November 24, 2010

A Household Favorite

So many games have been purchased, opened, and put on a shelf to collect dust in this house. But not this one. I stumbled onto it at least 3 or 4 years ago, and even today we played for almost an hour with it. I'm not even sure if it's made anymore, but wanted to share.

Let me take you back for a second. Back to when my Alex played with nothing. NOTHING. Sure he'd fly his reindeer around and sing, but as far as toys went, we were stumped every birthday and holiday. So part of my being a stay at home mom job was wandering the aisles of Target, ToyRUs, or anywhere else there may be that something he'd play with. This came in a fun package, was reasonably priced, and certainly worth a try!

Now don't get me wrong, Alex certainly didn't take to it right away, but from a mom/teacher perspective, it was a great toy. I love toys that have multiple uses. I knew the therapists would love it too. It's meant to be a simple game of Memory. It comes with 10 animals that come apart, and 20 hay stacks. That was too much for us when we started, so we'd use 3 animals and 6 stacks. You simply split the animals, in half, cover them with hay, and try to match the tops with the bottoms. That easy! They are cute and they are more fun to touch and find than the old card versions of Memory.

It took many unsuccessful tries, but Alex did finally enjoy the toy. Never quite made a right match, but even mixing a chicken head with a dog butt made for some good laughs. We also used it for counting and learning animal sounds. Chris always enjoyed using the whole set as a Memory game, and later in time we started using it as a 'guess which haystack the animal is under' as they get mixed up.

All in all, a fun, cute game. If you see it in the store, I say pick it up!

November 20, 2010

Whispering Sanity

As the boys get older, I realize more and more how little they listen. Not hear, LISTEN. It's an amazing thing that selective hearing. I'm not even sure I could do it. To intentionally hear but not hear someone...well that's a true gift.

Anyway, as time has gone on, I've tried a few things to get this bad habit to stop. If I was yelling firmly telling the boys something, I'd make sure they were looking me straight in the eye. Well, eventually they were looking through me. Then I'd have them repeat what I said, and that was like playing Operator when you're about 10, it's never the same the second time around. But then, then I figured it out. Hush.

No, not you hush, me. I simply whispered. It not only confused the hell out of them, but made them think I was so nutty they just had to hear what I had to say. Sure, just because I said something, they didn't always follow the directions, but they heard me. Yay for no ear doctor appointments, THEY HEAR ME!!

Then to take that to the next level, I tried it with the television. Volume on the tv wasn't always overly loud, but as they try to talk/yell over each other, laugh at the show, or of course ignore me, volume would gradually go up. So, I used the same concept as the whisper, and lowered the volume considerably. Almost to the volume I watch the news on at 5am while everyone is sleeping. Know what the result was? LISTENING! Listening to the show...really listening. There's no give room if it's a show they are really interested in, because if they start to argue or yelp they won't hear it. So not only did it quiet the tv, but it quieted them. They focused.

So next time things seem to be escalating around the house and everyone/everything's volume starts to rise, try some quiet time. Not silent, just quiet. It will drive them crazy, but it will make you sane. :)

November 19, 2010

Toughen Up Girlie.

Once again, thank you Shazam. I often find myself half listening to the radio lately, which is sad. I love music. I live for music. But when a million things are going on in life at once, it takes a backseat. But anyway, that's the bestest part of Shazam. I can remind myself to re-listen to a new song, remember to download a great oldie, or just use it to check out some lyrics. The song I recently Shazam'd was new, intriguing, and right on the money. Life....well.....too much for one blog post at the moment, but some days I feel like this song. Then there are the days that are one step forward, three steps back. Those are actually the more common days right now. But for me, to even have one day a week where I feel ahead of the game, well that's enough for me. See, here's where that 'baby steps' comes in again. If I didn't live by that motto, I would have cracked long ago.....

A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evanas
Woke up late today,
and I could still feel the sting of pain,
but I brushed my teeth anyway.
Got dressed through the mess, and
put a smile on my face.
I got a little bit stronger.
 
Riding in the car to work,
and I try to soothe all the hurt.
There's a song on the radio,
stupid song made me think of you.
I listened to it for a minute,
but then I changed it.
I'm getting a little bit stronger.
Just a little bit stronger.

And I'm not hoping we can work it out.
I'm done with how I feel.
Spinning my wheels,
letting you drag my heart around.
And I'm not thinking you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same.
But I'm telling myself I'll be OK,
even on my weakest day.
I get a little bit stronger.


It doesn't happen overnight.
But you turn around and a months gone by,
and you realize you haven't cried.
I'm not giving you an hour, or a second,
or another minute longer.
I'm busy getting stronger.

And I'm not hoping we could work it out.
I'm done with how I feel.
Spinning my wheels,
letting you drag my heart around.
And I'm not thinking you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same.
But I'm telling myself I'll be OK,
even on my weakest day.
I get a little bit stronger.
Just a little bit stronger.


Getting along without you baby.
Better off without you baby.
How does it feel without me baby?
I'm getting stronger without you baby.

And I'm not hoping we could work it out.
I'm done with how I feel.
Spinning my wheels,
letting you drag my heart around.
And I'm not thinking you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same.
But I'm telling myself I'll be OK,
even on my weakest day.
I get a little bit stronger.
Get a little bit stronger.
Just a little bit stronger.
Little bit, little bit, little bit stronger.
Get a little bit stronger.

Holy Bananas...Where Does the Time Go?

Hello blog world!! Life has been upside down to say the least over the last few months. I've enjoyed my yarny life and have learned so, so much. I never thought I would become a knitter, always a crocheter at heart. Well I'm here to say that I love knitting! It creates such beautiful finished products, and while it does take some getting used to switching to use of 2 needles, it's so worth the aggravation. I've made some fun little projects, and get a little braver each time. I'm currently on a pair of socks.

In other life news, the boys and I are doing fine and gearing up for the holiday season. Their Christmas lists change and grow each week, so eventually I'll just have to tell them that Santa has reached quota and all future requests will be rejected. One can only shop so much!

I've missed blogging and am ready to get back into the swing of things. I've missed alot of things actually....baby steps, right?!?!