Friday, August 29, 2008
My dad will be the first to tell you where she came from - her mother. Yes folks, apparently I gave my parents a run for their money growing up and Brynley seems to be taking after me quite nicely I suppose! Let me make a list of what she's been up to this week:
1 - On Sunday night I woke around 3 am to hear Zac crying and within a few minutes he abruptly stopped so I went to see if he was okay. As I left my room I noticed Bryn's door was opened and every light in the house was on. Once I got to Zac's room, I noticed Brynley putting his pacifier in. I took Brynley out and told her she needed to get back to bed. Her blankets and stuffed animals were downstairs on the couch and her special lovey blanket was in Hayden's bed. I don't know how long she had been up wandering the house but I thought it was pretty funny. There is now a lock on her door that locks form the outside so she can't escape at night!
2 - Monday night I asked the kids to finish their dinner and then they could take a bath. Hayden finished his quickly and Brynley would hardly touch hers. I sat there for 10 minutes tying to get her to eat and she kept trying to get down from the table to take a bath. I was getting so frustrated with her because I hardly gave her anything to begin with. A few minutes later I went to give Zac his pacifier in the swing and my head was literally turned for 5 seconds. Brynley announced that she finished her dinner as she was shutting the garbage can lid. Yep, she threw her food away. I put her right to bed an hour early and spent the next 45 minutes taking her back up to her bed because she kept getting out, crying hysterically that she needed to take a bath.
3 - After using the potty the other day, Brynley came walking out of the bathroom with her underwear not quite all the way up and I noticed something on her underwear and thought it was a piece of toilet paper. No, it was a panty liner that Brynley got out of my cabinet, opened and stuck on her underwear! I promptly took it out and told her it was only for mommy's, I have caught her with one in her underwear two other times this week!
4 - After Caroline was here playing the other day I went into Brynley's room to find about 40 starburst wrappers on the floor and a bag of marshmallows almost empty on the floor - those two are quite a pair the way they obsess about food. I am sure Brynley will hoard food someday.
5 - As were getting ready to go to gymnastics on Wednesday we heard Hayden yell from upstairs that Brynley broke the toilet. Andy ran up and I heard him yell so loud, I thought for sure the toilet had been ripped from the floor or something. I run up to see Hayden standing there naked, he had apparently been going to the bathroom, while Brynley had been scrubbing the inside of the toilet with her bare hands and some soap! This girl is obsessed with toilets now, I can't get her to stop touching them. She dips things in and takes them out. Yesterday she found a fake flower and was caught swishing it around in the toilet water - yuck!
I am sure there is so much more... Like Brynley over flowing the sink water, drawing on herself and Hayden with a permanent marker, beating up on Hayden all the time, and going to the back of the van every single time we get in the car. I remind her every time we are going into the garage to get in her car seat, but inevitably she gets herself buckled in the back and I have to yank her to the middle seats as she's crying and I'm yelling at her. When will she figure out that life would be so much easier if she would just listen???
Monday, August 25, 2008
Bryn's little foot was sticking out from under her bed at the end where her head should have been!
I couldn't resist taking pictures, these are very reminiscent of pictures of me when I was girl with my arm and leg stuck in the bookshelf next to my bed. When Bryn came downstairs that morning I asked her if she was sleeping under her bed. Her response: "I just came off my bed and bonked my head." Poor thing, hopefully she learned her lesson.
At the end of the meeting I had 4 or 5 people come up to me expressing sympathy and telling me that it was the funniest thing they have witnessed in a very long time! I am so glad that I could be the source of joy to so many innocent bystanders!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
First... Brynley is potty trained!!!! Yay!!! Once she knew how to do it, there has been no stopping her, and she loves all of her cute underwear. All toilets are now called potty trains, according to her, some are just bigger than others. She was at a friend's house yesterday and even went totally on her own without even telling the mom, I'm so proud. One thing I forgot about this whole potty training thing was how they can now examine their poop and see what it looks like. All kids do this right??? Last night it looked like a carrot apparently and this morning it looked like a teddy bear. I must say, I had to agree with the bear analysis. Anyway, I am beyond excited that we are "done" with potty training for another 2 years or so.
The second thing I wanted to share just touched me so deeply when it happened, let me share... Last Tuesday Hayden didn't get a stamp on his behavior chart from school and I told him I was disappointed and told him that he wouldn't be able to play the Wii that day. He cried for what seemed like forever and so we just talked about how he has to remember to be good ALL day at school. So the next day (Wed.) I reminded him that he had to get a stamp on his chart if he wanted to play the Wii, he gets home and has no stamp. I felt bad for the kid, 7 hours at school is a long time and his misbehavior's didn't seem too bad to me. So that night at dinner, Hayden said the prayer and asked Heavenly Father to help him be good at school the next day. On Thursday morning as we were getting ready to leave for school we knelt and had family prayer (which doesn't happen in the am very often) and we asked again to help Hayden be good at school. Sure enough when I picked him up that afternoon he had a stamp and his teacher even remarked that she could tell all day if he started to get off task, he would remind himself to do better. As we drove home Hayden said, "Oh I forgot to tell Ms. Tapia about my prayer!" I told him it was okay, he didn't have to tell her and then he asked if we could pray everyday before he leaves for school. Since then he has had a stamp everyday and I am so proud of him!
We are very excited, my aunt and uncle will be building a second home right next to us and our lot is almost at the end of a cul de sac as well as being right near the park. We will now have plenty of room for anyone who wants to come visit!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
For any of you who read my tag post last week, I had some things I needed to work on. One being fixing Brynley's hair because it really intimidates me. So I took some time last week to actually try new things in her hair and I am so proud of myself. The picture above is one of the hairdos I tried this week, I didn't get pictures of any other dos but I thought this one was cute and she even sat still for it!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Yes, that's right, she calls her potty chair a potty train! She has had a great day and even told me twice when she had to go potty and even took her potty train to the playroom and did it all on her own! She had a few accidents but overall she is doing great! I am so proud of her and I knew she could do it, hopefully by the end of the week we will be diaperless, (for her anyway)!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
It was scary to see Hayden surrounded by so many other kids, ready to head off on his own. I worry so much for him, I am scared that other kids might pick on him, I'm worried that he won't know how to communicate effectively while at school and that he won't be able to stand up for himself. He's a very smart kid but sometimes it's a little hard to get his attention, I wish his teacher good luck!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
How to play this game of tag. Post these rules on your blog:List 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, 3 random surprising facts about yourself. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
3 Joys: My Family, Eating Out, Watching a favorite TV show
3 Fears: That Hayden will struggle in Kindergarten, We won't find the "perfect" house, Losing one of my children
3 Goals: To finish the book I just started, To cook dinner at least 4 times this week!, To get back to the gym now that Hayden will be in school and I only have two kids to take with me
3 Current Obsessions: The Wii - Mario Kart, Trying to find a house, Jones Soda-Berry Lemonade
3 Random Facts: I am not a reader, I hardly ever finish a book that I have started, I have the hardest time fixing Brynley's hair, it seriously stresses me out, and until this week I had only ever sent about 10 text messages in my life, I have a new phone and I can't stop texting with it!
I tag: Meghan, Kristin M., Wendy, Toni, and Kristen J.