Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Safety gates keep me fit

I dont really have a story for this title but its true. But here is the subtitle for the story that I will share:

Boy, are we Friendly

Well the other day I decided I wanted to go out and have a nice family dinner where we dont have to shovel dropped food off the floor but they have people they pay to do it. So we thought Friendly's would be a good choice. Its nice, its cheap, and they dont kick you out if you have annoying kids. Or well in my case annoying husbands. Now its not that he is annoying or anything. He just has the tendancies to not always think things through. So, we sat down at our table and the host hands my son a box of crayons and a coloring book. He obviously cant do much with crayons yet besides bang them on the table like drumsticks throughout our entire dinner. Well my son started to get a bit antsy so my husband decided to show him a trick. He took the crayon case and blew through it releasing the most dreadful noise you will ever hear. Yes people were staring at us because the sound of dying geese was being projected from our table. Now to see this new invention and to know that you too can make this abnoxious noise is truly a little boys dream.Or at least it was to the boys that were sitting at the table across from us. So yes my husband got these people making the most annoying noise you well ever hear at the highest pitch ever throughout the whole restaurant. and yea we got dirty looks.

Monday, October 29, 2007

You dont have to be perfect to be a parent

Well about once a week we try and take the family out to the playhouse to you know get out of the house and play with some different toys. I personally love going. I mean you go there play with all of their toys and then you dont have to clean up after yourself! Its great, especially seeing as my son loves to take things that are clean and put away and throw them on the floor. Anyway, so we sat down at the craft table and my husband and I started to color masks while the baby played with playdough (he loves that stuff!). So we are sitting and coloring and having a good time. We finish and its not till later that we notice that BOTH of us colored the masks upside down! We thought it was just cool shapes but once you flip it over you can see that the one I colored was supposed to be a ghost and the one my husband colored was supposed to be a bat! We had NO IDEA! lol.

Title: Always keep your diaper bag packed:

I take my son with me to work most of the time. Well last night we went and recently because I have been so stressed out I have been losing my mind and forget everything and going crazy. So I got all of our stuff ready and in a pile. I get the baby in the car and continue on with work. I feed him dinner and am getting my diaper bag so I can change him into his pjs. It was then that I noticed I forgot them at home in the pile that I made to take with us that was left on the couch. I think to myself "oh well he is just a little messy, we can last another hour without needing to change his outfit". OH was I WRONG! Meegan was sitting at the table eating her dinner when all of a sudden I see my son standing right next to her. I think in that split second "aww look at him being nice to the little girl". It took that split second for my son to grab her cup of milk and pour it ALL OVER HIMSELF! He just looked at the mess and kept pouring and smiling. We left a couple minutes later and brought my soggy boy home to put on his PJs that were left on the couch..

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Running a marathon...with a van

So here is a story about our hike through the woods. Each day I try to make sure that my son gets a chance to get outside and do a fun activity. Whether its to go look at the baseball field or go play on the swings at the park I try to keep him active. Well the other day we decided to take a hike through the woods. Now the place where we go is around a castle so sometimes they have big events inside the castle. Normally if the castle is closed there will be a sign. We get there and there are TONS of people. But also it was about 80 degrees out in the middle of October which is so not the normal weather. We start driving up to the castle to park till we saw 4 schools of kids running towards us.. yep. we were driving into a highschool cross country meet going the opposite direction in our giant mini van. So needless to say we definatly got some evil glances. We stayed as long as possible to wait till it was over before making our way back down. We skipped rocks, we played with leaves, we sat on top of a clear path and crawled (well my son did, my husband and I were tired from the hike). So it was time to leave to get home for his nap and we hadnt seen people for a good 20 minutes. But of course as soon as we pull out they come around the courner, racing down the hill. We didnt want to be rude and pass them so we just drove behind them going about 5mph. I ducked in my seat most of the time because I was so completely embarrassed. But my husband didnt care because "there was no sign!". We eventually got out of there and were so relieved to be on our way home. But, thats our story of how we ran a marathon with our van. Sometimes I think these things only happen to my family.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

its been a while..

If anyone has to deal with custody issues or visitation issues and hard to deal with parents, please talk to me, cause man have I been through that and am still going through it. I knew not staying with my sons father would make things a lot harder but continuing with marrying him would not have lead to a happy ending. As a mom we really do just want what is best for our children and we all sacrifice what we want to make them happy. I do it on a daily basis and i know that all the other mothers out there do it as well. I think being a parent is God showing us with a new revelation just why He does things the way that He does. Everything that He does for us He does because He loves us. When we dont give our children candy all day everyday because we know its not good for them it is also why God doesnt give us what we want all day everyday. He wants us to be happy which is what we all desperatly want for our children. But we know that giving them what they want is not always what they need. God promises us that He will give us everything that we need and he even challenges us to test him in that. God loves us so much that He sent himself as a man (jesus) to be yelled at and tormented and beaten till death. And you know what, I love my son so much that I deal with the dislike of his father so that my son can have one more person to love him. However, there also comes a point where it is possible that what you had tried to accomplished hoping it was best for your children turns out to be potentially harming them more than helping them. What I am trying to say is that putting your feelings aside so that your child wont miss an oppertunity is what is best. But you have to sometimes take them away from situations that will potentially hurt them in the long run. Sorry if this doesnt make sense.

