His First Visit To His New School

Kyle starts school in just a few days!  He will be starting 6th grade at a brand new school, in a new school district.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Info

I finally made it to the mailbox today. The last two days have been rain for most of the day. Today it finally stopped so I could go outside without getting another shower.

Last week, I received a response from the Department of Health and Human Services, regarding my Medicaid application. The case worker wanted more information from us, such as proof of citizenship, proof of state residence, proof of income, and copies of our social security cards. Anyway, Shannon finally made copies of everything we needed so I was able to mail it out today.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Three Days in a Row

Today is the fourth day of potty training and the third day in a row that Kyle went pee and poo in the potty! We seem to have a routine already. I only have him training for about 2 hours just before noon. He seems to understand that he goes pee and poo in the potty because he gets up after he’s done his business. I give him praise right after. Since he is running around naked, I keep him on the potty or near it all the time. He understands “go sit on the potty.”

Shannon had a three day weekend this week and he goes back to work tomorrow. A few nights ago, an employee was robbed at gun point while waiting for their ride to pick them up! I am curious to see what type of rumors and/or talk is going around the property and if they’ve reconsidered having in-house security.

We also found out that our friends are getting a divorce. It’s really sad because they just had their second child in April. I guess they are still living together, but they sleep in separate rooms and only talk if it’s regarding the kids. Their oldest son is only a few weeks younger than Kyle. They live in Las Vegas now. She wants to go back to where her family lives and she wants full custody of the kids. But I keep telling Shannon that he needs to talk to a lawyer!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Potty Training Beginus

I decided to start potty training yesterday. The day before, a friend on cafemom had posted a journal about teaching her 19 month old in only a few weeks. She then emailed me an ebook about how to potty train in 3 days. I read the ebook for ideas and that method is hardcore. I am not aiming for 3 days. Since I know my son, I wanted to start off slow. So yesterday I started off with taking off his diaper and letting him run around naked from the waist down. At first he did not like it and wanted his diaper back on. So then I put him in plastic underwear and he ended up having an accident in those. Then later he ended up having an accident on the carpet (lucky me). During this whole time without a diaper, I kept asking him to sit on the potty. About an hour later, I put his diaper back on and just got him used to sitting on the potty and made it fun for him. He would run to one side of the room and then run back and sit on the potty and keep doing that.

This afternoon, I took off his diaper and let him run around naked from the waist down. This time he loved it. He didn’t mind being naked today. I asked him to sit on the potty a few times and then he ended up just sitting there and not moving much except to sit up every once in awhile. Well, about 45 minutes after taking off his diaper, he got up from his potty and I saw he went pee and poo IN THE POTTY! I don’t even know if he went in the potty because he was already sitting there or if he understood what he had to do. Either way, I was so proud of him.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Waiting for an answer and Catching up

I filled out an application for Medicaid for Kyle and put it in today’s mail. I am hoping we get approved. He hasn’t been to the doctor since he was 18 months, which is about a year ago.

I wrote two letters today. I have a few more letters to write, which I will get to throughout the week.

Yesterday was Shannon’s first day back after 4 days off from work. It sounds like the issues with the three family members that work there are being taken care of. One of them is a department manager and we think he’s on an action plan. He was mandated to go to a workshop on how to talk to people. He also has a sister in law in his department and Shannon is stuck working with her on his shift. She is a terror and acts like a diva…literally. Apparently she can’t stand to work with certain people (unless they are her friends). If she can’t work with her friends, she makes everyone else’s life hell. Thankfully, it sounds like she’s being taken care of because her attitude has improved, but we’ll see how long that lasts. There have been plenty of complaints about her and even HR knows about her. There is another family member (she works in sales), and she is married to the department manager and her sister works there (the diva), anyway, she is no prize either. There are so many complaints regarding this family that the upper managers are finally investigating, which is why the problems are improving.

Shannon will be eligible to transfer/promotion in a few months, so hopefully there will be opportunities by then.

We’re still waiting on that check. I sent in more info to them so they can investigate my account. I am hoping to have my money very soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cleaning Day

I feel so accomplished and exhausted at the same time. I did some deep cleaning around the house.

I cleaned the bathroom (sink, toilet, and tub) this morning. It really needed a good cleaning because I have been slacking on that for the last few weeks. I also did a load of laundry as well as wipe down the bathroom floor.

The carpet needed a deep cleaning, so I used my steam vacuum this afternoon. I also vacuumed before and after I used the steam vacuum.

4 Days Off

Shannon had the last 4 days off from work. I think his boss gave him 4 days off because she felt bad about taking 3 weeks off about a month ago. Anyway, we had a relaxing 4 days off together. Shannon had a chance to take a long break from work, which will help when he has to go back.

We are still anxiously waiting for a $2800+ payment from one of my sites. Unfortunately when I requested payout, I misspelled my email address. So I have contacted the site and they are looking into it. We plan on getting the car fixed since it needs new brake pads, tires rotated, and a few other things. We also want to get a dining room table, we’ve never had one!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Nap, Mini Date, Stray Cat

Shannon has split days off this week and today was his Saturday from work.

Kyle woke up really early. He went to bed last night around 7:30pm. The tv woke me up a few times this morning. Kyle has figured out the buttons on the tv and likes to play with them. He’s figured out how to turn the tv on and off. I woke up to the news, but apparently Kyle didn’t mind “watching” the news.

I also found out today that one of my home businesses will start charging a monthly fee to help cover the costs of our websites, forum, chat, etc. I was really upset about this and later discovered that many other consultants are too. Many of them are going to or thinking of leaving the company like I am. Thankfully, I have another home business that I am with that sells the same type of products.

I felt tired this afternoon so I was able to take a nap, so Shannon watched Kyle. It was nice being able to sleep in peace.

Shannon and I ordered I am Legend through our cable company. As the movie progressed we were both wondering if it was going to be another BORING movie like Castaway, where the main character ended up talking to a volleyball and a coconut. Since this was a Will Smith movie, it turned out to be really good. We weren’t thrilled with the ending though. Anyway, we ended up having a really good “mini date.” So we’re hoping to do this again.

I gave Kyle a bath tonight and as I was getting Kyle dressed, Shannon led me to the living room and said “That’s so sad.” Of course, I looked around and didn’t see anything “sad” and wasn’t sure what he meant. Then he said “look outside.” There was a stray cat on our porch. Shannon said she came up to him and started meowing. He tried giving the cat water, which she refused. Then he tried soy milk (we didn’t have cow’s milk) and cheese. She ate the cheese and that was about it. I don’t know much about cats except that I am allergic, so I kept asking Shannon about them. She stayed in front of our place for a good half hour and left.