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Mad Men – Season 5

Slow start to this Monday due to ringing in the season five premiere of Mad Men. Thank goodness it’s spring break!

As usual, I got together with my wonderful group of Sunday night ladies. The icing on the cake is my mother is in town – so she tagged along for the crazy antics of Mad Men fanatics, 60s inspired nibbles, corks a popping, and muddling madness for a proper old fashioned.

My mother-in-law knew I was prepping for this event (I mean, we waited for 17 months!) and she wondered why we weren’t making another dress this time around. Honestly, I started my prep a bit on the late side – so I just went for simple crafting that did not require too much supervision.

(Hubby did step in with his T-square to help me line up the letters – so I guess that was some supervision. And yes, we are a fun, crazy, and over-crafting, multigenerational house – 24/7).

The season five opener, for Mad Men, was totally juicy. There was so much to digest, analyze, relate back to previous episodes, and swoon over.

5 juicy takeaways for me:

  • Megan Draper has solidified in my mind – I need to get back to learning French.
  • Lane Pryce was in love with the Black Playboy Bunny  – but can’t trust the Black cab driver with a wallet.
  • Pete Campbell  is a cry baby and can’t get out of his own way.
  • Roger Sterling wants to be Don Draper – and Jane Sterling wants Roger to be Don Draper, too.
  • Joan Harris needs my coaching on how to work with her mother and benefit from a granny nanny. (Roger being the baby daddy and smoking while holding his son – well that’s a completely different blog post.)

Even though Joan is a fictional character, she does represent a lot of challenges mothers and working mother experience. I mean, my group of friends and I did a lot of yelling at the television when Joan was completely exhausted, called her mother out for needing “granny formula”, stressed about being replaced at work, and the overall overwhelm that comes from having a baby.

If I could call Joan up and coach her a bit on creating a positive “granny nanny” relationship, I would encourage the following:

  • Invite your mother to be a caregiving partner (use that language). That’s a different expectation than being your mom and being the grandmother of your baby.
  • Establish some norms. Tell your mother what type of mom you are trying to be for the next 3 months – and ask her, directly, if she can help you do this.
  • Admit your fears. Tell your mother what you are fearing the most as a new mother. Ask her to share her fears when she became a mother. Look for the commonalities – then use this as an opportunity to grow and build a stronger caregiving partner bond.
  • Exercise some healthy selfishness.  Ask for what you need – so that you’ll be able to take care of yourself – and then do a great job taking care of your baby.
  • Focus on the positive and stay in the moment. Many interactions will be stressful, tiring, and annoying. Come up with a phrase your mother and you can say (or shout) to bring you back to the present moment when you are going down a bumpy road. Suggestion: Martini time!

What other suggestions do you have for Joan?


Family Traditions

When you live in a multigenerational household, it’s important to start and establish your own traditions. Yes, there are they family traditions that are passed down from generation to generation – and that usually spring from the two maternal and two paternal sides (and further on down the family tree) – when families merge.

But when you opt in or find yourself in a multigenerational household, the need for these newer traditions to find a seat at the traditions table is just as critical. If an adult parent or adult child is moving into (back into) an “established home” – they may feel like an outsider to traditions already in progress. They may not see how they fit or refit into these activities or events.

Belonging is so important in situations like this and people love to look back and draw on fun and endearing moments brought on by traditions. Knowing you’re an active contributor, fun creator, and traditions innovator is also another step in building a strong foundation for a multigenerational household to thrive and flourish.

Why am I talking about this?

Today is Pi Day and my multigenerational nest LOVES to celebrate. When my mother-in-law moved in and I was saying we needed to celebrate some non-traditional holidays, she looked at me like, “Really, Kanesha, Really?!

Now that we are living the multigenerational dream, she’s always checking our calendar and looking at the previous year’s calendar to make herself ready for our tradition of celebrating non-traditional holidays.

All week, we’ve been discussing what types of pie we would be eating on Pi Day. My mother-in-law was going through cookbooks, I was making t-shirts, and the kids were trying to think of clever Pi related terms I could put on the t-shirts. (Where’s hubby? On work travel.)

Here are some initial pictures of our Pi Day celebration.

What traditions have you created for your multigenerational family or with your in-laws?


