Thursday, January 31, 2008
I also think this carnival is really cool because I have visited blogs that I never would have seen otherwise... even some on accident! LOL
Things are ok, here. I have a situation with a walking boy! Mal (the baby) is walking... at 10 mos old. I am trying to figure out how to upload video to the computer from my new camera. If I figure it out I will post some video of the walking wonder.
I also have a mouse in my house. Or more than one. I have caught one. And I had a glue trap disappear... which means a mouse stole it! Why? Why would he steal my trap? I cannot find it anywhere. I hope I don't SMELL it soon! And then I have left traps the last 2 nights and no mice in them. But we have seen the darn thing running around! I am sorry. I could clean my house from here til eternity and not have all of the crumbs up. The boys are messy! So... any suggestions on mouse extermination? Short of getting a cat, because I so totally am not dealing with baby's in the litter box!
Anyway, I will be back later with some more amusing stories and maybe even a recipe... I have to jumpstart the hubby! LOL
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
UPDATE!!!! The contest is now officially closed. Because I am a dork but not a geek I cannot figure out how to actually close the comments for this so that no one can comment anymore. So, basically, if you comment after 6:00 PM CST it will not be counted.
Now... to get ready for the drawing...
I am jumping on the bandwagon! Head over to Bloggy Giveaways to see about 700 different blogs giving away really cool stuff! I decided to host my very first give away as part of this fantabulous carnival!
I just recently started to blog so there is not too much here but please take a moment to look around! Anyone with advice on teens, toddlers and newly walking babies is especially welcome! LOL
First, I will show you what I am giving away.... this wonderful jewelry and hairpick set handmade by my own very talented daughter!
There is a set of beautiful beaded hairpicks, dangly beaded earings and a beaded bracelet. I would have stolen the hairpicks and kept them for myself but I just got my hair cut! You can tell her how much you love her work at her blog if you would like!
If you would like to win this wonderful set of beaded pretties, here are the rules:
1. I will keep this open until Sat. Feb 2 at 6 PM CST. All entries must be received by then!
2. I will have my daughter draw a name out of a hat for the winner!
3. Open to anyone in the continental US. I am sorry but I cannot afford int. shipping! You do not have to have a blog to enter but make sure you leave an email addy so I can contact you!
4. Winner has 5 days to respond to my email. If they do not then someone else wins!
5. I will post the winning name on my blog by 9 AM Sunday morning.
To enter... leave me a comment on this post. In your comment answer one of these two questions:
a. Who are you planning to vote for in the presidential elections and one reason why. This is to help me make my decision. But, since this can be controversial feel free to answer the next one...
b. What should my DH name his new cooking blog? See details on this post to help with the naming.
Entries without one of these questions answered will not win.
Ok! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come again! Sometimes I am witty, sometimes I am just stressed out! Get to know me! You just might like me....
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
So...... lets get the brains in gear! Those of you who know Steven know that he has an odd sense of humor, loves music and sci-fi, and loves him some gourmet food. Lets come up with some options for names and get him blogging!
UPDATE** Steven is planning on putting up ideas for easy gourmet meals, candy making, breads, and anything he thinks of. He has a very ecclectic mind. He will also be posting helpful hints for cooking without sugar and for low fat and cholesterol cooking. WHo knows what will show up! I am hoping he will be getting started soon! Help us name it so I can get him all set up!
I will be posting later today or maybe tomorrow about the great, walking 10 mos old, the giveaway addiction that I suffer from and the mouseketeer that would not die....
Monday, January 28, 2008
Perhaps I will post again later. Or maybe Monday's Muse will be on Tuesday this week. Or it may just be an off week. I am getting ready for a garage sale which means lots of going through junk. Talk about really realizing how much stupid stuff you own! Golly gee whiz. Time to clean out the stuff!!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Who me? I didn't do nothin'!
Braeden (The Boy) (I am giving up trying to be anonymous. Cause I keep forgetting) was supposed to have his therapy session again on Wednesday. His therapist called and had to reschedule as her daughter was sick. No problem, I have kids, I understand. But, I did get to have a good conversation with her about B's speech issues and his progress and future plans. It was a conversation that I really needed to have with her. She feels that B is saying many more words than I think he is saying. His pronunciation is just so bad that I am not understanding. Also, with my hearing problems, I may not be hearing what he is saying all of the time. She definitely feels that he does need the therapy. For pronunciation as well as to push him to use words more often. I am not sure how him making sounds that are not understandable is different from just babbling. Speech, to me, is words that are consistent and understandable. If he is saying Peas when he means carrots.... do I praise that? Or do I correct it? (Not that he says either of these 2 words, mind you... I am lucky to get a vroom-vroom when he wants to play cars...) I guess I am worried that he won't get as much help as I feel that he needs. But she did say that she will be concentrating on getting him to verbalize and praising attempts at words. So, I guess that is OK. I am just confused as to what she will be doing that I am not already doing! She is going to bring me some informational packets about speech development at different ages and how to encourage speech. This will give me something concrete to work with.
