Thursday, April 29, 2010

Funny Stuff

Yesterday when walking Boog to the bus stop there was an accident down the street. It appears as though one car was backing out of their driveway when another slammed into them. Boog says, "It's gonna be tough for them to find cheap auto insurance. They better call Allstate." Pretty sure he got that from TV.

We went to the zoo yesterday and the peacocks have escaped. One met us in the parking lot just as we got out of the car. The looks on the kids faces when they saw it was priceless. The peacock continued to roam and greet new arrivals. We then were playing on a (rope) spider web and as the kids jokingly yelled "help" so did something on the roof above. My SIL and I were both trying to figure it out. The kids would stop and so would the noise. When the kids started up again so did the "thing". I swear it sounded just like a bird mocking their pleas for help. On further inspection we saw another peacock, On the roof of a concessions building. I must admit I didn't know they talked or flew. I've only seen them with both feet firmly on the ground. Yet another was on the top of a fence. It was really quite odd.

Wednesday Puddin Pop got her vaccinations followed by a trip to Target to spend money from Grandma and Grandpa. When we got home she just wanted to play with her new Littlest Pet shop Pals. We did that for hours and then she started feeling the affects of the shots and just wanted to snuggle. After about 30 minutes I explained that I had to get ready for work. She asked me if I had to go. I explained that I did. When I came down ready to leave this is our conversation...

PP: I'm sorry you have to go to work Mommy.

Me: Me too baby.

PP: Maybe you could go in and ask your boss if you can be fired.

Me: Ask to be fired? What should I do if he says No?

PP: Maybe you could give him some money.

Me: How much money should I pay to be fired?

PP: Ummm. Maybe 3 Dollars.

Me: You think I should give Mr. Mike $3 and ask to be fired?

PP: Just do it.

Then she leaned over...kissed me on the cheek...and says "Good Luck."

When she awoke yesterday the first thing she asked "Did it work?"

No baby. In fact Mommy was there 2 hours longer than expected:(

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Four Years Ago Today



Sometimes our wishes and dreams go un-answered and then we are rewarded with the most fantastic surprises we could ever imagine. Unplanned and the best thing that ever happened to us. It happened four years ago today.


My darling Baby Girl,
You are Independent, Confident, and Smart with just enough Sass to be endearing. You are Caring and Sweet and Mommy's little helper. I love you with all my heart and feel so blessed to have you in my life. My birthday wish for you is that you continue to be all the things you already are. Continue to love with all your heart. Grow in your independence and confidence. Know that what's on the inside is so much more important than what's on the outside. Look for the good in all people and know that when you struggle, I will always be here for you. No matter what.


Happy Birthday Princess! May all your days be filled with Happiness and Love.



Monday, April 26, 2010

Priority Status

We do everything we can to protect our children. We do what "we" feel is best.

There are few things that I have to have "the best" of. Most products are the same with or without the brand names. I don't have to have the best day creams to protect my children in the summer months. A lower priced sun protectant works just as well. They don't receive all the name brand shoes and clothing and hopefully won't feel this is a necessity when they get older.

One thing that I am adamant about is their health. We have chosen to get our kids vaccinated and they have gotten all shots withing weeks of them being due. I was a little slack this month. Usually I call in the middle of their birthday month (they were born on the 27th and 29th) and get an appointment the first week of the following month. I'm guessing the broken arm debacle last week has us on some sort of priority list at the pediatricians office. I just called for PP's 4 year old well check up and vaccinations and here's how the conversation went.

Me: Hi. My daughter is a patient of Dr. K and she will be 4 tomorrow so I wanted to set up her 4 year well check up and vaccinations.

receptionist: Oh. Make sure to bring back up. Can she come tomorrow?

Me: As I said, tomorrow is her birthday. I think we will NOT be giving her shots for her birthday.

Receptionist: Oh right. Good Call. How 'bout Wednesday at 9?

Me: Slightly hesitant because I was expecting anything this soon. Uh. Sure.

So, PP will have her favorite foods and cake and Ice Cream with family tomorrow. Shots on Wednesday. A sleep over on Friday and her party on Saturday. I think sandwiching the shots in there will make her forget a lot faster. Don't you?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Children Crying in their Sleep

I'm a believer in the quick solutions. If I wake up with dark circles under my eyes I don't then, or later, seek out eye cream for dark circles or some other home remedy. I use some concealer and hope for more sleep the next night.

