Thursday, December 26, 2013
We headed home about 9am, opened presents with dad, went to Asays for a delicious lunch and more presents and then went to Mike n Rachel's for treats and to watch the slide show DVD dad made for us this year. Probably the most priceless gift we could get.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Something that always seems to sneak up on me at the last minute are Christmas presents for the kids' teachers. I used to look for cute stuff on pinterest to do (since i'm so crafty baha) but I thought a hand written letter from the kids to their teacher is more meaningful than something I threw together in
haste love off of pinterest. :) I had to take a pic of Stetson's note he wrote for Mrs. Paulson. We gave her Martinellies sparkling cider to go with it. This is what he said: "Dear Mrs. Paulson. Thank you for being a nice teacher. We got a gift for you. Write your guest of what its going to be please. Then he leaves a blank to insert her "guest" and then a bunch of lines to insert what she would like for Christmas. I know I'm biased, but this kid cracks me up and I think he's the greatest. :) Kandace wrote notes to her teachers which was a lot more time consuming since I had to tell her how to spell each word but turned out cute. Wish I'd taken a pic of hers, too. I truly am thankful for their school and church teachers. I know they word super hard.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Some fun things about Stetson man:
*loves the smurfs
*loves to be silly
*loves to read and write. Especially loves drawing/writing games, riddles for Michael and I to do during sacrament
*loves to eat cereal and pours his own milk now :)
*has very good manners always remembering to say please and thank you
*has a funny sense of humor
*is always drilling us with math trivia. In the car, at home, at church. Kandace is starting to pick up on it and likes to tell us some of her own math facts
*loves to play with his best friend Landon
*loves to sing and really wants to learn more about music.
Friday, December 13, 2013
George Winston actually came to BYU-I when I was attending and I went to see him and got my picture taken with him. So all this leads me to last Friday night when Joel, Kambrie, Dad, Brenda, Michael and I all went to a George Winston concert in Billings at the Alberta Bair Theatre. I loved it. I hadn't listened to his music for a long time and it was a totally nostalgic experience to hear it all again. And so calming and enjoyable. Made me think about talents and how Heavenly Father blesses us with them to enrich the lives of others. I feel closer to God when I get to partake of someone's talents like I did that night. So awesome. George Winston you rock.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
When Kandace was 20 mos she went pee on the potty and I thought for sure potty training would be a cinch with her, but I learned the hard way that just because they'll GO, doesn't mean they're ready to be potty trained. At least that was our experience with Kandace. She was just too young, and it took 4 months of torture until she was 100%. I was too stubborn to put her in a pullup and definitely didn't want to put her back in a diaper because I wasn't giving up.
Well we started potty training Janelle about a month ago. I was driving home from zoo montana to get my bountiful basket and realized we were totally out of diapers, and we'd just been to COSTCO the day before. Ugh. So I thought "why not just potty train her now?!" She is 29 months and had been showing lots of interest for a couple months but I was not ready to go down the potty training road again. No way. So I decided she was old enough did it the way I've done it with all 3, using the doll/underwear/drink that they suggest in "Pottwise" which is written by the same pediatricians who wrote "babywise." It was all really last minute and kind of frantic since all 3 kids were home and it wasn't planned. Michael was super helpful and Janelle was really interested, especially after the doll peed in the toilet (we put water with yellow food coloring in the potty for dramatic effect) lol. But the book says to put a HUGE emphasis on teaching your child to not just go pee/poo but to stay dry. You're supposed to reward them for just staying dry, which means you ask them periodically if they're dry and them reward them if they are. Its exhausting, so I sort of did the "modified" version of the recommended procedure. I always get my hopes up too and think they'll be getting it that same day, which the books suggests a lot of kids do if you do it right. So of course when she peed 5 pairs of underwear that day I felt like a failure and in the next couple days we decided to go back to diapers and wait a few more months. Well she actually started going pee and poo more often and is having less and less accidents. It has definitely been a gradual process. Thanksgiving day she didn't have any accidents and stayed in her "honeys" (undies) all day, even on the car ride home. I'm knocking on wood that things continue this way and counting my blessings that its going so well, because after doing this 3 times my only advice is to stay calm, be consistent and expect lots of accidents.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Michael and I got to go to the temple finally tonight. We hadn't been for about a month with temple cleanings. When we got home I found about an inch long piece of Kandace's hair in the garbage can upstairs. Not cool. I think that wraps up this post. :)