Archive for October, 2010

Getting Buggy With It

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

We’ve been doing some bug arts and crafts this week, to celebrate the creepy crawly side of the season! First, we made a caterpillar. I chose to do a caterpillar craft with Jonah, because he has been really interested in the woolybears in our yard. The woolybear is kind of a big deal in our area this time of year, and one of my favorite fall activities is looking for these cute little critters. I let Jonah choose what colors to make his caterpillar, though, I didn’t want to restrict him to brown and black.

I cut the body of the caterpillar from a paper egg carton. I gave Jonah two choices for painting the caterpillar. He could use a shower puff, or an old bottle brush. He tried the shower puff, but did not really like the way it felt, so he ultimately chose the bottle brush. We also used pom-poms, pipe cleaners (cut into 4ths) and elmer’s glue

First, I let Jonah paint the body of the caterpillar. He is beginning to tell me which colors that he wants to paint with, (more…)


Are your children spoiled?

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

I am almost embarrassed to admit this. I always tell everyone I am a relaxed parent and that I want my children to be spoiled. One of the things I never wanted for my kids is to have little obedient robots. I do not consider myself the typical parent. I think I am much more liberal and much more relaxed than most parents. I want my kids to learn to think for themselves and I don’t want them to be overburdened with rules. I also don’t want to be a drill sergeant type parent because every kid I have ever known with super strict parents acted like good little angels around their parents but rebellious stinkers the second they got away from them.

I have gotten to the point with my children, not all of the really, but my daughter Angela for sure, where I dread being alone with them. My husband gets mad at me because I can’t control them and I expect him to do all the disciplining. My daughter is almost as big as me now and to be honest, I physically can’t control her. I can’t put her in time outs because I literally can’t get her into the room to do the time out. She has gotten out of control and I completely recognize that it is my fault. My other kids, for the most part, have not been so difficult to parent and if I was only raising my other three kids I might feel like I was a great parent.

I do think some parents get dealt with easier kids. I don’t care what they say. Some kids have an easier temperament and personality to deal with than others. My oldest son is very sensitive and rarely disobeys. He is easy to deal with and is also a people pleaser so he tries to make me happy.

Needless to say, I have gotten to my wit’s end on how to deal with my kids. I feel defeated and like I have failed because they are spoiled. I never wanted that. But, I really don’t like the idea of being a strict parent either. It’s not my style.

At any rate, I was recently offered an opportunity to read a parenting book. The book is called How to Unspoil Your Child Fast. Ordinarily, I don’t want to read parenting books. To be completely honest, (more…)


Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

“Dad? I’m done with dinner.”

“You’re all full?”

“My body is saying yes.”

“It’s good to listen to your body.”

“Now my body is saying that it is bedtime but that we should do one more light saber fight on the patio before bed.”

My Diaper Addiction Fitted Cloth Diapers Review & Giveaways Ends 11/12

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

My Diaper Addiction Soaker and Fitted Diaper

Recently I had won on My Diaper Addiction’s Facebook page a Fleece Soaker, which started my addiction of soakers.  HAHA.  Anyway, since I had won she decided to send over a One Size Fitted Diaper of my choice and we love polka dots.  Sister E calls them tickle dots.  Cute, right?

Again, not sure if you saw my previous post about a fitted diaper I had tried without aplix or buttons, we tried everything to use this diaper too and it just didn’t work.  So I ended up having to break down and buy a Snappi.  So, glad that I did because I have fallen in love with using a Snappi for fitted diapers.  Its different and I like it and it works perfect. (more…)


Deep conversations.

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

“Zach, do I really want to go to Heaven when I die?”

“Well, duh, everyone wants to go to Heaven.”


“Because God is in Heaven, and Jesus. And good people. Good people want to go to Heaven.”

“But I’m not always good.”

“Do you want to be good?”

(silence for a minute or two)

“No, sometimes it’s boring.”

“It’s not boring. Boring is being grounded to your room.”

(another moment or two of silence)

“Yeah, that’s boring. I guess I want to be good and go to Heaven then.”

(conversation from October 22, 2010 on the ride from school, picture from September 22, 2010)

Week 4 of Healthier Me

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

Sooooooooo, yeah. Week 4. This is a tough week (as all women have). Won’t say more, but I am sure you understand. The last 3 weeks have been relatively easy and I have stuck with it. Until today. I have a confession to make. I cheated today. I felt sooooo guilty but the day started off horribly. Last night, I stayed up too late finishing a book so decided to skip the 6AM workout. BAD MOVE. I should have known better–to stay up late first of all, but I definitely should have just sucked it up, gotten up and worked out. I would have felt better and had a better attitude if I would have just gotten my lazy butt up. Then, I took Will on some errands and ended up at the drug store where they have crushed ice. There is nothing like a soda on crushed ice. Weird? Maybe, but it’s YUMMY.

So I got a Coke, no biggee. It was my one treat for the day. Then, this evening came and I took the boys out for dinner because we were out and it was wayyyyy past dinner so I did the quick route. After dinner, I let them split a small milkshake for dessert. After drinking a bit of it, Troy decides he doesn’t like it and so I just say, “Well, I might as well just blow it today since I didn’t work out”….the same old attitude I had 4 weeks ago. I didn’t drink a lot–probably 1/2 at most, but that’s not the point. The point is I not only (more…)

FREEBIES: Free Bloomin Buddies Stickers

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

I haven’t posted about any freebies lately and thanks to one of my readers, Jessica from Jessica Loves to Save Money who sent this my way, I wanted to tell you all!

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We Do Not Stay Still.

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

A month after we started unpacking our boxes in our house in Mississippi, I found myself packing up once again.  Because we do not sit still.  Thankfully, this time I wasn’t packing the entire household.  Just enough for the kids and I to spend a month or so in Oregon. Cold, rainy Oregon!

We arrived at the airport four hours before my flight took off and had some time to kill before Dustin dropped us off.  After driving around for a while, we happened upon a Bass Pro Shop (fun!) and spent a few hours there checking out the outdoor gear, giant fresh-water aqaurium and “party boats” as Lawson called them.  He loved those boats!  Enough that he cried when we left them and the airplane trip no longer seemed as exciting.  He wanted one of those $20,000 boats!  At least he’s got good taste!  After a yummy salad and some alligator nuggets (those were on the other side of the table from me, just to be clear) we made it to the airport and said our goodbyes.  We’ve gotten good at that part!  I didn’t even cry this time!  I didn’t want to cut my timing close since I was traveling with two little ones, but when I breezed through security and found myself at the gate with close to two hours before it was time to board, I was a bit bummed out.  The DVD player I brought along wasn’t (more…)

One singular moment

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

I think if someone asked me to name the one singular most-defining moment in my life, most would expect me to say Cora’s death.  They’d be wrong though.  Yes…definitely…that was a moment that was very profound and did change who I am and how I see the world.

But there was one moment that did more.

This video is my first ultrasound with Cora.  I had known I was pregnant for several weeks already, and was sicker than sick, but it wasn’t real until I saw her on that screen.  And in that moment, I went from just being Brittanie, to being a Mom.  To being Cora’s mom.  That was a much bigger change for me than going from Cora’s mom to Cora’s grieving mom.  Suddenly, someone’s needs mattered more than what I wanted, or even than what I needed sometimes.  Suddenly I was needed.  And I realized just how much I needed her.

And that change stayed with me even after Cora died.  That identity remains with me, even though she didn’t physically.

I am Cora’s mom.

Please welcome Haveyroo to the blogging team!

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by by

Please welcome Misty, our newest blogger to the JustMommies blog!