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Friday, September 21, 2007

TWO freebies...Cruisin' Susie Mini-mini kit & Chark Byte Calendars!

TGIF!!!! wow this week has flown by!
This week has brought about a LOT of changes for me!...
I have resigned my dtm position at Scrapbook-bytes.com in order to focus more intently on my designing...this was a hard and somewhat bittersweet decision, but one that had to be made none-the-less :(...I had to have my first parent/teacher conference for reasons other than to hear my children praised for their wonderful behavior (Elijah's teacher and I had to talk)...I got a comment from a wonderful friend whom i really must spend more time keeping in touch with (LOVE YA BETH)...I started a new Bible study (Power of a Praying Parent)....started focusing VERY intently on potty training Tink (Chloe).....AND working on several new things for my store at OneofAKindScrapz!.....
The parent/teacher conference was not b/c Elijah is being rude or bullyish or anything like that...He simply is defiant (in a somewhat respectful way). He tries to be sneaky about not completing homework, or about not "changing his color" when another teacher tells him to (they have to change a color card if they are not following directions), and then having melt downs when he is reprimanded...we have been having these same problems at home with him. He never wants to help out with anything, has to be told over and over and over to do simple tasks or chores. Freaks out if he is reprimanded, whether it is just a scolding or a grounding or a swat on the bottom.... Elijah feeds off of attention, good or bad, so his teacher and I have decided to try a new tactic with him. When he is told to do something it is said once, very simply "Elijah do this, this, and/or this"....if he does it immediately he is recognized for his positive behavior...if not, it is stated again, firmly but without any additional commentary from us ;).....
Each day I write a note to his teacher (in print so he can easily "snoop" and see what it says) telling her some of his positive accomplishments from home. Then she, in return, jots down something positive that he accomplished at school that day. Any negative incidents happening at school, she will call my cell phone (so it will not be on the answering machine) or email me to inform me of what is going on. Basically we are taking away his being able to feed off of the negative attention....He will still have consequences for misbehavior, but the focus is going to be mainly on what he can do in the future to correct it...
Tink and I ran into a friend the other day and we were discussing the fact that Tink has been horrendous at potty training. Nothing seems to phase her (wet pants, dirty pants, nothing). We have tried a sticker chart, letting her put stickers on herself, giving her treats for every successful potty time, dancing and singing and clapping the "Chloe pee peed" song.......sigh NOTHING has helped....and she just turned THREE this week (my boys trained EARLY...Lane trained himself at 18 months, just stopped wearing diapers and was done...Elijah had to work at it for ONE week when we was 2 1/2 yrs old and was completely trained...).... Anyway, this friend said to let her put the stickers on her potty chair...I explained that we did "the sticker thing" and it didn't work. She repeated "let her put them ON her potty chair".... SO i decided it can't hurt to try.... I sat her on the potty every 15-30 minutes yesterday (if she peed i set the timer to 30 min, if she didn't i set it to 15), after the first successful "sitting" she got to put a sticker on her potty chair....OMGosh you would have thought i handed her $1000!!!! we had SEVEN pee-pees yesterday (sorry if that is TMI, if you are a mom, you probably TOTALLY understand my excitement, if you are not a parent, just trust me, this is liken to hitting the lottery).
Lane, my oldest, is loving Jr. High (he is in 7th grade now). He actually gets upset if he is running late and doesn't want to miss a day for ANYTHING (he had a tummy bug and had to stay home and was MISERABLE about it)!!! He was mad yesterday b/c he got a B- on a homework paper lol, he is a bit of an over achiever. He has asked if he can start staying after school to help the Elementary art teacher (K-12 are in the same building, just separate wings of the building, and 7-12 get out an hour earlier than the Elementary). In lieu of Elijah's issues, I am going to be volunteering 2 days a week at the school, so I told Lane that on those 2 days he can stay after and just ride home with us. I am hoping that me being in the building specifically to help in "ELIJAH'S" school will help Elijah see that his education and day to day life are as important to me as anything else....we will see...
Anyway that is pretty much my last week. If you have made it this far, you SO deserve a freebie....lets make it TWO of them!!!
The first one is a wonderful gift that a dear friend of mine gifted to me! She had bought my new mini-kit "Li'l Bluebirch" and made a desktop calendar with it for October! She sent it to me and said "if you want to use this as a freebie on your blog, go for it!".....yeah, I love this girl!
Click on preview to be taken to the download :)
If ya download, leave some love if ya would! It really makes me and all the other designers/scrappers want to keep giving stuff away for free :D...


ok, now for the 2nd freebie :)....i am SO excited for a fellow scrapper who just got her license to drive!!! Susie (susieU.K.) always has a sweet comment or an encouraging word for those in the forums she is part of, and just this week she is officially road worthy!!!!!...she is from the UK so I am sure the street signs and such are a bit different there, but I did what i could ;)....this is the Cruisin' Susie mini-mini-kit! click on the preview to be taken to the download!
I'm really happy for ya Susie!!!!


