Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
We had to get creative with J, and Skittles were the answer -- Skittles with the added benefit of positive peer pressure.
I've learned just how stubborn my precious 2 yr old is. She can hold her tee tee for days, if necessary. She just wasn't thrilled about putting it in the potty like her sisters were. She wasn't afraid. She actually loved crawling up on the potty and sitting there - her little throne. But she would grunt and grunt like she was trying to push something out, all the while smiling from the attention she was getting from her sisters. So we changed strategies. It's amazing what one Skittle can do for a 2 yr old. Whenever J tee tee's in the potty, she gets one Skittle, and she gets to give one Skittle to each of her sisters. How cool is that?! Now she loves going tee tee in the potty because she gets to share the exciting moment with her sisters. And of course, they are continually reminding and encouraging her to go so they can get a piece of candy.
So far, so good. Now J gets upset when she can't make something come out. I love helping my children excel in life. It's so much fun experiencing success with them.
I'm a little concerned with using the candy. This is new for me. My Mom used M&M's to help my brother conquer putting #2 in the potty. It was a wonderful success, until they went to the grocery store where he saw a bag of M&M's. Of course in his mind they were "Poo Poo Candy" which he yelled up and down the aisles. I'm scared of enduring the same type of embarrassment, but if that's the price for pushing our children to the next level, embarrass the mess out of me. I'm good for it.
Update: J just came to the office crying. I asked her what was wrong to which she whined, "My tee tee won't come out." I said, "Oh no! What can I do to help you?" Her response, "I need you to spank it. It's making a bad choice." So apparently now I'm off to spank some tee tee. Just another day in my life of Toddlerdome.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Oh no. I'm in the baking mood. It's lots of fun, but not so great on the waistline. Today we made oatmeal raisin cookies, and are they ever so yummy. I used a new recipe - the one from the lid of Quaker oats. I must admit. They are so much tastier than our usual low sugar, wheat ones. Sometimes running out of wheat flour has its advantages. Oops, but oh so yum yum yummy!
C had a fun learning experience. She chose to lick the measuring spoons. The largest one I used for dropping the dough on the cookie sheets, and I intentionally left a little extra for her to lick. Of course the other sizes were used as well for things like vanilla, baking soda, Cinnamon. After licking the dough off, she started to examine the other spoons. She asked if she could lick the Cinnamon. I said, "Sure babe, but I'm not sure that you will like it. Cinnamon doesn't taste too good by itself." Her response, "Oh I'm sure I'll like it Mom. It smells so good." She licked and immediately learned (surprise, surprise) that Cinnamon doesn't taste too good by itself. She said, "Ooh Mom. Not good. And now I don't know how to get this yucky taste out of my mouth."
The scenario reminded me a little too much about my relationship with Christ. I see something, and it looks great. It smells great. I know I will love it. But in the back of my mind I hear God speaking, "Lydia, babe. It looks great, it smells wonderful, but you know it's going to leave a bad taste in your mouth."
How many times do I jump into activities, situations, sinful behaviours knowing it will leave me unfulfilled, depressed and frustrated? Unfortunately, Satan is quite talented in limiting my focus to the excitement of the moment. Lord, help me to remember the after taste of daily decisions.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
J and A - inseparable, best of buds.