She also told me that I am too hard on myself. That I am a wonderful mother and work much harder with my children than many of her other parents do. That made me feel good. Although I still feel like I should be doing more. When my son says "peeese" for "thank you" ... well.... what do I do there? I just say thank you, that's right, Braeden, Thank you. And I try to make sure he is looking at me when I speak... maybe one day he will just pop out with thank you instead of this sound that bears no resemblance to thank you at all. It sounds like please but not in the correct context. arrrggghhhh... it's so hard to figure out how to handle things and what to say and do. Kids are such a challenge.
He also seems to be having more issues with jealousy of the baby lately. Wanting to be on me when I am nursing, weanting to hurt his brother, lots of roughhousing. I am not sure if this is something i should just ignore or not. I try to spend one on one time with each of my kids. Maybe it will settle down once the baby is completely weaned from the breast.....
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
My girl is so confident on the outside, but so sentimental and soft hearted on the inside. I have spent all of her almost 14 years worrying about her getting hurt. And she has bounced back every time someone is mean and shown me what strength of character and spirit she has. It is a proud moment as a mother to see your child shrug something off and say "Their loss" about someone not wanting to be their friend.
High school can be a scary time for a teen. And for a mom! I struggled so hard with the idea of skipping my daughter a grade. Not because I thought she wouldn't be able to handle the school work. That is not an issue with my girl. She has goals and plans and she will work to achieve them no matter what. My fears were all revolving around the social aspect. And the emotional impacts. Jenna (my girl!) is a young teen. She is naive in the oddest ways. And so caring that I worry about her being taken advantage of. But, somehow, she has developed a little bit of my cynicism without losing her softness. She has made friends this year that are really great kids. She has excelled in school and has been participating in HS activities. I am constantly amazed by her.
On those days when I think this girl will never learn to fold clothes or put dishes away in a timely manner... I try to remember days like today. And how proud I am. She is a strong, independent, beautiful young lady. So what if her clothes are wrinkled......
Viva la resistance, Jenna!
- Jackie is giving away movie tickets here as part of a valentine's giveaway.
- Pennies in my Pocket is giving away a gift certificate for $50 to Quote The Walls.
I will be back later for more adventures in my daily life of wonder..... LOL
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
about the toes of the world.
smooth laid roads and highways.
and muffling sounds.
with a mechanized world.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Anyway... just ramblings today. I have been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing in my house... much more to do to get to where I want to be. My back hurts and my nipples are sore. The baby just cannot help himself. He must bite me. And giggle about it. I take the nipple away. It makes no difference. He is currently weaning himself slowly. If he keeps up with the biting he will be weaned much faster! No doubt! Cause bit nipples may be a little bit sexy in bed with yo man, but not when there is no sex involved!
M'kay..... ummm..... no great burst of inspiration here. No wonderfully amusing story. I will be back at my regularly scheduled thinking post tomorrow. And maybe, just maybe, I will be able to combine thoughts into a coherent whole.... but no guarantees.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The Boy and The Girl chalking the carport. I love the shadows.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Right now I am mindlessly unpacking and organizing the last of the boxes that have been stacked in my bedroom since August. Yay me! Now as long as all this junk doesn't just end up back in boxes in another room we are doing good....
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
What do you think? What would look good? Any ideas? Other suggestions welcome!
So.... skittles. M&Ms. Fruit Loops in the potty. Any tricks? I would rather not teach him to pee on a tree which was one way my mom got my brother's to go. But, we lived in the country... different times and different places... And my boy? He would probably decide to pee on the fake tree at the Dr's office. Cause he is just like that.
What? You need me to whack somebody? No prob, dude....
Monday, January 14, 2008
silvery etchings across my skin
ghostly echoes of growth
a badge of honor and pride
a sign of the stretching of heart
I think that if I am starting to actually think this way again, instead of in grunts and dirty lymricks, then maybe I might be getting back in the groove... we'll see.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
And now I can get my housework done...
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
OK. We can calm down now.
Just cause I haven't mentioned it lately... The Boy is still not speaking. It is a very large frustration for all of us. The Early Intervention people were setting up Speech Therapy for him. He was supposed to start in December. Then it got pushed to after the new year. Then it was supposed to be yesterday. And then the therapist called and said she had a flat tire. So, now, it will be next Wednesday before he starts therapy. He will be bumped from the program when he turns three. If they don't hurry up and get him started he will be bumped before he starts! And he is still on the waiting list for group therapy at the University.
His behavior issues have gotten somewhat better. Since we started getting his sleep schedule under control. If he misses a nap, goes to bed late or otherwise gets off of schedule... I can tell by his behavior. In other ways his issues are worse. But they seem to be more typical 2 yo issues. Fighting with his little brother, pushing, whining. Normal. I can deal with normal.
I just want him to be able to tell me he loves me. Really. Or ask for a drink. Or tell me he wants to play with his trains. Or ask me to give him a hug.
And it's just not happening. He has some words. And he has sounds that he uses for words that bear no real resemblance to the real word. Like "Teese" for "Thank You"... WTF? It breaks my heart to see him struggle so hard to tell me what he wants or needs and nothing comes out in a way that makes sense. Please, Ms. Therapist, get thee to my house!!!!!!
