Archive for January, 2010

This year, Travis and I gave each other “date presents”.  While we didn’t plan to do this, I think we both realized how much crazier life has gotten with our two kids and the need to get out by ourselves and do something fun together.  He gave me tickets to White Christmas at the Fox, which we did a few days before Christmas.  I bought him tickets to the Oklahoma State vs. Mizzou basketball game, which just happened to be yesterday!

After leaving the kiddies in the very capable hands of my parents, we headed for Columbia.  We love getting back to Columbia.  Not only was it a great college town, it also was the place where we met and holds lots of fun memories of the time we spent there (although we were never dating while we were in college…we just spent a ton of time together with our group of mutual friends).  The game was a blast!  I was kind of worried about the seats I’d purchased…they were all the way at the top, second row to the back!  I know, I’m cheap.  But much to our surprise, they were great seats!  We had a great side-view of the court and were still close enough to read the names on the backs of the jerseys.  The game was very exciting.  OSU is a great team and kept the game exciting the whole time.  We had a blast watching the action of the game but also had some laughs thanks to our seat-neighbors.  The row in front of us contained three OSU fans who seemed to think that yelling “Learn the basics” was a very clever line, even though our team remained in the lead the entire time.  Behind us sat a man Travis and I named “Coach”.  You know the type.  He definitely felt that he should have been hired as the coach for Mizzou because he knew ALL the right plays.  At first it was annoying…then we found it downright funny.  Overall, the game was great.  And it helped that we managed to pull out a nice victory!

After the game, Trav and I hit up Shakespeare’s Pizza.  We love Shakespeare’s.  There’s really not a pizza that can beat it, in our opinion.  Here’s Trav getting ready to consume a slice and looking rather scary.

It was a wonderful date-day!  There’s something extremely refreshing about having a day away with your husband.  I missed the kids, but we enjoyed remembering what it was like to have a roadtrip with just the two of us.  Anyway, while we were gone the kids were having a blast with Mimi and Grandad at Build-a-Bear!  Owen had a great time, um, flashing the bear-stuffer.  Interesting.

The final product…Batbear.  Owen’s on a huge Batman kick so it didn’t surprise us in the least that he chose to have his bear dress as Batman.  My mom said that Owen had some very definite opinions about what color his bear should be (he chose a black bear), what sound his bear should make (it has a heartbeat), and what it should wear (he chose the Batman outfit over Star Wars and the Mizzou basketball player!).  Here he is holding onto Batbear:

Thanks for hanging out with our kids all day yesterday, Mom and Dad!  They had a blast.  We had a blast.  I hope you had a blast, too!


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we’re running out of toys…

In Owen’s “poop on the potty incentive bag”, that is.  This means that we have had SUCCESS quite a bit lately! 

Ever since Owen’s little 4o minute tantrum in the bathroom involving the changing of his own clothes after an “accident”, he’s been all about pooping in the potty. 

There are 5 toys left in the bag.  I’m curious to see how he responds when the toys are gone.  I’m brainstorming where to go next if he freaks out about this and wants to revert back to his “I’m too busy to bother with pooping on the potty” days. 

We shall see. 

And because I don’t like to do posts without pictures, here’s a cute one of Molly.  I know this post has nothing to do with her, but poor thing, she’s been somewhat ignored during this whole potty-training nightmare.

Anyway, there’s the potty training update.  That’s all for now!

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turning a corner?

Yesterday we reached an all-time low…that was followed by an all-time high.  This is more potty talk so if you’re not interested, tune out now.

We’d been going on for a while with Owen asking for a diaper when he had to poop.  This was fine.  Not great, but I was okay with this lasting for a while.  Then Owen decided that he didn’t want to trouble himself or me with having to put on a diaper…he’d rather just go in his big boy pants.  I have come to the conclusion that there are two reasons he was doing this.  One:  He didn’t want to have to stop playing to go ask for a diaper.  Two:  He often poops his pants when I am spending time with Molly because he knows this act gets my attention (and often my anger).  Yesterday, after a particularly rough morning, Owen pooped his big boy pants while I was feeding Molly.  Rather than getting upset with him like I have in the past (which is negative attention, but attention all the same…something Owen wants), I took him in the bathroom and told him that there’s a new plan.  If he’s choosing to poop his big boy pants instead of using the toilet or asking for a diaper, I will clean him up but he is responsible for putting on a new pair of underwear and pants.  For some kids this may not be a big deal.  But for Owen, this is HUGE.  He HATES getting himself dressed and undressed.  He avoids this at all costs and our attempts at getting him to do this have resulted in many tantrums.  Daily.  Anyway, after cleaning him up, I brought him some new underwear and pants and told him that he needed to get himself dressed and when he was done he could come out and we’d eat lunch together.

