Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Our Halloween celebrations began when Summer and I joined Kylie at preschool for her class party.  Summer fit right in.
The party was followed by a costume parade.  Kylie had her heart set on dressing up like Master Tigress from Kung Fu Panda.  We tried :)  She didn't seem to mind that costume-making is so not my thing.
When we picked Josh up from work today, he surprised the girls with these balloons.  {Blue, yellow, and white are his company's colors}.  What could be better than costumes, parties, parades, candy, and balloons???
And here they are: Master Tigress and the Bumblebee.  It was about 44 degrees when we went trick-or-treating, so coats were a must.

Despite the cold weather, the girls were troupers.  They remembered their manners and Summer only walked inside 3 houses :)  I'd say they did pretty well!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkin

This is the first year we've carved pumpkins with the girls.  They weren't too sure about it at first, but they gradually became more and more excited.
Kylie kept saying, "Look!  I got some seeds...and cheese!"  
I guess pumpkin innards look like cheese to a four-year-old :)

Once it was all scooped out, Josh went to work on his creation.

{Unfortunately, the Tigers aren't doing so hot in the World Series, but we're fans anyway}.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Ramblings/ Trunk or Treat

OK, I'll admit it: I seriously dislike Halloween.  It's not that I despise trick-or-treaters, overpriced candy, or the colors black and orange.  It's the costumes.

I'm a total cheapskate.  Since I'm not a huge fan of the holiday anyway, paying a ridiculous amount of money for a costume my child will wear once is so impractical to me.  On the other hand, making costumes is also impractical for me because I'm terrible at it.  But in the spirit of the holiday, we do the whole costume thing every year anyway. 

Tonight we had a Halloween party at our church.  Summer went as "Mini Me." 
{Just kidding-- I'm not that cheap}.
 We actually went as s'mores :)  How's that for cheap and hassle-free???
 Well, they weren't exactly hassle-free.  There was a lot of this:
 ...and this:
...and this.
Summer hated wearing her costume...I can't imagine why.
 And there you have it: a s'more.
Despite my yearly internal debate regarding costumes, I actually love seeing how excited my kids get about Halloween.  They LOVE dressing up, yelling "trick-or-treat!!!," and of course, the candy.  Kylie was absolutely thrilled when she received this package from my parents.  She immediately began putting together a Charlie Brown Halloween puzzle, while Summer jumped up and down because she discovered a Dora the Explorer Halloween DVD.

 I mean, how cute are these boxes of crayons?
These fun things will help pass the time as the girls anxiously await Halloween next week.  I'll be busy making their real costumes.  {We did the super cheap stuff for the Trunk-or-Treat at church.  Kylie has requested to be Tigress from Kung Fu Panda, and Summer will be a bumblebee}.

I just can't believe it's already the end of October.  I feel like we just celebrated the first day of Fall!
Time is definitely flying by.  I mean, look at my child's hair.  A ponytail?!?!
It will be Christmas before we know it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Potty Training Looks Like

You may recall that I attempted to potty train Summer awhile back.  It was a great introduction but she wasn't completely ready.  Lately, she's been showing even more signs of readiness so it's the real deal this time!

In our house, potty training looks a little something like this.  We sit....
 ...and sit....
 
 ...and sit...
 ...and sit.
 But eventually all that sitting pays off:
And we've got one ecstatic little girl on our hands!
Yesterday was Day #1.  I think any mother will tell you that Day #1 is the worst, but it actually wasn't horrible for us.  We spent the day building awareness and confidence.  Every single time Summer sat on the potty, she got to put a sticker on her chart.  I was surprised by how much she actually wanted to sit there.  If she actually did something, then she got to have a few candy corns. 
Yesterday was a little rough but that was to be expected.  The cherry on top of my day was when I found her straddling her potty training books {from the library} and peeing on them.  Seriously?!?!  But the day wasn't a total fail... she had a couple of successes and we celebrated those like crazy.

Today...ZERO ACCIDENTS!!!!  We set her potty chair in the living room and kept her naked from the waist down.  I never once had to tell her to sit on the potty-- she always came to me.  Since she was doing so well, I took a risk and put thin panties on her and gave her unlimited juice.  That way she would have opportunities to "practice," which actually worked like a charm {for her... probably not for all kids}.

Personally, I think the hardest part of potty training is getting your child to go that very first time.  Once they do it and they see how excited you are for them, you have a little motivation to work with.  Summer wanted stickers, candy, and a loud, crazy dance every time she went.  But it worked! 

We're not crazy enough to think we're out of the woods yet, but we're so proud of her!  {I think she's pretty proud of herself, too}.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pumped Up

We're all kinds of pumped up around here!

I'm "pumped up" in a very literal sense:
 
This is what the insulin pump looks like when it's connected.
It very much resembles an IV.  There's a teeny tiny tube underneath that circular sticker and that's how the insulin gets transferred from the pump into me.  Sounds gruesome, but it's not-- I can't feel it at all.   

Here's why it's so cool: With injections, I had to give myself a minimum of 4 shots per day, which adds up to about 120 shots per month.  With the pump, I only have to endure 12 pokes per month (and they're MUCH less painful than shots-- no bleeding or bruising).

It's also very convenient.  I can sit at the dinner table with my family, push a few buttons, and enjoy a meal with them.  I don't have to waste time making calculations or figuring out ratios.

Moving on....

Kylie was thrilled to receive a trophy (and a bag of candy) at her final soccer game yesterday.

It's been so fun watching these cute little four-year-olds!  Coach Jon and Coach Mike are some of the most patient people on the planet, let me tell you.
Kylie has improved tremendously.  She cried and sat on the sidelines for her first two games of the season because it overwhelmed her that the other kids tried to take the ball from her.  As time passed, she found her aggressive side.
 
Josh and I were excited for her because she scored a Hat Trick!  What a great way to end the season!  Here she is scoring her first goal: 
Her season is ending at the perfect time because it's starting to get a little chilly around here!


Josh was really pumped up last weekend because he went to a Michigan/Purdue football game with some friends.  Michigan won, which made the trip to Lafayette totally worth it!

 And just to pump y'all up too, here are a couple pictures of the girls :)