Monthly Archives: May 2014

Thought Processes of a Four Year Old Boy


I’ve mentioned before and I’m sure you’re well aware that kids, in addition to being frustrating, irrational, spastic  and wild, are just plain hysterical, mostly when they’re not trying to be funny. DSC06932

Here’s some recent examples from my 4 year old…

Example 1: Last weekend we were driving past a few big box stores. One had a curb-side display of kiddie pools in three varying sizes. As we passed my son pointed them out and asked what they were. This is the conversation that ensued:

Me – “They’re kiddie pools but we don’t need one because we have a big pool.”

Son – “And we don’t have a kitty. There’s one for a small kitty, big kitty and bigger kitty!”

Me – In silent stitches, “Yup.”

My husband and I just let it go, deciding not to explain and enjoy the way our son’s mind works.


Example 2: Yesterday I was in the kitchen and my son was in the front room about to finish a puzzle. Here’s what went down:

Son – “Ugh! What’s that smell!”

Me – “I dunno. I don’t smell anything. Did the dog fart and walk away?”

Son – “No, there’s no dogs over here.”

Me – “Well, did you fart?”

Son – “Yes. But I said, “Excuse me“!”

Sorry son, simply excusing yourself does not eradicate the stench emitted from your butt. I wish it did though. Furthermore, this explains why when I’m standing in the kitchen and he’s in the bathroom I hear an exasperated, “Excuse me!” after he dumps out. I love my boy!

These are the moments that I must write down because I don’t want to forget them, which I inevitably will, but sharing these stories with you helps keep them alive a little longer.

I hope the little ones in  your life are keeping you in stitches too!


Colleen, a very amused mommy


Coughing Continues, Mommy Turns to Zombie


Well… ya know how yesterday I was boasting about the chopped onion remedy for coughs? Well, now that we’re going on day two and the littlest lady of the house was up ALL NIGHT LONG coughing in my face I’ve decided that 1) they indeed have a cold and it’s not some seasonal allergy and 2) all that really helps cure a cough is time. My son is already much better and slept peacefully through the night but his cough sounds bad when he does cough so we decided he’d stay home from school again. tired

As for my daughter, she rolled around, coughing in my face while we tried sleeping tummy-to-tummy, side-by-side, her feet to my face, her feet to her dad’s face, her head on my tummy etc… We did this bed dance from 1:30am until about 5:45am when her older sister came in and confessed she had peed her bed. I audibly sighed and whimpered and sent her into the shower as I closed my eyes again and hoped the mattress cover would do its job until I could motivate myself to crawl out of bed. Then about 15 minutes later my son came in and admitted he too had peed his bed. GAH! My husband sent him into the shower to join his sister and soon the wee-one who kept me awake all night and her dad joined the other two for some humid shower time. It’s a darn good thing we have two shower heads, a large shower and a huge hot water heater! I eventually joined in, but not before stealing a quick snooze alone, and sat like a zombie on the built in bench as our new coughaholic climbed onto my lap.

Anyways, what I was meaning to tell you this morning aside from the story of my hellish night is that I’m starting to think all these cough remedies and different ways to soothe kids’ coughs are in fact just ways to keep parents busy thus making us feel helpful as our children suffer through coughing fits and their bodies heal themselves.  As far as the bowl of chopped onions on my nightstand is concerned, I’m pretty certain it had no positive effect on my daughter’s incessant coughs last night and just made me a little queasy (or was that my dog’s farts as he lay right next to my bed…) Yesterday I bought Vicks Vaporub Cough Suppressant Ointment and slathered her little chest and the bottoms of her feet (because I’ve read that helps) at 2:30am to no avail. The honey and lemon flavored cough drops don’t seem to help much nor does sucking on a Lifesaver. By now my kids are refusing to take a spoon full of honey and will only take one or two sips of warm honey and lemon water. They know what I’m up to and want no part in my shenanigans to help soothe their throats but neither are they complaining of their throats actually hurting so maybe I should take a cue from them and ignore their coughs and carry on…

