Dec 19, 2011

No Original Thought

So recently I had the opportunity to go see a movie at a real movie theater. I know for most of you this is not big deal but I grew up going to the movies with my parents and younger sister and the have fond memories of our Tuesdays in the summer where we would go bowling, eat lunch and then catch a movie. They were great family times.

But as life has progressed going out to the movies has become a back burner activity. Movies now cost so much and time is also a factor. However, since my son has started preschool I have found myself with a couple of hours to kill 2 days a week and out of curiosity I looked up the closest theater to his school and found that I could every once in a while catch a flix. YEAH for mommy time!

So I went to see the movie Hugo 3D and first let me tell you it is a great movie. If you have a chance you need to go see it. Next was my other observations and hence the title of this post. Of all the previews they showed 80% of them were older films updated for 3D, Titanic, Star Wars and another I can't recall. So that tells me Hollywood has run out of original thoughts for movies. So in that same vein I thought I would re-purpose some things that I have found on Pinterest, Facebook and other sights that you as the reader might not see if  you don't frequent those sights so sit back and enjoy some post of "non original thoughts" by this blog author.

My first entry in this category I found on Pinterest. It is one that will really only be applicable to parents so enjoy.

This post came from another blogger and it has real meaning to my life at the present.


A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents

I received this at MOPs one week and just now found it again.  Reading this just makes me want to do everything to be a better Mom  and reminds me of things I should and shouldn’t do.  It also make me a little sad because before I know it, they are going to be big and going off to college. 
1. My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.
2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
3. Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.
5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.
6. I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.
7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.
8. Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.
9. Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together.  Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.
10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.
I know that when the kids are driving me crazy, I can sit down and read this and feel so much better! Where was this yesterday!?!?! :)
*Feel free to print off and put on your fridge for a daily reminder of how to treat your kiddos!
**A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents, by Dr. Kevin Leman
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Dec 14, 2011

I Don't Know...

Blogging...blogging...sitting down and putting my thoughts in words...it has been so long since I have...I don't know where to start...

I have thoughts and ideas that I want to write about and while I am driving my son to school, taking a shower or cooking supper I come up with these great plans. Then by the time I get to where I can write I am to tired, or find some excuse of why I can't. Oh well I just need to do it. I like blogging it can be very therapeutic so this is just me giving myself encouragement...I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

Oct 20, 2011

My New Obsession

I have a new iPhone obsession, Instagram. It is a photo editing/social network app. Thanks to my friend Julie in San Fran I now see picture opportunities every where. I also downloaded an app called Color Splash which is awesome. Below are some examples of my amateur work.

Original

Color Splash Edit

One Filter in Instagram


Two Filters in Instagram







Oct 18, 2011

A Boy, His Bear and the Sonic

Today was basically like any other day. We got up and got ready for school but today we had an extra passenger, Pooh. Here he is waiting for his friend to finish with preschool:

 
Then on the way home my son, even though he had already eaten his lunch at school said that he and Pooh needed a snack and only Sonic tater tots would do. See Sonic is my son's favorite place to eat. He loves the Wacky Packs, but the chicken strip, french fries and milk are not enough so we have to get a small order of tater tots to go with it. Now this is normally a Wednesday treat after museum school. But it is getting to where when we take the exit to our house he knows the Sonic is on the way and the request to stop is becoming more frequent. Now most of the time I say no but today we pulled in to the local Sonic and got some tater tots for Pooh and friend. Here they are waiting on their order.


And here they are enjoying their snack.


A boy, his bear and the Sonic a great combination!

Oct 17, 2011

Growth Spurt

So my husband has been saying for a couple of week, "honey I think he has grow."

And yesterday when I put on his shorts they seemed to not come down on his legs as far.

So this morning I decided to measure our 4 1/2 year old...what...that can't be right...stand up there again...nope it's right...




My son has grown 1 inch in 3 months...at this rate he will be taller than his mom by 1st grade

Oct 15, 2011

Little Boys

Now here is a little boy who loves to play in the dirt!







New Cooking Gadget

My rice cooker/steamer of 20 years finally went out. So after lots of research I finally found a replacement. Of course it is America's Test Kitchen's top rated model! I can't wait to cook rice, steam veggies and make some yummy steel cut oats for breakfast!





Oct 11, 2011

That Mother...

Today I was that mother...the mother with the son who threw a fit in the grocery store. The mother who's overly hyped up 4 year old son pushed over the 2 year old little girl at the Chick-Fil-A play yards. I was that mother.

Now I will say that the incident at CFA was not intentionally aggressive. He was playing with another boy and when the little girl moved in his way he pushed her. I immediately removed him, but he already knew what he did was wrong. He went to the little girl and said he was sorry. So a lesson was learned. So after today I have to remember.





