Jun 8 2010

essential life skills {8} learn to swim

I didn’t take swimming lessons until I was in college. Probably 19. Go me.

I took the basic class by myself a couple times and than I took an actual lap swim class with my sister Kateka. We were really excellent swimmers, if you count sitting on the edge and whining about getting cold and wet. Or treading water in the deep end. Yes. I am still as good as Michael Phelps.

I signed Gentry up for swim lessons last year and every time the teacher wanted him to do something, he would stand on the side of the pool and say, “I CANNOT DO THAT!” Everytime. He was petrified. Scared and nervous. Until he realized he really could do that. Towards the end of the summer when I was to fat, pregnant and hot to be happy sitting on the side of the neighborhood pool watching him, I would get in and play with him. His favorite game was for me to push him to the bottom of the pool and he would shoot up like a rocket. Once in a while he would punch me in the stomach and Amelia in the who knows what when he was down there and than shoot up like a rocket. He was just getting her ready for the big brother he is today.

So learn to swim. Even if you are old and have not done it before. There are classes for 3 year olds and classes for you.

Also, look at this guy. Holy cow! I could never do this without dying first.

Jun 6 2010

essential life skills {6} learn star wars characters names

My mom said my 30 days of life skills was not complete. That she was waiting for more than 5. Hmmmm. I am obviously struggling with this.

This one probably applies more if you are married to a boy, or have male children or grandchildren. Cause there are times when JJ will try to relate gospel truths to the the life that is Yoda. Learn, I will. Or times when the man child asks me my favorite character or asks me which character I want to be by selecting a colored pencil as my light saber and I get it very wrong. Or there is also the roaming catalog of Star Wars Legos and I am supposed to know which numbers apply to characters and ships.

So yeah, I don’t know and apparantly I am missing out. How do you do?

May 5 2010

essential life skills {5} gardening

I have written about gardening before. I LOVE it.

But seriously. If you are not doing it, you need to.

What amazes me is that you can create something from a tiny little seed and then you can feed your family with it. And you are feeding your family organic magic food. And possibly if your kid is a picky eater, he may start eating the stuff he picks off plants himself. Plants that he put in the ground and helped water and watched you lovingly sing AC/DC songs too.

Here are two books I am using for gardening advice.

Grow Great Grub

Square Foot Gardening

The photo above is from all the transplants I have not yet planted in my garden. They were hanging out on my dining room table for several weeks.

May 4 2010

essential life skills {4} blow out your hair

Um. This is an art. I mean. Wielding a round brush and a blow dryer. Can you handle it?

I LOVE my hair after it has been blown out. The body. The softness. The good smell. Clean hair day is a good day.

So here are some videos illustrating how to do it.

This one is good for longer hair and if you flip it. The stylist really has good technique for an easy style.

This is one is a two part series. You can see the other one in youtube. This girl has a ratting problem and also dumps a gallon of product on her head as she says not to use to much product. But I think before the ratting starts it is a pretty good example of short hair styling. This girl says at one point that she is from Texas. I have heard that the Texas state slogan is, “The bigger the hair, the nearer to God.”

And here is Kandee Johnson hair and makeup feed. I really like her and I follow her instructions when I cut my bangs.