Have you noticed my positivity toward home remedies and such is suffering today? That’s the lack of sleep. I’ll hop back on the happy mommy train again once I can get a nap but if today goes like yesterday no one will nap and we’ll drag through the day with the help of sugar and caffeine. There will be days like these in every household and right now it’s our turn. I think that means it’s time to break out the Playdoh, Kinetic Sand, baking soda and vinegar and/or any other messy activity that can hold the kids’ attention while I pretend to participate 🙂

If you actually made it to the end of this cough-saga, pity-party post…Thanks! You’re a trooper. We’ll move on from here together and I promise a better post in the near future! Maybe involving some of my new favorite household items I’ve been meaning to tell you about…

Happy Thursday!


Kicking a Cough Using Onions


It’s possible my son has a mild cold again but I’m starting to think it’s also possible he has seasonal allergies that make him cough and suffer a runny nose. It doesn’t really matter the reason for the excessive coughing, we still have to deal with it and when it’s keeping us up all night long it’s time to try something besides honey and lemon, hot showers and a humidifier. Last night around midnight I hopped on Pinterest and looked up cures for a kid’s cough. I came across a pin linking to another WordPress blogger who listed some Natural Cough Remedies for Kids. The first remedy said to cut up an onion, put the pieces in a bowl of warm water and set it in the room where your child is sleeping(this works for adults too of course.) I had never heard of this before but since I had a bunch of pearl onions in the kitchen and a boy who was still coughing in his sleep I got to chopping and in just a few minutes had a very fragrant bowl next to his bed. pearl onions

I’m not sure if it was the onions in and of themselves or the onions coupled with the humidifier and my boy’s exhaustion but I didn’t hear another cough from him until I woke him up at 7:30am and brought him downstairs for breakfast.

Unfortunately his coughing picked up all through breakfast and nothing seemed to help. We couldn’t get it under control by the time we arrived at preschool so we dropped off the snack for his class as it was our turn to bring it and I took my boy back home. It’s a funny thing though, he’s a bit tired from a lack of sleep but I wouldn’t call him sick and as soon as we got home he hopped right on his bike and now that he’s been playing/arguing with his little sister for the past hour the cough has reduced to a much more acceptable level! I think he just needed a distraction. He probably would have been fine at school but I didn’t want him to be a distraction for all the other kids if he kept coughing. It’s a bummer though because he has just 5 days left of school!

So anyways, the point of this post is…

Try placing a bowl of onions soaked in warm water by your bedside if you’re suffering from a terrible cough. It may just be the cure you were looking for!

Here’s to hoping his coughing continues to reduce in severity and our day includes a long, onion-scented nap for us all!







Farmers Market Tuesday


It’s May which means the local farmers markets are opening for the season andFarmers Market 2014 I couldn’t be happier. The town of Woodstock has one of the best markets around and is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 8am until 1-pm. The market’s appeal has mostly to do with its charming location and numerous vendors but the fact that it’s my home town doesn’t hurt. Booths are set up around the Historic Woodstock Square and in the middle sits a gazebo where, once it warms up a bit, local musicians play for the crowd as children dance and run around. There is a wide range of vendors providing a variety of plants, veggies, fruits, meats, sweets, jewelry, jump ropes, wood crafts, clothing and my favorite… kettle corn! I am shoveling the sweet and salty goodness down my gullet as I type and may or may not be getting a little queasy. I feel like I’m force-feeding myself like a duck whose liver is being fattened for foie gras. I’ve tried to slow down but I can’t. I think I have a problem. I think I’m okay with that.

Anyways, today, despite the chilly temp we hit up the farmers market and bought 10 pounds of delicious, frozen blueberries, apple cider doughnuts and kettle corn. Then we picnicked in the trunk of our car before starting in on the kettle corn.  Maybe some day I’ll go to the farmers market and buy things like veggies and meats but right now we have a freezer full of pheasant and various pork products that need cooking and a garden growing all sorts of vegetables so it’s the delectable items I’m seeking out. But aren’t I always?

