prep (as IF that would even help them, but they were nice to my worried heart and worked on it like, “Ok mom 😉 )”

That morning we were up early, my body protesting, “This is an ungodly hour…” which I totally agreed with, but alas, this was serious.

We had our smoothies, zipped up packs, took our photos, Andrew read to them from the Jesus Storybook bible about Naaman and how he thought he needed something fancy from God to heal him, but all he actually needed was God himself and to allow Him to do the work…  The kids were like, “Yeah, awesome, thumbs up,” but Andrew and I were the ones breathing the most relief.  As much as I think and want them to need just me, and our cozy, kind, safe little home, and all that we provide so diligently, what they really actually need is God.  And they have him, want him and love him already.  “I can’t be there with you guys each second, but you know who can and will and is, and the moment you speak and ask, He’s right there?”

Elijah knowing it is someone from the bible, smiled and nodded confidently to us peasants, “Joshua”

“Um, no,” I laughed.

“Christ Jesus?”

“Christ Jesus?  When did you turn old school,” all of us laughing, “Guess again.”

Then he smiled, “the Holy Spirit.”

“That’s it buddy!”

We talked about what happens if we meet someone rude or mean, and if they say something rude or mean, that it isn’t a reflection of us but what’s happening in their own hearts, and we don’t need to velcro ideas of shame to ourselves because of it.  And we can imagine a glass wall where their words can hit it, and slide down the side, never even touching our bodies or hearts.  That we can’t even control anyone else, but we can be and are responsible for our own feelings and actions and how to handle them in a healthy way by talking about them in a real way.

We loaded up and  got in the car.  For Finley, my sensitive homebody, this is his first year going to the same school more than one year, he saw his friends instantly.  His best friends at school are the Spanish speakers, and their moms are the kindest.

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We watched them go in, Elijah was brave and marched into the classroom that he couldn’t handle the year before, but this year we told him, “This is your year, and I already know you will do great.  This year, you will probably be the helper to many, the kind friend.”  He nodded silently with his big brown eyes on us, “I think you’re right,” with his whisper soft voice.

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Elijah gets out of school a hour earlier than the other two, so I walked up to greet him.  Last year he was hurting, running, hiding, overall just freaking out.

“How did he do?”  I asked his teachers.

When she saw it was me, she smiled, “Perfect.”

Elijah was up by then, standing next to me wearing a paper crown, looking down at his folded hands.

“Elijah was a model student.

Elijah couldn’t keep straight faced, his little grin beamed at me.

“I’m so proud of you, I knew you could do it!”

“Yeah,” he whispered.  “I did it, I think God helped me.”

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We went and used his froyo gift card from his bday.

The next week when there was a new student, he raised his hand and said, “Can I please sit next to him in class?” to make him feel good, and ate lunch with him.

He’s learning and growing.

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When I picked up Finley after the long day, I felt sad, ‘ALL DAY!?’  Didn’t seem right.  But when I pulled up, he was standing with Maria and a girl who lived with us for 6 weeks last year who is like family to him, laughing and having fun with his two big girls.  Then I realized he was with his family (k-12 school) at school just as much as here.  He was ok, he’d fly with his little wings, just like this world needs.  He has all he needs, now it’s up to me to be ok too, ask God for wisdom and discernment, be fully ready for them when they get home to be distraction free and give them my all, true connection.

And although I sort of still wish they were just doing this:IMG_2093 IMG_2095 IMG_2101 IMG_2105 (1) IMG_2153 IMG_2157

I know and see that they are ready for and loving this:

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Because they have everything they need.

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