Potty Training sucks! So just as I'm thinking that Charity is completely potty trained and we won't have any more problems, she decides she doesn't want to be potty trained anymore!!! What!?! It was to the point she wasn't even asking for her treat after going on the potty and now she's only going on the potty like once a day. I guess I'm gonna need to kick up the praise and rewards again :( grrrr....
I'm so proud of my brother. I just found out that he is starting college this week! He has been saying for a couple of years he wanted to go but he's finally gone and done it. I just had to share. I am so proud of my brother!!!
So, today was our "play day". I've decided that every Tuesday will be our play day where we go to the park, do a play date, just do fun stuff all day. I think it should be good for us :) This morning we went to the park with Tiffany, Alex, Ginny, James and Violet. We also ran into some other friends there. It was a lot of fun. Then Tiffany and us went swimming this afternoon :) Overall it was a really good day. Oh, at swimming Charity LOVES the slide so we must have gone on it atleast a dozen times. She's too little to ride it by herself so she has to ride on my lap to go down but she wanted to ride it by herself. lol. We got into several disagreements at the top of the slide about whether she could go down by herself or not a couple of times she tried and I barely got her before she pushed off. lol. Silly, silly girl!
4 weeks! And we are done potty training! That's right, she's even pooping in the potty now. We had a breakthrough over the weekend!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so proud of my big girl. Ahh, I don't mind not changing her diaper anymore but how it only serves to remind me that my little girl is getting bigger! And her baby sister is just following along right behind her! Danielle is already trying to sit up and wants to pay attention to the world. And she can roll over already! In fact, she likes to sleep on her tummy silly girl. although the other day when I set her on the floor, she rolled over and just started looking around with such a huge grin on her face. You could just tell how she was so proud of herself. Atleast she doesn't roll over and sleep on her tummy at night but oh how quick they grow!
Yesterday Charity, Danielle, Grandpa and I went to Hogle Zoo (pictures to come). It was so much fun! I must admit, I think I love going to the zoo almost as much as Charity does. But, boy does it wear you out! Charity ended up falling asleep in the car on the way home (a little after 6) and I thought I was in for a long night... But nope, she actually stayed asleep and didn't get up this morning until about 8:30! WOW, it's been a long time since she's done anything like that. But, she hasn't been sleeping as well lately so I'm sure it was just a combination of that catching up with her and being worn out from walking around the zoo for five hours. Seriously, she hardly rode in the stroller at all, she walked and played pretty much the whole time we were there!
And she absolutely LOVED the carousel. It was the first time she's been on it and she loved it. So, from now on I think we're just going to have to alternate, one time carousel, one time train or something! I let her ride it twice because she liked it so much and cuz I had gotten 2 tickets so I could take her once and grandpa could take her once, although he ended up opting to sit with Danielle both times. The first time she rode the leopard and the second time she rode the giraffe. She likes the giraffes a lot. She got really upset when we were looking at the giraffes because I wouldn't let her get in with them! I heard "Mommy, want to touch the giraffe" over and over again. Then she got upset again once it was time to move on to look at something else! Oh, and she actually touched the big elephant sculpture this time! She was afraid of it last time and initially this time but it seems she is getting over that. Yay! for Charity! I think we're going to have to go again real soon.
I made a deal with her, after she has pooped on the potty 2x we'll go swimming and after she's pooped on the potty 5x we'll go to the zoo again. Hopefully this is enough motivation to get her pooping on the potty! Cuz she pooped 3x this morning and it would have been so much easier on me if it was in the potty! She's doing great with the potty training, in fact I think she is pretty much there except for the pooping, her last pee accident was a week ago and it had been like a week before that! I've got her in panties full time now (even at bedtime). Dennis didn't want to put her in panties at bedtime yet but I insisted and she's doing great! I told him to why use that if it was needed so we tried it for a few nights and she did good :)
I did disapoint dear Dennis though this weekend. He got me the Breaking Dawn book for our anniversary (the fourth book in the twilight series). but little did he know I had bought it earlier in the week, and finished it already! He found my copy on the couch thursday night and thought I'd found where he'd stashed my present and snuck it out! lol. Poor guy, he was disappointed he didn't get to give it to me. But the good thing is that he was planning on giving it to me on our anniversary and I would have been obsessed with reading it which would have completely ruined the weekend for us so it all evened out in the end!
So, we just celebrated our 6th Anniversary last friday (the 8th). It was a lot of fun. Thursday night we went on a date and then we went to a hotel (I rented one here in town) and then all day Thursday we played Zelda: Twilight Princess (for the wii). It was soo much fun. And it was nice to be able to play without a 2-year old distraction ;) She's a really good girl, but she likes a lot of attention and makes it hard to play! We took her swimming at the hotel friday night as well. It didn't last very long though cuz the pool was COLD. She enjoyed it anyway though. I may have to take her swimming again this week. We will see. Oh, the hotel we stayed at had a hot complimentary breakfast. It was fabulous. They had pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, omelots (to order), bacon, sausage, muffins, bagels, pastries, fruit, yogurt and more. It was really good. The only bad parts were thursday night we didn't get to leave for our date until really late cuz Dennis' dad wasn't feeling well and we ended up asking our neighbors to watch Charity that night so it took some time figuring all that out and then Saturday morning Dennis and I both woke up not feeling well! We had upset tummies for most of Saturday :( But luckily we got over it by this morning. Other than that, it was great. Oh, except that we both still feel like we didn't get enough time together but ofcourse we never can get enough time together so that's no surprise. Maybe we'll try to go out and have a date night this friday since it didn't work out that well last week... hmm... we shall see.
