Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Ostara Bunny

Once upon a time there was a bunny family settling in for winter. The mother bunnies name was Mrs. Hopsington and she had ten little bunnies named Moppy,Toppy,Loppy,Coppy,Hoppy Boppy,Poppy,Floppy,Woppy and Chaos. Mrs.Hopsington and her children lived next to a chicken farm where they sold eggs to people around the world.

The farmer who lived there was called Mr. Mickens. Mr. Mickens was a very nice man he'd seen Mrs.Hopsington around the farm and always planted some nice plants for her. It was a long winter but it was finally over when Mrs.Hopsington brought her children out on the first day of Spring. She told her children to take care of each other and don't mess with Mr. Mickens chickens. The little bunnies set out on that first day of spring. One at a time they popped out of their home. Sniffing making sure that Mr.Mickens orange tabby cat wasn't lingering about. Chaos the youngest bunny didn't stop but just started to run. Mrs.Hopsington yelled" Chaos". He slowly turned around and she just looked at hime. "What have I told you" said Mrs.Hopsington. Chaos looked up at his mother and said" Always look before you leap and there is danger around every corner." "Right" said Mrs. Hopsington. "Now be careful."

Chaos had never seen a chicken before and he was curious to know what they were so he set out for the chicken coup. When he got there he saw a whole bunch of hens sitting on their eggs waiting for them to hatch. Next to the barn which was red and green. And inside Chaos found some paint that was the same color as the barn. In another chicken coup there was a machine of sorts which took the eggs and rolled them into a conveyor belt. Chaos thought it would be funny if he took some of the eggs and painted them red and green like the barn. So he did. Mr. Mickens came out of his house to check on how the eggs were looking to his surprise he found some pretty red and green eggs. Mr. Mickens looked around to see who could've done this. He thought he saw something. He started to look all over but wherever he turned he didn't see anyone. Chaos thought this was all very funny. So when the day went on Chaos found more paints. He decided that he liked tricking Mr.Mickens, so this time he found some yellow and pink paint. He decided this time to paint suns and flowers on these eggs.

After dinner Mr.Mickens had to make sure everyone was fed so he went to the second coup again to his surprise what did he see but more pretty painted eggs. Mr.Mickens had to go show his wife Mrs. Mickens. Mrs. Mickens looked at Mr. Mickens and said" Why are you painting these eggs." Mr.Mickens said "I didn't do it and I don't know who did it either." Mrs.Mickens looked at Mr. Mickens and said "Well, I think I know who did this." "Who" Mr.Mickens replied. "The Ostara Bunny" "Yer Right" Mr. Mickens. "I plum forgot today was Ostara". Mrs.Mickens went to her garden and took some of the best carrots,lettuce and dandelions and left a pile where she knew the Ostara bunny would find it.

Chaos did find it and he told his brothers and sisters where the food was. He found his mother,Mrs.Hopsington and told her what had happened. Mrs. Hopsington didn't let on that she knew about the Ostara bunny. She and Chaos found the food that the Mickens left out and started to eat. Mr. and Mrs. Mickens watched the bunnies as they ate and looked for which one was the Ostara bunny. Right away they saw it. "Look" said Mrs. Mickens "Next to Mrs.Hopsington that little one has red,green,yellow and pink on him. I think were going to have a good year. We've been blessed by more than one Ostara Bunny." Mr. Mickens smiled. "We've always been blessed. I hope the Hopsington family never leaves us."

Chaos and his family headed home and Mrs.Hopsington told Chaos that when she was little she was the Ostara bunny and every year on the first day of spring it was now his job to paint pretty eggs and leave them for the nice families in and around the area. I helped you this year but next year you will do it yourself. Till you find another bunny to take your place. Tomorrow I'm going to take you around to see all the good people who deserve Ostara blessings. And every year after the Ostara bunny comes and bestows blessings on those families who believe in him.

Danielle McSweeney

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My Ding-A-Ling

I was feeling very nostalgic today so I figured I would share with you one of the oldies but goodies.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

3 Days to Disney

Well the countdown has begun here in our small part of florida. The house is a buzz because grandma is coming into town. It's great when my family gets together. Were very different than the people we live around and tend to have a great time. I love that my daughter gets to spend time with her grandma that she sees every 6 months due to distance. The whole week is full of excitement. Especially since grandma is taking me and Lassair to Disney World. It's a 3 generation party. Lassair is the focal point of this whole expedition and when there is more than one child I believe that every child needs to have their own experiences away from their siblings. It gives them time to be fawned over so that they feel special every now and again. Yes their birthdays and christmas are special, but these are the times when it's all about just them for no reason other than to just be with loved ones.
Grandma comes on Wednesday and then we'll spend a little bit of time after we get her checked in to the hotel and get her rental car. Grandma doesn't like to stay with us as pets are not her thing, and we have more than enough to make her uncomfortable.
Thursday were off to Disney and to our hotel the Coronado Springs Hotel and we'll be going to the Magic Kingdom for the first day, where Grandma will get to enjoy in the fun of Disney.
Friday, were off to the Animal Kingdom for some fun where I want to ride Everest just because it's new and want to have some fun of my own. Then it's back home to Zephyrhills, Saturday I have to work I know this, and my mom will be taking Lassair to some performances for her ballet. Which grandma is paying for.
Sunday is Lassair's early birthday party late in the afternoon and we'll probably do our christmas/Yule shopping for her and Grandma can keep her occupied while I get her presents. Then her party at 4. She can't wait. Of course major cleaning is involved tomorrow before grandma comes because you know how grandmas are about appearances. And Monday grandma is back home to New Jersey. But were definately looking forward to a great week. Remember that no matter how much you disagree with your families, it is a good thing for your child to see how you react with them for a good basis for their life.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Holidays and kids presents

As the girls get older and the holidays start to come around I think about the years before. Now my adorable little preemie who was 3lbs 1.8 oz now around 40lbs still small in comparison to other kids but grown so much in the past years. She's 39inches tall. I wonder what is best for her. The holidays just make you think back.
It also makes you think of what type of presents are best for their age groups. My little one will be 4 just days after christmas. She has the attitude of a 14 yr old and asks me questions like today which was just to cute. Mom is that baby real. Because she knows that there are toy babies that act like real babies. She wants so many things and unfortunately due to circumstances I can't give her and I feel like crap. But I guess that is a mothers curse. We all want to give our kids more than what we had. But is that the right way to go. My other half always says that kids today are given more than what they really need which buys into the entitlement mindset. Some days I agree and other days I feel that is a parents privilege. Do I want my child to know that I will buy her whatever she wants or should I make her earn those items she truly desires. But then you also have to look into the different backgrounds of the two of us to truly understand.
I was raised so differently. In my younger years my grandparents raised me and they were born in the 30's. And I didn't live with my mother till I was in my teens. My mom still has issues over me being raised by her mother and me not wanting to be with her. She tries to take my child so that she had what her mother had with me. Doesn't work cause I won't let that happen.
Now the other half he was restricted from a lot of joys that most kids have. He didn't have friends and couldn't ride a bike to some one's house just to hangout. So the way we see things are very different. My little one does alot of things, and has alot of outside interests which we try to provide even if it means a bit more sacrificing on our part. So what do you get a child that wants presents for the holidays and doesn't realize that money doesn't grow on trees.
Something to think about as we get closer to the holidays. Do they really need those presents or is it something that we feel obligated to do because we want them to have more than we did.