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Saturday, August 31, 2013

My Size Barbie

We've all been there, at a play date with our children at someone else's house.  The children are playing and having a wonderful time.  For some reason toys are always better at other kids houses and the children want a toy that's not theirs.  This recently happened to me when my daughter went to a friend’s house to play with their 2 daughters.  The girls had a My Size Barbie, actually they had 2.  If you don't know what a My Size Barbie, is join the club I didn't either. It's a 3 foot tall Barbie doll.

It's the same size as an average three-year-old would be. Angel immediately fell in love with this doll!  The dolls have also have neat clothes that the children can wear as well. After I saw how happy this doll made Angel I of course had to have one for her. {Back story on these Barbie dolls, they came out in the mid-90s and were very popular. They are not as popular now and somewhat hard to find.  Of course you can find them online, which is where I found Angel’s.}  When Angel came home from her dad's at the end of the summer I had this My Size Barbie in her bedroom waiting for her. She immediately named the doll Angel Rapunzel or Rapunzel Angel (all of her dolls are named after her).  Of course as soon as she saw her she had to take her clothes off and put the clothes on herself. (I'm still trying to understand what it is about children and wanting take clothes off dolls?  Every doll Angel owns, at some point, has gone without clothes for an extended period of time.)  Angel Rapunzel went without clothes for a while because Angel had to come home every day and put her outfit on.  I finally had to put something on the doll; it was getting a little weird! 

Angel loves playing dress-up, and since I saw again how much happiness this brought her I spent a Sunday afternoon on eBay. They don't really make clothes for these dolls anymore so the only place you can find any is on eBay. So while angel was sleeping soundly taking her nap dreaming of giant Barbie dolls, I spent an hour anda pretty good bit of money on 13 outfits.  (Don't judge 13 is not excess ;)

The doll goes everywhere with her and at night time has to be put to sleep on a
pillow and covered up with a blanket.  Since Angel occasionally sleeps with me this thing ends up on the floor by my bed.  Let me tell you it is hard to sleep with a creepy doll lying on your floor. I anticipate waking up and seeing the doll staring me down hopefully without a knife in her hand. 

I have many more stories to write about the My Size Barbie, so stay tuned.
Sorry about the font, not sure why it changed on me?????

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Good Times!

What a wonderful weekend!  Angel and I enjoyed our time together starting with a princess party with her and me and 2 guests.  We all dressed up, had a tea party and danced like princess ballerinas.  On Saturday and Sunday morning we resumed our weekend tradition of biscotti in bed.  My Mom makes delicious homemade biscotti.  Angel and I will eat it while she dunks it in the milk foam in my coffee.  We have been doing this for a while and it is something we both look forward to all week.  Angel and I visited with friends, went to Pete’s Party Castle, church, the pool, the park and we did a little shopping.  It was an eventful weekend.  I love this stage she is in right now.  She is so interactive, fun and surprising!  While at the park we were playing pirates, basically we stood on top of the equipment and said ARRGGGGHHHH Maties and Ahoy there.  She would point out other pirates in the distance that were nice or not nice.  After a while we got down and were walking to the swings and I spotted a quarter on the ground.  I said “Captain Angel look I found treasure ARRRGGHHH!”  She turned and looked at me so matter of fact and said, “Mom we’re not playing pirates anymore.” Guess I didn’t get the memo pirate time was over.

A few things to follow up on:
I have given up her not drinking the bathtub and pool water (this still grosses me out), but this is a battle I can’t seem to win.  I am tired of fighting it.  She is not drinking the water as much as she is sucking on the wash cloth. UGH! At least she is doing that before she bathes!!!!

If you have read my blog for any length of time you know how I loved to rock her to sleep and had planned on doing this until she was at least in high school.  I regret to inform you that I no longer get those precious 15 minutes of holding her tight, singing to her and rocking her.  I am now doing alright if I can get her to brush her teeth, potty and sleep in her own bed.  Forget me reading her stories before she goes to bed, now she is reading stories to me (more like making up stories that go along with the pictures).  She is such a sweet, delightful child especially when she yells for me to get out of her room or my favorite is when she yells “LEAVE ME ALONE” in public.  AHHHHH Good times.  They are good times and I treasure every one of them for I know they won’t last long. 

This afternoon I got a phone call that Angel had bitten another child on the finger, so much for getting all smiley faces this week.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

First Week of School

We made it through the first week of school!  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Of course Angel showed up in the wrong uniform and without any jumbo pencils (who would have thought those things would be so hard to find!!!) I imagined Angel screaming holding onto my leg not wanting to go.  On Monday, the first day, when she was getting ready to leave the house she was excited, but when we got there that changed.  She cried and said, “don’t leave me here” which broke my heart.  I told her how much fun she would have and pointed out the other children who were not crying that could be her new friends.  I walked her to her seat, wiped her tears away, assured her that she would love school and left.  I must have stood outside the classroom for 10 minutes listening to her cries turn into chatter.  Then I got in my car and cried myself. 

Angel is 1 of 9 students in her class and the teacher uses binders that are sent home every night.  Every day I remove her work, look to see how many smiley faces she got for the day and have to initial that I checked.  The only time my parents had to initial anything of mine was when I had to write sentences for misbehaving. The teacher gives out smiley faces for following procedures, respecting others, obeying instructions, giving it all I’ve got and showing kindness.  Monday she got 5 smiley faces.  Tuesday she got 4 smiley faces and one straight face :/.  Beside obeying instruction it read, wouldn’t stay in seat while I was teaching.  Well she is my daughter and just like her mother, very social.  After talking to Angel she assured me she would get smiley faces the rest of the week and I am happy to announce that she did!!!!!  She was also the conductor for the day on Friday. 

