Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's a Miracle!

Today... wasn't snowing,
or raining. one had a sinus infection,
the flu,
or jet lag.
Today we enjoyed seventy-six degrees and warm sunhine. The girls insisted on wearing jackets outside. When was the last time they got to play outside and didn't have to wear coats? Eventually, I was able to convince them to take off their coats.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Crib Notes

It's old news that the girls no longer sleep in cribs...the cribs I loved so much...the cribs it broke my heart to take down because it meant my little babies were becoming little girls.

Since the girls moved into toddler beds back in April, the cribs have been taking up space with a lot of other stuff in the FROG. Well, after Christmas we realized it was finally time to turn the FROG into a new {and bigger} playroom. Sadly, the cribs had to go, so on a whim I listed both cribs on Craig's List and less than a week later they were both SOLD to a sweet young couple having twins in May! Since I had just a bit of an emotional attachment to the cribs, I am so happy to know they will be slept in by another set of twins. How cool is that?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cabin Fever

Saturday was cold. My mom and I painted what is going to be the girls’ new playroom {stay tuned for pictures} and Walter installed a new disposal in the kitchen sink. We didn’t leave the house.

Sunday was colder and Walter was sick in bed the first part of the day. We didn’t leave the house.

Monday was the coldest. Sleet and freezing rain fell all day and school was closed. We didn’t leave the house.

I think we all had a case of cabin fever, though the girls were angels and played so well together all weekend. I am so ready to get out of the house {not necessarily back to the office, though the work was piling up}. A three hour delay for me today is nice and the girls’ play school has been cancelled which is fine with me because it is still freezing and damp outside.

I think the girls played with just about every toy in the house and I did loads and loads of laundry. When Walter’s office lost power yesterday and we lost cable, he stopped to get dog food, a new battery for the bathroom scale, and brought the girls the movie Cars. They couldn’t quite get interested in it, but it was getting late in the afternoon and I think they were tired. We never lost power {thank goodness} and cable came back on just in time for the big game {Walter could not have been happier}.

I hope we have warmer weather soon…or I might have to hop a plane to Arizona! ;-)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Dream a Little Deam

I think Mallory might be remembering her dreams. Earlier this week she woke up and the first thing she said to me was, "Mommy, I got taller and taller and taller..." Yesterday the first thing she said walking down the hallway was, "I don't want any hot chocolate." {Hmmm...mommy has never given her hot chocolate.}And, there was something else last week she woke up mumbling about.

When I asked her if she was dreaming about getting taller/drinking hot chocolate, she said yes, but I can't tell for sure if she really understands what dreaming is...maybe?

And...just a minute ago I went into the girls' room to put Aquaphor on Anna Claire's dry lips while she's sleeping {because she won't let me put it on when she is awake}. She stirred and without opening her eyes kept repeating, "I smell somebody."

What is going on in those little minds? What I wouldn't give...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Starting a New Semester

You may remember that back in June Potty Training 101 was cancelled. Well, last week I re~enrolled Anna Claire and I am so happy to say that she is passing with flying colors. Mallory is auditing the class, so she is not totally invested in the experience at the moment. ;-)

So, I knew I wanted to try potty training again over Christmas break…partly because I knew Anna Claire was {still} ready, partly because their teachers at play school were going to start working a little on potty training, partly because Michelle was also planning to training Dylan, and partly because our experience over the summer, brief though it was, taught me a lot and I believed that now I was ready. Potty training is a huge commitment…it’s just as much about the children being ready as it is about the parents being ready.

I am still using the basic strategies from the 3~Day Potty Training method, paired with what I like to call the "gradual release of responsibility modified model for potty training" {based on my beliefs as an educator, of course ;-)} which basically means we started out slowly…
  • we talked about wearing big girl panties and what it means to go potty a lot in the days before Christmas,
  • Anna Claire wore big girl panties from breakfast up to nap time last Wednesday and Thursday {then pull~ups the rest of the day and when sleeping ~ we are day training only},
  • Anna Claire switched to panties all day last Friday,
  • we have made several trips in the car to and from my parents house in panties,
  • Anna Claire has had only one accident since last Friday {it was Friday night; actually we all got a little preoccupied cleaning up the playroom}, and...
  • today Anna Claire wore panties to playschool with no accidents!
  • Oh, and m&m's help a lot.
We aren’t going pants~free and we don’t sit on the potty on any kind of schedule. I pretty much have just been asking Anna Claire about 6425 times a day to tell me if she has to go potty. Sometimes she says she does and we run to the potty, sometimes I see that look on her face and take her to the potty, and sometimes she just goes to use the potty all by herself and we only know about it after the fact. I know this sounds too easy. Do not worry. I have been warned about the possibility of regression and rebellion, and Mallory is living proof that not all children {even twin sisters} are ready to potty train at the same time.

Right now Mallory is wearing pull~ups during the day and a diaper at night, but we haven’t seen so much as a drop of pee~pee in the potty in weeks, though she will sit on the potty frequently and try to go. Mallory really wanted to wear big girl panties Sunday after dinner and she had three accidents in 45 minutes despite me asking her over and over if she had to go potty. She will be ready in her own time {it may be sooner, it may be later} and we are okay with that. The bottom line with Mallory is that she is so strong willed that I completely believe once she decides she wants to be potty trained, she’ll just do it and it will be done. I think she just hasn’t made up her mind yet and right now there is no convincing her otherwise. ;-)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve we played outside at Aunt Pam and Uncle Ronnie's and partied with the family.

Here's Mallory pretending to be Buzz Lightyear. She runs, jumps into the swing, and shouts "To infinity and beyond!"
Anna Claire on the tire swing...
Anna Claire and Cousin Chauncey...
 I guess they partied too hard...sacked out by 8:30 pm.

New Year's Day we ate Chauncey's leftover BBQ, collards, hoppin' john, and cornbread at Granny and Papa's. YUM! Tomorrow...back to work. Ugh!

Movie Night

A few nights ago we had a movie night with Aunt Michelle, Connor, and Dylan...we wore our jammies, had pizza for dinner, watched Polar Express, and snacked on popcorn and hot chocolate. Fun!