My new blog is up and running. I will no longer be posting at this site, so please come see me at:
Yes, I have my own url now!!! Yipee!!
My new blog is up and running. I will no longer be posting at this site, so please come see me at:
Yes, I have my own url now!!! Yipee!!
I’m just a few hours (or a day) away from my releasing the new blog. If you thought the new picture in my header was my new blog, you would be mistaken my friend. My blog is totally redesigned!
Keep checking back for Georgia Mom’s new look!! I’m close people. Real close!
Everyone needs to take a break and get away from time to time. Well, that’s just what my family is doing right now!
We left yesterday for Asheville, NC. We’ve rented a cabin for a few days and we’re going to see the Biltmore, relax, eat out, cook in and relax some more. The cabin we rented is wonderful. The girls have their own room with 2 twin bed and we have our own king size bed. We have all the comforts of home; cable, plenty of bathrooms, a well stocked kitchen, internet access and DVD players for lots of movie watching. It’s just what the doctor ordered.
The only thing that makes me a little nervous is the sign on the fridge that says they’ve seen black bears on the property and to use caution. What does that mean, use “caution”? Give me some more information than that! Yesterday MayMay wanted to go get her jump rope out of the van. And she asked The Bear to watch for bears. So, my husband lovingly yells out, “May you don’t have to run faster than the bear, you just need to run faster than your sister”. After I stopped laughing, I couldn’t believe he said that, until I found out it was an old hunting joke (this coming from a man that’s never hunted a day in his life). But, he’s just so funny and clever like that. But, we’ll all be on the look for the bears!
We all slept good last night and currently the girls are watching TV while I’m perking the first pot of coffee. Dunkin Dounuts coffee to be exact. The hubby is still in bed sleeping and it’s pouring down rain outside. When he gets up he’ll start a fire, I’ll cook a big “country” breakfast with eggs, bacon and hasbrowns and maybe somtime later we’ll get dressed and got find a great place to eat dinner. Sounds like a great day to me!!!
Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend like me!!!
The first thing we do on a school day is say the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. The kids all stand at attention, put their right hand over their heart and say the pledge. We do it every morning we’re at school.
I don’t know about you but saying the Pledge of Allegiance means something to me. They are not just words I repeat when I’m at a ballgame or an assembly, it’s a way of showing respect to the flag of my home country. It’s a chance to pause and thank the brave men and women that have fought and died to keep our country free. And it’s doesn’t matter how many times I’ve said it throughout my life, I still feel a since of pride when I say those famous words. But, this morning something came over while we were saying the pledge.
I don’t and won’t spend a lot of time talking politics on my blog. I’m no authority and I would never enter or win a heated political debate. I have my opinions and views, but I will refrain from spending a lot of time on that in this particular forum. However, this morning while I was reciting the pledge with along with approximately 150 students and 10 facility, all I could think about what this photo.
This is a photo that has disturbed me since the day I saw it. Most of you have probably already seen it. It’s a real photo and has been authenticated at truthorfiction.com. It’s pretty plain to see that there are 4 people in this photo and one of them is not showing respect to the American Flag. His hand is not raised over this heart and whereas it’s not clear if he’s saying the words, it’s obvious that this person is not in line with everyone else. And yet this man is running for the highest office this country has to offer. Does that disturb anyone else?
Now, this is a free country and not everyone has to show respect to the American Flag. They should and shame on them if they don’t! But, in my humble opinion if you’re going to run for the President of the United States of America you better show some respect to the flag! That flag will follow you the entire 4 years you’re in office. I’m pretty sure it’s a focal point of most buildings in Washington DC. And it shows your Momma raised you right if you take your hat off in church and put your right hand over your heart when you say the Pledge. That’s just basic American 101.
And along those same lines, I can not understand the appeal of this particular individual. I don’t think he has the credentials to run for office. I don’t agree with any of his political views. I’ve listened to him speak many times and yet I hear very little substance or words worth hanging a presidency on. But, aside from all that, I just don’t get how a man that wants to sit the oval office can live with this comment “he does and sometimes he doesn’t place his hand over his heart during the national anthem.” This was quoted by one of his own spokesman. How do you sometimes show respect and sometimes don’t show respect for the flag of your country?
