Wednesday, January 31, 2007
I saw one other person(So far, there's a lot of comments) who has mine. No matter what store I am in, no matter how many items people have, whatever line I choose to stand in is ALWAYS the longest one. Even if I switch to another line because it's suddenly jumped 5 spaces, that line then becomes the longest one. Suddenly the cashier will need to call for change or they will switch cash registers or they will need an exceptionally long price check.
I think one of Tom's would be that he is very good at telling you exactly what year a song came out. It's annoying sometimes. He's also pretty good at telling you what group is playing just by the sound of the singer's voice (even if it's a song he's never heard).
Monday, January 29, 2007
Why do they want yoga in schools? Teachers say it helps calm students with attention-deficit disorder and may reduce childhood obesity. Researchers found a correlation between yoga and better behavior and grades, and they said young yogis were more fit than the district average from the California Physical Fitness Test.
Opponents claim: "It's pretty simple: Yoga is a religious practice in Hinduism. It's the way to reach enlightenment. To bring it to the west and bill it as a scientific practice for fitness is dishonest," said Hunt, 80.
I figure if they could force us to do country-line dancing in gym class when I was in high school, yoga certainly can't be worse! No, seriously, I think it's a good idea. Anything that can help kids to focus and improve grades, behavior, and fitness levels is great. It won't work for all kids but it would be just one more weapon in the arsenal, you know?
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
I uploaded a photo with me, Laura, and I"m holding Timothy. I was having trouble finding a picture of just me. So it actually scanned all three faces. It said Laura most resembled Kian Egan (? no clue who that is), I resembled Angela Merkel (? Again, no clue), and Timothy resembled Johhny Rzeznik, lead singer of the goo goo dolls.
Tried it again with a picture of me and Leanna. It said Leanna resembled Tara Reid (and she actually did with the picture they used) and I looked like Kelly Hu.
I mean come on!! The school can't forsee everything that happens, but once it does, you deal with it! Maybe they couldn't have prevented the first attack, but the other three ........? As far as I'm concerned, children's safety should be the school's responsibility once they step on the bus or (if walking) enter the building. Things like this really make me wish homeschooling was an option for us!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
"I've been checking out this "NEW DAD DIARY" written by a pediatrician/father (who happens to be the son of the famous parenting author, Dr. William Sears), and I really love what he has to say about creating "bad habits" vs. expectations. I fully agree with how he explains this (and I also parent exactly as he describes):
"Mar. 3 - Creating bad habits?Some new parents tell me in the office that they don't want to breastfeed their baby to sleep because they don't want the baby to become dependent on this. This kind of sounds reasonable. After all, everyone wants a baby that will fall asleep peacefully on their own. My wife, however, feels differently. She doesn't mind nursing Joshua to sleep. In fact, she insists on it. She likes the bonding and closeness. This is what we have done with all our kids so far. What about a year from now when he has gotten so used to it that he won't fall asleep without the breast? Well, that's ok. My wife is up for that. I guess it all has to do with what your expectations are for the future. On one hand, if, in a year from now, you want a baby that is independent at night, then you might think twice about nursing down to sleep at this point. If, on the other hand, you are okay with a prolonged nighttime attachment, then creating this closeness from day one is just fine. Our expectations are that Joshua will nurse to sleep for a couple years, then need to be rocked to sleep, then patted down to sleep. When he is four or five, we might even need to sit with him as he falls asleep. Heck, my 5 and 9 year old like me to sit in their room while they fall asleep at night. I'm fine with this. I just grab a flashlight and a good book, and enjoy a nice quiet half hour of reading. This is simply what we expected it would be like, and I am guessing it will be like this for Joshua too. So, are we creating a habit by nursing down to sleep? Yes, we probably are. Is this a BAD habit? It depends on what your expectations are. For us, the answer is no. We are just creating closeness. That's what attachment parenting is all about."
Your mileage may vary.I still enjoy getting my children to sleep most nights. Last night, lying down with my 11 year old daughter for 10 minutes before she fell asleep, we had the best time talking and snuggling and laughing over some really bad jokes. I was grateful for that time with her, not resentful. And yes, my two younger children (9 and 11) still like for me to lie down with them each night for a few minutes to ease them into sleep mode. It's a privilege.Now don't get me wrong, there were nights in those first baby/toddler years when I felt exhausted or overwhelmed. It's not all sunshine and rainbows and attachment parenting perfection. I did wean my middle child from night nursings (meaning, I would still nurse her to fall asleep, but declined to nurse her again 'til morning) when she turned 2, and my youngest quit wanting to nurse at night on his own at about that age. But in the big picture, I don't mind being an active night time parent. Overall, it's what has worked well for us. And I feel really lucky that Jon has the same approach. He's great about helping to get Elliot to sleep at night with a snuggle or a story. Elliot sometimes now prefers Jon to me for these bedtime routines.
