Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

My little princess hates to sleep in her bed I think. I haven't found a pea under the mattress yet, but I'm still looking for one.

One day we find our peanut in her closet fast asleep with her blanket under her head. most mornings she is lying across the width of her bed with her blanket over her head, or with it tucked under her pillow.

We tried darkening the room, but this morning we find her passed out on the living room carpet. Thankfully she couldn't get any of the doors to the outside open.

We don't know if this is sleepwalking, or just her way of being independent. She loves to get her beauty sleep, so we are scratching our heads at this one. Our son, we would know he just didn't want to go to bed, but with our daughter the reasons elude us.

I found a helpful tidbit on sleepwalking toddlers if you ever experience this with one of your precious charges.


"Sleepwalking and sleep talking happen when a child is in a deep sleep. While sleepwalking, your child may have a blank, staring face. They may not respond to others and be very difficult to awaken. When your child does wake up, they will probably not remember the episode. Sleepwalking children will often return to bed by themselves and will not even remember that they have gotten out of bed. Sleepwalking can be common, and tends to run in families. It can even occur several times in one night among older children and teenagers.
How to handle sleepwalking and sleep talking:
  • Make sure your child doesn't hurt them self while sleepwalking. Clear the bedroom area of potential hazards that your child could trip over or fall on.
  • Lock outside doors so your child cannot leave the house.
  • Block stairways so your child cannot go up or down.
  • There is no need to try to wake your child when they are sleepwalking or sleep talking. Gently lead them back to bed and they will probably settle down on their own.
Sleepwalking and sleep talking are more likely to occur when your child is overly tired or under stress. Keeping your child's sleep schedule regular may help prevent sleepwalking and sleep talking."

To read this article in full or to see how to deal with other sleep problems, like bed wetting, go to

Monday, July 25, 2011

Build A Fairy Wnderland

From the Ranger-Rick/Activities/Outdoors Blog post...

Go out exploring in your backyard and create a little house for little people! Your kids will love pretending that fairies are going to move in!! I have tons of pine cones, so I can't wait to try this out.

Post your pics on our facebook group page!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tractors R Us

We never really grow up when it comes to fast rides and adrenaline. Who was the first person to think, this lawn tractor is pretty cool, I bet it can out pull my neighbors? Whoever it was, and I'm counting on it being a guy, we can thank them for the fun we all had this weekend.

The kids loved climbing the 'wall' and getting a good look at those loud tractors. It was a slow day, but when you are having a good time, eating grilled food and laughing with friends and family, the times goes by quickly!

Its a highly competitive yet friendly sport that kids of all ages can enter. Look up the fun in your home town and see if it's something your young aspiring gear head would love. They have pedal powered ones for the young kids and have stock classes for those of you who would rather put them on your mower than go out and supe up a custom one.

My son fell in love with a 'blue one' and put in his order to Dad. He loves anything he drive, my daughter likes to ride and watch so far, and I'm fine with that! She'll probably be a cheer leader in high school! :)

It was a breezy evening, and a fun family friendly event. It looks like we've already hooked the kids and will be returning soon. Maybe we'll see you there!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

These Shoes

Most of you have heard the phrase, "Walk a mile in my shoes" when dealing with others. We probably don't think of it for children. It's usually referred to when dealing with a disability or someone with a wealth of experiences. Our children are usually seen as too young or inexperienced for this to ring true, but they have dealt with it their whole lives, that's saying something!

Children can be cruel yet they start so innocent! We train them up seeing the world in likes and differences and then have a hard time getting them to accept disabilities. Visual disabilities are often easier to accept than mental slowness or physical limitations. Yet it is most common.

If you have a child with special needs or would like to teach your child to prevent bullying, check out

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

 Happy Independence Day from the Mom's Book of worries! I'm taking a break from blogging to enjoy the fun and fireworks...

Well almost :)

I can't take a break from worrying though, I wish it could be otherwise!! The heat was a big factor in our plans for the weekend. Most activities were indoors until late in the evening to prevent heat stroke.

We did make it over to the family home to celebrate with the relatives as the sun went down and the storm front came in. We hadn't planned on doing much of anything, but ended up eating out on picnik tables in the yard and grilling out too. It was fun, but both the kids wore themselves out quickly! Oh, to be that young and carefree again!

As we prepared to beat the storm home, we soon discovered that our littlest family member (the tiny dog) had snuck indoors and had chilled in the AC while we were making  the most of the humidity and heat.

A special thank you to everyone who made our weekend memorable. I sincerely hope that each of you have a special weekend surrounded by the ones you love!

Friday, July 1, 2011

What a Great Idea!

Read Article
Make Your Own Paint with Water Pages!

I wish this was my idea! Nope, Found it on the "I can teach my Child" Page (See new link box to the left)

I am planning on searching for free color pages my children will enjoy (I know NickJr has a ton of online printables) and then using my watercolor pencils to start them off. There are some great printables at that include all the favorites!

I'll post the results on my art blog and facebook group page later. If you play along, please post your fun results on our new facebook page! I can't wait to see what you create for yourself and those tiny fingers you love most!!

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