Monthly Archives: January 2019

Polar Vortex

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This weather, amirite?! I was at the car dealership today getting my oil changed and on the news they reported that Chicago is going to be COLDER than Mount Everest, Siberia, and ANTARCTICA tomorrow! Like WHAT?! Where I live, we have a high of 14 and a low of 1 tomorrow (not including wind chill of course)! I really don’t want to be trapped in the house with all 3 of my kids, but that temperature sounds WAY too crazy to take them outside!

In preparation of our imminent snow day. I went to the store to pick up a few things I thought we may need tomorrow. I found this union suit for my almost 5 year old and this one for my 3 year old. They are SO cozy and I almost wish I had looked for one for myself. I bought them a size too big so hopefully they’ll be able to wear the pajamas more than just this month. I couldn’t find any for my youngest son, but I’m sure he’ll be fine in the pajamas he has already.

School for tomorrow is already cancelled so I’m planning a Disney movie marathon for tomorrow. We’ll watch Beauty and the Beast (2017), Hercules (1997), Mulan, and The Incredibles 2 (we haven’t seen it yet!). I may add a few more movies in, but that looks like a great line-up to me! I’ve been limiting the boys’ screen time to no more than 2 hours a day and with them going to school every day, it’s been pretty easy. But since tomorrow is a snow day and we won’t be going anywhere, lounging in our pajamas and watching Disney movies sounds like a perfect day. I think I’ll make some chicken noodle soup for dinner.

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Snow Day

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We had yet another snow day today, this is our second one in two weeks. Snow days mean that Little Andrew stays home from school while Adam and Jack are only on a one hour delay. Early head start has to offer a specific number of days of school per year, hence the delay instead of cancellation.

Before knowing about the snow day, I had every intention to deep clean different rooms of my house since I would be home alone for six hours. Then I got the phone call about the cancellation and had to re-assess. Since Andrew is my oldest kid, he’s pretty good at entertaining himself. I decided that I would work on at least one room and if I got that done, then that would be enough. Since I’ve been single momming for seven months now, I’ve come to realize that I can’t do everything in one day. Accomplishing small things in one day has been satisfying.

This morning, I decided I would get the boys breakfast and ready for school, take Adam and Jack to school, then come home and figure out what cleaning I would get done today. On the way home from dropping the boys off, Andrew told me that he’d like to play with the Pokemon figurines he got for his birthday the year before last (found on AmazonĀ here). Since they’re very small, he’s not able to play with them much when his brothers are around so I figured it was a good idea. When we got home, he played with his Pokemon while I drank an iced coffee (I drink the 2X energy foundĀ on Amazon) and figured out what I wanted to get done today.

That’s when I walked through Adam and Andrew’s bedroom to go brush my teeth (our house has a very weird set up) and realized that it looked like a tornado blew through. So Andrew and I did some learning (handwriting, sight words flash cards, and Spanish flash cards), watched Hercules, made lunch, then went to clean their room. It only took us about an hour to completely get rid of the trash, put the toys and books away, and vacuum. Having their room spotless is such a big relief and it makes me want to clean more every day.

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

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I read the book The Help in college and have seen the movie half a dozen times and while the grammar is incorrect, I believe the quote in the title has a good meaning. We should teach our children that they are kind, smart, and important. Many people may disagree with me or possibly be offended by my statement, but oh well. The fact that some parents don’t teach their kids much at all drives me INSANE! But that is a rant for another time…

I was always taught that using my manners was one way to be kind. Please, thank you, excuse me, yes ma’am, no sir, etc. As a parent, I’ve tried to lead by example and show my kids how to use their manners. They do great at it and occasionally tell each other “good job using your manners!” I’ve even gotten a few good jobs myself.

Since birth, my oldest son has loved books and learning. At almost 5, he questions everything, has recently gotten into Harry Potter (the movies, not the books yet), and is always willing to watch something educational or play an educational game. My 3 year old loves to learn also, but he’s a mover. If he is moving, then he’s learning. In both of their cases, I’ve found that flash cards work. My oldest son can sit still and tell you what is on the card, my middle son has to move his body whether it be making the letter with his body or doing a certain move the number of times on the card. We specifically use the Playskool cards (found on Amazon here using my affiliate link).

Being a mom of 3 boys under the age of 5, it can be difficult to set aside time one on one with each boy to make them feel important. Today and yesterday, my oldest was home sick from school. Yesterday, he complained of a headache and today, he wasn’t himself. So today, we took his little brothers to school then went to the store for a few things. He didn’t have the strength to walk through the store, so we brought in his blanket and he sat in the cart. I had a little list of things to get and he helped a bit from the cart. He’s my helper, that’s for sure.

My 3 year old is a cuddler, he has been since birth. When we get home from school each day, he’ll climb into the recliner with me and just sit for a couple minutes then he’s good to go play. At night before bed, I sit on his bed to read him a book and sing him a song. I have no idea why, but the ABC song has always calmed him down. He’s at that age now where he wants to get up every 5 minutes and ask for something else. Some of the things he comes up with crack me up. The other night, he asked me “Mom, when I get big, can I be a fixer?” I was like “well sure buddy, you can be whatever you want to be. But right now, let’s worry about sleeping since you have school tomorrow.”

My youngest is about one and a half and hasn’t really shown much of his personality yet. He just started walking about 2 months ago and he’s slowly getting his verbal skills, but it makes him angry when he can’t tell you what he wants. He knows some sign language and he listens very well when he’s asked to do something. For one on one time, he’ll bring his blanket and sit with me and watch NCIS after his brothers go to bed. Honestly, the theme song has put him to sleep on more than one occasion. I’ve been working on animal sounds with him, it’s funny to hear him try to make the sounds.