Saturday, August 1, 2009

I went missing again

Posted by Angiefairbanks at 2:01 PM 0 comments
The last week or so has been a whirlwind of excitment. We recieved an offer on our house that we accepted so now we start packing. I am very happy that we have till August 31st to close so that I can have time to pack. I have never moved before so this is a new and scary concept for me.

I also want to apologize for the lack in consistent posts lately. Our modem got fried from an electrical storm on Monday and it just barely got fixed today. I have some wonderful posts coming up soon so keep checking back.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Interview with a 3 year old

Posted by Angiefairbanks at 8:50 PM 0 comments
I asked my 3 year old these questions and these are his real answers. I thought they were really funny. I wrote exactly what he said. If an answer doesn't make sense, well thats what you get when you talk to a 3 year old.

1. What's something I always say to you? Don't jump on the bed

2. What makes me happy? when I be good

3. What makes me sad? spankins

4. How do I make you laugh? like ha ha ha ha ha ha

5. What do you think I was like as a child? you was like a spankin

6. How old am I? 3-0-50

7. How tall am I? Big

8. What is my favorite thing to do? jump on the bed

9. What do I do when you are not around? sad

10. What am I really good at? getting grocery shopping

11. What am I not really good at? doing spankins

12. What is my job? checking your wells

13. What is my favorite food? salad

14. What makes you proud of me? just when you eat your food, that makes me tired

15. What do you and I play together? rock and roll and spaceship

16. How are we the same? your the same and I'm the same

17. Different? your different and i'm different

18. If I were a cartoon character who would I be? Tosha

19. How do you know I love you? cause you can't give me spankins

20. Where is my favorite place? the hotel

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My Productivity Schedule

Posted by Angiefairbanks at 1:52 PM 0 comments
I have been working around the house and trying to get stuff done on the computer and I definatly was having some issues in keeping up with the laundry, keeping up with the clutter etc. I would get in front of my laptop and start working and before I know it 2 hours have gone by and I haven't gotten a single thing done around the house. I figured out how to keep my self productive. I have been doing this for a few weeks now and I love it. I am keeping up on my chores and the computer.

Heres my strategy:

Get a egg timer that you leave in a central room, away from you. Set it for 20 minutes and do chores. When it goes off, get up and turn it off. Set it for another 20 minutes and this time you can sit down and get on the computer, read, etc. When it goes off set if for another 20 mintues and do some more chores. Keep this routine up and you would be suprised how much you get done. 20 mintues isn't that long but when you are constantly working you can really get a bunch done.

Well my timer just went off so I better get to cleaning something. Take care!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I'm still alive.... Don't Worry

Posted by Angiefairbanks at 9:24 PM 0 comments
I first want to start off by saying, sorry readers I am still alive, I have not been abducted by aliens, fallen off the face of the earth or got lost in the forest somewhere. I have been crazy busy. My baby girl got really sick last week, I mean really sick. She was running a high fever and was really lethargic and just not herself. I took her to the dr only to be referred to the ER. We were there till 11 at night, a total of 4 hours. It was crazy, they took her temperature (the inhumane and abnormal way if you know what I mean) 4 times!! They also thought it might be a UTI so they hooked her up to a catheter and tested her urine, which it was negative. Everything was negative. They couldn't find a dang thing wrong wither her other than the fever. We went home and a few days later the fever broke and the next day she got a rash. That was the answer and the diagnosis, roseola. I did some research and found out that with roseola there is a chance of seizure, meningitis and other serious conditions. Needless to say I was freaked out but she's fine now and other than all the zits I have on my chin now from stress so am I.

