Sunday, September 30, 2007

Just Checking in

My week was just a little too busy this week and in all the chaos I was able to manage losing my camera, my Garmin (geeky running GPS watch and I am running the St. George Marathon on Saturday and need it), and my credit cards. How frustrating! I did find my credit cards, but the other 2 have yet to appear. The camera is most likely gone forever, so I need to suck it up and buy a new one. Bryce is getting cuter by the minute and I am missing it! He just discovered his toes and I had some cute pics. :-(

On the good side- Emily is potty trained! For all my whining, that day I posted was really the only hard day. She has had another accident or two, but only when she wakes up in the morning. So, yay for her and yay for me!! I am so excited for all of us.

Dallin is enjoying school and soccer. He scored 2 goals on Saturday while I was in the truck feeding Bryce. I was sad I missed them, but he was so excited!

Jeff is recovering well and is off crutches. His exciting news is that he accepted a new job. I am proud of him and appreciate his hard work. I hope this job will be a good change for him.

I am enjoying finding many new/old friends in the blogging world. Please pop in and say hello and I will try to keep adding you to my blog roll!

Thursday, September 20, 2007


My poor sweet hubby just had ACL reconstructive surgery and is spending his time on the couch. I have been trying to be at home as much as possible (not easy for me) and nice friends have taken the kids a few times to give him some peace. I decided to take advantage of the time home and attempt to potty train Emily.

So now let's talk about why I am

The World's Worst Potty Trainer- duh duh duh!!

Emily turns 3 in two weeks and I have dreaded the whole potty training stage. My son was pee-pee trained by 2, but refused to go #2 in the potty. It was not a fun experience (let's just say it involved suppositories...). So, with Emily, I decided I would wait until she begged me. So, in CA, out of nowhere she told me she needed to go poo poo in the potty. I put her on and sure enough, she went! She did it one more time and to reward her (and give myself some peace on the plane) I let her pick out prize. She picked a Sleeping Beauty set and she LOVED it.

Back at home, I had to decide if I was really ready to go through with this. Here is our first dialogue.

Me- Do you want to go pee pee on the potty?

Emily- No.

Me- OK.

I am amazing, aren't I? I should market my genius.

Why do I give up so easily? I think it is because I have no control over it. Even if I spend all day every day with Emily on the potty, there is no guarantee that she will go. So, in my head it is not worth the effort. Nice attitude, eh?

So, my good friend and neighbor has just finished potty training her barely 2 year old, and I know she is thinking what is wrong with Kelly? She offered to give Emily a lollipop every time Emily went in the potty. So, I decided to go for it. So, about 10 times a day Emily goes in the potty and then runs and knocks on the door and asks for her lollipop.

So far it is working like magic. She has had a few accidents and even had one today at kids gym (I had to clean the mats- yuck!) but she is doing fairly well. She has earned a few princesses and is very proud.

So, we will continue to see how this goes. Wish us luck. And wish Jeff a good speedy recovery. :-)

Bryce is going through a little bit of a rough stage. He is refusing to take a bottle and is not happy in Child Watch at the YMCA. I am not sure what to do, but I am just trying to be patient. Lucky for him, he is adorable and I love him!

Edited to add: Emily is asleep naked on the bathroom floor. I had asked her if she needed to go potty and she said no. Then she proceeded to go into the bathroom to wash her hands. I heard her start crying and yep, she went all over the floor. I took away her bag of princesses and she screamed and then fell asleep on the floor. It is official- I get the Worst Mom award. And lucky for me, my hubby was there to witness it all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My little guy is growing up!

And I am not talking about Bryce! Dallin will always be my baby. He is such a sweet kid and I love my relationship with him. The day before we left for CA he lost his first tooth! He is so obsessed with making money right now, that I would not be surprised if he wiggled it to make it come out! Anyway, he was excited to recieve a note and a dollar coin from the tooth fairy.

Last week, he started kindergarten. We put him in the local charter school for many reasons. One main one is they have a 4 day school week. I love the idea of having Fridays with my kids. That also means that kindergarten is 4 hours a day instead of the dreaded 2 1/2 hours. They also have a school uniform, which I love, and they have smaller classes. I have heard great things about the school and its curriculum and I am very happy with our decision.

Getting ready for school was a little crazy because we had just returned from our trip. I was so busy getting all the logistics taken care of, that I wasn't prepared for how emotional I would be. He looked so grown up. I am proud of him and I am anxious to see how he likes school. So far, he is really enjoying it. He loves to bring home new books from the library. He is also so proud when his card stays green. (No behavior warnings.) I am sure that will wear off soon, but for now I am enjoying his excitement. I love you, Dallin!