deep cleaning + deep breaths

by eringoodman on March 12, 2010

in community, everything else

Snowdrops the kids collected yesterday morning with our mother’s helper.

There’s nothing like having other people live in your house to motivate you to really get things clean. We’re getting ready to head out for a family trip and, as is always the case at our little homestead, we need to have someone here load the woodstove and keep the critters fed while we’re gone.

Luckily for us our house-sitters are also our favorite babysitters and so while I was deep cleaning the bathroom and sorting through the miscellaneous laundry basket of stuff on the floor of our bedroom yesterday afternoon, the kids were happily playing exuberant and elaborate games involving zoo keepers and an injured baby octopus and daring helicopter rescues. 

{Oh how grateful I am for our “village” of mother’s helpers, babysitters, teachers, neighbors, family and friends who are willing to engage my children’s imaginations long after I’ve maxed out on make-believe.}

As for deep breaths, I will be taking many of them as we embark on our first family plane trip.

I am, as they say, not a great flyer.

This trip will be the third time I have traveled on an airplane as an adult — and as was the case with the previous two trips (one to Nova Scotia and the other to Puerto Rico) the end destination and the people we will be visiting are my motivation to step entirely out of my comfort zone and onto a giant flying metal bus.

I’ll be sharing some postcards from our travels here and will likely do a little micro-blogging on twitter (that’s a new term I learned at the Kidoinfo Parents Using Social Media event ;-).

Oh and as for our March One Small Change, we will be focusing on staying green on the go. I think we do a really good job being eco-conscious at home, but I’ve noticed in the past that we often let a lot of things — recycling, reusable bags, sustainably produced and minimally packaged foods etc.  — go when we are on vacation.

This trip I’d like to strike a better balance — using some conveniences necessary to maintain everyone’s sanity but also looking for every opportunity we can find to stay true to our eco-conscious values while on the road.

I’ll let you know how it goes…

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Happy weekend friends.

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BOATBABY March 12, 2010 at 7:36 am

I feel for you! I bet your kids enthusiasm for flying will get you through it. That’s how I am with my son and his love of horses. Or if all else fails, drink your way through it (haha) ;)
Airplanes are very safe, much safer than the highway. And between curious kids, a good book, something on the iPod to plug in to, and on board entertainment, you can hopefully distract yourself from take off ot landing. You can do it!
.-= BOATBABY´s last blog ..Sew or Show? =-.

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MamaBird March 12, 2010 at 8:00 am

I understand your gratitude to your village – I feel the same way. How does anyone ever do it alone? I wish for you a fabulous, fun-filled, safe and green-on-the-go vacation. Looking forward to your postcards… and hoping we might still meet up. I’d love to host your family for a playdate -or whatever may work out. Bon Voyage!
.-= MamaBird´s last blog ..On Attention and Intention =-.

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renee @ FIMBY March 12, 2010 at 8:52 am

Love the snowdrops. Be sure to pack your own picnic dishes and cutlery. It’s disgusting how much waste is generated just from eating a meal out when you’re traveling. (don’t ask me how I know)

So, you’re twittering these days? I was last year and then it just became too much. Too much on-line time so I had to stop (or nearly cease) those things that were least meaningful to me – twitter and facebook being two. Good luck with that venture. If I was on there I’d follow along (smile).

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eringoodman March 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

i pop on and off twitter and facebook. sometimes it works for me (and is a lot of fun!!) other times it’s just too much.

i’ve made some really wonderful connections through both and i’m particularly enjoying twitter (now that i’m starting to understand it more ;-)!

~erin

ps ~ thanks for the tip on the plates and cutlery.

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tea Mama ~Jen March 12, 2010 at 9:37 am

have a wonderful trip where ever you are going! safe travels my friend!

I love the flowers soooooo amazing!

xoxo

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Rose March 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I look forward to talking to you about how you manage to find so much help and support for your family. I am really bad at asking for help, and sometimes feel like I really need it.

Good luck on that flight!

And I have to say it just amazes me that someone could find something so amazingly beautiful in their own back yard. Wow!
.-= Rose´s last blog ..A Very Yellow Day =-.

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Ivy March 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Have a great trip — can’t wait to see your post cards.
.-= Ivy´s last blog ..In Search of Spring: March 11 =-.

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Samantha March 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Have a great trip, Erin! :)
.-= Samantha´s last blog ..A New Ending =-.

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kate March 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Have a GREAT trip E…and no worries…that plane will take off, fly, and land easy-peasy. deep breaths:)

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nicola@which name? March 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm

excellent challenge. have a wonderful trip!
nicola
Which Name?
.-= nicola@which name?´s last blog ..rocks =-.

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Hip Mountain Mama March 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

Hey Mama!
I hope your trip is going great and you are able to stay green on the go!

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