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Friday, September 23, 2011

Little Bear the Super Whyer

I think it's time to change Little Bear's nickname from LB to Super Why. Why? First, he LOVES that show on PBS. Second, for the past week he's been wearing his super hero cape and won't let me call him anything BUT Super Why. And lastly, that's his favorite question. WHY?! When I tell people that i have a 'Whyer' I get, "Oh all 3 year olds ask why." That person does NOT have a Whyer. Yes, most 3/4 year olds ask why. Maybe 10, 15, 20 times a day. A 'Whyer' never stops. From the moment he wakes up until he FINALLY goes to bed, there's a why question rolling off his lips. "Why is it cloudy?" "Why are you making that for breakfast?" "Why don't you have more school work?" "Why are you driving this way?" "Why is the car going that way?" "Why are we stopping? Why does that say 'Wrong Way'? Why isn't Daddy home?" And it just goes on and on and on and ON!! Most kids stop asking questions after a while, but a Whyer doesn't stop. And because i don't won't to dim that light I answer every why question my Super Why can throw at me...well, at least I try.

So do you have a non-stop Whyer on your hands?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Preparing for our first camping trip

My husband and I have been talking about going camping for over a year. We use to camp...ok, we've been once. Well, he's been a ton more, as a long time Boy Scout. We decided last year that it would be a good family thing to do. Really get Little Bear outside and enjoying nature. We even have a tent! So this November, is gonna be the month (at least we think). So now we are planning! I'm a little nervous heading out into the wilderness with a very active 3.5 year old, but I'm excited too. We'll be hitting up one of our wonderful State Parks.

So far, I've found so good rules that I'll be remembering. And I thought I would share:

(1) Teach young children to stay within eyesight, and older children within earshot.

(2) Teach children to stay where they are if they discover they are lost. Instruct them to find a nearby tree and stay with it until they are found.

(3) Children over the age of four can carry a simple survival kit, or at least a whistle around their neck to call for help when lost. The standard distress signal is three blows to indicate "I'm lost" or "I need help."

(4) Sort and pack each day of your children's clothes within individual small plastic grocery bags in his/her suitcase. This way your child can grab a bag in the morning and have a full set of clothes for the day, and at night he/she can stuff the dirty ones back in the bag thus not mixing up the rest of the suitcase.

(5) Children get cold faster than adults. The key to comfortable camping with kids is to dress them in several layers, which can be peeled off as they get warm or added on as they cool off.

(6)Provide each child with a flashlight. To prevent any arguments, make sure each one has their own. Children love to play with the flashlights, and having one also makes them more at ease after dark.

(7) Flashlights are also handy when making trips to the restroom, for making shadow puppets on tent walls, and for reading before bed.

(8) Bring along a game you all like to play at home. Playing it outdoors with a lantern or flashlights will add to the fun.

(9) Teach your kids to treat the outdoors kindly. Make sure all waste is disposed of properly when camping or hiking along the trails.

*deep breath* OK, I think I can do all of that!

The lost of a pet

Back in June, we found a stray kitten (maybe 4 months old). My son had been begging for months for a cat, so we decided to keep the kitten. Cali-Boo (the cat) seemed to take to the family, but always ALWAYS tried to get out of the house. We would take her outback with us, and she never tried jump the fence or anything. She got out the front door a few times, and we either caught her, or so wouldn't leave the front yard and would come running back once we went back inside.

Any how, Friday we were out front playing in the afternoon. Little Bear wanted to ride his tricycle on the driveway. It was getting late and hubby brought the balls we were playing with inside, and Cali-Boo shot out. We chased her a bit, then decided to let her run (the closer we got the further she went). Much to our supraise, she crossed the road. Little Bear and I went after her, and with the help of our neighbors, caught her.

It shocked me that our normally loving cat, showed her claws and hissed when the little girl over there asked to pet her. Anyhow, we stayed over there for a while, me holding the cat, and getting clawed. Well, Little Bear fell off a little push scooter so I went to check on him. When I bent down to check on him, Cali-Boo scratched me across the face and jumped out of my arms. I just said, "Let her go." LB was fine.

About 5 minutes later, a truck came by and well, Cali-Boo attached it's wheel! Broke her neck *sniffle*. Lucky LB was behind our neighbors truck and didn't see anything. The little girl (she's about 9) took LB in the back yard to play a few minutes and out neighbor (such a sweet man) got the body and took it away so LB wouldn't see it.

Of course, when LB started asking about her, we said she ran away. It's been hard on me and on him. I told him that maybe she just wanted to be an outside cat doing big things (he likes the book The Fire Cat). So this morning he was really sad, so I told him that we would give Cali-Boo a few weeks to see if she came back (I know it's bad to lie, but my son is only 3.5 years old, and we feel this is the best thing to do at this age....don't judge that), but that when he was ready, we would let him get a new kitten.

Any advice on how long we should wait?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mama's Life

My weight loss journey. It's been a hard 6 months- I've been doing Weight Watchers since January. It's been tough. After all, this isn't a diet...it's a life style. It really is. At least for us it is. My husband has been doing WW for the past 2 weeks. And last week, at my Tuesday weigh in....I was down a total of 25 pounds!! I'm so proud of myself. And I'm looking pretty dang good. :-)

There's still more that I want to lose. And now that Papa is on board, things are going a lot smoother. The only, ONLY problem is trying to figure out what to eat for dinner each night.

But we are working on it. Being a healthy, happy family. A good role model for Little Bear.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

2 weeks down

Every time I would sit down to blog, something would come up. But it's a nice quiet Saturday morning with Little Bear sleeping in and Hubby gone off to a rare working weekend. Our first week of school, went ok. But I figured out one thing...it was WAY to easy for Little Bear. He got so bored. So last week we moved on. I moved from preschool to kindergarten. That worked A LOT better. He's having a much better time.

With him being able to read and write, he enjoys doing worksheets on his on. And let me tell you, he's writing all the time! And reading too. Yesterday I bought "Dick and Jane: the fun we have" or something like that. He's already read half the book to me with very little help (mostly he didn't know the words Father and Mother). I thought it would really boost his reading confidence, although he's also reading The Berenstien Bears with little to no help.

Last weekend, while we were grocery shopping, he wrote a story on my list. It's so cool watching him grow his love of reading and writing. And questions! There's a question on his lips from the moment he wakes up until the moment he falls asleep. 100s upon 100s all day long. About everything. Last week I got the questions out of the blue "Why does the sun come up then go down and the moon come up?" and also "Who built the United States?"....both during breakfast! Mama's head wasn't ready to handle them so early in the morning....LOL.

And of course me being me, I'm thinking about Christmas and birthday already. It's so hard! With Little Bear going to be almost 4 by Christmas, he really knows what he likes and wants...and he LIKES my iPod and computer! We thought about getting him something Leapfrog, but then we thought about the fact that at 2 he had the Tag Jr....that lasted about 3 months before he didn't play with it anymore. Last year, he got the Fisher Price iXL....yeah, that one lasted about 5 months- if that. He's just not into any electric device geared towards kids. So even though he plays with the Leapster Explorer at K-Mart, I wonder if it would last? He has, however, asked for a new tricycle....and an iPad....LOL! Goodness boy....

Of course I also promised Papa Bear that I wouldn't spend too much money this year....but yeah, I make that promise EVERY year.

I would love to hear what you are planning on getting your kids.

Happy Learning!!