Friday, October 11, 2013

Women and Social Media

I honestly didn't have a topic this morning when I first woke. As I started reading within my various social media groups, one quickly emerged.  I am a member of a few private groups on Facebook - mostly running/fitness or mom related.  Some of the groups are large - 1000+ members and some are small 40+ members.  Only 1 large group that I participate in maintains civility all the time.  Yep - ONE!

I was trying to determine why, when it hit me.  First it is Disney running related.  I mean, who can be mad in the Disney world LOL.  But second, it is also mixed sex, meaning male and females are members of the board.  There is occasional snarkiness, but for the most part, things stay pretty mellow.  I like it there.  I think the men balance it out because well... let's be honest, they aren't quite into the drama that women are.

Then there are the other large groups.  They are ALL comprised of women only.  And let me tell you, there are a lot of unhappy people out there.  I don't know if it is because they can hide behind the computer or what, but it seems they think they can just say whatever whenever.  They don't care or think remotely before typing.  I have already removed myself from one group because of such behavior.  I don't need negativity in my life - especially virtually.  I might be removing myself from another as well.  I haven't decided yet because as a whole, I like why the group came to be.

I maybe am not meant to be in a large crew like that - maybe that is why sorority didn't stick for me LMAO.  I like the smaller tight knit group where people care about each other, and know when to censor themselves.  Where they watch out for each other instead of attacking words.  Because truthfully, typed things are not always as they appear.  You can not tell inflection, tone, facial expressions someone has from a typed post.  You have to stop and think, and sometimes let it go.



Thursday, October 10, 2013

Just a Phase

I read somewhere once that everything in your child's growing years is just a phase.  Unfortunately, that means the good things as well as the bad.  Right now I have a  mixture of both going on in the house, and thought I would share.

K-Man

Good
He loves to read books at night, and the last thing he always tells me is "I love you very much, Mom".

Bad
He is testing how to react to things - AKA he is overdramatic.

Indifferent
He has decided to sleep naked. LMAO.  I can't decide if this is good or bad, but hoping just a phase!

Mini-Me

Good
She likes to tell me "You are my best friend" and "I am so proud of you".  So stinking cute!

Bad
She is waking up at 6:40am again.  I think because we took away the pacifier at bed.  Please let that be a phase!

Indifferent
She has is currently perfecting a noise to hopefully get her brother in trouble without ever saying a word.  Typically followed by a comment from Brother, "It wasn't my fault".  Not sure this is entirely bad, since it is obviously alerting us to misconduct.  She hasn't realized yet that it might be her own.

In general, my favorite thing right now is when they really PLAY together.  I hear their laughter ringing through the house.  So so wonderful.   I know they will have their ups and downs, but I hope they always find a place to laugh together.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

And the Hunt is On!

I know I have mentioned tingly toes before, but I have finally decided it might actually be an issue.  One week before my impromptu half marathon, my 3rd and 4th toe on the left foot went numb.  I have barely had any sensation other than tingly toe in them since.  Sounds fun, right?  It doesn't hurt or anything, it is just a weird feeling.  I ran the half with no issue, but the pads of my feet were a bit achy, which means mama needs new running shoes anyway.  And the hunt is on!

I started researching a bit about the tingly toe issue I am having.  I may or may not have an actual condition called Morton's Neuroma, more or less a compressed nerve bundle in the foot.  It is common, but also more often accompanied by pain and the feeling of standing on a marble.  That part I don't have.  I am hoping that means I am A. Only in the early stages, or B.  Just have nerve compression/ a pinched nerve.  There is also the possibility it is nerve damage from a childhood injury.  I stepped on a tent stake at a swim meet.  Either way, I need shoes, and decided not to settle for what I have been wearing.

I went first to my local running store.  I tried new stuff, and he eventually fitted me into Brooks Glycerin but a 1/2 size smaller than what I usually wear.  I wasn't thrilled to be honest.  I felt like there had to be other options.  And the the size change really concerned me.  I ran 2 days in them, and just wasn't sold.  Mini-Me and I returned them within the week.

Next up Zero Drop Altra's.  I decided to try these based on information from a fellow runner.  You can't buy them in the store, so I had to order 2 pair in various sizes to try.  I also got Mizuno Evo's at the same time, but the initial feel of those put them right back in the box.  The concept of a zero drop is supposed to mimic a natural step - no elevation change from toe to heel.  This was a dramatic change for me.  I have a pretty high arch and wasn't sure what to think, but willing pretty much to try anything at this point.  I wore them all day after they arrived.  Then ran 2 miles, and that was it in the evening.  My arches and ankles ached SO bad the next day, that I actually iced my feet more than 24 hours later. BLAH.  RETURN.

Another running friend suggested Sketchers Go Runs.  I know what you are thinking... Sketchers for running?!  But seriously, they have 3 different styles and an Olympic ultra marathoner wears them.  They have some engineered design to promote a mid-foot strike.  We happen to have a Sketchers store, so I made the trek this past weekend.  All the running shoes were 20% off, and I could return them anytime within 30 days to get a full refund.  Of course, I bought them.  I wore them all day yesterday, and they felt okay.  Then I ran for 1 mile in them today.  I could feel the way they "promote the mid-foot strike", and honestly didn't love it.  I felt I was running very heavy.  I could feel every move of the treadmill and hear it, which isn't normal.  Next!

5 pairs arrived from Running Warehouse yesterday afternoon - 4 pairs of Nike and 1 pair of New Balance.  I used their modeling tool to determine size and fit based on the good fit of my first pair of Glycerins.  First, I tried them all on, which immediately ruled out the Nike LunarGlide.  New Balance almost never fits, but they were ok, so they were given a reprieve to the run test.  Nike Free 4 and Nike Free 5 felt comfy, but also needed the run test, and the Nike Air Pegasus were like a slipper.  I left those on for the rest of the evening, and you know, I started to regain feeling in the toes!

Once the kids finally settled in bed, I went down for the run test.  I ran 1/2 a mile in each shoe.  Pegasus felt fantastic, truthfully.  The NB was ruled out pretty quickly.  I remember why I never choose them.  There is something in their design that pushes on the front part of my arch, and the toe box was way tighter than what I can handle.  Nike Free 5s have this trim on the outside of the toe box.  On the left foot, it was in perfect alignment with my little toe.  Scratch...  Nike Free 4s have an interesting tongue situation - it is attached on one side.  I like the feel of them walking and running, so they have also earned a spot in the testing pool.

