Monday, May 31, 2010

Summer Blogging Break

I'm taking June off!  Here's why I'm taking a self-imposed break:
  1. The pool beckons.
  2. I want to focus on watching my kids play instead of just managing their arguments.
  3. I need to market my ebook second edition.
  4. I want to query to large parenting magazines.
  5. I have zero internet connection at home anymore .... I can't even "borrow" it from anyone, so I have to pack 5 kids up and head to McDonald's, Eva's or my Mom's house.  They are all good sports about it (especially Ronald ... thanks, buddy!), but it's wearing me down.
  6. I need to teach Joel long division and Callie to read ... not because I think they SHOULD do those things right now, but because they are READY and WANT TO.
  7. Michael needs lots of listening to.
  8. Eva needs to be watched like a hawk because she's a slippery little devil.
  9. Sam will only be this small for so long, and I need to enjoy him.
  10. My friends have been neglected.
  11. My husband and I could use some more dates.
  12. I need to paint Callie's room so she has her own bedroom finally.
  13. Aron and I are going to be Boy Scouts (Webelos, actually) den leaders again and it's a lot of work.
  14. The homeschool co-op starts in June!
  15. I'll be doing some babysitting during the summer. 
Enjoy the reruns or head to Lazy Sugar Mama!  I'll be twatting when I can via Twitter, which links to my Facebook profile, so you can stay updated that way!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Great T-Shirts

I got this shirt from Ambre and Penny recently and just love it.  It gets a lot of double-takes, especially from men, who probably feel like everything in the world is their fault.  I'm here to tell you, men, that everything is MY fault and that I own it and it's all good.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kids and Eating

In honor of my mom's birthday today, I will post a funny that she made recently.

You know Taco Bell's promotion for their Fourth Meal, the meal you eat late at night?

Since my kids eat all day flippin' long, my mom says, "Okay, you go get lunch.  I have plenty of stuff around my house for when they get hungry later for their Eighth Meal."

For my kids, 8th Meal is like between lunch and dinner.  I swear they eat like 12 times a day!  They should be as big as houses, but they work it off, thankfully!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

School Lunches

Mom's been taping Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on ABC for us, and I have Joel watch it as a homeschool project.  Check out this blog by a woman who is eating a school lunch every day this year to check out what's in them, how they taste, the waste of plastic utensils and food, etc.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Temporary ID Tatto for Kids

This is a great post at The WM Parenting Connection called "Can't Parents Supervise Their Kids Anymore?" (sign up for the e-mail version so you don't miss a post!).

My opinion:  I used to think things like leashes for kids were crazy and wondered why someone couldn't keep track of their dang kid.  I felt this way because I had 3 Velcro children who would not leave my side.  Then along came Eva.  Pair that with living on a very busy street and, although I don't own a kid leash personally, I am now a believer in doing whatever it takes to keep your kid safe.

What do YOU think?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

School Carnival


Here are some pictures from the recent school carnival we attended.  The kids played a bunch of games to win poker chips to trade in for prizes.  They enjoyed the bouncy slide and moonwalks.  Callie won a bag of Tootsie Rolls at the cakewalk.  They all enjoyed Ring Pops!  We dropped only $40 this year to support our local public school.  I was surprised we got out of there so cheap!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Homeschool Sushi Rolls

I have found a great homeschool group in my city.  I won't publicize them in case they want to stay medium-sized, but would be happy to publicize them if they want me to and will email anyone info about them if they would like from the Comments section.  Anyway, they have 4 co-op sessions a year where a parent offers a class on anything and in return their kids can take as many classes as they want.  Some of the classes cost money, like this one was $5 per kid, but they got to take home a bamboo mat and spoon plus the ingredients were amazing (salmon, avocado, mango, cream cheese, cucumber, etc.).

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pokemon Puzzle and T-shirt

I found this Pokemon puzzle at a thrift store for one fat buck.  It's 200 pieces, and Michael and Aron sat and worked on it together for some great father/son time.  Of course, the next morning, Eva tore it all apart while I was eating my bon bons and watching my soap operas in the tub (don't tell my husband!), so it's a good thing they took a picture of it!  Below is a picture of Joel with his Pokemon T-shirt on ... he'd just made himself a smoothie and was quite proud of himself!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Stuff My Dad Says

My dad says, "Heard the starving artists were due to come back to town to sell paintings. I'm taking them down some canned goods and boxes of cereal. Don't give them cash! They'll only spend it on paint and canvas!"

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Home Fire Drills

I know it's important to have working smoke detectors in your home, but we'd never had a fire drill until Joel's Cub Scout book made it a priority.  So recently when my niece was over, she directed the boys in a fire drill.  The main message was to STAY LOW ... and have a meeting place at a tree out front!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2010 Census

Yes, I filled out my census.

Then a few weeks later at 5:45 p.m. on a week night, I got a call from the Census People.  The chick started spouting off all kinds of sections and codes and crap that let me know she was allowed to be calling me.  Still, how do I know it was really the Census People?

So let’s assume it was really them.  She wants to take 10 minutes of my time to ask more questions about my household.  I asked her why.  She spouted off more sections and codes instead of just saying something like, “Well, some people are randomly chosen to be asked more questions.”

So I said, “You have my census in front of you?”

She said she did.

I said, “Then you know that I have 5 kids and that you are calling at dinnertime.  I don’t have 10 minutes for you.”

I hung up as she was saying something about needing to set up an appointment to talk with me.  I found out someone I know had the same issue once and the Census People showed up at his house with a badge and everything.