My boy started swimming lessons. The first 3 days were awesome. He was the youngest in the class by far, he is 3 and the closest to him was another 4 year old little boy and the rest of the class was a bunch of older girls. He did really good until the teacher thoroughly FREAKED him out. He was fine, safe as can be but she let go of the noodle he was floating on and I swear for the 10 seconds that he was on the noodle by himself, I think he thought he was swimmin by himself in the middle of the ocean surrounded by a bunch of sharks. Did I mention he was fine. Ever since this tramatic event he has decided he doesn't like his swimming teacher. Its not the lessons, the water or the concept of swimming. Its his teacher. The kid is a natural fish, he is just afraid his teacher is going to abandon him again. Whenever she tries to hold him and help him kick with the noodle or kick board he starts screaming and wanting out. Today was better but that is just because I bribbed him with an ice cream cone afterwords. We only have 2 more days of lessons left and I can't tell you how excited I am for that to come. It really puts a kink into our day and I am in a funk. I can't seem to get my junk together and stay in a routine. Lessons are right in the middle of the day so neither the morning or afternoon is normal. Oh well, 2 more days.

Other than that, we are still trying to sell our house. It has sat for 3 weeks without showing. Monday morning I decided I would call my realtor and complain that she wasn't doing enough to market the house. I mean if it was showing and not selling I would know that something was wrong with the house and that it was something we could fix but it wasn't even showing. So I was gonna talk to her. Well, I am so nonconfrontational it isn't funny. I texted her instead. Weak I know. Well it was taken well. And then the house showed that afternoon and twice today. I guess all I needed to do was nag. I told her if it gets in a slump again, I will just nag her and that should help out. I really hope it sells soon and doesn't get a chance to get into a slump.

I got some ideas for some more posts so keep checking back, again sorry I has been so long!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pepperoni Quesadilla

Posted by Angiefairbanks at 12:00 AM 0 comments
I know that this sounds really weird but trust me my little boy loves them. My sister in law invented this recipe when she was looking for something for her daughter to eat for lunch. She called it a peperoni burrito but its not really a burrito and when I told my son it was a burrito he told me, "No it isn't a burrito mom!" You see, we are from New Mexico and my 3 year old son is already versed in all things Mexican food. My sister in law is a Texan and to her calling it a burrito was fine but not to my 3 year old New Mexican son. Side note, this is not by any means a mexican dish but oh well, he eats it and eats every bite of it so who cares. Any parent of a 3 year old pick eater can understand that theory.

Take a fajita sized tortilla and sprinkle a little bit of mozerella cheese on half of it. Next, layer pepperoni on the cheese and follow it up with a little bit more cheese. Now fold the tortilla in half to make a quesadilla. Microwave for 15 seconds and then flip it over and microwave for 15 seconds more. Serve with pizza sauce to dip with, if your child has a dipping fixation like most kids.

***I put cheese on both sides of the pepperoni so that the tortilla has something to hold it together when it is folded into half. If you only put cheese down once the tortilla won't stay shut. To keep it from getting too cheesy just put a little cheese down at a time.

I'm telling you, my son loves this meal. Serve it with kid friendly fruit (mandarin oranges) and a vegetable and it makes a really good meal. Plus for mommy, its freaking easy and takes like a whole 2 minutes to make.

Friday, July 10, 2009

"The Mommy Wars" Round 3: Co-sleeping or not?

Posted by Angiefairbanks at 12:00 AM 2 comments
As I have been writing on "The Mommy Wars," I kept having a thought come to me. Why are we as mothers so mean to each other? We aren't usually blatently mean to each other but we are definatly each others hardest critics. If we see a mom giving her baby a bottle, breastfeeding mothers probably have an opinion about it, whether they voice it or not. If we know our friend is letting their baby sleep with them and we make our baby sleep in their own room, then we have an opinion on it. I really think that we just want to do the best for our kids and when we make a decision we think its the best so when we see somebody doing something else, they are automatically doing it wrong. We never take into account that maybe, just maybe, that mother made the decision that is best for her child.

Another topic of heated debate in the mommy world is co-sleeping. There are lots of theories out there that co-sleeping is beneficial for the baby and mother. Some of the theories suggest that there is a closer bond between mother and child. It is also a lot easier for those wonderful 2 AM feeding for breastfeeding moms. She wouldn't have to hop out of bed when the baby is hungry, she can just whip it out (come on girls, you know what I'm talking about).

