Vicki...the girls are 9, 10 and a few weeks shy of 12. It is nice to have time with DH at night and they really don't mind going to bed that early because they love to read. Have fun at your mom's house. My parents always get the girls new swimsuits for Easter. I really like that idea. My grandma and grandpa used to give us new swimsuits also for Easter when we were little. As we got older they gave us money towards a new suit.
Kilah...how was your vacation? Sorry you are having such a hard time with H. I really have no advice but it sounds like what you are doing is the best. There are times with my kids that yes, it might be easier for me just to do whatever I want them to do but if I always do it they will never learn. Some parents do everything for their kids or give in because it is just easier and they don't want the battle, but in the long run it's not easier. Like today when they didn't close the front door and it was hanging open. I could've closed it because I was standing right there but then they wouldn't learn to make sure it's shut. So I made them come and close it.
My DH's parents are here and his brother and wife are supposed to come tonight. Tomorrow we are going to dye eggs and go to mass at night. On Sunday we'll go to my church then to my parent's house Sunday afternoon for Easter dinner with my family. DH's parents will come also. His parents and my parents get along well. I went shopping to day and did end up buying an Easter dress. I decided I'd wear it enough this year between Easter, violin recital and a couple weddings we have this summer.
Caiti, our oldest daughter, went to "The Hunger Games" tonight with a friend. It's her first time going to a movie by herself. I'm sure she's thinking she's pretty cool. Plus, it's something she gets to do that her sister's don't get to do. With them being so close in age they do so many things alike and together.
I've had lots of "episodes" like that with Jackson, Kilah. So not fun at all. He's definitely my fit thrower. Carson didn't really throw fits. He did occasionally, but not often. It's so hard to parent. I threw all the books out the window, and just started doing what feels right to me. I learned that time-outs were totally pointless with my kids. I use a lot of distraction with both kids when I see them starting to get upset about something. When we're in public, I threaten them with leaving and going to the car. That will usually do the trick, because they don't want to leave (even if it's just a restaurant).
My biggest complaint with Carson is that he doesn't listen to me. Usually what he's doing isn't that bad, but it kills me when he doesn't listen! Like your trash situation, Kilah. Drives me bonkers!
Did your hubby smarten up, Vicki? Have you ever seen that episode of Everybody loves Ray where the suitcase was left on the stairs? There are SO many times things like that have happened in this house. I hate it!
Yeah, I'm just feeling like the parentin books don't know my daughter,lol. But since Lio is like a million times more laid back than Halloway ever was as a baby, I keep telling myself that he'll be easier, so it all evens out, ha ha. And then of course I live in a super-crunchy town where even time-out is frowned upon (they call it forced isolation - for real), so they all typically think I'm awful. Like yesterday it was time to leave a playdate, and H simply did not want to go, not matter what I said or did (yeah, bribery is bad too, ha ha) so I finally just took her kicking and screaming. Of course, I came home to a loooong email from one of the moms who told me how sad it was for her to watch H so distressed and she hopes tha in the future I have more patience and take the time to talk to her and validate her feelings. Wtf? For real? I didn't yell at her. I didn't threaten her. I even aknowledged that I realized she was upset and didn't want to leave because she was having fun, but really? I have to draw the line somewhere. I wish I knew "nomal" parents in real life, ha ha.
Kilah...that would drive me crazy!! I can't beleive ppl have the nerve to say that to you. Every child is different therefore need to be treated differently. We always remind our girls that we will treat them fairly, but they may not be treated the same. If they were all to be treated the same then we'd have them all wear the same clothes, be in the same class at school, have the same friends, etc. It's the same with parenting. What works for some may not work for others.
Woah! I think it's unacceptable that she sent you an email like that. She obviously hasn't ever had to deal with a child who is strong-willed. You did nothing wrong, Kilah. It's not practical to "reason" with your 2 year old. Not to mention, "reasoning" with her until she decides to come with you, which could be an hour later!
Looks like the board got merged with the other 2010 boards. I hope everyone feels free to join us in the chat!
I noticed the board got merged also. Threw me for a little loop.
