Thursday, January 19, 2012

Christmas Club

I've decided to start a Christmas Club. 
Every year, I like to be able to give back during the holidays.  Most years I really enjoy "adopting" a child from a local Angel Tree.  But, like most people, time and money is never on my side.  So, I'm going to try to change that.  Every month I am going to either make or purchase one item to be given away during the Christmas season.  Whether it be a crochet hat or a clearance toy or outfit, my goal is one item every month.  I am going to make a list of the items and store them in a special Christmas tote.  By the time Christmas gets here, I'll have a great collection of items to donate.  No last minute scrambling to find something and realizing I don't have enough money to buy anything nice.  (Plus, gifts are so much more expensive right before Christmas).

I invite everyone to join along with me.  AND, I've also decided that I will let people purchase hats from my shop at a discount for this cause.  All headbands/headwarmers will be $3.00, basic beanies will be $5.00, and all other hats will be $8.00.  You may "purchase" an item, I will make it, and I will keep it here in the Christmas tote.  These items will NOT be shipped out.  Just another way for you to help out without the work!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Out of the blue, my 3 year old came up to me today and said "Mom, I want Emma to come here on Valentines Day.  Yeah, Emma my girlfriend.  I want to give her candy".  LOL  I didn't even know that he knew people gave candy on Valentines Day.  Looks like I'm gonna have trouble on my hands.  Watch out girls!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

potty training problems


My son turned 3 in October.  I had tried potty training off and on since he was about 18 months old.  Sometimes he would do really well, and then he would just have no interest and I would stop pushing for a while.  Finally, the week before he turned 3, something "clicked" in his little head and he was ready to use the potty like a big boy.  Boy were we all excited.  We even got him a sticker chart and told him he got one sticker for #1 and 2 for #2 ONLY if he used the potty.  No stickers for accidents, but also no punishment (accidents happen).  He filled the chart, with a lot fewer accidents than I expected, and got a prize.  Things were going great!

But then.....I don't really know what happened.  It seems like we're back where we started some days.  He's been peeing his pants quite often the past couple weeks.  A lot of times he'll realize he has to go, but instead of just going to the bathroom, he starts running in circles, panting and yelling "I have to pee" until we make him go into the bathroom.  Then there are the times when he's playing and I guess he just doesn't want to stop so he'll pee his pants.  But the ones that are really starting to concern me are the times when it doesn't seem like he even knows he did it.  I'll notice his pants are wet and ask him if he peed and he'll say no.  I have to actually show him the wet pants before he "gets it".  I also started asking him if he needs to go a lot more often.  Most of the time he'll tell me no and then 30 seconds later Heather wets himself or starts screaming that he has to pee.

So, what do I do?  Is this normal?  Is there possibly something wrong?  Should I make an appoint with the pediatrician?  Should I just wait it out?  I am just so stumped as to how to handle this.  At times I think I should take him in, but then I think "no, he's just bull headed".  (and he is.  This kid does nothing unless its on his terms)  So please, any advice is welcomed and appreciated.  Thanks!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Years Resolutions

So, we're almost a full week into the new year and I still haven't posted my New Years Resolutions.  I've thought about know, working out more, eating healthy, being a better parent/wife/person...blah, blah, blah.  Every year it's the same old stuff.  And how long do we ever make it on these radical resolutions anyway?
Well this year I've decided that I'm not making any.  I always say that I don't make promises that I'm not sure I can keep.  And yet, I always make New Years Resolutions.  How is that any different than breaking a promise?  I mean really!  I never follow through with them the whole year, so that's basically breaking a promise to myself.  Well NO MORE!!
I work out when I can.  I eat pretty healthy.  I think I'm a pretty good mother/wife/person.  So I'm no longer going to start the year telling myself to be better.  I AM better! And I don't need January 1st of every year to try to make me think that I'm not good enough.  So take that January 1st!!!  I'm not falling for your trap this year!