Saturday, February 13, 2010

Scary Ant!

  • Mica shouted from his room, "Mommy, there's a scary ant in my room! You have to come and see it!"
  • I go in there with a tissue.
  • It was a spider of course.

Pirate Potty and Princess Potty Giveaway

  • Now What Baby is giving away two really cute potty training books from Scholastic.
  • Books really help with the training process!

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Dishwasher

  • We got a new dishwasher last night that will be installed next Thursday.
  • Service One said there was four things wrong with our other one, so we figured it was about time for something new.
  • We got a Whirlpool that has hidden controls, so that Isaak won't play with the buttons.
  • Our's was cheaper then the one above. Oh...but our's was also on sale! It may be the same dishwasher. We got our's in white, since all our other appliances are white.

Toe Nail Polliage

  • So...I messed up my foot really bad. I've been on crutches all week. My toes are purple. But I'm starting to walk much better!
  • Mica said to me tonight, "Mommy you need to put polliage on your feet". I had no clue what he was trying to say!
  • I said, "What was that Mica?"
  • Then he said, "You know poliage like Kailey put on Grandma's toes".
  • Toe nail polish is what he was referring to.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Foot

  • I know I don't have the prettiest feet in the world, but right now my left one is really ugly!
  • I'm thankful for these slipper socks that I've been wearing over the ace bandage.
  • Surprisingly my foot looks better today then it did yesterday.
  • It's bruised around the toes and the back of my foot. I've had an Ace bandage wrapped around it, so you can see the lines on my foot from that. It's still swollen, but not as bad as yesterday.
  • I'm using crutches to get around long hallways, and walk slow and careful in tight places.

If He Can't Have Cute Shoes, He'll Get a Few Cute Socks!

  • Isaak gets fitted for his "Magic Shoes" tomorrow to hopefully fix his bowed feet! The left one is getting worse! He'll wear the shoes for 6 months, or more.
  • I got Isaak a few cute Baby Legs socks since he can't have cute shoes. He's into football and trains, so I got him set of football socks, train socks and then I liked the Mad Hatter socks.
  • Mom 4 Life has a deal this month. If you spend $30 you get a free pair of Baby Legs.
  • I got girl Baby Legs for my friend that's pregnant.
  • I have to say I heart Baby Legs! They are just soooo cute. I love that they work for boys and girls! They were so great when Isaak was in the hospital with Meningitis. The nurses loved them. They kept his legs warm under the hospital gown.
  • The socks I got are pre-orders. They'll be sent out the last week this month.
  • Want to know which ones are my favorite? The football socks. Shhh...don't tell Daddy! He knows I really don't like football. I love them because Isaak says, "Football" so cute! Oh...but Daddy will be reading this anyhow. LOL

Rasing a Well-Mannered Child

  • Go Graham Go is having giveaways on Raising a Well-Mannered Child.
  • If you blog about tips to raise a good boy or girl and add their button, Go Graham Go will give you 10 extra entries for Raising a Well-Mannered Child Giveaways.
  • I have to admit...I felt like I was on the right track with my children, but lately Mica has been acting up. My sister and I were just talking about this...we don't know if our preschoolers are going through a phase, or have cabin fever from this horrible winter. Both of our preschooler's have been really whinny when they don't get their way lately! I've had to talk to Mica on the phone when I was at work, and he seemed to straighten up. Then last night I took him out of the restaurant we were at because he was whining when we didn't get him dessert. The last three times we've been out to eat he got dessert because he had coupons for two places, and Village Inn gives out a free piece of pie on one night of the week. Mica took that as, him getting dessert every time we go out. We were not about to buy dessert last night. I think sometimes for good behavior, you just can't give kids their way. They may whine, but in the end you are the parent, and they need to know that for the next time and the time after that. Mica got a balloon when it was time to go home last night. He's really into balloon's from the movie Up, but I wouldn't let him play with it until today since he was whining for dessert.
  • I started giving both of my boys time-outs at an early age. Some of my co-workers don't believe that time-outs work, but they have on Mica and for Isaak. Mica used to sit there and talk about what he did that was wrong. Isaak goes to the time-out chair when we warn him. He doesn't understand that we are just warning him.
  • I make both kids say, "Please" and "Thank you"! I think this is really important.
  • I also make my kids help to pick up. We do it together.
  • As Mica has gotten older (he's 4) he is given more responsibilities. He has to put his pants, shoes, clean socks/underwear, coat and preschool backpack away. Both boys put their dirty clothing in the hamper. Isaak helps me put clothing in the washer and dryer.
  • I try and have the kids help me in the kitchen when they can do something. Like Mica puts some groceries away in the refrigerator, Isaak gets boxes and cans out of bags and he hands them to me. Then they both dump ingredients in the mixer when I'm making bread or cookies.
  • They are not perfect boys, and they do go through stages of being naughty. I think this is normal for the average kid. I think the best thing to do is to not let them get away with it. Mica knows that he goes in the cart if he runs in the grocery store. We send them to bed if they are tired and acting out. Otherwise they get a time-out, or sent to the car if you are out and about until they can cool down. Then they know that their behavior isn't acceptable.
  • Of course show them that you love them too. I try and give each kid attention every night before bed by reading to them and giving them cuddle time. In the morning they get cuddle time too. I would hate for them to act up only because they are feeding off of negative attention. They need positive attention too!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Colors of the Rainbow

