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2009 January » Philoxenos

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30th January 2009

Want to feel rich?

According to my husband the best way is to eat cantaloupe and chocolate krispie cereal.  Not together, of course.

Precious, Little Boy, and I came home from a trip to Sam’s Club yesterday with a big box of cereal with Fruit Loops, Chocolate Krispies, and Apple Jacks. This morning he opened them up and just grinned. And he pretty much grinned the entire time he was eating them.

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30th January 2009

Just another way for me to waste time

Kelly’s post that I read this morning got me thinking about Facebook and so now I’ve pretty much wasted an entire afternoon finding people. Just lurking, not actually asking them to be my friend.It’s a whole other thing to learn.  I don’t think can handle the pressure. I’m going to go clean something and try to redeem the afternoon.

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30th January 2009

Remember when we used to write real letters?

Yesterday I spent some time with my mom out in the garage, clearing out some cupboards. I found three boxes of stuff that I had packed away after finishing college, prior to leaving for Korea. I thought I had cleared out all of my stuff, but this was in a different place from the other things.

I started looking through it and found a large box full of letters.  I used to be a prolific letter writer and as a result got a lot of letters back. This was back around 1995 before most people had email and no one I knew had a cell phone and texting was unheard of. I started reading the letters and oh my! Took me back. Most of the letters are from people that I am no longer in touch with. Some are from people that are no longer living. Some are from boys that I thought were going to change my life :)

As I read the letters I remembered back to those times. I realised that I had a lot of regrets and was ashamed with the way that I treated some people. For some stupid reason I thought I’d try to find some of them so I jumped on the computer and located a few of them. One guy now has a PhD in music performance and has made quite a name for himself as a trombonist. One guy is a structural engineer and his parents still live in the same house here in town. (it’s very hard to find women because they get married and change their names.)

I was talking to a friend this morning, asking her opinion on if I should contact one person in particular to ask for forgiveness. I was selfish and selfish and selfish. I can’t think of another word to describe my behaviour. She asked me what it could possibly achieve, 14 years later. I have asked God for forgiveness and I know he’s forgiven me. Would contacting this person achieve anything? What is my motive?

As I thought about my motive, I realised it centred more around wanting people to think good of me, rather than trying to clear the air, which was 14 years old. After mulling it over a bit more, I’ve decided to just leave the past in the past. If I spend all my time worrying about the past and all the things I’ve done wrong, I won’t be living in the present. I have learned from my mistakes and I pray that I won’t repeat them again.

And my husband saw all the letters, a lot from boys that I had been interested in at some point, and he just chuckled and smiled. That smile that says - aren’t you glad you got me instead?? :) And yes I am. I do not regret for one minute that I married him or that my life has been what it is.

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27th January 2009

Totally Tots

A blog that I’ve been following for a while because of her great ideas on teaching toddlers (tots) at home, has started a new blog devoted just to Tots - Totally Tots! Go have a look and keep an eye on it as it grows.

totally tots

Now that I have one in kindergarten and another that thinks she should be in kindergarten, it’s easy for me to forget about my youngest, who is nearly two. I’m definitely not as purposeful with him as I was with my oldest one. I try to plan one activity a week that is focused on him and where he’s at, rather than just making him tag along with the others.

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26th January 2009

potty training part 1,538,402

For those of you interested in how potty training is going with my middle daughter, I’m here to update you.

She is 3 years and 4 months old. Up until last week she was still wearing pull ups and had no desire to do anything else. I had given up a few months ago, not willing to have any more fights and battles of will over her going to the toilet. I was spending $20-$30 a month on pull ups. That’s three dinners at home for my family.

Friday night during the evening with my friends, potty training came up. They told me to just suck it up and put her in panties. So Saturday morning when she got up I took her to the toilet and told her it was panty day! She was excited, she put them on and has never looked back. She’s been dry ever since, even at night.

Now she still requires reminders, so she’s not completely potty trained, in my opinion. That comes when a child takes herself to the toilet when she knows she needs to go. I can’t remember how long that takes, but I’m committed to reminding her for several months.

So Grandma is coming over this morning to take her to buy some new panties as a fun treat for being a big girl.

