Monday, February 23, 2009

I Think We Did It - Warning: potty talk

I am a lucky mom. For all three children I have dreaded potty training and so far (cross my fingers) it has always been a cinch. Lucky, I know. Kate potty trained herself at 2 1/2 (really, I hardly had anything to do with it). She had a total of 1 wet accident in the first two weeks of training. I waited a bit longer with Parker, he was just over three and we only had to throw one pair of underwear away. I don't do the nasty rinse them out in the toilet thing and then wash them. Gross. And I figure if I waste $1.50 on a pair of underwear who really cares. It is worth not gagging as I swish swish.

Maggie and I started the process last Tuesday. I had to change a nasty diaper that morning and just decided that I had had enough. She was two at the end of November and I figured she could handle it. Also, our next baby will be born this summer and I wanted to make sure we weren't doing this anywhere near that time. So far so good. We have only thrown away one pair of panties and she hasn't had an accident in three days. :) Three nights ago she told me she didn't want to wear a diaper to bed and she has been dry the last three mornings. Am I the luckiest or what? I hear horror stories from my friends and I have to say I am so glad that we haven't had those problems. 

So, I am sorry to those of you who struggle with this whole thing (but maybe you don't have permanent marker on you new piano). I am going to have to remember to be thankful for this in my prayers. 

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Snowmass, CO

Ben & Bridget
Jen, Tori, Garrett, Cami
Jason, Nick, Heidi
Grandpa & some of his Great Grandchildren
Tori, Nick, Garrett, Kate, Cami
Matt, Kate & Amber
Heidi, Jason, Amber, Jen, Ann, Grandpa, Bridget, Ruben, Kathy
Cards, our nightly ritual...which can sometimes get ugly
Grandma, Amber, Kathy, Grandpa, Chelsea, Jen
Grandma & Grandpa Miller
I've been lucky enough to be in a family that takes AWESOME vacations. Our yearly trip to Snowmass, CO is the highlight of our year. Our kids get to start coming on this trip when the are seven, so this is Kate's third year. And Parker will get to join us next year.  Waiting until they are seven builds the anticipation and makes them feel very lucky to be able to come. It was the same for me when I was seven. Here are some pictures from the week.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I Can Guarantee...

If Maggie is silent I can guarantee you that she has:

1) climbed up on the kitchen bar, gotten into the cupboard, unpackaged and eaten an entire pack of gum. (just this morning)

2) found a pen, pencil or crayon and colored on something she is not supposed to, i.e. the piano with permanent marker, the walls down the stairs with yellow highlighter, the cabinet with ball point pen, or herself with any of the writing instruments above.

3) climbed on the bathroom counter and unloaded the entire medicine cabinet. 

4) climbed on the top bunk (Kate's bed) and found Kate's stash of lip gloss. The evidence is left all over her body  and on Kate's bed.

5) reached into the top drawer of our bathroom (which she can't see into), found my mascara and gave herself two black eyes with it. 

I swear I watch her, but she is sneaky. And I have a hard time being mad about any of it. Her response to me catching her with the gum this morning was , "Just one piece Mom?" There were 10 pieces unwrapped.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


This is not a news flash or anything, but I am not a computer genius.  And I have a HUGE problem.  We have an external hard drive that is dying. I'm kind of ticked since it is only six months old, regardless it is failing. And it has 5 years of pictures on it!!!! Which is about 10,000 pictures, of which I only have the year 2008 on my computer. Anyone know a genius who wants to help me? Since the starting rate to send this baby in for data recovery is $695.00 (and this was the cheapest I found, Apple referred me to a company that's starting rate was $1700.00), I thought I would try this route first. Connections anyone?