Halloween top 3

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1. Once we took out the 2 giant bags of candy for trilck or treaters, the kids did not want to leave the house.  They couldn’t understand why we were going out to get more candy.

2. Caleb asked at every house for “more please”… at least he asked nicely?

3. Elise just loved the candy packaging.  So much so, that she mainly ate wrappers Halloween night.  Should make for interesting diaper changes this week.

Halloween… uncancelled

Not so fast with the concerned looks!  I didn’t quite give up all my principles.

Little boy did have a terrible day last week.  Yep, so bad it prompted me to cancel trick or treating.  But I really didn’t want to have to follow through.  I just love dressing up the munchkins and the opportunity to get to know our neighbours.

Providentially, we had a play date with a local super mom.  She had some fabulous ideas on how a 3 year old could earn back his Halloween.  So, we came up with the bucket system.  Caleb could earn 1 button for every good behaviour, such as saying please, thank you, I love you, or sharing, or playing quietly.  But he would lose 2 for any bad behaviour.  As a bonus, he got 2 buttons for either making someone laugh or singing a song.  When he got to 15 buttons, he could trade it in for a treat and a check mark.  He needed to get at least 1 check mark for each day until Halloween.  The treats were things like a bike ride, a jelly bean, or a story.

This idea just knocked my socks off.  Focusing this little boy on positive behaviours and tangible rewards has really really helped him to understand what we want him to do and the consequences of not doing that.

discovering PB and J

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This little thing can out eat big brother on most meals… but since she’s quite allergic to dairy, we’ve held out a little longer on peanut butter.  This week though, I’ve decided it’s time to give organic natural peanut butter a try.  She loved it!!  As you can see.  After a couple bites, she flung open her sandwich and started licking the good stuff on the inside.  So most of it got on her face and her bottom…. how did she get it on her bottom?  Her favourite trick is standing up on her high chair and sitting on her plate…. I wonder if she’d still sit on her sandwich if I used crunchy peanut butter instead.

Halloween is canceled

Now I’ve really done it.  Today was a challenging one.  One of the kids, rhymes with “bay-leb”, was in a mood.  To put it very nicely.  There was a lot of hitting, spitting, a glass smashed against the wall and a huge plastic lid thrown at me.  I went through our generic time-outs,  with no success, took away his bike, took away his favourite movie…. no improvement…  then in my frustration I did the dreaded threat that you don’t want to carry out “if you get out of that timeout one more time, you will NOT be going out for Halloween”…  as it was coming out of my mouth I was already trying to think of how I’d get out of this one.  Of course he got out of his time out again…. and now of course Mom has wrecked  trick or treating for this year.

To prevent any further misbehaviour for the rest of the afternoon, little man was not allowed to wander any further than mom’s reach.  Or he had to hold my hand.  It actually worked out well, he enjoyed having time with mom, I got to keep a close eye on him, and let him know instantly if he was getting too close to “the line” (you know the one).

The boy is great…. but occasionally can be grating.  (har dee har har)

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Cutest Dress Alert!

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When our family found out we were having a girl… people got excited.  We love all the boys in our family… but it was time for a girl!!  …or two in our case.  My sister in law sent us this dress, and we LOVE it!  In fact it’s our current Sunday favourite.  So cute, but also super comfy.  I love the cute dresses from this little dress shop, Joe-Ella.  Here’s a few of my favourites from the toddler section, the Ellie, the Madeline, and the Brice.  You can’t go wrong with a dress you can wear to church, then use on the slide when you get home.