There are also studies showing that the rish of SIDS is greatly reduced when babies do not share beds with their parents. Its also hard, and even dangerous to share a bed when a parent is an especially deep sleeper or obese.

As far as me, I can't bed share with my kids. I cannot sleep when they are sleeping in bed with me. I am to paranoid. I am afraid if I put them in the middle my hubby will roll over and smoosh them and if I put them on the side I am afraid they are going to roll off the bed. I had my son sleep in our bed a few nights after he was really sick and it was the hardest thing ever to get him back in the basinet next to our bed. Everytime I would snore or roll over or whatever he would wake up and think he needed to be next to me. When we tried to move him to his room it was aweful, aweful, aweful. I felt like such a horrible mother by making him sleep a whole 30 feet away from me. Getting him to sleep in his room took like 2 monthes.

When we had our daughter we made a goal to not let her sleep in our bed. We got one of those armreach co-sleepers and I LOVE IT. We hooked the little bed on my side of the bed and she was right nxe to me all night but not really in my bed. I was able to roll over and put my hand on her chest (I am way paranoid) and check on her like 6 times a night without having to get up. When she got older and would wake up when I would make noise, get up to go to the bathroom or even roll over, we decided to move her to her room. She was sleeping through the night without having to eat at this time so it really wasn't a big deal. She seriously was so much easier to get to sleep in her own room than her brother was. It was wonderful. She didn't cry for me and reach for me like her brother did and in turn I had less mommy guilt.

What do you do when it comes to sleeping arrangements with your children? How do you feel on the topic of co-sleeping? Post some comments and lets get this discusion going.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bad Mommy Sighting

Posted by Angiefairbanks at 3:17 PM 0 comments
I went out of town for the 4th of July weekend and we decided to find some food for dinner. The town we were in was full of people to see their annual firework display. My husband decided he would run in and get the food while I stayed in the car with the kids. I was just sitting there passing the time playing a game on my cell phone when I looked up and saw a group of late teens early twenties hanging out on the sidewalk in front of my car. For some reason I stared at them for a while and I noticed one of the girls was smoking. No big deal I thought until she turned sideways and I noticed that she was VERY pregnant!! I couldn't believe it. I wanted to jump out of the car and chew her out but lets just saw that she was associating with not they type of people I would want to make angry. I tried to snap a picture of her with my phone but I could never get a good shot of her smoking with her very noticeable pregnant baby. I was so upset about it, I felt so bad for the baby. I know that there are certain things that are debatable as far as parenting goes, but smoking while you are pregnant is not debatable. There are facts, proven facts that smoking while pregnant is detrimental to babies. It should be illegal I really don't know what to say. What are your thoughts


What The "Freak" Where They Thinking????

Posted by Angiefairbanks at 5:25 AM 0 comments
I try to find an article or blog post each week that would be valuable information for my readers. I read it and then write about it. Well, as I was searching on Digg for something that would be pertinent I came across the blog post entitled, "10 Great Books For (Traumatizing) Kids," on the blog"cracked." I thought the article sounded funny so I decided to read it and check it out. I tell you, I could not keep my mouth shut while I was reading. I repeatedly found my jaw practically on the floor.

The author of this post found 10 books that have the ability to screw your kids up. The sad thing is that these are real books, I kid you not. Every single one of these books have been published and printed for the masses. It just goes to show you anybody can write a kids book. Heck, maybe if this whole blogging thing doesn't work out for me I should throw some crap into a book and put some bright colorful pictures in it and call it a kids book. Who knows maybe I'll strike it rich. Anyway, I thought I would bring you the list of books he talked about and a little synapse of what they are about. Ready?? All right, remember these are real books, I am not joking.

1. Hiroshima No Pika

This book is written for Kindergartners and it is about, you're right the bombing of Hiroshima. The book is an account of a mother trying to escape the bombs blast radius while leading her to children and carrying her wounded husband on her back. And yes, that is her topless running through a symbolic sea of blood on the cover.

