February 27, 2009

All good things come to an end

We're glad to be heading home. We had a great vacation and we're ready to get back to real life. We are not, however, excited about returning to below-freezing temperatures.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this, though . . . we get home tomorrow night and we leave Monday morning for a CCCA conference that we're attending next week. It's on Lake Michigan and the high temperature on Monday is expected to be 29 degrees. Fun. Jack's going with us, of course, and he's not going to know what hit him. After that, we'll REALLY be ready to be home for a while.

In other news, we went to Lakeland, FL yesterday for the camp "Snowbirds" dinner. The Southern Michigan Conference of the FM Church holds it each year for the seniors from our conference who go to Florida for the winter. Dave always goes to represent the camp, and since we're down here anyway, we went too.

We started to make our way back to Michigan today. We're staying in Lynchburg, Virgina tonight because my brother goes to school here at Liberty University. We'll have breakfast with him tomorrow morning and then head home. I like Lynchburg. I could be happy living here.

About two hours into today's drive, I made Kyle stop and we purchased a new DVD player. Let's just say that Jack is pushing me to my limit. And it's frustrating because we can't give him time outs in the car. And he knows it. And all of the books that I've read say that delayed punishment doesn't really work until a child's around 3 years old, so threatening things is pointless. I'm had some moments that I'm not proud of today . . . moments in which I lost my temper and yelled at my 20 month old. Ugh.

I'm dreading the remaining 10 hours in the car tomorrow.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I don't want to burst your bubble, but in my experience, delayed punishment doesn't work at 3 either....I'd say more like the LATE end of 4, maybe 5....depending on the child. In fact, I happen to know ONE 7 year old girl that it still isn't very effective with!! :) But...every kid is different.