Monday, June 30, 2008
So I have had it with the potty issue. We have been working on this for about a year now (he is three now) and I have decided that this is the do or die week. Okay, maybe that sounds a little harsh, but I am not buying any more pull ups. Not. One. More. (Please let me stay true to this). There is no more TV (for the time being) as it appears to be the biggest culprit of distraction for him. I will set a timer to go off every hour so that neither one of us gets too carried away and forgets that this is the PRIORITY this week. Any advice from all of you seasoned potty trainers?
Please pray for me, and of course, for Nate too....we really need it!!!!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
One of the biggest changes that I've made has been to stop using the dryer, unless necessary of course. Oddly enough, because of the unusually WARM temperatures (okay not so unusual) here in middle Georgia, our clothes, when hung outside on a drying rack are drying in about 30 minutes time! I have been pleasantly surprised to find just how much I can fit on our drying rack- just a small wooden one. In addition, I was afraid things would come out stiff and wrinkled. But so far, they have come out soft and not too terribly wrinkled. I did purchase some of Seventh Generation's fabric softener). If I have to iron, then so be it. In the mean time, I am contributing to a more Eco-friendly way of life, AND saving our family some of that super expensive energy derived oil! In all honesty, I can't believe I haven't done this before!
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Hope you're well!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Oh, how true you were, George Carlin!
And of course, there is the issue driving everyone (no pun intended) literally crazy....the never-ending, rising gasoline prices. Our insane addiction to oil has actually doubled over the past 30 years. That's it...just 30 years. In 1960, we only relied upon a small 30 % of outside oil sources, and now, today, we depend upon a whooping 60% from other countries. What are we doing? How did we get here and why can't we stop?
So, here I am feeling this intense sadness. It is the realization that I have brought two children into this world, who are completely unknowing, unaware of what their bleak future holds. I know this is shaky ground to walk on here. And in ABSOLUTELY NO WAY am I saying that I regret the decision to have had my beautiful children, only that I feel like we are continually doing them and all others an incredible INJUSTICE. I know that because they live in the land of opportunity, their future will most likely be brighter then other children's in other areas of the world. Yet they will still be faced with the dilemma of solving the inexcusable problems and dilemmas that we have helped and continue to help create for them.
Today as I write this, I feel a sense of anger accompanying the sadness. I am so angry that we live in such a naive and uneducated society, where it is always me, me, me. There is so often a sense of entitlement and laziness. I too, am guilty of acting this way on occasion. But I know that it can't continue, and today is the day that for me, it needs to stop. In order for me to travel into the future of our children's lives without a guilty conscious, it has to stop. No more excuses.
I want to ask any of you who are reading this (if there are any!) to stop here and contemplate what I've said and think about your impact as well. What changes can you make to help prevent the consequences our children will face due to our living so recklessly?
For me, I know that there are a few simple changes I can add to the ones I have already made. I can do anything and everything I can to recycle whatever I am able in this recycling-challenged community. And more importantly, I can begin to be more conscious about the products that I buy and what kind of packaging they come in. I can limit my driving time and gasoline use. I can raise the air conditioner temperature- having it set at 79 degrees is still way cooler than it is outside! I can try to buy more local products. I can ditch the chemicals under my kitchen sink and use more natural products. I can stop running the dishwasher every day! I know there are a ton of other things I can add to my efforts and today I am going to begin my mental list and get going on making them habitual.
Most importantly, I need to start teaching my children that these and many, many other life/planet saving changes are the very necessities that will help ensure that their future is a successful and happy one.
If you made it to the end, then I thank you for taking the time to listen and hear me out. I only hope that the opening of my mind and heart has and or will help to inspire you to do the same! Share your comments with me! I am really interested in what you have to say!
Thanks again, Kate
While sitting in the dentist chair about to have a cavity filled, the dentist takes a good look at the x-ray and says, you know, this isn't as bad as I originally thought it was!
Therefore, NO novicane needed and just a tiny bit of drilling...who (in that position of course) could ask for more?!
Now I am waiting to see what else will go so greatly my way today!!! Maybe Pete will surprise me by walking in the door tonight with Japanese take out...okay, I know that's kind of pushing it....
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Betcha you'd never see all of this going on at the same time anywhere else!
I am happy to say that the baby bird was once again accepted back into his nest and grew up to be a strong bird who eventually (and thankfully) left my hanging fern on his own accord.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Yesterday, I spent about an hour cleaning about a thousand dead bug skeletons off of my beloved baby's stroller....not fun....
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I need help. Badly.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Father's Day was really nice as well. Church, and a day at the park, riding the carousal and kiddie boats!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
We are off to NC tonight to visit with my mom and Kara. Wish me luck in the Race for the Cure Saturday...and a special thanks to all of you who donated!!!!!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
We celebrated Nate's 3RD birthday yesterday! With the exception of the almost unbearable heat, iIt was so much fun! Fortunately, it was a water/beach themed party, so the kids had the chance to cool off in the kiddie pool and run in the really cool sprinkler I found. Nate had such a great time playing with everyone, and loved the hats that the kids got to make. I think everyone really enjoyed themselves.
I can't believe my little boy is about to turn three! Wow, has it gone by fast....it just feels like yesterday that I was lying in the hospital holding him for the first time. He has really blossomed into an incredible and (dare I say) sweet little boy...lucky us.