I plan to give it a week or two alternating between the Free 4s and the Pegasus.  Running Warehouse actually gives you 90 days, which is fantastic, but I won't need that long to decide.  My next half is in 32 days.  No time to waste!


Monday, October 7, 2013

Afternoon Kindergarten Routine

When you are building/buying a house, you are looking for all sorts of things - this size yard, a walk out basement, a 2 car garage, maybe a decent school district.  There are a few things that I wish I had considered now.  First Universal Pre-K - FREE 4 year old pre-K instead of the $1200 or so that we invested so K-Man could go 3 days a week.  Also, I really wish we had realized that Kindergarten in our district is only 1/2 day.  Neither is a huge deal, but literally 5 miles away is a district with universal pre-K AND full day Kindergarten.

Alas, we are where we are, and we were dealt afternoon Kindergarten.  I actually think we might have gotten the better of the 2 options.  Morning Kindergarten starts at 8:05am and ends at 10:40am.  That means an awful early morning to catch the bus, and the kids are home by 11am.  If you needed to run errands or anything, you are limited since little is open when they actually leave the house.

Now to the perils of 11:40am to 2:15pm for Afternoon Kindergarten.  We had to first figure out when the heck to eat lunch.  He catches the bus at 11:23am - luckily right out front, but still.  My son eats like his dad, slow and methodically.  And he also eats a pretty large meal for a 5 1/2 year old: ham and cheese sandwich along with fruit and milk.  After a couple days of trial and error, we have settled on 10:30am, which sounds utterly ridiculous.   It is however, working.  He rarely finishes his food by 11am, so there is still plenty of time for shoes, bathroom and getting the backpack before heading out the front door.

Problem number 2 comes after the bus leaves.  Never mind the fact that the driver has not been on time EVER in 4 weeks of school.  Mini-Me and I can't possibly leave the house before 11:30, putting us anywhere (grocery store, post office, etc) by 11:45 at the earliest.  We have exactly 1 hour to get things done and be back in the car heading home so she can nap at 1pm.  I feel a little crazed with this, no lie.

This week, I am going to start a new "routine" so to speak.  Mini-Me has library class on Mondays, and K-Man joins us.  If we don't HAVE to do anything else, we will come straight home after and have lunch.  If we do HAVE to do errands, we will take lunch and drop K-Man at school instead of him riding the bus.

On Tuesdays, we are going to grocery shop.  I haven't decided just yet if it will be with both kids or after the K-Man goes to school.  There is also the possibility of grocery delivery, but it also requires preplanning.  I have to look into it again.

Wednesdays we are going to stay home until nap so that we can get some things done around the house.  I am going to reserve this for playdates too.

We have an arrangement with the neighbor that K-Man will get on the bus at their house on Thursdays.  This lets Mini-Me and me go run errands earlier than 11:30.  I have decided to use this for those multi-stop errands - Lowes for X, USPS for Y, Target for Z...

And finally, Fridays, we will again stay home to try and get things done in the house.  Oh, and I need to run sometime in there!!  Let's see how this pans out.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The End of an Era

I remember being very sad when the K-Man decided he wanted to choose the decor of his room.  It was so cute with this vinyl cling of construction trucks and his name, that I had bought on Etsy.  But he received as a gift some vinyl clings of super heroes, and of course, they had to go somewhere.  Down came the trucks and up went the new characters.  He has since switched themes at least 4 times.  I have actually decided he is done.  We are staying with the theme of Star Wars/Angry Birds, no matter what other things he gets into for awhile.  We will go broke trying to keep up with the new big thing.  And I also have that little issue of liking things to go together.  So we couldn't have Star Wars bedding and some other character on the wall. LOL  And yes that is a tent over his bed.  It was a fort kit from his Aunt 2 years ago now, I think.  The fort went up and never came down!

Today
Original Big Boy Set Up





















Before 
After
It has now come to be Mini-Me's time to sort of choose her decor.  We were testing the waters with the crib switched to a toddler bed, but it was time to move to a big bed.  My sister's family is to be blessed with twins this winter, and the crib is being paged to bigger and better days.  So Mini-Me moved to a big girl bed this weekend.  As an enticement from the toddler bed, we, of course, offered new sheets.  To her delight, she is now sleeping on Princess sheets, or as she refers to them as "Sleeping Booty" sheets.  We already had some gifted wall clings in a Princess design that I was holding off on because I wasn't ready for her to call the shots on decor.  The poor little space above her bed seemed so bare though, so I relented.

The tree and birds are still up adjacent to the Princesses.  I am not quite ready for that to go.  I thought this was a fine compromise, except when I went to put the black comforter on top of said sheets, Mini-Me about came undone and promptly pulled it off.  I guess I have to break down and buy the darn comforter too now.  Oh well, the great thing is she is more than content to sleep solidly in her new big girl bed... even took a 3 1/2 hour nap yesterday!  You can tell from the smile, that she likes it just a little.


It is just crazy how fast these things happen :o(.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Something Smells

I am fairly sensitive to scents.  I like them, but I also have those that just don't sit well with me.  Particularly, I am cautious with scents that touch my skin -  detergent and fabric softener.  I have sensitive skin and can usually handle perfume in a spray form.  Something about what is in detergents and softeners though can make me have hives after one wash.

When cloth diapering with K-Man, I also learned about the way fabric softener affected clothing, particularly the diapers and absorbency.  Before I could clean his diapers the first time, I had to wash the washer.  Have you ever taken the fabric softener dispenser out and cleaned it?!  OMG is the best I can offer.  Sure the washer was 5 years old or so and probably had never had that done.  But ICK!  It was coated like Magic Shell in the dispenser.  I had to take a scraper to get it all out.  No wonder it affects absorbency and also flame retardant fabrics.  If you want to find out more diapering purposes, this is the best site I have found - Pin Stripes and Polka Dots.

Anyway, why am I sharing this story?  I often buy items on e-bay or Craigslist for the kids.  Most recently, it was Mini-Me's Halloween costume.  I was so excited to get it in the mail.  Except that when I ripped open the package, a plume of scented fabric softener escaped instead.  GAG!  As my friend describes it, imagine the scent cloud that always followed Pepe Le Pew.  I have had to wash it 2 times so far and even used vinegar in the wash to try and eradicate it.  There is still a slight smell.  Maybe by Halloween, I can have her wearing it without gagging myself.

