December Daily: Days 4-7

untitled-9685

I put together four more days of my December Daily over the weekend.

Day Four was about Christmas books. I buy a few new ones every year and now we have a whole shelf of Christmas books. Isaac and I read a few after school every day for his reading log and Andrew is always taking them off the shelf to look at.

untitled-9688

Day Five was about watching Home Alone. :)

untitled-9692

And Day Six was a rough one! Every year one of our advent activities is to buy a toy for our church’s toy drive and every year it is VERY hard for Andrew.  I do this activity with them to try to build a sense of generosity…but never once have I felt like it worked.  I usually take away from the experience “they are not that generous…”  But…we never go to toy stores.  And so to go to a toy store and buy a toy for some kid they will never meet…I think I can understand why it’s so hard.  Dave and I have talked about other ways to encourage generosity in them without it being so painful.  Dave is a regular contributor to Kiva (a micro-loan program where you donate to support a specific person with a specific career goal).  We talked about including Andrew on Dave’s next Kiva donations. Maybe seeing us being generous is a better way to go rather than the toy store torture.  Will we continue with the toy store trip next advent?  I’m not sure…I’d like to.  But I think I need to work on reframing it.

untitled-9698

And then on the 7th, I recorded our trip to see ET at the movie theatre.

In other news…

untitled-9665

It’s snowing! I am tempted to ignore the work I have to do today and just sit and watch the snow. It’s SO beautiful. :)


Email this post Email this post

Like!
4

About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
This entry was posted in December Daily. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to December Daily: Days 4-7

  1. Ruth says:

    It’s a tough one, teaching the art of a generous act, isn’t it? The Brainy One is involved in a scheme that sounds very similar to the one Dave is in.
    Your album looks wonderful, even at this early stage!

  2. Debs says:

    Oh poor Andrew! How hard to choose something for a total stranger when you would desperately want it for yourself. I love that picture of him watching Home Alone; I remember my son loving it too! And there is someone in my house who was very excited to see that picture of the snow!

  3. Susan says:

    Our toy drive works differently, I think. The kids pick a tag with an age, a gender, and a specific toy request. We always try to pick a matching one for each kid and this year M and J are using their own allowance money to get the gift. I think knowing, going in, just what gift they are getting and why helps a bit. But I also order them on Amazon :) I really wanted to do a real store this year but didn’t think I’d pull it off by the deadline.