Saturday, November 28, 2015

Milestone: Potty Time

Sianara diapers!

This 2 year old is moving up to the big time.

We decided to tackle this big milestone over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had some time off of work.

32 pairs of underwear. Zero diapers. Lots of stickers. 1 bag of M&Ms. A sprinkling of prizes. One package of juice boxes. Most importantly an unlimited supply of patience and understanding.

Day 1: Went as expected. Lots of accidents. Lots of running to the potty. Lots of praise.

Day 2: A handful of success stories and a new love of stickers. We tried candy and prizes. It turns out this girl is fueled by praise and gold stars.

Day 3: She's getting it! The majority of the time she jumps up and says 'potty' then proceeds to slowly saunter to the bathroom. We try rushing her and she'll stop and pick up a toy or a book or go the long way. Eventually she'll make it. And on day 3 I call this a win.

I'm once again amazed at how well this method has worked for us. We still have some work to do on the overnight bit, but until then we'll keep the water proof mattress nearby.

This little baby girl of ours is so very proud of herself. Almost as proud as we are.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


We packed up the car and headed back to Iowa to celebrate Thanksgiving. As is usually the case Troy and I used the holiday to spend time in kitchen. Any chance to entertain or cook for a group and we'll take it. This year though we had a special family friend join us. Unfortunately for her she has a number of allergies. Fortunately for her we love a challenge. 

We said our thanks around a table full of gluten, egg, and dairy free grub. A little extra work but man did it pay off....I may even venture to say that this was our most delicious Thanksgiving to date. 

The girls clocked in some quality time with Grandma and Oma and the Mister and I managed to find some quiet moments for R&R. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Snow Cones

When life gives you make snow cones. And eat them in your jammies while watching a movie. In front of the fireplace to keep warm of course.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Mr H. and I took a night off to last month to attend a 1920's themed dinner at the arboretum.  It was rainy with a chill in the air. A good setting for a murder mystery dinner.

It was amazing to see everyone dressed in pearls, boas, and facinators. A glimpse back to the past into an era so different than the past. Fairly certain we could have owned the 20s when it comes to cocktails and fasion.

We took advantage of the photo booth along with the top shelf cocktail bar. We solved a (rather obvious) mystery, enjoyed some good conversation, and really great food.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Sunday to Remember

Troy has been studying lately for a work exam so the girls and I packed a lunch, a bag full of gloves and hats, and made our way over to the arboretum.

We parked by the pine tree "forest" and made our way in and out of trails. We parked the trailer a number of times and went further in to explore. Finding all kinds of leaves, abandoned trees and "treasures".

Highlights of our adventure: the tee pee, a dead tree that had fallen just right to create a teeter totter, and sword fighting.

A beautiful fall day with excellent company.