Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Friday, March 26, 2010

In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion and Poop

I guess there's some truth to the old adage!  We've had a marvelously mild March with only a few rainy exceptions and now it looks like we'll be freezing our behinds off as we say good-bye to the first month of Spring.  We were spoiled by a week of phenomenal weather - completely uncharacteristic of typical Northern New England.  We started raking tons of acorns and debris from last fall and winter, we cleaned out the wild man's sand box and brought out all his sand toys, our pot of tulips is already 8" tall, shoots of perennials are already poking their heads up and my oregano is already nearly long enough to start harvesting leaves.  We were lulled into thinking the worst of the weather was behind us...NOT so!  We awoke this morning to a delicate covering of frost and light snow (which did quickly melt but nevertheless still creates a sinking feeling in ones chest).  Wild man was desperate to play outside after lunch so we braved the icy wind and played for about 30 minutes before we both ran for the house!  It was deceptive!  The sun was shining brightly and gave the illusion of warmth yet we were shivering in our scarves and hats!  Oh, well.  After this weekend things should be looking brighter and, hopefully, feeling warmer :)

I am still working on the Reversible Scarf and making some very good progress.  I have also been scouring Ravelry and discovering all sorts of lovely yarny goodness that I can't wait to replicate!  This lovely for one.  I'm thinking about hitting my LYS for some yarn and buying up that pattern as quickly as I can.  I think it'll work up rather quickly - it's the lacy trim I may need a little coaching on :)  I'm still planning on making more crocheted baby hats - I have a ton of baby yarn perfect for that project - but I'm setting it aside for a little break from the little beanies. 

We are trying a new thing in our quest to get the Wild Man to finally poop on the potty.  It's been forever since I've blogged about family stuff so to quickly and succinctly bring you up to speed - we've been informed by our rambunctious 3.5 yr old that he's not going to poop on the potty (or blow his nose, BTW) because...get this...ready?...We Want Him To.  Are you kidding me???  He's totally serious about it too.  So we let it go thinking we've been making too big a deal out of it and that he'll come around as soon as he realizes he's the only one in his playgroup still pooping in his pull-up.  Nope, not the case.  Even his little 2.5 yr old friend (also a boy) is now pooping on the pot.  So we've regrouped.  We tried coaxing, prizes, scolding (I know, I know), encouragement, toys, stickers, trains, even offered to let him pick out his very own computer game.  Nothing.  Now we're doing it the Dr. Phil way...we've taken away his TV, access to the computer (he loves his WALL-E game), the Super Nintendo (he loves Donkey Kong Country), and DVD's.  Today was the first day and he thinks its a game.  What he doesn't realize is how serious we are about this.  I know its a control issue with him (and with us) but come on...telling us he's not going to use the potty because we want him to? Not acceptable.  He's a big boy with everything else - loves to pee standing up just like Daddy and he's too smart for his own good.  It's time for him to face the music or face the peer pressure when he goes to preschool.  I'm determined he won't be put through that shame so onward we march!  I told him tonight if he's successful at pooping on the potty for five days in a row, I'll throw him a party with cake and ice cream and he'll still be able to pick out his own computer game.  He seemed excited about it so we'll see.  Wish me luck 'cause if this fails I'm finding the nearest plank and walking it!

No Knit Night this week - bummer - but we had a lot schedule conflicts and some sickies so that's ok.  I've posted on facebook we'll be doing it again on April 8th at 7pm!

Looking forward to a quiet weekend of potty training and not much else :)  Hope you all have a safe and happy weekend!  And, as always, happy knitting!

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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris