Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sleepy Monday

I really don't know how daycare workers survive after a long weekend. I know my boys are creatures of another planet today. They started off really sleepy and just wanted to be held to bouncing off the walls.

Nap time was a joke and a half.

So the kids were in a mood all afternoon.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Weekend update

Saturday was a pretty lazy day. However I was going over the receipt for Toys R Us and discovered that some of the toys that I had gotten at Midnight didn't go on sale till 5:00am so I was charged full price. So Josh and I headed back to a third Toys R Us in two days. They wouldn't give us the sale price so we just returned the items. Then we headed to Northern Tool and ended up spending a ton of money. They had everything at least 10% off.
Sunday we finished the last of the decorating at my parent's home. Returned the last bit of boxes back to storage and got the house organized. My grandmother stopped by for lunch and brought the sale ads. So we ended up going to Old Navy. Then Grandma Jennie went home. That is when I realized that Ethan hasn't had any accidents since Wednesday. That gave him three more days which earned him a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. The boys had a great time and we earned over 500 tickets. Ethan was so upset that we had to leave. We tried to explain to him that if he doesn't have an accident all week then next Sunday we can go back to Chuck E. Cheese and probably spend more time there.

Black Friday.

We dropped Josh off at Best Buy at midnight. It didn't open till 5:00 at this point we were about two hours ahead of schedule. So we drove past another Toys R Us so we decided to stop and see if they had one thing that we didn't see at the first one. Once again my mom jumped into line and my sister and I gathered. This time it took us three hours to get out of the store but it gave us time to find more deals that we missed the first time. So now we are an hour behind schedule. Josh was freezing and wanted something hot to drink. So I dropped my mom and sister off at the Allen Outlet Center then hunted down some hot chocolate for Josh then headed back to the outlet center. My sister found some clothes at Ann Taylor where everything in the store was 50% off. Then we went to the Coach store they had 20% off. So I found a purse that was already marked 1/2 off plus I got the extra 20%. We were going to JC Penneys but then realized that it was time to meet up with Josh at Best Buy. This time I jumped in line and messed up so I had to go back through the line again. We were still able to get out in less than an hour. If I hadn't of messed up we would have been less then 30 minutes. Then we headed over to JC Penneys. Josh and I feel asleep while my mom was buying something. Then we headed back to pick up my sister from the outlet stores. Then to Lowes and Dillards. Then we made it home. I took a nap because I was told that I was going to drive to North Park. However my mom and sister continued shopping around Rockwall. Then I woke up and called my mom to find out that they drove to North Park with out me. Once they got  back my mom and I headed out to Kirklands and Half Price Books. I think there were some other stops but I'm not really sure at this point. Then my sister and brother in law packed up and had to be taken to the airport to return to Chicago. When we left the airport their flight was only 30 minutes delayed but when we got to my Grandmother's house we found out it had been postponed for two hours. They eventually where able to make it home and we eventually made it to bed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

So we started the day off by getting up and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We then started to get things ready to head over to my Grandmother's house. My mom made a pumpkin pie before we left. Josh and I stayed back because the boys were having their nap time. Then we headed over and helped with the last minute details. Had a wonderful meal. Then it was time to pull out the papers and start planning our shopping strategy. That is when we discovered that Toys R Us was opening at 10:00pm. So we had our desserts and packed everything back up. Went to my parents house. Got the kids ready for bed. Finished up some planning. Then bundled up and headed out for shopping. Everyone had their list and my mom got a cart and got into the checkout line. Once she got near the front of the line she started letting other people in front of her till we were ready to checkout. We were in and out in less than an hour. We had planned on being their for two hours so we were ahead of schedule. So we ran by my house so that we could bundle up some more and make a pit stop. Then off to Wal-Mart but turns out the one thing that we though we might be interested in wasn't that great of a deal after all. So we moved on.

Starting to rev up for the long weekend.

We all seemed to wake up at 6:30 this morning. Yes I wanted to wake up early but that was too early. Dropped Josh off at work. Then came home and got things ready for the upcoming crazy weekend.

I let the boys play and watch Curious George till it was time for Ethan's art class. We arrived just a couple of minutes after 10:00. I thought the class was for pre-school aged kids but apparently it was just a mom and me art class. So next time Preston can do a project too. Ethan's girl friend was their too. It was great seeing her and her mother. After the class we all decided to have lunch together. The kids seem to have a lot of energy so we decided to head to Willow Bend Mall for the food court and the indoor play ground. That is when I made the biggest mistake ever. We had taken out the strollers last night so that we could fit Mark and Jen's luggage in the van. I didn't take the time to put them back in. So I was at the mall with two boys without a stroller. That will never happen again.

Ethan was so over stimulated from the morning that he didn't want to take his nap this afternoon. For some reason his favorite thing to do when he doesn't want to sleep is to have an accident in his bed. Today he decided that he needed to take a dump then try to clean it up with his blanket. So after I got the bedroom cleaned up the bedding went into the wash.

We couldn't leave to go to my parent's home till after Ethan's blanket got out of the dryer. So we left late and had to meet my family at Southern Junction. I take my kids to the classiest of places. Ethan loved dancing and the mechanical bull. It turns out that it was good that we had our own vehicle because my sister need to get home and my boys were tired and need to get to bed. My grandmother surprised everyone by wanting to stay and listen to the band. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hanging in the car today.

We are still in one vehicle right now. Today we have a lot of running around to do. So we started the morning off by taking Josh to work then we came home did the breakfast thing and some coloring. Then we started doing our lessons for the day.

We then had to load back up in the van to pick up Josh and take him to his swim class. I didn't bring any snacks or enough toys to keep the boys occupied for thirty minutes. So it felt like the longest thirty minutes of my life. Returned Josh to work then got home in time for nap time.

We finished up the lessons. Okay there was one that I was suppose to let the kids glue flour and as I was reading the directions I was just thinking messy. So that got skipped.

Then it was off to swimming, dinner, then we headed to the airport to pick up the newlyweds Mark and Jen.

I can't believe how much traffic there was at the airport at night. I'm glad that I'm not trying to fly anywhere.

Ethan entertained us till he fell asleep by singing the Black Eye Peas song "I've gotta feeling". My parents teach Ethan such great things.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sleepy Monday

Josh took the van to work today so the boys and I are going to have to stay home today. That is okay because the boys are tired and cranky so I wouldn't want to take them out anyways.

In the afternoon we covered some over our lessons. Then I made up some counting songs Ethan wouldn't let me stop singing it. I'm feeling a lot more confident in working with the boys that I don't need the daily lesson plans as much as when I first was at home. I'm going to continue to use Mother Goose Time just I'm not as clueless about what I need to be working on with the boys.

I do need to work on getting the boys to bed earlier on Sunday nights so that Monday mornings aren't so rough.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Weekend update

This was a busy weekend of getting ready for the up coming holidays. Saturday we started off by going to Toys R Us and buying a drum set for Ethan. Then we went to our storage unit and got our Christmas decorations out of storage. Then we headed over to my parent's home to help them decorate for Christmas. My dad entertained the boys while my mom and I put up the decorations. Then Ethan and Preston wanted to help decorate the small tree that my parents have. We wrapped up decorating everything except the trees because my sister is coming in on Monday night and is going to decorated the trees on Tuesday. Right when Josh was pulling into the drive way at home the clutch went out on the car. At least he was able to pull it into the drive way and well will deal with it later.

Friday, November 19, 2010

TGIF

The Dance Star Mickey is going to be the death of me this year. I've been to four stores and only found one! I've seen lots of displays for the Mickey and lots of commercials for it. I've read reviews on it and the people who gave it to a one-year-old it broke in just a few weeks. I'm sorry it is over $60 and that is just to expensive for what it is. This Mikey is really looking creepy too. Every time the commercial for this toy comes on Preston gets really excited and starts trying to say Mickey and pointing to the TV. *sigh* Believe it or not being a former Disney employee and my mother-in-law is currently an employee we do have other Mickey plush. So I'm hoping that is all Preston really wanted. So this morning we went on a Mickey hunt, apparently to Ethan that meant pulling out all of his toys and putting them in the middle of the floor. So we were able to locate five different Mickey plush toys. One was the baby Mickey and Preston had zero interest in that one. So now he is trying to carry around four different Mickeys at the same time. Yaay I'm not going to have to fight the crowds trying to find the creepy dancing Mickey. I'm really shocked about the lack of quality in the Dance Star Mickey, in my opinion it looks like a cheap knock off toy. Now it is time to pick up all of the toys in the middle of the floor.


Ethan and Preston did a great job really helping put things away. The clean up went almost as fast as Hurricane Ethan took to make the mess.

After everything was picked up Ethan's teddy had disappeared and it was nap time when Ethan informed me that he didn't know where Teddy is. *sigh* I did get him to take his nap without Teddy but he kept asking for it all afternoon.

As soon as Josh got home I did a mad search and found Teddy and another Mickey. So the boys were super excited with their plush animals.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sheep

So the daily theme is sheep, but first a run to story time at the mall.

I don't know if Ethan just not interested with the story time at the mall or if he was just having an off day but he just wasn't interested in listening to the stories, or coloring. He did want to play at the train table but he didn't want to share. So we left before they handed out the cookies. Then Ethan was behaving during lunch till he decided that he was done and wanted to run around. Then we went to the play area in the mall. On the way there was Santa looking really bored. The boys were dress cute. and there wasn't a line and Ethan was all about seeing Santa.
I'm thinking that we are going to have to visit Santa again. Then the boys went and played in the play area. Preston was running around and then he saw me and came over and just wanted to be held. He was very happy when I put him in the stroller so he could just chill. Ethan ran by and I got a whiff of something. That was when I discovered that Ethan had an accident. So we all headed home. The boys took naps while Korri and I visited. The afternoon was spent doing lessons. The boys weren't interested doing the art project today so I'll just save it for another time.

I don't know why but when 7:00 came it felt like it should have been 8:00 but we still had an hour before the boys went to bed. That last hour it was like they were super hyper boys. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sleep???

So I was up till midnight trying to come up with Christmas list for the boys. When I got up stair Preston woke up. So I went to check on him and Ethan woke up too. So by the time I got them calmed down and actually got into bed it was 2:00am and he boys still woke up at 7:00. *sigh* So I'm drinking coffee and sodas to keep me going.

I still was able to do the lessons this morning. Okay I skipped the one that involved baking because I just didn't have it in me to cook with the boys this morning.

My mom came over and we spent the afternoon shopping. Still haven't found any super great deals but Toys R Us does have their video games on sale for buy one get one 40% off. They did have a few other items on sale too.

Then we ran to several other stores. Dropped the boys off with Josh then headed out for a couple more. I did got to a party place that has their Halloween costumes 75%. I picked up some hats and a couple other parts and pieces of costumes to help build up the boys pretend play chest. The boys won't see the costumes parts till Christmas.

Tomorrow, Korri is coming over and we are going to a different story time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Barn day!

I've decided that we need more adventures every week. So I figured that I would try to do story time at the library on Tuesdays by myself. Today was my first attempt and it went great. We got there a little later then I would have liked so we had to park pretty far away from the door but other than that everything went really smoothly.
After story time I did a couple of the lessons then we had lunch. The boys were in such a great mood today. Then it was nap time.

We finished up the daily lessons then it was time for swimming.

Toys R Us had a coupon for inflatable bouncers for 25% off for today only and it had to be purchased in store. There is one that I've been eying that was already marked $50 off. So we decided to go ahead and get it for the boys. We ended up paying 187.00 + tax for the Little Tikes Jr. Sports N Slide Bouncer. I'm really excited about what a great price we were able to get it for. So far that has been my big Christmas bargain. I've been really disappointed with the sales so far because this time for the last two years toys had been on sale since September for really great price that were cheaper then Black Friday deals. I just haven't seen them so far this year. Then again there were a few weeks last month that I wasn't really watching the ads. Then again I haven't been watch Wal-Mart's or Sears weekend ads but they have been advertising Black Friday deals before Black Friday. I really don't remember how I kept up with all of this while I was working.

24 hours and no accidents!

Ethan hasn't gone a full day without an accident since September. We gave him his goal star and his computer time. Then it was time for bedtime and I had put in pajamas that zipped and had feet in them so he wasn't able to get out in time to use the toilet. I was going to let that one slide because I didn't put Ethan in pajamas that he could just pull off. Then he wanted to sleep in Josh's and mine bed of course we told him no and put him down in his own bed. Thirty minutes later we heard a lot of commotion from his room, Josh went to check on him and discovered that Ethan had an accident in his bed. *sigh* At this point I'm so frustrated. He can use the toilet when he wants to and have an accident

Monday, November 15, 2010

It Monday.

Today theme is potato but I'm not really seeing how the theme works with the actual lessons for the day. So I glossed over the theme with the boys. Today is about the number 13, the letter X, and sight words we, go, my, and stop.

The boys were still really tired today because they stayed up late again last night. So Ethan didn't get up til 8:30 and that was when Josh got him up and put him on the toilet. Otherwise he would have kept on sleeping. I'm so glad that we are going to be able to get back on schedule this week. I feel like it is the calm before the Christmas storm.

As for the educational front Ethan recognizes his name in print. I'm pretty excited about that.

