Archive for September, 2011

Potty Training….Also Known As Hell In My House

Saturday, September 24th, 2011 by by

Well, it’s time. It’s time for Miss. Lo to get with the program and kick the diaper habit. I am a firm believer to let your kids tell you when they’re ready, but Lo is head strong and also not a fan of undies. She’s a diaper fan. If asked if she wants to sit on the potty, she answers, “Um, no. Not today.” Then she saunters off to destroy something. We have had some luck this past week, when she actually agreed to go diaperless and has actually peed on the potty. I’m consistent; every day when we get home from dropping Lex off at school, I ask her to take her diaper off and then tell her to use the potty if she needs to. Here’s the problem: some days she flat out refuses to do it. She will take her diaper off, but then throw a fit to have it back on, and she refuses to use the potty. I have no idea what to do about this. She is 3, and all my kids have been potty trained by 3 1/2, but I have a feeling she will be the problem child. And I tell you what, I am all set with diapers. DONE! I don’t ever want to buy them again.

I’m a nervous wreck thinking about having her in diapers past 3 1/2. It just can’t be that she refuses to use the potty. She knows exactly what it is and how to do it and when she has to go, but she hates it and has said “NO!” The other day, she didn’t even say no, she just went and got a diaper and said, “Here. Put this on me.” WTH, kid?! I just… I don’t know what to do. I don’t pressure her, I don’t insist she do it, I don’t yell. I tried treats and stickers and rewards and well, she is just not having it. So I’m giving up. I will still pull the potty out and take her diaper off, but I won’t fight her. I hope she decides to just do it on her like the other two. Because honestly, giving her a treat and saying, “Good job, Lo! You’re such a good girl!” just makes me feel like I’m treating her like one of my dogs, and that’s just no good. So feel free to leave your advice or dark humor or just tell me I’m not alone!!!!


Boys–Oh the Joys….

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by by

I do not have daughters, so I don’t know if it would be any different, but since I am a woman (although Will doesn’t think so – as he told me the other day when I dressed up, “Mommy, you look like a girl!!!” Either he’s very confused, or I just really don’t dress up enough. I am a Stay at home mom you know…), I can honestly say that I don’t think moms of girls have to go through this. I am sure I will be corrected by my mom, but well, I was a tomboy so that’s different.

* It’s something I have talked about many many times. Oh the GAS – they are constantly burping, tooting, FAKE burping or tooting, or simply talking about it. At any time: at the table, church, in school……AAUUGGHHHH!!! And nothing discourages it!
* They do.not.sit.still. EVER! And the more tired they get, the more they move. I remember my cousin who has 3 boys (she does have a girl now, but at the time it was all boys) saying that she used to watch all the little girls sitting nicely and playing or coloring while her boys climbed the walls and hung from the curtains. YES! I learned that this is soooooo true. My niece would sit and color or play quietly (well, she talks a lot, but she sits still) while Troy would be demolishing something, running, jumping…
* And to continue with the demolishing, how do people have handmedowns for clothes or toys for boys? How?!?!?! Nothing lasts, because the boys are always dirty and stained and treat everything as if it were a tool (hammers or axes normally). Everything is broken from being used to “fix” things.
* Lastly, why do all of the pictures turn out like this:


Neighborhood Collage

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by by

The weather has been beautiful, so I’ve been trying to keep the kiddos outside as much as possible. The other day, The Younger and I decided to walk around the neighborhood and pick up “neat things” that we found along the way. She has a Cars lunch bag that she loves, so we decided to take that with us to collect our goodies.

We spent a good deal of time picking up leaves and deciding which ones were the best of the lot. We also looked at clouds, shadows, and the airplanes. She picked up rocks, some flowers, and some grass, but none of them actually made the grade to “get in the bag.”

After we toured the area, we returned home to make a collage of our trip.

She was pretty excited about this project. (more…)

Her shelf, finally

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 by by

It finally is up.  It is currently the ONLY decorative thing we have hanging on any of our walls.

The wing broke off my white angel. :(  It’ll be fairly easy to glue it, I just need to find the right kind of glue.


Please Tell Me There’s a Badge For This

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 by by

I had a very proud moment last Spring when I affixed the last (okay, ALL) of Eliza’s Brownie badges to her sash.

That moment of victory was short lived when I discovered that, as a bridging Girl Scout, she’d be starting all over this year with a fresh new vest.  At this point, no one cares about the sash anymore, nor do they care about all of my painstaking last-minute work.  It’s all about the vest.  SIGH. Even though I’ve had possession of the vest all summer, it wasn’t until the night before the first Girl Scout meeting this year that I took it out of storage (after some frenzied panic about where I’d put the dang thing) so I could get all the badges and pins put on it.   Par for the course, I was missing about 98% of what I needed.

