Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Casting like a Pro

My Bug has graduated from learning how to cast and now we on to the more technical things.

He "pish"-es so much at my house that he broke his reel and we had to have PawPaw fix it for him. When my dad was finished fixing it my bug was so excited he started casting in my dads house. He is not use to casting in a smaller area and he sent his line straight through family room, through the kitchen and hit my dad on the head on the dining room.

OF course i found it to be hilarious, my dad well not so much. He shoveled my bug and i out the door with the quickness.  When we were outside my bug did get show him how well he casts. All my dad dropped his jaw, and popped his eyes out saying wow.  I think he casted about 20 feet or so...for a three year old that's something special apparently (can you tell i am a non fishing mommy). 

Now PawPaw has giving us a bobber, so the bug can cast into water.  This way he can visually see what he is doing and maybe it will make the next step of waiting on a fish to bite a little easier.  So this weekend we are going to try and make our way up to a lake or some kind of water for the bug to practice his casting skills!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thankful for ASL

Today I'm so thankful I taught my son sign language as he was a baby.

I'm observing him in school and all though I have that mom ability to speak with out speaking, by using my language and eye contact, our ability to speak through ASL comes in handy too. I can couple my mom eyes, with hand signs and we get the job done.

Today through a little window in the door I told my bug to sit, and was able to give him praise when he say down. It was nice to see his face light up in accomplishment that he understood DVDs did a good job.Instead of him looking as if he disappointed me or was getting upset.

So again today I say, our sign language will continue to grow and be used because its a language that its aiding both of us in different situations.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The challenge has begun...

So i need feedback

Any suggestions on how to get your 3 year old kid to listen to teachers?

I have taken away toys, put my bug on time out when he gets home, striped away "privileges", spanked, and i reiterate "No hitting, no spitting, and be a good listener that means listen to the teachers when they talk to you and be a good boy" EVERYDAY (to the point where he repeats that mantra every time i leave him with someone new) BUT still my little bug defeats the teachers every time. 

He challenges new authority like crazy.  I know where he gets his stubborn strong will, i mean look at my situation refusing to have an abortion and his donor refusing to step in as a dad, so i am not trying to say i am confused at all about it.  I just do not know what else to do beyond stick with consistency because he acts out with other people. 

So i guess i just have enter the difficult part of raising a boy, and i understand its only the beginning, so i will stay in pray and keep on with consistency and time will tell.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fishing with old socks

So i came home tonight and decided to craft.  Found another cool something on pinterest.  

I took old socks, sewed a magnet in the toe. Cut the ankle part of the sock off and stuffed it in the sock for some body, then ties the end of the sock in a knot to close it off leaving a little at the end for my tails. Then i hot glued one eye on each side of the socks and WAAAALAAAAAAHHH fishes!

For poles i bought a 49 cent dowel from Micheal's and cut it in half, braided some yarn together for string and duct taped the string to one end of each of the dowels.  On the end of the hanging yard and attached two magnets wrapped in duct tape.  This way the magnets stay in place (hence why i stitched the ones in the fishes) so no need to worry about anyone accidentally swallowing them.

My Bug has played with these non stop, and everyone who has come to our house has been fishing too... This is a fun easy craft that cost me 49 cents and gave me a use for those mismatched and old socks my Bug has grown out of in the drawer!

Apple Pies In Apples

This weekend i made the delicious little apple pies in apples.  Yes in apples!

Thought i would share because 1. i got my bug to take a bite out of it, and 2. i think i am going to use these to make cider and drink out of this fall at a party.

Here is how you do it:

5 Apples, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 table spoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 ready made pie crust (or u can make it)

Cored 4 apples, peel the fifth apple and sliced it then put those slices(chunks) in a bowl. Add sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in the bowl, mix it up good, stuff the cored apples with the mixture. The use the pie crust how you see fit to top the apples and bake on 375 until the crust is golden brown (not to long because your apples will get firm and turn brownish if you do it to long) THEN ENJOY!!

I had extra apple stuffing so i rolled it in some extra crust and made little apple pie egg roll things.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


A while ago i bought my bug a play fishing pole, i amamzed to say this toy is not only still in rotation but it is one his favorite toys to play with!

