Archive | August, 2008

What Do I Do with ALL This Artwork??

By Kay on Fri, Aug 29, 2008


When you live with a budding artist, you live with piles and piles of artwork. And ALL of it is special. And NONE of it can be thrown away. At least, that’s what my 5 year old tells me constantly. And as gung-ho as she is about recycling, I still can’t manage to convince her that we can recycle some of her artwork, too.

So, instead of living with the masses of piles everywhere, I started looking for ideas of what to do with it all to help contain it and keep it from taking over my entire house. I came across several great suggestions like these:

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Wordless Wednesday: Batman Karis

By Kay on Wed, Aug 27, 2008

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Kate Amaris: Artist Extraordinaire

By Kay on Mon, Aug 25, 2008

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This is a photo that Kate took on Shawn’s iPhone recently.  She obviously blurred whatever she was looking at, but the resulting image was just too pretty to delete.  What’s amazing to me is that Kate’s a better artist on accident than her mommy ever is on purpose!!  🙂

Potty Language

By Kay on Fri, Aug 22, 2008


(Many thanks to my friends for the below exchange. This is why we ALL need a support group of other moms to rely on!)

Q: Any tips for handling a 3yo boy who likes to call everybody silly names? (pumpkinhead, pottyhead, poopoohead, boogerhead. I could go on… LOL) We’ve spanked, we’ve done timeouts, we’ve taken away toys, we’ve ignored it, we’ve laughed at it, and we’re all out of ideas. We even resorted to calling him the same name he calls us, (that was short lived as he thought it was the funniest thing he ever heard) and nothing seems to work.

A: We’ve set the rule of no name calling at all, just in case you hurt someone’s feelings when you are just trying to be funny.

AND we’re only allowed to use bathroom words IN the bathroom (which has stopped the embarassingly loud announcements of “I have to poo!” in restaurants, but has also spawned numerous toot and tee tee bathtime songs). To me, this was a safe way for them to get to enjoy those funny things about their bodies which all little ones find so hilarious without shaming our family in public.

But you know, since my girls aren’t allowed to say, “I gotta go poo!” in public any more, we’ve had to come up with acceptable alternatives. Wouldn’t Ethan look so sweet and precious with, “Excuse me, I need to go freshen up.” Priceless. 🙂

The Baby Whisperer and Learning Your Baby’s Cries

By Kay on Wed, Aug 20, 2008

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At one of our last Moms’ Night Out gatherings, we were all discussing babies (duh! We ARE a bunch of moms!) and their cries.  Several of us had heard of the ‘baby whisperer’, Priscilla Dunstan, who was on Oprah, but only a couple of us had ever tried it.  My sister-in-law has tried it with her baby, Grayson, and is swearing by it!  She said she’s been able to figure out his cries pretty easily and is having a much easier time with him than with her other 2 kiddos. Just thought I’d pass it on…

Holy cow!! Great use of visuals to help explain the proposed budget cuts and their actual impact on the overall budget.

You’ll never fold tshirts the same way again!

If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

Children’s Books We’ve Read