  • I woke up this morning and my foot was many colors by my toes.
  • My foot is no longer light yellow green.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Salt Yummy or Yucky?

  • Isaak got to walk in the snow today. Usually I pick him up when there is snow on the ground.
  • With having foot problems, Isaak had to walk.
  • Isaak was in his car seat. He was rubbing the bottoms of his shoe soles, and then licked his fingers.
  • I told him not to do that! He kept doing it.
  • I reached back and slipped his shoes off.


  • Mica went to the dentist.
  • He has no cavities and they got x-rays.
  • This time he did pretty good.
  • He wiggled a little bit, but is a four year old boy.
  • Isaak seemed really interested in what they were doing to Mica.
  • Mica really likes the book: The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist. This book changed Mica's outlook on the dentist. The first time he went, he wanted nothing to do with the experience.
  • Today he couldn't wait to go to the dentist.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Weak Lower Extremities

  • If you haven't been reading this blog. Here's a little update:
  • Grandma Spiehs had an ankle fusion about 3 weeks ago. She is doing well, but will be in a cast for awhile longer. At least 3 more weeks.
  • I (Mom) hurt my foot yesterday. I fell because my leg was asleep. I'm on crutches for 3 or 4 days.
  • Isaak has to go in Friday to get fitted for special shoes to hopefully fix his bowed feet. He'll have those for 6 months.

They Called Back

  • The doctor's office called me back.
  • I'm instructed to be on crutches for 3 or 4 days.
  • I'm to take Advil.
  • If my foot gets worse I have to go into the doctor.


  • So...I called the doctor's office about my sprained or broken foot two hours ago.
  • Does anyone else get tired of waiting for offices to call you back?

Orthopedic Doctor

  • Daddy took Isaak to see the Orthopedic Doctor.
  • They took x-ray's of his spine, feet and legs. The doctor watched him walk too.
  • Isaak's left leg has less mass then his right. Not dangerously so.
  • He has to go in to get "Magic Shoes". He has a drawer full of cute toddler shoes that he won't be wearing. I need a friend or family member to have a boy that I can pass some of my kid's stuff down to. We have lots!
  • He'll get fit for his "Magic Shoes" on Friday, Daddy's weekend day. He'll be wearing the shoes for 6 months.
  • Isaak has an appointment after that to get more x-ray's to see if the "Magic Shoes" are helping. I hope they do!
  • I don't know what these "Magic Shoes" are going to look like, but all I can picture is Isaak running like Forest Gump in his "Magic Shoes" with braces. Isaak won't have braces for now anyhow.
  • I'm hoping that Isaak will be running straight and narrow much like Forrest did after he wore his, "Magic Shoes".
  • Fact: Did you know Forrest Gump was filmed in Savannah, GA? Ya...this is where I went to grad school. The original bench is not there. Many people go to find it, and it simply is not there. It's one of the prettiest, most historical places I've been to. Oh...but if you have allergies, the pollen and molds are pretty rough.
  • Fact 2: Oh...Aunt Becky if you are reading this, you are right!!! The Orthopedic Doc. said that kid's do not have full knee caps until they are 8 years old. Before that it's cartilage. It thickens up and turns into bone as they get older. We didn't know what to think when you said that long ago, but you were right.

