Wednesday, June 24, 2009

POTTY TRAINING BOOT CAMP (Parts 1 & 2) -by Jon

Yesterday morning Angie headed out the door and told me since she was running late and Kaden was still sleeping that whenever he got up I could just bring him up to school.  This seemed like a simple enough plan and should not be too hard of a task for me to accomplish. I turned the monitor up to make sure that I could hear when he got up, then I fell back to sleep.  I did not fall hard asleep because I knew that I would be hearing the knock on Kaden’s bedroom door followed by, “Somebody come get me”.  I looked at the clock and saw 8:00 roll around, I then saw 8:15 followed by 8:30 and I could hear him breathing but knew he wasn’t up playing around.  This was weird for a kid that rarely sleeps past 7:30.  At 8:45 I decided that I should get him up so he could go to school. (It was cookie making day and he did not want to miss this)  I opened the door and saw him asleep in his chair and not the bed, something he will occasionally do.  But I noticed that he had no diaper on and his feet were “dirty”.  Just then I feel a squish under my foot.  I looked down and saw I had stepped in one of two huge logs of poop.  Something that he must have also done because there were tracks all over his carpet.  I was honestly shocked at what had happened.  This was not the first time that I have walked into my house with poop on the floor but usually I just rub Molly’s nose in it scold her and open the back door for her to go out.  I don’t think that same method would work here, especially because I am not sure that rubbing Kaden’s nose in it would be looked upon favorably by CPS.  

            I scooped him up and hobbled into the bathroom trying to be careful not to track the poop that was on the bottom of my foot through the house.  I decided that scolding and locking him in the back yard was also not the best way to handle it, so I asked him why and he just said that his tummy hurt last night and did not want to talk about it.  I cleaned both of us up, found out we were out of carpet cleaner, fixed some breakfast, got him dressed, and took him to school.   After I got him to school I went to Wal-Mart to get some carpet cleaner.  When I got back I walked into his room and the two huge logs WERE GONE!!!  I did not see burn marks so I am ruling out spontaneous combustion, and I believe God can still do miracles, but I am pretty sure he did not want those logs for anything, so my best guess as to what happened is a far more disgusting incident.   I am sad to say that I think Molly ate them.   It makes me sick to think about it but I have no other explanation as to where they could have gone.  The tracks of poop were still all there, and smears of poop were still there, but the big logs were not.  I love my dog to death but I am so grossed out at her right now.  Maybe she thought that she was helping, or at least helping Kaden not get in trouble. But whatever the case I don’t want her face near my face anytime soon.  After a thorough cleaning with 2 types of carpet cleaner, I decided that the rest of this week Kaden would stay home with me to attend potty training boot camp.



