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Time for school…and a whole new way of things

It’s that time of year, school has started and the buses are rolling and the kids are suspiciously silent between 8-3. Wee man is almost 4 and we registered him for pre-school.ย  During the registration, the people indicated that he might not be eligible this year for school. So I made LOTS of plans to homeschool him through his pre-school years and then send him on for kindergarten.ย  I also received a phone call from my ex-step-father (someone I’ve only seen/heard from a handful of times in the past 15 years) and he needs someone to watch his son after school. Long and short of it, I only agreed because the boy has been badly abused by his mother and if G can’t find reliable, safe child-care, she’s going to try to get custody of K. So I agreed. I can’t sleep at night thinking that K would be going back into such a situation. I started caring for him a few weeks ago. It has been a major adjustment. There are some behavioral problems that we’re dealing with, but he’s shaping up well enough. I think he just needs the structure.

In the middle of all this, I get a phone call that, Wee man has been accepted into pre-school. I just sat and bawled. I cried off and on all day long. But he’s excited and he’s wanting to go, so we’re letting him go. He has his backpack ready, and he’s already visited with the teachers and he seems to be soaking it all up like a sponge. So I’ll have a whole new schedule to keep now. I’ll have all this free time and I’m clueless on how to use it.ย  This whole time, I would daydream of all the wondrous things I’d accomplish if he were in daycare or pre-school and now that he’s going, I just want him to stay home.

We’ll see how this unfolds. I’m hoping to be able to dedicate more time to this blog. We’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas has come and gone…

Warm fuzzy Christmas bear.

Birthdays, Christmas and more birthdays have come and gone. It’s been an insane month with everything.ย  We have 3 birthdays in the month of December, plus there is Christmas and New Years Eve. Oh and between the Mr’s birthday and Nathan’s, we all came down with the oh-so-wicked stomach virus. Nathan came down with it first, then the two of us a couple of days later. THEN it went to my Mom’s house. It was really rough. But thankfully, we all felt better by Christmas weekend.

That was a good thing because that weekend was so busy. It started with Nathan’s birthday. And though we had a big party with friends in November, we still had him a small family birthday party for him here at the house. We had cake and presents. ๐Ÿ™‚ He really seemed to have a good time. Then there was Christmas Eve festivities. And finally, there was Christmas Day. I hosted this year, so we had a house full! It was great. Everyone seemed to enjoy their gifts and the food and the company of everyone else. ๐Ÿ™‚

New Years is fast approaching, that means that is the season of good intentions called resolutions. I have projects that I’m working on throughout the year to gear up for next Christmas. I was woefully negligent on that this year. I did finish my BIG Christmas present. My niece got her lap blanket that I crocheted. So I can count that as a FINISH! YES! However, I truly stink because I didn’t get a picture of it before I gave it to her. DOH! Oh well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know I made it and so does she. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh big question…how do you put linkie things in the sidebar? Because I’m CLUELESS!

30 Days of Thankfulness Day 3

Me as a baby/toddler

That’s me as a little girl. I think I was near 2 there.ย  I was really into dresses growing up. I can remember the first time I chose a pair of pants instead of a dress. I was 9 years old, we were living in Augsburg, Germany and it was picture day. My Mom had a pretty dressed out and ready for me to go to school, when I put my foot down and THREW an absolute fit that I didn’t want to wear a dress. I wanted to wear pants. I didn’t have many to choose from because up to that point, I refused to wear them. So, my Mom, who wasn’t successful in getting me to change my mind, let me wear pants. That’s one of the first of many clashes she and I have had. I think that’s a part of the growing pains that both parents and children have to go through. And no matter what kind of grief I gave her, no matter how many times she wanted to throttle me (and I’m CERTAIN there was PLENTY as I was a trying child) she never did. She always stuck by her guns and did what she felt was right for me.

Now I’m not an only child. I do have a younger brother who’s almost 5 years younger.ย  He presented his own unique issues with her. How she handled the two of us, I’ll never fathom. But she did. And considering how we’ve both turned out, I think she did a smashing job. We’re productive people, we both have children and they are loved and well-behaved. We don’t get wild and crazy.

