Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Potty Training Sucks!!!

We are in the starting process of potty training Miss Addy trying it is. Before all of her stomach issues we had started but had to stop due to the issues. Now that we are on the down hill slope of things we are working very hard at not getting the princesses and fairies wet (panties). For the most part she is doing a great job. When it comes to number 2....not so much.

I truly believe that it is just as hard on the parents, babysitter and siblings as it is for the child to potty train. I have tried bribery, affection, suckers, tootsie rolls and now are onto stickers. We took a trip to Dollar Tree and I let her pick out her stickers. She chose Care Bears and Dora (big surprise there).

We woke up Sunday morning to a dry diaper and ran to the potty. Success. I bring out the Dora stickers to put on the chart and she had a fit....she wanted Care Bears! So out come the Care Bear stickers. Onto the chart they go. She did great all morning. She even went at church. We had an evening church ordination to go to so we left and again she went at church. I thought "Wow this is going great!" Monday morning comes, dry, to the potty we go, success! And that continued for the morning. As the afternoon started I began to clean and sort of forgot that we were potty training until Lexi hollered for me. I had started the laundry with sheets...Addy had had an explosion on the bed that had no sheets or mattress pad on it....makes for a very sad mommy. After dragging out the carpet shampooer and shampooing the mattress, I was beginning to think that going to kindergarten in diapers wasn't such a bad thing! (I know she is only 3)

The evening got better and she did good. Things are seeming to progress towards the #1 being under control....#2 not so much.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Trials of Parenting....Grounded

After a large blow out with out 11 year old she was grounded. It was the first time and it was for the entire weekend. I had a list of chores for her to complete.

In the eyes of Lexi I had ruined her life and was making her a slave. Her chores were related to her area...her bedroom, closet and the bathroom that she shares with Addy. Also included are her daily chores.

Friday evening/afternoon were not bad. She was grumpy about the whole situation but seemed to do her work. Saturday morning she went with Tyler to cut wood, which she would have done grounded or not. That was not what she had in mind. After a long talk with her daddy, she got on her boots and bibs and they were off. While they were gone I got the pleasure of laundry and cooking for a week but that is another story.

When Tyler and Lexi came home they had lunch and Lexi was back to work. And boy was she grumpy. There were several arguements and debates on morals and responsibilities. Bedtime came early. Sunday morning brought Sunday school and church.

All seemed well until we got home. I started to inspect the the jobs she was supposed to have done. Those were not done the way she was supposed to have done. Then the fight began. Needless to say she ended up doing it my way.

What I have learned from the time she is grounded I am going to my moms!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cancer Sucks...

Yesterday I heard news of my friend passing away from cancer. Cancer sucks!

Casey was a great guy. We were friends long ago.I remember being in elementary school and playing basketball and riding bikes. He had a very funny personality and a heart like none other. Though as we grew older we weren't as close as we had been it was always nice to see him.

Casey got married and had a daughter. He was diagnosed with cancer when his wife was pregnant. Together as a family they put up a couragous fight against the disease. They never lost their faith.

As Casey will be laid to rest on Wednesday there have been a bunch of friendships rekindled in his honor.

Casey, I pledge to you that we will continue to support cancer research and pray for a cure. I also will contine to pray for Christy and Jane.

Thank you for being so strong.