Oct 10, 2011

Monday, Monday

I love Monday's! Yes I know I'm out of the norm on this one but unlike The Carpenters or The Mama's and The Papa's, Mondays don't get me down or leave me cryin' all of the time.

Mondays are my power days. I can't tell you why but I wake up on Mondays rejuvenated from the weekend and ready for a new week. I have always been like this. When I worked outside the home I got more done on Monday than any other day of the week. By Thursday I am draggin' and on Friday I am worthless.

Today was not exceptions. Since it was a holiday and I took my son to his cousins birthday party last evening he slept late and was not in the mood to go anywhere so we stayed home all day. He got to watch his PBS Kids, have some computer time and just play, and I took full advantage of this time at home.

I did all the laundry:


I preformed neck surgery on Teddy:



I cleaned the kitchen and cleaned out the cabinets:


I have a load of stuff ready to be delivered to Goodwill:

I cleaned out my stack of expired coupon inserts:

I even cleaned my makeup brushes, (which I should do more often):

I even did a little vacuuming and dusting:


And ended my day with a bible study lesson:


Now not every Monday is this way, I had two things going for me, one, a full day to be at home with no agenda and two, a cooperative 4  year old. So it was a very productive day and very cathartic! And the sanitation workers will be very busy on trash day!


Sep 29, 2011

People Who Come In and Out of Our Lives

Be it fate, karma, God or what ever you want to call it I believe people come in and out of our lives for a reason. I am not talking about family but people who you might be in contact with for a short time or life long friends and co-workers.

I have been very fortunate to have many positive people come in and out of my life and I am all the better for having known them. They have helped me through the dissertation, Dee Ann. They have been there when I was a new mom not sure of what to do, Ardis, Christine, Elisa, Rachel, Tuesday, and Renee. The friend who was there when my son was a toddler and both he and I needed a friend, Jodie and Will. The long distant friend whom we have only had contact through FB and WWF but has offered great advise on parenting and whom I have chatted with about things from politics to religion, to the best type of teas to drink and everything in between, Julie. And now the mom whose son is in same preschool class as mine and for whom we have found many things in common, Lacie. All these ladies have made a lasting impression in my life, my heart and soul.

Now these aren't the only ones, there is no way I could list them all so if you didn't see your name just know I think of you too!

And of course I can't be sexist and only list girls. To the man who I meet while I was working in Granbury. You helped foster my love for technology and even though we don't get to talk or see each other often I know you read my FB post and hope you are reading my blog post too. I miss our morning chats, Daryll

I know each and everyone of you out there have that one person or hopefully more that have made a positive difference in your life, if you haven't lately, tell them thanks for just being their selves!


Sep 28, 2011

Delaying Kindergarten

Call it being an educator by training. Call it being a mom of a boy with a late school year birthday. Call it being obsessed with wanting my child to have as perfect of an education as he can have. Call it whatever you want but this one thought keeps me up nights and has become almost an obsession for me.

It started last February when I began to look for a preschool for my son. Anxiety sat in and I have not been able to shake it since. I stay up late at night thinking about it. I do exhaustive searches for research articles about it. I talk to every preschool teacher and administrator I know to gain more in site and try as I may I have not been able to shake this nagging feeling of if I should or should not hold my son back a year because of social maturity.

I know it is early, only 3 weeks into the preschool year and I can see improvement already and there is along way to go but I guess as a mother, as a type A personality, as a born worrier I can't seem to break the cycle.

I know that the decisions I have made so far in his education have been the right ones, Museum School, UCC Weekday School and both were done with meticulous prepping, research. So hopefully all the time involve in me making this choice will also prove to be the right one.

I am looking forward to attending the Private School event this Sunday at the TCU Daniel Mayer Collesieum. And my hope is to find lots of good information for potential schools.

I have my work cut out for me in this journey so wish me luck and lots of Prilosec.

Below are two articles I found today on the negative effects of "red shirting" take a gander if you wish.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/2011/09/will-delaying-kindergarten-hold-your-child-back/
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/opinion/sunday/dont-delay-your-kindergartners-start.html?_r=1

Sep 27, 2011

One Type A Personality Mom with A Preschooler

I am a type A personality. I thrive on schedules, timelines, calendars and routine. I think this is one of the reason I loved being an educational diagnostician. The job was based on timelines, deadlines, meetings schedules and organization. It was right up my ally.

Now for as long as I can remember this is how I have been. I was always early for meetings and one of  the first to register for classes, I always shop with a grocery list, I go to bed at approx the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning and so on and so on and so on.

