Tuesday, April 28, 2009

smallish update

Mihigna was home from work today, he has a bad cold.. so he stayed home with us, which turtle LOVED!!
I was able to go to the store and get things we needed for the week. It has made me all the more determined to grow my own food and be self sufficient. I wanted tomatoes, and i know it isn't tomato season, but my only options were ones from Mexico. nope sorry, NOT eating Mexican tomatoes.
blah blah blah...
anyway.. when I got home, I made a delicious lunch of brown rice with bacon and vegetables that was DIVINE!!!
I cooked the (turkey) bacon with parsnips and added pepper then I steamed asparagus, corn, carrots and broccoli, then threw them into the bacon/parsnip mixture and threw the whole thing over the brown rice.... it was sooo good!!

Our weather has been dreary of late, and cunksi has not been feeling well, she is growing her bottom molars, and they are really giving her fits. poor turtle!!

I'm going to be busy for at least the next two weeks, it's the end of the semester, so I need to get my research paper written, POST HASTE!!!!

That is supposed to be what I'm doing now, but instead I sit here, writing this, and dreaming of taking pictures.....

Monday, April 27, 2009

HULU love!

Ok, so mihigna and i have been debating getting rid of our satellite service; he's been checking into television online. While I have two "mainstream" shows that I watch relgiously, (thanks to DVR) which would be L&O SVU, and The Real Housewives of NYC... my other MUST SEE tv involves most documentaries on LINK TV, and many shows on Planet Green. up to now, we hadn't found those options on internet tv, but HULU, which is FREE, (BONUS!) has all those things!!
So, now we can say bye bye to Satalite and still not miss out on important documentaries.... and guilty pleasures!

If you are interested in this, go to hulu.com

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Major awesomeness

Well, I know I have been quiet for a long time. I have been posting in my head. I've sort of been hiding out, and been consumed by being an Ina.
I have major news. You loyal readers are well aware that children, their health, happiness, safety and success are my passion. Well, I have been approached by a organization that also feels passionately about these things and they have asked me to join their team. I'm so honored and so excited. The greatest thing is, they are based in cites that are miles from my home, but I will be doing the work here in my little town. I will, essentially be, training, or re-training parents how to parent. The families I will be working with have children with attachment disorders, and severe PTSD to the point that it has chemically altered their brains.
So, big stuff, serious, intense work and I'm so excited and honored to be chosen for this opportunity! I will keep you posted as things move along more.
I also have some other major news, but the time isn't right yet... it will be soon though.

Spring is FINALLY coming to our neck of the woods, er, plains. YEY!!!!
We had a thunderstorm today, it was lovely, and dark, and wonderful!!

I'm still attempting to get my research paper done.. but oh so many things come up and make me want to switch my topic! I need the time to write all of them!!! As of today, my paper topic is on bringing Midwifery back to our Lakota winyan. Which ties perfectly into my Winyan Wakan piece. If any of you are interested in reading the book that Winyan Wakan is published in, let me know, I'm more than happy to get it you! It's aimed at Lakota winyan (women) but, the information is intercultural and should be applied to ALL women. I'm trying to get it in the hands of Mariska Hargitay and Oprah, to sort of help my cause along.
OK, I'm off to work on my paper.. be well, take care of you, and drop me a line... I've been so isolated, but you all have not been far from my thoughts or heart.
xoxo, MBB

Monday, April 6, 2009

Essential Truths

Ok. I'm going to post some information that I have been meaning to for awhile, but had misplaced it. I found it again, so here it is.
I found this website and it's information a long time ago,when I was Google-ing something else.

I am posting the link to their website as well. Please go visit it, it is a really great site and has a lot of valuable information that needs to be spread far and wide.
I'm in the process of developing a curriculum that will be taught in parenting classes.

Ok, enjoy!

From the Alliance For Transforming the Lives of Children

ESSENTIAL TRUTHS

1. A baby, nurtured in the womb of a healthy, happy, and peaceful mother, receives the best possible start in life.

2. The more aware caregivers are of their own birth-related trauma and unmet childhood needs, the better they are able to respond to the needs of children in their care.

