Btw, how is everything going with your mom? I've been thinking about you guys a lot.
Btw, how is everything going with your mom? I've been thinking about you guys a lot.
Thank you for asking, and for thinking of us She is doing okay. It's hard to tell. She's taking a lot of pain meds. My dad is wearing himself out worrying about her all the time. I wish there was more I could do to help him.
I confess that I was just laying with Kai in his bed, half asleep, really warm and cozy when he sat up and said, "Mom. Do you want to get me a drink of water now? Or in five minutes?" :laugh: This kid is using my tactics.
I'm glad she's doing ok. Your poor dad, it must be really hard on him. :hugs:
I confess that I got my siggy back.
I confess that Mia's new thing is doing voices for her stuffed animals. It's so cute. I had a long conversation with her panda today. :laugh:
I've noticed that my mom is actually kind of mean to my dad sometimes. I know it is her frustration with losing some independence. She has always been very self reliant and now he has to remind her when and which pills to take and when she get confused about something, he's the one to correct her. She acts like he's bugging her. It makes me sad for him.
It's so hard when people are ill, and when they're on pain meds. I had this issue with my grandfather years ago, when he was having all sorts of issues and had been in and out of the hospital. Of course, he was older, so it's surely not the same, but he was so short and crappy with me sometimes and it made me so sad, but mostly for him, because I knew it was just a symptom of how powerless he felt. :( Bridget, I'm glad things seem mostly okay right now, but god, I think of you. This must be so hard.
On an up note - try the book! After three lessons, today we played a game in the driveway where I used sidewalk chalk to make a road for him to drive his ride-on car on, and he asked me to "make a word game." So, using the three sounds/letters we've practiced I made words at each corner and told him the game was each time he passed them he had to read/sound out the words. He did it, every one. As, am, sam, and mama. That was all I could think of with those letters, but he was SOooooo proud!
Daylilies - two suggestions, one, stop what you're doing, look Josh in the eye, and say "sweety, you need to acknowledge me, which means saying YES or OKAY or something when I ask you something." It seems annoying, but get him to understand a response is ALWAYS necessary when someone is speaking two you. And two, have a talk with DH. I had to do this with mine, because sometimes he wouldn't respond and he somehow thought that was okay - well, it's not. And it sends the wrong message to your kids.
Stacy, does Oscar write his letters yet? I only ask because Savana is very interested in letters but not writing them. I'm not concerned but curious as to how typical it would be for a child to read first.
And what you say about your grandpa is just how I feel about my mom. She expressed to me a long time ago how her biggest fear was losing brain function and "being a burden" to us, to my dad. It was the only time I ever saw her cry about her illness. I just with I had the power to take the pain away. From her and my dad.
Thank you for the thoughts everyone.
I don't want to quote the whole thing, but thanks Stacy for the reply and advice.
That's funny! I've been trying that tactic too.
I was really irritated yesterday to go to the craft store looking for stickers for Annie, and the majority of stickers all being easter stickers. I know that it's easter, and so lots of people are buying more eastery stuff...but I just wanted a selection that included things that could double as teaching tools possibly? Like some animals, or colors...anything!!
I feel like when I was a kid (born in '79) that stickers were so much more a thing, and "sticker technology" has dived since. I used to be able to find TONS of stickers...what happened? Did kids stop liking stickers in favor of their nintendo DS? If anyone knows of a good place to buy LOTS of stickers, clue me in.
I hate the easter theme. We celebrate spring, but jesus there are a lot of bunnies and eggs out there this time of year. And crappy candy. Oh joy, a veritable hell for me. :winks:
I loved stickers. I was born in 71 and they were such the rage in the 70s and 80s. You're right, they seem to suck nowadays.
