Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A first

Today was the first day of Kindergarten for my daughter. I got up early and made sure everything was done for her. She DID NOT want to wake up. I stood there thinking to myself- Self what are you going to do?- so I did something I always swore I would NEVER do! I did what my dad used to do to me in the mornings to get me out of be because I too would NOT get up!

I pulled the covers off of her!

Well that didn't work she gave me the meanest look and went back to sleep WITHOUT the covers! So I wont do that anymore.

Finally we made it to school and I wanted to cry. My baby was going to school not just preschool but BIG KID school! With a wave a hug and a kiss my daughter was ready to start her day. I left and prayed many a prayer on my way to work. I knew she would be okay but I wasn't so sure about her mommy.

I went to the store before picking her up and got her, her favorite donut, boy was she excited when I picked her up and she had a treat.

I asked her how her day went and she said good then I asked what she did:
Mommy I played on the playground and slept on the floor at nap.
Me: did you eat your lunch?
Her: just my fruit snack, I didn't eat anything else.

No wonder the kid ate the donut in less than 60 seconds!

So with that we are to settle into a routine and a year full of sleeping on the floor and playing on the playground.

God is so good. No only did he give my daughter a good day but he also got me through her first day too :) God is Good ~Jessica

Thursday, August 20, 2009

If you leave it they will eat it.

Okay so I know better than to do this but did it anyway.
I cleaned out my purse and put the gum with the red dye on my desk and wal-la my child ate it. I can not begin to tell you what a crazy evening my husband and I had with her. So now my full pack of gum is gone and finally at 9:30 at night my child sleeps.

For those of you who are not aware my child can not have artificial dyes especially red dye.
I thought for a long time she had ADHD, then I found out about red dye.
An answer to my prayers.
I had NO idea how much stuff has artificial dyes in it. I feel bad that she doesn't get to enjoy a lot of those types of foods anymore but there is no comparison when it comes to my child not having the "junk".

Tonite she was so uncontrollable I thought to myself how did I do this for so long with her acting like this.

So needless to say the gum is in the trash, well what was left of the second pack, oh yeah I didn't mention that did I ha ha.

Things like:
Macaroni and cheese
cake mix
cream cheese frosting
cheese its
some chips
and SO many more have dye in them and I wasn't even aware.

If you want more information on red dye here is a great link.
There are so many other websites you can look into. But this one is for red dye #40 and I have learned over the past months that anything that has an artificial dye doesn't get to come into our house and now no longer my purse.

There are so many great products out there that are organic and cost very little more if not the same as the other foods. I have found Target to be a great place to find so many organic foods.

I hope this has helped some of you if not all.~Jess

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wouldn't trade it

There are days when you want to pull your hair out being a parent and then there are days when you can't believe what a smooth day it is.

But most if not all would say what I am about to say: I wouldn't trade it for the world.

My daughter is such an amazing child.
She is so full of life.
She is stubborn like both her mommy and daddy.
She is bouncy like her Aunt Lindsey.
She is caring to her babies like her Auntie Erin.
She loves to learn.
She loves to laugh.
She loves to make people (especially her mommy) laugh.
She is the love of my life.

It always amazes me when people say they don't believe in love at first sight. I always come back with the reply: You obviously don't have children.
The moment you become a parent you cant help but KNOW there is love at first sight.

So whether it is the beginning of the day or the end of the day, I always thank God for giving me the most amazing gift ever: my daughter.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Survival it is

Okay so my blog is called A mom's guide to survival well I haven't been writing lately not because I don't want to but because I feel like I really am trying to survive here.

My husband, myself and our daughter went school shopping for her very first year in Big Kids School. She is going to be in Grade K and I cant believe it. It seems like yesterday that I had her and now she is 5 years old.

