Friday, October 30, 2009
I have decided these capes are a hug from GRANDMA MARLYS in heaven!
My Mom on the run, running late for daycare in the AM as usual, in the purse camara photography isn't nearly as good as what Mark would snap. Sorry!!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Both Marly and Dean have had many dry days at day care, and spend time at daycare and home in underwear only. We have plenty of accidents, and plenty of "half way" incidents, but they are trying and succeeding plenty. Actually, since last week... Dean is kind of putting Marly to shame with his successes.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Photo above is before leaving for the event. We parked at the nearby junior high. Much to the delight of one elephant and one giraffe, we rode a SCHOOL BUS to the nature center.
Grandpa posing with the Twinners.
Friday, October 16, 2009
This Monday we decided to give training an honest go. I felt maybe... maybe. I was also succumbing to peer pressure from MYSELF. Everywhere I went, I felt like someone was talking about training kids younger then my own. Marly and Dean are over 2 1/2. I guess I just needed to be able to say I was trying too. Gretchen asked me if I thought anybody but me cared, or even noticed. I don't think you all are judging me, but what if you are??? There is the 'Anxiety in Andrea' rearing her head. Plus, I also know I would probably go about this or use a different method if I stayed home with them.
Both Mark and I had the day off Monday, so when the kids got up, I told them they were going to try and go on the potty chair. Next I played the 'Elmo Potty Time' video for them, and we ate breakfast. We tried the potty chair again, and they got to pick out underpants to wear. We proceeded to put them on the potty chair to "try" every 20 minutes. They get to pick a sticker and get one jelly bean/M&M for any success (along with a LOT of cheers and praise). We put on Pull Ups and went to run errands. Both Marly and Dean peed on the potty after getting their hair cut AND at Panera where we had lunch! YEAH for the Twinners. Back at home they put on underwear again, and we changed clothes when necessary.
On Tuesday, the Twinners went to day care in Pull Ups. It went okay. Since then, Dean has rebelled. He does NOT want to sit on the potty, he protests wildly, but he does want a sticker when he sees Marly get her "treats". At night, when Marly earns a sticker... Dean will then go sit on the potty for - I kid you NOT - 20 minutes!!! He doesn't want to get off, but he doesn't GO!
So there you have it. Marly is maybe getting it. She even asked to go potty on Thursday morning, but did poop in her bright pink underwear that evening. Dean is on HOLD! We are not parents who are into a fight or battle. I chatted with Daycare Cindy with 20 years experience, and she agreed. We would rather just wait.
The long and the short of it is, there is plenty of laundry to be done.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Here is Marly and Dean on Tuesday morning. I dropped them off at daycare, then returned home to catch a cab to the airport.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Heres' how it works - once we suburbanites arrive at the orchard, mom's and dad's park their crossovers, SUV's and mini vans in the grassy lot, unload our tots, and head to the hay piles, goats and chickens, pumpkins, tractor and pony rides, and of course the apple trees. All the while, our fancy digital cameras are around our neck, ready to capture those quintessential family moments.
Naturally, the apple orchard owners have plenty of staged photo opportunities to meet our blogging and scrape booking needs...
Here are a few more photos for you to enjoy of our day!
Happy Picking in 2009. See you in 2010!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday Mark cruised up to Lindstrom to clear a few more tubs from his parents house. Here is what we discovered!!! It was like gift opening all over again!
Ohhh... those white fizz dott serving platters from Crate and Barrel (near the back). We were wondering if we would still love them!
Umm - Do you think three brand new cake pans is enough for someone who doesn't bake?Marly found a true prize! One of my old barbies, along with doll clothes, and a dolly baby blanket my mom had made. Next to her feet is the box of Melberg/Nelson family silver.