Weekend update

Saturday was crazy busy. My hair appointment was at noon. We had some errands to do in the morning. Luckily Ms. Najmeh was on time like always and Josh and I were off to help with Mark and Jen's wedding. My parents picked up the boys and brought them to the church. The boys were so adorable in their tuxedos. Can I just take a moment to say how wonderful the crayola color wonder markers and crayons are. At first the flower girl's mom wasn't going to let her daughter color but when she saw they were the color wonders she let the flower girl color with Ethan and it kept them busy until it was time to go down the isle. Mark and Jen actually trusted Ethan to carry their rings one the pillow. Ethan did great until he got almost to the front and started shaking the pillow and one of the rings fell off. So Ethan and Josh started to run after the ring and Josh was able to get it. Then Josh dropped the ring as he picked Ethan up. I know it sounds like chaos but it all happened so fast that most people didn't even notice anything happened. The wedding was absolutely beautiful.

Ethan did great during the pictures. Then again the flower girl's mom brought white M&M for the kids to bribe them with great smiles. It did work the kids did a great job.

Then it was party time!! Ethan and Preston were getting antsy during the dinner and speeches. Then it was time for the bridal party dance I asked the flower girl's mom if she was going to see if the kids would dance together and we figured we would try it. They were so cute dancing together. Ethan pretty much stayed on the dance floor the entire night until he discovered the photo booth. Several people came up and asked how old Ethan is and where did he learn all of his dance moves. Honestly I have no idea where he picked them up from but then again his favorite shows and movies are musicals so there are a lot of singing and dancing in them. Also the only prime time TV show that we allow are kids to see is So You Think You Can Dance. While Ethan was tearing up the dance floor Preston was in the stroller sleeping.

I got my first experience of trying to take off their tux while they were passed out and put them in their pjs. The tie was the hardest part because it was on a elastic band that had to be taken off over their heads. They were so tired that it didn't wake them up that much.

Sunday we went over to my parents house and we were very draggy. I couldn't believe how swollen my feet were after wearing heels for two days. I used to live in heels, I would wear heels while I was working a double shift waiting tables. I guess I'm going to have to start wearing heels again. We did get the last load of Christmas decorations out of storage but that was about all we did. The boys were tired and cranky. We did watch Toys Story 3 for the first time. Ethan got really scared during part of the movie so he cuddled up on my lap for me to protect him. Then in the middle of the night Ethan woke me up and asked if he could get in bed we us because he was scared of the monkey.

kids playing during the rehearsal
Josh's new hair

On the dance floor

Friday, November 12, 2010

TGIF!

Only one day till Mark and Jen's wedding!! This morning the boys were still sleepy so I just let them lounge around and got caught up on chores and got myself ready for the bridal luncheon. My mom came over to watch the boys while I was out.

The boys woke up from their naps H-Y-P-E-R. So I encouraged them to run around to get out their excess energy before the rehearsal. I also packed up a tote of toys for my boys and the other two kids that were going to be there. Preston was great at the rehearsal. He shared all of his brother's special toys like Ethan's blanket and teddy bear, at least Preston was sharing. Preston also helped pick up all the toys before we left to go to the restaurant. Ethan the ring bearer was another story. He kept trying to run around and wouldn't listen. When he was suppose to walk down the isle he ran, stop went back up the isle, ran back down then did a couple of poses, then finally stood by his dad. I'm really worried that Ethan is going to do something like that at the real wedding.

At dinner the boys were fairly we behaved before and during dinner. Preston started fussing because he was tired and wanted to sleep but just couldn't get comfy. Ethan was just done being around people. So I took him on a walk to the restroom just so that he could have a moment. I found some wiggle videos on Josh phone. So he was doing much better. When we got back to the table Mark gave Ethan his gift. Ethan was super excited to open a present. He got an official ring bearer shirt and badge. Ethan also received a piggy bank that was engraved with his name. Ethan didn't know what it was so I told him to get some change from Josh and I would show him. Ethan was having a great time putting coins into the pig that kept him occupied till it was time to leave.

We headed home for a good nights sleep because tomorrow is going to be a long day.

Jen at the bridal luncheon

Terrible Thursday

I woke up feeling even worst then when I fell asleep. Before it was time for Josh to leave for work I started feeling better and I thought I could handle the boys. Since I had gone to bed early I didn't have a chance to prepare the lessons for the day. I still wasn't feeling that great so I just let the boys run around and play. Korri came over and we visited over lunch. Then she helped me load the boys up and Korri headed home and I went to my parent's home. My mom watched the boys while I ran some errands for Mark and Jen's wedding this weekend. I finally started feeling better. Which is good because I just don't have time right now to be sick and it isn't like I get any sick days.