When Puddin Pop was crying inconsolably in her sleep last night I did everything to wake her. I knew it was the only way to make the crying stop. I ended up bringing her downstairs and turning on the TV. The thought was that if she heard the noise from the TV it would distract her from whatever she was dreaming about that was making her so sad. It worked. She never fully woke and this morning remembered none of it. Hubster had been trying to console her by rubbing her back and talking softly to her. It wasn't working and that wasn't good enough for me. I was tired and wanted sleep. I'm also the kind of person that has a hard time getting back to sleep once I'm woken up. Hence why I need the concealer under my eyes this morning.

This morning Hubster asked how I knew what to do. I didn't. I just knew that I wanted her to stop and wasn't going to spend more than a few minutes on any solution until I found one that worked. Rubbing her back and talking softly was a good idea but after 3 minutes it didn't seem like one anymore. It was pure instinct that made me take her downstairs. Have you ever fallen asleep with a movie or TV program on and then it gets integrated into your dream? Or the alarm going off in the morning is in your dream and goes off forever before you realize it's really the alarm and not a dream? That was the thought behind it. Will it work again? Who knows. If it takes more than 3 minutes we'll move on to something else.

How have you handled this situation. Sleeping, crying child...in the middle of the night. Suggestions open NOW!

Busch Gardens for Family Fun


We had the opportunity to go to Busch Gardens twice during Spring Break. Conveniently located just 20 minutes away, I purchased 2 year season passes for everyone for Christmas. Last year we did not get passes and didn't go at all. The kids are big enough for more than just the kiddie rides and we took advantage of this. It's been two years since Boog was big enough for the larger rides. He was a good sport that year and tried everything...once. He then chose not to ride them any more. This year we could all go and he decided to try them again. He loved the rides he previously thought made his tummy feel funny. Now they make Puddin Pop's tummy feel funny. She was a trooper, though, and rode everything...once.
Here's the kids getting buckled in for one of the kid rides.





While Daddy buckled them in I took advantage of the time to take some pics of the beautiful flowers in the park.




We then convinced PP to go on Davinci's Cradle. It's a big boat that goes back and forth..until it goes all the way over the top. This is one that makes the tummy feel funny. She did great as you can see here.




Finally. We let each kid pick out one treat before we left. Puddin Pop had to have some pink cotton candy. They may have gone a bit overboard. Just a bit.


Boog decided to get some sour spray stuff. It was awful. He enjoyed it...or so he said. Here's the face after a spray. I think it was just lemon juice in a spray bottle. We won't be getting that again.




Busch Gardens was a great way to lose weight fast after Hunter was born. Pushing his stroller all around the park, up and down the hills and occasionally up stairs (when I went the wrong way and was too stubborn to turn around.) Now the kids walk and there is no bag of stuff to carry around. It's still good exercise and a great way to ensure the kids sleep well at night. I just feel like I'm forgetting something walking around with nothing but my camera.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Frisbee Football, Posts in Draft and Missing Keys

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It's Tuesday and you know what that means. Time to get out all the random thoughts in your head. It's really quite simple...and fun. Then head over to and link up with all the other randomers and get a little inside their heads. It's a good way to get to know some one.

We had kind of a crazy weekend. Poor Boog had and accident playing Frisbee at school on Friday. He now looks like this...


Who knew Frisbee was such a dangerous sport? Apparently someone jumped on him as he was picking up the Frisbee and her knee to his fore arm caused it to fracture. Ouch. No more Frisbee football, Boog.

I'm still working on going through the kids clothes. It's a never ending process with as fast as they grow. I donated 7 bags to the am vets a couple weeks ago and then found a box of baby clothes in the garage. I'll add it to my 6 bags for next month.

Girls Night In was Saturday and my car keys are missing. The two should totally not be related since GNI is two doors down and no driving was involved. Nonetheless. They are missing and no on has seen them since Saturday. Just saying.

Have you ever struggled to get you first grader to do their homework? We know it's not hard for him he just doesn't like to focus and get it done. Now we have to do it left handed. Any suggestions?

Someone told me that they couldn't fully see a post I did on another blog. The post was in draft. How is it possible they saw it at all? They even knew what it was about.

Now I must rush off. I'm working all week out of the house and I must get ready.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Letter to my Birth Mother

Dear Mom,

Can I call you Mom?

