Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Perfect Day

We had the perfect park/picnic day. The sky was so blue today! It was one of those type of days you are so grateful to be alive and are able to share it with your kiddos. It felt so good to feel the sun and the wind all afternoon. I hope you can enjoy the day from the pictures we took because it was great!

The huge slide

This is how you get your diaper changed on the park bench when it is sunny out.

I love these pictures!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Not Much to Report

So I took a bit of a blogging vacation. It seems there hasn't been much to write about because we are still potty training. It has been two weeks now, but I'm not giving up. I feel like we are going to have a breakthrough any day now. We are forging on.

We went camping this last weekend to Camp Joseph in Sharon, VT. It was really fun. Sadly, we ave no pictures from the campout. The river we went swimming in felt like just melted snow. We all got in though (James only got in up to his ankles).

There is a 25k race on Labor day I'm going to run. I have not run more than 10 miles since I birthed James so we'll see how this goes, but it just sounded like fun.

I finally hung our family pictures. Now I feel like we are moved in.

The John Deere backhoe is a potty bribe.
It is in plain view as a constant reminder!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Potty Training

I must say, I'm not a huge fan (potty training that is). We are now on day 3 and I wish the title for this entry was "Potty TrainED". I figured I had to bite the bullet and teach Daniel the more refined points of life before he turns 3 next month. He is doing a good job, but we are still under house quarantine, except for running and an afternoon swim.

My favorite quote from Daniel on potty training is "It's not working!". He says that every time he stands up on his stool before using the potty. Once he relaxes enough to actually use the potty, he says "It's working!". So cute!

James is learning a few tricks of his own including rolling over (especially when he is mad), and waking up every two hours at night.

So Inspiring

So, we don't have cable TV, or even bunny ears for that matter, but I have been checking the news online every day and tracking the Olympic swimming. I find it so inspiring. They make it look so easy and beautiful.

I was a huge swimmer growing up and watching the Olympic swimmers brings back a "flood" of memories; 5am practices before school, 5pm practices after school, 3 hour Saturday practices, miles and miles of swimming, the constant smell of chlorine on your skin, opening a new pair of goggles, the nerves before a big race, brittle hair, ahhh. Anyways, I'm so excited for when my kids are old enough to join the swim team (I hope they want to). Swimming was such a great way for me to learn principles like hard work, sacrifice, self-discipline, team work, self-confidence...things that have helped me my whole life. I'll even take my kids to 5am practices (they are waking up around that time now)!