Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wedding Bells...

You may recall that Sydney has her future all planned out...she is going to marry Austin after she finishes college and then they are going to have babies. Well, the other day she was very insistent that we go to the grocery store (WinCo). I asked her why she wanted to go to the grocery store so bad. Her response, "I have to go buy a wedding dress! I'm gonna marry Austin next week, after I finish college!" I called Lisa, Austin's mom and told her about Sydney's plan. Austin was ok with the whole thing, as long as he got a lolly pop! Wouldn't that just be something if she really did marry Austin some day?

Sam is potty trained!

A friend gave me some information on a potty training technique that worked for her two year old. It required that I stay by Sam's side for at least three days, so I decided to try it over Easter vacation so that I wouldn't have to bring Syd to school. It actually took more like five days of not leaving the all! But, it worked. Sam threw all of his diapers into a garbage bag and only wore underwear for this diapers or pull-ups allowed. The first few days were rough! Lots of messes to clean up! By day three, he was really starting to get it and by day five, he was doing great! He wakes up dry every morning and if he needs to go potty during the night, he just calls for me and I help him. He is doing so well! I am so proud of him! But, it makes me a little sad, too. He's growing up so fast!

Oh, one more thing...he got to pee outside (on a bush) for the first time the other day. You should have seen his face! Sydney was really irritated that I made her go in the house. She wanted to know why her pee pee didn't have a "hose like Sam's."


The kids had lots of Easter fun! They dyed eggs at Sydney's preschool. This was their first time, since I haven't been brave enough to do it at home yet! Sam refused to use a spoon...he found that putting your fingers into the dye was way more fun!They decorated cupcakes at school, too. I don't know if Sydney had enough topping on hers...Sam just kept eating the frosting. We attended a family gathering the day before Easter. We saw lots of family and the kids had an Easter egg hunt. I made bunny cupcakes. They turned out really cute!
My "big" kids.
Sydney was really excited to see what was inside the eggs she had gathered.
So was Sam!
Easter morning.
We went to Aunt Mary's house in the afternoon. We had lots of good food, got to visit with lots of people and the kids found LOTS of eggs!

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Sorry I've been slacking on the blog lately. I discovered Facebook and have been playing around with that site instead. Also, we started potty training Sam this week. He threw all his diapers into a garbage bag and hasn't worn one since Sunday. We still clean up occasional accidents and wet sheets, but he's really getting it...I don't expect that it will be much longer before he's trained.

The Bahamas

We went to the Bahamas for a week at the end of March. My mom moved in and took care of the kids (thanks Mom!!!). We had a nice, relaxing time and really enjoyed spending time alone together...that doesn't happen very often! It was pretty windy most of the time, so we didn't go in the water very often, but the wind kept us from being too hot.
The view from our hotel room.
The house with the orange roof belongs to Michael Jordan and the white one belongs to Oprah Winfrey.
We went on a powerboat to some other outer islands.
We stopped at one island that was inhabited by iguanas. We fed them grapes. It was in interesting experience!
Then, we arrived at an island where we spent the remainder of the day. There were sharks and stingrays everywhere. They had been throwing dead fish into the water to attract them. I got in the water and fed the stingrays. I wasn't very interested in feeding the sharks!
This wild pig lived on the island. It was kind of weird having a pig walk across the beach...

Some views from that island. It was really beautiful...the pictures don't do it justice.