Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Little of This, a Little of That...



Proof That They’re Learning SOMETHING…
Thursday afternoon Joshua was trying repeatedly to get Jordan in trouble for eating some candy without permission. I was preoccupied with birthday party preparations and obviously wasn’t responding the way he expected. When I finally “got it” I told him to go to his room—you tattle in this family just to get someone else in trouble and YOU get the punishment. He stormed off in a huff and shouted “I wasn’t tattling! On WHOM did I tattle?!” Looks like we still have quite a bit of work to do on the attitude. But it is encouraging to see that the grammar lessons are finally sticking!




Another Work in Progress…
I finally started cutting a new quilt. I’ve had the fabric for a few months now, but couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted to proceed. While my first quilt followed an online tutorial step-by-step, this one I’m making up myself. The reason? I’m trying to work in pictorial squares that are an odd size. Time will tell if I regret this decision or not. It’s certainly a lot more complicated than I had hoped, and I’m thinking I’ll go back to following a pattern for my next quilt. Oh, I was originally planning to use this fabric for Josiah’s quilt, but Jordan has claimed it for his own! Josiah could care less, so I’ll find him something else.




A Few of My Favorite Things…
This is admittedly late since the weather will hopefully be warming soon, but during the cold winter months I love to sit and relax (okay, I’ll settle for just sitting) with a nice hot drink. I keep three easy mixes on hand—hot cocoa, chai tea, and swiss mocha coffee. Yes, it would be even easier to just buy them at the store, but they’re so much cheaper to make at home, and when I run out, I don’t have to go anywhere to get more. (I'm lazy that way.) I whirl them around in the blender to make them a nice, uniform powder, although that isn’t necessary. Placed in a pretty jar they’d make lovely gifts, too.


Boys Will Be Boys…
…And Joey is a real stinker, in more ways than one! I’m in desperate need of potty training help with my most stubborn (and super smart!) child…we’ve got #1 down pat, but he absolutely refuses to make any progress on #2, despite both lavish bribery and dire threats. I know, I know, no one ever goes off to college in pull-ups, but I’d like to stop buying them well before we start paying tuition! If anyone has any brilliant ideas to motivate this kid, I’d love to hear them. I’m getting desperate!

4 comments:

Annalia Romero said...

Sorry. I am a terrible potty trainer. Every time I'm like, "How did we do that again?"

Anonymous said...

Just use gentle encouragement, treats, and praise when successful. No threats, no "timed" sits on the potty. Sooner or later he'll get tired of that mess on his bottom. Peepah.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine how you are doing this new quilt. I will be glad to see the finished product.

Jenny said...

Annalia, after fighting my 1st child for months over potty training, I finally gave up and adopted the "it'll happen when it happens" approach. That has served me well until this one...I just think 4 is TOO old!

Peepah, I hope you're right! So far, he doesn't mind the mess. :(

I'll post photos when I get the quilt pieced...it's nothing fancy AT ALL, it just has some weird sized pieces and the math is weird, mostly because my little cutting ruler thingy only measures in even 1/4 inches.

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