Oh the hazards of someone else doing your laundry - LOL.  I guess I could just always buy new, but I am a bit too thrifty for that.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Impromptu Half Marathon

My family post race

I started training for another 1/2 Marathon in August.  I haven't been totally committed to my training schedule, as I was with the first one.  I manage my weekday runs with no issues, but the weekends are tough.  I have a long run every Sunday.  And now that I have run the distance before, it seems like every long training run is 10-13 miles.  That is always a 2 hr+ training day for me.  I have to be honest, I have skipped one, or three.  I had good reasons - family in, camping with the Mister, and at a friends in NYC.  Still, I need my body to know it can do it when the race day comes.

In typical Susan fashion, I have a network of online running communities.  One group is the Presque Isle Runners, comprised of people from all over the world.  It just so happens that there are many members in around a 4 hour radius of me.  So when I mentioned running 12 miles one Sunday, I was invited to join some others in the Rochester 1/2 Marathon as more or less a training run for me.  Of course, this training run was going to require me to either leave the family for the weekend or take them along on this journey.

For the half in DC, we decided taking the whole family didn't make sense.  But Rochester is only 3 1/2 hours, and the beloved Lego store is there...  And I have a fabulous husband who was willing to make the 7 hour roundtrip to let me run for a little over 2 hours.   Of course, I signed up with less than 1 month to the run.  No one is shocked, right?  My training run was supposed to be at 11:16 minute mile, about an entire minute slower than I ran my half in April.  This was good though, I could take it easy, and enjoy.  Then came race day.

The PIR team in Rochester
Who was I kidding?  You get adrenaline going, you run with people, and next thing you know, you are finishing the first 5K in 28 minutes!  Umm... not going to be able to maintain that pace for 10 more miles.  I ended up finishing in 2:14:55.   A bit faster than I intended, and a little mad at myself for overrunning portions.  My GPS said I did 13.45 miles, which means I was running WAY OFF the tangents.  Inside corners, Susan!  You were taught that by a seasoned runner in April, but sort of forgot that day.  But, I was also pleased with the fact that my GPS had me at 10:06 average mile based on actual mileage.  Sweet!  


This was a great experience for me for a few reasons.  The first being that my family got to be there for this accomplishment.  Even though I had already done it before, having them there meant even more.  Second, I got to meet and run with some really great people.   (One of whom has run the Boston Marathon before - crazy, right?!)  And finally because I reminded myself that I can do this.  Oh, and I learned I am in the need of new shoes LOL.

46 Days to the Wine & Dine in Disney!


Bling and Belated Celebratory Drink



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Potty Trained?! Really?!

My first experience with potty training went fairly well.  I never felt like I was actually training K-Man or myself for that matter.  We started slowly, and perhaps a little late.  He was around 2 years and 4  months when we moved into NY house, and I didn't want to rush him into another big life change.  We started by offering potty before bath, before and after naps, etc.  Gradually, we increased the frequency.  It wasn't until he turned 3 that I decided perhaps I was the issue.  I was right, too!

Already pregnant with Mini-Me, I took a trek across the US to Indiana to visit my younger sister and my new niece.  It was 11 hours in the car.  K-Man wore pull-ups in the car and at bed.  I also carried a potty in the car with me.  He was dry the entire way there and home, with zero accidents.  We came home and threw away the rest of the pull-ups and never looked back.  I fully expected round 2 of potty training to be exactly the same.

Then, Mini-Me turned roughly 23 months and decided the potty seemed pretty interesting.  Okay, the Mister and I thought.  We will do just what we did with the K-Man, slow and steady.  Except she had other ideas.  We went from trying it one week, to pull-ups the next, to underwear in the day and diaper at night the next...  We had a small glitch with some unexpected routine changes.  But boom, back on track, and I think I am finally safe to say - I don't need to buy diapers anymore!

I have to admit, I am a bit of shock.  This weekend was the tester though - travel.  We went away to a friend's house.  I put a pull-up on her in the car.  At one point, she asked to use the potty, but it was literally POURING down rain.  Stopping wasn't a great option.  I told her she could use the diaper.  She wasn't entirely happy about it, but did.  No diaper overnight though, and she refused a diaper for the 4 hour ride home.

I can hear the next question already.  How did I do it?  Honestly, I didn't.  I just think she was ready.  She desperately wants to keep up with her brother, and is much to busy for a diaper to be changed.  Whatever it is, I will take it!  Don't get me wrong, I will still carry around an extra set of clothing, and maybe wipes - just in case.  And we don't travel without a small potty in the car/truck.  Small sacrifices for never having to have human waste in our trash again.  Right?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This is All

Having one of those days, and this sums it up.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Great Experiences

I am a big believer that kids do not need "things" as much as they need experiences.  They can have all the "things" in the world and know nothing about the world around them.  I also think that sometimes having "things" makes you stop examining the world around you!  Of course, experiences take time and effort, and don't always produce that immediate reaction that a gift of "things" provides.  Nonetheless, I will keep trying to find new, fun ways to expose my children to as much as I can.  I am going to dedicate today, and maybe a few other days to some of the cool stuff they kids and I did this summer.

For starters, K-Man learned to ride a bike!  This was a big milestone for him, and he is having a ball.  I remember many years ago being questioned as to why he didn't ride, or why he didn't pedal on the big wheel he had.  Even in 3 year old pre-K, they were "concerned that he didn't ride a tricycle.  The answer plain and simple was that he wasn't interested.  There was no sense in buying a bike for saying we bought him a bike.  The point was for him to want to.  The day we brought this home, he immediately rode, no problem.  I am guessing, he was just ready.  We won't talk no training wheels yet, but I really think he could if he wanted to.  Hey, it has only been 3 months!  I think we will let him enjoy it!

Mini-Me rode her first horse, okay, pony, but to her, that is a horse!  We stopped at a local community picnic one day and they were offering pony rides.  I have to be honest, I was shocked that either child wanted to do it.  K-Man is traditionally cautious, although he has ridden before.  Mini-Me though is FASCINATED by all things animal.  But they both stood anxiously in line for their turns.  She doesn't look that excited in this picture, but you can see her and the horse.  The first few I took, she was smiling so big, you couldn't see her eyes :).  To this day when anyone calls to talk with me, she wants to talk, so that she can say "I ride a horsey!"  I think it made an impression.


