Elf, the Movie.

You know what? I’m not a big fan of the movie Elf. And now they’ve made it into a musical! I kind of got suckered into seeing it under false pretensions. Before the movie was released they were having commercials geared towards adults to go see this movie. This guy, who dresses like an elf, was raised by elves, at the North Pole, a comedy, ha ha. A relative and I went to see it the first weekend it was out. And everyone else in the audience were kids and their parents. That was when we had a clue, either they were all wrong for the movie or we were. We were. After the first weekend I noticed they started advertising the movie for kids. Good plan.

The Littles however have quietly loved the movie. They usually convince me to watch it once a year. I saw a used copy of the movie at the used store and they managed to convince me to buy it for them. We haven’t seen it yet, but oh yes they will convince me again.

It is just one of those things that I have to suffer through, cause I really don’t like some things that they do. I’ve always insisted no purple dinosaurs. And I can’t really abide Dora the little explorer girl. But we have watched episodes of Go Diego Go and for days after the songs in the show will dance merrily around in my head. I’ll find myself singing out loud apropos of absolutely nothing Diego Diego Go Diego Go or Ah Rescue Pack! Coming to the Rescue. I’d rather remember lyrics to other songs.

Most of the animated movies I love. However at times I’m not very appreciative of the shows and movies that they want to watch. For the most part I manage to get them some of what they want and I have really dedicated this month to letting them watch a whole bunch of animated movies and shows as well as Christmas ones too. They have been telling me lately that I need to stop complaining about the quality of the shows or characters while they are watching, because it interferes with their enjoyment of the shows. So I’m trying.

Something I read recently is helping me to appreciate the movie Elf and their enjoyment of it. It’s an article at a blog I recently discovered, positively present, and the article is called 10 life lessons from the movie elf. Some of my favorite lessons are make smiling your favorite, give out compliments freely, don’t give up, and let life excite you. I like that.

The Month of May

I will be hosting the Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse for the month of May. I had planned on hosting May last year, but sadly, because of moving and computer access issues was not able to do it.

The topic I have chosen is Self-Care. Please feel free to submit a post on self-care or anything else. Submissions deadline is May 18th, posting the carnival May 20th at six pm, central time. I’ll post more details on May 1st.

With that in mind I have decided to spend more time doing more things with my inner kids during the whole month of May. What is apparent is that I have not been taking very good care of their wants and needs lately.

Unfortunately I get scared and it is just easier to ignore those things that scare me about being multiple. I just have to admit that I have fears about the system and my ability to handle everything. I’ve been fearing being overwhelmed and unable to cope, which is pretty ridiculous based on our past history and a huge under-estimation of my abilities, based on the facts at hand. 

My life has been one stress after another the last couple of years and their cares and concerns have been relegated to the bottom of the priority list. So I am trying to approach this from a self-care perspective. I have ignored certain self-care issues and I need to do better with that.

I’ve been working on the issues of grounding and comfort skills the last couple of months and it has slowly occured to me that I need to work on self-care within the system, not just the daily needs, but also the daily wants in order for us all to be more grounded to this world, our body, and our life. The one area I ignore far too much is the Littles.

I have let them pick out all the quotes, songs, etc for the month, they will be posted on even days. On the odd days of the month I will be posting about how the process is going.

I already know some things that I want to do this next month. I’ve kept a running list in my head. I need to write things down, as I tend to forget things. Lists help me. I’ll post an intial short list of to-do requests from the Littles tomorrow afternoon.

We already went out and bought bubbles. I don’t know about any of you, but there is nothing that quite lifts my spirits as blowing bubbles, it just makes me feel happy.

Second on the list is a sparkly high bouncing ball. I’ve had several smaller ones, but they seem to get misplaced or lost. The one that I want, that I have always thought was too expensive  cost about seven dollars. We love high bouncing balls. They too make me feel very happy.

It should be an interesting month.  🙂