Friday, October 21, 2011

bless his heart

Parks was enjoying a Trader Joe's yogurt smoothie while I was picking up the living room.  I heard the familiar noise of the dishwasher door shut and Parks announced, "Mommy! I'm all done.  I put it in the dis washa for you!"  Bless his heart.  He did.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

wise words

I got to spend some time last night with my dad which I always treasure these days.  He gave me some very wise advice.  Two things that stuck with me:

"The spirit of the leader is the spirit of the pack."  

As a mother, I am the leader of my pack and my children will follow my attitude and countenance.  So much application here, I might put this quote on my fridge.

"Part of being a good parent is being a good actor."  

This had never crossed my mind before but it's so true.  Sometimes you have to act serious when you want to bust out laughing or sometimes you need to put on a cheerful face even when you want to sulk and act 12 years old.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch

We had a blast at the "pumpkin patch" a couple weeks ago.  We had to forgo a real pumpkin patch this year because Parks had an allergic reaction last year after visiting one.  We think it was the pumpkin leaves but it could have been straw.  Either way, we avoided it this year and went to a pumpkin "yard", if you will. 

My little harvest display makes me so happy every time I walk up to my door!  It's the simple things in life, right?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's official...I am a freak.

In case you needed any more evidence that I am a freak of it is.  I have ordered my first homeschool curriculum and I was way. too. excited. when it arrived.  It's a Pre-K curriculum called "Sing, Spell, Read and Write" that my mom did with us when we were kids.  And hey, I learned to read, right?  It's colors, shapes, numbers, alphabet and some beginner phonics.  It says it's recommended for age 4, and yes, I know Parks is 2 almost 3, but he already knows half the stuff in there so I figure why not casually introduce more?  I'm not about pushing academics too young, but when their minds are sponges, why not fill 'em up? 

 Nearly beside myself with excitement...freak.
 This image thrills my Type A heart, you have no idea. 
My darling pupil.  Lord, help us. 

Who knows what the future holds, but these curriculum boxes alone are enough to make me homeschool.  Love em! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My First Vlog: Natural Alternatives to Miralax

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional.  This is my personal experience and opinion of miralax.

Hello bloggies!  This is a kind of an unusual post for me, but it's something I feel strongly about.  If you have kids, you have probably heard of "miralax" which is a commonly prescribed laxative/stool softner.  Unfortunately I have way more experience with this product than I'd like to admit.  Parks has been on it off and on for over 2 years at the advice of more than one pediatrician.  If you have experienced problems with stool witholding or chronic constipation, I know first hand how difficult it can be.  Please watch the videos to hear our story, my thoughts on the "safety" of miralax and plenty of natural alternatives.  Please spread the word about the alternatives if you know someone who is on miralax.

P.S. I'm not going to get into a debate here as to whether or not miralax is safe.  It is my firm belief that the less chemicals we put into our bodies the better, even if the medical community says they are "safe".  What I do want to do is help parents know there ARE other options, ones that your doctor probably won't bring up.  Please comment accordingly.

Friday, October 7, 2011

crafting memories

I was blog hopping yesterday as I love to do and I came across an interesting post.  The woman said she thinks about the memories she wants her children to have and that helps her decide what's important to her.  It's a neat thought!  As mothers we are largely responsible for crafting our children's memories.  She listed some of the memories that she would like her children to have of her and their home.  I thought it would be a great little exercise so I came up with a few of my own.

I'd like my children to remember me...

  • Reading my bible as a regular part of my day
  • Praying often and without hesitation
  • Looking and smelling nice and put together...maybe with one signature scent that they remember
  • Cheerful, patient, kind
  • Full of adventure!
  • Hugging and loving on Jackson and honoring him with my words
  • Diligent in my work at home
I'd like for my children to remember our home as...

  • Cozy and warm with candles
  • Un-cluttered and neat
  • Filled with good music
  • A place of peace and rest
  • A place where all are welcome and hospitality is practiced
Think about it for yourself and if you don't have children, it could be a good exercise to do thinking of your husband! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Seeds of Faith

We're working on the basics with Parks: God made me, Jesus loves me, God made everything, We go to church to praise Jesus, etc.  A little over a month ago I implemented "Circle Time" during our morning routine right after breakfast and it's been so much fun.  We do prayer time, praise songs with hand motions, a memory verse and a Bible story.  Parks has learned 2 verses so far: Ephesians 6:1 and Psalm 126:3.  It's been so rewarding to see his comprehension grow.  Today he started talking about God out of the blue and I grabbed my flip camera and started recording. Of course, the minute you do that they get all goofy but I did grab a few cute moments.  I love God's promise of Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way that he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  I am thankful for the privilege to be a part of God's work in my children's lives. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

If you don't you know!

Give yourself a pat on the back if you got the shout out to the Notorious B.I.G.  I have recently stumbled upon a few very nifty things that I thought you might want to know.  Let the randomness begin!

1.  How to keep a tile shower clean.  I have struggled ever since I got married to keep our tile showers clean.  I really hate using products like Tilex because of the toxic fumes but I'll be honest, my natural cleaners just weren't cutting it to my satisfaction in this area.  However, thanks to my googling skillz, I found a very simple way to keep it looking like new!  Are you ready?  Wipe it dry with an old towel after every use.  It's a little extra work but it's so worth it, you don't have to scrub anymore. The moisture of leftover water is what helps the mold and mildew breed.  Maybe everyone else knows this but it was news to me.  I've been wiping my shower down and it stays looking perfect, no toxic cleaner needed.  Genius! 

2.  Woodglue is your friend.  How did I not know this until now?  I don't know how I lived before discovering woodglue.  I have been on a gluing spree since I discovered my husband's handy Titebond II.  This will be especially helpful to you if you have wooden toys in your house. What started it all was these wooden toy cars Parks has.  They are "stackable" also known as "frustrating" to a 2 year old boy who want to "zoom" not "stack".  I knew if they were not stackable he would enjoy them much more.  So, woodglue to the rescue!  This is about as DIY as I get so I'm actually very proud of my modified wooden cars:   
 much better!

My next project: A cute wooden frame that Parks painted during art class.  The little stand kept popping out and voila, a little woodglue made it nice and sturdy.  

3.  2 Year Olds Can Ride a Dirtbike (with training wheels)

Oh yes, this is happening in our cul-de-sac.  I'm pretty sure our neighbors think we are crazy rednecks.  Oh well!