Saturday, January 30, 2010

So sweet!

I had some errands to run after dinner last night, and a bunch of things to do at home, so my wonderful husband offered to go out and run the errands for me. If that wasn't sweet and thoughtful enough, he came home with a bouquet of 2 dozen roses "Just because I love you!".
It means even more because he is allergic to them, but willing to put up with them because he knows I enjoy them so much. What a sweetheart!
Thank you, Baby!!


Easily amused

It never ceases to amaze me how easily amused kids can be by the simplest things. I was changing the sheets on the beds last night, and the kids started playing in the blankets. They played together for over 45 minutes, and had a blast. I had to catch some of it on video. Talon gets a little rough with Sissy at times, and has to be reminded to be careful with her, but they play so well together.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Trottin' all over

Kaitlyn walks all over now. She loves to carry things around (usually items that are almost as big as she is!). One of her favorite toys is her stuffed purple puppy that plays music and has interactive games. She hauls that thing all over the house. It's so cute!
Talon is convinced that since Sissy is walking, she can play football now, and is constantly trying to get her to tackle him and run after the ball. They keep us quite entertained, those two!
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Sledding at Bogus Basin

We went up to Bogus Basin to play in the snow and take the kids on the sled today. We had a lot of fun (and a good workout!).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Update on our diet

As I posted about a week and a half ago, we started our new way of eating. So far, so good! Anthony has already lost over 14 pounds, and I have lost 8. Pretty exciting, but a ways to go! I'll tell you what... when you start watching calories, you become aware of how many you actually consume on a regular basis. It's pretty scary! (Especially when you realize how much exercise and activity it takes to burn them off!) And as far as the water intake... well, let's just say, thank God for indoor plumbing!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Smart Little Cookie!

Kaitlyn was so cute tonight before I left for work, I just had to write a post about it. I wish I had a picture to truly capture the moment, but I was running out the door and didn't have time to get the camera.
Usually, Kaitlyn knows when I'm getting ready to leave for work. She starts getting really clingy and wants me to hold her. No toy or distraction will work.
Tonight, I hadn't even gotten my stuff together yet, but I came downstairs and was dressed in my work clothes. I hadn't put the coats away from when we went to church this morning, and they were still in a pile on the end of the couch. I was cleaning a few things up, and I noticed Kaitlyn following me. She's walking now, and is still a bit wobbly at times, but was almost in a dead run trying to keep up with me. I turned around to find her dragging her coat (which she had dug through the entire pile to find), and saying, "Up! Up!". I picked her up to give her a kiss, and she started very emphatically saying, "Bye-bye! Bye-bye!". She kept turning her face away and refused to let me kiss her, because in her mind, she was going to go bye-bye with me. Case closed! She was very put out with me when I put her coat away and tried to find a toy to distract her. As I walked away, she was once again right on my heels, determined to follow me out the door. I had to fight back the tears as I laughed... what a smart little girl!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New bike

Papa and Granny started telling Talon a few days ago that when he didn't go potty in his pants anymore, they would buy him a 'big boy bike'. Well, he hasn't let that rest since. Every waking moment, he tells us he wants his bike. When he gets done on the potty chair, and he finishes cheering for himself, he wants his bike. We remind him that it's for big boys who don't wet their pants and always go on the big boy potty. Well, tonight Papa and Granny caved in a bit, and brought Talon his new bike. He was so excited! It's a good thing he didn't have any accidents today... we wouldn't want to be enforcing the wrong thing! We have told him that if he wets his pants, his bike has to go out in the garage until he can be a big boy again. (Let me tell ya, I am not looking forward to that!) So far, so good!
I have a feeling we're in for a real treat until he can peddle it on his own. He wants to be pushed all around the house. Not only is it extremely low to the ground, but he keeps his feet on the peddles and continuously puts the brakes on. After just a couple of minutes, my back is killing me!

Plans for the new year

Well, tomorrow we start eating different. There, now doesn't that sound better than "We are going on a diet"? However you want to say it, we both hope to be much slimmer in the months to come. I'd like to say I'm just retaining a bit of extra water, but that would mean I have a serious heart condition. So, here it is... our diet stinks! The baking of goodies has to stop, the carbs have to be cut waaaaaay back, and the exercise my fingers get from updating my blog and Facebook is not considered a cardio workout.
Our goal this year, is to get into a healthy lifestyle. We've both talked about it a lot over the past couple of months, and are very excited about the changes we plan on making in this brand new year.
I've decided to blog about it, hoping it will help to keep us somewhat accountable. Feel free to leave us a note and ask us how it's going. If, for some reason, we tell you to 'mind your own business', you'll pretty much know that it's not going so well!
So, here's to a happy and healthy 2010!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Potty training update

Anyone who says their child "pretty much potty-trained himself"... you are blessed! It hasn't exactly been that way around our house. This past week has seemed a bit like a broken record. Juice, timer, potty chair, M&Ms, new pull-up, juice, timer, potty chair, M&Ms, new pull-up, juice, timer... yeah, you get the idea! Oh, and the occasional "Kaitlyn, don't play with the potty chair!", and "Kaitlyn, get out of the bathroom!". By the fourth day, I was so frustrated. I felt like the world's biggest failure!
On day five, he seemed to turn the corner, and has since been doing great. He still has an accident occasionally, and still has a ways to go as far as bed time, but at least we're making progress. He is super excited about it, and loves being a 'big boy'! He's learned that he really likes 'tocolate' (chocolate). If he goes potty and doesn't wet in his pull-up, he gets 2 M&Ms. I'm not usually one for bribing, but this system seems to work really well. Now, when he's 10, and still expecting candy for being a big boy and not wetting his pants, we have a problem! ;0)

He's already figured out he enjoys reading in the bathroom. Fabulous! I think we may have to put the kibosh on that before it becomes a habit.
He loves the part where he gets to wash his hands and use the soap; and he gets so proud of himself for pulling up his own pants... uh, we're still working on that part.