Bridget, O's just starting to write letters, and does really well with the simple ones. O, A, T, H, I, F, the ones that don't involve squiggles or too many pieces. This book will help with that, too, because part of each lesson is "writing sounds" and they have you have the kid trace the sound, then write it (if they can). I don't push with the really hard ones, I just do it WITH him or let him trace, but he's getting it pretty quickly. Today he didn't even tell me how lloooooong the lesson was or that he "couldn't do this" so we're making progress. :winks:
Oh, and he tries to write his name and gets the O, the A, and the R just fine, but S looks like a series of crazed squiggles and the C is always backwards. Oh, and he doesn't write it in a LINE more like all over the page. :P
I get boatloads of stickers from Family Dollar. They have little ones for behavior/potty charts and ones specifically for girls and boys and just things in general like cars and flowers and the sun. I bought a bunch of superhero and hotwheel stickers for Ky's birthday party last month to give out in goddie bags. Not all Family Dollar stores have them though for some reason. The one closest to my house does, but we have another about 6 blocks away that doesn't have any. Don't know why but they don't. But Family Dollar in my neighborhood is like the ghetto mall or shopping plaza since they are pretty much the only stores around here. There are 4 within a 5 mile radius and all of them have different products so go figure.
But just wanted to say 79 is in the house!!!! I was born in 79 too and used to LOVE stickers when I was a kid. Ky and his friends/cousins loved the stickers too so I don't think kids don't like them anymore. If anything it seems they think they are extra special since older kids anyway don't really get stickers anymore as much as I used to get them. The kids at the party had ages between 3 and 10 and all the boys loved the stickers and I really had to make sure they didn't plaster our walls with them while they were here since I gave all of them 50 stickers each.
Did you guys ever do a slam book in school? It was so mean but I did it before. My much older sister taught me about it. :laugh:
Hello, birth year '79 here too!
I find there are lots of stickers at my craft stores. Not so much in the kids sections but in the scrapbooking sections there are some neat stickers. Yes some are expensive but there are some good deals too.
And no I've never done a slam book. Not sure what it is.
I lost Bobbie and Jessica when they were little (maybe 2 and 3), and it was in our yard. I panicked and was yelling for them. After a few minutes, my yells were probably more like shrieks, if I'm honest. We lived near a pond at the time and had a small stream running through our backyard and we were surrounded by woods. What happened was they heard me 'yelling' and got scared, so they stayed hid. One of the most terrifying moments of my life. I did learn from that to keep my panic in check so that they would come to me in a hurry from then on.
My mom used to get all her stickers from the teachers supply store, but since we moved she now gets them from - http://www.trendenterprises.com/product_searchresults_New.cfm?Keywords=&ThisLevel1 =Product+Category&Level1=ThisLevel1&ThisLevel2=Sti ckers
Well shoot, I gotta go get me some healthy jelly beans now.
Audri walked right into a glass wall today... I tried so hard, but couldn't help laughing... She was just so determined, and then BAM!
lol...I laugh at those things too.
Is it just me being blind, or is the girl talk forum gone?
Aww poor Audri...LOL
I confess that I made DH hide the enormous easter egg he bought. I don't need that temptation. :P
I confess that I hTE IT WHEN I HIT THE CAPS LOCK INSTEAD OF 'A' AND I HAVE TO RE-TYPE EVERYTHING I JUST WROTE.
Jelly beans are the devil.
I was born in 78 and had a few stickers. Wasn't really that into them though. I collected books instead....Nancy Drew Case Files. :)
OMG, so I'm all moody this weekend and hormonal. And DH did NOT help things out this weekend. The ONE thing I wanted to do was go to the place to pick out the bathroom counters. It's pretty much the only thing we didn't do. I told him yesterday at 10am that I wanted to have my coffee and than get going. Well he found some facebook game he was obsessed with all weekend and kept putting it off. I told him I thought they closed early but didn't check the time.
We get there finally at 12:30...to find that they closed at 12 and aren't open on Sundays. So pretty much now I'm going to have to miss some work one day this week (we have to talk to a specific person and she only works every other Saturday).
He was just lucky that once I started cleaning today that he turned that stupid game off and helped me.
Stop talking about jellybeans!
Ok so what FB game is he obsessed with? Maybe I'm obsessed with it too. LOL