And know something amazing? Little Boy has been telling me when he needs to go, too. So far he’s not doing anything on the toilet, but he’s very happy to sit there and then when I take him off he pees on his pants. But hey, it’s a start.

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25th January 2009

Random advice from other Walmart shoppers

Friday night I hosted a Mom’s Night Out for the other ladies in my homeschool group. We try to occasionally get together, sans children, for a night of laughing and chocolate. I made these brownies/bars and they were good, but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to make them every time I need a dessert.

Anyway.

(The following paragraph is bolded for some unknown reason. Little Boy pushed some buttons and I can’t get it to go back)

One of the other moms was sharing her recent venture into Walmart to buy hair colour. Apparently she’s been considering it for a while and was hoping to have the guts to buy it and go home and actually use it. Colouring one’s hair is a commitment because once one starts it’s quite difficult to stop, considering that the grey normally only gets worse in the intervening time.

As my friend stood in front of the hair colour, looking at all the different shades of brown, another shopper passed her in the aisle, pushing her cart. They didn’t make eye contact at all, but she said rather ominously “Once you go dark, you can never go back” and she continued walking past, not saying another word.

At this point in the telling, I started to wonder if God has sent her an angel in disguise in order to warn her about the inherent difficulties of colouring one’s hair.

My friend obviously thought so, too, because she chickened out and walked away.

After she told her story I brought out a couple of different hair colours that I had bought last week at Kmart when it was double coupon week, so I got them for about $2 each. I offered to just do it right then, even though it was 9:30 at night. For some reason I don’t understand she didn’t think that was a good idea.  :)

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24th January 2009

Unpleasant way to wake up on a Saturday

To the sound of all the smoke alarms going off, simultaneously. On our 18 ft ceilings. Our ladder is only 9 ft. See the problem? And apparently there aren’t batteries. It appears that they are monitored, or have the ability to be. Mystery for the day.

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22nd January 2009

One advantage to sick kids

Cuddles. Lots and lots of cuddles. I have spent most of the day holding my little boy. And I’m trying to cherish every moment.

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21st January 2009

My favourite blogs

Because I’m so bad at actually maintaining my blog, I wanted to give you a few links to the blogs that I read consistently. I use Bloglines so it tells me which ones are updated. But there are the few blogs that I read every time they’re updated.

Preschoolers and Peace  Kendra is a mom of 8 who, although not perfect, shares what works (and doesn’t work!) for her family. This blog has been a tremendous source of information for me. And usually if Kendra recommends a book, I know it’s going to be good!

By Sun and Candlelight   Dawn’s blog is a breath of fresh air. She’s a homeschooler and her blog is such a resource for me.

The Pioneer Woman   And this one is great. Fantastic pictures, great recipes, just a good laugh. And I made her make ahead mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving and they were amazing.

Baker’s Dozen:  This is the blog of a woman in Washington who has a large family, 13 kids, some by adoption, some biological. She is also a homeschooler that I glean some great ideas from. And last year she spent over 60 hours at the dentist! I thought I was the only one. And best of all, she’s the one that told me about Fix Freeze Feast, my favourite cookbook!!

So, anyway, go have a look.

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21st January 2009

the weather, the gym, the sickness

The weather: It is like spring here. It’s been in the mid 60s. Parts of the country having horrible winter weather and here we are with almost record breaking temperatures. The good part is we’re not running our heater which of course saves us money. The bad part is that it’s supposed to be winter!

The gym: I go almost every day. I like it. My mom has loaned me her ipod so I put some music on there and now I can walk for ages. Yesterday I was there before 5:30 and was able to watch the initial inauguration events. I can tell that I’m getting stronger. And Handsome says certain parts of me aren’t as jiggly. That’s got to be a good thing, right? :)

The sickness: All of the kids are sick now. Precious is getting better, Cutie is in the middle of the yuckiness and Little Boy is starting to get a rattle in his chest. *sigh* I hate it when the kids are sick. We weren’t able to take Precious to choir yesterday and we’re staying home from BSF and AWANA today. I was up half the night with Little Boy because he just kept coughing and couldn’t stop. But finally he slept and then I did too. He sounds better this morning and I pray that he gets continually better so we don’t have a repeat of last night.

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