Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

So today Garrett and Gracie wanted to play "Catch Phrase" a "Taboo"-like word game where you give out clues to get the other players to guess your word... sort of like the 10,000 dollar Pyramid game show. 
Garrett and I got on a pretty good roll.  We must have been thinking on the same wavelength for a while because we were guessing each other's words like crazy!  He was doing better than I could have done on some of the clues he was giving.  Then it came to my turn and my word, or phrase actually, was "I Love You".  How easy can it get, right?  So I shouted out my first clue without hesitation:
"This is something I say to Dad all the time!"
Garrett (with confidence) says:  "Pick up your socks!"
Me:  "No...  Something I tell YOU all the time.  Three little words..."
Garrett:  "Morning Routines... (counting the words in his head he realizes he needs to add a third) time?"
Luckily at that moment the timer buzzed... before we could go through the rest of the list of things I say to my family more often than "I Love You"!
I was laughing and trying not to cry at the same time. 
Today's lesson:  Next time you see socks, pick them up, and let them be a reminder to say "I Love You" to the next sweet little face you see.  :)  Don't just say it, but think it and feel it and truly be grateful to have a family... with feet.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Today's Pictures

Notice Garrett's one upside down cursive G.  :)

Today's Activities

Today I got out the marker board to try my luck at giving Garrett a lecture on The Hero's Journey (AKA The Path of All Success). We made a deal that he can watch a movie if he will write down when the "hero" faces a Roadblock; finds a Mentor; overcomes or endures Tests, Trials, or Traps; or faces their Ultimate Test. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom didn't show up in the mail yet today. Garrett named great examples of Heroes from the Scriptures, Greek mythology, and his favorite movies. He said, "That was really interesting." Even though it was called a "lecture".

The girls could hardly wait for it to be over, though, because I promised them they could draw on the marker board when they were done. Gracie practiced her cursive "G"s for the first time. I was pretty impressed with how quickly she caught on. After a while she started doing perfect backwards cursive Gs, so I am making a mental note to call the Austin Eye Gym to see what an eye exam would cost.

Bridget drew a very mad girl. I wonder why she always draws mad girls? Something to think about. Nevertheless, I thought it was a great piece of artwork!

During "dinner" we listened to a tape the kids recorded in the summer of 2006 of themselves singing and answering questions (What's your favorite food, book, etc.). It was precious! That is one item that must go in the fireproof safe. :)


Brooke Flanigan
EarthLink Revolves Around You.


In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey illustrated the difference between Management and Leadership in this way:

"Management is a bottom line focus: How can I best accomplish certain things? Leadership deals with the top line: What are the things I want to accomplish? In the words of both Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis, 'Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.' Management is effeciency in climbing the ladder of sucess; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

"You can quickly grasp the important difference between the two if you envision a group of producers cutting their way through the jungle with machetes. They're the producers, the problem solvers. They're cutting through the undergrowth, clearing it out.

"The managers are behind them, sharpening their machetes, writing policy and procedure manuals, holding muscle development programs, bringing in improved technologies and setting up working schedules and compensation plans for machete wielders.

"The leader is the onle who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, 'Wrong jungle!' "

Clearly, both leadership and management are important for reaching our goals or achieving our mission(s). But it seems to me to make a lot more sense to put leadership first, to make sure you're in the right jungle before you start hacking away with machetes, whenever possible.

This is where I am on my journey right now. This week I have a goal of writing a rough draft of my personal mission statement (see 7 Habits for more info). Then I will work on getting our family together to write our family's mission statement.

Right now I at least know I'm in a Jungle.... now if only I could get to the top of that tree!