We headed back home after dinner. Once we got home the boys were asleep.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hump day!

Man this morning started off rough. Ethan woke us up to let us know that he had an accident. *sigh* Then when Josh told him to put on his underwear Ethan had a complete melt down. Things just went down hill from there. Basically Ethan was tired so I made him sit on the couch not as a punishment but just for him to calm down and regroup. After Ethan calmed down we were able to proceed with today's lesson and worked on making butter. The first container that I tried wasn't air tight so cream started going everywhere. Then I change containers and realized that I hadn't let the cream warm up to room temperature yet. So that had to be put on hold for a little while. We tried it again and it worked. I've never actually made butter before. My arms got tired with the first container because I was having to hold the lid on and shake. Once I changed containers the boys were able to shake too.
Shake
This is going to be yummy

shake
What am I doing again?
Finished product
Story time
After we finished the daily lesson I let the boys just play so that I could start working on dinner. While we were eating I started to not feel well so I went to bed super early. Josh was amazing and gave the boys baths and put them down for the night.

Today is really tractor day!

I'm starting to think that Monday was a fluke. This morning the boys were really hyper but they were excited when I started to play the school time music. They were all about story time we read Tractors. It was a book that we already owned but it worked with today's theme so I added it in. Then we did a tractor art project. After the project the boys needed a little free time. So I brought down the little people barn that Isaac and Cherie got Preston for his first birthday and another tractor book that we have that has wheels on it. The boys enjoyed free play till it was lunch time. Preston woke up early from his nap. So I got one of his favorite toys to play with while I finished up my chores for the day. Of course I didn't get everything that I wanted to get done while they were sleeping. After the boys woke up we finished up doing their lessons. I was planning on letting them play outside but we ran out of time before we had to leave for swimming.

The boys were super excited to get to swimming today. There is a girl in Preston's class and she just thinks the world of Preston. She tried to follow us into the changing room and then once we were changed she sat right next to Preston. Poor Preston is so shy he climbed into my lap and buried his head in my shoulder and was being very coy. Ethan was being Ethan. During Ethan's lesson, he had to use the restroom so he was trying to run with his flippers on.  I'm starting to think that our routine is getting really predictable because on the way home Ethan kept asking for pizza.

After the boys fell asleep, I went to the grocery store. It was really nice to go without the boys. I can't believe that was a month ago the last time we have been to the grocery store. So I was expecting a pretty pricey trip. However, thanks to e-mealz.com and thegrocerygame.com that my bill was only 65.68 my savings were 57.41. I'm extremely jazzed over the 47% I saved. But I was just taking a closer look at my receipt and realized that none of my digital coupons were on it. So I checked my online accounts and discovered that the old number was still what I was loading the digital coupons to. *sigh* I could have saved more. It is corrected so next time I'll save more with kroger.com and cellfire.com digital coupons.
Finished tractors
Diving in
I can't wait till tomorrow's lesson because we are going to make our own butter.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Preston is official starting to potty train!

Okay while I was doing my research for Ethan I realized there are really three different parts to potty training. There is the ability for the child to wash their own hands, the ability for the child to dress and undress themselves, and the ability to use the toilet. Another thing that I noticed about my research was that a lot of website dismiss how pull-ups help in potty training. They do not help the child to recognize they need to go potty but they help the child in the dressing and undressing on their own. They are also a lot easier to change an older child. After we use our supply of diapers for Preston we are going to be switching to pull-ups. We will use pull-ups till Preston has better bladder control.

This morning Preston did tell say poop-poo and was pointing to the bathroom door. So I did let him sit on the toilet. He was dry when I took of his diaper and did pee on the toilet. So hopefully his potty training will be a lot easier because he is seeing his brother go. Preston did crawl, and walk a lot faster the Ethan did. We were actually starting to worry that Ethan was going to walk before he crawled. That thought didn't even cross our mind with Preston. Then again Preston was crawling at 5 months. Another advantage that I have with Preston is that I'm not relying on someone else to help me in the training process. Kids need the consistency and with Ethan the daycare did things one way and we were doing it another. Ethan was just getting confused. Also Ethan was really interested in using the toilet at this point and would got at home successfully but they didn't have the means at the daycare for him to use the toilet at will at the daycare. If he let the teachers know they would have to call for someone to come to the room and take him to the restroom by the time he got to the toilet it was to late. So then Ethan realized that he could just go in his pull up and keep playing. That has been our hurdle with Ethan is getting him to stop playing and go to the restroom. Bed wetting happens but generally he will make it through the night and pee in the morning if we don't realize he is up and make him go to the potty. If we are at a restaurant he is very good about letting us know when he needs to go.