Valentine’s Day – 2012

Yes, we have a crafty love fest going on in our multigenerational nest.

Without even saying it, we all decided to make our own love trinkets for each other. My 4-year-old was the only one requiring assistance, and everyone else pretty much worked on their lovely gifts alone.

This morning we stashed each family member’s gift in various areas of the house. This seemed to set the tone for a serene, easy-moving, and happy morning routine.

Love is in the air for us – and we hope you enjoy the quotes and songs we’ve selected to share with you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Like music on the waters is thy sweet voice to me.” -Lord Byron

“All Love is sweet. Given or returned. Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever.” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

“In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.” -Margaret Anderson

“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities” -Janos Arnay

“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. -Benjamin Disraeli

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Paradise is always where love dwells.” -Jean Paul Richter

“Love distills desire upon the eyes, love brings bewitching grace into the heart.” -Euripides

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” -Plato

“The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.” -Victor Hugo

“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” -J. Isham

“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.” -Karen Sunde

“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” -St. Aurelius Augustine

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” -Sophocles


Twilight Saga movie marathon = Six (+) hours of crafting

Hubby and I are officially on vacation starting today.

Earlier this week, my mother-in-law took a few days off, from being our nanny granny, to go on a trip. She doesn’t usually take time off when hubby and I are working, but since we were so close to our winter vacation, hubby and I decided to tag team childcare for our kids.

On Monday, I went to work at the crack of dawn and then came home midday so hubby could go to work.

On Tuesday, hubby was at his office all day, and I worked at home while being with the kids. (Thank goodness I didn’t have any conference calls that day because the three-year-old was loud and on full tilt.)

On Tuesday evening, as we were getting ready for Wednesday, my daughter suggested we have a Twilight Saga movie marathon. Now, I’m not opposed to watching Edward Cullen and basking in “my first love” movie sequences, but six (plus) hours?

I hesitated at first, but then I thought why not? Hubby was going to be working from home and I asked him if he would be in charge of the three-year-old during the marathon. Hubby agreed and my daughter said I could do some work stuff (thanks, sweetie!) and work on crafts during the marathon. She told me all craft materials needed to be in the house already, so that upped the challenge, but it was not a bad arrangement at all.

At about 10:50am, my daughter sent the “boys” upstairs to “their area”. The movie marathon started promptly at 11am and ended at 6:46pm. And you might ask, what crafts are most appropriate during a movie marathon?

Christmas card holders and a movie marathon t-shirt.

Movie marathon nibbles

  • Quesadillas
  • Pineapple slices
  • Blackberries
  • Lemonade
  • Sparkling water
  • Spicy olives
  • Garden salad
  • Spinach and 4 cheese ravioli with red sauce

We have a plastic tub full of remnants, so I dug through that to find material for the first card holder. The sewing machine would make too much noise during the movie, so I used the glue gun (easy!).

The corduroy material was raveling which made me decide to glue the sequined ribbon on the raveling edges. Why we have that ribbon, I’m not sure, but I love a little bling. I painted the wooden sticks and then hot glue gunned the barrette clips to the ends.

I rolled each end of the card holder (fabric) around a wooden rod and hot glued it. I also hot glued the red sticks to the back of the card holder and then tied some ribbon at the top. (The back of this holder is not pretty.)

Done – and before the first movie ended.

My daughter is not Team Edward or Team Jacob. She wanted her t-shirt to commemorate our movie marathon. We had some fabric markers on hand and a bunch of stamps. She sewed a small bit of that sequined ribbon onto the pocket of her t-shirt. Festive!

I had a random wicker wreath downstairs in basement as well as a bunch of wired Christmas ribbon. The holiday sprays were purchased last year for some project I never completed, so I was lucky that they were here in the house. We always have glitter on hand. I painted the clothes pins and then made them sparkly.

I hot glued gunned the clothes pins to the back of the wreath. I alternated the direction of the cloth pins so that I could hang cards inside and outside the wreath.

My mother-in-law came home right as my daughter and I were finishing up the projects. I think she was a bit sad that she missed out on the crafting fun.

That just means we need to up our creative sides while we all are on vacation together. Send us some fun ideas, please!

Happy holidays!