As you might expect, we're really enjoying our darling new addition, and yes, after 4 weeks, I am thoroughly exhausted!
But look at how cute this little addition is!
She is full of sweetness and will certainly oblige her sisters in all.of.the.cuteness.
Madeleine is especially enjoying all of the one-on-one time with her while the older two are at school.
Although this week is Fall Break, so... ;)
And this (past) week we also celebrated Frances' fifth birthday! So hard to believe! (I know I say that at every birthday, but seriously!! ) Five sounds *so* old. And she is very proud to be five! She announces it to strangers at the playground, so you know it's got to be big! ;)
She got a lemonade maker/handheld juicer (not pictured) for her birthday, and we made homemade lemonade!
I know... sooo impressive/impressed. Whew!! ;)
She also got this miniature lemonade set for her dolls. LOL.
After everyone in the blogosphere mentioned, read, and/or recommended it, I just finished reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up cover to cover, over the course of the last four or five days.
While I found much of it helpful- ideas and inspiration for getting my house and myself in order once again- I think over all it is not going to be one of my all-time favorite books, even of this year.
I honestly can see myself going two ways with it.
-you have to read this!
-I can’t recommend it to you enough!
-here, take my copy so you’re not living in the dark any longer!
but on the other hand, I’m thinking…
-this is a fad!
-this is simply the latest craze!
-didn't her years as a Shinto Shrine princess contribute to the heresies of Eastern religion throughout the book...?!
See, the thing is, I understand that "thanking" your possessions has a way of giving you permission to toss them. But I have this feeling that fads are often the result of - or are loosely tied to- idols in one's culture and in the world.
In it, she claims that as a child, she didn’t have many hobbies, aside from reading magazines. When she started to study, she had a compulsion to clean, and her grades were terrible. When cleaning and tidying became her favorite hobby, she started throwing away her family members’ things and then lying about it… (?!)
She does say this was foolish, yet she has no shame declaring that her love for tidying... and her respect for possessions rivals or even exceeds that of human beings! (She mentioned this outright at one point in the book).
At first, I thought that her way of “talking to things” was a fascinating metaphorical language. I wasn’t weirded out by her method of bowing down before houses and possessions before tidying them… simply because I thought it was “cute.” Aw, she talks to her stuff. What a unique and clever method! (Thinking: it doesn’t mean anything beyond a clever tactic for “selling” her method- and hey, what’s wrong with that?)
As I continued reading, she continued explaining why she thanks her possessions for their role in her life and for “a job well done” at the end of the day, just as a famous athlete worships the right equipment needed for his sport. I started to feel a little freaked out.
I might as well say, “Thanks pillow, for bearing my spittle. You’re a true warrior princess.” Now I will throw you away…. *cough, cough* …*discard* you.
But talking to my pillow would be ridiculous. And frankly, that’s just what this book is. It’s ridiculous. It’s a fad. It’s an ideology based on a series of tricks she has used to motivate herself and her clients - ultimately for the sake of promoting her unique “brand” .... and her way of speaking is motivational and convincing (You have to try my method, you will never rebound, your life is about to change, etc) - just like any fad before it.
But our possessions and our fads should not bear this much weight. They shouldn’t rival our people.
Go ahead— disagree! I know some people will! That happens any time a strong opinion is asserted. But be forewarned- I am not on the fence, I will never talk to my possessions. I think she’s weird. ;)