Kaylin got a nasty-looking cherry-dipped cone...
Ryan devoured his chocolate dipped cone...
* TGI Fridays $1 entree coupons (plus kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays, so this could make for a REALLY cheap family meal!)
* Don't forget about Ben & Jerry's for Free Cone Day tomorrow! (Personally, we're doing Friday's first, feeding the whole family for $1 + the price of a meal, then heading over for free ice cream. YUM!)* Self Esteem for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers
* Simple Mom's Spring Cleaning Challenge (with a schedule for which room to clean over a 2 week period)
* 40 Ways to go Greener at Home (most of these result in saving $$$)There's some reading for the week for ya. Enjoy!
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We had such a great Easter! After our neighborhood Easter egg hunt on Saturday was cancelled due to the first rain Phoenix has seen in 2 months, Mike and I hid several dozen eggs all over our house after the kids went to bed that night. We asked Ryan not to gather the pink and purple eggs (to give Kaylin a chance to "find" some eggs, too) and the kids took it so literally, that any time Kaylin found an egg of any other color, she'd put it in Ryan's basket. When it was over, her basket was ONLY pink and purple. The kids had SO much fun finding the eggs...I love how excited they get at their ages!
Kaylin is suddenly changing...for the better. Her nasty 2-year old attitude is disappearing and a sweet, polite, helpful, loving little lady is emerging. She consistently says things like, "May I have more milk please?" (using her manners) and "Mommy, can I help you with that?" (she even asked to help iron yesterday - uh, no.)
I first noticed the changes a few weeks ago. She's pretty unaffectionate to most people; refusing hugs, wiping off kisses and turning the other way when it's time to bid someone "good bye." Then suddenly, I became the target of all of her pent-up affection. She hugs and kisses me constantly, loves to sit on my lap, randomly says, "Mommy, I love you always." I thought it was because I didn't buy into her over-controlling power-play regarding affection, but then it dawned on me...she has competition arriving in a few months.
She's already practicing having a baby brother or sister. She carries around her baby dolls with her everywhere. I even caught her bouncing her baby in the backyard while Mike and Ryan played catch. She was bending her knees and swaying rythmically, just like a new mom. When she wants to play with a new toy, she'll hand the baby to me gently and ask me to hold it. The maternal instinct she already has still shocks me sometimes. She's going to be SUCH a good big sister.
Then there's Ryan: he really wants there to be a baby brother AND a baby sister in my tummy. He recently asked what the baby looks like, so I showed him the picture on my sidebar. (did anyone else notice that my kid finally lost it's tail - or was that just me??) He now thinks there's a little camera in my belly and wonders how the baby got in the black bubble.
Last night he asked to see the picture on the computer and wanted to push on my stomach to watch the baby move on the screen. It almost made me want to bring him to my first ultrasound today, but when I pictured his impatience at a likely-two-hours because it's the first-time-to-this-doctor appointment, I decided to keep him home with grandma, as planned.
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