I like how one woman points out in the comments below, "The funny thing about the quote you included from the article is that it makes it sound like a bad thing for parents to "cede control to the children"! Like, if only we could go back to the good old days when parents only took their own tastes and interests into account! The Hummer is one thing, but choosing a vacation destination based on "indirect influence" (what holiday would the children enjoy/benefit from the most?) - sounds like good parenting to me."
VALENTINE'S WITH THOUGHT
by Michael Webb
If you are going to celebrate Valentine’s, I suggest you do it with a little forethought. I cringe every time I go to the grocery on February 13 or 14 and see dozens of men crowding around the greeting cards to buy their cards at the last possible moment.
Buy your card now and mail it out to Loveland, Colorado for extra special treatment. Your card will be postmarked LOVEland, Colorado and it will also be hand-stamped with a unique four line poem.
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce heads up this yearly romance project with cards going to all 50 states and over 100 foreign countries annually.
It’s simple. Just enclose your pre-addressed, pre-stamped Valentine’s card in a larger envelope and mail to: Postmaster, Attn: Valentines, Loveland CO 80537
You can also send it to postmasters of these cities too:
Valentine, Texas 79854
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
Kissimmee, Florida 32741
Loving, New Mexico 88256
Bridal Veil, Oregon 97010
Romance, Arkansas 72136
Monday, January 22, 2007
(I will still be going on medical asst. but I still need the insurance until the application goes though!)
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The rep. seems genuinely into her job, which I think is important. And I love that the organization's profits go to helping children instead of just to already wealthy shareholders. They partner with the Children's Miracle Network, Barnardo's Children's Charity and the assoc. of Children's Hospices, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, etc. They do things like having kids put together Easter baskets for local orphanages. I like that event like that would help reinforce values I'm trying to teach the kids. I have her card and I will definitely call her once we are completely on our feet again! I'm also glad that my parents are wise enough to plan financially, and to try to see to it that their children do also.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Little pitchers have big ears, but little pitchers can be very very sweet.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I think my least favorite parts of parenting would have to be having no time for yourself (too busy taking care of everyone else): having your body become a jungle gym for little ones (sometimes I don't mind that but when it's constant it becomes tiresome!): being exhausted but having to get up anyway (to go make food, to go put someone back to sleep, etc.); the neverending supply of messes to clean; Not being able to go up or down steps without at least one child trailing me; guilt; endless worrying about food & nutrition; not being able to enjoy my own snacks/drinks unless they are healthy (then no one wants to share!); feeling judged; feeling judged by people who really aren't qualified to judge and feeling like I am doing it all alone.
Sometime when I have a quiet house I will post on all the perks (and despite what this post may make you think, there are many).
Apple Bread -simple and good. Especially warm with butter!
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
3 eggs beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
Add to Mix:
3 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamin
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Stir in 3 cups chopped apples
Fill loaf pans half full, use small loaf pans. Bake at 325 for 1 1/4 hour or until brown. Take immediately from pans. Wrap in foil, freeze extra at once. Makes 5 small loaves.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
That was a very strange dream where I was in the hospital and a male doctor( I had female midwives in real life) was telling me my baby was dead. The baby was lying on a table and I knew, I just knew the baby was fine, I just had to get everyone to listen to me! I wonder if that wasn't foretelling the whole jaundice thing.
I knew Timothy was ok and that they were making a big deal of nothing. He was never actually very yellow, every medical person commented on that (except the very rude male doctor who acted as though we were abusive parents for wanting to take our child home early). He was actually very red, and the worry would be that the red blood cells could have suddenly broken down leaving too much bilerubin in his body which would make him turn very yellow all the sudden. I did my research (I love the internet!!) and realized that jaundice is a normal condition in a breastfed baby and the best way to get rid of it is to breastfeed as often as possible. So I stopped worrying so much and focused on what I should have been focusing on all along-feeding the baby and making him feel loved. A newborn baby doesn't need a mother full of worry and concern. Once I stopped worrying so much he actually did start eating more. The lesson I took from it was that I need to trust my instincts more. All women should. Science has taken that away from us. I'm not saying there are no benefits to modern science. I think it's wonderful as a backup. And in situations where things are not working as they should. But women should trust that their bodies can do what they are meant to do, and that we know our children best. Some people seem to be born knowing instinctively what to do, and others develop instincts later unless they stop paying attention because they are sure doctors and science know better.
