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Thursday, October 20, 2011

If I Had A Nickel For Every Time I've Been Peed On...

Let's just start off by saying I knew this was going to be hard.  It was hard with my daughter, and I have no idea what I'm doing with my son. 

Potty training sucks.

I have no idea on how to train a boy.  He won't stand up and will only sit on the potty with his legs so wide apart he looks like he's training for the 2024 Olympic gymnastics team.  The one thing I do know is this: 

legs spread wide = hips being raised = peeing device being raised = ever so patient Mom, who sits on the floor singing Wiggles songs ad nauseum, gets covered in pee.

And, it usually happens 5 minutes before heading out the door.  (I may or may not have left the house with teeny tiny pee spots on my shirt this morning).  Don't judge.

I know so little about training a boy, that I've had to ask questions of my husband about what I can do and shouldn't do (I don't want to hurt the poor boy, and I am looking for what I'm missing....).  I am met with strange looks from hubby, strange enough that I want to throw a roll of toilet paper at him (or at least sit him in front of the line of fire...)

With all of this aggravation, there is still a cheer of victory every time he does pee, and the gummy bears taste oh so good!  Now with the introduction of licorice as a "poo" treat, I'm afraid potty training isn't only going to turn a few hairs white, it's going to add inches to my hips. 


If I never see another diaper again, I'm willing to sacrifice my rock star hips, 'cause I'm a good Mom like that.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


My good friend, Single Infertile Female is hosting a holiday shopping party!!  Holidays.  Shopping.  Seriously, how much better can it get?!

Okay, so here's the lowdown!

1.  The Arbonne holiday shopping party starts today, and ends in 10 days on October 25th.  Only U.S. residents are eligible to participate (sorry to my Canadian friends, I can't include orders from other countries in an American party). 

2.  Visit SIF over in her blogfrog community to get information, share what you love or just to read what others are saying about amazing Arbonne products! 

3.  Visit my Arbonne website here to browse all of the fantastic products.

4.  Email me with any questions or orders. (This is an important one!!  If you order off the website, you won't be included in the benefits of the party - for every $500 sold, I'm giving away a Pampermint set to one lucky person who places an order!!!)

courtesy of

(I mean seriously, can't you just smell it?!)

5.  Have fun!!  I'm so excited to be able to introduce these fantastic products to everyone!

6.  And, finally, please, please, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!  I'm always here to answer questions and love "educating" people about the benefits of our products!!

P.S.  Many of the holiday products are great gift ideas for that special teacher or coach - it's something new and different and will surely be appreciated by whoever is the lucky recipient!!

Techno Dumb

I like to think that I'm up with the times.  (How's that for an opening old person saying?!)

At 38, I do think I'm still pretty young.  Relatively speaking, of course.  However, with all of the new gadgets (another OPS) and computers and phones coming out at lightning speed, I will admit that I am ignorant when it comes to matters of technology.

I am a firm believer that my 3 and 5 year olds don't need anything more than the barbie and princess "computers" they have (totally learning oriented).  When my nieces and nephew got into the new technology, I was a little taken aback. 

This was actually said by me a couple of years ago:

"I can't believe that a 5 year old needs and I-pod!  That's ridiculous!  I don't see any reason.....what?'s an I-PHONE????  Oh Good Lord....."

My mother in law has offered to buy my 5 year old an I-phone for Christmas for "educational purposes".  Right.  As I try to bring my blood pressure down, and try to be appreciative for the gesture, I can't help but think "what the hell is this world coming to??". 

I feel guilty when my kids watch too much tv.  There's no way I'd stick them in front of an I-phone.  Not now, anyway.

I have a feeling I'm going to be "that parent".  You know, the one who is last at getting their kids into what's hot and happening (OPS). 

The other day at playschool, my son's EI worker asked if he used the computer, and if so, she would bring in her laptop to give him some "activites" to do.  Really?????  He's 3.  In my mind, 'nuff said.

The only interaction with our computers that our kids have is when we show them a video of something they would enjoy, usually from Youtube.  That's it. 

Am I doing my kids a disservice by not introducing them to the newest technology out there?  Maybe, maybe not.  I see kids with cell phones at the age of 7.  That isn't going to happen in my house.

But, then again, I've been known to eat my words now and then.

Never say never.  Perhaps getting my kids into technnology will actually give me a clue.  You know, about I-pods and such.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Recess Was Her Favorite Subject....

And, now....not so much.

While the hubs and I were traipsing off in Vegas last week, having a grand old time, enjoying our 15 years of blissful marriage, our sweet, friendly, innocent, doe-eyed little girl was getting punched on the playground at recess.

Yep.  Socked right in the eye.  By a little boy.  A 5 year old little boy.

Apparently what happened was that she asked him to play and he said no.  I'm assuming her feelings were hurt (she just wants to be friends with everyone!), then she asked him again, and then he punched her.  This was verified by other kids, so it leaves me to wonder:  how does a 5 year old know to punch with a closed fist, and why would he do that to begin with?  What has he seen in his life that has taught him that's it okay to punch? 

I have sympathy for this boy.  I mean, did he see his Dad punch his Mom?  Does he have an older sibling that does this to him? 

My daughter seems to be doing okay after a few days of not really wanting to be at school, and keeping a sharp eye out for any adult to be close to her, but I'm sure this has changed her thinking about how other kids are.  I'm so sad for her that this had to happen during her first few weeks of her school career, but after seeing how all of the other kids are so happy to see her at school every day, I'm sure she'll be just fine.

The school takes a hard stance on bullying, and this boy has been "grounded" from recess for a week, and then he has to be with a supervisor the whole time he's out for another week.  While I was picking her up after school on Monday, he came over and apologized (again) to her, and she got very nervous and managed to squeak out an "it's okay, thank you".  I thought it was brave for him to come over on his own in front of her Mom to apologize to her.  Hopefully this will change his ways, as this isn't the first time they've had an "incident" with him.

It makes me wonder how many parents sit their kids down and talk to them about bullying and about how they treat other children.  It makes me think about the "my kid would never do that" mentality and how it happens more than we think.

It's been a good lesson for her, in the way she treats her brother (and I'm sure all siblings have their scraps) and in the way she treats others at school. 

Hopefully the rest of the school year goes smoothly, and all we have to deal with is uneaten fruit in the lunchbox at the end of the day!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Let's Move ON

I just need to get a post up, any post, to move the lip waxing post outta here - I cringe every time I see it! ha!

Vegas was awesome, won some money to help pay for the trip, and had a fantastic anniversary dinner (can't wait to do it again, and this time we're not waiting 15 years!!)

Christmas shopping is upon us and I've been really busy with Arbonne parties, the holiday line is A-mazing - there are going to be a lot of very happy gift recipients this Christmas!!  The kids are doing great in their schools, the boy is doing great in speech therapy, and things are just chugging along!

Potty training is another story - this boy is so stubborn, I'm not sure what to do here.  I think I'm going to opt for no diaper, no underwear, no pullup - we're going commando (well, he is, not me!) to see if that will motivate him to use the potty.  I need to drop everything and have this child live on the potty for the next week.  Starting tomorrow (we are home all day tomorrow and Monday is a holiday) I'm dropping the hammer!! 

Oh, and no snow yet!  On October 6th, that is a huge feat here up north, every day without snow is a great bonus!

Now to go get those leaves off my lawn....