Monday, February 28, 2011

Talk Dirty to Me

So I have some ideas for posts (yeah, I wrote them down so i don't forget as my week goes on) and as I was reading some bloggy blogs this morning I went to check in on Shell at Things I Can't Say and she wrote about potty training her son. 
As a mom of two small children a day does not go by when a conversation about all things potty and private parts doesn't happen...
Bear was interested in the potty early.  I think it was because of his cousin who is 2 years older than him.  Bear wanted to be like him.
We didn't really start "potty" training him until the summer after he turned two.  P-nut was on the way and we were looking to put Bear into a pre-school program where he HAD to be potty trained. 
(2 accidents and your out)
We started out with Bear just telling us when he went in his diaper.
Then, if we were home, he went around the house with no clothes on.
We had a few times when he pee'd on the floor (once blamed in on the dog).
Then LOTS of reinforcement and M&M's when he would use the potty.
**the use of M&M's sometimes leads to your child offering M&M's to people they see go into a public restroom to use the bathroom**
The potty when peeing was mastered...  The poop, well, he preferred to do that in the pull up.  He would be fine all day, then as soon as the pull up came on for bed, he would walk to a corner and squat, drop a load and then ask to be cleaned...
We started to get a handle on the potty training.  Then...
He broke his leg.
It was gone (not his leg, the potty going)
After he was healed he would wear pull ups and one day right after Christmas Bear said to me:
"mommy, I will wear underwear, but only if it is Hot wheels"
I looked at him and said:
"well, I am not going to run out and buy you Hot wheels underwear, you have plenty of underwear that is fine"
He pooped in every pair of underwear he wore, told me, if they were Hot wheels, he wouldn't do it.
Well damn!  I went out and bought Hot wheels underwear the next day and that was how Bear was FINALLY Potty Trained!
If only it was as simple as saying:
"I will not have an accident if you buy me xyz underwear"
You think I have a strong willed child on my hands????

My advice:
  • When they are ready it will click (hopefully that will happen before Kindergarten)
  • Buckets in cars are miracle workers, it helped us avoid many accidents
  • If your child asks for a specific type of underwear well, it might be worth the $5
  • M&M's (other little treats) are magic, just be prepared with enough for friends and family to have some when they use the potty because your child might just offered them to those who use the potty
  • You may feel like to you have puppy in your home at first.. just saying!
  • We also used a letter chart**
  • If you have a boy and you do let them pee outside during an emergency moment, make that clear about what an EMERGENCY is, or you might have a child that drops their pants and pee's an impressive arc over the slide during your younger child's 1st birthday party.
  • Have a plunger on hand (too much toilet paper and curious minds)

**Letter chart: we used a reward (yeah we bribed him) he LOVES Red Robin so we wrote the word Red Robin on a piece of paper and hung it in the kitchen, everyday/nigh that Bear was dry/clean we colored in a portion of the letter, never taking away if an accident did happen, he just didn't get an color on the chart.  When all the letters were colored in, he got to go out to dinner.  That and the Hot wheels underwear were what got him trained.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Say Hi Sunday

It Sunday, as always the weekend has gone to fast and I am sitting at the table with my coffee planning the day and creating my shopping list for the food store blogging!
I decided to link up today with Three P's in a Pod for Say Hi Sunday.
If you are visiting my blog for the first time WELCOME and here is a few things about me (like speed dating you can decided if you like me and want to get to know me better as time goes on).
I am a full time working (fitness education, it's a fancy way to say PE teacher) mom with two crazy children, a native NY girl who is now 4 states south.
Like myself, my blog is a work in progress, I still don't like my look (working on my banner tonight, yet again), I am trying to really to not hold back when I write so any suggestions are welcomed.

In case you want to know a little more...
Here were fun facts that were used at work for a "get to know you" activitiy:

-Favorite saying is Oy!
- Has very few articles of clothing in her closet that are not made of moisture wicking fabric.
- Believes a good pair of yoga pants can take you from the gym to dinner if paired with the right top.
- Suffers from OCD...of the metatarsals
- Student taught in Australia
- Has loved Vampire books and movies since 1994 when Interview with a Vampire came out.
- Was the 1984 National World Champion in Duck, Duck, Goose.
- Once received a set of K2 Mickey Mouse ski's and that night she tried them out by skiing down her parents stair case!
- Was on the ski team in college.
- Ran a triatholon this past summer and is training for more.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Aloha: Where you from?

Happy Friday, I don't know about you but I am SO GLAD that it is Friday!
So needing the weekend.
I got the idea from a qustion that I have been getting a lot lately.  Not sure why...
Where you from?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Does this happen in everyone's home?

