Sunday, January 31, 2010
Here is the link to my new blog....My Kitchen I was very inspired by Mer and others who have recipe blogs and I LOVE to cook. My friend Katja has started doing recipes on her blog too- Check it out!!
If you have any new recipes for me to try & share....email them to me- I would love to try them!!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Well, I am doing it- if it gets the best of me!! I am putting the pedal to the FLOOR this time. I kinda started to toilet train C- a few months ago.....with no success. I didn't go FULL SPEED like I did with T, so I am going to do the same method I did with T. I read this book. And it worked like a charm!!
I was 8-9 months pregnant with C.....sitting in the bathroom floor reading books until the beloved tinkle noise could be heard in the toilet!! Then we would do our happy dance, call daddy and get our M & M's!!
My mom & B have BOTH told me....that is not how they remember it......I called both of them crying and saying this was the hardest thing I have ever done!!! That was before I found those plastic underwear from Target!!
My method is REWARD for staying DRY MORE.....than GOING to the BATHROOM!!! It really works!! And quick too- 4 days for T.
Now, C is my leader ( I like to say instead of Strong-willed) Child!! So, I pray he will let me lead and he will follow the teachings that we talk to him about!!
So, say a prayer for us this week!! We will MISS all those at story-time this week.....Thanks for the support!! We will be back in a week, in underwears!! All these pictures were taken last year some time....just thought they went with the story!!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This was the morning T made his BED ALL ON HIS OWN!! Do you see the pride in those little Rosie cheeks!!
We have been making his bed together since he was 2 when he got his bigger bed. Since this picture which like I said was about a year ago.....He can make it on it's own. I did mention this week- how I have to over look all the lumps & bumps and pillows not in the right place...not to mention the sheet falling to the floor out from under the comforter!!
That would totally break his spirit of JOY- so I choose to over look it, and know that with time it will get better!! He was teaching C this week how to help him.... yeah, I can see where that is going!! I was the younger child. My sister use to TIME me to see how fast I could fetch her things or do her chores!!
I can remember T the first night in his BIG BED.... I told him he would get a spanking if he got out of his bed- and he could not get out of bed until morning time when Jo Jo's circus & the Wiggles come on!! We turned up the monitor that night and listened to him... he quietly whispered "mama..mama..." and then he was asleep!!
He also didn't GET OUT of his BED until he was 3 1/2.....He would call out to me after a long nights sleep or nap time...."MAMA..MAMA...I AM UP!!!" I would go into his room and snuggle with him and hold him. When you tell him something- he takes it for the gospel!! It got to the point I was afraid it would wake up C....and he didn't even start to sleep through the night until about that time!!
T has been a good sleeper 14 hours a night at the age of 8 weeks!! C on the other hand....he is a GREAT sleeper now- you just need to be careful not to walk to quickly, he is a very light sleeper!!
I pray he will stay in his bed so we don't have to remove all the toys...etc...from there!! I am going to use the same method for him....even though they are different kids- I don't know what else to do??
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Yesterday, I shared about our new chore chart & New Rules. Just to let you know we are still on a Roll!!
My guilt comes when I spend more time cleaning and doing chores- rather than spending precious time with my children...instead they are being Hooked on TV!!!
I have decided after much prayer and thinking about it- not to mention I bought about 10 books on Amazon a few weeks ago.....all about having a clean/ organized house & teaching kids to!! Plus, it is a way we can still be together and they can learn to help out- and be rewarded!!
If they can help, then they will learn to keep things clean too!! It started with their nasty bathroom.....boys have the worst habits....toliets....Ugh!!! Then all the toothpaste in the sink..... Ugh..Ugh!!!!
I told them at 9 am...."okay we are turning to TV off and we are going to do chores...who wants to help??" I stood there with WIPES in my hands.....they love using my WIPES!!!!
They help with the table many times after meals- to wipe down the table. I LOVE these particular wipes because the are Natural and SAFE for children- Non-toxic!! I am all about that. I keep them stocked up- because I only order once a month.
I gave them each a wipe and they went to town, they were wiping everything they could- I had to stop T from cleaning the light bulb on the lamp.
I was cracking up when I looked over and saw T wiping every little wire on the basket!! Don't know where he has EVER seen that before??
And good Ole' C he was just so excited about getting to Play in the sink and NOT get in trouble!! He stayed at the sink & pour water in a cup and out for about 30 minutes!! Then he moved to the shower....I have no clue what he was doing in there- but he had a wipe!!
I know he was probably thinking.......This is a dream come true......water, me & the sink I use to get in trouble for sitting in!!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I also made these little cards....they are too dumb looking to put on as a picture!! I can remember my Kindergarten teacher having them. It is a smiling face....a straight face.....a frown face.... and a crying face!! Each time we would misbehave, she would cut off a face- then if you were left with a crying face you were in BIG TROUBLE!!!
It made a BIG impact on me. I can remember getting a crying face one day....probably for too much talking?? Ha ha!! It made that much of an impression on me- that is all it took!!!
