Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kaitlyn's Dedication

We had Kaitlyn dedicated at Uncle Shade's church on February 15th. Papa Starr dedicated her, Daddy sang, and Uncle Walt preached. We were excited that so much of our family was able to be there to share in the special occasion!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Valentine's Day

For Valentine's Day, this year, we went out for breakfast at one of our favorite places, The Original Pancake House. Chad and Tori went with us. There was a really long wait, so Tori and I killed some time and went shopping for a while. We had a lot of fun! After breakfast, Anthony and I went to the mall, and enjoyed just hanging out and spending the day together. Talon, meanwhile, was getting spoiled and Grandpa and Grandma's house.

Love the curls!

While at my parent's house, I was having fun with Talon's hair before his bath, and I put some gel in it. I love it when his hair is long enough to have big curls... Unfortunately, it means it's time for a haircut! I will be ecstatic if Kaitlyn inherits Daddy's curly hair as well!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Meet Kallie!

We've adopted another miniature Schnauzer. Her name is Kallie. We got her from Anthony's sister, Cora. She is about 2 months younger than Kiki, and they are the best of friends. Their seems to be no end to their energy. They love to chase each other all around the house; and, of course, Kiki made sure to introduce Kallie to Talon's toys right away! (Now I'm in real trouble. Between Kaitlyn, Kayla, Kiki, and Kallie, I'm never gonna get any of the names right!!)

A few pictures of the new best friends

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Good-bye, Reese!"

This is a very sad day! We just sold Reese, our Australian Cattle Dog. We bought her when she was 8 weeks old, and have had her for about 2 1/2 yrs. We lived in Oregon and ran cattle on 50 acres, and Anthony had just started working with her when we moved. She did really well with the cattle... that is, until she got distracted by all the cow pies! We brought her with us to Idaho, hoping to buy some property in the future where she could run. Unfortunately, we live in a small neighborhood right now without a fully fenced yard, and it seems unfair to keep her locked up in a small pen, so we made the decision to sell her. She's beautiful, and has been such a good dog with a great personality, and we are going to miss her so much!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The first step!

Last night I took Talon's potty chair out of the box and showed it to him. We officially placed the 'big boy potty' in the bathroom. He immediately stuck his hands in the bowl to see if there was water in it. We haven't had to deal with that yet, but I'm sure it's coming!
A little while later, I was sitting on the couch with Anthony feeding Kaitlyn, and in marches Talon, carrying his potty chair through the living room saying, "Dis? Dis?". I tried so hard not to laugh, but I couldn't help myself! I told him to take it back to the bathroom. Suddenly, he couldn't remember how to pick it up again! I helped him take it back and reminded him it had to stay in the bathroom.
This morning after breakfast, I went into the bathroom for a second, then left. When I came back, Talon had the lid up and was sitting on his potty chair with his clothes on, and a big smile on his face. (Kiki, of course, was right there to be involved with whatever Talon was up to.) Next, he stood up and started pulling at his clothes. He wanted his clothes and diaper off! I unsnapped his jammies, took his diaper off and sat him down on it. He was a little upset that I had left his clothes on, but he quickly got over it. He sat there for a while, then got up.
Well, I guess the potty training stage has started- at least the first step! He wants to sit on his 'big boy potty' all the time. It's said that potty training is actually more 'parent' training. Whew... I hope we're up to this!! ;0)

His favorite part is opening and closing the lid. Hopefully, we can nurture this habit, and it will last up into adulthood. His future wife will thank me, I'm sure!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

The swing

Kaitlyn loves her swing! The faster it goes the more she likes it. It's the craziest thing!
It's said that hind-sight is 20/20... well, I wish now that I would have gotten a swing with a power cord. We're burning through 'D' batteries like you wouldn't believe!