Well…it’s December. Christmas is around the corner. I’m missing you a lot and you’ve been heavy on my heart and mind.
It’s been SO cold here! My blood must have thinned down South because I am not enjoying the cold! Little Miss Sassy Pants thinks she’s still down South too. Every day when I pick her up from school she’s not wearing her hat or mittens and a lot of times her jacket is unzipped. It doesn’t matter how many times I tell her that it’s important to wear her hat, mittens, scarf etc. she still comes out under-dressed. So last week after we got home from school I squated down to her level and said “Honey, do you know what frostbite is?” Of course she shook her head no. So I said “When its really really cold out (temps have been in the teens here) and you don’t wear your hat and mittens and scarf then when your fingers/toes/nose get too cold they can turn black and fall off.”
Now you may think this is extreme…but keep in mind that I DAILY am reminding her to wear her cold weather gear and she just ignores me. I know that when she’s at school I can’t remind her, and I’m sure she doesn’t realize how important this is.
I explained to her that if people stayed out for a LONG time in the cold and didn’t dress warm enough that they could die from it. I didn’t want to scare the living daylights out of her, but I needed her to know that it’s so so important to stay covered up. Well, her eyes got really big and she wanted to know if that was for real or if I was teasing her. I assured her that I wasn’t teasing.
Guess what? it worked!! Sassy Pants now dresses up in her hat, mittens and scarf every time she goes outside! After I knew she got the point I made sure to explain to her that 5 minutes outside wasn’t going to give her frostbite but that it’s just better to dress warm so you don’t have to worry about it. It might have worked too well…even though she knows she won’t get frostbite from walking from the house to the car without mittens on she still wears them! When our 80 year old neighbor brought a coffee cake over to us the other day she promptly asked him “Where are your mittens and scarf? You should wear them so you don’t get frostbite!”
oh my…it’s the age old struggle of protecting your kids (from frostbite OR too much information!) verses freaking them out with too much info. I’m not sure I got the balance quite right on this one!
The Dog is doing awesome! You would never guess that he has only been an outside dog until getting here! He hasn’t had one potty accident in the house, and he’s inside %95 of the time.. The kids love having him in the house. Or at least Little Miss Sassy Pants does. Buddy likes him sometimes, but gets annoyed with him too. The cat seems to have taken it in stride. I saw her (the 6 lb. cat) make him (the 60 lb. dog) back away from his food yesterday because she wanted it! Lol, I let them work it out for the most part.
I guess that’s about it for now…Hubby is home and the soup on the stove is ready to eat. Kids are playing upstairs and I guess I need to feed them soon. I’ll wirte again soon, and I am going to leave you with a bunch of new pictures 😉
love you so,