Friday, February 6, 2015

Big Boy Charlie...



Well.  I was beginning to think this kid would NEVER be potty trained.  Nothing could tempt him.  I had promised train sets, movies, legos, chocolate, cake, cookies!  You name it, we tried it.  He was very, very resistant.  He didn't care if he was wet.  He didn't care if he had poop in his diaper.  He hated being changed.  It was rough.  So, I told him that we were counting down and on Saturday morning, he would not have anymore pull ups or diapers, except for bedtime.  We had puddles.  Lots of puddles.  We had successful days, and terrible days where I was ready to throw him back in diapers.  Finally, one day it all seemed to click.  He is now wearing big boy underpants full time.  He is independently using the toilet.  I am still carrying spares wherever we go, but I am certain we are over the hump!  I am so proud of Charlie.  Change is really hard for him.  But once he is finally able to see it will all be ok, he is very proud of himself! I brought big boy Lego Movie undies home for him from Target today.  He was thrilled!

Bouncing Off Some Energy...




We found out about a bouncy place near our town.  The boys were worn out in an hour!  We reserved it for Charlie's Birthday party, here in Minnesota it will be perfect! 

Baby Bettie Sendoff...







We wanted to have a little sprinkle shower for Baby Bettie before Molly went back home.  I quickly threw the decorations up while she showered and when she came up we were all decorated up!  I had messaged some of her buddies before hand to let them know I was doing this so they could send things for her to open.  She got a nice variety of things and it was fun getting to share in some of the fun in person.  I can't wait to see if I have a niece of nephew!  William and Charlie are both very excited and every time we go out William keeps asking to buy things for the baby.  So sweet!

Museums and Zoos...

Charlie loves seeing the butterflies at the Science Center...

William loves to be rolled up like a burrito, and Charlie joined in on the fun!  It should be a calm night for a change!

Our local zoo has a great kids area where the kids get to match the food to the correct animal.  So fun! 

Will feeds a very hungry turtle...

Charlie and Will were put to work at the History Museum.  Pulling a plow was much harder than it looked!

And keeping the plowshare straight wasn't easy either...

My small boy working in a munitions plant...

The history museum had all kinds of fun exhibits, including this plane!

Will's swim lessons ended in January.  We decided to take a break this round, it's just too cold to take him out wet every week! 

Another Butterfly moment...

We puppy sat Onyx again after Christmas, Will wanted to sleep in the crate with him! 

Charlie was kinder and just wanted to visit...

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas 2014...

These pictures are in no particular order...

Charlie was a present pro by this year!


Uncle Ryan and Auntie Cari had wrapped Will's Skylanders in a Fruit Cocktail box and he didn't realize that it was really something else, and seemed content with a box of fruit!  

Once he opened the box he was THRILLED! 

William is a huge Geronimo Stilton fan so he was so excited to get the stuffed animal! 

Charlie got the Train Table he had been asking for for the last 6 months!

Stocking time!  Toothbrushes for all! 



Jelly Beans!






Santa brought William Benny's Spaceship from the Lego Movie...Life was good!


The boys worked hard on the gingerbread houses this year.  More candy made it on to the houses than ever before...


We also made Rice Krispy Treat Snowmen!

My favorite part of Christmas...Singing the closing song at Church by Candlelight.



Julie knitted me these super warm double layer mittens!  I love them! 

Molly got her "I'm Fixin To" mug!

The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care...


Two Crazy Kids!

Benny's Spaceship- Complete! 
Christmas was great this year.  I was struggling a little bit emotionally, but the kids are a great distraction, and a wonderful reminder of how great it is to have these two crazy kids, and how lucky I am.  The kids had so many presents and though each year I swear to buy less, they still ended up with a TON!  Molly and Richard got here a week earlier this time so it was nice to have a chance to do some of the fun pre- Christmas stuff with them.  We made gingerbread houses, went to see Christmas lights, went to the zoo, the Science Museum, and the Minnesota History Museum.