Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pee pee in the potty!

I am in the throes of potty training my almost 3 and a half year old. I've literally tried everything except the white training pants because I haven't remembered to pick them up at Wal-Mart when I've been. Those trips are few and far between with 2 kids in tow these days. I have grilled anyone I know that has recently potty-trained their child for tips or tricks that worked for them. We've tried everything from cheerios in the potty to bribes and rewards to taking away treats. One day, I put underwear on him just to see what would happen and we went through 3 pairs in 45 minutes. After that I decided that it was not going to happen that day.

Today, I decided we would try again, with a different approach. We got up, had breakfast, and put underwear on. After about 30 minutes, I sat him down on the potty and told him to not get up until he pee peed. I put the potty in front of his tv in his room, turned on Cars, and started doing things around the house. Every few minutes, I went to check on his progress, and those every few minutes turned into an hour. At that point, I decided there was no turning back. I was in it for the long haul. He was going to pee pee in that potty, or else. I didn't know what "else" would be, but dang it I'm tired of changing what seems like a grown man's diapers!

Finally, after an hour and a half of checking and hoping, waiting and nail-biting, I heard those 6 miraculous words, "Mommy, I peed in the potty!" I went running in there, so excited! I couldn't believe it when I saw that precious tablespoon of yellow liquid in the training potty! He really did it! I scooped him up with those little Elmo underoos around his ankles and we danced and shouted and celebrated! Then the tears came, because I realized that this was the last little bit of baby left of him starting to leave. It was very bittersweet. But I was so proud of my boy!

His reward was a package of Colored Goldfish crackers he had had his eye on for a couple of days that I had been using as a bargaining chip. We called his daddy and grandmother to share the happy news. We did have one accident, and he is back on the potty (for about 45 min at this point I think) to try for it again before nap time. I don't think I'll tell him I'm waiting on him to pee pee before nap time or he won't go for sure this time!

Friday, June 19, 2009

How Quickly They Learn...

Lacey was finally asleep this morning. I was trying to tackle our catch-all closet and decide if I could muster up another yard sale or not in the small amount of time she would sleep. Holt was playing "The Spectacular (or as he pronounces it, the B-tacular; I don't know why he puts a "b" in front of everything; he also says b-mote for remote) Spiderman" and was practicing making webs over Lacey's swing. I dismissed him to his room in order to lengthen her nap, hopefully. A few minutes later I had made a sweep through the house and come across some loose change, which I always donate to Holt's Disney World fund. I took it to him in his room and watched as his little face lit up with surprise. I just knew he would belt out "Thanks Ma! Mickey Mouse Money!" But instead he said, "It this for me to be quiet while Lacey's asleep?" Oh how quicly they learn...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Easy Enchiladas

I made the best enchiladas the other night and it was so easy.

You will need:
1lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
4 large flour tortillas (9 inch maybe? they were big)
1 can enchilada sauce (the red kind)
1 (2-cup) package of mexican style shredded cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Brown ground beef and season with taco seasoning according to the directions on the package.
2. Stir in about 1/2 the cheese into the warm meat.
3. Separate ground beef in the pan into 4 piles. Fill the flour tortillas and place them in a square baking dish seam side down.
4. Pour the enchilada sauce over the top of the filled tortillas, and top this with the rest of the shredded cheese.
5. Bake until cheese is bubbly.

It would probably be even better if you stirred a can of Rotel into the meat when you stir in the cheese. I'm going to try that next time. I served this with some Mexican Rice. It was easy, quick, and tasty, and Ryan really liked it!


Well, here's my first post. Mom has been on me to start blogging so here goes. Today, we went on a little adventure to the library. They have story time every Friday at 10am during the summer. I tried my best to feed Lacey before we left, but she wouldn't have it. She is getting a little mind of her own these days. We get to the library, and Holt looks to be the youngest one, besides Lacey. There's about 10 kids. And guess who the presenter is! The park ranger featuring his (non-poisonous) snake. Oh joy. I hate snakes. Holt goes and pushes his way between 2 kids on the front row. He is mesmerized! The poor park ranger looked to be about 21-22, and Holt just stands up in the middle of his presentation and announces that he is going to name the snake Lightning McQueen. Of course, everyone snickers because this is so cute, but I know there's more to come. He sits down after the first outburst, and the ranger starts talking again. After a few sentences, Holt stands up again and asks where the snake's mommy is. The ranger fumbles through some answer, like "Oh well, she is, uh well," and Holt interrupts again and starts talking about the snake nonsensically. I intervene by sitting down on the floor with him, with Lacey in my lap. That lasts for about 10 minutes, long enough for the ranger to get through his part of the spill and ask for questions. Holt is restless by this time, and guess who's hungry now! So, we left storytime early, but Holt said all the way to the car that he had fun. I wanted to stay and let him check out a book to bring home about snakes, but maybe it's a good thing Lacey got hungry!