So it was with great trepidation that I brought my son home. After working full time for 14 years, I was now on my own with this little one for whom I got to set a schedule. Now from what you read and all that is drilled into you when you are expecting is flexibility with a new born. And though I was flexible I did set up a schedule. First it was feeding and then naps. And to this day we keep a pretty constant schedule.

So that brings me to my son showing that he is not so much a type A or maybe that he is way to much a type A, I haven't decided.

When we started preschool 2 days a week this year we had to change when we ate breakfast, 45 min earlier than what we were doing. The first week since it was new it was no problem but then the battle began. Suddenly he realized that eating took a way from his precious playing time so he started to resist. Oh my we went through 2 weeks of battles, tears (his and mine), negotiations and frustrations. For me eating breakfast at a table before you left the house was just what you did. But I had to weigh what was more important, eating or eating at the table and in the house. Of course eating was the most important so today I broke with my stringent ways and when it was time to go I put him in the backseat with his breakfast and off we went.

This morning was so nice, he got to play a little longer, I got a few more things done around the house and there were no tears. So as a parent I am constantly learning and growing and hoping that I am not doing irreparable harm to my son. I hope he sees it that way when he is older.

Now for my next growth area, not going back and fixing what my son has "helped" me do, like putting up the laundry. Baby steps!


Sep 8, 2011

A Time for Mom

I have been a stay at home mom for 4+ years. I have been my child's primary care giver for the entire time. There has been no daycare, no mother's day out, no girls night out, no keno, date night or any other extended period of time that I have been away from my son. This past year he has attended Museum school one day a week for 2 hours but that is the extend of our time apart.

So this year as he has started preschool 2 days a week. So with this new time to myself I have decided to venture out and do something for me. Not grocery shopping, not running errands but something just for me. With the help of my friend Christine I have found a bible study that fits in perfectly with my son's preschool schedule and I start tomorrow.

I am looking forward to this time of fellowship with other women and having a new learning experience.

Sep 7, 2011

Home Routines App Review

I view house keeping kind of like I do losing weight. Putting on weight is easy and fun, taking it of it a long, arduous process. Just like house cleaning, it is fun and easy to mess up a house. While cleaning it up takes time and effort. And in both cases for me, they sneak up on you where you all of a sudden look up and say what the...where did these 10lb and messy house come from!

So I am tackling getting my home in better order in the same way I am going about losing weight, slow and steady. It is not a race to see who gets there first or does it the best it is about getting the job done. And also in both instances, losing weight and cleaning, I can always find other things to do and procrastinate. Also, I am into instant gratification (aren't we all), so finding a motivation program for me where I saw some results pretty quickly was a must.

If you want to read about the weight loss journey you can look here and here, but this is a review of Home Routines so that is what I will focus on here.

So when I decided that I needed to do a better job of keeping my house cleaner I of course went in search of and app for my iPhone. After all it is with me all day, I have become a tech geek and it might just keep my interest. I also looked at blogs and online check list that I might be able to incorporate in to a task list or my calender. But in the end the app won out. I looked at FlyLady, Motivated Moms, HabitHacker but it was going to be a struggle for me to do one app let alone incorporate another system in to something I was still learning about. However, if you are using one of these systems they seem to transition smoothly in to this app.

For me the AHA moment came when after a week of using the system, the coffee was ready every morning, lunches were prepared and things seemed to be a little more tidy. Then as the weeks have progressed my ceiling fans and blinds are getting dusted once a month instead of once a year. Instead of spending hours cleaning I spend a 15 minutes each day. And if I have extra time I will try to get a head. It has been very liberating.

Now do all things get checked off every day, no. But as I continue to tweak the app to fit my needs my house is better and I'm not running around at the last minute trying to pick up or feeling overwhelmed when it come to cleaning.

Here are some screen shots of how I have customized this app to fit my needs.

This is not how the default zones looked. I have added rooms and move rooms around to match rooms up for our floor plan. 

I can see all days so I can catch up on things I didn't get done yesterday or if I have extra time to get ahead, Gasp!

Or I can just see that days task if I don't want to feel overwhelmed or just don't have time or the inclination to do much that day.

So if you are looking for an easy to use app to help keep your house tidy, not sparkling I would recommend  Home Routines.


Aug 31, 2011

S-U-C-C-E-S-S, That's the Way You Spell Success

Weight Scale

Or at least that is how the cheer from the cheerleaders went when I was in high school.

Well I have finally completed my first weight loss goal, 10lbs gone in 6 weeks. Whew, that was hard.

Now my goal is to maintain this for a while then work on another 5lbs.