3. What happens in the earliest stages of life- at conception, in the womb, at birth, and in the first days and months- establishes the foundation of life. A happy, low stress pregnancy, natural birth, and an uninterrupted period of bonding through the early months greatly benefit both baby and parents.

4. Breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact and being carried on the body, in arms, slings, etc.- are critical for brain, nervous system and immune system development and promote long-term health benefits for both baby and mother.

5. All babies are dependant on others to meet their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs. When their needs are met with loving and consistent care, children are happier, healthier, and more cooperative.

6. Every baby is born with the desire to communicate, to cooperate, and to explore the world. Children learn primarily by unstructured play and by imitating those around them.

7. Every child needs to be securely bonded with at least one human being who is a loving and consistent presence in the child's life.

8. Every child develops at a unique rhythm and pace. A child's developmental processes are best supported when neither hurried nor forced.

9. children are dependant upon their parents and caregivers to protect them from emotional, and physical neglect, violence, abuse, and other toxic experiences, including hazards in their food, air, water, toys and environment.

10. Children express their needs through behaviors that are shaped by their individual temperament, life experiences, and by how others behave and treat them.

11. The consistent, loving presence of a father, or father figure in a child's life adds immensely to a child's optimal development and well being.

12. Children who have lost one or both of their biological parents, whether at birth or years later, naturally have feelings of abandonment and, therefore, have special needs. Foster, adoptive, and single parents face special challenges and benefit from extra support of family, friends, and community.

13. Children learn to respect, empathize with, and respond to the needs of others when they feel seen, heard and their opinions are valued.

14. Effective parenting is an art that CAN be learned.

15. Families benefit from a supportive, nurturing, community that values the art and science of parenting.


For more information go to: www.atlc.org.

OK, I have much more to say on this, but I have to run now, more later. Hope you read this, and continue to, (or start,) implementing these into your lives.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Weekend Update

I have really enjoyed being snowed in with the two people I love the most.
It stinks that tomorrow is monday and mihigna has to go back to work.

We did a lot of house work and quality baby spending time.
Mihigna did a lot of cooking, I'm on my moon, so I can't. (In our culture, you can't touch food when you are on your moon.) But I was wishing I could get in there, as the weather was perfect for baking bread, making soup and other yummies. He made a delicious black bean hummus last night that went delightfully well with our ground tatanka (buffalo.) It was SUPER YUMMY!!!
I'm so glad my man is a great cook. (He cleans house amazingly well too.) I'm very blessed, he came trained. (I don't take any that aren't.)

So, it was a good weekend, it is going to be hard for me tomorrow when it's just me and Cunksi.

I have some really great news that I'm sitting on, but I have to sit on it for a bit longer... but don't worry when time is right, I will tell all.

I'm going to go now... have some other work to do.

I will be in touch later.
take care, MBB

where we have been....

Well, this is what I've been up to.......darn, I can't get the pictures.

we are snowed in... our whole town shut down yesterday at 1 p.m. Everyone's electricity went out so the whole town had to shut down.

Ours didn't.
I believe this is because Tunkasila knows we have a baby in our house, so we were kept safe and warm and life as usual. I'm very grateful too, because our whole house is electric, so it would have been ugly. Pilamiyaye Tunkalsila.
ok, there is more later and probably pics too, but for now, turtle is pulling on me... gotta go. xoxoxx M

Friday, April 3, 2009

IMPORTANT

i've transferred most of your links.. some of them would not transfer, so please comment or email me with the correct addresses.

they are:

red or grey

nature moms

sara-ji

mikeada mick...(cry it out)

maine seasons

what possessed me

and urban homestead journal

quiet space

I'm here. I'm being subdued. I have some great, really awesome amazing news. But I'm in a weird place and can't quite come out of my corner. Someone metaphorically slapped me in the face today, and so I'm sort of sitting with that, mulling it over, and taking a self assessment...
I'm a bit jumbly...I'm hoping some of this is because I have my hanhepi wi this week.

Perhaps later, I'll talk more...
for now, I"m going to sit quietly.
thanks.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

here we are

ok, here we are, at our "new" home.
I'm lazy and tired and will move linked to blogs over when i have the energy.
For now, I'm off to sulk