I won’t go into my Mom’s story here. It’s her story to tell. However, I will say this, considering all things, my Mom has overcome some serious obstacles in her path to where she is. And I’m so happy and proud that she’s my Mom. She’s more than just my mother, she’s my friend. She’s one of the few people I can count on for good advice and she’ll tell me the truth whether or not I like it. She’s been my go to person when it comes to rearing my own son. And he positively adores her. He has to see her every other day at least and he has to talk with her on the phone daily.ย  I have no idea what I’d do without her.ย  I don’t think I can ever express just how important she is to me. And no matter the struggles we had in the past, we have such a strong bond and always have had one. So on this day I’m beyond grateful that I have the Mom that I have and she’s positively irreplaceable.

30 Days of Thankfulness Day 2

Nathan

Nathan looking at me.

My son is a source of great joy in my life. He’s intelligent and zany and makes me giggle. And yes I’m grateful for him every moment of every day, even if I would rather lock myself in the bathroom to escape him. But it isn’t my son that I’m grateful at this moment, but rather his new insurance company.

I’m not going to start a debate on how insurance needs to be run, or who needs to run it. But I’ve not had good dealings with insurance companies. I had one tell me that I wasn’t a female and wouldn’t take care of annual preventive care visits. Talk about how hard it is to PROVE your gender. You’d think it would be simple. They can hear your voice over the phone. They can talk with your HR person (because this was through my job.)

ANYWAYS!…My son’s NEW insurance company! We were recently informed of some changes to our insurance company and that he’d have to be transferred to another company and a few options were given to us (comparable companies and plans, etc) by our old company. We picked one because the plan was almost identical. I received a phone call a couple of weeks ago, asking for a bunch of details about my son’s health. I answered them, expecting no more than this. The next day I received another phone call with a representative wanting to set up a face to face meeting. And yesterday was that meeting…

This lady met with me and we went over some health issues my son has. She said that because of his age and his conditions that he falls into their Managed Care Caseload. Which just means that someone will check on us every now and again to make sure that he’s getting his meds that he needs and that he’s able to get to his appointments with his specialist. And if I need ANY sort of assistance with either of these, to let them know and they’d help me. They have a 24 hour nurse hotline as well as an monthly allowance for common household things like ibuprofen, bandaids and such. To be completely honest, I didn’t think insurance companies would do something like that. And when I mentioned that to the representative yesterday, she smiled and said that her company wants healthy clients and they are proactive in keeping them that way. That is something I’m SO grateful for. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Food Glorious Food….

This past week, I drove to the next county over to try this place out. One of the blogs I check out all the time, RAVES about Aldi. Kristen, aka The Frugal Girl, LOVES Aldi. She shops there all the time, so I thought I’d check it out and see if it compares to what I do have in my town.

First I will say what tempted me to drive the 35 miles to check it out. Recently in a blog post, she mentioned that she was invited by Aldi to visit their home base and she got to see the inner workings of the business.ย  She describes the treatment of the employees and the measures that the business takes to save the consumer money without sacrificing on quality.ย  This is what tempted me to drive the distance to try it out. Integrity is important to me and if that means traveling 35 miles to support a business that treats people fairly, then I will do so.

The second reason is there are some specialty shops there that I can visit while I’m getting groceries at Aldi’s. So my Mom and my son in tow, we trekked on to check this place out.

My first impression of the store is just how small it is. It TRULY is tiny, however, there was plenty of items that I do use in stock. So I purchased $46 worth of merchandise, including chips, hummus, fish, canned goods, toilet tissue, and produce.ย  This is what I think think of the store.ย  Though the store was small, it was easy for my Mom to shop, which is really important. With her having a torn meniscus in her left knee, too much walking is really painful to her. Second, the products are REALLY easy to find.ย  Their produce was VERY good. I was really impressed with their produce. All of it was crisp and fresh and very well priced. ($1.98 for 2lbs of grapes! HELLO!!)

Though their food is private label and there ARE differences between them and the name brand, for the most part the differences are negligible. So, I wouldn’t be adverse to buying these things again in the future.ย  There’s a store in town that is similar in product, they are still a little pricier than Aldi’s. So this alone isn’t enough to draw me to them. But there IS the first reason to go, integrity.