While we are on the topic of horses, I will round this post out with our trip to the Saratoga Race Track. We have gone every year since moving here.  Actually, we hosted Mini-Me's first birthday there on a sweltering August day last year.  The season is short, late July until Labor Day weekend, so time is limited to get it in around all your other summer activities.  I wasn't sure about corralling them both during actual betting time, and have always heard about having breakfast there.  The track offers a breakfast buffet, or you can take your own and sit in the boxes trackside watching the horses warm up. After the K-Man woke up one morning, I said, ok, get dressed and packed breakfast to go.  I am SO glad I did this.  It was a great morning for me and I think them.

You park right at the track and pay $10.  If you leave before 10AM, you get your money back.  Since there is only so much to do during the warm ups, that isn't really a feat.  We started out up in the box, as you can see from the picture above.  Mini-Me entertained those not listening to the announcer because she too announced every horse that went by, but with "I see one, Mommy!"  We also took a little trip to the rail where you could see the horses a little more up close and personal.  I really this might have been one of my favorite moments of the summer!  PS.  Click on the link for the race track, it has got a great history.  Oldest running sports venue of ANY kind in the US!


See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Oops! Accidental Summer Off

So, I never intended to take the summer off from Blogging.  Somehow that is still how it happened.  I also sort of took the summer off from running.  It isn't that I didn't want to do both of those things.  In so many ways, they are intertwined for me.  Perhaps that is why it wasn't just one or the other.  Hmm...

At Grandma & Grandpa's in WV
I didn't think I was all that busy, but if you look at the calendar, maybe I am wrong.  We started it off with a trip to WV to visit my parents.  The Mister was supposed to be out of town, so the kids and I  decided we should too.  The K-Man took swim lessons where I used to work as a lifeguard.  We went to a pool with a water slide and mini-golfing with my parents.  We visited with aunts, uncles and cousins. All and all, it was a great kick-off into summer.

When we returned the K-Man started summer camp, which was 5 days a week this year.  It was still only 1/2 day, but that is more than he did for pre-K, and quite a jump!  Camp was fantastic this year.  They had a new instructor, who is regularly a 3rd grade teacher.  Their activities definitely reflected that.  While he was a camp, the Mini-Me and I would go do errands or maybe a fun activity for her.

We had family visit.  The Mister and I dipped our toes into the world of tent camping.  And we got a pass to the NY State Parks (a great deal by the way!).  Picnics, parties, work on the house, visits to the horse track.  And woosh!  Here we are to the my little (ok 4 foot plus) 5 year old, K-Man heading off to his first year of real school.  How on earth did time pass so quickly?

I promise not to let time pass that fast again.  After all, I have lots of stories from the summer to draw on.  Stay tuned :)




Thursday, June 6, 2013

Part Time Blogging

That isn't really my intention!  But somehow over the last 5 weeks, that is exactly what my blogging has become.  It makes me remember why I didn't go back to work after my son was born.  I tried too, part time, working from home.  I have a problem though.  I am a perfectionist.  And I like to do whatever I am doing well, at minimum.  I found that I would get into the groove of taking care of that new baby, get him laid down for a nap, start on work, only to have to stop and start the cycle over again.  I never like one of the situations would always suffer, so I chose to focus on being a mom.  Seeing as blogging is my outlet, and not my job... oh well :o).

What exactly do I do when I am not blogging?  Well today, we hit the park with some friends, then a quick grocery stop.  Then, I had to sew pockets shut on my shorts.  I can see the quizzical look on your face now.  What?  Am I the only one that doesn't like slanted pockets on the fronts of shorts or pants?  Seriously?  I stopped buying them all together for many years.  Only since I have lost some hips with running have I attempted to wear them again.  Except that I realized quickly why I do not like them. 

Even wearing a size 2, I have hips.  And as the day progresses and I am playing with the kids, the inner parts of the pockets start to make their appearance and puff out the hip area.  How did I realize it, you might wonder.  Well, I made the mistake of looking in the mirror LOL.  It is not attractive.  I think it makes me look like a frump.  Unfortunately, the options of pants with other types of pockets is limited, so I am forced to purchase these. And today, I sewed the pockets are all shut.

Now, I am off to build a Wipe Out scene with Legos.  Thanks to all those that suggested watching Wipe Out with the K-Man.  He loves it. 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hot Stuff and Streaking

We went from colds and sickness from funky weather to flippin' 90 degrees today!  Holy hotness, Batman!
 
I truly wouldn't mind except it almost makes you NOT want to be outside.  I could take it, but after 20 minutes the Mini is melted and the K-Man could go all day.  I took naptime today to set up the pools.  Now to be clear, I mean 1 great big blow up pool and 1 hard-sided babyish pool with a slide.  Not exactly your in-ground oasis, but sufficient for kids under 6.  The water is pretty cold from the hose, but I don't think it will take long for it to warm to a comfortable temperature today.
 
I had every intention of getting up this morning to run before the kids were awake.  But then, I didn't :).  And now even though I could run on the treadmill, the 90 degree weather is still managing to deter me.  Despite the heat though, I am going to lace up right now...
 
Because I am Streaking,  Baby!  Gotta get in at least 1 mile!  Have a hot and happy weekend!
 
 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

What Do You Let Them Watch?

Or perhaps the more appropriate question here is what do you watch when they are still awake?  My friends and I were recently having this discussion, so I thought I would post it here as well.

Most people I know are very conscious about what the children watch.  Here, we limit violent shows that might seem harmless to a 5 year old, but I can tell you that shows like Power Rangers are not my friend.  At least in my household, they result in immediate reenactment of scenes, which often end up with an injured younger sister.  Not good.  We also avoid the animated shows that really are designed for adults - AKA Sponge Bob, Family Guy, South Park, etc. 

But what about the PARENTS television consumption while the kids are present?  For me, honestly, it isn't a huge issue.  I don't really watch TV.  Now that we are limited to antenna channels or Netflix, I watch even less.  Before, I was prone to home improvement shows and sports.  I do have a perhaps unhealthy love of the show Nashville, and reserve that for my tub TV time and a glass of wine.  No kids allowed there for sure!  Sometimes, I have to remind the Mister that watching a "beat 'em up, shoot 'em up" movie or one with adult themes is probably too much for K-man's mind in particular.  He doesn't like it much, but he also agrees.

