Blog Fest 2008 – 5 Things About this Mom

    Almost missed another blog party, but I am ready now. So welcome Mommies!! I am 1stopmom. I can’t wait to visit all of your blogs.
    Let’s see 5 things about me:
    1. I love strawberry lemonade
    2. I have social anxiety disorder
    3. Flavor of love and Maury paternity test show are my guilty pleasures (shhh, don’t tell)
    4. I chew gum constantly. And I mean all the time. This is how my husband finds me when we are out in public. The kids have also told me this is how they hear me coming. I pop my gum nonstop, but I do not realize it.
    5. Even though I may complain about being a stay at home mom sometimes, there is nowhere else I would rather be .
    Now on to blog hopping, it may take me a while but I will visit all you guys. Just don’t look at me weird when you see a comment from Blog Fest 2008 when it is Christmas time, lol!!

    jazz, Life, Parenting

    Learning how to catch the bus

    riding the bus

    In September Jazz will be starting high school and she told me transportation by yellow bus is not provided. I started thinking “Oh man, I am going to have to figure out a plan since I will be driving all the kids to school next year.” The hardest part would be with school start and dismissal times. Jazz’s school is over 45 minutes away from our home while the school the younger ones attend is only 5 minutes away. Jazz, being in such a hurry to grow up, suggests catching the city bus. The first thing I said is “No way!” I am a big time worrier (not sure if that is even a word). If it can be worried about then it is on my mind. I started thinking what if she gets lost, what if she forgets her phone, her phone could go dead, what if someone tries to grab her, what if she falls asleep on the bus? And it just goes on and on. It’s funny because I started catching the city bus when I was 10. But dare I say it? Times were a different 23 years ago. I know I have to let her grow up a little. So I have made a decision that from now until school starts she can take trips to the mall or a relative’s house by city bus. She can not ride the bus alone just yet. She will have to take Nannah until I feel she knows how to catch the bus pretty well. She has to have her phone charged completely before leaving the house and carry enough change for the payphone in case her phone has problems. She needs to call/text me when she has made it to the bus stop, again when she is on the bus, when she makes it to her destination, and when she is on her way home. There will be no riding the bus after dark. I will be letting her take her first bus ride Saturday to the mall. I am so nervous!!! K.K has already said she wants to go but I am not ready for that at all!
    I has been years since I have taken a ride on the city bus so I went online to see how many buses Jazz would have to take to get to school. Mapquest is so cool. I typed in our address and her school address and it gave me three options to choose from for bus routes to her school. It even lists the times and everything. When I was riding the city bus all you had was a little pamphlet with the “possible” bus arrival times. So I feel a little better because she only has to take 1 bus to school. This just might work after all.


    A visit to the dentist

    Well I just got back from taking all 4 kids to the dentist. It actually was a pretty nice visit. Dr. Peterson is really good with kids and he always gives me a free teeth whitening kit. One of the best parts is when it was K.K.’s turn to go back, she spoke! And not a just a little, this is the most vocal she has ever been with someone who is not family. That gives me lots of hope considering my recent post, Speechless – but not for long.

    Jazz and Nannah both had no cavities. Yayyy! Nannah had to get 2 teeth pulled in the back. Her grown up teeth were starting to come in even though the other teeth have not completely fallen out yet. Luckily they were barely hanging on. TJ and Kayla had a 5 cavities between them. With Kayla I dropped the ball a little. She drank more juice through sippy cups then her sisters and brother so 2 of her back teeth are really bad. She got a silver cap on one today, we go back in 2 weeks to fix the other. Kayla also has 2 teeth coming out in the front so the tooth fairy will be making a visit soon! I think kids look so cute with those toothless smiles, don’t you?


    My New Favorite Popcorn

    I need to eat better and I know this. This is an ongoing battle for me because most of the time the stuff that is good for me does not taste good. Well popcorn is one of my favorite snacks especially when I am watching a movie. For the last few years or so I have been obsessed with Kettle Corn. I’m not sure but it is something about the salty and sweet tastes mixing that is so good. One day while shopping in Pick and Save I tried a new type of popcorn they were giving out samples of. It was Orville Redenbacher’s Buttery Salt and Cracked Pepper. It didn’t sound very appetizing to me but the lady giving out the samples was so nice I just took one. The taste was different. I wasn’t quite sold. Later in my shopping she offered me another sample. The flavor was growing on me. Let’s just say I now have a new favorite. So last night I was waiting for the popcorn to finish in the microwave so I started glancing at the box. Would you believe I never knew this popcorn was whole grain!! In all these months I have never paid attention to the box. I just liked the taste of it. When I think about it I realized I am using less salt when I eat this popcorn. Usually when I am eating popcorn I add lots of salt but I have not added salt one time with my Buttery Salt and Cracked Pepper. And it still tastes good! Yay for me!!

    Kayla, Life

    Speechless- but not for long

    Speech therapy in our home is road that we have travelled down before. Our daughter Nannah (10) had problems with others understanding her so out of frustration she would not talk at school when she started K-4. Luckily Nannah’s teacher noticed the problem and got her set up for testing for speech therapy. We were able to find out that as a result of Nannah’s numerous ear infections as a baby, she heard words differently. So of course she pronounced her words according to how she heard them. The speech therapy classes she attended totally changed Nannah. She went from a shy and self conscience child to a well rounded and very outspoken child.

    We have come to find out recently that K.K. also needs speech therapy. See, K.K. does not talk around those she is not comfortable with. This includes family members that she does not see on a regular basis and her friends and teacher at school. My little princess has been this way since she has been on this earth. She has no problem speaking around her siblings and my husband and I. When she started K-4 we thought that K.K. just had to get used to be in a school type environment and she would eventually start talking. Unfortunately she did not. The issue of not talking became more of a concern when she started Kindergarten this year and still would not talk. She did take a few steps forward because she started whispering to a few classmates and her teacher. But K.K. would not talk so that she could be heard clearly. I became scared that the school would think that since she did not talk she was not learning anything. I did not want that to be the case especially since from the time she gets home until she goes to sleep she talks nonstop!! She counts and spells and even has started sounding out words so I know she is taking everything in. I came up with the idea to video tape K.K. just talking around the house with and I took it up to the school. The speech teacher watched the video and heard some problems in Kayla’s speech. It turns out that K.K. has a severe phonological speech disorder. I am glad we were able to find out what the problem is because now we can work on fixing it. I just hate the fact that school is only in session for about another month. I feel so bad because I feel I should have caught this. I just didn’t see it. As a mom I was just able to understand her even when she did not pronounce words correctly. I don’t see how I missed it. Well tonight was the beginning of homework from speech class. We worked on the K sound and she did good. I could see the pride she was feeling when I told her how good she was doing. I am so glad we have a plan of action now.