Friday, July 17, 2015

I want to be my Tupperware cupboard!!

For as long as I can remember, I've been a planner.  I'm the person who is always early to where ever it is I need to be.  I was the strong one when both of my parents died.

One trait that I have, that my mom always boasted upon is that I'm dependable and independent.
I would always smile when she would say that to me.
Up until today...

I don't know if I want to be the dependable, organized and thoughtful person anymore.

This evening, I was unloading the dishwasher and as I was putting away my silverware (I always HAVE to do that first) I noticed that I was screwing with the forks so they would all lay on top of each other nice and neat.  Every tine had to line up perfectly.

I stopped and thought to myself, why the fuck do I care?  Why do I care if they all line up?  Who the shit hole cares if every fork isn't placed so very carefully into it's designated slot?

I decided right then, I don't care if they all line up.  Nope!  I don't care.

I slammed the drawer and then opened the cupboard where I keep my Tupperware.  I smiled when I noticed that the cupboard is a disgusting, un-organized mess!

For some crazy ass reason, I like that mess.  I like that it doesn't even bother me.

I wish I could be my Tupperware cupboard, but for some fucked up reason I know that I'm really the plastic thingy we all put in our drawers to keep our silverware organized.

I know this goes much deeper than my silverware and my tupperware, but I really don't give a shit right now.

I hope you enjoyed my delusional rant!  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Momma Don't you worry

I've been asked a few times by authors to read their work and write a review about it.  I love to help people and if my little blog here can help someone just a little bit.  I'm more than happy to help with someone else's dream.
Hopefully, when I'm finished with my book someone will help me get the word out.

I was recently asked if I could read and review a children's book.
I read to my son all the time and he's currently learning how to read himself.

The book is about a little boy who is nearly six years old and he feels he's too old to hold his mother's hand when they are out and about.

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He learns that he's not too cool to hold mom's hand.

I also, have a little lad who will be six soon and he's been expressing to me that's he may be getting too old hold my hand.

I read the story and then I read it to my son.

In the end Andrew agreed that maybe he should still hold my hand.  Then we talked about what he should do if he got lost.

I really enjoyed the lesson of the story and the rhyming was fun.

You can find this book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $1.29.



Thanks for reading,  I hope you enjoy the book.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Grapefruit Technique

A friend of mine, told me about this video.  She didn't tell me what it was about, she just demanded I should watch it.
I guess she knows that I'm a little freaky and thought I might like it.
So, I Googled it and holy son of a bitch!

What the shit!!!

If you haven't heard of this technique or watched the video, please DO NOT watch this with any children or prude people around you!!!!

I don't want to give anything away, here's the video...
I will tell you that at minute 2:52 made me almost pee myself laughing.

So, what did you think?
Am I the only one who doesn't make that much noise while I'm hobbing the nob??


I really think I may try this.. I wonder what Chris will think.
Although, I'm not a fan of grapefruit, I'll probably try an orange instead.

Damn, now I have to back to Walmart. Ugh!

Thanks for reading.

Monday, March 9, 2015

If he fails.. I failed!

My 5 year old son started Kindergarten this year.  (2014)

He was so excited to go!  I was so excited for him to go!!

Two weeks after school started back in August, the school decided that the kindergarten classes were way too big.

They hired a new teacher and pulled a total of I think 18 or 20 students total from 4 different classes to make a 5th class.

My son was one of the students who was chosen to be moved to a new teacher.  I wasn't exactly thrilled, but I didn't say anything about it.  I thought, he has to learn how to deal with change.  So I let him join the new class.

I met the new teacher a week or so after she started.  She was so sweet and nice and she said she had been teacher for around 7 years.  I felt confident that he could deal with the change.

Maybe 2 months, could have been less the teacher quit and had to move back to where ever she came from. I wasn't happy that he was now going to have a 3rd teacher already.  But, what could I do?  The teacher had personal issues she had to deal with.

So, in the mean time his class was now being taught by a substitute teacher.  Luckily it was the same sub everyday.

The sub worked in the class for about a month or so before they finally hired another teacher.

Okay, are you keeping count here?  This will be teacher number 4 all before Christmas!!!

Andrew seemed to be adjusting well.  He loved his again new teacher.
I even loved the teacher.  She is the only teacher in all of the kindergarten classes at that school who assigns homework.  I'm a huge believer in homework.  She even gave every student a three ring binder and split it up into sections.  Behavior, reading log, homework and a communication sheet for her and the parent to stay in contact.
She is organized!! I love organization.

It's now March and I had a parent teacher conference with teacher number 2 about two weeks ago.

I sat down and was asked to sign a paper informing me that Andrew may be held back to repeat kindergarten.

I was freaking flabbergasted!!!
Why is the first I'm hearing this shit?!?

After she explained to me what is expected of every kindergartner to know before moving to the first grade.
I calmly explained to her, that I'm NOT happy that this is the first time I'm being told this!  Why didn't you send home a note on your "communication log" that Andrew was falling behind?