What I am wondering about more though are sitcoms.  When we were young, we would watch shows like The Cosby's or Family Ties, together as a family. However, they were also largely FAMILY oriented shows.  Both were about families, had small children in them and on at a time that worked with my bed time.  I have seen reruns in recent years and there are lots of adult themes to them too.  Of course, now looking at the time the show aired... it started in 1984!  I was 10, not 5 years old.  No wonder I was allowed to watch.  And they started at 8pm, past my 5 year old's bedtime.

I enjoy some of the sitcoms, when I choose to watch any - Last Man Standing, Big Bang Theory, Guys with Kids.  But I can't think of a single one that I find appropriate for my kids... yet.  They have moments that my kids might get, but for the most part, the story lines revolve around relationships... ahem between men and women, if you get what I mean.  Most people I know agree with me, but I know there are some that feel like they watch whatever and the kids will eventually, so who cares?  I figure while I have the opportunity for some level of control, why not? 

It isn't like we have to forgo watching them all together thanks to the fabulous advent of DVRs.  Record all you want, and watch when you want... after the kids are down.
 
Of course, this is what usually happens LOL.  What do you do in your household?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Now What?!

Half training is done. My first half is done.  I am sort of floating along physically at the moment, and I have to say... NOT loving it!  You know what I discovered through this training journey?  Working out regularly makes for one happy mommy, wife and overall person.  Huh!  It's like the Doctors knew what they were talking about all along LOL.  Dumb endorphins!  I also like having that carrot at the end of the stick to chase after.  So, what do I do now?

I have searched everything I can to locate some distance runs in the area.  I don't necessarily want another 1/2 just yet, but maybe a 10K or 15K?  So far, I am coming up with very little.  Can someone explain why the few that are out there start after 9am?!  Have these people never run before?  The last race that I ran around that hour made for one HOT day.  Seriously, it was only a 5K and the temperatures hit 90 when I was done!!  That was in late May last year.  I am not sure I am interested in starting a 10K at 10:30am. 

I may just be resigned to 5Ks.  Sigh.  But then it is a matter of where, how many, and how much I am willing to spend.  I am torn these days on 5Ks though.  I can run one tomorrow.  Heck, I ran one today - on the treadmill.  The issue really is that if I am going to run a bunch, I need to get faster.  I am ALMOST 39, which means the top of my age group.  Chances are, I am not going to "win" a race, but am I willing to just go at my pace.  Not really, if I am honest.  Each time, I will expect more, and I don't want to set myself up for injury before my half in November.  Still contemplating this...

I did decide to finally sign up for the local Road Runners Club.  I had been holding off, but it really would be great to find people to run with more regularly.  Even though I can really only get outside on Saturday or Sunday, I think I might enjoy that.  I also want to try and find ways to increase my speed on the long distance.  I don't have to go all crazy times or anything, but wouldn't it be cool to get a personal record again in Walt Disney World's Wine & Dine?

So until I decide on my next feat, I am going to fill in the blanks with my basic At Home Cross Fit Workouts, that I wrote back in October.  I started back today with the 800m run alternated with the 50 pushups.  My wrist was giving me a bit of trouble after the second set, so I switched to planks on my elbows along with girlie pushups.  No pushups for a few more days.  Hopefully it will straighten out for the next round.  I am going to modify said schedule shown through the link though:

Sunday - Outside Run/Race
Monday - Off
Tuesday - 800m Run, 50 Pushups x 3 plus run to = 30 min Running Total
Wednesday - 800m Run, 50 squats x 3 plus run to = 30 min Running Total
Thursday - 800m run, 1 min side planks L/R, 800m run, 50 oblique crunches x2
Friday - 1/2m run, 50 crunches x 3 plus run to = 30 min Running Total
Saturday - Off


Monday, May 20, 2013

Best Mother's Day Gift Ever!!

Since I had some catching up to do, the Mother's Day post had to wait.  First of all, Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the wonderful mom's out there.  Did you all read the post floating around out there about what mother's really want?  Pretty funny stuff from Chicago NOW!  Ironically, I sort of got some of them without even asking!

As readers know, I have lost a fair amount of weight over the last year.  Well, with weight loss comes the need for new clothes.  Seriously people, I have 2 pair of jeans, 2 pair of dress pants and 1 skirt at this point.  I am sort of ok in the shirt department since that part hasn't been as dramatically affected by the weight loss.  The pants/bottoms situation though was becoming dismal, especially with warmer weather on the horizon.

The darling Mister offered as my gift that I take the day and go shopping - BY MY SELF!!  I can hear the gasps coming out of your mouths.  I know.  I had to mentally contain the little happy dance going on in my head when he mentioned it!  He really meant it too.  No timetable, a reasonable spending limit and a couple stipulations (he wanted dresses and skirts, for me to be clear).  So after taking the morning to sleep in until the ripe hour of 8:52AM, I got myself up, and ready and out the door about an hour later LOL.  Ever try to escape from 2 young children, they are wily!

I decided on the outlets in Massachusetts since they were equidistant to those in NY.  There is no sales tax there on clothes either.  Cha-Ching!  My mission was shorts, capris, skirts and dresses.  Challenging might be an understatement, but I was determined in a few areas... 1. to actually buy some, and 2. to not break the bank.  I walked through just about every clothing store for adults.  I peeked into a few that I had no business in - Rue 21, Pac Sun, etc.  Really, who can wear that stuff?  And then there were the more "matronly" stores like Jones New York, Talbots, etc. which carry nice stuff but I am not quite there.  I still want a little fashion versus classic style.  I skipped places like Polo, Nautica and Calvin Klein altogether... too much money.  But happily I settled nicely into Gap, Banana Republic, and Anne Taylor.  A couple items were bought elsewhere, but as a whole, these stores are my niche right now.

I ended up with 5 pair of shorts, 2 pair of pants, 2 dresses, 3 skirts and 1 top for less than $250.  I think that is pretty damn good for adult clothing!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Finally Race Day!

Our hotel was about a 30 minute Metro ride from the start of the race.  Some people were leaving very early for the 7am corral start, but my roommate and I opted for a little later.  We didn't want to be standing around, anxious too long before the start.  As it was, I would say we still ended up with 30 minutes extra after getting down there.  Of course that is was perfectly fine.  I kept hearing about needing the porta-potties prior to a race, but thought "what for?"  Let me just keep it as clean as possible and say... your body JUST MIGHT want to process that nervous energy, so leave time just in case.