Hi ladies! I hope you don't mind if I chat it up with you guys? I'm a Feb mama. I know I lurked for awhile here b/c I was due on the edge of Feb/March. But doesn't that seem like MOONS ago now. Sheesh!
Hey ladies, my LO is on the younger side of the new merged board- July 2010. we had a pretty active board then after Xmas it kinda crashed. I hope the new merged boards brings people back on and keeps the boards busy again. I miss the busy times!!! Anways- HI!
Hi ladies!! Good to see you and meet you both We were pretty busy there for a while, then had a fall-out, and lost a lot of ladies. I hope that some of them find their way over here.
Hello, ladies! I recognize several of you from other boards anyway, but....June BB (July actual birthdate) mama here. I agree that this combination was kinda weird and out of nowhere, but hopefully it will bring the chatterboxes together :D...my board had gotten pretty slow since the end of last year too.
Leigh, I am in love with your siggy pic! What a great capture.
Aw, thank you! I can't take credit, though--it was taken by a friend who was visiting us recently. It's nice to have friends with real cameras and photography skills
So I had a really hard day yesterday. The dog that my family had since '98 passed away She was the first dog/animal I was ever attached to. We were expecting it, since she had a heart problem that was detected about a week and a half ago, but we didn't think it would happen this soon since she seemed so fine.
My dad called me yesterday and told me that I better come and see her, because he didn't think she would make it past the weekend. She died on her own while we were there I'm glad that I got to hold her one last time. I never imagined that it would be this hard. I cried most of the 45 minute drive home. Sucks!
Steph...I'm so sorry about the loss of your family dog :bighug: It is so hard when they've been part of your family for so long. I cried a ton when our dog passed away last year. I'm glad you got to hold her one last time.
I know you don't really know me yet but I wanted to add my sympathy. Pets really are such a part of the family...losing them is no small thing! I'm sorry for your loss and I hope the fact that you got to be there with her at the end helps a bit.
Thank you, ladies. It's going to be a lot different around my parents house without her. For my dad's sake, I'm glad they have another dog. Though that dog is already 7 years old. Crazy!
So, what is everyone up to today? I'm thinking it's a movie day after the kids are done with their naps. It's gloomy, rainy, and chilly. Carson's been bugging me to watch A Bug's Life, so that's what I'll probably put on for them.
It's rainy, windy, cold and gloomy here today too. We're not doing much today. I'm going to head up the hospital soon and have lunch with DH. Can't pass up free food if it's hospital food.
Our dog that passed away last year DH had for 18 years. He got her at a pound and the vet said she wasn't a puppy when he got her so she was at least 20 years old. She was such a good dog. Our girls keep bugging us to get another dog but we are such busy ppl and are gone a lot for weekends so it'd be really hard to do. If I could be guarenteed a dog like Mollie, then I'd get another one. She looked like a fox, but we really have no clue what she was. That's nice that your parents have another dog. Do you think that dog will notice the other one gone? We have a cat and she acted strangely for a while after Mollie passed. She knew something wasn't right and missed her.
Yeah, I'm not sure how Baxter is going to react. I'm going to have to call my dad a little later today and see how everyone is doing. That's an aweseomly long life for a dog @ about 20! I think that after my dog is gone, we'll be done with dogs for a while. Hopefully that won't be for a long time though. But he is 8 already, and he's starting in with a heart murmur (the breed, has problems with mitral valve disease). He drives me nuts, but I held him a little extra close yesterday when I got back home.
I've had some hospital food that's actually pretty yummy! Yay for free food! (and for some time with the hubby!)
Wow Kilah I would have a real problem with your town and my parenting practices! They would probably accuse me of abuse. I mean, really, there has to be a line between the parent and the child and there HAS to be consequences or there is no motivation to behave!
And I don't abuse my children, although I'm guilty of being very angry with them at times. But I'm sure that from their view, my children should be taken away from me. :/
Stephanie, I am SO sorry about the dog. How sad! And only a week and a half after the problem was found. What kind of dog was she?
Yeah, weird about the merge but maybe it will help get things going a bit more. It seems like the boards have gotten a lot slower since I joined.