Transition from four wheels to two

The transition has begun, the training wheels have been moved up from firmly planted on the ground to hovering about an inch above, and I am getting a workout!

Morgan has never been in love with her bike. I can remember as a child loving mine. I was on it everyday and couldn’t wait to ride with no training wheels – I especially couldn’t wait until I graduated to an adult bike. I’m not sure that they had youth bikes when I was a kid; now, I am fairly certain it’s a ploy to convince the consumer to buy another bike.

Back to the subject, Morgan’s ambivalence about her bike. Being such a bike kid I never understood her reluctance and doubted she would ever graduate from training wheels.



Your “Lovies”

To Morgan and Emily,

Since this is your baby book and I have never mentioned them, I have to tell you girls about your “lovies” and how they entered the family.

Before I do that I must post a word of caution to all new and expecting moms. You should allow yourself two rules to “lovies”, the first being that you only allow one per child. This is vitally important if you plan on following rule number two, which is to have multiple “lovies”.

Did you read that wrong? No. Here is what I mean. If you seem to notice a particular attachment to a certain soft object go buy two more of the identical object. Wash them several times and place one in the car and one in the diaper bag. Leave the other in the house. They should never leave their respective “homes.” They should all end up showing a good amount of care and love. This also means you will not be rocking a screaming toddler to sleep because they left their item at home while on vacation. You’ll note below, I did not follow my rules.


Grandma’s House and the Conscience Develops

My husband is blessed to work for a company that takes all of its team, and their spouses, on an all expense paid trip each year. We have been to Long Beach, Washington DC, San Antonio and Orlando in the past four years he has been a part of the team. The company requires that you do not bring your children with you. At first I was taken back by this rule – not anymore. We have truly enjoyed these trips away from the kids. We love our girls, but we need a break and time alone together.

I have a secret to share, though – we actually had my mom keep our oldest (6mo old at the time) in a hotel down the street from where we were staying our first year. I snuck over to nurse several times a day; it was a pain! Every year after that Ed’s parents or sister have been able to watch the girls.

This year it was my mom’s turn. When I told Morgan that Grandma was going to watch her while we were in Orlando she asked, “By herself?” with a look of utter disbelief that I found hysterical.


February Fun at the Beach!

Today we spent a wonderful winter day at… the Beach! Yes, the beach, in February. Where we live, and with this mild winter, the beach seems to be a year round option. I love going to the beach with my girls.  I enjoy being outside all day, seeing the endless ocean and resting my feet in the sand.  For the girls it’s the best place for their expansive imaginations to soar.

Sure, we bring sand toys, kites and umbrellas but most of the fun is what they make out of it. They can build anything with the sand. They made fairy dust castles, mazes for each other to walk, swimming pools, a “witches’ brew”, slides, trampolines and that was only in the first few hours. They are mermaids in the water, they scuba dive to the depths of the sea (six inches) in search of treasure. So pure, so beautiful.


Proudest Moment

A Moment to Be ProudIf you’re anything like me, you’ve had numerous occasions where you didn’t know weather you should intervene or stand down. I feel like I have these moments several times a day. I want my girls to explore natural consequences for their actions. I will lead them but I don’t want to control them. It’s a hard balance.


Laundry Basket Boat

I don’t think my kids like playing with toys as much as they enjoy playing with everything else. I guess it starts when they are babies and they want the crinkly wrapping paper or bag rather than the gift. They get a little older and empty boxes are the best toy ever! I think Mattel understood this and began marketing them this past Christmas.


Shoeless in the Parking Lot

My subject matter for today can be quiet controversial. Additionally, I seem to be in the minority with my way of thinking. So here it is, I actually like going to Chuck E Cheese. There, I said it. Don’t close your browser just yet, hear me out.

My girls love going to Chuck E Cheese. They will do just about anything I ask them to for two weeks if the reward is a trip to see the mouse. They love riding the little horses, cars and motorcycles. Every kids loves pizza, so that’s a no brainer. They enjoy competing and are so proud of themselves when they get a few tickets.

They also enjoy watching the little show, although they did discover today that the characters on stage must be “examples”. Examples? I had to ask:


Tiny Backseat Drivers

My kids say the craziest things to me while I drive so I feel the need to make a top ten list:

10.  Are we going slow enough that I can take my seat belt off?

9.  I think you are going the wrong way.

8.  Its green, and green means go, you need to go mom or someone is going to toot at you (I’d love to deny their knowledge of cause and effect in this area but I cannot.  I am a tooter).

7.  STOPPPPPPP!!! Its red!

6. Which road are we on?


Sensory Issues

Stickiness doesn't matter; just how well her socks fit!

Someone please come dress my child today!  Morgan seems to have “sensory issues.”  Apparently she gets that from her Daddy who was very particular about how his socks were on his feet.

Morgan takes the sensory issues past the socks, up to the pants and shirts, jackets, hats, headbands, the list could go on forever!  I have tried seamless, tag-less, pretty, practical and every gimmick and promise out there in attempt to get clothes on my child.

This winter has been a special challenge since she decided she would not wear jeans, tights, jeggings or anything that zipped or buttoned.  She is also particular about her sleeve length, can’t go past her wrist but must come to the wrist.  Additionally, she feels that jackets have to be taken off in the car.  It is a good thing we live in Florida and barley have winter, otherwise one of us would have been committed.

Help!!!  What are some of your favorite brands of socks?  Anyone else have clothing battles each morning?

“I Do Nothing”

How many of you have caught your kids in the act of doing something totally outrageous and they deny it was them? This has happened to me on more occasions than I would care to admit.  I want to raise honest kids, I want others to trust them.  Sometimes it is so hard to know what to do.

See the video after the break.



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