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  Aug. 18th, 2009 11:03 pm
Jack's birthday is around the corner! Well more like down the block and around the corner, but close nonetheless!
He will be recieving these two items from us:
Melissa and Doug Easel
Toddler basketball hoop
His birthday is October 03, but his party wont be until November when all the family comes for Thanksgiving. My plan is to give him the basketball hoop in October so he can get some good play with it before it gets too cold. The easel will be given to him at his family party.
Also since we don't really know enough people to throw a party for him, I think maybe Jason and I will just take him somewhere special, maybe Chuck E. Cheese after a day at the Zoo?

At the moment my plan for financing his birthday gift (Cause it is a little expensive) is to try and sell more diapers and take some of his old, outgrown clothes and sell them to Once Upon a Child.
As for Christmas, because I have that list already growing, I think I may try and buy one gift per paycheck. Most of the things I want to get him for Christmas are under $20 so it should be doable.
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  Aug. 16th, 2009 11:23 pm
Today while watching The Watchmen Jack kept pointing at their ship and saying 'space bug'. This made me think that I should teach him the planets. This thought led to 'I really need to start sitting down with him and actually teaching him things'
Starting tomorrow that is exactly what I am going to do.
We will have alphabet time, number time, art time, space time, reading time. But all in a 'fun, keep the attention of a not yet two year old way'.
It will also help keep me off the computer. ha.

I am actually really excited about this.
Plus Jason is going to ask Z if he can carpool with him on Tuesdays and Thursdays so that I can have the car. Then Jack and I can take trips to the library and the playground!

The local paper is having a photo contest. 'Capture Clarksville' Once I read the rules, I think I am going to try and enter.

We are also trying to plan a camping trip! I am excited for this. I think Jack will have a blast.
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  Aug. 5th, 2009 09:51 pm
I call SUCCESS!
I was on for 15 minutes this morning because I needed to harvest my crops on facebook. ha. Then I turned the computer off. There were a couple times this afternoon that I felt like I should sit down to the computer, but instead I read Jack one of the books we picked up from the library.

Our day consisted of the playground this morning before it got hot. I love that it is barely a minutes drive away. It is usually empty, but Jack still has a blast. He is getting so brave too! Such a boy.
After an hour there we made our way to the Library. As soon as we pull into the parking lot Jack starts shouting 'library!' We paid our fine, and checked out three books after two hours of playing in the children's library. I even signed Jack up to recieve free books from some program sponsered by Dolly Parten.
After a trip to walmart for fish food, cat litter and post it notes (shaped like hearts!) for operation beautiful we came home. Made lunch, colored, read stories.
The entire day I only thought about getting online maybe two times. Instead I went and did something fun with Jack, and the coolest thing is that except for this morning he didn't even ask to watch TV. This may sound like common sense, but it is amazing how much easier the day is with him when we are actually interacting together. I mean I knew this, but sometimes you just get stuck in a rut.


and I will leave you with some excellent qoutes I came across in the most unlikely place, my Delias catalogue. They go perfectly along with the theme of my journal.

"Those that make the best of their time, have none to spare" -Thomas Fuller
"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years" -Abraham Lincoln
"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness" -George Santayana
"Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do" -Gerry Sikorski
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  Aug. 4th, 2009 10:11 pm
21 days to make or break a habit.
Habit I want to break:
Being on the internet constantly.

Habit I want to make:
Using all that time I wasted on the internet, doing something fun with Jack.

Seriously, why am I sitting on the internet while he plays by himself? Okay so I don't sit here all day long, every minute of the day. But I am always hoping on and off and telling Jack "hold on, let me just check this..."
So the plan is to not even turn the computer on until after Jack has gone to bed for the night.
Did I mention that this is due to being bored out of my skull? It is hard not having any friends in real life nearby. I yearn for adult conversation and at the moment the only place I can find that is online. Online is the really the only place I can find people who want to talk about the same things I want to talk about. Diapers, breastfeeding, green living...

I have told myself many many times that I will do this, but now is the time to stop saying and just do it.

This journal is about change afterall, this change will be a good one.

So they say you are your child's first teacher, and rolemodel. I need to be a better one. I need to be more hands on with him. I can not fail him at this most important time in his development.
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  Aug. 2nd, 2009 08:50 pm


and I entered this photo into the Goodmama 'any turned diaper' photo contest. Not that I expect it to win, but I wanted to participate in the fun. The picture definately looked better on the camera because you couldn't tell it was blurry. I do like that the diaper (the most important part of the photo) is in crystal clear focus.


(not to mention it looks really great when it is thumbnail size! ha)

Today I went upstairs to nap while Jack was napping on the couch and Jason was playing video games. Jack woke before me and according to Jason looked at the computer before coming upstairs to find me. I am pretty sure that means I spend too much time sitting here. and doing nothing most of the time too.

I asked Jason to talk to his friend Z about carpooling since he lives so close. He agreed it was a good idea. This makes me really excited because it will give Jack and I the oppportunity to get out of the house during the week. We have gone to the playground both mornings this weekend and it was so nice. Jack even napped really well both days. Coincidence? I think not.
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