Check back often, I have 2 or 3 Halloween kits on the way to the store and I am sure there will be freebies for all y'all to match the new kits!!!
Have a great weekend!
Quote for the weekend: "I have a great need for God, and a great God for my needs" (heard on sirius Christian station on satellite t.v.)

26 comments:

Carjazi - aka Diane said...

Love the new freebies! Susie's kit is so cute and I'm sure she'll get a kick out of knowing you designed it with her in mind. Prayers for you in your works with the kids. Remember, God never gives us more than we can handle. Have a great weekend!!

Shell said...

Woohoo busy lil thing you are. Congrats on getting to do a happy pee pee dance lol. Hope everything works out for Elijah. Thanks to you & your generous reader who made the calendar. Congrats to Susie on getting a license & thanks for the freebie.

Tracy said...

awww SWEETIE, i think your new approach to Elijah is awesome! And also with Tinks potty training fabulous idea! Good Luck with both! It is amazing what Jnr High can do to a no long a child! The desktop is absolutely awesome - congratulations to the wonderful friend of yours whom created it! And Cruisin is such a fun kit. Take care and Have a Great Weekend - and Thankyou!

mom2triplets04 said...

Thank you so much for the freebies. I love the car kit so cute and the quick page is beautiful.

Addicted2Scrappin' said...

Thanks for the desktop calendar. I do one for my family once a month. This will give me a break and all I have to do is put in the photos. It's very cute to boot. Speaking of boots, thanks for the cruising mini!

Hugs!

ScrappyBlueStones said...

your desktop calendar is fantastic!!! TFS :)

dodo said...

thanks so much for the adorable freebies i love them both
dodo

shawnyrvr said...

The crusin' freebie is too cute!!!

Wow what a busy week you've had. I don't have kids but your oldest Lane sounds a lot like I was. I'm the oldest of 7. It seems like the over-achiever types are typically firstborns.

The ideas with Elijah sound like good solid principles I wished my mom had been taught with some of my younger siblings.... lol I think he'll come through it all... because you sound determined enough and it sounds like he has a caring teacher.

Also, glad you may have found the solution for the potty training. Seems like every child is different with this one, at least all 7 of us siblings were. lol

Blessings,
Shawna

Sharon aka Scrapcat4914 said...

TY so very much for both these awesome freebies!!!

cathy said...

Thanks so much for these fun freebies.

Odette said...

Thank you for the cute cruising freebie.

nwfotobug said...

Fantacy, I'm lovin the freebs! You are totally rawkin with that Bluebirch kit! I love it! And that cruisin is right up your alley! Totally cool! :o)

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this desktop, it's wonderful.
Corinne

Susie said...

Oh Fantacy, you are the sweetest person....I have tears in my eyes and feel so honoured and flattered that you would think of me in this way, oh I just want to give you a hug, will a virtual one do? "hug", thank you sweetheart, I adore the mini kit and will be making a LO with it today! Your kindness is amazing and I have nothing but the utmost respect for you, Fantacy thank you, oh I feel so emotional, how can I ever thank you enough?

Regarding your 3 children, you are blessed, good luck with Elijah I like the new tactic, praise works wonders for my two...regarding potty training tink, I had to laugh when you said you'd have thought she'd been given $1000 when she was allowed to put the sticker on the potty hehe, that's what I love about kids, small things amuse small minds lol! I hope she continues to make progress, as for your older son Lane he sounds so much like my Jack, isnt it wonderful how they love to learn? You are an amazing Mom and person, is it any wonder that you have 3 amazing and special children?

Thank you once again, I will be checking back on your blog often.

You have made my week!

Hugs my friend from Susie x

Anonymous said...

thanks to you and your friend for the desktop!! I love it!!

Beckie said...

Lovin' this desktop! You are the best - thanks for being so generous!
xoxo Beckie

Maria said...

Thank you! The DigiFree freebie search engine is about to list this blog post at digifree.blogspot.com

JJ said...

Oh, you busy little girl. Hope everything turns out ok with your kids. I believe Amelia was 3 before she was potty trained. It will happen when the time is right.
Thanks for the freebies too. Zin was just asking about "Chark" the other day. Has to be the same person. Can't wait for the Halloween kits. Miss ya - Jan

Joy said...

Thank you so much for the desktop calendar. I love the layout of your blog. I have got to redo mine, but am still learning the html world. It's great to see other women who love the Lord sharing Him online. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

The Cruisin' kit is so cute, thanks for sharing!

krissej69 said...

Thank you so much for sharing, I love the cruisin and the desktop is lovely!

Katherine aka Scrap Yard Kath said...

Thanks, your desktop is adorable! That was so sweet that you made that driving kit!

M u s s said...

Love the cruising freebie!
Thanks for sharing!
{{{hugs}}}

P.S. I have two boys and a baby-girl too! ;)

LynnZ said...

What a special way to honor Susie--so cute! Thank you for sharing. (And sometimes the musical sound of pee pee hitting the pot is better than the greatest symphony!)

Maria said...

Thank you! The DigiFree freebie search engine is going to list this blog post today.

Ellen said...

Well said.