Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A short and (not so) sweet update.

I just found out that I can post here from my phone, but I hate pushing all these tiny buttons. I'm just here to say (yay) we paid the large internet fine, using most of my Christmas money to do so. Bella's sick. She's barely eating or playing, mainly just sleeping. She has either brohncitis or the starts of pneumonia, since after 2 days since her x-ray I still haven't heard which, I'm glad it's the same meds for both.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How to cure an almost 4 year old's temper tantrum

So, Ryan is sick and pitiful, thus making it impossible for him to act like a human boy. For one thing, I can't call him Ryan, but only "sweet angel baby" until told otherwise. His temper (not fever) is currently off the charts.
We were painting ornaments to give people the other night when Ryan starts screaming at his friend for accidentally bumping his paint tray. No mess was made and the tray barely moved, but Ryan felt this still required screaming until his friend was crying, I was yelling, and he was almost purple in the face. We calmed everything down and decided maybe we should just stop the painting for now. We're all cleaning up when Ryan yells he doesn't want to clean, he doesn't want to be near his friend, he doesn't like anybody. I told him I understand he doesn't feel well, but there's no reason to act like a rude brat, and that he needs to stop or Santa will find out he's being naughty. Well, he goes into an almost-four-year-old-tirade about how he doesn't care if Santa finds out.
I did what any sane mom would do, I picked up the phone and "called" Santa and told him Ryan was being naughty and that he didn't want anything but sticks and rocks for Christmas, but should he change his mind I would call him back and let him know.
Ryan got very quiet and said, "But Mommy, I do want my Christmas. I'll be nice." Now, all we have to do to end a tantrum is look at him pick up the phone and say, "That's it Ryan, I'm calling Santa."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Non-Edible Cookie Ornament Recipe

So I've been having lots of questions asked on how to make the ornaments the boys decorated for the tree, so I'm making a post to tell you how.
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water

Thoroughly mix together salt and flour. Once mixed add in water and until most is moist but all water is absorbed. Place dough on a piece of wax paper and then knead for about 10 minutes. Roll dough to a little under 1/2 an inch thick and then cut with cookie cutters, making sure to add a hole at the top for hook, and place on cookie sheet. Cook at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Let sit for a few hours then decorate!

A lesson in anger management.

I have a temper, and not little one either mind you.

I went to Zach's Christmas party Friday because another mom and I helped organize and plan it. Some other parents came to help also, including the third mom who was supposed to help us, but... never came to any of the planning meetings or return our calls. So already we (other mom and I) are frustrated with her, then the non-helping mom came in at the time only parents helping set up parties were supposed to come and then sat on her butt and did nothing the whole time. She did nothing even when we were hurrying to prepare the craft and game she was supposed to prepare before the party.
BUT... I put all this aside because we were having fun and we knew the kids would be enjoying it.
Other parents started showing up and we had 4 crafts and 2 games for the students to do after eating donuts and listening to "the Night Before Christmas." We had about 10 parents show up and we had to beg them to help at the craft/game areas, and only 3 said they would, so the teacher picked up the slack on the last spot. The non-helping mom was not one of the 3 to volunteer. She stayed with her son and went around from one area to another with him.
Non-helping mom and her son came to my area last. As we were working on ornaments (recipe coming in next post) non-helping mom and another mom were chatting and somehow the year 1987 came up. Non-helping mom is an older mom. She had her son in Zach's class in her early 40s and her older son is a few years older than me. She said how her son was in kindergarten in 1987. The other mom said she was in like 3rd grade in 1987. Then both of them look at me, so I sit for a moment thinking "uhhhh..." not sure what to say. Non-helping mom then comes out and asks what grade I was in in 1987. My response, "Um, I was born in 1987." She then has the nerve to look me up and down and say "(Snort) Well then you decided to get started really young didn't you?"
Non-helping mom and other mom proceed to act as if I am not even there sitting across from them as they go on about how horrible teenage pregnancy has become, and how really its all just horrible that teenagers would throw away their lives, and how girls now just seem to think they have to have a baby by 18 to fit in. I'm getting angrier and angrier, really thinking of asking this lady who is older than my MOM if she thought it was anymore responsible for her to have had a baby at her age, and who the heck did she think she was to think she had any right to judge me. Thankfully, Zach's teacher was at the table next to our's and when she noticed she said it was time to switch activities. I was going to get up and follow them when the dad of one of the other boys, who happened to know me from helping in Zach's class last year, came over and told me to just let it go. I need to set the example of being the bigger person.
And he was right, so I did.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Eating like a big girl!

So we've been giving Bella more and more table food for the past couple of months. However, everything we had been giving her were things we had first ran through the blender and then fed her with her spoon. Well, right before Thanksgiving last month we had to go to a funeral and after it we went to Olive Garden. We ordered the unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks, and oh em gee, Bella LOVED the breadsticks. I gave her a whole one to gum, thinking there is no way she can bite any off, but no siree, she bit a nice sized chunk off and proceeded to gum it to oblivion. She was in piggy-Bella heaven. She went through two whole breadsticks while we were there. Since then we've been giving her baby puffs, and bread for her chomping needs. Sunday night we had salisbury steak and mashed potatoes. I made it not knowing the boys wouldn't be eating with us, and when I found out they weren't I cut up 1/2 of one into teeny tiny pieces and put it on a plate with some potatoes for Bella. This just rocked her little world, it was the most excellent food in her opinion, so excellent in fact instead of sharing with the dog as she usually does, she screamed at the dog when she came to close. It was so funny to watch her get so excited about it.

A Little Fun!

A few of us siggy making and digital scrapbooking ladies over at Justmommies' Siggies R Us and Digital Scrapbooking board got together and nominated some of the digital scrapbooking sites we felt were the best based on the following qualifications:
  • Product quality
  • Customer service
  • Pricing
  • Freebies, and Sales
  • Forum/Gallery Activity
The following sites were all nominated:
Shabby Pickle, Scrap Orchard, After Five Designs, Pickleberry Pop, Scrap Matters, Enchanted Scrap Studio, Sweet Shoppe Designs, Funky Playground Designs, Elemental Scraps, The French Frog, Digital-Crea, Scrap Bird, Groovy Scraps, and Digital Scrap Cafe.
The top 3 winners will be announced January first. Good luck to all of the stores who were nominated!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Quick explanation post

I'll be back in just a little bit with an actual post, but I thought I would explain first why I haven't posted in a while.
1. No working computer at home.
2. No internet at home at the moment. (Has to do with a battle I lost with our internet company.)