Yes, we have tried signing to him. He refuses. He turns his head away as soon as you start to sign to him and says no. (The one word he does say that is perfectly clear!)
And I talk to him. And do repetition. And read. And try to get him to copy words. And we watch signing videos. And preschool, naming kind of dvds. And we talk about stuff and how to tell us what you want and I talk to this boy until I am blue in the face. Either he is being really really stubborn. Or it really is a disorder. They have diagnosed him with expressive speech disorder. But, what the heck? I really just want the therapist to come here and explain what I can do to help my son. Cause what I am doing? Just ain't cuttin it.
Anyway. Major storms today here in MS. I will have pics and deets tomorrow. For now, I am going to rest my weary head in preparation for the awakening of the children....
Any suggestions on how to get two little boys used to sleeping in the same room together? As soon as I put The Baby in his crib he wakes up and starts to cry which wakes up The Boy. It is making me crazy. I just moved the baby into the crib. He was sleeping in a pack and play until he was sleep trained. But now, he has regressed back to refusing to go to sleep on his own. And I can't put him to bed first and let him cry it out because then the boy will go wake him up when I put him to bed! ARRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!
Running out of patience here. About to put the baby in our room again just so I can get a break. But I really want him sleeping in HIS ROOM. Know what I mean?
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Takes me back to that saying... raising kids is like being pecked to death by a chicken.... hehehehehehe
I went shopping today and found some great Xmas material on clearance for $1 a yard. I bought lots. I think I am going to make fabric gift bags for next year. And maybe use it for lining old baskets for my goodie baskets. Kinda shake things up a bit! I also bought some yarn so that The Girl and I can start learning to knit.
Tomorrow I plan on posting my "Things I accomplished in 2007" list and then move on to my New Years Resolutions... dum dum dum....
I am feeling slightly nostalgic this evening. Remembering when I was in high school. My daughter asked me today what it felt like listening to her talk about her friends, etc. And all of the new HS activities. I told her it made me feel old. And I guess nostalgic too. The good old days. Full of drama and world ending grief and that first rush of LOVE! TRUE LOVE! O, this is THE ONE! Not! LOL.... Now I am starting to feel a little anxious about The Girl! She is a good girl. Good head on her shoulders. But she has a heart the size of Texas. Too big. And soft and soooo caring of others. She can get hurt so easily. I was much harder and more cynical by her age. Which is better? To be so trusting that you get hurt easily or to not trust enough but be a little more protected? Don't get me wrong... I still got hurt and had my heart broken. But... I worry... must be a mom thing!
I think I am getting my hair cut. I haven't quite decided on how short or what style. But I am really tired of the baby pulling it and the tangles and eating it whenever the wind blows. I figure it will grow back and by the time it gets long again the baby will be over the worst of the pulling stage. I hope. I also think I am going to go red. For my DH. He likes red heads. And long hair. So I will trade him. I get it cut shorter but he gets the red. Fair? Sounds like it to me! So.... those of you who know me... how should I get it cut? Hmmmm????? Chelle... I am talking to you!! LOL
Also.... I am almost finished completely reorganizing the boys' room/s. They have a double room. It's like two bedrooms connected with a short hall and only one door to the rest of the house? Make sense? And it has built in desks and shelves on each side. So, I have been reorganizing and cleaning for days. Trying to figure out the best way to fit in all of their books, toys, clothes, furniture and oh yeah... them! I think I am almost done. I move the toys back in tomorrow. (Why do I always misspell tomorrow?) They have been living in my living room (appropriately enough) since Sunday. ALL of their toys. ALL OF THEM. All over my living room. Crazy. Maybe I will take pics when I am done and post. I think it looks pretty good. Not really decorated too much yet.... but organized! (That's a big deal at my house!)
OK. Nothing earth shattering going on here.
There is a contest over at Mapper's blog... check it out but hurry, it ends Thursday at 7 PM!
Also, over at The Barn Bums, Jessica wants to know what you do to prepare for emergencies such as tornados or hurricanes. Cue my mom....
I will sign off for now, folks, and be back tomorrow.... same Mom Time... same Mom Place....
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
I would go get the car and take it somewhere else but it is LOCKED and the fucking key is in the LOCKED shop. And I do not have a spare key. And my family is leaving tommorow morning and I will have no car. No car, a husband to get to work and three kids. hmmmm.... can we say mommy is angry?
This guy has screwed me so hard that I will not walk straight for a year.
I will post more when i am not so pissed off....
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The Spread.... right before it got devoured....
Me and the three hellions at breakfast the day after T'giving. How cute are they?? LOL
And next time.... you may just get a Christmas Post! Yay!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Our backyard play area. The Girl decorated for me... pretty wicked looking if you ask me.
Daddy and The Boy T or T ing. Freddy was pretty scary for the little guy.
Unfortunately, all of the pics that i took of the kids in costume... were crap. They were too dark, too light, cut off or just not there. So no more H'ween pics this year.
Next? Thanksgiving!!!! Yay!