Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I understand the idea behind them. Many people don't flush toilets when they have finished their business and it helps to keep cleaning down for staff. However, does anyone out there realize how difficult these toilets can be on children??? Both of my girls are sensitive to sound and these automatic flush toilets are always VERY loud and the flushing action is quite hard. Yes, my girls have been stuck on the toilet and had it flush on them. They are both terrified.
Luckily my 5 year old we are able to reason with. So with her we have showed her that you can put toilet paper or a toilet seat cover over the sensor and it won't flush until you remove it. However, my youngest daughter who just turned three doesn't really understand this concept and she is terrified of these toilets. What did this mean for us? Total bathroom issues at Disneyland. You see, the entire park only has automatic flush toilets!
So what is one to do when their three year old grabs onto you clenching her legs around your waist screaming she won't use those toilets. All the while you know she is dying to go to the bathroom and has been doing the pee pee dance the past ten minutes. I looked at my MIL for guidance and we tried everything we could think of. She tried showing KK she would keep her hand over the sensor. We let her watch Aly first. You will not believe what we resorted to. In fact, you will probably look at me in total disgust. But, alas, desperate times call for desperate measures. So we did the only thing we could think of. We let her pee in the sink! Yes, I know, how disgusting letting her pee where people wash their hands. But we didn't know what else to do. KK would have either peed her pants or gotten a bladder infection from holding it too long. She has been potty trained for almost ten months so the idea of peeing in a diaper is foreign to her now and we didn't have any anyway. We also didn't have a change of clothes at the park with us. Yes, we rinsed the sink out afterwards.
So have any of you had this problem with your child? What did you do? As much as we could we tried to time her potty breaks around being at the hotel or somewhere there were flush toilets but we couldn't always do that. So I think about three times she ended up peeing in a sink. If you have any other clever ideas please share. I would love to try something else if possible as we plan on going back in December!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Before watching this show I wasn't too fond of plastic surgery. Of course the show does a good job in changing your mind. In fact, it makes you want to get plastic surgery yourself! What would I want if I dared to go under the knife? There are two things really. After nursing two children it would be nice to get a breast lift. I also would like a mini tummy tuck to get rid of the c-section flap.
What about you? Are you totally against plastic surgery? If you could afford plastic surgery what would you want done?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Want to know what my family thinks of it?
Aly, "Mommy what happened to your hair? I liked it the way it was before. Why did you cut it?"
Hubby, "It isn't that bad. It will grow back. Some people like short hair. If you like short hair it is a good haircut. Now is a good time to get a highlight job!"
KK didn't utter a word.
So, in the meantime I will not be posting pics. Although we are taking a family vacation so after our trip I may be forced to post one or two pics with me in it just so the memory of me being present exists.
I will look forward to my hair growing back. Lucky me, it grows 1/2 -1 inch a month!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I guess their answer to the budget crisis is to try to promote all students to have perfect attendance. Some of their contests include putting a sign on the window of the classrooms that get perfect attendance for the week and doing a drawing once a quarter to win an IPOD if you have perfect attendance. I can't remember the other incentives but I just find it quite a double edge sword.
If you are a fifth grader you would probably be really interested in winning that IPOD. So does that mean you will go to school with strep throat, a horrid cold, stomach flu, etc. just so you can have your chance at winning the contest? I am lucky that my child is only in kindergarten and doesn't seem to care about the hype. Don't you think that this type of promotion can send many sick children to school spreading more illness around than if they just stayed home?
I find it going a little bit over board. I guess we will see how it works for them. Perhaps it will work great and I can insert my foot in my mouth. It will be interesting to see if they give us any kind of an update on attendance after the first quarter.
What are you thoughts on this topic? Do you think it puts added pressure on young children to attend school when they are sick?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Hopefully they will give KK a little bit stronger antibiotic so she will get better faster. Aly got amoxicillin and it took her two full days to start feeling better. KK won't be going to preschool this week. Bummer for her but I am glad I didn't send her as she would have spread strep throat throughout her preschool.
I hope KK sleeps o.k. tonight. We will be checking on her each time we wake up to check her fever.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
KK was invited to Nathan's party too since we are all family friends. The girls had a great time at the gymnastics party and Aly asked if she could have her birthday there too! I forgot my camera so unless Annette or Kristi forward me some photos I won't have any shots from that party.
I did remember to bring my camera to the birthday party on Sunday at Eileen's house. The party was held in her yard and the girls had a great time. Since it was a party at Eileens house they allowed KK to join. It was a small party with just three girls so they had a lot of fun playing together. Eileen's mom made some fun party games such as a sack race, find the beens in the flour while being blind folded, and dressing up your partner. That is a picture of Aly being dressed up by Eileen. It was cute to see how competetive Aly was at wanting to win. Eileens mom even made paper lanterns and barbie dresses as the pary favors. Eileen had a fun yard with chickens, birds, and ducks. They even took a boat and made it into a yellow submarine. It was a lot of fun.