(an example most women can relate to-doctors told women that sugar doesn't make kids act hyper. Yet most women found it did! Now they say it's sugar without fiber that makes kids go crazy. For example a peice of fruit has sugar, but the fiber makes the sugar be distributed more slowly in the kid's system. A candy bar means a sugar rush, leaving the body to crash after the sugar, hence the wild behavior from the child. And I think some children respond more than others to sugar (or other particular foods). Who are you going to listen to-the doctor or your own experience and observations which tell you every time your child eats that they go nuts?
I'm way off from where I started here, and I know I could have explained some of this better, but my time is always limmited, so I have to make due with a stream-of conscience writting. Sorry if I'm not very clear here!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
He wanted batteries for the van. As I was telling him that the van doesn't use batteries I realized that actually Justin was correct! He must have overheard us talking about the van needing a new battery! I wanted to go out and get diapers, as much for a chance to get out of the house as to actually get the needed diapers. With the van not working I had to go walk later to get them. I guess Justin was looking forward to going out too though, as he thought he'd fix the problem on his own! (he'd just ask Mommy for batteries for the van!) He really is a sweet kid!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Stroller rides are tough.
LOL, I think she's heard Grammy complain about her job a lot! The singing and dancing stuff comes from Hannah Montanna, a Disney channel show about a girl who is secretly a rock star. It stars Billy Rae Cyrus (he sang Achy Breaky Heart)'s daughter. I think he might be in the show too, I'm not sure.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I'm in the Adultbasic program, and the first time I had enrolled, when I became pregnant with Justin they said I had to switch to medicaid because there are lower income requirements when you are pregnant. Then after I had the baby I was left with no insurance because once you're no longer pregnant, the income requirements for medicaid are higher. I was supposed to go back on my insurance afterwards, but for whatever reason it didn't work that way and I was put on the waiting list to get back on the insurance. The irony of it was that they kicked me off the adult basic program right before I was about to give birth, so the insurance lasted until the day after my due date. Medicaid started a month before I gave birth. So the adult basic program ended up paying for the birth anyway. The only thing medicaid paid for was my 6 week after birth checkup! And for that I lost my insurance!
So anyway, going on medicaid is actually a good thing for me. It means for the duration of the pregnancy I will have vision and dental, which I currently do not have. Right now I use Tom's contact supply because I"m out of mine and we don't have the money to replace them. They're a bit weak for me, but they work well enough. So this is really helpful for me to have. I can get eyeglasses with two ear peices! LOL, but really I'm looking forward to that.
It'll take a bit til I get the paperwork, fill it out, and it gets processed. But this time around the lady assured me I won't lose my insurance. The lady at county assistance knew nothing about holding my spot in adult basic, but I'll talk to the insurance about it again.
Timothy, unfortunately is at 18. So in three months we have to re-test him to make sure the levels are going down. When the nurse told me I said, "That's high!" and she said, "yes, but at least it's not a 40 or more." I think Justin's levels were first tested at nine months I he was at a 19 and I remember the nurse being very concerned about it being that high. They sent a letter to the landlords about it and everything. Justin is at a different hospital/pediatrician than the other two though. Makes you wonder about what they must regularly see at Sacred Heart if a lead level that warrants concern at one hospital is nothing to them.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Anyone else ever get a really annoying gift (for them or their children)?
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Warm and Wonderful Winter Drinks
Share the science and social rewards of a soothing winter drink.Ellen Booth Church
Nothing is more comforting than sipping a steamy hot drink on a cold winter day, whether you’re snuggled up watching the snow fall or reading a good book. And when you and your child cook up the drink together, you double the reward by engaging in a wonderful learning experience.
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Transforming a cool liquid into a warm one can provide a basic lesson in science. As you create these simple recipes, help her notice the changes a cool liquid goes through as it heats up. Simply using the words liquid and solid is a good place to start. Here are some other questions to consider:
What tools do we need to make something hot?
What special precautions do we need to take when working with warm liquids?