2. Who Cares About Disabled People

Yup, that's the title all right. The goal of the book is intended to answer that question with the answer, everybody cares about disabled people. Unfortunately the authors idea of disabled people are fat kids, alcoholics, druggies, and really tall athletes. I agree with the author of the post by saying as soon as a druggie or alcoholic gets a handicapped spot at the grocery store while I am hauling my two kids from all the way in the back because there is no where else to park, I'm gonna be ticked!

3. I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much

Can you say, "dysfunctional?" The author of this book also wrote books titled, My Big Sister Takes Drugs, Nobody Wants A Nuclear War, When Eric's Mom Fought Cancer, and My Two Uncles. I think the author wanted to make screwed up situations better?????? Not sure. But really who's gonna get a book like that for a kid who's dad drinks a lot, I think I'd rather get the kids some therapy.

4. Outside Over There

This book is bazaar. The movie "The Labrynth" was based on this book, loosely and I must say loosely. Thankfully, loosely. The book suggest that if you don't like your younger sibling you can just ask the goblins to come and eat her/him and they gladly will do just that.

5. The House That Crack Built

Wanna teach your little one all about crack and where it comes from? Well read them this book. It paints a pictures of the entire process of crack, start to finish. The intent was to scare them from drugs early so they will avoid them all together but seriously, they are LITTLE KIDS for crying out loud. I'm still working on sharing and not peeing in his pants, I don't think I need to teach my preschooler about crack just yet.

6. Sometimes Mommy Gets Angry

Yup, that's exactly what the book is about. The book is meant to teach the children about mental illness. Well the little kid calls grandma and she talks him through it over the phone. Well what the crap grandma, why didn't you go get your grandkid and save him from his psycho mom??? That's what I want to know.

7. The Poodle-Pug-Daschund-Pinscher

First I thought to myself, well that's gonna screw the kids up and confuse them on any knowledge they had about the birds and the bees. Upon further investigation I found that the book was actually Nazi propaganda intended for little preschoolers-2nd grade-ish. The propaganda spewed was all about how awful Jews were. For example, "Just like the bacterium, the Jews bring plague and decline to the peoples they infect by race mixing and infecting Gentile peoples with Jewish thinking. They maintain, for example, that all humans are equal. But that is not true. It is a terrible lie!" Yes, I realize that this was printed during WWII but it is still accessible to today's children.

8. Latawnya, The Naughty Horse, Learns To Say "No" To Drugs

Funny title and to book at first glance just seems a stupidly hilarious but did you notice the name in the title? Yup, Latawnya. In the book not only are the horses smoking cigarettes but trying to hold alcoholic drinks with their hooves they are all black horses names, Latawnya, Daisy and Latoya. Theses horses are, top it off, confronted by the evil drug pushing white horses. So if that's not just weird enough for ya, they throw in an overdosing horse at the end.

9. Cautionary Tales For Children

Yes this book was written over 100 years ago, but keep in mind that it was rereleased in 2002. I just can't believe it. What a way to inflict fear in your kids. I thought it was somewhat humorous and unfortunate. Notice the black hand trying to get the white kid on the cover. That is just wrong, such a subliminal way of teaching kids to be racist.

10. Alfie's Home

This book is written about a little boy who was molested by his uncle and whos parents don't believe him when they talk to him. Not disturbing enough for you, well the book also implies that those who molest are gay and all that are molested are gay. The word "faggot" is written in the illustrations also. Not only that, to resolve the issue of molestation they just send the kid and the uncle go to couseling, the uncle apologizes, the kid realizes he isn't gay and everything is just magically OK. I just can't believe it.

I really want to give the benefit of the doubt to the authors of these books but really I'm not sure what they were thinking. I have enough to worry about raising my little kids to try and teach them the woes of the world. For crying out loud can they not just be kids for a while instead of delving into all this crud at such a young age. Really its beyond me, it just goes to show that you can't trust everything they say is a kids book.

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