Craft Kits Giveaway

The Tot's $25 Giveaway

  • Go Graham Go is giving away a $25 gift card to The Tot's.
  • They have really cute kid's dishes, fun accessories for girl's, fun lullabies that are off of famous rock songs and more!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chest Bump

  • Daddy doing the chest bump with Isaak.
  • Isaak did this way more then 2 times. I only caught 2 on the video.


  • Isaak is Daddy's boy when it comes to football! Mica wanted to watch Up instead of football.
  • Isaak kept saying, "Football" over and over again.
  • He loved watching, The Who when they played. It's a good thing because he has one of their t-shirts. He was head banging and clapping during all their songs.

Bowed Feet

  • We have Isaak's Orthopedic appointment tomorrow.
  • I'm a little nervous about it.
  • For one I'm having a little problems walking myself. My foot hurts bad now, and it's painful to walk.
  • I don't know where I'm going.
  • I'm worried about what they'll do with Isaak, and what they won't do. We may have the appointment for nothing. They'll say what most everyone else will say, "He's fine and will grow out of it by the time he's 4 or 5 years old. Or we'll hear, "He needs to sleep with braces on his legs until he's 4 or 5 years old". If I'm lucky they'll just say, "Give him foot rubs, and work his left foot over to be straight".
  • **Update: Daddy took Isaak to the doctor. I'm picking the boys up, so that he can work late if he needs to. I hope everything goes well. I just can't walk far, and very well on my foot. It's slightly purple and green, but not swollen. It's on 1/2 of the top part of my foot.

Balancing Act

  • Here's Isaak trying to balance his milk.
  • For the record, it fell over and dripped on the floor.
  • Little punk!

Upside Down

  • We bought these pj's for Isaak at Marshall's a few weeks ago. They are a 3T. They'll fit him next fall.
  • When they rang up, it said on the cash register, "Girl's Pajamas". The cashier said, "Oh they'll work for either boy or girl". I was afraid there would be some lace around the collar or something. They were in a box.
  • When I got home, and got them out of the box it said on the tag, "Boy's Pajamas".


  • Isaak is such an instigator, just like Mommy is. LOL He goes after Mica to bring on a fight.


  • I was sitting down, got up and didn't realize my leg was asleep. I was walking and bent my ankle back. I shouted in pain.
  • Mica came out of his room and said, "Mommy Daddy will help you get up when he gets home". Which is after 5, and this happened at 3:30. Then Mica said, "We can get you Grandma's scouter to use". Humm...what would she use then? LOL
  • I'm sort of limping around now. I have a buzzing pain, but I think I'll be fine.

Sunday Blues

  • We started the morning out good. Mica helped me make Banana Bread, while Isaak played all sweetly by himself with Duplo's.
  • Then something happened. It's like we all had a light switch hit down inside us. Mica, Isaak and Mommy are all in bad moods at 11 AM.
  • Could it be that it's because it's snowing once again? I'm not sure, but it sounds like a good excuse.
  • I have a huge headache. Mica got a bloody nose. Isaak's just whinny!
  • Mica was complaining that his train track wasn't right. I went in to help him. He threw a HUGE temper tantrum because I didn't put it together like he had in his mind. I shut his door and told him that he could come out when he cooled down a bit. After he cooled down, he came in the kitchen and got frustrated that the magnetic monkey's wouldn't stick up on the refrigerator just like Spider-Man.
  • Isaak decided to hit Mica, then Mica popped Isaak back harder then what he should of. Both boys got time outs over that one.
  • I put them down right after lunch.
  • So much for getting Mica to write his name on Valentines this morning. I'm not attempting that when he's in a sour mood.
  • **Update: Isaak woke up poopy after only sleeping 1 hour and a 1/2. Of course he won't go back to sleep. Isaak cried, which then woke Mica up. Boo! :(

Pablo Picasso

  • Mica informed us last night that he is Pablo Picasso.
  • I don't know where he got this one. I don't think we've ever talked to him about Picasso. He has a book on Vincent Van Gogh and colors, so I know he knows who Van Gogh is.
  • With Picasso, I'm not too sure. Maybe he's Picasso reincarnated.


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