Poor girl has been miserable since. She isn't eating and is constantly complaining her throat hurts. Well in her words, "My neck hurts mommy." I have offered her popcycles, milk shakes, and ice cubes. She didn't even take more than one drink of the milk shake. She said it hurt to swallow....
Unfortunately I think we may have spread it to many unsuspecting people. Aly went ot a birthday party on both Saturday and Sunday. My guess is she was contagious then. Most of the children at the parties were from her class. I let her teacher know and apparently it is going around the class.
Hopefully by tomorrow she will start feeling better. We have missed two days of school already.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Well today we had our second soccer game. It was early at 9:00 a.m. which meant we had to leave the house by 8 as the coach wanted all the girls there at 8:40. I made sure Aly went to bed early and had plenty of rest. I was hoping this would help her be more of an active participant in the game.
Here is a picture of Aly stretching with her teamates. Do you know they only have seven girls on their team? Plus they play two games at a time so three girls are on one field and three on the other. This only leaves one sub. Well today one of the girls didn't make it till half time so we didn't have any subs. Aly wasn't into playing that long. She gets frustrated running after the ball and not making a goal. In her own words she says, "Mommy there are too many kids on the field. I just want it to be one or two other kids. It is too hard to make a goal."
The second half of the game was really tough again to get Aly to go out on the field. We also notice that if we are close to the sidelines trying to cheer her on or helping to ref the lines, Aly turns her emotional play on with us and tries to get out of the game. So we found it better to sit back in our chairs and keep a distance.
You know if her team was larger I might consider letting her quit soccer. But with only seven girls if she quit there would never be a sub. Plus there is the whole thing about seeing a commitment through. She wanted to play and we paid quite a bit of money for her to join. So in the meantime Daddy and I will sit down and the coach will take Aly by the hand and try to encourage her to play.
Perhaps over time she will find her groove! Perhaps with us standing back more it may help her too....only time will tell.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Given that Aly's school was a 25 minute drive from the preschool I had to do something fast. I was scheduled to start subbing at 8:30. So I called my friend Kristi whose son Nick also attends the same preschool. I knew he would be going today at 9:00 a.m. so I asked her if she wouldn't mind watching KK until 9:00 a.m. when the preschool program started. She was a life saver and said she would. Thank goodness to have such a great friend like Kristi!
Kristi only lives a block from the school so I jetted over and dropped KK off. I made it just on time for my sub job. Now that I had already subbed in this class once I knew what I was up against. I had also volunteered yesterday and watched how the teacher ran the class and how she disciplined the students. So I was ready to go. I felt more confident and brought the things I knew the students would love, art and music!
I told the class I would be doing three special things with them today; Popcorn art project, pig puppet, and singing. I told them they had to be good listeners and follow the rules or I would take away one of the fun things I would be doing today. Guess what? It worked like a charm! Even my difficult student that screamed that she hated me last time behaved much better. She wasn't perfect but she was definitely tolerable. Do you know she never told me she hated me today? I feel like going through a day with her and not hearing that is a successful day!
So the day went much better than last time and I felt much more relaxed. I called KK's preschool on my lunch break and talked to the director about no one being there at 8. Apparently she is always there at that time but today was a difficult day with her daughter and she was late. She gave me her home phone number and told me to call her when I have subbing days and she will make sure she is there on time. O.k. so that shouldn't ever happen again!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
The game was at 10:30 and the heat was already blazing. All the parents set up chairs in the shade! Aly was already saying it was too hot to play. Their shirts are reversible and double layer so I can only imagine how hot it must have felt to wear their jerseys.
Aly played the first half. In the beginning she went after the ball quite a bit. By half time she didn't want to play anymore. We tried to put her in once to see if she would play but she just stood there and watched. I told her coach to go ahead and keep her out the rest of the game. When you watch the videos she is number 8 and has a pony tail with a pink scrunchy.
While she didn't score a goal I think she did quite a good job at going after the ball. I showed her these videos to help boost her confidence. She seemed more proud of herself after watching the videos.
Friday, September 5, 2008
KK: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Us: I don't know why?
KK: To get to the other side, haa, haa, that's funny! Get it?
Then she goes on to tell us another joke.
KK: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Us: I don't know why?
KK: To get to the other side, haa, haa, that's funny! Get it?
This goes on over and over and over and over again until we can turn her attention to something else! We are currently trying to teach her some other jokes. However, I think we may need sissy's help because she tends to want to learn more from her!