I have to give a shout out to my hubby who has been very supportive and is now wanting to lose a little weight too. And also to the program LOSE IT! This is the easiest program I have done.

Aug 30, 2011

First Day of Preschool

So today was the day. The day I left my child at preschool.

Though he has been going to Museum School for 2 hours, one day a week for a year this is different. This is 3 hours, 2 days a week and he eats lunch there. And for those who know us this is a big deal.

So how did this morning go...well fairly well. In other words when we got to the door my son said bye mom, went in and never looked back.

So what pray tell did mom do for her 3 hours of freedom, mani/pedi, massage, shopping, get together with the girls? No I sat in my car for the first hour cleaned out my coupons and read on my book. Then I was brave enough to venture 3 blocks down the street to the grocery store to pick up a few thing. Then right back. I ate the lunch I packed in my car then went in and sat in the waiting area for the remaining hour and read some more on my book. Exciting right?!

However, it worth all my anxiety and staying close when my son bounded out of class and his first words were, "mom, I had so much fun today in school!"

So as the year progresses I will get out more and more. Who knows maybe I will be able to tame, my, separation anxiety.

Oh and there are no pictures because he was not still enough fo me to get one! Maybe later in the year.

Aug 26, 2011

Time Marches On

Five years ago this month I found out I was pregnant with my son and now in the blink of an eye I am going to meet the teacher day at preschool. Where did the time go? Why did it seem to move so slow when I was waking up 3 times a night for feedings and now it seems like a freight train is barreling down the track taking my baby with it?

That being said we had a great time at meet the teacher day for UCC Weekday School. My son just seamlessly left my side to play with new friends and new toys. Mrs. Stroud and Mrs. Moore seem very sweet and caring. I did my best to mingle with the other parents and appear not to be nervous in the service. It was nice that there were already a child or two there. I meet Lacy and her son and then Laura her daughter. So I have made some new contacts just like my son.

It will be an interesting years I am sure filled with wonderful adventures and learning experience for me and my son.  But will someone tell me how to slow this train down!

Aug 25, 2011

My Two Squares




These are my two feet. These are my two feet standing on the two squares designated by my son for me to stand on while he brushes his teeth. He doesn't want me to help brush his teeth but he want me there to, in his words. "supervise".

Amazing what children pick up from listening to their parents conversations. Don't ever be fooled that they are not listening, they are!

Aug 22, 2011

A Mommy Head Slap Moment

So we headed back to the Museum today. We were having a great time when JN suddenly cratered and complained of his knees. Turns out he has hit another growth spurt and his knees are once again popping in and out of joint, OUCH. So we stayed a little while longer but soon headed to the car. When we got in he immediately took off his shoes and said his feet were hurting. So I checked it out and sure enough his toes looked like they had been squished. Unbelievable, overnight his feet have grown and his shoes are too small. I swear I just checked them last week and they were fine. UGH! Head slap not only are his knees hurting but his shoes are too small and here we were walking around the Museum.

The only consolation I have for being such a bad mommy is that on our way home he says, "Mommy, I had a great time at the Museum today. It was so much fun!"

*sigh*

Aug 19, 2011

My Son...The Human Recycling Center

The other night at dinner my 4 year old son informed us that he was a recycling center. Um, okay son can you explain how that is?

The machines, fork and spoon, move the material into my mouth. My mouth is the yard. My teeth are the crusher that makes the material smaller to go down the conveyor belt, throat, to the recycling center, my tummy. Then my tummy takes the material and recycles it to make my body strong.

Well he has the concept down.

We stopped there in the digestive process, thank goodness. The rest his daddy can teach him.

Aug 18, 2011

Museum Day

We went to the museum earlier this week and I was reminded of some things:
1. My son really loves going to the Museum!
2. We don't go to the Museum nearly often enough, because my son ran around to try and see everything not really stopping to see anything.
3. My iPhone camera doesn't take very good indoor pictures with poor lighting, so they turn out blurry and grainy. I sure it has nothing to do with my child's inability to stay still. ha ha as you will see below.

First, we have to hit the bubble tubes.
He loves the bubble tubes.
Then the medical area
This is the entry way to the kids area with a big gator head to walk through
Digging for dinosaur bones (not long it was too hot)
A little aerodynamic experiment
Next a little physics
A puzzle with Texas Brands
The new Aerospace Exhibit.
Learning about all types of aircraft.

Aug 16, 2011

The Slump Week

As with every time I have tried to lose weight about 3-4 weeks into the program I hit a slump. The point in the cycle where the newness has worn off and the pounds don't seem to come off as quicky.

