Monday, January 28, 2013

Pinterest obsession

What did we do before Pinterest? How did we eat? How did we know how to clean? How did we know what crafts to make??
These are the pressing questions of the day! :) Really, I love Pinterest!! Others complain about not doing anything with the ideas they pin but I have been on a roll! Here are a few projects we have completed...
Lego table! The mat is being held down by 3M innovation sticky tabs. Should come off with no problem.

My first turkey.... found recipe on Pinterest

Picture frame from Michael's. Spray painted. Hooks to hold decorative items (can't see these, hubby put them on the inside lip of the frame). Last but not least 3M innovation velcro strips to hold this on the door. Will post a new picture soon of the decorations in the frame.


Cute ideas on cheap decorations. Printed Valentine's day sheet & framed with existing frame. Made the banner with paper plates we had at home.

Love this sight and hope to do more projects! The food recipes have been a wonderful help as we try to eat out less. More to come about our Pinterest food ideas!
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Potty Trained



This is the type of picture that he is going to kill me for sharing! :) But it's well worth it!

We purchased potty's for Parker when he was about 18 months old. While we were in the bathroom he would sit and pretend on his potty. We never pushed the issue but we want him to be familiar with the concept.

The last week of December I decided to try some potty training tips I had learned from others.
1. We put the little potty in the living room on a towel
2. We bought new big boy underwear, Spiderman, we knew he would LOVE these
3. We set a timer for every 20 mins. The timer was set to quack like a duck so he was familiar and excited about the alarm.

He loved the idea for maybe a day. He had accidents and we were all growing frustrated. I could only keep this process up on the weekends because I wasn't ready to pass this off to daycare just yet. They were more than willing to help I just wanted to be the one to help him get there.

So fast forward to January 15, 2013 (about two weeks later). We walk into daycare and Parker sees Gabby (girl in his class) coming out of the bathroom and she is pulling up her big girl underwear. He looks at me and the director of the daycare and says, I go potty! So the director looked at me and said, well ok then, lets go potty! The director took him every hour that day. He had a diaper on (I didn't plan on him asking) that day and stayed dry most of the day. The following day we packed up 3 changes of clothes and put big boy underwear on and that was the end of the story! He has been going ever since!!

I give him all of the credit for this great accomplishment! He is 2 years and 2 months old and we are diaper free! He had a little trouble with #2 on the potty but after about week he got the hang of that and is doing great. He is even staying dry at night and at nap time. We have all been amazed at how fast he caught on and how he is sticking with it!

All diapers are gone. Changing table has been removed from his room. Aunt Whiz (Liz) now has diaper genie's, changing table pad, covers and more! The box of unopened diapers have been returned to Target. Parker has earned many cars in the last week for going #2 on the potty.

Needless to say we are so proud of Parker and now let the bathroom hunts begin!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Parker's First Real Snow Experience

video

This video and pictures were taken on December 26, 2012. This is the first real snow we have had since Parker was born and he is old enough to play in! :) He had a great time, as you can hear from his giggles in the video! :)


This is Frosty. His face and "buttons" are made of rocks. We had to get creative!
Daddy working hard and pulling Parker around the yard!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Trying to stay up to date



I like others try to do way to much. I want to have all of the pictures neatly organized so I can retrieve and post them in a timely manner. I want my life to be seamless, organized and productive. I want to be the best mom, wife and career women that I can be. I strive to everything well so it is frustrating when certain areas of my life are not meeting my expectations. I say all of this in an effort to put it out there that things are not perfect and never will be. Life would be boring if there weren't challenges and obstacles keeping us on our toes. My posts may become more random this year and more often about random topics. As Parker gets older and changes so am I and my need to share, document and vent will be come part of my blog. More sharing of my feelings, food ideas and more is what you will see. Most of you reading are family & friends. Some of you know me very well and others from a distance but I hope you will get to know and understand me more as I blog. I will be real and honest so just a heads up. Not that I haven't been in the past but most of my posts are updates on family and less about how I am feeling.

Here is to a new year and new adventures for us all!


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Catch up time!

Wow, I can't believe I am so behind... ok maybe I can. Between Thanksgiving and New Years it's just been crazy. I had time off over Christmas but everyday seemed packed with friends, family and food. It was great having the time off and to spend it with such great people! Now, it's back to reality.

Here are a few pics of December 2012 & Christmas 2012...

December 8th with baby Johanna

December 9th EnterTRAINment Junction, Cincinnati, Ohio


My sleeping cutie!



December 15th Pancakes & Santa. He would only back into Santa :)



December 16th Main Library Fun Day :)
First time going to the Columbus Public Main Library. He loved the computers!




December 21st, Daycare Christmas Program




Decorating Cookies w.the Hix Boys


Christmas



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