Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Learning to Put on Pjs

I have been letting Emily learn to dress herself some lately. She is pretty good at sticking her feet in pants and pulling them up, so when she took off with her pajama pants the other night, I just got out the camera. "Hey Kendall, you want to wear my jammie pants on your head??"
"I know, I'll put them on daddy"

"Please Kendall" Does anyone else see the look of desperation on the dogs face??

And this is how she put them on herself...

With no help from anyone else.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

She's getting so big!

I'm amazed daily at the things Emily does. I told her to go tell her daddy lunch was ready and she went to the livign room and said "lunch" and the other day she came around the corner of the couch and exclaimed (rather loudly) "daddy sleep". And then Emily has started grabbing my hand and taking me to the changing table saying, "change diaper" so I thought we might be getting close to getting ready for potty training, and so the research began. Now for those of you that have older children or no children, you may not realize that yes, research and a lot of it was needed to select the perfect potty chair for my little girl. They may potty chairs that ask a child if they used enough toilet paper, that cheer when they used it properly, that look like they belong in a vegas casino and have bells and whistles when the child hits the jackpot, chairs that dispense stickers, sing songs and tell the child great job. Now, I wanted a potty chair that was simple. I can clap and give stickers myself and I really don't want a potty chair that gets a little humidity in the middle of the night and starts serenading us. I didnt need the potty chair to be plastered with disney princesses, elmo or dora. I wanted SIMPLE, maybe possibly so my daughter could figure out what to do with it and not have to spend ALL her time in the bathroom becuase she had a very entertaining potty chair. Ok, so the three that were left to choose from out of the hundreds that are made....Well maybe there were a few more choices, but I got narrowed down to 3. There was a frog one, retails for $13. Kid potties, you do the rest, but it does look like a frog. It had great reviews on all the websites....if you are potty training a boy. The eyes evidently are a great shield. But the eyes are in teh way for girls, so scratch that one. Then there was a simple pink one that I could go to walmart and get for about $15. It was cushioned and was pink. Ok, so check reviews. Almost every single one of them said the cushion absorbed the urine and it was hard to clean. YUCKY. Dont want absorbing urine, especially for daycare! (when in a few months I'll probably have several little girls using it). So.....that left one, $12.99 at Amazon.com. It was basic pink, can be used as a step stool (not a requirement but ok) and the seat can be taken off and put on the big toilet when she's making that transition. So I ordered 2 and they came last week. Now, remember I said we are probably getting close to potty training, not that we are there yet....

"So what now mommy?" Um....not sure about the feet in the potty. And yes, even when she is stark naked and I think she might actually pee (before her bath) this is how she wants to sit on it....maybe I have my work cut out for me!

"Hey this is pretty cool." The three year old little girl I watch told Emily all she needs to know about going potty and that when she uses it all the time that EMily can wear big girl underwear like her (ok, so this followed by the next time she went to the bathroom she came out with her pants around her ankles to show Emily big girl underwear:) Anyway, Emily has told me a couple times she needs to go potty but I think that translates to I want to play with the chair (and nope, no whistles, it just has a lid that opens and closes:)
And I dont understand pull-ups. How are they more effective than disposable diapers for training? The cloth training pants I get because if she really has to go, she probably won't hold it long enough for me to get the cover and the diaper pins off but the pull ups dont seem much different than a diaper, but I've never done this before, so I suppose we will see. I may figure out that mystery of the universe yet!
Oh, and for those of you just hoping to get my tent, sorry, it sold. To get the swingset I really want (I think I'm worse than a child wanting things on it, but I want it to be cool:) I only need about ten times the money I got for the tent. If only I had 10 more tents:) But really, we are probably going to save money for it this year and actually get it next year due to other obligations for our money this year, and so we can get what we want, not a cheap one that we will be unsatisfied with.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 Tent

I have a tent, it is a good tent, a very very good tent. It keeps you warm when it snows (been there, done that), it keeps you dry when it rains (been there done that too) and it can be completely mesh to keep you cool and allow to watch the stars (not done that it always rains:). It is a one man backpacking tent, weighing in the neighborhood of 2.2 lbs, an incredible backpacking tent. For those of you who know me, you know that I research things FULLY before making purchases such as this (you should see all the swingset research and it will probably still be a while for that!) so I found what suited me needs the best. Then I met my wonderful husband, whom I love dearly but would have to sleep on top of literally if we were to use this tent, so a two man tent is more what I need these days. Therefore as much as I hate to do it, I am attempting to sell my tent. I'm asking $150 but that might be negotiable and it does include the footprint, so send me a comment or shoot me an email if you want it. Thanks! I do have pictures of the tent but not easily accessible right now and I could always set it up and take a picture if needed.

By the way, I'll have to post some pictures soon, I've got some cute ones!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Shiny Pink Shoes

Hard at work moving chairs
Posing shes a little goofy

Putting her shoes on all by herself before our shopping trip

Sparkly pink shoes and new outfit.

Yes we even wore sparkly pink shoes with our footy jammies.(but I didnt let her sleep in them)

Posing for pictures at daycare

It is easier to go shopping and not take Emily, therefore she usually stays home and gets daddy time while Mommy runs to the store. She hadnt gone with me since a couple weeks before Thanksgiving. Well, Saturday we went shopping. We went to target and got her a toddler bedding set (it is adorable pink with owls, trees, squirrels and porcupines on it--made just for me!) because her baby blankets just werent staying on her keeping her warm enough at night. And then we went to petsmart to look at the fishies and birdies and they had kitties too. That was ok, but not too terribly exciting for her. We went to Walmart and went through the toys and she really didnt get all that excited, then we looked at the clothes, she liked those, got an outfit and dress, and then we got groceries. We went to Lowes and priced lumber for a swingset (charitable swingset fund needs established first:) and then we went to Payless Shoes. First let me say that about a month ago cousin Rebecca came over and her and Emily played with shoes. Since then Emily likes her shoes and will carry them around and want to wear them (often not a matching set but thats ok). So...a shoe store. We get there and the lady asks if she can measure her foot to see what size. I agreed, even though I knew what size I was going to buy:) Emily walked from there back to the toddler shoes and when she got there her face just lit up. And she slowly reached for a pair of shoes...looking at me to see if she would get in trouble. She got these shoes and wanted to put them on. I got her size and let her and she strutted back and forth in front of the floor length mirror in these sparkly pink shoes. Yes, we are now the proud owners of sparkly pink shoes that she even got to wear home from the store. Silly little girl! We did get the dress shoes mommy wanted too, but as soon as Daddy got home Saturday night she had to immediately show him her new shoes...the sparkly pink ones. She played with them all day yesterday. She loves her sparkly pink shoes!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy 50th Birthday Grandma!!

Emily got all dressed up and posed for a bunch of pictures for Grandma's birthday (we were going to print some and send them but our printer is printing a little off color right now!)

Happy Birthday Grandma! (From Emily) We love you!