Tuesday, September 24, 2013

*Happy Dance*

Craziness, but I'll take it!!
Little Chickie finally went pee pee in the potty. It's been a few months since we humored the idea of potty training her, and finally our first success!! Usually it would go like this ...
Chickie: "I pee pee" 
*ripping off ALL her clothes and running around the house, never to the potty. But she'd pee...somewhere.

This time, she's crouching in front of the TV and says "I gotta poopoo" I run her to the big potty, take her diaper off, and SUCCESS!!  To see her face when she saw the pee pee come out (I'm thinking she only learns by visual aids...lol) was priceless!! 
After, she looks at me and says "Wipe butt"  

Fabulous child I have, huh! 

She's not one for praise or the happy dance...probably because Mommy is a terrible dancer. She just wanted the candy. We called Grandma and Daddy. All Leia could talk about was "candy". 

Hoping for more potty success for Little Chickie ♥ 

Little of this, little of that

Hmmm...so, what's been happening in our lives since my last posting??
It's been just over a week and I feel as if it's been FOREVER. The oldest was taken to the doctor due to a fever that continued to stick around. Our first z-pak of the season for the family was in order.
Middle child was on the mend from her potty issues at school. Come to find out, she's terrified of using the potty with the automatic flushers at school. I agree, their overzealous flushing can be somewhat intimidating. With the promise of going to the park or doing something fun, she has started using the potty at school (and not holding it all day!!) 
Our youngest is finding that she can be independent and she wants the whole world to know that. Lots of screeching and pure frustration coming from little Chickie lately. She's mastering lots of different things/actions/milestones, but not yet the milestone of using the potty. Oh, she loves the idea of running naked through the house; but she still hasn't gone tinkle in the potty. She'll get it soon *I hope*

I am currently preparing for her 2nd Birthday!! Can you believe she's about to 2 years old?? It seems like just yesterday, she was my screaming infant that wouldn't sleep through the night unless someone was holding her (I kinda felt like that was last night, too...lol) 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Behind the picture scene .... CHEESE!

Pictures snap that sweet "split second" memory.

Oft times, pictures portray life as Fabulous. Nobody is crying, clothes look superb, everyone loves everyone...you get the idea. But remember it's just a split second captured forever.

I love taking pictures (in case you didn't realize...lol).
Now, take the pictures above...  Leia had snatched Lily's boots and was clomping through the house. I asked her "What are you doing?" She squeals and runs off. I grab the camera and caught this a few seconds before she was took a head over heels spill. Boots 4 sizes too big make for LOTS of trippin....lol (no followup pictures of this session)

The hammock picture...well, that took about 12 shots to get everyone cooperating, everyone smiling in the right direction, and everyone looking civil. The Sibling love is flowing here. But the next pictures are proof enough....

 Leia's about to kick Lily in the face 

well, this photo session is over!!  hahaha

Not everyone's life is sunshine and roses. There's rainy days--usually super stormy days--and days with thorns and plant fertilizer. Capture the good times, but make memories during the trying times.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday afternoon naps

Remember those Sundays when it seems as if the world stops?
Everyone gets up and dresses in their Sunday best, then off to church, followed by home for a sit down dinner, and then afternoon naps. 
Why I never took advantage of those when I was younger, I'll never know. I can't get my kiddos to realize these are tiny gifts from God. They'll make you happier, which makes Mommy and Daddy happier. But they still don't get it.
I love nap time for me....hahaha!!
One day, I'm positive that the gratitude will kick in with the kiddos....one day.

Thankfully, the hubby enjoys playing video games on Sundays or watching football. So, he has free reign of the television while the children participate in "rest time". I think only the youngest takes an actual nap...and that's like pulling teeth to get her to go to sleep. I'm so grateful for the hubby. He lets me take a nap on Sundays (hallelujah!!) 

I ♥ naptime.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"these days"

My oldest is a thoughtful one. And he doesn't just stop at thinking about himself. He thinks of others as well. 
Today's conversation on the way home from school was about how he has received greens (good behavior color) every Tuesday since school has started. Then he proceeds to ask about the colors I got when I was in 2nd grade. His astonishment while I told him that we didn't go by colors was priceless. When mommy was growing up, the teacher would send a note home with our parents and we would most definitely receive a spanking for our misbehavior. And if we were really bad, the teacher or principal would call our parents and we would get a spanking at school. He thought this was rather absurd. Quietly he states: "I wish you were able to go to school during "these days"....not those days WAY back when. But did you get lots of spankings at school???" 
Haaahaha! "No, Dakota, I didn't. I was a good girl at school most of the time." 
The way he thinks things through is incredible. I love that little man. 

Monday, September 9, 2013


*beep beep beep, beep Beep BEEP*  
Alarm is going off reminding me that Life goes on. Sleep is put on hold until night fall (unless I can catch a quick nap while the baby is sleeping). I jump up to turn on the coffee maker, and grab a quick shower before the next alarm sounds. Success!! 

I then go in to wake up Dakota for school. He rolls over when the light is turned..normal reaction from him. Then he sits up and says "Wow, that was a weird dream. I was trying to escape from jail..." I reply, "Oh, really?! did you escape?" He says, " Of course, mom! I escaped the jail and then I was sitting on the moon and I farted *snickering* .... but don't worry, my dream before that was about Star Wars!" 

He cracks me up. What would life be without my typical little man. ♥ 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Conglomeration of Rabbit Trails

It's been a few weeks since I last posted here. Starting a new schedule takes time, but we are thriving.

I'm trying to think of all the new things happening here. Leia is in a big girl bed full time now. We are working on potty training. She isn't showing much interest with it. We still haven't had any success with action on the potty...it usually ends up all over the house in different areas. I'm praying it will click SOON. Leia is enjoying having mommy all to herself during the school days. She gets to play, color, make trips to Target (our FAV), and swing. This past week, she helped paint. That was a chore. 

Lily is loving kindergarten. She is doing great. All greens for the last 2 weeks (all good days). She loves P.E., computer labs, and centers.  

Dakota is enjoying 2nd grade. His new favorite thing to do is experiments. He's learning how to tell you about them. He just sometimes gives away the answer as he starts presenting the experiment. To see his desire to learn more is awesome!! I love that he loves to learn about EVERYTHING. 

They say it's almost Fall. Just because there's pumpkin flavored lattes out, doesn't mean it's Fall. (but this doesn't stop me from drinking them)  For us, it's still the dog days of summer. Last week, only a couple of days with double digits; the rest were triple digit days...whew, HOT! It will be Fall in my book when A/C doesn't run all day. I'm ready for that first day of cool weather. The windows will be opened. It will be perfect. 
On a different note, my kids have started saving money towards their next vacation. They want to go to Michigan by way of Colorado and then through Indiana (the place Mommy went a month or two ago for the funeral) and then on to Michigan to see their cousins. Dakota held up a ten dollar bill. How far will this get us, Mom? 

I know, this posting is a conglomeration of rabbit trails. But I finally had the time just not all the witty inspiration. Don't worry, maybe something witty and jovial will hit me during those light night/early morning hours. Let's just hope I remember to type it all out :) Until then...enJoy!