We hit our corral just before time and shed our throw away shirts.  It was a little chilly that morning, but the sun was planning to be on while the race happened.  I took these photos just at the start.  Obviously, it was a little late on the start, since I snapped the 7:00 on the clock. 
I ran with my roommate for a little over 8 miles.  She helped guide me through, as this was her 34th half!  Start slow, don't let the excitement use all your energy in the beginning, cut to the inside for the upcoming turns, etc.  The sites were beautiful.  Perfect sun, not too hot, green everywhere!  In the beginning, there were lots of spectators.  Then throughout the race, we were entertained by Chinese drum lines, African dancers, full marching bands, rock bands and more. 

I got a good chuckle making the circle over the Arlington Bridge, as I remember it as a child.  We made that loop accidentally once or twice.  I think my favorite part was the last mile where we ran the circle in front of the Capitol.  A spectator was holding a sign that said only 4 more laps on the track.  Whew!  I can do that, I thought.  In the end, I crossed the finish line with my own personal record of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 30 seconds.  I had text messages as I crossed the line, congratulating me and reminding me that just because family and friends were not there, they were still watching me.  I was greeted instead by smiling men in tuxedos holding trays of little blue Tiffany boxes.  Tough way to end a race, huh? 
 Next stop... Disney Wine and Dine Half in November and perhaps a little trip to Presque Isle as well!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nike Women's Half Marathon - Part 3

After arriving on Friday, my friend recommended that we go get our packets and hit the Nike Expo in Georgetown.  We navigated the Metro pretty easily from our hotel in Crystal City to the site.  Packet pickup was a breeze, and the Expo was just ok.  Not to much to see unless you wanted to have your hair done by Paul Mitchell, makeup by Bare Minerals, or check out the new Nike products.  Don't tell them, but I really don't wear anything from ANY of those vendors.  Nike Pegasus were my first running shoes, but other than that... nada.

The next day we hit up Nike Town in Georgetown for our NWHM Flair.  Thank goodness we were there early because let me tell you... crazy town within hours.  We were also pleased to have gotten our packets the night before because that was also madness.  Do you know that Nike makes special Tiffany blue shoes for these events?  They aren't meant to be running shoes, and I suppose they are stylish.  I just couldn't see buying $100 tennis shoes for show.  Needless to say, I didn't come home with any.

I spent the rest of the day seeing the sites in DC with 3 other Team Victorious members.  I haven't been to DC in nearly 20 years, so there were actually some new things for me - the Korean War Memorial and the World War II Memorial.  Pretty neat sights too!  I would have loved to have gotten to Air and Space, but decided 5 hours of walking was probably sufficient the day before running 13.1 miles.  We still had a team dinner, and I had also realized I had forgotten my Boston Red Sox visor. UGH!  So we also had a small mission of finding a visor as well.

^^^My flat runner profile :)... I like the numbers.  All good ones in my life.  My birthday, my son's and my daughter's all fall on an 8th of the month, and my anniversary is the 18th.

Final details tomorrow!
PS:  Consider this my non-scale victory this week :).  Thanks, KTJ!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

1/2 Marathon Part 2 - Sightseeing

My name on the Nike Women's Wall outside NikeTown Georgetown

Washington Monument


White House
Lincoln Memorial


Don't you love my big obnoxious Pink Sunglasses? :)  Race Day details tomorrow!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

So How Did it Go - 1/2 Marathon Part 1

When I decided that I wanted to run a half marathon, I wanted my first one to be an "event".  There are several fun ones out there - The Rock n Roll series, the Diva series, and of course, the Nike Women's events.  Nike was a lottery.  I figured I would sign up, and if I didn't get in, I would have a back up.  If you are a reader, you know that I did indeed get a lottery draw into the inaugural Nike Women's Half in DC.  Perfect location ~ 6 hours if the highway cooperates and a nice relatively flat, scenic course.

The Mister and I decided that taking the kids for a weekend might be a bit much.  As much as I would have loved to have had them there, I have to agree if only because of the heinous traffic I endured in both directions.  That left me to find a hotel and hopefully roommates to reduce costs.  A fellow runner had turned me onto a virtual group of women runners, Team Victorious.  Many of them had met already in the Nike San Francisco runs, and they are largely based in the west coast.  Thankfully, I was welcomed into the fold just in time to make some connections for the trip.  I met one of my roommates by picking her up at the airport!  She came in from San Diego, while my other roomie flew in from Alaska.  Yep - you read that right, ALASKA!!

If you are unfamiliar with the Nike Women's events, they are just as they imply... largely women focused.  The expo had sports bra fittings, makeup and hair.  Ha!  Just what I need to prepare for a half marathon.  Pigtails and a clean face are about the most I manage before a run.  They are also a supporter for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Societies, so also good causes. 

The thing about traveling for a race is that you have to manage to get rest and not overdo the sightseeing before you get to the whole reason you are there.  I decided to help break up the trip by stopping in NYC to visit with a friend.  I also got the side bonus of visiting an actual Athleta store... my little mecca LOL.  It was so great to go into an actual store.  If I hadn't, I would have definitely bought the wrong size.  And seeing that the XS in my running skirt fit was a nice little boost prior to the race.  Of course, visiting with my dear friend was also fantastic, and breaking the trip into parts was key.  I even got a beautiful run in along the East River on Friday morning.  minorly brutal.  Let's just leave it at this - the NJ Parkway HATES me, and DC traffic wasn't my biggest fan either.
The next leg between NYC and DC was

But I made it safely, which is what is important.  I even managed to pick up my teammate/roommate at the airport.  Just one small wrong turn thanks to my GPS before hitting the hotel, and we were in DC.  Stay tuned for Saturday's sightseeing in pictures!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Catching Up and Ivory Influenster Program

I swear, I did not fall off the face of the earth.  Right after I posted that I was back... life got B-U-S-Y!  It is amazing how quickly that happens.  Basically, I got home from the half on Monday.  We had date night on Friday, then the Mister left Sunday, and friends arrived that evening.  But it gets better, then K-Man got sick Wednesday (for the last 4 days) as the friends were leaving.  In other words, I have lots of catching up to do.  Today is the day, and I am vowing to have the following days filled with blogs :).

Easy one first though - I got picked through Influenster to test out a product.  They sent me a full size sample Ivory 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash, along with some coupons to share.  We have been testing it throughout the house for about 2 weeks now.

