Jenny Hintze

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams." – Willy Wonka

My first giveaway WINNER!!! July 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhintze @ 3:49 pm

Jackson has chosen the winner of my Free CD giveaway. And the winner is……..drum roll, please

The Martin Family with
I’m a nut in a rut

Jackson looked through the song titles without knowing who submitted what and he liked this one the best. Don’t know if that’s the most diplomatic way to go about it, but that’s what we did. So congratulations, Martins. I hope this CD drives you as crazy as it has driven me! Jackson will personally deliver the CD to your house.


Mikey and sleep, part 5….the final chapter? July 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhintze @ 8:22 pm
Tags: , , ,

I realized that I haven’t posted a recent update to the Mikey sleep situation. The child who used to tantrum and throw toys for an hour and a half is now going to sleep willingly in his bed with no screaming and no baby gate! I can hardly believe it myself. He has been doing really great since my last post about the sleeping thing. We tried lots of different things before we found a combination that finally worked for him.

Here’s what we had to end up doing:

– Cut out his nap completely. This is pretty hard. He hits a wall around 3:00 and it’s very hard to keep him awake. And it’s really hard to be with him all day without a nap. If you have a two year old, you know what I’m talking about. His nap used to mean break time for me. But I had to let it go.

– Removed all the toys from his room. We put about 20 various plastic weapons in the attic. And we moved their toy bins into my office. We moved everything else that had to stay in the room out of his reach. Maybe someday the toys will be able to go back but for now, this is how it has to be.

– Got rid of the baby gate. Mikey hates being gated in his room. It really sets him on edge and just royally ticks him off. Instead, now we gate the hallway and I sit on the floor in the hall outside his room. He knows I’m there and it gives him comfort. After 10 or 15 minutes, sometimes more, I get on with my life. A few nights ago I had to sit in the hall for quite a while and I was able to think of a nice, long honey-do list.

And that’s it. The transformation is absolutely amazing. We used to dread bedtime. Instead of it being a calming time for everybody, it was just horrible. Mikey would scream until he physically could not scream anymore. And Phillip and I both felt totally hopeless. By the time Mikey finally fell asleep it was late and we were too drained to even spend any time together. We tried a lot of things that didn’t work. We considered advice from trusted friends and tried different things. Finally, at least for now, Mikey is going to sleep willingly and calmly and happy. And tonight, for the first time, both boys fell asleep in the same room at the same time.

Mikey’s Occupational Therapist helped us realize that we needed to set a goal for him. Our goal was for him to go to sleep in his bed without throwing fits and with no gate. I think we have reached our goal. I think if my son can make this kind of transformation, any kid can. But you may have to be willing to make some changes that you’d rather not make.



Filed under: Uncategorized — jhintze @ 2:28 pm

I had a weird dream last night. I went to some other country with a bunch of people from church. When we arrived at a place to change planes, I got separated from the group. And for some reason I left the airport. I got totally lost in some foreign country. My cell phone was dead and I couldn’t communicate with any people I encountered. Someone stole my camera and my purse and I had nothing. But in the dream I was much more upset that someone stole my camera than anything else. I didn’t feel sad, worried, or even lost until my camera was missing. When I woke up I was so relieved that my camera was safe. Maybe I’m trying to tell myself that the camera and the business means more to me than it should. Interesting.


Not Me! Monday July 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhintze @ 4:28 pm

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week. However, MckMama has much bigger things going on in her life right now than Not Me! Monday. Her son, Stellan is very sick. Pray for Stellan.


So the other day I didn’t totally forget that the blinds were open in the living room! Nuff said!

I also didn’t let my kids jump on the trampoline in their underwears. And I sure didn’t go for a walk up and down the street with Mikey in nothing but his underwears. Nope, not me! My kids never go outside unless they are fully clothed and wearing shoes.

I also surely did not feed my kids hot dogs for both breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Also, I couldn’t NOT give someone directions to my own house!! I know how to get here. Really. I do.

And…yesterday after a reasonably successful 2 hour outing with boys, I didn’t press my luck and try to go to the grocery store with them. I know Mikey’s limitations. I can see his melt downs coming from miles away. I didn’t have to call Phillip and tell him that he needed to come pick Mikey up…NOW. And then I most certainly did not continue the rest of my shopping trip pushing around the cart with the kiddie car on the front of it with no kiddies in it. I didn’t receive far more “looks” about the empty car cart than I did the screaming flipping out child. And then as I was leaving Kroger I did not give a friend a “dismissive smirk” instead of waving back. I really didn’t.

Phillip and I also don’t often talk about how nice it will be when our nest is empty. We enjoy every moment of this whole parenthood thing. We are never completely overwhelmed thinking that we have at least 18 more years before they’re kind of grown.

Also, I have to tell you that I’m totally ready to begin this homeshcooling school year. I’m organized with everything in its place and ready to go! Ha!!!


Pray for Stellan

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhintze @ 9:08 am

I’ve been following McMamma’s blog for a while now. She has a 9 month old baby with some very severe heart problems. He is in the hospital now and he is not doing well. Please pray for Stellan!


A little crabby July 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhintze @ 12:24 pm

Maybe we all need a shirt like this. Some of us need it more than others.

IMG_9991 (1)
IMG_9993 (1)


They’re starting a band. July 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhintze @ 8:31 pm
Tags: ,

So my husband and some friends of his are starting a band. I know that may sound a little weird, but the thing is that they’re all really really good. And they actually have brains and jobs and really nice equipment. Mostly I’m very excited for these guys to be doing this. They’re stretching themselves musically as well as building camaraderie with one another. I have my selfish moments occasionally (who doesn’t?) when I would like to have him home rather than practicing. But all in all, I think this is a very good thing that they’re doing and I wish them the best of luck. I don’t know the drummer but the other three guys are pretty talented and two out of those three are fairly likable. 😉

Here’s a link to their new website. It’s still sort of under construction. You should check it out.

The Lillian Pearl