So, I made some 3x5 index cards of the same. Each time the boys get in trouble I would cut off a face. T cried the first time I had to cut hissmiling face off.... He pushed his brother off the bed!! Needless to say I also punished him more than that too!!
It has just come to the point in our house-I can almost NOT take them in public anymore!!! I can remember when I just had T everyone would say- "wow he is so good!!" I don't know where I lost control.....I can guess but I won't BLAME!!! Now when I go out in public they say "WOW YOU HAVE YOUR HANDSFULL!!!!"
But there comes a point when you are trying to get something done and you look over and your kids are having a wrestling match or running crazy in a store- YOU MUST PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN and SHOW THEM WHO IS BOSS!!!!
THIS IS MAMA'S HOUSE!!!! I have got on my soap box this week and decided if I don't do it now- I will be wishing I had when I am posting bail one of these days!!! No, I would not wish that on anyone- especially my own...just using it as an exaggeration.
We have also started this lovely chore chart. So far so good- the Cowboy like to put his own smiling faces on.....I think I need to move it to where he can reach it better- It is here so it is OUT of reach of others!! HA!!I found this at a local store on sale 20% off....so I thought I would pick it up and it would be just what are family needed for our new year- new start!! It is a Melissa & Doug, you would find if you toured my house....I LOVE Melissa & Doug Products!!! Puzzles, toys, you name it- we LOVE IT!!
The chart has so many behavior & chores ideas to choose from, I let T pick his own on Sunday nights then he gets to put his smiling face on his completed chore- at the end of the day- WE CELEBRATE....with a quarter for a completed line of Smiles :) Did I mention it is magnetic!!
The first chore for the day was folding clothes, I dumped their clothes on T's bed and said "let's play a game- let's put all C's clothes on one side of the bed, then all of your clothes on the other side!" First off....every kid likes a GAME!!! Secondly, I told him I it was a RACE....he has enough of his father in him to be COMPLETELY COMPETITIVE!!! No room for losers in this house!!!
Once we finished that race, we continued to the next one- sorting, underwear, PJ's, jeans, shirts, etc. Then lastly I let him hang up his own clothes as I hung us C's clothes, he wanted to hang them up in his own closet....that is where the OCD in me has to step aside....and say "yes, yes you may...!!!!" Gulp!!
Knowing they would not be in the right place.....long sleeve, short sleeve, church shirts, sweaters, hunting clothes, and jeans. That is how I have all the clothes in their closets. He could only reach the bottom shelf with extra hangers...whew, so I got to put them up in the proper Home- later when he was pre-occupied!!
I don't ever want him to see me correct or finish his work, I NEVER change his bed once he makes it....he will never think that it measures up good enough for me. So I leave it and move on- When it comes to clothes, I know exactly what is clean, dirty & missing in everyones closet- due to my system!! Don't hate me because I am crazy!!!
Here is the future husband of some beautiful young lady....who will thank me one day!!!Hanging up his OWN SHIRT!!! So PROUD!!!And all the other shirts he hung up, half were backwards, and falling off- But it was great and he felt so good for helping me!! We can work on details as the years go by!!
Who can resist this Cute little Cowboydee!!!Meanwhile Back at the Ranch....this floppy hat is a fireman costume.....needs starch on the hat I think!!! Oh My, I just added organize books on T's shelf for tomorrow after seeing this picture!!! Think I have over looked that lately!! Ya Think??
Ok, so now you see what tweaking we have done- hopefully this new start will continue to stay in our home, at least until good habits are learned and patterns are set!!
How do you teach your kiddo's to help around the house??
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
That is when you take it in doors....hunting that is. This week we had only two real good days to play outside- so the others we built a deer camp/deer stand. Using just an old sheet that is our "tent" sheet now- even has it's own peep holes in it.
How I got under the dining room table is beyond me?? I do however know that B would never make it under there- Clearance is way to short for that big fella!!
I was in on the excitement of killing a 10 POINT BUCK in the living room....so fun I tell you- I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at times. Seeing how their imaginations were so full of these vivid pictures of BUCKS & DOE!!! EVERYWHERE!!! And then to think that they were so big to make up these big stories and talk so plainly to understand EVERY word that C says now- Time is going by way to fast.....I know in 20 years I will look back and be glad I took the time to "hunt" in the deer camp with them, under the table!!
So, I asked the hunters if the wanted a snack- Of course, any hunter gets hungry with all that hard work of hunting. I gave them a snack- returned to the kitchen, as I started doing the dishes all I heard was giggling & crunching of Cheez-its!! Every so often I would hear a loud BOOM of the play gun....other than that- they were being very good hunters.
There was a KING snake that crawled in under the camp- He didn't last long, got shot too!! Can't have snakes in the camp!!
When I was through with the dishes I went back to the "camp" and asked if they had killed any deer yet? T replied "YEP a 10 POINT BUCK..... he's a biggin' too!!!" So I was then asked being the "cooker" of the camp... "here cooker go skin and fry us up that big buck!!"