Angel is adjusting going to school well.  She can recite her Bible verse of the day Genesis 1:1, part of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Christian flag.  She looks forward to Friday when they have a little party and get to do show and tell.  I am very glad I made the decision for her to go to school and am even happier that she enjoys it.

PS I did get the correct uniform and thanks to an old friend we got a pack of jumbo pencils!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Deal Maker

I would like to know when Angel became a used car salesman????  She is all about making a deal with me.  This evening she asked to watch television and I said she could watch tv after dinner and for her to go read some books to Angel Rapunzel (that is a whole other blog for me to write).  She looked at me as serious as she could be and said, "How about this I will read 1 book to Angel Rapunzel and then you go and turn on the television for me?"  She has also rattled off a list of things she wants to do and will look at me and say, "That sounds like a good plan" like she is reassuring me that it is.  She is very convincing that her plan is in fact a good one.  Tonight at dinner I am trying to get her to eat peas and she says she will eat 1 pea and then she can have her gummies.  I tell her she has to eat all of them and she replies with okay how about this I will eat 3 peas then I can have my gummies???  3 peas really????  Good negotiating though.  I am just waiting for her to tell me, "It drives off good and has cold AC."  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Starting School!

Monday was the official first day of school for students in my area, including my little Angel.  When I say school I mean a K3 program.  This was a last minute decision for me.  I have been extremely blessed; my Mom has kept Angel since she was a baby so she has not had to go to day care.  This has been so wonderful for my Mom, Angel and for me.  I never had to worry about anything knowing Angel was safe, being well taken care of and most importantly loved.  I know that there are a lot of parents that do not have a family member to take care of their child and I am not saying anything bad about day care.  There is just something comforting about having a family member take care of your child.  As she has gotten older I felt the need for her to have some more structure and interaction with other children.  She loves going to church because she gets to play with kids. 
A few months ago before school was out for the summer I started looking into schools she could start in the fall.  Most of them were through churches and offered the Abeka curriculum.  After looking at 4 different ones, I chose one that was medium size, offered a good curriculum, had a good reputation, was conveniently located and was in my price range.  It was from 7:30 in the morning and the latest you could pick your child up was 6:00 in the afternoon.  There was a reason I didn’t pay the registration right then.  I thought about it for months and then began to pray about it.  I needed peace about my decision and wasn’t getting it.  Angel has 20+ years of school ahead of her and I felt bad about my 3 year old having to stay in a classroom for 8+ hours a day.  So I took that idea off the table.  Still thinking she needed some structure and interaction I looked at some Mom’s day out programs.  These were also offered through various churches but the hours were 2 to 3 days a week from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Um, that’s great if you don’t have a job, but I do and I am out the door by 7:30 and as much as I would love to be home by 1:00, that’s not happening.  There did not seem to be a happy medium.  One day I drove by this church I have driven by a thousand times and saw a sign for a day care and thought I would just call to see what they offered.  Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am same curriculum as the others and she gets playtime outside with kids.  No, I don’t get off at 11:00 either but one of the members of my AWESOME family picks her up for me and then she goes to my Mom’s.  Angel has it all.  She gets to learn in a structured environment with kids her age, she gets interaction and play time with them, then she gets to go to her Nana’s have lunch, take a nap and have time with my Mom.  It is a beautiful thing! 

Now my next post will be about the first week…….

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wise Words

I have 2 blogs I have been working on writing but I have been so busy I haven’t had a chance to complete them.  I saw this and thought I would repost it.  All of these are things we have heard before.  A few of them stuck out to me more than others.
#11 This one is SO hard, but I am working on it!
#14 I have learned if someone wants to keep you their little secret they are not worth your time, no matter what excuse they give you.
#18 That one speaks for itself.
#38 I am so thankful to really know true love.
#42 The best really is yet to come and I can’t wait!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer is Over!!!

SUMMER IS OVER, at least for me. 
It may be as hot as Hades outside but as of yesterday my summer without my Angel is over.  Gone are the lazy days of summer for me.   No more nights of uninterrupted sleep.  Instead I am sure I will have 2 eyes staring at me at 2 am whispering my name or back to being head butted at midnight.    My early morning yoga workout will most likely be put on hold as I am sure I will be too tired to get up early from lack of sleep from the night before.  Besides who can do yoga with a 3 year old asking, “what are you doing?”  No more watching the news in the morning when I am getting ready for work.  It is back to waking up with cartoons and Chicka on the Sprout channel.  Same thing goes for the television in the living room; I’ve already had to watch the Princess and the Pink Shoes twice.  My twice a week Pilates classes are on hold for a while, as is the afternoon gym workout.  From now my run will be to get Angel as soon as I get off work to make up for lost time.  Yesterday, I put her car seat in my car as well as the DVD player, so much for listening to the radio in the morning.  I will not be sitting on my couch watching whatever I want to watch AND I WOULDN’T WANT IT ANY OTHER WAY!!!!
I am so happy to have Angel home and look forward to getting things back to normal.  Now I really wish summer WAS over.  Bring on fall!!!!

PS she is the cutest thing with her little glasses.  She reminds me of the little boy on Jerry Maguire.  Incredibly precious!