I love the show Raising Hope.  A co-worker told me about it and I am hooked.  Last night in the opening of the show Burt says "Do you think this happens in other people's houses in the middle of the night?".  I laughed because I think that everyday. 
*Okay maybe not so much what happens in the middle of the night but more so everyday*
Last night was "Do you think this happens at dinner in other people's houses?"
Hubs was working out while I was cooking, Bear loves to "work out" with hubs or I.  He is pretty good with resistance bands and canned food (don't ask).  So while hubs was working out Bear was with him.  Hubs finished and came up for dinner with NO shirt on.   Typically full dress is required for meals but last night I guess we were more "no shoe, no shirt, no problem".  Well, like father like son, Bear decides to toss his shirt.  He even pulled his pants down a little because he likes the lower look of jeans (think Abercrombi model).  So the conversation went from how everyone's day was to...
Bear: Hey dad, when I get older I am going to be bigger than you!
Hubs: Oh yeah, then you better eat your broccoli or it might not happen (nicely played dear)
P-Nut: (Throws broccoli at her brother)
B: Hey dad, when I get bigger my man pimples will be like yours, BIG.  (those would be nipples)
H: Only if you eat your fish.  (again nicely played dear)
B: hey mom, the hair on my chest is starting to grow, soon it will be longer than daddy's.  Do you have hair like daddy's?.
Me: No, Mommy doesn't have hair on her chest, it's a man thing.
H: Yeah (I shot the look, I knew where he was going, it would have turned into a run down of who is the hairiest man in the family)
B: One day all of me will be bigger than daddy (I see the hands ready for the pants)
M: Okay, everyone eat with hands on the table or NO dessert!
Oh yeah, my boy is proud of his man parts!  I just hope that these meal time conversations are not in front of guests!~ Or maybe...  It will not only be just pants requiered at the dinner table, SHIRTS will make the list too.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Can You Say "Not Good"

Oy!  That about sums up what I did yesterday.  If you saw my post from yesterday about Daytona, my not good choice goes along with Daytona.  For starters Bear is no longer a Kasey Kahne fan (well duh, he no longer is driving the beer car)...  Of course then he found out there was an M&M Car.  So he is now a Kyle Bush fan.
Now my story.  I drank way too much.  WAY TOO MUCH.  I wasn't silly, obnoxious, or loud.  I did however fall asleep while putting P-nut to bed and then woke up at midnight I threw up.  At 3am I went to the kitchen and downed a 2 liter bottle of ginger ale and let out the loudest burp ever which apparently woke P-nut up!  So then I spent the rest of the night on the couch with a toddler who was in and out of sleep as much as I was.
I am never drinking again!  Oy!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

On the menu...

*Pardon my appearance, I am working a little makeover, I felt like I needed a little color*
*It is my weekend project*

On the menu for today will be:
Before you go thinking I am a huge fan, I will clarify that I like NASCAR.
I like Jr.
I watch the races when I am home, I don't ajust my schedule around when the races are on.
Times might be changing in our home.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Bear was more excited over the Daytona commercial than anything else.
He was all excited and couldn't wait for the real race cars to race.
When I asked him who his favorite driver/car was he simply said "the red one" uh okay...  Then he made it clear what car he was tlaking about.  "THE BEER car".
Okay, so he is a Kasey Kahne fan!
I know that sounds bad that my 4 year old likes the "beer car".  I think it is just because his most loved Hotwheels car is red (yes I will just tell myself that is what it is).

So we have friends coming over to hang out and watch the race.
The kids can play and the adults can hang out.
What is on the menu...
Stuffing/Spinach Balls
Meetball Sliders
Crockpot Mac and Cheese
Taco Dip
Beer/Rum/Water/Variety of flavored Milk for the kids

GO Jr. and Kasey Kahne!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

10 Things I love Under $10

Happy Friday
I plan to love up on some of my "Things I love for under $10" this weekend
I thought I would share my loves with you.

  1. Wet N Wild Nail Polish (I buy the little bottles) $.99
  2. Pre-wrap about $3 a roll (love it for holding my hair back)
  3. Tazo Passion tea (under $5 for the box from the food store or around $2 a cup from Starbucks)
  4. Barefoot Chardonnay (It is my wine for when I want to drink more than 1 LARGE glass)
  5. McDonald's oatmeal $1.99
  6. Gillian and O'Malley Thong underwear from Target (recently obsessed with thongs)
  7. St Ive's Apricot Facial Scrub (love this so much, I will not use anything else)
  8. Nutella (I eat it with a spoon)
  9. McDonald's Sweet Tea $1.00
  10. Hugs and Kisses from my kids and husband (FREE, I had to go there sorry, I know it was cheesy)

The fun thing is, sometimes when on sale or with a coupon you can get all these for under $5.
**I don't go to McDonald's that much, those really are the only things I get from there

Here is my question:
What is something you love for under $10?

Go check out An Island Life for Aloha Friday and answer more fun questions!

Friday, February 11, 2011

11 Days of Thought

Ha, I was so crazed last week that I didn't even link my PINT to That One Mom!  What the heck?!?!?
Then this week I have been wrapped around work.  Urgh!

Last Tuesday night my sister and I went night skiing together.  I haven't been skiing in 5 years.  Crazy, the first run was great, close to the same exhilaration as a good night in bed with hubs.  (TMI?)

Yesterday I felt like poop at work, literally.  I was also one day late, I thought that I might be pregers I took a pregnancy test (negative).  Guess I know why I felt like poop yesterday, I was exactly 2 days late...  Great, I guess I will start to know the day before my period is actually coming because I will feel like arse the day before!

So thankful it is Friday, PARTY!  Well not really but I will have a party for myself with a bottle of wine tonight.  Oh yeah!

We were supposed to take Bear skiing this weekend, of course hubs car needed some work so...  Out goes the $ and no skiing :(

We are going to do something else for family fun, something less $$.

Here is to my random Friday thoughts.  Have a happy Friday!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011