Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Iditarod is starting this Saturday and this family is super excited. We have gotten the extended family together to each pick Mushers (racers) to cheer on throughout the race and bought the GPS feature on the Iditarod website so we can follow their progress. Z and I also had a great time creating an interactive display board in our Dining Room this past weekend.
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Well Operation Downsize is in FULL SWING! This weekend we filled our car with another load for donation and also took two trips to the dump. I spent the morning going through Z's room (oh the scary mess) and we filled two bags to donate and one bag of trash. We also moved his Lego Table to his closet so we can shut the door on that crazy but he can still have his creations out (brilliant move by Scott).
While Scott was at the dump, I thought it would be "fun" to move the playroom furniture around. My Mother In-law had given me some advice on how to make the space look a bit more grown up (not so much like a preschool) so I thought I'd try it. I knew if I asked Scott he would say, "Not today" so I decided to go it alone while he was out. This was probably not the best idea after my trip to the chiropractor but c'est la vie!
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Monday, February 25, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
I rediscovered Pandora this past weekend (had forgotten all about it) and it has been such a trip down memory lane. I have been dancing around the house for the past few days to songs I have not thought about since childhood. Madonna, Paula Abdul, The Bangles, The Jets and so many other artists have been bringing me back to a simpler time and have made me realize how much I miss listening to music.
I don't know about you but in this house much of the music we listen to is controlled by the wee ones. We hear the Theme Song to Mario Bros, Princess Hits, Sparkle Stories and the occasional "good" song that we have introduced them too. I do take control of the ipod here and there but most of the time it is all about the kids.
For those of you who don't know what Pandora is, it is an Internet Radio. The basic Pandora account does not cost a thing but you will be shown or hear ads while you listen. You can upgrade to an account without ads for $4 a month but the ads are short and sweet and really aren't that big of a deal (much better than regular radio).
With Pandora you can pick channels based around genres of music or an artist that you may like. You can then customize the channel by clicking "Thumbs Up" or "Thumbs Down" as to whether you like a particular song or artist that they play. If you click "Thumbs Up", they will play more music similar to that track. If you click "Thumbs Down", they will never play that song again on your account and stay away from similar music. You can also customize your channels by changing their names and adding other artists, songs that you'd like to hear.
Right now my favorite channels are called "My First Tapes"(all the songs from the first tapes I ever owned), College Radio (songs from my college days), "Dad's Rockin Hits" (the classics that my dad introduced me to) and "Scott and Jess" (songs that we can both agree on). I also have some channels for the kids.....I do share my Pandora time :)
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Friday, February 22, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Every Spring I go through a purging, organizing and cleaning phase. It feels so good to get rid of things we don't need, organize those neglected closets and drawers and do a deep cleaning of our home. With each passing year the house improves, simplifies and feels more like home.
This year we are upping the ante and have created Operation Down Size. This year is going to be the biggest Spring Cleaning yet! The goal is to simplify our lives and improve our home so that if we have an opportunity to move, we could do so easily.
The project list is huge and we have already begun to tackle it. Two closets, a cabinet, a junk drawer and half of the garage have already been attacked. We have made a sizable donation to Good Will with many more carloads to come. There are painting projects, clothes to go through, a flooring project or two, some landscaping, some rearranging of furniture and then the DREADED BASEMENT. The Orkin man will be so excited when he next comes and can easily walk through our Catch All Space!
Operation Down Size will take a lot of hard work but in the end we hope it will lead to more peace in our home and more flexibility in our lives. I'll post our progress as we go :)
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Doesn't Potty Palooza sound like fun!?!?! Five days at home filled with Potty Movies, Potty Books, Salty Snacks, Yummy Beverages, Sticker Charts, new Underwear and Prizes.....Oh the Fun!!
The week leading up to Potty Palooza we were all Potty Talk around here. We watched Potty DVD's, read Potty Books, took a bunch of visits to the Potty with great success, discussed who uses the Potty and picked out new underwear. The first morning of Potty Palooza was great. Every 20 minutes the timer would go off and we'd head to the potty. We read books, sang songs and Lil'C got a sticker for each attempt but no success. By noon time she QUIT!
"I hate the Potty!!! No more Potty....it is hard!!!"
|We LOVE this book!!!|
So we took a few days off where I never asked her to go but continued to read the potty books, watch the DVDs and talk about all those folks who use the potty. After a few days off, I started our trips again and was met with tears and screaming. Now we are at a loss as to what to do?!?!? Any suggestions for us? I know she won't go to college in diapers but I'd like her to be diaper free for preschool in the fall.
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Monday, February 18, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Thursday, February 14, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I am sorry but I refuse to call this storm Nemo. Tropical Storms and Hurricanes have names, not Blizzards. And Nemo?? Really??
This storm was the BEST storm we have had in the 7 years of living here!!!! We did not lose our power....not even a flicker. We spent two days indoors and got over 2 feet of snow (we had practically nothing when the storm began). Unfortunately the kids weren't really able to enjoy the snow until Saturday afternoon. Even then the winds were whipping, the temperatures were cool and they were sinking into the deep "Snow Globe Snow" (it was light and fluffy).
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Friday, February 08, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
So I asked myself, am I using this new "free time" on the computer wisely? I am not sure if it has been used wisely but it has been busy. The bulk of my time has been spent on two AMAZING online classes. The first was Whole Food Kitchen, which I was not able to participate in the moment and had to do a lot of catch up after the course was over and the second is called Inside Out, which is going on right now. Like many of us, I do waste time on facebook, as well as time listening to podcasts, researching many topics that have come up in our lives and watching the Bachelor (no cable here) and Season One of Beverly Hills 90210 ;)
I miss this space and so I am moving back in, at least for now. It might be that in a few more months or maybe even next year, I decide to move over to the other blog more permanently. Raising Z was created as a space for sharing thoughts and stories about raising my little ones and they are growing up, too fast I might add. The other blog might be more appropriate as we venture into the school years.
Posted by Raising Z and Lil C at Monday, February 04, 2013