Thursday, September 30, 2010
Okay, I guess Izzy isn't a tiny baby anymore. My little man is going to be 3 years old in November. THREE YEARS OLD. That just sounds so old. Where did my baby boy go. He is suddenly so tall, and he has so much hair! I am happy that Izzy is becoming an independent little boy, but I am sad that the baby phase is gone. It went by too fast. I blinked my eyes, and he grew a foot.
Izzy very well might be my last baby. And this phase of his life is already gone. It makes me sad. Makes me wish I had rocked him to sleep even more. Nursed him longer. Carried him on my hip more often.
This parenting thing sure is hard.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Not having a cell phone often makes me feel like an odd ball. People always say things like, "YOU DON'T HAVE A CELL PHONE?! I couldn't live with my cell phone!" Ummm...really? I think talking on the phone is overrated. Additionally, I have grown to hate how other people seem to always be distracted by their damn phones. JUST PUT IT AWAY! Geez people. And my number one pet peeve is spouses who call each other constantly. My friend Karla's husband calls her no less than 20 times in the course of an hour. If John called me that much, I would probably divorce him.
Other times, I really wish I had a cell phone. For example, the farm we visited for apple picking is about 40 minutes from my house. To get there, I have to drive through a HUGE state forest. There are no businesses or houses for miles and miles. Everytime I drive on that stretch of road I get nervous. What would I do if my van broke down? It definitely wouldn't be safe to walk with the kids on that winding country road. How long would I have to wait before a police officer happened to drive by? In those instances, I really want a cell phone, and I curse my frugality.
But despite my irrational fears, I think I will continue to go without a cell phone for now.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
1. John ended up not having to go out of town. YIPEE!
2. Our nature class was a huge success this week. No screaming like a maniac about bugs!
3. I completely forgot about the FREE blogger day at The Please Touch Museum until 2 days before. So, that was a fun mid-week activity that I hadn't considered at the start of the week.
4. We had two friends approach us about going apple picking. Get ready for apple pie pictures! And maybe even apple butter!
5. I made homemade tomato sauce with tomatoes from my garden! Why yes, I am awesome.
So, it has been a fun and busy week for me and the kiddos.
In other news, my GPS is broken. It seriously makes me never want to leave the house. I have become so dependent on that nice lady telling me where to go, and then rerouting me when (not if) I make a mistake. When I got in my car on Monday, the GPS screen was white. As I was driving the screen flickered in and out, but eventually it started to work again. On Tuesday the screen stayed white. My husband decided that he would take the GPS apart to see if there was a loose connection. At this point, I knew the GPS was as good as dead.
So, I am GPS-less and not loving it. I have to print out directions online before I leave the house. How inconvenient is that? And then I actually have to pay attention to street names. Oh the horror! Since we are on a strict budget, we are going to have to find a super duper fabulous deal on a GPS before we buy it. This could take a while, so be prepared for lots of stories where I recount getting lost in my own backyard.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My kids have suddenly developed a love for shoes with laces. Izzy already had a pair of "tie shoes," but Porgie did not. She got so darn excited about getting "tie shoes," that I ended up buying her a new pair, even though she didn't really need them. And in true fashion, Porgie picked the flashiest, pinkest shoes in the whole store...
Too bad my kids don't know how to tie their own shoes!
Monday, September 20, 2010
But now, in my old age, I feel like I need to start eating breakfast. I have been super crabby in the mornings lately. And I keep overeating at lunchtime. Not good friends. Not good. In my defense, I am starving by lunchtime, so I just shovel in any food in my general vicinity.
Now, not being a breakfast person, I would like some help. What are some good, healthy options for breakfast? I don't want to eat empty calories and sugar (like waffles or pancakes). I am also trying to avoid cereal (because I am really just a huge 6 year old, who only likes sugary cereal with cartoon characters on the front). I want something that will keep me full until lunch, without being loaded with sugar, carbs, or fat. Enlighten me internet. What do you eat for breakfast?
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
However, I have been making some progress with Izzy. He can now successfully identify all of the letters in his name! I am so proud. My little guy isn't really very interested in learning letters or numbers, so this is HUGE for him. The best part is the proud look he gets on his face after he spells his name.
Next week is really going to be a struggle. John is going out of town, all of our friends are at preschool in the morning, and we have no money to do anything fun:( BOO!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I have noticed that a few of my gaps are slowly (very very very slowly) starting to close. Now, these aren't big dramatic changes. In fact, my husband hasn't noticed any changed at all. But I stare at my teeth in the mirror several times per day (I am a little obsessed with my teeth lately), and I have noticed some improvements. First, the gap between my two front teeth is slightly smaller. For a girl who hates her gapped teeth, this is AWESOME! Second, one of my pre-molars has rotated to the correct position. This tooth was turned at an odd angle, but it looks perfect now. And finally, my bite is feeling much better. For the past month or two, my canine tooth on the top was hitting my first pre-molar on the bottom, which prevented me from closing my teeth correctly. It was an annoying sensation. But that problem seems to have been resolved, because my bite feels normal again. YAY!