How do the different ingredients (milk, sugar, lemon juice, honey) change when they are heated? Do they look different? Do they smell different?
Picnicking in the SnowOnce you’ve created a warm winter drink, continue the learning by planning an outdoor winter picnic. Brainstorm with your child about the basic ingredients you will need — not only for drinking and eating, but to keep warm. You will be asking him to use important critical thinking, deductive reasoning, and planning skills. Then pour the drinks into thermal or insulated cups; put on the snowsuits, hats and mittens; and head out in the snow. Your child might even like to create a snow house or fort, ahead of time, as the perfect place to picnic. While sipping in the snow, encourage your child to notice how the steam from his warm drink is similar to the steam of his breath.
The beauty of these recipes is that they don’t take long to make, allowing more time for you and your child to sit and sip together. And since you can’t gulp down a hot drink too quickly, you are guaranteed a leisurely conversation, whether you choose to set up your tea party indoors or out.
Think of this as a yummy latte sans café. One recipe serves 4.
What you need:
4 cups low-fat milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of ground cinnamon, optional
What to do:
Combine milk and sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir frequently until sugar dissolves and milk begins to simmer, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove from heat, add vanilla, and let stand for 2 minutes.
Whisk vigorously to form a thick layer of foam on top of the milk. Divide into 4 servings, topped with a dollop of the foam.
Sprinkle with a pinch of ground cinnamon if desired.
Pomegranate Chamomile Tea
The antioxidant power of pomegranate, combined with chamomile’s calming effect, make this one healthy drink.
What you need:
3 chamomile tea bags
2 1/2 cups water
1 cup pomegranate or cranberry juice
What to do:
Place tea bags in a microwave-safe bowl, add water, and heat for 3 minutes on full power in the microwave.
Remove bowl from microwave and allow tea to steep for 2 minutes.
Remove tea bags, stir in pomegranate juice and divide into 4 servings.
Warm Honey Lemonade
With the right tool (a wooden or electric juicer), your child will enjoy seeing just how much juice comes from a lone lemon.
What you need:
1 cup lemon juice (6–8 large lemons)
1 cup orange juice (4 large oranges)
2 1/2 cups water
6 tbsp. honey
Thin slices of orange or lemon, optional
What to do:
Juice lemons and oranges and strain out seeds.
Combine juice and water in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat in microwave for 3 minutes at full power.
Remove from microwave, stir in honey and divide into 4 servings.
Garnish with lemon or orange slices if desired.
Mulled Apple Cider
Who knew that cider could be improved upon? This winter wonder makes 4 delicious servings!
What you need:
4 cups apple cider (or unfiltered apple juice)
1 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
8 whole cloves
6 allspice berries
4 cardamom pods
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
What to do:
Combine apple cider, sugar, and spices in a medium sized saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to steep, and to cool slightly, for 15 minutes.
Strain out spices, stir in lemon juice, and serve.
From: Parent & Child
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
• "When a man and a woman love each other very much..."
• "One day a stork comes flying by..."
• "When God decides that the world needs another angel..."
• "Daddy is a bad, bad man."
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Interesting......I've been to goth clubs and such (not recently!!) and I'd say that there's a pretty wide range of people. That most goths are art lovers and sensitive souls I'll agree with.....not big on drugs, anti-social behavior or sex without love, um, I don't know about that part.
I think I got a preview of the teenage years today. While taking Leanna to school today she yelled at me because the wind was blowing her hair in her face. How exactly is that my fault??
Monday, January 01, 2007
I've noticed a big jump in Justin's craving Daddy time lately. He really misses him and really wants to spend time with him as much as possible. He seems to enjoy male companionship in general.
I look at Justin and he seems so tall! I don't have to translate as often for him either, his speech is getting clearer.
They loved it!!!! Later on after everyone left he let them paint a cabinet that he's going to throw out. They ran out of paint and a large amount of it ended up on their bodies (much worse than in these pictures). I had to give them a late night bath.
Then yesterday morning I woke up and realized Timothy had wetness underneath him and his diaper wasn't wet. Sure enough-he was throwing up. Only for him it lasted all day long, and then twice today. I went through 5 or 6 changes of clothes because he kept throwing up on me. Plus his clothes, a few blankets, and a few jackets (I was cold) that all got baptised. A few times he seemed like his old self and I thought he was over it, but it just kept coming back. Poor kid, he's so serious when he's sick. Thank god Justin's showing no signs of it, and neither am I.