Tree debris

In the past, when it's time for the Christmas tree to come down, I carefully take all the ornaments off, and we carry it outside to strip off the lights (to prevent needles from covering the floor). Last week, when I was taking the tree down a little after midnight, and it was below freezing outside, I decided to take the lights off in the house so I wouldn't have to freeze. Once we finally got the tree outside, this is what the living room floor looked like. The tree was so dry, there were needles and branches everywhere! My hands and arms looked like I had gotten in a fight with a really big cat... and it won! When it was all said and done, I was wishing I hadn't been such a wimp about the cold. I have a Kirby vacuum, but when I pulled it out, I think I heard it laughing at me! Our house still has a bit of a pine scent (or maybe that's burning rubber from the vacuum belt getting so hot and overworked! ;0)

In the middle of the clean-up, the thought always crosses my mind, "Maybe next year we should invest in an artificial tree". However, when December rolls around again, I seem to have the memory of a goldfish, and get excited about the torture all over again!
So, until next year...

We're moving!

After much prayer and consideration, and with mixed emotions, we have decided to move back to Oregon. There are a lot of factors that play into this decision, which I wont go into great detail about, but it became official about a week ago. Our plan is to move to the Canby area. It will be great to live close to our families again (which is something that we have really missed!).
I have accepted an RN position at Emanuel Hospital in Portland where I used to work. I basically got the job back that I left- in the Pediatric Resource Pool, supporting PICU, NICU, and Peds.
I must say, we have really enjoyed living in the Boise area, and will miss it. It didn't take us long at all to consider it 'home'. We love the weather, and the lack of traffic, chaos, and rain! I've really enjoyed working in the PICU here, and have learned so much. We've met a lot of great people and have made some life-long friends that we will look forward to coming back to visit. There are so many things we still haven't gotten to do here, so we have decided to make Idaho our vacation spot.
So what now?
My last day at St. Lukes Hospital in Boise will be January 26th. I will get about a week off, then Kaitlyn and I will fly to Portland on February 4th, and I will begin my orientation. Until we officially move (which looks to be sometime in March), I will fly back and forth for work. That's the part that I am really not looking forward to... being away from my family for a week at a time! Hopefully, it will only be twice and we will be done with the move.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Talon's little world

Talon got a train set for Christmas. Yes, our dining room has currently been taken over by Thomas the Train. It's amazing how much longer a simple task can take when you have little ones around. I don't know how many times I had to put this track back together after Kaitlyn would come behind me and tear it all apart. I think we'll add the other pieces and expand it a little at a time... like when it's moved up to Talon's room!
We are in potty-training mode around our house. I guess Talon decided it was time for Sissy's doll to get potty trained as well. I heard him tell the baby repeatedly, "Sit down, Baby, go potty!".
When the baby kept falling in and wouldn't sit on her own, he finally sat her on the seat of the big potty and walked away.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Goin' for a ride

After Kaitlyn couldn't figure out how to get into the bin with her brother, she decided to push him around in it. It was really funny. Now it's a game they play... usually with the laundry basket.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Starting to walk

Kaitlyn's been ready to walk for a while now, but has been rather lazy about it. She'll take a few steps here and there when she wants too, but finds it's faster to crawl. This day, I guess she was in the mood, because she pretty much walked all over the house. What a big girl!!
(Pardon the mess in the living room... this was the disaster left over after we opened gifts on New Years Eve!)
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Our Christmas

We celebrated our family Christmas on New Years Eve this year. I flew home from Oregon on the 26th because I had to work, and Anthony and the kids stayed until Tuesday (the 29th). So, we just decided to wait a couple of days and let things settle down a little. It worked out very well, actually. Anthony's parents came over, we made a nice dinner, and after the gifts were all opened it looked like a bomb went off in the living room. Mmmm... candy canes!

Talon playing with his new nerf bowling set.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas in Oregon

We had a great time in Oregon, spending Christmas with family. We went to Jeremy and Donna's for Christmas dinner, and opened gifts. The kids, of course, got spoiled! The dogs even had a great time playing with their two schnauzers.



We stayed with Walt and Rachel on Christmas Eve. They made a great dinner, we decorated some cookies (and ate a few), Talon played Wii with the kids... we had a great time! On Christmas we stopped by to see the rest of the family for a little while.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Our Gingerbread House

Wow, time has flown! Things have just been crazy the past couple of weeks, so the blog has just been pushed to the side! Life is starting to finally get back to normal and it's time to catch up on all the happenings around the holidays. It may take me a bit, but here's the start of it!

We had a lot of fun decorating the gingerbread house. Talon was old enough to help this year, and really got into it. Of course, you can't get a kid around that much candy and expect all of it to make it onto the house. I'd say he probably ate about every 3rd piece for a while. We finally had to put a stop to it, but he'd still pop one into his mouth every now and then. The real fun came when he had already put a piece in his mouth, then decided it belonged on the house. Thanks to him, even Kiki and Kallie got a piece or two!

Our colorful little cottage.