Today, I received in the mail all of the patches that I’d ordered, and I commanded myself to put them on the vest immediately.

UGH.  Girl Scout sash/vest assembly sucks.  Trying to figure out where everything goes is like trying to read the blueprints for a nuclear missile.  In Japanese.

It takes a village.  And apparently a stray sock (???)

The term “iron on” is very loose translation where these patches are concerned.  I put enough heat on them to forge steel, but those suckers just wouldn’t stay on.  Sewing is totally out of the question for obvious reasons, so I went with option “c” – fabric glue.

Even with the official Girl Scout badge placement template AND help from the GSA website, I was still hard-pressed to figure out what the heck I was supposed to do.  And…I’m apparently STILL missing things that I need.  Grrrrr.

Even though I myself was once a Girl Scout, I don’t recall all of these complexities.  The whole thing is drying right now, and I’m not certain, but I think I made Eliza a four-star general.

Under the Sea Art

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by by

One of the things that I enjoyed about this theme is that it is so easy to get creative with art projects. It was hard to pick just a few ideas, but the projects I chose gave us a chance to practice skills and concepts that I would like to work on with Jonah.

Sea Shapes, a lesson in geometry:

This idea came from a “take home bag” that I borrowed from the lending library at the preschool where Jonah has speech therapy. The bag came with the book “Sea Shapes” by Suse Macdonald, several foam stamps that corresponded to the book, and an ink pad. The book named several shapes, and then gave an example of how you would see that shape in the sea. For example, the crescent shape can be seen in a dolphin’s body, and some fish are shaped like hearts! After we looked at the book and discussed the creatures and shapes that we had seen, I let the kids use the stamps to make their own ocean pictures. At first we used a light blue paper, but we weren’t happy with how the blue ink looked on it, so we used plain white printer paper to make the shapes really stand out! (more…)

#1. The order things are done in.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by by

Trying out a new idea for days I have nothing to blog about. I actually did something similar last year when I went to Arizona and scheduled my blog posts.


Him – “Why is Auntie Katie getting married if she just had a baby?”
Me – “She didn’t just have a baby. Elizabeth is almost one now.”

Him – “So why is she getting married?”
Me – “Because most people actually get married before they start having babies.”

Him – “But you and Daddy didn’t get married until after we had Bella.”
Me – “No, we got married after we had Ryan. We had to make sure we liked both of you enough to get stuck together with you and take the chance there may be more one day.”

Him – (quiet for several minutes while thinking) “Huh, I guess y’all like us then.”


Tots & Teens

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 by by

Of all the advice I got when I was pregnant, or even while Haeden was just a wee babe, nobody ever told me that he would turn into a teenage hellion at the age of two.
Everybody knows about the “terrible two’s,” sure. But when I heard that, I always envisioned tantrums – flailing arms, kicking legs, bodies being thrown to the floor in the most dramatic way possible. These were things I was prepared for – you know, the face slaps and kicks to the gut while trying to remove him from something dangerous, or even something he just plain can’t have. I can handle those.

But the back talk? Nobody warned me about this part. How can a kid that only learned to talk 6 months ago have that down to a damn science? Lately, conversations with him go a little like this:

Me: Haeden, stop touching the TV.
Haeden: NO!
Me: Haeden, stop touching the TV and don’t tell me no.
Haeden: No, Mommy! YOU stop!

It wouldn’t be all that bad if he’d actually stopped and then given me sass, but it’s both. I know that being the battle ax all the time is the wrong approach, but it’s so incredibly hard not to be at this time, especially if we are out in public. I don’t want to be the woman with the rowdy, obnoxious kid, but I also don’t want to be confined to the house all the time either. (more…)

Green Tip Tuesday – Newspapers

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 by by

The couponing world has taken flight, and everyone now knows how much you can save by using coupons. But how many actually read the paper?? I DO! But what do you do with all the leftover paper, ads, and coupon trash??

My grandpa recycles them about twice a month. He’s an avid newspaper reader. What most people don’t know is that most recycle banks can’t or won’t recycle the “shiny” coupon paper, so I help out and take out the coupons & ads for him!

Coupon paper is great for mail packages! I keep a bin full of the extra clippings from my coupon inserts and store ads, and right before the holidays I go and make “silly string” out of them. I just roll them or fold them up and cut them in slices, or sometimes use a hole punch. It’s not just great for the holidays… In all most all my packages, I use them as fillers and for extra protection as well.

So think about this next time you read your paper, and call to ask if you can recycle the coupon inserts and ads.

Happy Tuesday!

Smacksy Sunday Links

Sunday, September 18th, 2011 by by

I adore this couple.

Have you seen Anne Flournoy’s video series The Louise Log? Fabulous. This episode is a favorite.

And from Listen To Your Mother LA, Gillian Bellinger’s reads her essay 1,2,3 Rub.

Happy Sunday.