Monday, February 14, 2011
I've never been a huge fan of Valentines Day. I don't like the idea of a holiday that involves blowing money on useless gifts. I'm not against gifts or even holidays created for giving gifts. I just don't like the useless kind. I'm the kind of girl that genuinely wants a toaster or clothes hangers if that's what I ask for. I don't play those games. If I say I want a casserole dish, don't get me a necklace! I've been watching posts on Facebook all day. So many people wasting so much money, but there were a few funny posts I found fairly interesting. My mother posted: "I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon." This is foreshadowing at it's finest! It's just like a scary movie with the hidden intent. It's always the teenagers or young adults experimenting with sexuality at the beginning of the horror movie who die first or cause all the chaos. Cupid is a warning! If you give into the temptation of romance your likely to end up with chubby toddlers coming at you with weapons! Weapons you never knew existed, like little people or legos booby trapping the stairs. Those creepy little cupids will be there when you open your eyes in the morning leaving you wondering how long they have been staring at you. It's creepy! Don't give in to the temptation of romance. Think cupids cute? Not enough for you? Ok... Valentines Day if abbreviated would be VD just as with Venereal Disease. It's another warning! More foreshadowing of possible consequences or complications brought on by giving into "romance". So, that's my take on Valentines Day... Flowers die, chocolate melts, you can only wear so much jewelry, but a toaster can be used and appreciated on a daily basis!
Peyton has a vast vocabulary. I'm not sure if it's advanced for her age or just in comparison to Brenton at this age. She's like a sponge and takes in everything that is said around her. She surprises me sometimes with some of the things that she says. It's usually after she says a particular phrase to me that I realize how often I say it. Just the other day I was vacuuming the stairs. Peyton yelled from the top of the steps that she had to go potty. I turned off the vacuum, moved it to the side of the staircase and told her to come down. She stopped on the stairs and started asking questions about the vacuum and the attachments. I reminded her that we were headed to the potty and said excitedly "Come on! Lets go!". She looked at me and said "Mom, Don't freak out!" and went right back to eying the vacuum. I was surprised, but in the last couple of days I've noticed that I say that often. Anytime she or her brother are being impatient or overreacting I tell them not to freak out. Brenton tends to see impending doom in everyday things like running low on peanut butter, so I shouldn't be surprised that she would pick up on this phrase. She keeps me educated. Once I realize that I am overusing a particular phrase I feel compelled to use something else resulting in both our vocabularies expanding. She's my favorite little teacher!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Yes, my children are a bit spoiled. No, I'm not ashamed. I always have good intentions so I am not going to let it worry me. When Brenton was potty training I tried lots of different reward systems... What finally worked the best was CASH! Yes, I paid him to use the potty! I printed up some play money (quarters and one dollar bills). When he would go #1 he would color in a quarter and #2 gave him a dollar. At the end of the week we would total it up and take him shopping. It sounds expensive, but it always worked out to be cheaper than buying diapers! He learned a lot about money during this experience and decided on several occasions to save his money up for something bigger. Peyton on the other hand needs instant gratification... She also uses cloth diapers so all rewards are a whole new expense. Paying her as much as I paid Brenton is really out of the question and waiting a whole week for her reward wouldn't work for her. I decided I really liked the money management skills that Brenton learned, but I really needed an 'in house' reward system. When we started potty training Peyton I implemented a few chores for Brenton, so he is able to have the same opportunity to earn rewards at a more age appropriate level. This however increases my new expense...
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
"The older you get the smarter you are. Except for Uncle Chad, because he's not a real person he's a bigfoot. But, really old people aren't that smart... If you want to stay smart when your old you have to think about smart things all the time."
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Brenton has a decent little indoor garden going. It started with a bean plant he brought home in a plastic cup at the start of the school year. It was doing so well I planted it into a nice large pot for him. It has snow-balled from there. In October his class took a trip to a local farm and he brought home an ear of corn. We also carved pumpkins for Halloween. Brenton planted both the corn and the pumpkin seeds and they are now part of his garden. This morning I overheard Brenton telling Peyton "We don't have a lot of food, so that's why I plant seeds". He then went on to tell her about his beans, corn, pumpkins, and how she needs to save the seeds from her apple. He was so dramatic about it! If we had been out in public people probably would have started taking up a collection for the destitute 6 year old growing crops to feed his family!