Then the fun began.  He spent 40 minutes in the bathroom screaming, throwing himself on the floor, into walls, and yelling NO!!  I kept going back to check on him, each time seeing that he was still sitting on the floor of the bathroom pants-less.  Each time I’d see this, I would simply say in a very nonchalant sort of way, “Oh man, it looks like you still have some work to do.  Let me know when you’re finished.”  Finally he must have gotten tired of screaming and decided that the only way out was to try to get himself dressed.  Once he got dressed I explained again that this would happen each time he decided to poop his big boy pants instead of using his diaper or the toilet. 

Fast forward 5 hours when Travis got home.  Owen became obsessed with looking in the bag of goodies that we promised he could choose from when he finally decided to poop on the potty.  He talked about these toys for about an hour and then finally told Travis that he needed to go.  After a couple of minutes…SUCCESS!  Thomas the train’s friend, Diesel, became the first toy chosen out of the bag.  Then 3o minutes later, SUCCESS!  And then we realized that our child, at the age of 2, had discovered how to work the system.  He was holding it in and going little bits at a time so that he could get a toy each time he went.  Smart kid.  We quickly explained that he doesn’t need to try to poop every time he sits on the toilet.  We explained to him that most likely he would only get one, maybe two, toys a day.  This is slowly sinking in, but he sure is motivated by those toys all of a sudden.

I was a bit scared that this was only going to be something that he wanted to do when Daddy was around, but this morning he told me he had to go and SUCCESS!  He is now the proud owner of Percy the train.  Here he is with his proudest smile and his awesome new trains clutched in his hands:

I know Owen well enough to realize that this battle is most likely not over.  Hopefully we’ve stocked the bag full enough of toys that he’ll be so used to pooping in the potty when the toys run out that he won’t want to go back.  That’s the goal.  Kids are unpredicatable…especially this one.  Only time will tell.  For now, I’ll enjoy only changing one child’s diapers!

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quick trip to columbia

Last Thursday, the kids and I hopped in the car and drove to Columbia to hang out with Abbey and her boys.  We always have a great time when we’re together, but sometimes it’s funny to me to think how long Abbey and I have been friends and how much things have changed.  We’ve been friends since 7th grade and our conversations have drastically shifted from your run-of-the-mill school gossip to discussing baby schedules and potty training.  We’ve gone from just the two of us hanging out to husbands and 2 kids each.  Crazy.  Anyway…

Molly and Henry had a great time getting to know each other.  She was very interested in his hair and tried to grab it whenever she got close enough to him.  Maybe some day she’ll have some of her own to play with…but not any time soon.

Owen and Harrison had a great time playing, too.  They are both very into trains and spent hours playing with Harrison’s train table and learning to share Percy, Thomas, Toby, Emily, Rosie, etc…  (if you’re a boy mom, you know what I’m talking about)

This next picture cracks me up.  We tried to get a good pic of all four together.  Maybe Abbey got a better picture than I did, but this one looks like they’re conspiring about how to gang up on the moms.  Harrison and Owen look like they’re deep in conversation, and Molly looks like she’s up for whatever.  Nothing like a toddler pow-wow. 

We had fun visiting Abbey and her kids, but I hope she’ll invite us back…Molly decided that screaming for 2 hours straight at bedtime was way more fun than sleeping, and Owen discovered the fun of playing with the contents of his diaper when he was supposed to be sleeping (that’s all the detail I’ll go into…it was horrible and Abbey is a VERY good friend).  I’m continuing to learn that you should never say never in regards to your child…

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Of course you do! But first, an I’m-not-really-an-irresponsible-parent-when-it-comes-to-what-I-let-my-kids-watch note: I haven’t let Owen see all of any of the Indiana Jones movies yet. He’s got quite a few years before we’re there. However, there are a few scenes that are so full of action-packed goodness that I simply haven’t been able to resist showing them to him. And like all boys between the ages of 2-95, he can’t get enough. Literally. The boy is like a broken record asking to watch one specific scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark – the one where Indiana Jones is holding on to the front of a truck for dear life, and to avoid being smashed into another car actually goes UNDERNEATH the truck while it drives on. It’s easily one of if not the best stunt in film history. In case you’ve forgotten this scene or by some cultural injustice not ever seen it, I’ve embedded the clip at the end of the post.

So, without further adieu, here’s a little taste of what Emily and I have been hearing almost non-stop the past few months.

And here’s the scene. It even starts with the “Truck? What truck!” line Owen referenced in the above video. I gotta say, almost 30 years later, this scene holds up as good as any action sequence ever. Forget special effects. It’s all real-life stunts. Sorry James Cameron & Avatar, you’ve got nothing on Spielberg and the real thing.

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my first etsy purchase


I had heard of Etsy but had never been there until one night when Travis was working late.  It’s a dangerous place.  I now LOVE Etsy.  I found this hat and fell in love.  Molly HAD to have it.  Turns out Christmas was right around the corner and I had an excuse.  Christmas morning came and now Molly is the proud owner of this adorable little number.  I kinda want one for myself.

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dress up

Playing dress up normally consists of costume jewelry, mommy’s high heels, and an oversized purse.  Except when you have a big brother. 

Meet Daniel Boone Molly:

And don’t forget about Indiana Jones Molly:

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