Sorry I went off on a tangent. What we are actually doing with Preston is getting him to start trying to dress and undress himself. As you have seen in earlier post he is great at the undressing part, I'm working on trying to get him to dress himself. We have been having him wash his hands in the sink for a while. He has used the toilet a couple of times with help. So at this point I'm starting to believe that Preston is going to be potty trained before Ethan.

Monday, November 8, 2010

More potty fun

Ethan had been doing well this morning then he had another accident. I made him help clean up the mess. I feel a little guilty but I told him that he is acting like a baby. That really got his attention because he started crying and saying he is a big boy not a baby. I told him only babies pee in their underwear. I also told him that if he didn't have any more accidents this week that he would go to Chuck E. Cheese.

The next time he had to go potty he went completely by himself, like a child that is 100% potty trained. Then when he was done he asked for his TV back and if he gets to go to Chuck E. Cheese. I told him that he got the TV back then I showed him a calendar and how many days he had to go without an accident.

And then came nap time. I always make him sit on the toilet before he lays down. Straight from the toilet to bed. He got into bed and was complaining that one of his toys was missing a piece. He left it my room this morning, so I went to retrieve it. By the time I got back he and peed in his bed. Granted it wasn't very much but still need to change the sheet and clothing. I ran him back to the toilet and went to cleaning the mess up. Ethan came back in and I was trying to get him to put his clean underwear on. He started walking out the room, I asked if he needed to go potty again and Ethan shook his he yes. I told him to run to the bathroom luckily Ethan made it because it was number 2. I really believe that his accidents aren't.

Ethan woke up from his nap dry and successfully used the toilet.

Later he was playing with play-doh at the kitchen table and says I'm going to go to Chuck E. Cheese and ran to the bathroom.

He ran to the restroom again but struggled with getting his pants down so he started going. I stepped in and pulled everything down and put him on the toilet. At least he did try.

Then Korri came over so that we could go shopping but before we left Ethan went to the bathroom himself. I was so proud at first but he had gotten under the cabinet and gotten the cleaning supplies and was cleaning the floor. Turns out he got to the bathroom and went on the floor and was cleaning it up. He got really excited when I got the paper towels and he started wiping the floor up. 

My thoughts on potty training

Okay now I've done a lot research about potty training. I've read books, checked out different resources online, and have talked to anyone that has gone threw it.
The books have given me some great ideas like at night you double make your child. What that means is have a water proof mattress pad then a fitted sheet then another water proof mattress pad and another fitted sheet. So if you child does have an accident at night you don't have to look for clean sheets and mattress pad. You just pull off the solid sheet and pad. For the most part Ethan doesn't have accidents at night. I'm sorry if you are able to fully potty train your child in a day that means they were ready a long time ago.

Ethan is so stubborn about using the toilet. He know what he needs to do and how to do it. He just doesn't want to. I've talked to parent's of boys and they were all about letting the boys pee outside or on targets in the toilet. Ethan was very disturbed by me even having him try to pee on the tree. He didn't want to go outside for two days after that experience. At first he liked the targets but then he realized that if he used the targets that he couldn't see the TV. That didn't last long.

Another thing that I've noticed is that parents who kids are fully potty trained are very oh it wasn't that big of a deal, parents that are trying to get their kids potty trained for the first time are all about to pull out their hair.

All of the websites that I have found seem to just want to sell you something. I do have to say that the advice I love the most is "just ignore the bad behavior and only reward the good" I have discussed that with other moms who are potty training right now and we agree that is a load of well what should be in the toilet.


What is killing me is the first week that we switched him to big boy underwear we told him if he went two days without any accidents we would take him to Chuck-e-cheese. It took him a few days but with in that first week he went 48 hours without an accident. After we went to play he has had at least one accident every day. So I know he can do it but he just doesn't like the toilet.
I'm also amazed that if Ethan gets into trouble and is sent to time out he has an accident. I can make him go potty then put him in the corner he still has accidents. Or if we are doing something that he doesn't like he will have an accident. I think that is because if we are doing something that he loves, for example if we are at the park, and he has an accident we leave.