It started in the Mister's shower.  He is a basic guy and the less products the better.  Shampoo, soap and shaving cream are his essentials.  He liked that it was a neutral smell, and that it could replace 2 products at one time.  However, he does still like his bar soap for the body.  As for hair, his only recommendation would be that it would be better with a pump.  Razor in one hand, pumped soap in another.

Next, we tried it in the kids' space.  It certainly worked as well as any other bath 2-in-1 products we have tried for them, just without the crazy smells.  Why is Banana a desired smell in kids' products?  I just never got that, but I am getting off track!  Again, here I have to share that a pump would be a HUGE help.  Imagine kids in the tub, slick hands and you have to pick up 1.5 lbs of soap to turn over and squeeze.  Gets tricky.

Finally, we decided the real test was in the guest bath.  This is a perfect spot for a 2-in-1 product for a few reasons.  I usually throw out bar soap between guests because I think it seems a bit unsanitary.  Unfortunately, that is a waste of soap.  The second reason it rocks down there is because it lasts FOREVER!  I have guests 1x per month, on average, so I don't have to replace it often or worry about fresh soap or whether or not there is shampoo left.  I have 3 coupons to share.  So drop me an email with your address and I can get one into the mail for you today. 

PS:  Don't forget to check them out on Facebook or Twitter @InfluensterVox @Ivory #Ivory2in1Power.  I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.
 
Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 1 of the 1/2 Marathon Tale :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Travel = NO Blog Posts

I don't know what it is about impending travel that makes my blog posts spiral sadly into oblivion.  OK, that isn't entirely true.  My problem is that I get a WEE bit spastic prior to a trip.  This trip in particular was a little maddening.  I had to prep not only myself and my psyche for the 1/2 marathon, but also the house and the children for spending 5 days alone with Daddy.  Oh and did I mention that we are having a swing set installed while I am gone?  And that land needed prepped?  Of course, we couldn't pick an easy place.  Nope, we decided to relocate the garden.  And there was t-ball practice, the Mister out for business dinners, blah, blah, blah.

But, I AM BACK!!!  I have so much to tell too!  I am going to be a bit of a tease though because somehow even though there were people here at the house, I still have a mountain of laundry, dishes and dinner to prepare.  Why does the song "Back to Life, Back to Reality"  keep playing in my head? LOL  As for the teaser... I did make it to DC safely on Friday.  
PS - The V I am making is for my running group, Team Victorious!
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NSV Link-Up - Cleaning out the Closet

buttonWell heck!  It is 5:47 and I just realized I hadn't written today.  I am joining in with KTJ again on Non-Scale Victories Link-Up.  Why it took me so long to get here is because I was cleaning my closet... again.

You know what is great about losing weight and toning up?  You "under-grow" out of your clothes. 

You know what sucks about losing weight and toning up?  You "under-grow" out of your clothes!

Every month so far this year, I have had to go through my closet and shift out the stuff that no longer fits (in a good way).  I am getting to a place though, that I have little left that does fit.  I know, I know, it just means I get to go shopping.  Anyone tried clothes shopping with 2 small children?  Does everyone remember my failed Target attempt a few weeks back?  Yeah - well, that means internet and returns for me.

Today's clean machine began because a package arrived from Kohl's.  Woot!  I am in desperate need of jackets, plain t-shirts and other basics.  Some of it worked, and naturally some did not.  So my NSV today is that I did manage to get a few new things that fit.  My failed NSV is that once again, I have to make a trek to the store and make returns.  Whomp! Whomp!

Happy Thursday, all!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Still Running

As if I wasn't scared enough to be running a half marathon, yesterday happens.  And now, I am truly struggling to put it into words.  I wasn't really able to get too much detail in the day time, as I have small kids.  The visuals on TV were too much for them to understand or for me to explain.  I caught what I could through my various running boards.  My husband and I spent the evening on the couch watching the news clips after they went to bed.  We discussed briefly whether I should still go to my race in DC.

It isn't that the Nike Women's Half is as elite as the Boston Marathon, but it is in the Capital of our nation.  That is could be considered good or bad, I suppose.  Good - because the security there is always beefy.  Bad - because that is the Capital and always a target. 

The thing is... I have been training for 4 months.  I am ready.  Am I really going to give that up because of this?  My sister reminded me yesterday that we still went to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 after the bombing.  We were right there where it happened.  Honestly, I had sort of forgotten.  But she is right.  Life goes on and we have to show a united front that we won't be broken.  We will still smile, laugh and run. 

So here are the latest stats to date from Feb 12th.  Sadly, I don't have my Dec and Jan data :(

59 runs
33 hours
173.8 miles
11 min/mile average
 
AND my last 10.5 miles was at a 9:57min/mile!!  Now if I can keep that up for less than 3 more, I will be one happy camper at the race.
 
PS:  I forgot to tell you which shoes I bought, huh?  Well, sadly the pretty shoes aka Saucony Rides didn't make the cut.  Darn, the pink was super cute too.  I ended up with Brooks Defyance and will probably eventually get another pair of Glycerins too (they are a little bit pink).  Just ran out of time to break them in.



Monday, April 15, 2013

Prayers for Boston Marathon

I had every intention of posting a running update today.  My half is now less than 2 weeks away.  In light of the recent bombings at the end of the Boston Marathon, I will just send thoughts and prayers to those injured, families of those lost and to the runners who spent months preparing and qualifying for what should have been a positive momentous event.

 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Banana Swirl - YUM!

We keep watching this Daniel episode about trying new foods, and they make what they call a Banana Swirl.  It was simply putting bananas into the freezer, then once frozen throwing them into a blender until at an "ice cream" consistency.  No milk, no sugar, no nothing else!  Just Banana.  I almost always have bananas in the freezer.  Once they pass their prime, I throw them in so I can make muffins or bread later. 

K-Man has been asking for awhile to try, so I figured why not.  After dinner last night, I grabbed to frozen bananas, peeled them with a knife.  Skins on frozen bananas are tricky.  I don't have a fabulous blender, so we used the Cuisinart, which works better and quieter anyway.  Can I just say YUM?! 
 
Seriously, this was like having an ice cream only the only ingredient is banana.  K-Man, of course had toppings on his, but Mini-Me and I thought it was fabulous plain. I think I found my go-to dessert for the summer!
 
Thank you, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS
PS:  If you kids aren't already watching it and you were a Mister Rogers fan, you will love this show!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Overscheduled Much?

I should say we could be overscheduled because in all honesty, I am not allowing us to get there.

