Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Why is it that when I turn around at a birthday party, Ty is punching the **** out of a life size Hannah Montana balloon? What is to be expected from this wild child?
I recently read an excerpt from a book describing a young child that reminded me of the little leprechaun that we call Ty:
"A relative lull followed while Guy Farne primed his muscles, coordinated his limbs, and secured a few basic necessities in the way of teeth and hair. Then, some three months earlier than expected, he began to crawl and subsequently to walk. Life had now begun in earnest."
Remind me what the importance of being earnest is? And can I pause here to tell you that Ty has turned into one. giant. muscle. He is like an adult man, but 2 feet tall. Everything is solid and tight.
As the character grows, this is how his teacher describes him. Again, note the similarities:
"'He's a devil, Mrs. Hodge,' said Mr. Forster. 'A thorough-going, copper-bottomed fiend in hell.' He embarked upon a recital of the damage that Guy Farne had inflicted in his short time at... School. 'However. . . "
" Martha, lifting her head at the however, was then informed that her foster child had a remarkable capacity for learning; had, in short, more brains than any child that had passed through Mr. Forster's hand in twenty years, and could, in his opinion, win a scholarship to grammar school."
Could we please say that this is Ty's problem? He is too smart for his own good?
Returning to Guy and his foster parent:
"Going out with her rolling pin one day to rescue a neighbor's little boy who was pinned against the sooty brick wall of the shipyard, Martha discovered that the child was warding off not Guy's threatened blows but his determination to explain the second law of thermodynamics; then she knew that the battle was won."
So, apparently what I need is a good rolling pin, and a few more years for him to understand the discoveries of Sadi Carnot.
The other night, the middle of it, to be exact, I was dealing with Ty and his need for (fill in the blank). I finally tucked him in, kissed him and said, "Good night. I love you." He responded, sounding like Walowitz's mother, "You already said that."
I feel like the Hannah Montana balloon - me, Ty and his 1-2 punch.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
We have been working on Ashlynn's room since January - a true work in progress. She wanted to share some of the photos of her room. No matter how "catalog" like you try and decorate your child's room, their personality is always going to come out. As you can see, Ash's personality is overflowing in this Ikea/second-hand inspired room!
Posted by SLO Rober at 8:27 AM
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This is how Ty started his day today:
"Mom. Peanut Butter is spelled S-k-i-p-p-y!"
I can't even begin to describe how the rest of his day went. If I did, I'm sure you all would burn a few calories just reading about it - because it was that exhausting. (Funny. Why can't I seem to burn any calories? Maybe it's because S-k-i-p-p-y is the bottom part of my food pyramid...no. That's not true. It's H-e-r-s-h-e-y'-s.)
Posted by SLO Rober at 8:04 PM
Monday, June 1, 2009
We have brought back the token system. The kids needed a motivator to stop killing each other.
We got the idea from my friend over at V and co. We have used it before, but we kind of forgot about it, ironically when Vanessa and her kids came for a visit. I think I was intimidated to be using her method in front of her!(What if I was doing it wrong?! What if I awarded a token when I should have taken one away?! Gasp! Just kidding.)
Basically it is a reward system - you get a token for good things, lose a token if you do something bad, etc. It is a really good motivator, and this time around, Ty can get in on the action. He was too young to understand before, but he is ALL over it now. Maybe it's because he is earning tokens, which is what you use at Chuck E. Cheeses, which is his idea of heaven on earth ( like Target is for me...)
What prompted this new incentive program? That would be the nasty red bite mark that Ty gave his sister in her back yesterday!
Wish us luck!