Also, that you're are his 4th teacher this year!
Don't you think that would cause some issues with these kids?
She agreed.  Well of course she did!
Then she proceeded to praise Andrew with this behavior!
What the hell ever!  Good behavior gets you out of jail early, but it won't move a kid to the first grade!!!

So, down to the nitty gritty.

He needs to know
  1. 55 sight words.
  2. How to count to 100 by ones, fives and tens.
  3. Various shapes (cones, hexagons, speheres) that I'm not even sure that I know.
  4.  How to read on level 2.  I have no freaking clue what that means and when I asked her she said she would send something home with Andrew explaining that. (never got it)
  5. How to write his numbers to at least 20.
  6. The sound of each letter
  7. Difference between upper case and lower case.  (She said he didn't know)
This is what he does know:

  •  27 sight words (she said he needs to be at 41 right now)
  • He does know how to write to 20 because I taught him!!!!
  • I quizzed him 2 different ways on his upper case and lower case and he only missed 2 letters.  

I have been working with Andrew every single day on the 55 sight words he needs to know.  He's getting better, but not as fast I would like him too.  But, I'm still working hard with him.

I realized tonight when I was listening to him sound out words that he really isn't hearing what he's saying. 
It's like when he sounds out the word by the time he gets to the last letter he forgets the first. 

Here's an example:


H - A - D
He says it over and over and then he blurts out "HARD"  Then he got the damn hiccups from almost hyperventilating sounding out H so many times. 

I Googled.. "How to teach a child how to sound out words."
I found something interesting, come to find out that he is sounding out words using the "choppy" method.
I read that some kids find it very difficult to figure out what word they are trying to sound out.
The site and multiple other sites suggested the child try sounding out the word by using the "blending" method.

I realized that when I was working with him, when I would sound it out I was doing the blending method.  

What the hell does all this mean?  Does it mean I have to start all over again?  I have to teach him how to blend?  I'm not even sure how to teach that?  

I emailed his teacher after I read a few of those sites and I asked her about it.  Hopefully, I will hear back from her tomorrow.

I really don't want him to fail kindergarten, but I don't want him to be behind in the first grade either.  He is one of the youngest in his class.  His birthday is in July.  

Until, the final report card comes out, I'm not giving up on him!  We will be working toward the goal everyday!!

Below is a video of Andrew trying to sound out "WORD." 
He had the hiccups from sounding out "HAD"

I know there are many home school mom's and teachers out there.

Can anyone please help me??   Any advise would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks for reading,


Friday, March 6, 2015

"The Talk"

Hey all!  Sorry, I haven't written in a while.. a long while.

I wanted to share something with anyone who still might read my blog.  Maybe get some advice on how to approach this situation.

A few months ago, I had an inkling that my 11 year old daughter might be going through puberty.
These are the signs that made me wonder.

  • She started to wear underwear under her night shorts.  (she never used to)
  • Anytime, anyone walked into the bathroom while she was in the shower she would freak out and act like she's guarding a precious jewel.
  • Lastly, I noticed little nips poking out from her shirt.

So, one day I had to know, so I asked her.

"Emilie, do you have hair on your too-too yet?"

Emilie turns bright red and answers "I don't know."

I knew damn well she wasn't going to tell me anything.   So I had to take matters into my own hands and find out.

She was in the shower one night and I went into the bathroom to pretend I was doing something super important.  Of course, she stuck her head out of the shower to make sure I wasn't going to steal her precious jewel.  I turned the water on in the sink and pretended to clean up the vanity area.

I very carefully and quietly tip-toed over to the shower (a whole 3 feet) and ripped open the shower curtain.
Of course, she freaked the hell out.. I would have too.
But, damn-it I'm the mom!  No secrets from the mom!
She was so startled that she didn't know which part of her body to hide, her above or below.  She chose her above.

Holy, crap on a stick my 11 year old had a bush!
I was in shock, not an 11 year old!  That's too young.

So after that, I decided that we needed to have a talk about a woman's body.

I tried to explain to her about what happens to a girls body and what changes happen and why.

She wanted no part of it.  She cried the whole time.  She said that she was just embarrassed and she didn't want to talk about it.
Oh well, I told her.  We have to talk about it.  My mom never talked to me about any of it and it really sucked finding out on my own or from my stupid friends who really knew nothing.

So, I
talked and she cried.

But, now I just saw a video on Facebook about having the "Birds and Bees" talk with your child.
I only talked to her about a freaking period.  How the hell is she going to react when she finds out how a baby is made!!

I thought this video was hilarious!  But, I thought the kids were way too young to talk to them about how babies are born.

Or, is it just me?  What age did you talk to your kids about sex?

If you haven't seen the video I'll post it at the end of my rambling.

I think I picked up so good examples from the video on how to talk to her about it.

Shit, maybe I should have them both in the room.  Andrew is 5, maybe he needs to know about it too.
It would also, make it not so weird for me and Emilie to talk about it. Andrew will be very dramatic and I know it will make her laugh.

So, please share your thoughts with me.

Video source:  Upworthy

Thanks for reading.