One of the biggest draws of this store was some of their merchandise that I saw on their website.ย  They are a company with a German heritage and they had a LOT of German type of items there.ย  I bought Mr. W some sweet Bavarian mustard. (I used to live in Augsburg, Germany, and I remember this being the type of mustard offered with bratwurst.) I bought some pre-made pork schnitzel.ย  The schnitzel was ok. It was a good pork patty, but nothing like the “real” thing.ย  But overall it is nice to get something here that reminds me of my childhood.

The things that I don’t like about Aldi are few. First I don’t like that it is so far away. Second, I don’t like how little the selection is, though I’ll add thatย  I understand why it is that way.ย  And I’m unsure if this is the same for all the stores, but this particular store had isled merchandise all the way to the checkout counter, so it made it hard to shop those items when people were waiting to be checked out.

I don’t mind paying the quarter for the cart, you get it back when you return it to the store OR as I found out, someone coming into the store will give you your their quarter for your cart. I don’t mind using my own bags. I prefer to do that anyway.ย  I am just grateful that I have enough bags for both my Mom and myself. We’re going to have to work on getting her some bags! ๐Ÿ˜€

I know there are people who want to be critical of Aldi because the selection is small and there isn’t a lot of organic food there. Here’s my take on all that. If all you had was Aldi for 100 miles around, then I can understand your dismay. However, there are farmers markets and other stores that sell organic foods. I don’t equate the processed foods because ALL grocery stores sell processed foods, even places like Whole Foods. Those that don’t are called FARMERS MARKETS. Go to them. I highly suggest going to your local farmers market. I do. I buy my local produce there. I buy my pumpkins there. I buy fresh ground peanut butter and apple cider there. However, I see more benefit to Aldi than detriment.

So my final verdict, I’d definitely shop there. When I need to go to the butcher down there, I’ll hit Aldi’s up. So this looks to be an every other week thing and I’ll just shop my local Save-a-lot.

Random Thoughts

Isn't he the best looking Spiderman there is?!?

First off, I want to admire just how handsome Spidey is. ๐Ÿ˜€ย  I do think he gives any of the new actors a run for their money on handsomeness. But then, I’m probably VERY biased. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry, I’ve been absent a while. There has been some stuff going on. It definitely seems that when life decides to go nuts, it REALLY goes nuts! One of my Mom’s good friends passed away at the early part of the month. He was only a year older than she and he was in poor health. However much we may miss him, everyone agrees that he’s home and no longer suffering.ย  On Saturday we are having a benefit concert at church to help his family with funeral costs and medical expenses. I really hope there’s a great turn out for his wife and children. He was a very well loved man by many people.

I FINALLY got through to the nurses and doctors about my son’s speech issues. I love him dearly but he’s not very clear on many sounds. We finally had him evaluated by a speech therapist and we have a game plan in. I dealt with feeling incompetent for a little while, but really if I’d have done what the doctors wanted, which is wait and let the school system catch it, I would have failed my son then. He sees the therapist once a week and he’s only had 2 sessions with Ms. Emily but he’s already making such progress! I’m so grateful to have gotten him the help now instead of later. Though I’m still fighting mad at how long it has taken the “professionals” to acknowledge the problem. (Oh and my son will be 3 soon and isn’t even speaking on a 2 year old level.)ย  But all that matters is that he’s getting the help and he’s flourishing. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been having some health issues to contend with.ย  I’m struggling with taking care of me before taking care of everyone else. It’s a remnant of my childhood. My Mom was always putting herself last in order to care for all of us. And I’ve found myself in that same bracket. Everyone comes before me. It took some serious discussion for me to go to the doctor. The doctor agreed with Mr. W and had me donate some blood for their tests. I go back in a couple of weeks for some screenings and the results of the screens and bloodwork. I have faith that everything will work out. It’s just worrisome with the waiting.

I am excited for the upcoming holiday season. ๐Ÿ™‚ It all starts with Halloween. We’ve carved and painted pumpkins, we have ghosts flying around the yard. Thanksgiving is next and then there is Christmas. And in the middle of all that there are most of my families birthdays. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think Thursday is a good day for random thoughts. What do you think?