I saw this on another blog and it looked like fun. So here goes
Have Done Haven't Done
Touched an iceberg Slept under the stars Been a part of a hockey fight Changed a baby's diaper Watched a meteor shower Given more than you can afford to charity Swam with wild dolphins Climbed a mountain Held a tarantula Said "I love you" and meant it Bungee jumped Visited Paris Watched a lightning storm at sea Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise Seen the Northern Lights Gone to a huge sports game Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty Grown and eaten your own vegetables Looked up at the night sky through a telescope Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment Had a pillow fight Bet on a winning horse Taken a sick day when you're not ill Built a snow fort Held a lamb Gone skinny dipping Taken an ice cold bath Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar Seen a total eclipse Ridden a roller coaster Hit a home run Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking Adopted an accent for fun Visited the birthplace of your ancestors Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment Loved your job 90% of the time Had enough money to be truly satisfied Watched wild whales Gone rock climbing Gone on a midnight walk on the beach Gone sky diving Visited Ireland Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant Visited India Bench-pressed your own weight Milked a cow Alphabetized your personal files Ever worn a superhero costume Sung karaoke Lounged around in bed all day Gone scuba diving Kissed in the rain Played in the mud Gone to a drive-in theater Done something you should regret, but don't Visited the Great Wall of China Started a business Taken a martial arts class Been in a movie Gone without food for 3 days Made cookies from scratch Won first prize in a costume contest Got flowers for no reason Been in a combat zone Spoken more than one language fluently Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone Bounced a check Read - and understood - your credit report Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy Found out something significant that your ancestors did Called or written your Congress person Picked up and moved to another city to just start over Walked the Golden Gate Bridge Helped an animal give birth Been fired or laid off from a job Won money Broken a bone Ridden a motorcycle Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days Eaten sushi Had your picture in the newspaper Read The Bible cover to cover Changed some one's mind about something you care deeply about Gotten someone fired for their actions Gone back to school Changed your name Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands Eaten fried green tomatoes Read The Iliad Taught yourself an art from scratch Killed and prepared an animal for eating Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language Been elected to public office Thought to yourself that you're living your dream Had to put someone you love into hospice care Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you Had a booth at a street fair Dyed your hair Been a DJ Rocked a baby to sleep Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four Raked your carpet Brought out the best in people Brought out the worst in people Worn a mood ring Ridden a horse Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe Buried a child Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play Been inside the pyramids Shot a basketball into a basket Danced at a disco Played in a band Shot a bird Gone to an arboretum Tutored someone Ridden a train Brought an old fad back into style Eaten caviar Let a salesman talk you into something you didn't need Ridden a giraffe or elephant Published a book Pieced a quilt Lived in an historic place Acted in a play or performed on a stage Asked for a raise Made a hole-in-one Gone deep sea fishing Gone roller skating Run a marathon Learned to surf Invented something Flown first class Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite Flown in a helicopter Visited Africa Sang a solo Gone spelunking Learned how to take a compliment Written a love-story Seen Michelangelo's David Had your portrait painted Written a fan letter Spent the night in something haunted Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane Ran away Learned to juggle Been a boss Sat on a jury Lied about your weight Gone on a diet Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget Written a poem Carried your lunch in a lunchbox Gotten food poisoning Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission Hiked the Grand Canyon Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks Gone to the opera Gotten a letter from someone famous Worn knickers Ridden in a limousine Attended the Olympics Can hula or waltz Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books Been stuck in an elevator Had a revelatory dream Thought you might crash in an airplane Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert Saved someone's life Eaten raw whale Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint Laughed till your side hurt Straddled the equator Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing Gone to a Shakespeare Festival Sent a message in a bottle Spent the night in a hostel Been a cashier Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt Joined a union Donated blood or plasma Built a campfire Kept a blog Had hives Worn custom made shoes or boots Made a PowerPoint presentation Taken a Hunter's Safety Course Served at a soup kitchen Conquered the Rubik's cube (almost) Know CPR Ridden in or owned a convertible Found a long lost friend Helped solve a crime Commented on a friend's blog
So, I figured out this summer that the bushes in my yard are chokecherries. I decided I couldn't let them go to waste so tonight we ended up picking lots and lots of chokecherries and making jam. We just got done around midnight! Ok, so we didn't start until like 7 anyway but still... It was a long and tedious process. Have you ever tried to juice chokecherries!?!?!?! We had to use 3 qts just to get 4 cups of juice!!! We ended up after using 9qts of chokecherries with a dozen jars of jam (8oz) and 2 jars of syrup!!! Now, who can I share my jam with? I've gotta make sure it's good. Oh, and I am so planning on making more. Do you know how many chokecherries are still on the bushes!?! So, now who can I share my jam with? I'm gonna keep a couple for me, Tiffany gets a couple, my mom gets a couple, Laura gets one, Kim gets one, keeping one for the fair next year, keeping one for Tiffany to enter into some competition thing in Salt Lake. Guess that's about it until I get more made!