            I decided that today we would follow a schedule, a VERY strict schedule.  No diapers (Except for Nap) and every 10 minutes Kaden would sit on the potty to try to go.    Kaden got up at 7:30 in a cheerful manner which I thought was a plus.  I told him that today was the day that we learned to use the potty and we started our day off by sitting on the potty.  After a few minutes of nothing, we came in the living room and he saw a movie his aunt Allison got him and he asked to watch it.  We set it up and got through the previews and the timer went off, so we sat on the potty…still nothing.   We started the movie and not much time had past and he asked for some cereal.  So I fixed the cereal the timer went off and bribed him with the cereal to sit on the potty…still nothing.  We continue with the movie and when the timer went off I said “Time to go Potty”, and I knew that he would get difficult at some point and throw a fit about leaving the movie to go to the potty, so I brought the Mountain to Mohamed (or the potty to Kaden) He thought that it was great that he could sit on his potty and still watch the movie….but with all the sitting we did not have one trickle of pee or one pellet of poop.  This continued through the morning as he guzzled down milk and had three bowls of cereal, he would sit but not go.  The movie ended and we started playing in his play room.  We played ball, we played “buckin Bronc” on his spring horse, we wore hats, and we played Dr. with his fisher price doctor set.  All the while stopping down every 10 minutes to try to go with no luck.  I quickly realized I had been matching Kaden drink for drink with sweat tea and that I needed to go.  And when I was in the restroom I hear Kaden say, “Daddy it is time to go potty” as the timer is going off.  I hop up and rush in the living room to see Kaden standing next to the potty in his urine soaked undies saying “I went potty”.  Well he went alright, just not in the potty.  I predicted that he would have an accident at some point so I pulled new undies out of my pocket cleaned him up and put on the new ones.  At this point it was getting pretty close to lunch time.  Knowing that he had just gone I did not set the timer, and started making lunch.  I reheated leftovers and got his food together because I told him we could have a picnic in the play room.  Just as I get everything together he comes into the kitchen and asked if I would come play with him.  I look down at him and realize that his new blue undies are now two toned.  The regular blue they started out and the dark blue of being all wet in the crotch area.  Again we cleaned up and changed undies again.  We ate lunch and after some long drawn out convincing I talked him into sitting on the potty again right before I was going to put him in a diaper for nap time.  He was not happy about this and did not want to be there, but all of the sudden in mid tantrum I looked down and realized that he was actually peeing in the potty.  I think that it scared him at first because I got super excited and he was not sure what was going on because my mood went from struggling to keep him on the potty to clapping and jumping, but his crying quickly changed when I broke out the potty candy.   A white “Airhead” and a pack of gummies got a smile on his face very quickly.   He was also fascinated that his yellow pee on top of the blue potty turned green.  He kept saying “its green daddy it is green”  Although I am all about teachable moments, I figured a lecture in the color spectrum, additive and subtractive colors and the difference between rgb and cmyk should be held off until another time.

Not that he is totally potty trained but I am very glad to see some progress in Potty Training Boot Camp Day One!

The Casualties of War

The new Froggy Potty ready for Battle

The super pooper trooper

The Fruits of our Labor

Mission 1 Accomplished!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sushi and Pillow Forts!

This is Jon...sometimes he thinks he is Alton he decides to experiment with new foods.
This was one of those nights........ We made sushi.....
What's up Doc! Kaden enjoyed the carrots..............
And some of the rolls.......They look pretty right.....
Mommymoto my friends call me.....Excuse my hideous hair and was swimming day at school.
I was a better roller than "Alton"
My assistant.......It was pretty delicious.....I was full by the time we were done making it
We followed up our culinary adventure with a pillow fort
Here we are inside with Kaden's favorite toy..... the flashlight
Kaden pillow
Molly girl... she wasn't sure what to think

Pillow Fort......The rebuild...Kaden mostly liked knocking it down and getting on top of us.......
This was suppose to be a studier build but was promptly knocked down. 
Well it was sure fun though!

To sushi and pillow forts...Cheers!

George Strait Concert at the Dallas Cowboy SUPER STADIUM!

Meg, Jon, Christine, and I went to the new Cowboy Super Stadium to see George Strait perform! It was pretty impressive. Though the sound was terrible at the beginning!
Come on guys let's focus
Much better!
 A bit windy!
The whole gang
For some reason they wouldn't let us in the bathrooms before 4:00. 
We got there at 2:30, obviously my bladder wouldn't last that long. 
We  talked some security guard into sneaking us in, so here we are, first people to use this bathroom!
The stadium..pretty sweet!
Meg and Silly Christine

Hottie girls

After this my camera battery died, so sorry no picture of the guy next to us in the bright yellow shirt. We estimated he bought 18 beers, at $8 a piece, and drank 12 of them, spilled 2 on himself and then left 3 unopened. 
His wife abandoned him before the concert even started........ She eventually came back, 4 hours later.
He kept talking to Jon, once he even spit Skoal in his ear. 
The best was when he went down to go to the bathroom, he came up 2 sections over, in the same seat. He sat down and started chatting it up with those people for a good 15 minutes before he even realized it.
Eventually they sent him back to us, where he slurred and cheered awkwardly for every song.