I guess I just want to know what will help he understand that he has no option but to use the toilet?

Tractor day!

I was right Friday was just a fluke. This morning the boys were very cranky and just not interested in learning about tractors. Last week Preston went down to one nap time but I think today he is going to have two again. He keeps laying on the floor and just looks miserable. I got Ethan to do one of the activities but that was it.

The boys were in a much better mood this afternoon. I still couldn't get them interested in the lessons today. So we did other activities like sorting, playing with play-doh, coloring, and playing games.

I did realize that Preston turned eighteen months yesterday. So it is time to start really working with him on the toilet now too. Hopefully it will go a lot easier then it is going with Ethan. 

Another adventure in potty training.

Ethan woke up in the middle of the night and I believe that he actually used the toilet and then got into bed with Josh and I. He got up in the morning and went. He was doing great till we got to my parent's home. Ethan was asleep and when he woke up he was a little damp. Then later in the day he told me that he needed to go and went number 1 but was needing to go number 2. I needed to go myself so I was trying to get another adult in the bathroom. I didn't get but just a couple of feet out of the bathroom door and Ethan closed it. I was able to rush back in before he locked. He got back on the toilet and finished his business. When I was walking out of the bathroom was when I noticed he peed on the bathroom door during those two seconds that I was out of the bathroom. Then later in the day my mom and Ethan was playing then he laid down and said he need to go. She rushed him to the restroom and he peed on her leg as she was carrying him. While she was dealing with Ethan I was changing Preston near where Ethan had laid down and discovered a wet spot on the floor. *sigh*

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A thinking day

The morning started off with all of us over sleeping. The boys just weren't moving very quickly. When they finished breakfast we should have already have been loaded up and headed to church. So we decided that we will try next weekend. Then we just got ready to head to my parents home. I should take a moment to mention in our bedroom we have a clock that automatically sync the time. So while I was fixing my hair and make up I was amazed how well we were progressing. I was the last one to get ready to leave. So the boys had to pick up the toys they were playing with then we headed down and Josh commented that it was one o'clock already. I was shocked because I swore the clock had just said noon but maybe I had miss read it or it really took the boys an hour to pick up. Then I was surprised my mom hadn't called to check on where we were at. It wasn't until we were on our way to my parents house that I realized that the time changed happened last night. I wasn't even aware it was this weekend. So we did wake up early enough to go to church but just didn't realize it.

It was a fun day over at my parents home.


For those of you who don't know NASCAR was in DFW today. My dad watched the race today and we were discussing about when I used to race. It made me start thinking how different my life is then it was four years ago. I was single and really didn't think that I would ever get married or have kids let alone be a stay at home mom. I've decided that there are some things that I need to do differently.

Last week we watched a reality tv show where the couple were meeting with an estate lawyer and discussed what they need to do set up a will. Josh and I had talked about who we would take the boys if anything ever happened to us. We had decided to reevaluate if our feeling have changed or if we are still keeping with our original decision. We came up with the same answer that we did the first time. It is just tough because no matter what we decide we know that if something really did happen to us that nobody would raise the boys exactly the way that we would.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Play date!

So we meet up with Ethan's little girl friend from swimming at Tin Star for lunch. After we finished eating the other mom took me to Color Me Mine. We signed up the kids for a Paint Me Story class. Apparently they read a story then do a ceramic piece that correlates with the story. They had several examples of previous classes. They were so adorable. What I'm exited about is on Mondays they have a mommy and me class. So we might have to check that out one week.
Then we headed to Sci-Tech discovery center. I was so excited to finally get there. I was actually expecting it to be much larger then what it was. But the kids really enjoyed themselves. The adults all had a great time too. They did a nitrogen demonstration that was really neat but my boys weren't interested so I had to watch from the other room.
Really I didn't beat Dad that hard!

If anyone knows where I can buy this magnets please let me know.
Then we all headed for cupcakes at Dimples. Yummy!! Yummy!! Cupcakes that just melt in your mouth. Since we met up with Ethan's girl friend when he normally goes down for a nap and we were stopping for cupcakes five hours later, Ethan was starting to get cranky because he was so tired. After the cupcake we decided to call it a day and headed home. Both boys feel asleep on the way home. Preston continued to sleep once we got home but Ethan refused to sleep any longer. However Preston didn't sleep long. So we had dinner and the boys were ready for bed.

Tomorrow we are going to start our search for a church family. I really hope to find a place that also has a preschool, a mother's day out program, or both. Then again that isn't the most important part of going to church it would just be nice.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Another week is over..

