To make my birthday EXTRA special, fate graced me with a visit from my dear AZ pal, Amanda. She is up for her sister's wedding and was kind enough to make time for lunch with our kids. It was a blast to enjoy a Rumbi salad then watch the kids romp through the Liberty Park at high play. (See the hat? Unfortunately with my new goal to exercise every day, the hat has become a permanent fashion accessory...) Wyatt and Megan twirling round and round...
Halle and Taylor, the little monkeys!
My sweet buddy Emily - check out that grin! Lest you think I had anything to do with that, that adorable smile only came on because her favorite mommy was behind the camera making silly sounds!
Saying their goodbyes with hugs!
Now we'll have to plan a trip to San Diego to visit them in their new house...
And there's Carson, who played on the slide pretty much the entire time we were there.
Carson [so far] has been our easiest potty-trainer. In a word he has been AWESOME! He's wanted to try for a while and out of laziness I have been putting it off. But it's been very successful and we're super-proud of him! I did it the same method I did the other two (Potty-Training In a Day), where you pump drink after drink into them basically watching TV, movies, and playing games all day, sitting on the potty every 20 minutes or so. Within the first two "sittings" he seemed to have nailed it and after that point was good to tell me when he had to "go". Sure he's had a couple accidents but only like one or two a week, and now it's even less than that. Way to go, Buddy!
So excited about his WONDER PETS underwear! ----------
Hanging out on the blanket until it's time to try again... ---------- When he had completed his sticker chart, he'd earned his reward for being such a big boy: a Scooter!
A while back I was craving, BADLY BADLY CRAVING, food from Hires Big H. So I finally stopped fighting it and at the end of April gave in, taking the boys there for lunch. I love their hamburger buns! So soft and fluffy! And my favorite thing to eat there is their Hires Veggie Burger with a tall frosty glass of Root Beer. I was even a good girl and didn't order onion rings for myself.
So with some preparation, he delivered a great lesson
on the symbolism of the Sacrament.
Carson couldn't be left out, so he led the music while we sang Wyatt and I worked together and wrote down his lesson. Here he is reading it--we were so proud of him! He did a fabulous job and was so adorable when he'd ask questions. In that patronizing, "Can anyone tell me...?" and if you knew the answer, "Thaaaaaat's right! Good job, Daddy!"
This was yesterday's project: Behavior Pockets. I made it in an attempt to curb the yelling, sassing, whining, and negativity that has been present in our home a little too much lately. Anytime the kids are demonstrating poor behavior, their stick gets moved to a pocket to the right. If they get to a red pocket, they begin to lose privileges. If the kids can go two weeks without getting two reds, we do a family activity, such as getting ice cream or going for a family bike ride, etc. So far it seems to be working. If nothing else it gives me something to fall back on rather than resorting to red-faced high volume or threats of eminent death. ;) And a big shout out to my pal, Margaret, for letting me borrow HER idea in the first place and helping me with the details!