Thursday, April 19, 2012

Maximizing the Chaos

We've hit the busy season.  The time of year that makes Christmastime look rather unbusy and not at all stressful.  It used to be just May that killed me, but much like Christmastime now bleeding over into October, the end of the school year crazy schedule now includes the last two weeks in April in addition to the month of May.

Preschool open house where kids showcase what they've done all year, 3rd grade musical, 1st grade musical, science fair, recycled materials project, 1st grade gifted and talented expo, 3rd grade gifted and talented expo, 2 different school field trips, preschool outdoor/water day, elementary school field day, a birthday party to celebrate the 4 year old turning 5, the end of soccer season for my youngest and beginning of swim team season for my oldest ones!  Wow, I'm so glad I didn't let my 6 year old do dance so at least there's no dance recital/rehearsal/pictures crazy to go along with the other madness!

I'm soooooo ready for summer!  And to all my friends that have asked me if I'm signing my child up for whatever summer class/camp/activity the answer is "NO!"  We have a few things planned for the summer and swim team does run through June, but other than that, we are going to enjoy a lot of downtime and a much easier schedule!


In other news, our 3 year old daughter adopted from Ethiopia just 4 months ago, is still making amazing progress with her English speaking.  She's added, "It's not fair!" to her repertoire, which is lovely.  Then recently when my 6 year old daughter was doing her homework, Little Girl loudly asked, "Where's my homework?!!"  Everyone that meets her is really surprised she's only been in this country a few months!


This week there's also been this excitement:

Little Girl figured out how to pump herself on the swing.

But do you see what else is going on in that picture?

How 'bout this one, notice it now?

My 4 year old son had not quite mastered pumping although he's been working at it for a while now.  So as his little sister pumped higher and higher, hollering, "Mom!  Look at me!  Look at me!", all he could do was sit on the swing and fuss, "I wish I could pump.  I try and it doesn't work.  I can't go high."

Of course what was really going on was that he'd pump himself two or three times and then get impatient and discouraged that he was not yet going high, so he'd quit moving his legs and pulling with his arms and then all of his momentum was lost.

I coached him through all kinds of whining and "I can't do it"s and finally I decided he wasn't really trying and gave up.  No amount of instruction was getting through.

But, where adult teaching falls short, the prodding power of a sibling doing something you can't (a younger sibling no less) produces amazing results!  By late afternoon, my 4 year old son was also pumping his own self on the swing!


Two different posts from this little blog were featured in the e-book That Works for Me! 

The e-book shares in an organized, categorized fashion, 800 practical tips to make your life run smoother.  These are tips that have been shared over the years in the Works for Me Wednesday blog carnival, so they are tried and true, the harnessed wisdom of so many bloggers!  Oh the excitement!  (And late nights spent reading up on how to remove permanent marker, organize your grocery list, make homemade ketchup, get rid of poop smells, maximize your closet space, store wet swimsuits, etc., etc.)

Keep in mind this is an e-book, the little "e" stands for "electronic" so this is not a hard or soft-backed book you will hold in your hands and thumb through the old fashioned way.  No, this is a book you download to your computer or kindle or whatever electronic reader you prefer and then you can click and instantly move from page 27 to page 142!  Really, I'm not sure how I feel about e-books because I'm old school and like to actually hold a book in my hands, but for this it works being an e-book and judging by my overflowing bookshelves, I could probably use more adventures into the e-book world!

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Happy Friday, Friends!

Mommy's Idea


  1. LOL! Your son sounds like my daughter. If she can't learn to do it in 5 minutes then she quits! Drives ... Me ... CRAZY!

  2. Glad to hear your three year old is adjusting so nicely. Congrats on your great parenting in creating an atmosphere in which that could happen.

  3. Ah, the rub of the little sibling that did it before the big sibling. That's motivation to figure it out!

    Happy Friday!

  4. I think it's great how your 'new' daughter is picking up kiddie lingo! Has she done "It's Mine!!!!" yet?

    1. Oh yes a bunch of the "Mine" and "He's not sharing!"

  5. Pumping on a swing and then later, riding a bicycle without training wheels ..... two wonderful moments of childhood. For child and parent. Congrats little girl, and brother too.

  6. Congratulations on the e-book contribution. E-books are not my preferred method of reading, but as an ex-pat living aboard in a country with few English books, e-books are a godsend.

  7. Love the "pumping" story. My little 3 year old gran was dissolving into anger and tears over learning to peddle her bicycle - - - until she realized THE REST of the family was going to be able to RIDE on the river greenway WITHOUT her - - - suddenly she stopped the whole "Diva Crying" and got busy and taught herself to peddle.

  8. I'm sure your little one will pick up the language very quickly--kids are amazing!

    Glad you boy wasn't about to let his sister out-do him. Nothing like sibling rivalry for motivation!

  9. You gotta love it that she picked up that's not fair! :) Some language is so universal! It's been so long since I had little ones that I honestly can't remember how I taught mine to swing! Wow! I'm getting old!

    Don't blame you at all for keeping the summer free.....too much can overwhelm.

  10. I'm excited for summer, too, but for different reasons, of course (my being a teacher and all)haha

    Keetha's story is right on par with yours; it's amazing what a little motivation can do :)

    Congrats on your involvement in the ebook--That's very cool!

    Thanks for linking up this week. I hope you're having a whine-free weekend.haha


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