I would like to say I’m sorry if I offended anyone with my comments. But, quite frankly I’m not sorry about how I feel. It’s photos like this one that keep me up at night; mainly praying. I feel quite confident that the Lord already knows the outcome of this years election. And I will trust Him no matter who sits in The Big Chair and gets to have a cool phone that rings when really important people want to talk to you. But, I would be lying if I didn’t say that I pray that the man, not showing respect to the American Flag in that photo, is not the one that gets to use the really cool phone come this November.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Yes, those words mean something to me.
Well, I’ll dismount my political high horse and get back more fun topics like sickness and thumbsucking.
For this weeks WFMW, Shannon thought it would be fun to repost one of our favorite WFMW. So, I went back and just found the one that got the greatest response and as it turns out it was one of my favorites. And I even have a conclusion to this post. I’m happy to report that The Bear has not sucked her thumb since November. So, as it may not work for every child, but I’m 2 for 2. Enjoy!
My babies would never take a pacifier. And we all know babies need pacifying from time to time. So early on, both my girls found their thumb. As a new Mom you look at that sweet infant sucking it’s thumb and you think “oh, how precious”. But, then again I remember thinking just about everything at that stage was “oh, how precious”. Fast forward 3 years to their first dental visit and it’s not “oh, how precious” it’s “oh my, this is going to cost a fortune if I don’t get them to stop sucking their thumb”! Thankfully my Dentist comforted me with the fact that it causes less damage if you can get them to stop sucking before their permanent teeth come in. I had hope. So, I began my quest for the fastest, least traumatic way to get my girls to stop sucking their thumb. After much prayer and research, this is what worked for me.
It worked like a charm with my oldest follow-the-rules-do-what-your-told first born child. It’s taken longer with my test-every-boundary-because-it’s-fun second born child, but I’m happy to report it is working.
First, about 6 months before you want to get serious about them stopping this habit, you limit thumb sucking to the bed or car (those are the 2 places I could not watch them carefully). Then for 6 months, you just remind them to take their thumb out of their mouth if you see them. With my oldest daughter we came up with a code word. She was 3.5 at the time and I would say “pickle”. She would laugh and pull her thumb out. I never scolded or embarrassed her. In a sweet, encouraging voice I would say “pickle” (Gee, does that sound as dumb to you as it does to me?). Moving on…
After about 6 months or when I felt like they were ready, I started a reward chart. But, first, I found a good motivator. With my oldest daughter a trip to the Disney store. I told she could buy anything she wanted in the store (thankfully she wanted a 15.00 Disney princess polly pocket type toy). With my second daughter it’s a trip to Build A Bear. I place the chart in a visual place and rule is they have to go 24 straight hours without sucking their thumb to get a sticker on the chart. And they have to go 20 days without sucking their thumb. I was following that whole it takes 20 days to break a bad habit rule. It didn’t have to be 20 straight days, just a total of 20 days. With my oldest, she went back and forth for 2-3 days and then she went 17 straight days and never sucked her thumb again (she’s 8.5 now. And yes, we’ve spent a fortune on braces, but it didn’t have anything to do with sucking her thumb). My youngest has been more of a challenge.
I’ve been working with my youngest daughter for over a year. The first time we did the chart, she just wasn’t motivated enough, so I set it aside. Then about 3 months later she came to me (at the age of 5.5) and asked if could do that “chart thing again”. In the beginning she would go 2-3 days and then suck her thumb. So, I had to change the rules with her. Now, she has to go 20 straight days. If she sucks her thumb, even once, I start the chart over. As I said, she is a more challenging kid. However, I’m happy to report we are only on our second attempt and she’s gone 9 straight days now.
Obviously, there has to be some trust between you and your child. You have to know they are telling you the truth and not lying about their thumb sucking when you’re not around. Thankfully, neither of my girls have a tendency lie, so when they tell me they didn’t suck their thumb at night, I believe them. Plus, since I’ve tried to make it positive, they really don’t have a reason to lie. But, with my youngest daughter I did put Band-Aid on her thumbs, at night, as a reminder. And this has worked well.
