Thursday, April 29, 2010
It's 100 mile garage sale this weekend and I'm so EXCITED! We hit a few in this neighborhood this afternoon. Ty's really starting to get into the whole garage sale thing and enjoys looking at things. Fortunatly he's really good with the word "No". And doesn't throw a fit when he asks for something and I say no. Deke doesn't ask for anything yet, but he'll be the one that'll be pitching a fit.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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Sunday, April 25, 2010
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Saturday, April 24, 2010
The battle of the potty is definitely leaning in Deke's direction. So far today, we have not made it to the potty once. That kid has some pretty darn amazing bladder control. He can stop it mid-stream when he's going on the floor and not get a drop out when I get him to the potty. Also, no BM today. He's held it all day long. I wonder what I'm going to wake up to tomorrow. At this point, I'm feeling pretty discouraged. I'm not sure if I should keep up the fight or admit defeat for this month and tackle it again next month. I suppose we'll see how it goes tomorrow. He seems to understand and he doesn't like getting any of it on him, but I also don't want to create an aversion to the potty. It's been very low-key so far and I really don't want to become too pushy with it. Today, he was pretty much naked all day except for when we went saling this morning and at naptime. When he had an accident, he let me know and we went to the potty and sat on it and talked about how this is where we go. I didn't get upset once, just discouraged. I even had Tyler show him how to go on his little potty. Ty's been very encouraging so far and trying to help Deacon with learning. Tomorrow is another day.
Posted by Anna at 5:47 PM
Friday, April 23, 2010
It's that time. At least, I think it is. We've picked this weekend to attempt potty training Deacon. So far, he's not been on board, but I will push on. At least until Sunday. If he's managed to outlast me, I'll shelve it until next month and then try again. He's proving tougher than Ty. Ty was overjoyed to begin this process and ran around super excited when I started it. Deke on the other hand has been his usual self and has peed on the floor at least twice and on Daddy once.
I'll keep this posted and let you know who wins the first round. Will it be Deacon or Mommy? I'd play it safe and bet on Dekey.
Posted by Anna at 5:06 PM
Monday, April 19, 2010
I'm really missing Texas right now. As much as I love Winona and the wonderful friends we have here, I miss home. It's probably because its been a whole year now since we've been back and I know that I won't be back until November. It hasn't helped that I've been doing some marketing pieces for Texas at work and so I've been looking at pictures of that wonderful state and its just making me miss it more.
Congratulations to Melanie and Chris. My sister-in-law is getting married next April (whoo hoo another trip to Texas and at my favorite time of the year to visit!) I'm super excited for them.
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Saturday, April 17, 2010
It was a gorgeous day out today. We had a morning of saling, then an oil change for the van and this evening we had some friends over to help eat some of Joel's famous ribs. When we are at the dealership getting the oil changed, the lady checking us out asked me how old Tyler was. I told her four and she said that she was wondering because he seemed to be very articulate for his age. She said you could tell we must work with him quite a bit. I almost responded with: "How would you explain this one?" and point to Deacon. Deacon has some words, but he's nowhere near as articulate as Ty was at this age, so it obviously has very little do with us.
Ty's been talking about fishing this week. He really wants Daddy to take him. He saw some fishermen in a boat on the way home and said: "Mom, you know what we should do, we should get on a houseboat and go fishing." Ever since then, he's bugged Joel every night to take him fishing.
Deacon's been his normal self terrorizing his big brother, his daddy, his mommy, the dogs. You name it and he antagonizes it. This morning he looked right at Joel and upended his drink on the chair. He did it completely on purpose. His memory for things is outstanding except for when it comes to bad behavior (or else he chooses to ignore the consequences). This morning after breakfast, he walked to the basement door and said "bike". Months ago in February, I'd let the boys ride in the basement on their bikes and I left Deacon's little trike down there. I couldn't believe that he remembered that from all that time ago. He is such a smart little boy, but as Joel says he uses his genius for evil. Just kidding.
Posted by Anna at 5:48 PM
Monday, April 12, 2010
Ty had soccer practice tonight. They actually got to play a game. He did pretty well although he was headed for the wrong goal. He figured it out before he made the shot.
I just have to brag about one of my coupon stints this weekend. I'm not a hardcore couponer, but I don't turn them down either. Hyvee had their $5.00 off if you buy 5 boxes of Kellogg cereal. They had some of this cereal on sale for $2.99 so with the $5 off that effectively reduces the cost to $1.99 and I had coupons for $1.50 off two so we're talking about $1.25 per box which is very, very good to begin with. When I checked out, I got two coupons for FREE milk (up to $4.19 value) effectively making my 5 boxes totally FREE! Love those deals and the boys go through the ceral so its always nice when its free or super cheap.
Posted by Anna at 5:03 PM
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Towards the end of the hike, we pulled Deke out of his carrier so he could walk. He was getting pretty restless by that point and Daddy's shoulders were killing him. We had walked for so long that he ended up taking a nap in the carrier through some of it. He was quite glad to get out and stretch his legs and Daddy was very happy to not have to haul him on his back anymore. Deke held onto my hand, Tyler held onto Deke's hand, and Daddy held onto Ty's hand. I so wish that there was some way I could have captured a shot of that because it would have been so cute.
I think both boys really enjoyed the hike and I'm looking forward to many more (hopefully not quite that steep though),
Posted by Anna at 6:24 PM
Some more phone pics from last summer. I took the boys up to Elba Fire Tower. It was a great hike straight up one of the bluffs. Fantastic workout. At the top is this fire tower that you can climb, but I'm not totally reckless so we didn't go up it. We just hung around the base of it. Deke was in the backpack carrier (love that thing and a steal at a garage sale for $3!). Ty climbed the steps up and down all by himself. Not the steps to the firetower (again, not totally reckless). The people who created the hike built stairs up the bluff to make it easier to climb up. On the way back down he did take a lot of breaks which I was totally okay with. Although I would have preferred them on the way up. I'm looking forward to more hikes this summer. Hopefully Deke doesn't mind the backpack carrier again because if he does that will seriously put a crimp in my hiking plans.
Posted by Anna at 12:30 PM
We did some garag saling this morning and got some really good deals. I got a pirate, spiderman, and batman costume for $5 at one. They were in excellent shape. Not that they'll stay that way with my boys, but as Joel said, that's why we shop the garage sales.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
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