Monday, October 15, 2007

"Im teaching him how to share, so i took away his purse"

People often times say "you live with what you got" and we try hard to make what we got work to our advantage. Mostly everything we have has been given to us or from FREE piles. I think about 90% of our stuff we didnt buy. Now we arent so poor that we can make sure that our son has everything he would need and even more but in some areas we have to kind of compromise. A neighbor of ours recently moved and she left behind 4 giant boxes of toys and such that everyone could look through. Sure enough we ended up with 3 of the boxes. This would be great.. if we had a GIRL. So my son loves his princess plate and his strawberry shortcake bowl and playing with his purses. For his birthday next month my present for him is making a placemat that has pictures of every big event from his 1st year and on the back all the memorable stories and dates and along with it I got him an elmo plate set with bowls and plates and silverware. So now he doesnt have to use snow white to eat his vegies. His daddy is getting him a present too but its a secret...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Do you know what youre eating?!!!

Well this past weekend we had to go to NJ for a funeral. The van was packed to its limit with people and all of their stuff and we headed out on our journey down south. Now riding with 7 people, 2 of which are little kids, it seems to add an additional hour or two to your driving time. I assumed that it would be the kids who needed the break. Oh how I overlooked the menapausel aunts I brought with me too. "I have to go to the bathroom!" was shouted across the van. Was it the 5 year old? Nope? It was the 50 year old! So the ride there was quite the excitement. They all claimed I was going the wrong way out of NY. So I listened and turned around. However we turned around on a different highway that didnt lead us to an on ramp to the highway that we wanted and it was just chaos. Sure enough by the time we turn around and get back to where we "messed up" it took about 30 minutes. So we get to the junction where I supposidly made the wrong turn to find out that of course I was going the right way all along.

Once we got there it was basic funeral stuff and introducing my son. He made a great first impression by laughing and blowing rasberries during the service. All I could say was "yep.. thats my boy."

On the way home we saw a sign for this International Buffet. Sounds great huh? So I am begged to turn off the road and find this place. Do they remember the name? NO. Do we have any idea where it is? NO. Eventually we found it and went inside. After looking around the restaurant we find out that we are pretty much the only white people there. Oh well, it was only 10 bucks each and we were hungry.

We find a table and get us all seated. We ask for a high chair and when they brought it the seat belt was broken. Now for normal poliet children this would be fine. But for my son who always wants to stand and flip over things its not all that fun. He also has this habbit of making himself comfortable. He will slouch there with his legs spread and his feet propped up eating. Where he got this from, I have no idea. Actually I do, MY HUSBAND.

Anyway, we get our food and return to the table to find the 5 year old shout out "TIM! DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOURE EATING???" Everyone bursts out laughing cause you just dont say that kind of stuff in a mostly chinese environment. You know all the rumors of serving cat and dog. So between her shouting out all these cultural inappropriate stuff without being aware of the offence that could take place and my husband who was playing with a squid it was quite the journey.

Eventually we got home and returned to our "normal" life.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Smart? Or is everyone else just Stupid?

You know those people that just drive you crazy. The ones who chew with their mouth open while you watch their whole meal falling onto their lap. Or the ones who complain and yell without making a point to look over all of the facts before hand or they just didnt listen. Or the ones who tell you how to take care of your kids because you obviously dont know anything.

Now I know I am OCD and I have a lot of problems and pet peeves (more than I want to list). But sometimes I think its not just me and that a lot of people are just plain annoying.

I haven't felt like writing because I have been dealing with stupid people or moreso stupid situations.

I promise sometime this week I will update a silly story because I sure do have lots.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Monday, October 1, 2007

Chinese Ice and Animaldynamics

Now working with kids all the time I hear a lot of well... interesting things.. See for yourself

Situation 1: 5 year old Eve was fighting because she got an ice cream sandwhich whereas everyone else got Italian Ice. She bursts into tears screaming "I WANT CHINESE ICE". Now I am normally very compassionate with children but I couldn't even force myself not to laugh hysterically at that. I think she still needs to learn a bit more about nationalities.

Situation 2: 6 year old Sam was teaching us about "animaldynamics". He explained to us how motorcycles can go faster than some cars because they are more animaldynamic. I guess that explains why elephants cant run too fast.