Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Toddler tidbits...

On Saturday Owen did his #2 business in the potty chair again. I yelled for Morgan and his mom to come look. My father-in-law did not come to visit this time and he'd been asking my MIL every time she talked to him how many pictures she'd taken. She's not real comfortable with the digital camera yet so she hadn't taken a lot. She thought it would be funny if we sent him a picture of Owen's latest "accomplishment". We did, he wrote back, "serious pile."

On Monday Owen did his 3rd #2 business in the potty before I left for work. My sister and I were talking in the living room when Owen came running through yelling "I POOPED AND PEED! I POOPED AND PEED!" He was thrilled. So we went in to see and he said, "Take a picture!" I guess that's what happens when you've photographed his first two "masterpieces"! I did not take a picture.

Yesterday while driving in the car I put the window down. Owen tends not to like having the breeze from my window and asks me to put it up. Which he did. I put down the passenger side one a bit instead. Then he asked me to put down his window. So I did. He put his hands up and said, "I like fresh air too! I blows around my hair!"

We had our last toddler class today. We will no longer be with the same children or mamas for our class next year. We are all doing something different. It was a bit of a bittersweet thing. We are planning to get together throughout the summer and then as mamas one a month. I feel very fortunate to have formed friendships with such fun and wonderful women. Next year Owen will be doing a preschool class with one other boy from the class, which I am happy about. They are a lot alike and get along well. It will be nice to have a friend in the parent class too. It's 2 day a week preschool with one day being 1/2 with me in the room and then 1/2 with me in my own class. I still feel like I need that support! And the second day will be a drop-off day! Owen will love that. But he will be disappointed that he doesn't ride the bus yet!

Owen's birthday is in six days. His birthday party is on Saturday. He will be having a couple of his friends over in addition to family. Our theme this year is Super Heroes. I am making a cape for Owen and masks for him and the other children. I don't know what else we are going to do but hopefully it will be nice out and they can play outside!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Random schtuff....

I'm not feeling like writing about any one thing in particular so I thought I'd just post some random thoughts.

Today was Owen's first accident free day since we re-started potty training last week. It's been 1 week. He did his first #2 in the potty chair. I was a big deal. Literally and figuratively. And I photographed it, mostly so I could show Morgan. And Owen showed his grandma.

Morgan's mom is visiting for a few days. We've been prepping Owen for her visit since he doesn't see her often. We showed him a picture of Morgan's parents the other night while we were talking about this. He pointed to grandpa and said, "what that name?" and I said, "that's grandpa."And Owen said, "I like him".

Today was a beautiful day. Even a bit too warm. It was 81˚ at about 7pm. It's cooled off to 69˚ now and should only be in the low 70's tomorrow. More my temp. It was great to have all the windows open while I was cleaning though. Nothing like fresh air and a good breeze to air out the house!

And for the randomest of thoughts tonight. I don't like to talk on the phone. I often don't answer the phone during the day unless I have an idea of who it might be. Or I don't answer because I DO have an idea of who it might be! I hardly ever answer during naptime. Either I'm napping too or I am getting stuff done. I am also terrible at returning calls. I tend to forget. Or put it off and then forget. Or just dont' want to do it. And it the worst with people I don't know. Like calling to get information. Or to update our insurance! I've been putting that off for like a year! Or to make appointments. I make Morgan call the handy man. He's a very nice guy. I just don't want to make the call. My favorite person to call though, is my uncle. He doesn't actually have a phone connected to his land line. So he never answers it because he can't. I just leave him messages. And if it's necessary to call back he will. But mostly I just leave him a message about what I need to (usually a family gathering) and he shows up. And I go over in my head what I'm going to say when I call someone too. Especially if I'm going to leave a message. Because I don't want to sound dumb. It takes me forever to record my greeting at work. I need to get it just right. No mistakes. There isn't a greeting for our voicemail on our landline or on my cell phone. As I've gotten older the whole phone thing has gotten worse. Or developed. I talked on the phone all the time when I was younger! But now I just prefer not too. Except certain people. Some people I don't mind talking to. It's just one of my weird quirks!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I was up before the sun!!

Thanks to Owen, I was up at about 4:30am. And being me, I was unable to go back to sleep. So I got up and finished up Owen's birthday party invitations. All 4 of them. It's going to be a small party! 4 Kids, 9 adults, and some ear plugs. I got kazoos for the kids! My mom is thrilled!

After finishing the invitations I decided it looked nice enough out to go for a walk. Or the temp was right. Since it was still dark out. Morgan hadn't yet gotten up so I told him I was going for a walk. He presumed on the treadmill and I said no, outside. He requested that I take Ludwig. Since it was still dark, or somewhat dark. Ludwig and I had a nice walk. I'm sure he would have liked to sniff and pee on more things but there was walking to do.

Now I'm drinking a nice refreshing glass of water with Bragg's apple cider vinegar in it. It's a bit...vinegary, but supposedly it's supposed to be energizing. That's what the bottle says. I heard about it from my boss. Who is always telling me about some cleansing thing. I draw the line at her latest kick though. Sauerkraut. No thank you.

Today is a busy day. We have toddler class this morning. And then I'm working this afternoon. Morgan is going to a happy hour thing after work so it will just be O and I for the evening. We will have to find something fun to do.