**Sorry body, you’ll just have to deal with the sugar intake. I’m not ready to curtail my cravings. I hope the exercise helps you. Love, me.**

In addition to the farmers market, the Woodstock Square is chalk-full of quaint shops to dip in and out of which is easier if you don’t have two mini-terrorists in tow. We kept to the market today but on nicer days we extend our outing and I dare to venture into a shop or two before my patience disappears or something gets broken and I jet home for nap/quiet time.

It’s really one of my favorite ways to spend the morning and the kids enjoy it as well, especially when the balloon man is there to create whatever whacky thing they can dream up.

So, which farmers markets are you giddy about and what do you love to get from them? I’d love to know!


Your Kettle-Corn Crazed Friend


Spring Time Home Improvements


Flowers are in abundance around the Bailey home both inside and out and it’s making me extremely happy. What’s even better is that about Month ago we had a fence installed to keep the dog home and the two year old in the backyard and it’s helping keep the dogs out of my flowers.


For the past two weekends, like many other households we have spent a lot of time outside cleaning up from Winter’s rage and Spring’s arrival. We’ve made numerous trips to the local nursery to buy flowers for our pots and others to hang from our decks and porches.



I assembled an herb garden in my old strawberry pot (despite the accurate fact my husband pointed out that I never fully utilize the herbs I plant) that I’m quite smitten with.


I stood around and looked pretty, ha!, while my husband planted a ton of Summer bulbs for me and added broccoli, artichoke, radishes, carrots, and a free tomato plant to what is already growing in our garden.


Our hops are growing great so far so we strung them up so they can continue to climb up the side of our garage.


We’ve been working all week to turn our pond-like pool into something more swimable and we’re just about there although the water is barely 70°.


When it was about 60° my 6 year old was taunting her dad to throw her in. After assuring her about 10 times that he had no problem actually doing it, she taunted him once more so in she went! She got out bragging about how it wasn’t cold so in she was thrown again. She exited the pool without a smirk the second time! A hot shower ensued before it was off to bed for the night.


It’s been a lot of fun getting the outside set up for the Summer and of course there is still a lot of work left to do as always but we’re off to a good start and when I’m tired from working I just sit on the stoop in my driveway, look around me and breath in the beauty that is in full bloom.



Spring is a wonderful thing. I hope you all are enjoying it too!



Daddy-Daughter Dance


As a Mom I can’t help but love these moments. They’re the moments where my husband is DSC06972pressured into some sort of school activity by our beloved daughter despite a deep desire not to participate. Last week it was her Kinder-concert where she belted out the little ditties her and her classmates had been working on all year. He was adamant about going to the gym after work and then taking our other two home to bed but when push came to shove he was there to support his girl and we wrangled the younger two the best we could, mostly they danced in the aisle.

Tonight it’s the Daddy-Daughter Dance. Again he was adamant about not participating but when he came home this afternoon to coach soccer practice he made the call that they were going to attend. I mean, how do you not go to a Daddy-Daughter Dance when you have such a cute 6 year old and you rock the at-home dance parties all the time? So, as soon as soccer practice was over, I threw a dress on my girl and braided her locks as she stuffed some pizza into her smiling face. She chased it with some milk, my husband with a beer, and after I assembled a quick wrist corsage I sent them outside to snap a few pictures.


The only reason they are smiling/smirking at me in these photos is because I was holding a very upset, pizza sauce covered 2  year old and they thought it was hysterical that they were leaving me to deal with her while they went off to party.

Oooh, and here they come pulling in the driveway now. Can’t wait to hear all about it… from both perspectives!

Per my daughter, “We were the best dancers there! And they even played the Frozen song!”

Per my husband, “It wasn’t that bad.”

I can’t wait to get the professional photos from school but for now I’d better go get my little booty-shaker in bed so she’s rested for her early morning soccer game.


Colleen (A Very Pleased Mommy)