Oh, and the music was good too!

Party at ASI!

My friend Alex invited me to a party at ASI, the gymnastics place! I had so much fun!
Playing parachute
Mushroom time! Daddy didn't come in and I was looking for him everywhere inside!
Being a good listener!
The foam pit is awesome!
Being a lion in line, my favorite thing ever!
Eating cake and drinking juice!
Birthday Boy!

The whole gang!
Thanks again for the invite Alex!

Swimming with Emory

Allison picked me up early one day and took me swimming with Emory!

Trying out my new Shamu toy
Bathing Beauty
Ride Em Shamu
Daddy could work at Sea World
My what long arms I have!
Holding on tight!

Daddy being wild!
What a fun time!

Taking my Lunch

As part of the last week of school festivities Kaden's class had a picnic. 
He got to take his lunch and was so excited!
Thanks for the cool lunch box Allison! and the special treats Daddy!

Thursday, June 4, 2009


I know I finally got caught up so here is a little answer to the tag I received!

Here we go with 8 things:

8 Things I Am Looking Forward To:
  1. Paying off student loans
  2. A few days off in July
  3. Kaden being potty trained
  4. Having another baby..all prayers welcome
  5. More time with my hubby this ummer
  6. Seeing Kaden's vocabulary continue to grow (Tonight he was climbing on the chair and he said "I am just thinking." I said "About what?" He said "the moon, where is he?" I said "I don't know, what do you think?" "He is hiding outside in the sky"
  7. My high school reunion 
  8. Picnics, swimming and water gun fights

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

  1. Woke up early for a procedure
  2. Took 2 long naps
  3. Caught up on my blog
  4. Showered at 5 PM
  5. Paid a hefty price to my insurance company
  6. Transferred funds to cover said price
  7. Ate dinner graciously provided by a friend
  8. Chatted with my sweet hubby in bed til 10:30 then crashed

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:

  1. Get back in shape
  2. Take the summer off
  3. Get pregnant and give birth again
  4. Slow down the speed at which my boy seem to be racing through their short lives thus far
  5. Find the discipline of daily reading my Bible without the use of a formal Bible Study
  6. Pay off our last student loan and buy newer cars
  7. Take a vacation (even a short one) with just Jon
  8. Give up Diet Coke

8 Shows I Watch:

  1. Big Bang Theory
  2. New Adventures of Old Christine
  3. Wipeout (you know you like it)
  4. 18 Kids and Counting
  5. The Amazing Race
  6. Jon and Kate (Breakin my heart)
  7. How I met your mother

8 People I Tag:

  1. Courtney
  2. Caroline
  3. Meghan
  4. Randa
  5. Amanda Mixon
  6. Jon
  7. Stephanie
  8. Jill C.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Scroll Time!

Ok people scroll down and read up! Keep them in order!

He Can Ring your Bell...Ring Your Bell! Part 2-The Big Moment

Finally the big day arrived! He got dressed uneventfully...
though he did get to hold a package of Nemo snacks! 
He even put on the dress shoes... We were worried about this since he is addicted to his "cool shoes"!
Showing Hannah the cool horse statue...I know you are shocked he found this right away!
Gorgeous gal Hannah Grace!
Some lovin' before the ceremony
That must have been some hug!

We are the luckiest parents ever!
Big Man!

Chasing Jonathan!
OMG he is so adorable!
A good made more sense with the chairs...We were hoping they hadn't wasted the good one ;)
After about 7 bags of Nemo fruit snacks, two bags of gummy and sour worms and a sack of bribes waiting at the front of the aisle...... 
Including 2 new horses, coloring book and a car........

They did it and looked too adorable for words! ( have a video I will work on getting it uploaded)

Sassy pants....during the ceremony..thanks to the bag of bribes he did great!
Waiting for his photo op...didn't go nearly as well but oh, well!
Last was getting late...can you see the pout....

Thanks Jonathan and April for letting me be a part of your special day!