Wow, this was way longer than I thought it would be! I hope I’ve offered some tips to all Moms of thumb suckers and hopefully your child with be free from that thumb soon!!!
For other WFMW tips go to see Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer.
Today is April Fool’s Day.
Now, I could have gotten on here and tried to play an April Fool’s joke on you fine people, but I decided against it. But, my children on the other hand are an entirely different story.
Even as I speak, The Bear has gone up to play an April Fool’s joke on her still sleeping sister. I just heard some loud talking and now Bear is coming back with a report. The Bear reported that the joke didn’t work all that well. Bear went and told MayMay that she just saw a spider crawling across her floor. May lifted her sleepy head and said “seriously” and Bear said “April Fool’s”, May put her head down and went back to sleep. Bear was a little disappointed she didn’t get the reaction she was looking for.
For some reason, my kids love April Fool’s and here’s how the rest of my day will go…
“Mommy, I see I snake on the kitchen floor”. Mommy acting scared and surprised will say “What! Oh NO!”. Kid will reply with a sly grin “April Fool’s”. This will happen countless time today and I’ll enjoy every minute of it!
We are all better. I think a day relaxing and recuperating was just what the Doctor ordered. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that hubby and I stayed in bed ALL day on Saturday. Now, we were both under the weather, it was raining and a perfect day to stay in bed, but still… We have NEVER both stayed in bed all day. Now, I did get up and make sure everyone was fed, I did a few loads of laundry and cleaned the kitchen twice, but that was it. MayMay stayed on the couch all day and The Bear ran around and did her normal 6 year old stuff. She colored us many pictures and brought us many well wishes to our bed. It made me realize how much I love having a master on the main. The family room is just on the other side of our bedroom, so it kind of felt like we were all together. Throughout the day I would yell (not very loudly, she was in the next room) to May “You okay MayMay?” She’d say “Yes” and the resting would continue. It was wonderful!
Now, onto a different topic…
Over at BooMama she asked people to share their inexpensive morning essentials. I was trying to look through and pick out something I thought were interesting and might like to try, so I thought I would just post them here. You might find them interesting as well.
1 – BooMama herself uses Eucerin lotion and she uses Mentholatum on her lips, for her sinuses and she’s even used it under eyes for bags. Interesting.
2 – A lot comments were about my beloved Dunkin Donuts coffee. If you have not tried it, rush out right now to Publix and buy a bag. You will thank me!
3 – Many people used various forms of Berts Bee’s. From chapstick to face lotion or tinted lip balm. I’m going to have to try some Bert’s Bees.
4 – Caress exotic oil infusion Moroccan – this one just sounds exotic. I never even knew there was such a thing.
5 – “Dove original scent deodorant – it makes me (and my husband) enjoy the smell of my underarms, which I know is kind of weird.” This one cracked me up. I enjoy a good smelling underarm as much as the next gal, but I don’t really think my hubby has an opinion on it.
6 – Trader Joe’s Refresh body wash – I love me some Trader Joe’s! And if someone says the body is good, I’ve got to try it!
7 – Super Orange Emergen-C – I’ve seen this product at the store, but never thought about trying it. Sound intriguing.
8 – Dove Energy Glow lotion – several commentors mentioned this product. They said it was a nice, gradual way to get a fake tan. I have those terrible pasty white girl legs going on right now, so I might have to try this one before summer.
9 – Redken’s Spray Starch – This commentor said it would even help her hair on rainy or humid days.
10 – Chicken Poop Chapstick – this one really caught my attention. I googled it and found out it’s a legitimate product. Interesting.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this list of new things to try. If you try any of them, come back and let me know what you think. Or if you have any other “cheap” morning products that you enjoy, share it with the rest of the class.
My time is up! I have to go get in the shower. Today is a school day for us and I’ve got to leave in 1 hour!
Have a great day!!!!!
PS. The new blog is still in the works!! Not sure when it will be up, but I’m getting closer!