Sep 21, 2010

Dr. Seuss and Family Traditions

Growing up one of my fondest memories is that of my dad reading us a book before bed. Now, my dad is a great storyteller and add the whimsical rhymes of Dr. Seuss and you have a child's delight. Weather it be Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Horton, Sneetches, Lorax, or strolling down Mulberry Street, I looked forward to bedtime.

So when I was teaching and had the opportunity to buy all of my favorite childhood books at a great price I did. I kept them boxed up and waiting until I had my own child to read nap time and bedtime stories too. Through several moves (boy they are heavy) they have finally been open. Though we have had some small board books from Dr. Seuss these are the hardcover, paper page books that we all know and love.

I look forward to many nights of reading to JN just like my dad read to me, even though I know my storytelling is not quite as entertaining. Thanks dad for the great memories and I hope to pass those along.

Sep 12, 2010

Working for the Weekend

JN and his daddy live for the weekends when they can get outside in the workshop and have fun with all of the tools!

Drill baby drill...
Saftey 1st
This is really hard...

Sep 11, 2010

A "Weighty" Issue

Okay this post is going to be about weight gain and loss so fair warning.

I have had issues with weight since about the time I was 12 years old. I have never really liked exercise, portion control or fruits and vegetables. I do love, meat, potatoes, pasta, sweets, chocolate and sitting on my rear watching TV, movies or reading.

This combination has lead to years of being overweight, a stretch of high blood pressure and meds and just an overall feeling of yuckiness.

I have gotten motivated a couple of times and done WW and exercise and have gained and lost the same 30-40 lbs a couple of times. But when my son turned 3 and I could not keep up with him for very long I decided it was time to change for good.

I don't have the time or the $$$ to do WW or go to a gym so I started to seek out other cheaper alternatives. My first stop was the APP store for my iPod Touch. I found this great program called LOSE IT! You tell it your age, height, current weight, goal weight and how much you want to loose a week. It then calculates how many calories you can have a day to achieve this goal. Best of all it was FREE!!

So Memorial Day weekend I started. I had lost 16lbs as of the 3rd week of August and then stalled out. So I resided myself that I was going to have to start exercising to get off the last 6lbs I want to loose.

Again I searched out cheap alternative and I found it right there in my NETFLIX account. They have these great streaming videos called 10 MINUTE SOLUTIONS. They have variety of these for instant streaming, Pilate, Yoga, Dancing, Toning, etc. They are broken down into five 10 min sessions so I can do as many minutes as I think I can stand and mix and match to my needs for the day.

So far I have lost 1lb in a week, not great but a start and I am feeling much more energized. I am hopeful this pattern will continue and I can set a better example for my son of eating right and getting lots of exercise!!

Sep 9, 2010

Ode to Summer

We were supposed to go to Aunt Vickie's house today and feed the longhorns and swim in the pool one last time. However, due to the tropical depression that dumped 5-6 inches of rain the last 2 days it is too muddy to get to the longhorns and the pool is a chilly 79 degrees, burrrrrrr. So as an ode to the last days of summer, here is a pictorial review of JN swimming and a video at the end of his bravery on the diving rock.

The video is about 2 min long and is JN jumping off the rock, many times.

Sep 4, 2010

Enjoying his Rewards

It was a beautiful day here in North Texas yesterday so we spent lots of time outside and JN got to reap the benefits of his potty rewards.

Sep 3, 2010


So I am doing my best to potty train my 3 year old little boy. Even though we have had some success he is not consistent. When it gets down to it he just really would rather keep playing and be wet or dirty than stop and go to the bathroom.

I have tried the staying at home for 3 days, setting the timer and taking him constantly but he didn't like stopping and it become more of a power struggle than a success even though he did get the concept. So I have tried for the last 3 months to ask frequently and give lots and lots of praise. I have tried rewards in the past but those last for about a day then fizzle out and I am stuck looking for something else bribe him with. And truth be known I am not big into rewards for doing something you just should do. I guess it is because I wasn't raised that way and it is a somewhat foreign concept with me in parenting.

But I have finally acquiesced and last week when we were at the bank he told me he needed to go potty  and we made it. Yeah, so we headed to Gibson's and he picked out a bulldozer as a reward. While we were there he wanted a dump truck too. So I said that if he went #2 in the potty that he could have the truck. So for about 10 day now I have been encouraging him and reminding him of what he needed to do to earn the truck and today he got it!!!

First thing this morning he got his truck, and picked out 2 more rewards. So I have made a chart for him to mark off when he has completed his potty responsibility and when he marks off 5 he can have another reward. I hope the visual reminder is a help and that this time he finally gets it.

Sep 2, 2010

The GLEE Vortex

So as previously posted I am a media nut and now that I have an iPod touch and now that Netflix and Hulu+ are available I have been even worse. I think I need a 12 step program to wean me from my addiction, but the rate of recidivism would be high, think Lindsy Lohan and drugs. So with all of this new technology at my fingertips literally I have been sucked it to the GLEE vortex. If you don't know what GLEE is then stop reading right now there is no need for other to be sucked in. But if you have heard of the FOX show GLEE then you know the music is awesome. I sometimes fast forward through all the high school drama just to get to the songs and high school for me is a memory best left shoved way back in the memory vault not to be disturbed. So I have now finished the entire first season of GLEE and I am sure I will pick up when the new season begins. But hopefully until then I can pick up my blogging and other more worth wild endeavors.