Originally Posted by Valerie.Qc
Love the sugar hearts! Might try to make some with fruit juice instead of food coloring and water... I'll need frozen Rasberries and Blueberries...
Dunno if you can do that...it doesn't take much coloring at all. Teeny tiny bits, because you're going for the pastel effect, but maybe you can get some of those non-artificially-colored food colorings. I mean really, when I did it, it only took a couple of drops for the whole thing. And half of them are white so you don't color those at all.
Ye Gods, mamas, it is POURING out there. Pouring. We haven't had a rain like this in forever. There's flood watches (warnings? Not sure which is which). Glad I'm on high ground, cause my yard is very, very soggy. You know when my yard is soggy, it's something else out there. Holy cow.
Originally Posted by FeralFox
Maia, I am so sorry your son had a bad day again. I truly hope that he will start growing out of his rebellion, and turn into the thoughtful and kind teenager that a smart kid like him can be.
Thank you, Feral. He IS a smart kid, and a really sweet one, too. He's like Jekyll and Hyde. No in-between at all, really. And his sweet side is amazing. Thank you for the hope; I hope so, too.
Originally Posted by 3xMama You stopped yourself and that's what really counts. I remember the first thing my FIL told DH and I when we found out I was pregnant with DD (well, after all the freaking out occurred). He said "You will understand why people beat their kids. Not condone it or do it, but understand." OMG, so true! And your DS is a special case beyond the norm, sweet and lovable and fantastic, but difficult. Don't beat yourself up, mama. It happens to us all and it did not get out of hand and that's the important part.
Otherwise, basically any state park around here has camping--the real kind with tents and no electrical outlets. Maybe something like that? Or a hotel with a pool for a night. Water parks. Make a weekend out of going to a Ren Faire. Take a weekend and hit several kid places-zoo, museums, parks etc. Whatever you come up with, its the time with you that is what is really special to Badger.
I would never, ever hurt my kid for real, and I know that, but man-- it's so scary how close I can get once in awhile. The last time I did anything like that was years ago, and I scared myself then.
But yeah-- ITA with your FIL. He's so right. Remember that lady who got caught on tape wailing on her kid in the parking lot? The kid was maybe 4, and was strapped in, and the mom was standing outside the open back car door just going to town on her little girl for whatever reason. It was just awful. But in my heart of hearts, I so understood that frustration.
What you said about taking Badger on special trips. He will remember the special Mama times, I promise, not what bigger-better-faster-more the other side of the family provides. The hotel with a pool sounds SO divine; all kids love that!! My brother only booked hotels with pools anytime they had to take their dd's anywhere. It was this HUGE special treat for them.
Originally Posted by vydalea
It is weird to be celebrating getting half way through the winter when winter is missing. It's weird, right?
You are very, very strong Ms. Maia!!! I'm glad that M was able to help you. I hope that you all will be together geographically soon!!
Also, my breadmaker got a life of it's own and jumped off the counter this morning while making a loaf. Something is going on with the little paddly thing inside. I hope I can figure it out because I do NOT want to have to buy a new one. It was the weirdest thing. ha.
Yes. It's weird. No winter here, either. While I love the rain, I can't help but wonder how much snow it would be, if it were snow. M said 1" of rain is like a foot of snow. Is that true? If it is, we'd have feet by now, probably.
Originally Posted by wombatclay I saw an episode of Supernanny and while I've always avoided her because of her sleep training issues I found her approach with older kids appealing. Sort of a structured time out system.
But keep in mind I'm a reading fiend and can read a 500 page book in an average day while still homeschooling/cleaning/making dinner/walking.
my news... I GOT A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At the local mama thrift store. My life is going to be full full though so I may not be online as much. I'll be working all day Sat, most of the day Sun, and some evenings/nights. So ouch and yay at the same time!
Do you remember what she did, with the olders? I'd be interested in hearing it. That's the British lady, right? I've seen that show. All I can ever think is those families have too much money, are way too immature to have kids, and have been raising brats Actually in most all of the situations I saw, I don't blame her a bit for her heavy handedness.
Clay. You are Superwoman. I swear. Srsly, with all you do, you can still pack away 500 pages a day??? How in the freak do you do that. I had a friend like that. I do believe they have six kids now, but when we were friends she'd just had her fourth. She went through nursing school, passed, got her RN, went through midwifery school, worked part time as a nurse, they were vegan in a place that was decidedly not vegan-friendly (so very labor intensive), AP'd the kids, cloth diped them all, sewed and made their dipes and clothes and dipe covers and slings, made gifts and birthday cakes for friends...the list went on and on. All while she was having and nursing babies. And homeschooling most of the older ones...at the time, they were none of them old enough for school anyway.
One time I asked her "How much sleep do you require?" and she said "8 hours". I said "How much do you get?" "4". And she never, ever looked tired or wiped out. I do not know how she does it. I'd give anything for that kind of energy. She's on here, somewhere, I think.
Congrats on the job! That sounds so fun. I'd love a job like that.