Now we are getting good to, he can cast about 10 feet away from where he stands! Last weekend i was folding clothes and i went to check on him in his room only to find him sitting at the edge of the stairs.  He had moved one of the chairs from his room to the top of the stairs and was casting down the the stairs fishing. When i asked him what he was doing he said "pish" and i just about laughed my butt off.  He knew what he was doing and i was interrupting his concentration.  When he was done he moved his "pish"-ing to my room. He moved his chair onto my bed and was casting from one end of my room to the other, having a conversation with me as he "pish"-ed this time.

He is getting the hand of it all and doing a GREAT job too.  In no time he is gonna be allowed on his Pa-Pa's boat again to do some good ole' fishing soon.

Ice Age 4 & Brave

Another great summer evening came and you know where we went...the drive in!

This is our third time this summer and it is as great as the first time we ever went. This weekend we saw Ice Age 4 and Brave. I cant express in words how much i LOVE the drive in, i but i really really enjoy the drive in!  $5 pizza, popped popcorn at the house and packed up my cooler with drinks and other snacks then off we went on our Momma and Bug summer date night.

My Bug loves the drive in, he can sit in the front seat pretend to drive, bop around to the back seat ask me a question, get a snack, and then go right back t watching the movie.  I love it because i can relax, it is VERY cost efficient, and we are not bothering anyone if we talk sing or whatever during the movie.


I think we take things for granted because to us they are normal.  For example it is normal for some people just to hire a Gardner today to take care of their yard.  for what ever reason this is something that doesn't get questioned but i remember people looking at my mom like she was crazy because she wanted to hire a gardener when i was growing up.  Everyone looked at her like umm thats a waste you have to kids who should doing some yard work with you.

Being a kid i was not gonna argue with her wanting a gardener because i did not want to go to any work out side especially if she was already thinking of giving that job to someone else.  Now as a parent i understand it a bit more.  Not only is it keeping your kid busy but simple things like gardening teach kids so much.  Structure, patience, discipline ...i am glad my brother has that drive because it is being instilled in my Bug.

Potty training

Praise to God we have been pooping in the toilet for a whole week!

Now we just need work on potty training during sleep.  This is gonna be difficult because my Bug sleeps HARD when he sleeps.  He wakes up to 1. come snuggle and 2. eat....Hopefully soon we will add a third reason he wakes POTTY!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

No Hit No Bit and Good Listen

Last night i discovered my Bug has a major attitude!

I told him to do something and he say ahh man, did his little hulk flex of the muscles, which was normal, but as he turned to walk away he punched the wall twice and kicked a door open.  I was in shock, but not in to much shock that i neglected my job as a parent.  We correct this bad behavior with the swiftness and then reiterated our mantra we say when we pray, when we go to Sunday school and just about all the time when we leave the house with an aunt uncle or sitter..." No Hit, No Bite, and Listen Good".

Its at the point now when i talk to him about his behavior and i say one of those he holds his head down and says "ahh man no hit, no bit and good listen" in disappointment as if he knows he did something wrong.  I believe he does know too. I have introduced it to him he knows what not to do i just have to be patient and consistent with him so he learns how to use those three things (with some please and thank you's thrown in) in all the situations he is faced with. 

I just got to thinking this is a whole new chapter and this little 3 year old is going to have some issues in his life if he doesn't get it together.

Just one more thing that we will be working on together...patience and consistency was and is this years motto still!

Seat and Storage

Pinterest is great.

Last week i was on pinterest a lot and one of the "I Must Do's" i found was from a teachers blog ( To my surprise i found all the stuff to make it and it only took about 10 minutes to make! It was pretty simple and my Bug loves it, to the point where he was mad last night because i would not let him sleep on top.

I bought 4 crates, 6 zip ties, 2 yards of Thomas the Train fabric, and a roll of poly foam. I zip tied my crates together and let me tell you they are a secure in one line as if they are one piece of furniture.  Then i took my fabric and wrapped it around the foam like a pillow case and glued it shut with a glue gun. Last step i sat my bench on top of the crates and its done. Seat and storage for my Bugs room that took literally about 10 minutes to make. 

I am excited because my bug loves it, and it is something i can keep and use for some years. When the theme of his room changes i will just buy another 2 yards of fabric and wrap it around the old theme. I also did not spend a lot of money on it, which is a great thing too.