  1. Why can’t they randomly choose someone else instead of wasting time tracking down those who don’t want to answer their dang questions?
  2. If I’m home during the day with just my kids, you can bet your butt I will not be answering the door to a Census Person.  Except these days my kids are always playing outside and I’m out watching them quite often and the Census Person will probably corner me.  Darnit.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands

The first thing I did when my copy of “The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands” by Dr. Laura Schlessinger came in the mail was to look for the recipes.  There weren’t any.  How can you put “feeding” in the title and not include some recipes?

So I’m partway into the book and it’s pretty clear I’ll come out the other end knowing how to CARE for my husband so much better than I do now, but I feel gypped because I won’t know how to FEED him any better than I do now.

So it’s back to meatloaf and tacos and tater tot casserole and stir-fry for dinner.  I expected better from you, Dr. Laura.  I expected a recipe for coq au vin or duck a l’orange or baked Alaska.  Or tips on how to balance carbs and proteins.

Just kidding.  I still love you, Dr. L.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Garage Sales in Kansas City

Why do I insist on subjecting myself to the torture that is having a garage sale?  Recently I realized I had too much junk in my house even after giving bags of junk away every month (I like to give until it hurts, really).  So I decided to try to sell some of it.  After hanging out for hours in my garage and on the sidewalk watching my kids play, I made a whopping $18!  Hey, it's better than nothing!  About 1:00 on Saturday I decided I'd had enough and packed up the rest of the stuff in bags and took them to the thrift store.  I feel so much lighter.  Well, my house does, anyway.  If only it were that simple to shed pounds on my BODY.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Offensive Magazine Covers and Nursing Women

No, Silly, I'm not talking about women who are nurses being on magazine covers.  I'm wondering what you think about breastfeeding being shown on magazine covers. There's an argument here in favor, and then you can vote at the top.  You can also click on the tab that says "Top No Article" to see the other side of the argument.  And sometimes on the side of the page you can see an advertisement featuring a woman who has lost weight and has her big boobs squeezed into a small bikini top ... interesting, and definitely sexier than breastfeeding ... or is it?  I mean, I personally think I'm hot stuff nursing and typing at the same time.  I'd like to see a guy do that.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution

Yeah, baby!  Elizabeth Pantley has come out with her 6th book in the No-Cry series:  The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution.  Others in the series include:  The No-Cry Nap Solution; The No-Cry Sleep Solution; The No-Cry Discipline Solution; The No-Cry Potty Training Solution; The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers & Preschoolers.

Here's a brief description of the new book:  "Does it break your heart to leave your crying child at daycare, school, or with a babysitter? Do you worry and wonder how to help and what to do? Nearly all children experience separation anxiety - it's natural - but finding a solution can be difficult. Best-selling parenting author and mother of four, Elizabeth Pantley tackles this sensitive problem with her trademark gentle and respectful ideas.  Using the help of her army of Test Parents, Pantley has created a book filled with solutions. Whether your child is a baby, toddler or first grader, these tried and true techniques will help them to:

* Say goodbye at the door with a smile and a wave and no more tears.

* Conquer anxiety at daycare, school, parties, events and play-dates.

* Go to sleep peacefully - and stay in bed at naptime and bedtime.

* Feel comfortable with caregivers, babysitters, visitors, and other new people.

* Explore new places with joy and confidence.

Best of all, this step-by-step book INCLUDES A FREE MAGIC BRACELET that will help your child feel "magically" safe and secure whenever you're apart. It's just one of the many No-Cry solutions that will help you say goodbye to the stress of saying goodbye-and hello to a stronger, happier child. "

For more information, check out Elizabeth Pantley's web site here.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ask (or Gripe), and You Shall Receive

Callie and Michael like to have tea parties with a tea set Ellen got Callie for Christmas. Back on April 20 (sorry, but I have to post-date my entries because of that pesky no-Internet-access-at-home thing) they had a tea party.

Dilemma: no cookies.

I was crazy busy (yes, SA [smart a**], it was a little different from every other day) but was willing to make them no-bake drop cookies.

Dilemma: no sugar.

As I’m griping about how I’m not psychic and sugar should have been put on the grocery list, etc., a sweet woman from church came by to drop off some wonderful clothes for my kids, as she does from time to time. Guess what else she brought?

A big tin of chocolate chip cookies.

I almost cried. I saved 3 for Aron, ate a few for my own stress relief purposes, then gave the tin to the kids for their tea party. How cool is that?  Now it's time for some subliminal advertising:
 
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Homeopathic Overdose?

I carry around with me in the diaper bag 3 bottles of Hyland’s homeopathic goodies: teething tablets, sniffles ‘n’ sneezes tablets and bedwetting tablets. Each bottle has 125 tiny tablets, and not one of the bottles has a childproof cap on it (but neither does nail polish remover or some bleach, so don’t get me started).

I came downstairs the other day to find Eva sitting on the kitchen table. With an empty bottle of bedwetting tablets.

I’ve always heard a kid could take the whole bottle of anything homeopathic like that and be fine, but just in case I called Poison Control. They got a good laugh when I told them, “Well, I guess she won’t be urinating for a good week, huh?” They told me she’d be fine, though.

Side note: I can’t really say if the bedwetting tablets work or not because I wasn’t consistent in giving them to Callie. You’re supposed to give them at every meal and at bedtime, but I could never quite get my crap together enough to do that. It’s easier, quite honestly, to make sure she has on a diaper or Pull-up at bedtime.

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