I went to a girlfriend's house last night to find something pretty to wear to this benefit thing I'm going to on Friday. I came home with a couple options. Both are very nice outfits. It's just that I'm unhappy with what I have to put in the clothing! Ugh!

Oh, and I have to get cracking on some cleaning. The house is a mess and Morgan's mom arrives tomorrow. Nice of Morgan to be out all night!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Potty humor...

This morning Owen and I went into the bathroom for our first of many morning potties. He on the elmo potty, me on the big potty. (If this is too much for you STOP reading! But afterall, everyone potties! And poops for that matter!) Owen goes, I go. Then he shouts, "PUT YOUR PENIS DOWN!" (From the beginning we've been encouraging him to aim down. So we tell him to put or point his penis down). Then he gets up and says, "mama, you put your penis down?" Then looks there and says, "where's your penis??" Upon determining that he didn't see one he said, "turn around. What's in the back?" (Like perhaps it was on backwards!) So I had to explain (again) that I don't have a penis. Only boys have a penis, girls don't have a penis. I didn't go into details about what girls have. Since toddlers are visual learners I'm not going to get into that discussion. Then he said, "big boys have a penis too!" Yup, all boys have a penis. Glad we cleared that up. For today at least.

Incidentally potty training is still going well. At least at home. He's not keen on the big potties at stores or church or Mimi's house. Thank goodness Mimi still had a potty chair! With a lid even. That was pretty fun for Owen. (She doesn't have my Fisher Price A frame house but she has my sister's potty chair!) Last night I bought a seat to put over the big potties. He's using it at home now. Hopefully it will work out and about too. He's getting good at holding it though. He didn't pee at all when we were at church yesterday. #2 yes. Pee, no. I still haven't figured out how to get him to do the #2 in the potty chair. He used to do it. When we first started potty training like 4 months ago. But now he won't do it.

Alright. Time to print birthday invitations. Hopefully the printer will cooperate.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Update in a list...

  • Potty training is going well! M&Ms were the key! Or that and Owen being a little more ready. But the M&Ms have taken away his resistance. He is his mommy's son!
  • One of my favorite friends was diagnosed with leukemia a few weeks ago. She is currently in the ICU battling an infection. Please keep her in your prayers.
  • Spring is finally here! Today is a rainy day but that means the grass will be greening up nicely this week.
  • We are busy planning Owen's third birthday. It will have a superhero theme. And I mean superhero in a general way since he doesn't really know who the superheros are. Except Buzz Light Year. I'm going to make him a cape! He likes to be Super Owen!
  • My MIL is coming to visit this week. Arrives Thursday and leaves Monday. I've got cleaning to do.
  • We only have 2 weeks of toddler class left. This makes me a little sad. We both look forward to class each week.
  • I gave up running. I like to run but my body (or mind) isn't ready for it right now.
  • I'm a slacker when it comes to Weight Watchers. I just can't seem to stay on track. This makes me mad. I should be able to do this. But I have so little confidence in my ability to do it. And I really love chocolate. And cheeseburgers. And potatoes of all kinds. I am not good at moderation.
  • My creativity has been waning lately. Although on Saturday I made some cute onesies for one of our pastor's son's. I have one left to finish.
  • We are starting to plan for some of our spring/summer house projects. We lost a lot of equity in the house and weren't able to refinance and take any money out so we are going to have to be creative. Thank goodness for an uncle who is a contractor and his handyman friend, who are both reliable and trustworthy. And for a neighbor who is great at tiling and likes to do it and has offered to help us!
  • Owen has been playing outside a lot with friends. The last couple of months he has turned that corner where he is learning to and likes to play with other children. It's fun to watch. He is also developing his language skills something fierce!
  • I have to find something pretty to wear for an event this Friday. I hate spending money on new clothes to fit my wide waist and butt. And being short makes it difficult to find something that looks decent. Wide and short makes it most difficult!
  • We had a great Easter. Owen was so fun to watch finding his Easter eggs outside that the Easter Bunny left. Everytime he found one he said "Oh! Look!" or something cute and surprising! I wish I'd video recorded it rather than pictures. They just don't convey the wonder and joy.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

A tag for Thursday...

Janet tagged me to do this Photo Tag. Here are the directions:

The tag how-to...
  1. Go to the photos folder on your computer.
  2. Go to the seventh folder of photos.
  3. Go to the seventh photo.
  4. Put the seventh photo on your blog along with a description.
  5. Invite seven friends to join.
I have not checked to see what is going to end up here. So here goes...

And the answer is nothing! There is no seventh photo in the seventh folder! There were only 4! I've been very lax on my photography lately. I charged the battery for my big camera last week and it sat on the dresser in our room for a week after I charged it. I just put it back in the camera today!

I've been working a lot at the mortgage office. We are very busy. We (my boss and I) have 9 loans to close next month. That's almost double what we usually do in a month. AND the entire office is swamped. We use another planner's processor and after today she wasn't taking anymore loans to process for April. So we are in a bit of bind.

And after the retreat I've just been slow on the creativity. I did get some new cuttlebug embossing folders that I've been playing with though. I love them!