Monday, July 8, 2013

Random Monday

July around here means: camp. Which means Philip is working on the plans for our church camp for juniors (ages 7-12).

It means talking about saying things like, "Well, how many bandannas would we need exactly?" And, "Do I really have to come with a craft again?" And, "Did you like the game with soap or with ice better?"

It also involves a complicated metric of what children need to be where and when and there are birthdays and family reunions and multiple trips out of state and we ran out of milk and when exactly can we buy more and just how much should we get without it going bad?

I am tired just thinking about it. I need a nap. Or Baby Boy needs to sleep longer at night. He must be going through a growth spurt because he eats all. the. time. (Please, none of you older mom smartypants types tell me anything about how that never ends or only gets worse as they get older.)
We are also in the middle of one of my least favorite aspects of parenting: training the toddler to no longer require diapers. I very much dislike this process. However, I also very much dislike changing toddler diapers (little baby diapers are not a big deal to me), so here we are once again. So far she's not doing very well. The bribe that has worked best so far: I paint her toenails while we wait for something to happen. I, however, cannot always wait with her that long and I get tired of the polish fumes so it's not a long term solution.

In happier parenting news: we've started introducing our girls to The Andy Griffith Show because we realized that they had no idea who Andy, Opie, Barney, & Aunt Bea actually were.

That's just un-American, right?

Now we're thinking up other shows they need to watch. Here's my list so far: Star Trek, Green Acres, I Love Lucy, Get Smart, Ducktales, Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and The Muppet Show.

Here's Philip's list so far: Star Trek (we agreed on this one) and GI Joe.

Perfectly reasonable. 

House news as of now: we put an offer, it was countered. We counter-countered, it was rejected. Now we're waiting and if they don't have any other offers, we may give them a new offer. It's a five bedroom, two full bath house so if you feel inclined to pray that this guy's business partner will have a change of heart and accept our offer, please do.

We were supposed to look at two more houses today but one was removed from the market due to a death which sent the house into probate and the one we actually looked at was a nice size in a great neighborhood but it has significant foundation and structural problems and we wouldn't be able to get a mortgage on it in its current condition.

Selling a house and buying a house is definitely not for the faint of heart.

So as not to end on a negative note, here's a blog post about the outdoors that made me laugh. (And wish I would have written it, because my feelings about the outdoors are perfectly aligned with that post.)

So, what's up on your Monday this week?
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Philip said...

Also added to my list: Voltron

Elisabeth said...

We have one cartoon channel with our 5 channels. It is Qubo. They just recently started showing Anne if Green Gables episodes. I always think of you when I see a commercial about it. Might be something else to add to the list.
We are in the same potty training boat. Abigail likes to go when it is her idea. Any other tine it is a big fight. But since I know she can go I usually tell her she is not getting down until she goes. It usually works for us but she also likes suckers and that works too!

Deb said...

I hate potty training with the burning fire of a thousand suns. I bribed with m&ms. It was the only thing that worked.

I remember going to the pediatrician for the 8 month checkup and asking when the baby would sleep through the night. The doctor looked at me and goes, "I trained mine to sleep through at 2 months old." and I was just AGOG. You can DO that? Why didn't anyone tell me that 6 MONTHS BEFORE?

Amy said...

We'll be entering both the house-selling and potty-training arenas soon. Hoping a girl will be a cinch to train. Hey, a mama can dream, right? Already firmly entrenched in the baby-wants-to-nurse-all-night club. Did I mention he's 8 months old? The others had long been slerpng through by this age! Good luck surviving camp month!

Lisa said...

I think Roman is going thru a growth spurt again too. He's eating and sleeping all the time, so who knows how big he will be when we come visit ;)
I've already been thinking about shows I'd like Roman to see as well. Funny, almost all the shows you mentioned are on my list. I'd much rather he watch cartoons from our era.

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