Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This post is more for my documenting purposes than anything else, but this past week and a half have been a fun week for Blake and myself. (Well, besides for Aubrey Rose and I getting sick...that part is not so fun.) But, for almost 2 weeks Aubrey Rose has really turned a corner and has figured out this whole potty training thing. All of you who have gone through this process would know how exciting that step is! We are so thrilled!
We started the process (definitely not planned at the time) about 2 months ago. She received big girl panties for her 2nd birthday (from my wonderful sister and bro-in-law) and from that day on she has been wearing them ever since. She started out excellent! I really couldn't believe how well she was doing without any real tactics or training from our part. We just took her all the time throughout the day. She didn't ever tell us, we just took her. I think the biggest help to that was prior to big girl panties, for MONTHS, we had been taking her to the restroom almost every time we went ourselves. Then, the big girl panties were introduced....BIG 'ole party when she received them. She was SO excited, as we were too. She got a treat every time she went. She had a couple of accidents here and there, but we couldn't believe how quickly she got it. Good to go. Well, for a couple of weeks. Then, she started having accidents. She would have a couple of days being dry and days in a row of accidents. Weird. Then, a sweet friend (thanks Kim!) suggested trying to give her a treat at the END of the day if she stayed dry ALL day. So not a treat each time. Instead a special treat at the end of the day. I started it the next day and she has been dry every day since! Each day it has been different kind of treat. A balloon, stickers, M&M's, etc. She has LOVED it!! I filled a special box with goodies of things she gets to choose from every night. Don't tell Aubrey Rose, but all the toys in the box are ALL toys that she has had, but has not played with for forever. She has not noticed yet! So don't spoil her fun! Hey, it has worked, right?!! :)
So I am not sure what it is. Maybe a bigger challenge? We all like to be challenged in life. A challenge makes each of us a stronger, better person. At first, sometimes those challenges make us feel uneasy or not capable, however when we look back at those trials we are usually better because of them.
For Aubrey Rose, this challenge has helped her (and us!) tremendously! :) She all of sudden tells us EVERY time she has to go. She has not had any accidents. She also (I know probably too much info) but she successfully goes #2 on the potty now! (Before this, she usually would save them for diapers at nap/or mornings when she woke up or of course an accident during the day in her big girl panties.) I am praying we have turned a HUGE corner. She is 2 years and 2 months old. Either way, Blake and I are so thankful and proud of how far she has come.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This was Kim and I in 2002.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Mimi and Auntie Blair helped create these fun memories. You two are sooooo sweet to make such a spontaneous few moments, such a fun memory. Super cute!
They were so excited to show off their cute outfits.
Is it just me or does Aubrey Rose look too old in this picture to just be 2?
The outfits just kept coming...
Sooooo fun! Thanks Mimi and Auntie Blair for being so sweet to our girls!!
We are not sure who loved this more...the girls or us?!! HA! So fun!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
was that BIG PAPA fit in the fort too!!!
And then Auntie B got to join as well!!
How cute are all four of them hanging out in the fort?!! Soooooo thankful for Blake's wonderful family who love us so much and also can't get enough of our girl. Such a blessing!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The festivities continued at their adorable home, spending time with friends and family.
Susan (Josh's mom) with Jett
Claudia (Megan's mom), Jett and Meg
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Grandpa sat here most of the day running the carousel. We kept asking if he wanted someone to take over the duty. He is 92, you know! He responds with "No way! I am lovin' this!" He could quite possibly be the cutest grandpa ever!
Blake and Aubrey Rose
Logan with Auntie Jessica
The train was a favorite too!
Daddy was the conductor!
Sweet bible study friends
My mom waving and our dear friends, the Love's
Auntie Blair and Aubrey Rose
Rob and Blake got a few minutes to kick their feet up and relax :)
There were even rides on Grandpa's horse! Aubrey Rose does not fear much of anything...horses included! Actually, (side note) she is completely scared of band aides for some reason. Not to play with them, but to have them put on her. I think she thinks they will hurt. Hilarious! She recently stubbed her baby toe BAD on some brick. She did not cry. She did not cry even when she saw the blood. She cried when we went to put the band aid on though! HA!! This is just one time. She screams, wigging out, with big ole tears each time we have tried to put a band aid on her. That girl. Yet, she is fearless with just about everything else...
Katie (with Luke), myself, Katie (holding Logan) and Jessica
My dad, Aubrey Rose and Grandpa watching Tootie the Clown's magic show.
Aubrey Rose was showing Opa (my dad) her balloon the clown made for her. It was in the shape of a dog. So cute!
The clown was sweet to make Aubrey Rose another one since her first one popped in the bounce house. Go figure.
Here was Aubrey Rose's FIRST carousel ride in Summer 2008!
Now she is riding all on her own!! Goodness how time flies!