I was telling my cousin about my gap closing, and she commented that she would miss my gap. I was a little baffled. She went on to explain that my gap was like my trade mark. And then she compared me to Madonna. Ummm...I am so not Madonna. Madonna manages to have a gap and still look fabulous. All I manage to do is look retarded. So although my family might miss my gap, I can't wait to be rid of it.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I am partly to blame for Porgie's insane attitude toward bugs. I tend to be a little over dramatic about bugs in our house - especially spiders. The worst part is that in mid-October, they will be studying spiders in her nature class. I think we might just skip that week, because I will be just as likely as Porgie (if not more) to be running around screaming like a maniac.
Monday, September 13, 2010
In related news, we have officially started "school" in my house. My husband really wants me to homeschool, so I am testing the waters this year with preschool. If we like it, we'll probably continue to homeschool. If we don't, then Porgie will head off to Kindergarten next year. I came up with some lesson ideas last week, and the kids really liked it! We learned about the sun and the moon. We did letter A activities. We learned about top, middle, and bottom. We did calendar time and sang some new songs. And to my surprise and delight, we all had a really good time. Porgie begs me to do "school" as soon as she wakes up in the morning. This week we are going to learn about the planet Earth. We will study the letter B. We are going to learn about over, under/above, below. We also have some lacing and cutting activities planned. I hope this week goes as smoothly as last week!
So, that is what we have been up to lately. Anything new with you?
Friday, September 10, 2010
However, she was even more excited about getting to try out her new tap shoes in the dance studio. Since she needed to bring both her ballet and tap shoes to class, we put her tap shoes in her backpack...My baby girl is getting so darn BIG!
And she is beyond adorable:)
Thursday, September 9, 2010
You’re invited to a free Blogger’s Day at Please Touch Museum!
Wednesday, September 22, at 10 a.m.
Bring the kids and join us for Mom (and Dad) Bloggers Day at Please Touch Museum! You’re invited to sample the museum’s fall schedule of parent-child workshops, titled You & Me Playdates, offering parents and children an opportunity to join together to create music, art, puppetry and creative play in joyful sessions facilitated by museum educators.
After the playdates, you are invited to explore all of Please Touch Museum’s exhibits, catch a ride on the century-old Dentzel Carousel, and learn about all of the fun planned for fall!
This event may fill up, so RSVP by Friday, Sept. 17 to dmccunney@pleasetouchmuseum.
Please share this invitation with other bloggers in your network. For more information about Please Touch Museum visit http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
These are John's favorite muffins, so I bake them frequently. They are tasty, and you should definitely try them.
My daughter kept asking me to bake her some chocolate chip cookies, so I finally relented...
These are also vegan. They are, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies EVER. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the recipe online. Sorry friends.
Monday, September 6, 2010
In other news, I have been busy being crafty again. This time I made some file folder games for the kids to play...
Since we are going to be confined to the house for the next few days, these little games will certainly come in handy. Here is a website with lots of file folder games. I printed the games in color, glued them to cardstock (I would have printed them on white cardstock, but I only have colored paper), and them cut them out. Easy, cheap, and fun activities for the kiddos.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Fortunately the kids didn't seem to mind...
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Porgie starts her ballet lessons next weeks. I am excited to get back into the swing of things. This summer seems like it has dragged on FOREVER. I know that most people lament the passing of summer, but I am ready for the Fall. I am ready for temperatures below 95 degrees. I am ready for sweaters and jeans. I am ready to hear the rustling of leaves in the wind. I am ready for a change.
I have been feeling like crap lately. I have been getting bad headaches, and I have no energy. I think I need to start taking a multi-vitamin or something. I feel so depleted.
My grandmother's birthday just passed. I wrote a lengthy post about her life, but then I ended up deleting it. Her story is not mine to tell - especially on the internet. My grandmother is such a strong woman. She has experienced more heartache than I can even bear to think about. But despite her trials, she still manages to be the loveliest, sweetest, and most optimistic person I know.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The hardest part is not comparing him to Porgie. She has no speech problems, and she talks a mile a minute. But I know that he has other skills that she lacks. Izzy is VERY physical. He can do all kinds of stuff that Porgie struggles with. For example, he can buckle himself into his carseat! He is only two, how does he know how to do that? He can dress himself, and he even knows how to button up his own shirts/pants. Why am I still buttoning Porgie's clothes? He potty trained himself. I would like to take credit, but he honestly just started doing it all by himself. Basically, my little boy is physically active. He is a mover and a shaker! If there is a physical skill to be conquered, he will work on it continuously until he has mastered it.
Although I know that he is ahead of the game in lots of little ways, his speech always worries me. And his complete lack of interest in all things academic worries me too. He is much too busy to sing the ABC song. And besides, those 26 letters are so boring. Numbers? Why bother learning to count to 10, when you can just label EVERYTHING as the number two?
I don't really know where I am going with this post. I just worry about my little buddy sometimes. But then I remind myself that he is only 2, and that my children are not carbon copies of one another. They are different people, with different personalities, different strengths, different weaknesses. He will get there eventually, and I will be there cheering him on every step of the way.