1 yr ago - He looks so small!
The K-Man as you know has been in Tae Kwon Do for over 1 year now.  He has done really well, earned 4 belt levels and can break a board with his foot like nobody's business.  The problem with TKD is that it isn't seasonal or sessional.  They want you to sign up for a year contract.  Yep, you read that correctly - sign a 4 year old up for a 1 year contract.  Crazy talk, right?  At first, we did only 3 months, then extended it another year since he seemed to like it.  However, I am so DONE with going 2 days a week. 

It was simpler when Mini-Me was younger, less mobile and less vocal.  She too is DONE with the whole thing.  We have to get in the car when it is freezing to drive 5 minutes, sit in a tiny waiting space and she isn't allowed out on the big mats where the kids are doing fun things, then 30 minutes later back in the carseat.  I literally spend my time keeping her occupied and no longer can watch the cool stuff the K-Man is learning.  On a side note, she does entertain everyone with her "hi-yas" and calling for her brother.  Truthfully, I think the K-Man is over it too.  He doesn't ask for it, or get all excited when I say to get ready.  When I asked him if he wanted to continue, he said, "Well, I would like to earn that black belt".  I tried to explain that could take 2 years, but the concept of years is still lost a bit on him.

Our contract ends June 1st and we have decided to not renew.  T-ball starts this month, and we want K-Man to try other things.  If we did both, then we would literally have 4 nights a week taken up with activities for him.  It just doesn't seem practical.  I would be a crazy woman trying to feed the kids and get them to everything.  And there is of course, the dragging of the younger sister to MORE things not for her.  So I guess it isn't only about overscheduling him at the moment, but also me and Mini-Me. 

Batting Practice
We are actually excited about t-ball since it gives us more opportunity to be outside.  Mini-Me loves outside time and she will have a little more freedom than a small TKD waiting room.  K-Man seems pretty interested so far and we haven't made it to a practice yet.  The Mister bought him a tee, bat and balls when in WV for Easter.  They played all weekend, and he is pretty good at hitting.  Actually, right now, he seems to be a switch hitter.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised since he golfs lefty, but you just never know.  Better yet  - t-ball is completely seasonal, and has an end.  Woot!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Did I Mention, I love Spring?!

Swinging Out Back
 
 
Ducks at Congress Park

I said to say "Cheese"

Free Cone Day - Ben and Jerry's


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Crockpot Experiment

I totally did not intend to take Friday and Monday off from blogging.  However, I am a little bit in crazy spring-cleaning mode.  I am also entertaining fence quotes, which requires time.  And then there is my Crockpot Experiment.  It isn't that I don't or haven't used my crockpot.  I just don't really use it with regularity despite the fact that it might help alleviate my "crap, what's for dinner, issue."

On days that the K-Man has evening activities, dinner becomes a problem.  We need to leave too early, so eating before doesn't work.  We don't get in until after 6pm.  While dinner is normal for us at that hour, starting to cook then doesn't really work.  I had been going with the traditional quick meals in our house - pasta and meatballs or tacos.  I almost always have some in the freezer, so that is easy enough.  My younger sister has been telling me about these recipes she found on Pinterest (my nemesis) and how they give you the whole shopping list, and you can prep it all for the freezer.  Additionally, they are crockpot meals.

Last week, I took 2 grocery lists from Baked in the South and after weeding out what I already had, went shopping.  I have to admit that I was doing this very quickly and didn't review her recipes entirely. So unfortunately once I got home with the mountain of groceries, I also decided that a few menu items wouldn't work for my family.  More searching turned up Loving My Nest where I found a couple more recipes that would take care of the additional groceries that I had already bought.

I literally spent the entire afternoon prepping meals.  Here is what is now or was in the freezer:
 
Asian Beef (own recipe)
 
 
We have already had a few of the meals and let me say - YUM.  And that isn't only my opinion.   The Mister is fully on board too, which is pretty exciting.  K-Man has enjoyed parts of everything as well.  I starred the ones that we really enjoyed.  The Pork & Veggies was by far my favorite, which is why you see 4 stars.  Loaded Baked Potato Soup was good, but I am certain not calorie friendly giving it only 3 stars.  I did substitute greek yogurt for the sour cream and use mozzarella versus colby jack - but still.  The Beef Burritos were great, but I don't consider it an easy meal when you still have to roll them and put them into the oven for 30 minutes - so again only 3 stars.  Also those darn wraps are loaded with calories - UGH!  Anyone have a recommendation for lower cal ones?
 
All the meals are linked up (except my own concoction), so if you are interested in trying things out, it is simple.  No cooking, just prepping and throwing them in your freezer containers of choice.  Check them out!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

No Means No

In my small little world of raising 2 kids, I find myself saying things over and over.  Maybe they are simple things like, use your fork or say please and thank you.  But some things that seem small could inevitably be life changing should my children not get the reason or meaning of what I am saying.  As I discussed recently, we are having a "tackling" issue here in the house.  Mini-Me is pretty vocal in what she is willing to participate in, so I find myself reminding the K-Man that he heard the words "No" from her and he needs to respect that.  No means No.

Such a simple little word and concept to us, except when awful things happen in the world and you realize that me teaching him just that is extremely important!  The problem is that he doesn't seem to be catching on as quickly as I would think.  The boy just turned 5, 2 months ago.  His is intelligent, no delays, etc.  So what am I doing wrong?  We have tried rewards, punishments, ignoring, yelling, redirection, but nothing quite does the trick.  I took some education classes.  I know the techniques, but still can't seem to make them work here in my own home.  I know that negative reinforcement is not the preferred method, yet so far it is the one thing that gets his attention faster than anything else - at least for a moment.  That is just it, though, it lasts for a moment.  I guess that is why it isn't preferred.

The thing is, K-Man isn't malicious.  It isn't that he wants to hurt his sister, or ignore my wishes.  You can see genuine emotion when he is corrected or that happens.  He just can't seem to control himself once he gets all excited and that scares me.  Even if it is just learning that my daughter's verbal cues or blatant no's still mean no, he needs to understand that it is a sign of respect.  Just as it is a sign of respect to understand if Mom says no, you don't keep asking or you stop.  There are so many reasons understanding this concept is great for him.  I refuse to stop trying.

Any advice out there from the moms that have already encountered this?  Is it just the age, and he will get it?  Or is there some method I need to stick with?  HELP!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesdays - Ultimate Wonder

Trampoline Fun
 

Watching the Shishies (AKA Fish)