Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March Of Dimes

Why am I walking?

My son Mason was born prematurely and stayed in the hospital for a month. Im so grateful for the wonderful NICU nurses and staff that took such wonderful care of him. Im grateful for the research that has been done that helped Mason be here with us today. I consider ourselves lucky but I know others cant say the same thing. Please help me raise money so every child has a healthy start from the beginning
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Book Review

"The Discipline Book" by William and Martha Sears

I just LOVE the Sears books they have been so helpful to me and this one is wonderful. I borrowed it from my local LLLI but I think ill be buying it. Im about half way thru the book and just reading the first couple of pages I felt a burden lifted from my shoulders. I had been going thru some hard times with Mason and just was unsure about how to go about it. I felt like my child was a completely different kid and I could not understand what was happening to my little baby. The biggest thing I have gotten from what I have read so far is what is normal child behavior for Masons age. I somewhat knew what to expect but at the same time when Mason would do something I took it as he is being disrespectful and not listening. This was really frustrating me and it seems like I was having bad days everyday. I felt like my AP approach was going out the window. Now I feel like I can breath and know it will be okay. Its good to hear it from other people that they have gone thru it too but it was even better to read about it especially when Dr. Sears says the terrible two don't have to be terrible thats what I want. I have to remind myself to check MY attitude and know that I need to be there to help Mason transition into toddler hood. I need to pick my battles with him and instead of making them battles turn them into learning experiences for him.

So far my favorite chapter has been chapter 4 "Saying No Positively." I guess its my favorite because its what we are going thru right now. I feel like I have a lot of no days and in return I get A LOT of nos from Mason. After reading this chapter I don't take Mason "nos" personal which has helped both of us have less frustrated days. Also, I seem to stop my self from using no and get more creative in ways to approach those situations.

The stuff I have read just seems so simple and common sense that its crazy I have to read from a book to understand it. So I am pretty close to getting to the chapter about spanking ....tan tan taannnnn!! I think that will need a post of its own. I hope I get some good pointers since the hubby and I don't seem to agree on that subject and it has a lot to do with our backgrounds.

If you have any other suggested reading let me know ill eventually get around to them. Its a lot harder to find time to read now a days but I have a list of Montessori books I would like to read when I get the chance.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Photography 101

Today was such an exciting day for me. A while back Raul and I bought a camera and the whole time we have been shooting pics in automatic. I got bored of shooting like that and if we have a nice camera we should be able to use it to its full potential. Well the hubby found this class for me to take. I am a more of a hands on/visual learner and I had been reading my manuel and I just could not even figure out a starting point. Well this class was so worth it for me. The instructor explain the basic things about photography ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. The way he explain made so much more sense than me trying to figure it just by reading the manual. I seriously feel giddy knowing this simple information. What I have to do now is apply this information and practice a lot so it can be permanently burned into my brain

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

February Pics

So here are some pics from the last month of Mason enjoy.

At Natalies bday Party
Gymnastics Class

Snow!! He did not like it the first time it snowed but this is the second time and he loved it he would not keep is gloves on because he wanted to touch the snow

Building time

Where to begin

Its been a crazy couple of months for us. Im glad to be done with our swimming class and gymnastics class. Mason really seemed to enjoy them. I did learn not to sign us up for two activities in the same month/week. I found it kinda hard to manage my time when we had activities three times a week, plus trying to go to the gym and do other things too. The biggest thing that happen to me was wrecking my sisters car. I was ok and thank God Mason was not in the car with me. The whole point of me being here was to save money for our family and then I go and have this big boo boo.

So lately have been trying to get information on home schooling and Montessori method to see what kind of things I can start doing with Mason. The hubby is not sold on the home schooling idea but its something I would like to try, at least up to kindergarden age. From all the information I have gathered it seems overwhelming but I figure if I start doing one activity a day it will be a good start. The hard thing now for me is trying to gather materials when I am only going to be here till about September but I feel like if I wait I am missing important learning stages with Mason. I really like some of the Montessori inspired activities I have found for Masons age group on the internet and the plus is that some of it is done with simple home found items. I was excited I found a tray for .49 cents at the thrift store and a basket for .29 cents. I also found a how to from another blogger on how to make sandpaper letters im looking forward to make them but I need to do some price matching to see if it would be worth it to make them or just buy them.

I wish I could blog more like I use to but it seems like I just dont have the time. Mason is really good at keeping me busy and it feels like I have to constantly keep him busy to keep him out of trouble.

If you home school I would love ideas on how you got started and any other info. Mason is only 22 months but I love to research my stuff before we get into some serious school work. I would like to get as much info as possible.