The morning started off very lovely. The boys were in great moods. Preston loves sitting on the toilet. Now if he will just let me know when he really needs to go but I figure right now he is interested so I'm going to let him try to use it but I'm not going to be getting rid of the diapers anytime soon. The boys where very eager about today's lessons where they learned about pigs. The morning just flew by. Nap time was strangely easy, both boys were a sleep by 12:45.

So I had some extra time on my hands I prepared dinner and cranked up the crock pot while the boys were sleeping. I have to say how much I love crock pot liners! Seriously clean up from dinner took ten minutes. Sorry I got a little ahead of myself. Ethan woke up and had an accident in his bed. So after I brought the kids down I had to put everything in the wash machine when I came out the room was eerily quite. Which put me into an almost panic because when my boys are quite that means they are getting into something that they shouldn't be.
Why are you freaking mom we are just chilling.
We spent most of the afternoon playing with balls outside. 





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Dinner was ready when Josh walked in the door. Like I said clean up only took a few minutes so we had the whole evening to play with the kids. Preston went down a little early because he was starting to be super cranky. Ethan and Josh curled up on the couch and watched a movie. I didn't get any pictures of them being super cute because someone would move. Ethan was a sleep for the night by 9:30. So that gave Josh and I time to chill.
Overall, today was the least stressful day that I've had being home. I don't know if the boys are giving me a false sense of accomplishment or if I'm actually getting comfortable being home. Then again I'm reading a book that I think is helping too called Child Sense by Priscilla J. Dunstan.
It looks like tomorrow the boys are going to have a play date.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Field trip day!

This morning I was woken up to Ethan telling me that he had an accident in his bed. He had already gotten a new pair of underwear,also Ethan put his dirty underwear and bottoms in the bathroom. *sigh* Then Korri called saying that she had some errands this morning and wasn't going to be over till after ten. Which was fine because Sci-Tech Discovery Center doesn't open till ten. So I took the extra time to do today's lesson which was about planting seeds. Preston

Korri still wasn't over by eleven and the kids were starting to get hungry so I had given up on going to the Sci-Tech today. Korri came over at 11:30 so we finished lunch and put the boys down for their naps. It was great to have time just to chat with Korri.

Korri headed out when the boys woke up from their naps. This after noon Preston figured out how to get out of his clothing. So he was a naked boy till I was able to get his clothing back on.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A "lazy" day?

So this morning I woke up to Josh letting me know that both boys are up and he needs help. I get up and going and all the boys headed down stairs. So I took the opportunity to do some picking up while I had the floor to myself. That is when I a dirty pair of Ethan's underwear that needed washed out. His bed was stripped. So I put on new sheets. Now I knew why Josh needed help. Then Josh starts asking if I'm ever going to come down stairs. I was eventually going to get there but I decided to kick in to high gear. I got down stairs and was greeted by a foul smell that notified me that Preston was in need of a new diaper. An hour later I realized that Josh never came down from upstairs so I went on a rescue mission. Turns out that his stomach was upset and he couldn't get off the toilet. Finally Josh's tummy settled down enough for him to head to work. Whatever had his stomach upset seems to have affected the boys as well. I can't tell you how many time Ethan went to the restroom, had accidents, and Preston needed change this morning. Somehow we were able to stay on track and do the daily lessons.


Today we learned about eggs and chickens. It was cute watching the boys "hatch" out of blankets.

On a normal evening Ethan will fight going to sleep, however today it was Preston that wasn't interested in sleeping. He was laying in bed taking his pajama bottoms on and off. At one point Ethan told me that he was tired and wanted to go to sleep but Preston was being to loud. Hopefully this won't be a new normal.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Skipped swimming.

So this morning started off early. My dad had a conference in Frisco today. So my mom rode with him so she could spend the day with the boys and me. We had decided that it would be the perfect day to find a tux for Ethan for the wedding that he is going to be a ring bearer in.
And for my next trick...
Then we had a nice lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings then headed back home. My mom and I tried to put he boys down for a nap. Preston was all about the nap. Ethan wasn't interested in nap time. After the convention my parents headed home. I tried to do the lessons for today but the boys had been strapped in their car seats or strollers for most the day they just wanted to run around. Josh and I decided that it was a good night to stay home. Then I was checking the ads from Sunday and saw that a near by furniture was having a sale. I am looking for a wardrobe or an armoire for the kids playroom to store their toys and crafts. However the store didn't carry either. So picked up dinner and came home. The boys went to bed with minimal fussiness.