So we went to Super Target yesterday and got almost everything we needed seeing that she has to wear uniforms to school. They gave us the choice of navy blue shirts or white. HA white! No I do not think so, not unless I plan on buying 300 of them for the year. So 7 navy blue shirts later and pants and shorts and socks and underwear and $90 we were leaving in search of a oxygen mask for my husband and Denial Anonymous for me (I am going into denial about my child growing up but this too shall pass).

My sister, Lindsey, took Gena for the night at her house and my husband and I had a very quiet evening. I slept in till 9 am. But now my bundle of energy is home and I am very happy she had such a wonderful time with her Aunt and Uncle and their two basset hounds (Lucy and Ace).

Friday, August 7, 2009

It's alive!

Okay so if you feel like you are getting a play by play on my blog today, you might be right!
I was supposed to be up at 6:30 this morning, but with all the crazy, and I mean CRAZY dreams I had, but that's a whole 'nother story, I didn't get out of bed until an hour later than my scheduled wake up call, AKA Josh. So I finally made it out of bed and called Heather (my bff) to find out if she was ready because she said she was going to the gym for 5 am, yeah well apparently the apple doesn't fall far from the tree cause she too had just gotten up.

We finally made it to the beach for 9:30am and can I just say I would not have missed this for the world. To see the look on my daughters face that we were at the beach and she got to see her little friend Timmy (Heather's son) was worth everything. She had so much fun, this was a morning not to be missed.

So Heather finds this clam in the water, we look at it throw it back and it shows up again. So we think its dead, try to open it with some sea shells and all our sea shells break. We give up and throw it back. It shows up again (do you see a pattern here). So we decide we ARE going to open this thing, hell or high water. SOOOO I go get my house key and stick it into the clam, uuuggghhh I stabbed it! Heather takes the key amidst all my demands of "don't break my house key" and her "oh stop I'm not going to break it" well it didn't break THANK YOU JESUS! I can just see it now I have to go to my apartment office asking for a new key because I opened a clam with mine. Okay so back to my story. She starts to open it and says it wont open so I take it back (at this point we are like two kids on the beach while our kids are ummm I'm not sure because I WAS going to get this thing open) It finally opens and IT'S ALIVE! I killed the poor thing (Forgive me God) and Heather says your bleeding. I keep saying nope its not me its the clam I KILLED! Well Heather was right I WAS bleeding. I guess that's what you get for killing something I should have just left alone. So now I write to you with a band aid on my finger.

So with that my daughter is in her jammies on the couch curled up the the pug, Milo. Watching Sponge Bob. And I am going to go find some lunch. Have a wonderful day and remember ITS FRIDAY! Have you done your Friday Dance Yet????!!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Why'd she do that?

I took Genevieve, my little girl to her 5 year physical today. She was so excited that NO shots were involved. We went in and she got to wear her very first paper gown and did great.

Well the time came for her finger to get pricked. You would have thought this child got 10 shots! She looked at me and said "Why'd they do that?" and gave me the most adult look I have ever seen on her. She cried all the way home, the only thing that calmed her down was talking to her daddy on the phone. Poor thing.

Saturday, August 1, 2009


God is so amazing in giving us peace. It probably helps that I am home today too.

I am cleaning house, almost done and so happy to have a house that not only looks clean but has that fresh clean smell to go with it. :)

I am watching my neighbors pug, Pugsy and she is so sweet. I have one pug on one end of the couch and the other (Milo) on the other end of the couch. Both SNORING! But in the midst of all of this I am an undeniable peace running through me. Thank you everyone so much for all of your prayers.

My child sits on the couch and is "testing" her mommy to see if I really will take away the TV if she doesn't clean up that pigsty of a room. It was clean last night and in the coarse of 3 hours this morning it looks like a tornado actually swooped into only her room to make it look like a state of emergency. Oh children, such a blessing and so much work all at once. So off to convince her that if her room is not clean "scooby doo cant visit for a fun filled marathon today on Cartoon Network. Wish me luck and lots off it cause I KNOW I will need it.

Remember Prayer is the best gift anyone can give someone. ~Jess