Friday, September 23, 2016

Do You Want Your Kids To Follow Your Example?

Whether we like it or not, our lives are mirrors to our children. Often their actions are a direct reflection of the example they see in us.  When they say or do something that makes us smile inside, we know the message we have tried to instill in them has taken root.

Thomas' first day of school.  I was surprised that four-year-olds now went to school for the WHOLE day.

Daughter Rochelle was at the bank with 4-year-old Thomas and baby Aubrie.  As he does in every public place, Thomas introduced himself to the bank teller, who was a woman of color.  In the small town where they live, Thomas rarely sees anyone with a different color of skin.

"Hi, my name is Thomas.  What's yours?"  Smiling the teller replied and Thomas proceeded to introduce the rest of his family....which he does every time.

"This is my mommy and my little sister, Brie."  Then with an intent look at the teller, he continued.  "Brie likes all people."

Anyone within hearing distance smiled and nodded.

Made My Month!

A friend of my daughter's was planning a two-week trip and a couple days before she was headed out of town she found out her dog/house sitter was not able to do the job.  In a panic, she asked Rochelle to see if I would be willing to do it.  They live about ten minutes from my daughter which meant I would be able to see her and my grandkids every day for two whole weeks.  I was ecstatic.

I had to take my computer and office with me, but it was certainly worth the effort to be close to my family for two whole weeks.   Watching Aubrie enjoying her first taste of avocado was priceless.  It is definitely one of her faves!

The dog was a large ten-month-old German Shepherd puppy who could easily knock me over without much effort.  As any puppy, he was excitable and required a firm "No!" to help him understand that jumping on people was not acceptable.

One day when I returned to the house after a couple hours, he jumped up, knocked me into a table, sent an expensive battery-operated candle crashing to the floor and proceeded to lick my face. When I showed him the grapefruit-sized bruise a couple days later, he licked my leg and smiled at me.  "I'm sorry," he seemed to say and by the time the two weeks was over, he had improved greatly.

My husband came for a visit on one of the weekends and the grandkids were elated.  He plays with Thomas endlessly and it sure takes the pressure off of this gramma to do the rough and tumble boys love.  The two of them were wrestling and Thomas was getting a bit out of hand so Papa told him to stop.  But Thomas was wound up and enjoying pulling on Papa's shoulders and tickling him and jumping on him way too much to stop.

Again, Papa said, "Stop!"  But Thomas was having way too much fun until......he heard Papa's shirt rip.

"I'm going to my room now."  Head held down feeling terrible about what he had done, Thomas went to his room to think about what happened.  A few minutes later, he came out to apologize to Papa. What a reflection on good parenting it was to see Thomas discipline himself.

The Rodeo is in Town!

The rodeo came to town.  Rochelle, Thomas, Aubrie and I met Thomas' other gramma, Nana,  for a fun day at the rodeo.  Nana has several horses and will be teaching her grandbabies how to ride.  Of course, the first thing you need is a pair of stylin' leather books.  Here is one of the pairs she bought five-month-old Aubrie.

Thank goodness we had headphones to protect Aubrie's ears as it got really loud.  I love all aspects of the rodeo and it brought back many memories as my husband used to ride and was raised with horses.

Watching the kids watch the performers was the most fun.

William (SIL) built Thomas a huge dirt bike track where he could practice riding.  Notice the training wheels.  This day he was learning how to ride the jumps without hurting himself.  Every time he came around the track Aubrie would squeal with delight and kick her legs like crazy.  She is probably dreaming of the day when it will be her turn.

I thought it was time for Gunner to go

Gunner, a long-haired mini-dachshund, is one of our latest rescues. He has worked his way into our hearts and lives as they all do.  He is especially attached to my husband.  Without warning, we woke up one day to Gunner not wanting to go outside.  He usually runs to the door ready to take on the day of romping through the yard.

Hubby carried him outside and Gunner just stood there.  He continued to be lethargic and wouldn't eat for two and a half days. The only way he would take water would be if I put some on my fingers and let him lick them.  

We only use raw food to feed them and natural methods for any physical problems they may encounter but this one was a mystery. We determined that if he wasn't better by the end of the third day, we would have to take him to the vet.  This would mean a battery of tests, probably some drugs, let alone the money it would cost.  I cringed at the thought of putting him through that and what the vet might say.

Last month I shared how I discovered the remedy for Gunner and Star's periodontal disease that cleared up in a matter of days.  The vet wanted $1100 PER dog for the first cleaning.  It would have to be done regularly once a year and also required that the dogs be put out during the procedure -- a danger to any old dog.  Read about that discovery here and how their teeth went from disgusting to white and healthy! we were.  We needed to make a decision.  My husband felt strongly that Gunner was suffering from stomach/bowel issues that could have been a result of a very bad habit Gunner has -- he eats Star's poop.  We work hard at discouraging him from doing that but sometimes we aren't fast enough.  

Hubby suggested we give him several Bifidus, a living probiotic.  I gently pushed 5 of them into Gunner's mouth and within two hours, he was asking to go outside.  By the end of the day, he was still a bit weak, but almost back to normal.  

We have noticed that he has STOPPED eating poop (I realize it is disgusting but some dogs do it)
in the yard.  Pretty amazing that he figured out that is what made him ill.  We got our Gunner back!

William's daddy brought home this old mare for William to care for and ride.  She and Hurley the ram became instant friends.

The on-going saga of hand sanitizers  

Last month I posted an article on the dangers of hand sanitizers and that you are actually risking your health and even your life by using them.  A couple weeks ago the FDA released a statement that they have now BANNED 19, yes NINETEEN, of the ingredients in hand sanitizers deeming them dangerous.  Worth your read here.


For each of you who supported my Thunderclap campaign this past month, I thank you.  It was a success and I recommend it to any of you who want to promote your book or website.  It reached 645,874 people!

Each month a group of bloggers invites you into their homes as Flies on the Wall to share what happened behind the scenes.  This post is one of those and I invite you to have a listen to what happened at the other blogger's homes.  You will be delighted and entertained, I am sure.  

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