Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Potty Training

Warning...this post will be very boring to some, very helpful to others! =)

I was really dreading potty training! I've heard such horror stories about it so I wasn't looking forward to it. Keaton started showing an interest in July but I didn't push anything because Karter was coming soon and I heard boys take forever to potty train so I just let him have fun with it and go in the potty whenever he wanted to. Then sure enough he lost interest and stopped it all together. That was pretty much what I was expecting and I just planned on waiting until after Karter was here and we had more time to really work at it before we picked it up again.

Fast forward to December and we decided to start potty training seriously! I went and bought a small poster board, a variety of cool stickers and some M&M's. I also bought a Dr. Seuss book and 2 coloring books to give away as prizes. So then with the poster board I made a "Prize Board" which just has squares on it and a different prize on every 5th or so square. Prizes varied from a dessert treat, a coloring book, going to the park, going to jump, Chuck E Cheese! Each time he went in the potty he would get one sticker to put on his Prize Board and one M&M (2 stickers and 2 M&M's for going deuce!). I know one M&M doesn't sound like much but he has LOVED getting his sticker and M&M and never asks for more! I thought he would because let's be honest, the kid has eaten a whole bag of M&M's before but for this it works out great!

Pee was much easier than number 2! hehe! He would pee in the potty every time but when he had to poo, he'd just go in the pull up. So finally I just took him out of the pull ups and voila...he started pooping in the potty too! Just like my friend said, "they know they can go in their pants when they're wearing pull ups so just don't use them!"

He finished his first prize board and when I made the 2nd one I made the prizes on each 10th square instead. Once we're done with this one I think I'll drop the prize board and just do the M&Ms and then once they're gone, that's the end of the potty prizes! =)

With using this system he is almost 100% potty trained! He's had probably 3 accidents total in the last 3 weeks! When we were shopping in Target a couple weeks ago he looked at me and said he had to go teetee, I wanted to say, "Just go in your diaper, we're in a hurry!" haha! Of course I didn't say that and we hustled over to the restroom! =) He's doing so great and I'm so proud of him!

Good luck to all you other potty training moms! I hope this works for you and you have as good of luck as I did!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Bring It On 2010

I LOVE not knowing the future! I always find myself looking back at pictures and saying, "and at that time I had no idea that __________ would happen."

Don't know what I'm talking about? For example I'll look at my Homecoming picture with Kyle from 1997 and think, "Gosh, I had NO IDEA that the guy I was standing next to would be my husband one day!!"

Get it now?

I just LOVE those moments!

So with a new year starting I am sooo excited to see what God will do with our lives!

2009 ended with a wonderful Christmas and 2010 started by celebrating the New Year with great friends!!
Christmas was so much fun this year because Keaton is older and really understood what was going on! He loves talking about Santa but when I took him and Karter to see the big man, he wanted absolutely nothing to do with him so Karter had her picture taken alone with Santa! =) We then had 3 full days filled with Christmas activities! Christmas Eve we went to church and all came over to our house for snacks and drinks while the kids hung out. We also made Gingerbread houses which was so much fun! Keaton had a hard time not eating it! He actually snuck the chimney into his mouth and I didn't realize it until I was trying to find it and heard him crunching next to me! haha! After we were done and took some pictures with it he ate the candy directly off the house with his mouth! So cute, we had a lot of fun!

Christmas morning was spent at our house, just the 4 of us, and after opening our presents and relaxing while Keaton played with his new toys we headed to my parents house for Christmas with them and my sisters.

Then the day after Christmas we went to Kyle's parents house and opened presents and had lunch, then all his cousins came over for more gift exchanging and dinner! It was a wonderful holiday spent with family!!

Karter's adorable Christmas outfit!! =)

I woke up to this little guy in his PJs, boots, and backpack!! =)

New Years Eve we went to our friends Julie and Justin's house. It was so much fun to see everyone because we hadn't all been together in a while so I really enjoyed it! They had yummy food, yummy drinks, and great company! =) It's funny because last year when I was living in CO I blogged about how I missed celebrating New Years with that group like I had the year before. Now this year I was celebrating with them glad to be back!!
Hope everyone has the best 2010!! =)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Bye Bye 2009

What a wonderful year this was!! Let's see...thinking back to's a little recap
  • We got to ski every weekend while we were in Colorado so that was really nice!
  • We found out we were pregnant with baby #2 on Jan 18...YAY!!
  • In Feb. Kyle got a new job in Houston so moving plans from CO back to TX got kicked into gear!
  • Beginning of March we officially moved back to Texas!
  • Keaton turned 2 and I decorated my first cake...many more to come for future birthday parties I'm sure!
  • Fun trips to the zoo, Canyon Lake, South Padre, the ranch, and best of all...our very first cruise!!!
  • Kyle turned 28
  • Our 5 year anniversary
  • I turned 27
  • Moved into Kyle's grandparents house.
  • I started selling Scentsy
  • Attended Kyle's 10 year reunion.
  • Gave birth to our baby girl, Karter part of the year obviously!! =)
  • Very fun Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with the fam.
  • Rented out our house in CO!!

It has been a WONDERFULLY blessed year and I thank God for all he's given us!

Here's some of the family photos that we had taken that I was talking about. Thanks Lyndsay, you're awesome!!

MERRY NEW YEAR!!! hehe! =)