It’s been 40+ years since we last saw each other and I just wanted to let you know what’s been going on in my life.

I grew up just fine. I have two brothers, one is a couple years older and the other is a year and 6 days younger. We had a ton of fun as kids and grew up in a kid friendly neighborhood with lots of friends to play with on our street.

I did very well in school, participated in several varsity sports, had several “best” friends and found my first love during High School. I went to Michigan State and then started a career as a restaurant manager in 1998.

I moved to Virginia in 1993 and met my husband 6 months later. We were married in 1999 and our precious son (your grandson) was born in July of 2003. We were then blessed with our little angel (your granddaughter) in April 2006.

I could stand to lose 20 pounds but instead of steady dieting or searching for diet pills that work, I've decided to be happy with the body I've got. It's easier that way, and I suck at dieting.

Overall I am very satisfied with how my life turned out. It wasn’t perfect, and sometimes far from it, but I believe I am a very resilient and positive person as well as stubborn and independent. I’m assuming I got those qualities from you, so thanks.

I have thought about you often and have even looked for you (internet searches) on several occasions, with no luck. I want you to know how brave I feel your decision to give me up was. I am not upset or disappointed, and only hope that giving me up (at birth) allowed you to live the life you had always dreamed of. I will always love you for giving me life. I no longer search due to the frustration I encounter when no matches are found. My door is always open if you decide you'd like to meet.

Lovingly,

Your Daughter

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Let's Talk Discipline

Yep. Discipline.

I am an AVID believer in non-physical discipline.

All my friends know it.

A few of them agree.

It's HARD.

What do you do?

I looked at my first born and knew I could never physically harm/hurt him.

The "I spanked him for running into the road because I didn't want him to get hit by a car" translated (in my mind) to...

"I spanked him to hurt him less than he could be hurt".

I don't want to hurt my kids.

Is that possible?

I'm more a verbal person and have made threats that I wish I wouldn't have.

"If you don't pick up these toys I will throw them away."

Sounds good.

My mother did this to me. It sucked. I didn't deserve it. My older brother rescued most of the important stuff, then held it over my head. In ways you don't even want to consider.

I do not want to be my mother.

Some of us have mothers that we choose to emulate and have every right and good intention in doing so. My Mother was NOT one of those people and I will spend my entire life making sure that my children do not have to go through what I did....but sometimes I fail.

When I find myself reacting to a situation out of habit or frustration I stop. Everything I've read about effective parenting says that remaining calm when dealing with difficulties is the key. If I'm calm, I do not want to strike my child. If I'm calm, I do not want to unleash unkind words.
Saying nothing and doing nothing other than sending the "offending" child to their room is the best I've got. We talk after the "heat" has calmed down.

My children are smart beyond their years and I believe that these conversations that seem to fall on deaf ears will haunt them later...or at least...make them think.

There will be plenty of time to talk about sat prep courses, college, jobs, wives, husbands, families and such. Right now I'm complacent with Happy, Youthful, Creative, and Confident...did I miss anything?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Storytime Live

Another thing we did over Spring Break was take the kids to Storytime Live with Dora and Friends. The sign said "No Cameras". The only people without cameras were the people with phones. Just Sayin.


Kai Lan


Dora and Boots


The Backyardigans


Clay Aiken

Who knew?



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Trip to the Zoo

(Beautiful Elephant sculpture outside the Virginia Zoo)


Last week we stayed busy. Hubster is currently between jobs and we took advantage of his time off by spending time as a family doing things near the house that we usually only get to do on the weekends when I'm not working (which lately isn't often).


Monday we took the kids to the Zoo. Unfortunately we had some behavior issues that caused us to leave early, but the time we did have was fun and a great opportunity for some life long memories and the photos to go with them.




Here's the kids riding a huge turtle sculpture. They thought that was cool.

There was a group of teenagers in front of us taking pictures of each other on this also. Guess it's fun for all ages.


Poor groundhogs. I imagine these "bubbles" feel like giant security cameras to them. Different faces constantly peering at you right where you live. What's not-so-fun for the ground hogs is a blast for everyone else.



There's the poor ground hog. Checking out those strange faces.

This cage is obviously for photo ops. We weren't the only parents trying to get the door shut.



A beautiful Eagle ready to hunt.


Like I said. Our trip was cut short. We renewed our family membership, though, so we will have plenty more trips this Summer...if not before.







Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Random Tuesday~ A Crush, Facebook Status and an Herb Garden

Tuesdays are for Random posts as designated by Keely and all her followers. Time to get the snippets out of your head and mash them all together in one post. Go ahead. Try it. It really is fun.

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I'm not a Food Network person. I don't think I've ever watched. I am watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and think I may be developing a little crush. Just saying.

Hubster finally got his letter from DMV giving him his driving privileges back. He's been without a license since Summer of 2008 due to the seizure he had. Now he's upstairs studying for the written test. Would you have to study to take the test? The questions have changed A LOT since I was 16.

I love how facebook is used to announce to the world (or at least everyone you're friends with) relationship statuses and pregnancies. Pretty soon all it will take is a post of their baby announcements, letting the world know, saving on stamps and printing. I'm glad I was married when FB came out. I see friends struggling with the "in a relationship" status. How do you determine when it's right to do that? What if your criteria is different than the person your "in a relationship" with? Messy stuff. Glad to be beyond that.

Hopefully gonna get out and do some planting today. Another area I less than excel at. I have some stuff that needs to be transplanted and I need to see what's left from last year. I ignore them all winter so am always surprised when stuff pops up. I have some chives that started out in a chia garden that sprout bigger and better every year. I want a spice garden and you can blame that on Jamie.

What do you have going on this Random Tuesday? Spill it. Then head over to The Un Mom and link up.

Friday, April 2, 2010

I've got the Spring Break Blues

Get the suitcases packed, the car tuned up, make any rv repairs that need to be done.

That's what most people are doing. It's Spring Break Time.


We are not going anywhere.

We were supposed to be going to Michigan to meet up with family and friends, but Hubster has been looking for a job and had thought he would be starting a new job next week. Not the case.

I was going to take the kids to Raleigh for a couple days to hang out with their cousin, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen either. We've got nothing. This pending job situation has killed all our plans. Waiting and waiting for nothing to happen. It's frustrating.

Now we find ourselves (Hubster and I) both available to do something without enough time to properly plan anything. We also don't have the security of a job (for him) to make us comfortable spending what we would if he had still been employed.

We'll make it fun, though. Family time. The kids are usually with me during the week and with Dad on the weekends (while I work) so it will be nice to have a week to all be together. The Busch Gardens Passes are already paid for so no guilt there. We also have family passes to the Virginia Zoo and the Air and Space Museum so there's plenty to do without having to spend extra money. I'll admit I'm bummed that we'll be spending the time at home. I am excited about having the four of us together.

...And there's always the Beach House we've rented for a week this Summer.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Safe Music For Kids and Expressing Through Movement

I posted the adorable ballet pictures yesterday. Puddin Pop is having a lot of fun in her class. I remember taking ballet when I was 5 and being unsatisfied with the pace. It was slow and structured. I ended up in gymnastics instead.

At 3, the ballet classes are less structured. More about movement, following directions and creating friendships. The spend time running around and "flapping their wings". At the end of Tuesday's Show-n-Tell, students were encouraged to invite their parents out onto the floor to dance with them. We all put down our digital cameras and hit the dance floor. To my surprise,
the teacher then put on "Who let the Dogs Out?" Pudding Pop loves to "shake it" and she was all over the place dancing and shaking. At one point I think all the little girls were on the floor trying to spin on their backs. I looked. There are no break dancing classes available for her age.

At home we love to dance. I love to give the kids the opportunity to express themselves through movement. It's fun to watch their interpretation of the music. Sometimes they enjoy my 80's music and sometimes they ask me to turn it off. We listen to the "just for kids" station through our cable company too.

Right now Pudding Pop is hooked on The Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Squeakquel soundtrack. She's either dancing around the living room of walking and dancing around with her portable cd player and headphones. I remember as a kid listening to the same songs over and over. I think its good for memorization skills. PP is already singing some of the songs even without her CD.


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The Squeakquel Movie Soundtrack is great entertainment for both kids and parents. Featuring chipmunk'd renditions of classics from Beyonce, Katy Perry, the Bee Gees and many more, Alvin, Simon, Theodore and their girlfriends, The Chipettes, provide hours of fun for everyone.





If you love Alvin, Simon and Theodore like we do, I would strongly suggest this Soundtrack. In a day and age where I'm almost afraid to turn on the radio with the kids in the car, afraid of what they might hear and repeat, I'm confident playing The Squeakquel and actually enjoy singing along.

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