Thursday, October 29, 2009

Butler Monster mash

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Potty Training... or parent training

So- it's time! My friend Heather sent me the ebook on potty training in 3 days . I began reading it on saturday (instead of my RS lesson.... ooh which by the way is my new calling as I was released from nursery AND cub scouts! YEAH) Anyways I so started reading it... follow directions exactly blah blah blah, throw out all diapers, have rewards, throw them straight into underwear, KEEP them with you at ALL times. huh- that shouldn't be too hard. It's amazing how often T isn't by either mine or Brian's side. so Wednesday we began our 3 day journey. THIS was not the easiest thing, along with not going outside to play, not going for walks, or going to park. You must stay home, close to bathrooms and stay positive. You heard me- positive ugh "it's ok you pooped your pants next time tell mommy when you need to go potty." All day long, "T remember to tell mommy and daddy when you have to go potty." "hurry run run run let's go" So thursday night I'm reading the book again as I'm getting frustrated. (He is smart, I mean really smart. You can ask him where anything in the kitchen goes and he knows and puts it there. You put something away in the wrong spot and he lets you know... but somehow the connection that you need to go potty in the potty wasn't connecting.) It says children 2 and half are more difficult as they are more set in their ways... check and that boys are more difficult... check and well basically it's going to take longer than the 3 days. It's a week later and he's doing better. If we (well Brian as I'm in UT) stays on top of TY and ask him he does stay dry, take him to the bathroom if he wake up in the night he stays dry, but the kid refuses to #2 in the toilet! This is why I didn't do cloth diapers! I know someday it'll all click and hopefully in the next week, but for now I think it's just parent training...

Yes he is mooning you, I asked him to turn around and look at me while I took his "potty training day one pix...." and this is what I got must be his father's influence

"potty training day 5" Ty's scooter he got after filling up two sheets of going potty stickers- he's been wanting one of these for a long time and was so excited. He didn't let it out of his sight all day.

Camping Fallen Leaf Tahoe

Now this place just might be heaven on earth. We live in an area surrounded by Oak trees- Now for many this would be a source of joy- however for me I hate them. They look dead to me, and unfortunately the fact that they DON'T change colors doesn't help them. I love Fall. I love everything about it. So when some friends asked us to go camping I was ecstatic! COLOR! We had so much fun at Fallen Leaf. Ty loves camping so he was in heaven. Our friends had brought along an extra bike with them- why I didn't think to bring his I don't know- but Ty loved it. We went on a beautiful hike to a lake, walked to the river where there were seriously hundreds of beautiful red salmon and rainbow trout (too bad we aren't fish eaters...), star gazed, had coyotes in camp, had to lock our food in a bear locker (that means the rangers mean business...), and just had a whole lot of fun! Just what the doctor ordered.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My next 30 years....

Well the big 3-0 came and now it's almost 20 days later and amazingly enough I'm still alive ... I thought about doing a 30 countdown of things I wanted to do before I turned 30, but alas Father time came and stole my days and has left me without my 30 things countdown. I'm not sure why 30 was/ is so hard for me. I think if I was honest with myself it has alot to do with where I wanted to be when I turned 30. I started feeling a little sorry for myself had a whole list of things I wanted- finically stable, home, kids, studio... you get the picture. And well, it hasn't happened but I had the thought that there are many things I've been able to do and accomplish and that list made me think maybe 30 isn't so bad-

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Honor Roll Student!

I think they should make bumper stickers for adults that say my Husband/ wife is an honor roll student... hee hee We got a letter in the mail saying Brian made the Dean's Honor roll. He got a 3.9 GPA for the semester. I couldn't be more proud of him. He works so hard and is LOVING school. Looking back over the last year, I can see Heavenly Father's hand in our lives so that he could get to this point. Yes, I would love a job, but I love that he is loving school, is excited for the future, and is working hard for us!

Disneyland 2009

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With Brian's semester being over we took advantage of a week break and went to Disneyland with my sister and her family! We were there for 3 days and it was a blast. We found a good cheap hotel close by, so we walked to D-land and came back and forth for naps and meals. The kids were zonked the first day, 2nd they were up till 11 hyped up on corn dogs, fruit snacks, soda, and ice cream. (On a side note why they heck is a corn dog $5.75???) and the 3rd day as you can see Ty fell sleep in his stroller. Ty was able to ride the Matahorn with us.... scared to death didn't scream but covered his mouth the whole time. The rest of the big kid rides we switched off with Andrew and Liz. Ty loved meeting Mickey and Minnie, pooh and tigger, and pluto! He now has to sleep with a pooh bear I got when I was in Hong Kong ever night. We had so much fun with Liz, Andrew, and Abby! Thanks Andrew. It was a wonderful vacation.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The one you've all been waiting for...

Yes I am back to blogging, it's just a bit overwhelming when you haven't done it for a long long long time! So here we go a run down of the last (oh man has it really been this long...) 2 months.

Most of September was filled with school pictures. In hopes of catching up on some bills and trying to get one more class for Brian I offered school pictures for anyone who would listen. For the most part it was a good experience and I definitely will try to do it again.

We also had a weekend to ourselves as everyone was gone. It was nice to just relax and have fun- Brian made Ty his own "Mater" (from the movie Cars) PJ bottoms. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of them just yet... After my time in UT for work I met Brian and Ty in beautiful San Diego. We were able to see and stay with my Grandma Cowles, visit with my brother Dan and his family and see my cousin Chelsea and Aunt Eileen and meet up with my sister Liz and her family. It was so much fun. Ty loved playing with his Gram'ma Cowles and especially her toy car that he could screw and unscrew together. He also enjoyed playing with his cousins and going to the beach!