What Cancer cannot do.... It cannot invade the soul. It cannot suppress memories. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot destroy Peace. It cannot conquer the spirit. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot cripple love. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot steal eternal life. It cannot silence courage.
So for our first stop at the dentist Thomas did amazing, let the hygenist completely clean and count his teeth. Sat completely still, with a little help from his "bankie" keeping him company he was good to go. No cavities, good strong healthy teeth. We were worried about Christopher's teeth, with all his asthma problems, with all his breathing treatments, no one told us we needed to rinse his mouth out after each treatment. But despite it all, he has good teeth and he learned all about how to keep them clean!
They both have all their teeth and let's hope they won't need braces! At least we have years to save for that!
I've lost a lot of loved ones in my life and I am so grateful that my mom put together albums of all those times we shared. They not only exsit in my mind, but also in these albums.
I'm a great photographer, I'll take pics of anything, but I am horrible about putting them out on print or putting them into albums. I made a wedding scrap book, it took me about 4 months to do it, and I had a lot of help! But the shopping for the perfect page, the accessories to accent the picture, the glue....yellowing, non yellowing? HUH?
I was given some scrap books after my boys were born and I tried, I really tried to make scrap booking work for me, but it just never took shape.
But now? I was thrilled when My Memories Suite contacted me to review and giveaway to one of my readers their software. And as an added bonus, if you don't win, a special promo code, STMMMS3692, that provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store - $20 value!
This was the easiest digital scrapbooking software to use, no more sorting through boxes of paper, looking for the perfect accents....I was amazed at how easy and quick it was to not only put together a single page, but a whole album. I also made a calendar! =)
It was so much fun and they had so much to chose from in their store if I needed something just so. And all those pics I have on my computer? They will be in some fun digital scrapbooks, and I can also add music if I so chose! I have a lot to catch up on....so if you excuse me....
But before you go Don't forget to enter the giveaway. Go to MyMemories.com and tell me what photobook template you would love to start with.
I recently had the opportunity to review the movie Sammy's Adventure, A Turtle's Tale.
This is absolutely the cutest movie. You meet Sammy who was born on a beach in Baja and you follow his journey through his life that brings him back to the very same beach.
So many fun loving characters to meet along the way, his best friend Ray, and his life long love Sally! You will follow him on a Sea Turtle's journey as he faces so many obstacles along the way.
Just in time for Earth Day 2012, it's a great way for kids to learn about pollution and other things that affect our oceans in a way that they can understand it. Any movie that has a message conveyed to my children in a fun and educational way, I am a huge fan of.
It's perfect for "kids" of all ages. I loved it, found myself not being able to wait to see what was around the next coral reef.
With character voices of Melanie Griffith, Kathy Griffin, Tim Curry and Stacy Keach, it's fun for the whole family!
So apparently it's the "thing" to have birthday parties and invite everyone in the preschool!
We usually do not go to these birthday parties because let's face it, I don't know these kids, I don't know their parents, I have no idea what to buy them for a present, nor do I want to spend a ton of money on it!
I have yet to invite a single kid from their school for my kids birthday parties. Just with our friends and their children makes up a party of at least 12 kids. Then try to add on another 10 to 12 kids from preschool? No thanks!
Well I decided I better go to one of these preschool birthday parties, meet some of these kids, meet some of their parents, find out who and what these people are about and why my children come home with certain things their friends tell them at school that their parents say.
I must be the most unapproachable person in the history of the world! It's either that or I really am a bitch! So as Christopher is attached to my hip even though these are kids he goes to school with every day, it's a new environment for him, so he's a little shy.
I try engaging him with kids that I do know, his little kissing friend Amaya, and after a while she gravitates towards him and he towards her. The only parents aside from the birthday girls mom who said a word to me was the father of his kissy friend, said apparently he needed to meet me.
I tried the "drift in and join a conversation" with all these 20 something mom's with preschoolers and little babies in their arms as well. And when I sort of laughed and said "Oh yeah I remember when that happened" and they looked at me as if I suddenly came down with a horrible case of the plague.
So my best friend at this preschool party? Christopher! We ate grapes together, we played on the things they had set up together, we had lemonaide together and we ate our pizza and cake together. And after all was said and done....
I really don't care how I came off looking to them....because to me, I came off as a very involved parent who would rather spend her time with her child on a Saturday afternoon than gossiping and being catty! And to me, and hopefully to Christopher, that's pretty special!
This is my 1st time participating in Pour Your Heart Out. I have read all the time and commented on posts before but really had nothing to pour my heart out about. Now....I do.
I have posted before about my oldest son's "issues" with potty training. He suffered from chronic constipation as a baby and even as a toddler, and he's been fully potty trained on numerous occasions. And now, he's coming up on his 5th birthday and he's back in pull ups!
I am completely at a loss. We have tried everything with him. I've heard the "don't worry he won't go to kindergarten without being potty trained" Well I beg to differ!
I've also heard, "don't worry, he'll do it when he's ready". Really? He's done it before and he's almost 5. Now what?
I sit and cry, often. For one, I feel like a complete failure as a parent. I can't potty train my son. I've read every book, I've read every article. I've read blogs, I've read magazines, I've read the "experts" and I have a degree in psychology for Pete's sake. Can it really be that hard to help my child go poop in the potty?
I want to cry for him, the fact that his friends make fun of him for smelling or for being a baby. When I took him into the preschool he is in I walked in and said "Hi I am looking for a place for my almost 4 year old son" She said No problem we have room. And I literally cried and said "One thing though, he's not potty trained" and she said "No problem" and I cried harder.
He went, and within weeks he was back to being potty trained. We were thrilled, we had a party we got treats, we did dances. And now, for months, he's back to pooping in his pants again.
I read a blog post on some one's blog one time about how appalled they were, not that their child had an accident at school, but that they were actually put in school underwear and clothing and it became a joke to them, I sat and cried. I cried and cried because I thought, how would that mom feel if they had my child. A child that comes home daily in something other than what he went to school in.
I've spent a ton of money on underwear that the school proceeds to throw out if they are "soiled". So now he's back in pull ups, and he could care less.
I get that he has anxiety about going, he has a deep seeded fear that it's going to hurt his little butt by going poop because he is used to constipation and when he finally would go it was so big it would hurt his butt. But his diet has changed, he's older and he's regular.
And now I cry because I don't know how to help him. I don't know how to explain to him that it's not going to be painful, to tell him that if he goes just one time in a day he won't have the issues that he has. That the other kids won't make fun of him.
What to expect when you are expecting tells you all kinds of good stuff, and what to expect in your first year tells you even more....but I think I need the book "what to expect when your child won't potty train"
He's set to start kindergarten in the fall and I fear he won't be potty trained and then what? There aren't many thing that can break me....but this? This has!
My name is Erin, there are so many things that define who I am, but most important I am a mom to two beautiful miracle boys, children they said I'd never have. I've lived a lot of life in a short amount of time. I'm a cancer survivor, and have learned that the best day in life is today!
So my motto, Life Happens, so Live it, no regrets.
My friends know me best, but my life is an open book, and I'm willing to share any of my experiences, if it helps someone else, then it was all worth it. I love to create but I am far from crafty. I hate shopping unless it's for someone else. I'll try anything once. (Well, most things anyway.)
I love to laugh with my friends. When I am your friend, I am a friend for life. My biggest fear is the loss of my children and my mom. I am a simply complex person, but so easy to know!
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, she's up!" Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Love the ones who don't, just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it! Kiss Slowly. Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it...Today!