I proceeded to unfold myself out from under the dining room table oh, excuse me Deer camp. And I walked into the living room and started to string up the pretend deer on the ceiling fan...where else right?? I pulled out my very sharp pretend pocket knife....very very sharp T said!! As I made the first slit in to the deer and began the process I was quickly corrected... "No, No, No, that is not how you do it...here let me, see watch me- I'll show you the right way......see like this...." He then finished skinning the deer- handed me a pretend pieces and said "here now go cook it!!"
We had a great time hunting together....and I will cherish our hunting day for a long time!!
All I can say Children Learn What they Live!!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Here he is 4 years old and FINALLY can pedal a tricycle!!! WHOO HOO!!! You can tell by my excitement on the video. Sorry for the quality, had to use what I had at the time.
We have told him to pedal ever since his feet could reach the pedals. He has had this tricycle since he was 3 months old.... Family tradition to get a tricycle for your first Christmas!!
Anyway, yesterday the weather was so nice and we played out doors for an hour that morning and this was after nap for about and hour. I instructed him to push up on one and down on the other. I honestly, think when I am trying to explain or teach something to others- I loose them, unless I SHOW them how it is done. It is the hands on practical learner in me!!
So, I pushed his leg down and told him to lift the other, and pushed and pushed all the way around the driveway- Until my back was burning!! And he said, " I will just push with my feet- like this." And he just shoved off the ground. Then I told him if he EVER could pedal a tricycle and learn on that- he could get a BIG BIKE... thinking, birthday in August??
Well, he proved me wrong- started pedalling like Lance Armstrong!! I grabbed my phone out of my pocket to film, because Daddy was not home- so we could share the excitement with him!!
At the end of the video he is jumping off and saying " I want to see it!!" Almost as if he could not believe it himself!!
You might be thinking... isn't he 4- and JUST NOW riding and pedaling a tricycle. Yes, that is right- we have worked on our motor skills for some time and are continuing. Due to the fact that he is 4 and 50lbs. size 6-7 boys and 13 shoes.... we seem to struggle some times with the small things. Bless his heart you can tell by the knees almost touching the handle bars too- he won't be on this long!!
On that note- he also cut using scissors a whole piece of paper... I drew a line and he cut the straight line I drew!! That was also yesterday!! Fine Motor skills are coming along- Jenny would be proud!!
When the day ended and I had time with God, I thanked him. I have been able to see both of my boys milestones.... and seems like it has been awhile, but to me pedalling a tricycle is just as BIG as taking that first crawl or step!! Seem like the little accomplishments in life are our BIGGEST JOY and as a parent most rewarding!!
He was so proud of himself, I truly believe this will give him the confidence he needs to keep on trucking on the tricycle and make it to a BIG BIKE by August!!
Monday, January 18, 2010
The first thing that you will do when you arrive for your child's surgery is usually go to the hospital is check-in or register. I have found it VERY helpful to have the office to fax or mail the papers to me and I fill them out prior to that day, emotions can sometimes make you write crazy stuff- when I had C in the hospital I wrote that my husband was born in 1999... for example. If they don't allow you to do that- you will fill out papers and talk to a financial office. Sometimes you must pay a co-pay or money up front... just depending upon insurance.
The times we have gone to AR Children's Hospital they have called us back quickly, my husband can go- as long as there are NO OTHER CHILDREN... two adults per child. Let me add one minor note... the black eye was not due to the ears- We had a outdoor party that weekend and he fell on the sidewalk....looks bad- but he was OK and it went away very quickly!!
Next step- they will take you to a room and have you to wait there. There is a TV in the room, so we watched cartoons. Which was great for our little couch potato!! It was very early in the morning- we had to be in Little Rock at 6am.... we live 3 hours away. So early in fact Daddy fell asleep in the chair a few times....
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Routines, schedules, chores, errands, meal planning, laundry system, and the list goes on and on!!
I just feel overwhelmed sometimes as a s@hm.... feel lost and don't want to take advantage of the wonderful privilege that I have!! At the same time- all my older systems and planning have gone to POT, I must change them regular- due to my children changing... naps, school, extra- curricular activities, church, etc...
This week is a trial and error run on a few things- Hopefully next week I can share some details of my new systems!! I just to love to have everything in an orderly fashion!!
Right now I still feel like a chicken with her head cut off- chasing after two wild chicks with Christmas wrapping paper wrapped around their ankles!!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Hi I am Maizie the NEW Puppy in the house- My mom is busy with the boys thought I would do my mom's ten list this month!!
9. I have 2 BIG brothers!! Gotta watch the short one though.... he tried to knock me off with a potato masher last week. The BIG one- he just loves it when I grab his pants leg!!
8. I LOVE MY DADDY.... I am his little girl!!!
7. Mama feeds me 4 times a day- so I REALLY love her!!!
3. Don't like that they put up this baby gate when they eat meals at that big table...
2. Do like that the little kid drops every other bite and when they take the gate down... it is MINE!!
1. Really Glad Poppie & Grana LOANED me to my new Family, who needed a GIRL!!!
miss you Poppie!!