Funny Things Kids Say

The following is overheard while I was cooking supper.

Nathan had gotten into some trouble with his Dad. His Dad was trying to get him to do something, and as with most 2 year olds, he doesn’t have much attention span or listen well.

“Nathan, I’m not telling you again! I said take that to your room! If I have to tell you one more time, you’re going to your room too!”

“Toy hater!” (said with as much disgust as a 2 year old can muster, finger pointing and the whole nine yards.)

At that point, I had to turn away. I started to snicker and I couldn’t let Nathan see me because that would undermine everything that was going on. So I continued mashing my potatoes, while his Dad defended his position on toys.

I guess to a 2 year old, being a “toy hater” is akin to calling someone a murderer or something. At least that was the inflection in his tone. But he was so serious and it was so funny. His father handled it wonderfully though. He handled it with all the seriousness that the situation warranted. But when it was over, we had a good laugh over it.

So, what has your children called you out of the blue?

WFMW

Kristen over at We Are THAT Family has a weekly post where she tells what works or does not work for her and her family. This is my contribution.

Cell phones…They do NOT work for me.

I’ll let that one sink in.

I know what you’re thinking. How can they NOT work for you?!?! Seriously, your entire life can subsist on that one little piece of equipment. And back when they came into our area, I had one and it was good. It was a phone. I made calls, I received calls…it worked like it was supposed to. And though yes, there was text messaging, it was a pay per message deal. Nothing at all like it is now.

Now, you can not only make calls, you can text, surf the internet, listen to music on the mp3 player, watch a movie, take photos, take video, keep in contact with people on instant messenger as well as facebook. Now they’re coming with applications that can be downloaded as well as qwerty keyboards so you don’t have to count how many times you push a number in order to get it to write.

How many people HONESTLY use their phone as a phone anymore? Now I’m not saying that they don’t still have their use, they do. I just don’t care for all the bells and whistles that is automatically on the phones. Not to mention the expense of something I might use less than 100 minutes in 6 months.

It’s just not something that adds any value to my life. So it doesn’t work for my family…

Don’t forget to check Kristen’s blog (linked at the top) for other Works For Me Wednesday posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

How much is too much?

 

How do you know when you’ve shared too much information with people? I’ve had a personal friend ask if it was really necessary to name my blog “Mom, I pooted…” She thinks that it is a wee bit too personal and it’s not “tasteful”. Seriously though, who’s toddler has NEVER made a reference to their passing gas. It’s either poot, toot, fart or as my niece loved to say…flatulence. It’s something that they do that makes us want to deny any knowledge of them. It’s their goal in life to make our faces burn so red that we experience our own solar flares. But really, what is too much? I don’t think talking about the potty or diaper changes or the muck that’s in them is too far, yet, I’m reticent in posting more personal information like his first and middle name. First name, no problem, as well as some photos. But we’ve never had naked baby pictures taken nor will we. But really, where is the line drawn? I see some blogs that focus on their finances and they’re so bold that they actually put out their income and outcome. ACK! I wouldn’t dream of putting my finances so boldly out there. I understand the need for accountability, however, I can do that in a more private fashion. The other side of the coin is, making my personal life so out there that it makes others uncomfortable.

So exactly how much is too much? And how do you decide what you will or not publish?

Home…home on the range….

Hello! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Tracy and this is my little spot here in blogosphere. Here I’ll post about pretty much anything that springs to mind. Laundry soap recipe? Sure, why not. How to make homemade wipes? That too. How to make the best cake ever? Sure (in my opinion anyways!) Want to know how to repair a sock (does anyone REALLY do this anymore??!) Sure, why not I know how. Most of all, I’ll most likely be posting about my son, Nathan.

Nathan

Nathan looking at me.

He is my world. (I know, you’re saying “All Mom’s say that.” And we do. It’s in the job description…don’t believe me? You need to check out the Mommy contract. It’s in there.) And like all kids, he says the darnedest things. He’s actually the inspiration for the name of this blog. Right now it’s his fastest and easiest way to embarrass me. He just blurts out “MOOOOMMMMM! I poooooted!!!” Yup, hide me now. Preferably under a rock with a lot of moss on it.

So what have your children said that send you crawling under the nearest rock?