This is when old habits start to creep back up, I don't watch my portions, I rationalize why I can have those French fries or one Dr. Pepper won't do any damage. The week that I don't lose any weight but actually gain a pound or two.

Last week was that week. I ate out too much, ate too much and sat on my rear. And yes as a result I gained a pound. True that it is more than likely water weight with all the salt I consumed but weight is weight.

So it is at this point in this journey that I either redouble my efforts or just say the heck with it and eat what ever. Many times in the past I have chosen the latter and that is why I am in the shape I am in. But not this time!

Yesterday I put the food scales more pominently in place. I have downloaded a pedometer to my iPhone and am determined to press on. I have stocked up on more fruits and veggies and whole grains.

I know this will continue to be a battle for me. It is hard to break 40 years of habits. But I can and will do it!





Aug 15, 2011

A New Appreciation for the saying...Eating You out of House and Home

When we found out we were having a boy my husband told me to get ready, boys eat a lot. Growing up in a house with 3 boys he should know. But me, growing up with all girls I thought naa my boy will eat reasonably and didn't think another thing about it.

So he was born, took all of his feedings, rarely cried for more, moved on to solids ate well but still not a big eater. He has never really been a snacker, if I gave him one great he would eat it but did request one. Up till now it was a hit or miss on if he ate at the meal or not.

Then someone turned on the eating switch. OMG, starting last week he eats everything I put in front of him and ask for more most meals. Also he is warm all the time, not fever warm, but mommy my metabolism kicked in warm.

So here we go...My grocery bill just doubled!

Aug 14, 2011

Sleep...Wonderful Sleep

9, count it 9; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9---9 hours of glorious sleep. Yep, that is how many hours of sleep I got last night. 9, did tell you it was 9!

The reason I am so over joyed at the number 9 is that I have not had more than 6-7 hours, and those are interrupted hours, of sleep since the second trimester of pregnancy when I developed pre-eclamsia. That was almost 5 years ago!

All through out the remainder of my pregnancy, infancy, night time feedings, changing, waking up for a dream, in addition to taking care of a ailing family member, transitioning to a new bed, etc...I have not had the sleep only non parents can boast about.

So I will shout it from the rooftops! 9 hours of sleep!

For those of you with little one's just know it will eventually come to you too. For those working 2nd and 3rd shifts I feel for you and would never want your job. Hopefully you can enjoy sleep soon too.

So I am starting off another great Sunday with a body full of energy. Now lets see how long it last!

Aug 13, 2011

It's the Little Things

Sometimes in life it is the little things that make your world a happier place. Like getting to sleep in past 5:30 am for the first time in 4 months. Or waking up on that morning to the sound of rain which you haven't heard or seen for 2 months. Or getting to spent the morning with your family and eat breakfast together. Yes it is the little things in life that makes it a better place. That is my world this morning!

I hope everyone finds the little things in life that make them happy.

Aug 6, 2011

Gaining (demanding) Independence

This is a recurring statement in our our house:

"I'll do it myself!!"

From brushing teeth to going potty, "mommy, I'll do it myself!"

Getting his meals and taking off his clothes, "mommy, I'll do it myself!"

Getting in his car booster seat and the bathtub, "mommy, I'll do it myself!"

While this in a way is a great thing, he is growing and become more self aware...it is hard on mommy.

Not because I have to go behind and redo or clean up the "mommy, I'll do it myself!" chosen task but because my baby, my only child no longer has a great need for mommy. Of course unless something is wet, tears, blood or urine.

Yes I know this is all a natural process. Yes I know that he still needs and wants me to help (sometimes). But darn it it's still hard.

And that is my mommy moment for this Saturday!

Everyone have a great weekend!




Aug 4, 2011

And the Journey Continues

For those of you who read this blog you know that about 2 weeks about I started out on yet another journey to lose weight and eat more healthy. I am doing this for two reasons, 1) to be more healthy and 2) to set a better example for my son.

So now two weeks into this I am now eating things like this:

 

Instead of things like this:






I feel much better and I have lost 7 lbs. I have more energy, less headaches, and am sleeping better.

There are two tools that have helped me tremendously in this process, the app Lose It (also a web based program for free) and my digital scales.

Good heavens have your ever really measured out a serving of Cheetos! Well I do now and what I was eating was well beyond a serving. So the point is that I do not deny myself the occasional treat but I now have a better handle on how much. This way I don't pig out when I have Blue Bell, Snickers or Frito's. And I am now more likely to sit and munch on a bowl of cantelope and grapes than grab a bag of Cheetos or a handful of peanut M&M's. Also I don't buy those things anymore.

So I will continue down this road and continue to update here, more for documentation to myself, but I hope you enjoy reading too.