I will be honest, I was avoiding potty training Eva. One by one her little Nursery-mates became potty trained and still I put it off. Maybe I was holding onto my baby a little bit, but mostly I was dreading the months longs agony and hassle of potty training that my other two girls had put me through. But then Eva started staying dry at night and I figured I had better not miss my last best opportunity.
We started on a Friday and I jumped in with the 3-Day Potty Training method, modified a bit for my sanity. Basically you let your child run around bare bottomed for 3 days while pumping them full of juice, water and salty snacks. You are supposed to have little potties in each room, but I skipped that and just went with our one potty seat that fits on the toilet in the main bath. Eva didn't like being bare bottomed so we went with just panties on day one. You are also supposed to stay home for 3 days but I am a busy mom so we went with pull-ups when we had to go out. The first day we had several accidents but also 3 successes and at the end of the day, I was exhausted. Eva and I developed a little high five and butt shake routine to celebrate success along with stickers on her sticker chart. Day Two we had even more successes and took a little trip to the park, she stayed dry in her pull-up. Day Three was church and a family party so she wore a pull-up a lot but only had 3 accidents. By Monday we were cruising along. She would tell me when she needed to go and nearly always made it to the potty in time. She insisted on wearing pants over her panties and did great. The rest of our week progressed amazingly well. I almost want to pinch myself that she was so easy. After a few misses Eva even has #2 under control. High Five, butt shake, Wahoo for us!
Sunday, March 9, 2014
It's hard to believe that my irrepresable chubby cheeked "Little Guy" turned 11. For dinner he requested crepes with fruit and whipped cream. Yum! He had to wait all day to open his present though. Look at that grin.
Tal loves scouting and is entering Boy Scouts so a new uniform and the gear is a great present, even if he won't smile. Tal and mom worked really hard for Talmage to earn his Arrow of Light. We have to wait a bit for the official ceremony but he is excited to wear it on his Boy Scout uniform.
February 12, 2014
This was Tal's year to have a friend party. He is a big computer gamer so he chose a Minecraft theme. He invited several friends to go swimming at the Aquatic Center and then came back home for cake and ice cream.
We made fizzy drinks, minecraft creepers, and gave away bags of gold coins that they didn't even have to mine for. What a fun party!
Ten Things about Talmage
1. Tal's favorite food is crepes, filled with fruit and whipped cream.
2. He loves to play Minecraft and Wizard 101.
3. Physically he loves to play basketball, and football outside at school. He is a fast runner and
4. His favorite movies are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
5. He loves scouts and just earned his Arrow of Light. He is looking forward to campouts and earning merit badges in Boy Scouts.
6. He is becoming a great pianist and loves playing percussion in band.
7. His best friends are Brad Johnson and Porter Hurley.
8. His favorite color is blue but he also still really like red.
9. He likes to pick out songs on the piano and loves pop and rock.
10.Caffeine free Pepsi is his favorite drink.February 15, 2014
Back in October with the cold weather approaching, I was feeling down about the prospects of our adventures coming to a close until next summer. I had kicked around the idea of a winter camping adventure but was a little trepidatious. Good thing I checked on a yurt rental then because I snagged the last weekend night before April. Fast forward a few months and we were anxiously looking forward to our Human Rights Day adventure camping in the Yurt in Harriman State Park.
Winter camping proposed a few challenges but we were up for it. First of all, we all had to cross country ski into our yurt. Kris and I had skiis but Abi and Tal had to borrow and learn to ski. Leah and Eva were a little small so they were pulled behind in a pulk, a kid sled. Then we had to pack our gear in, again in backpacks and sleds. This necessitating packing a lot lighter than I normally do. Everyone dressed in layers and slept in their base. Finally winter camping means a midnight trek to the potty can be really cold. Solution: a honey bucket. The kids were totally grossed out at first, but everyone used it.
Abi and Tal caught on quickly and skied right along. Leah and Eva liked to stop and switch between the sleds pulled by Kris and I. The sky was blue, the sun shining and the weather warm for winter. Soon we had stripped off hats and coats. We climbed back into the truck tired and sweaty but we all agreed that this was an adventure worth repeating.
Our Meek family cleans up pretty good in our Christmas clothes as we head off to church.December 29, 2013
Everyone was healthy this year for Christmas. But we tried to take some of the lessons we learned from last year and scale back our festivities to what was most important. Mom and Dad devised a plan for presents: Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read. We shopped and wrapped early to avoid the last minute rush. We cut out the Bake Shop and instead opting for making one big batch of sugar cookies and taking them to a few people in the ward. Our advent calendar was simple and focused on the life of Christ. And most importantly, we tried to spend meaningful time with our families. We organized family pictures as gifts for our parents. Kris and I nixed the sibling gifts with our adult siblings and instead organized kid free dinners where we could enjoy time together.
Christmas Eve we had an early dinner at GG Hayes, played the greedy game and cleaned up. At Nana Meek's house each child was spoiled with rounds of presents from Nana, aunts and uncles, and cousins.
Tal, our Dr Who fanboy, LOVES this TARDIS pillowcase crafted with love by aunt Sarah.
Christmas morning dawned a little too bright and early for mom and Dad but Tal couldn't wait to wake Leah and Eva to show them their present. By far the splashiest present in the living room this dune buggy for Leah and Eva was their want present they didn't even know they wanted.
Talmage will be ripping up the basketball court in these new shoes that he needed. He was almost spastic over receiving a new Kindle Fire HD, that he had wanted. To wear, Tal received a sharp new suit to wear to church and the Lord of the Rings series to read.
But that car was the hit of Christmas. Kris had shoveled the driveway and walk so that we would be ready for driving. Leah quickly grasped the basics of forward and back, staying straight not so much. Whee!!! What fun.December 25, 2013
The Howell family surprised us by leaving a gingerbread kit on our kitchen cupboard one day. We seized upon the opportunity to create our one of a kind masterpiece. Abi and Tal got quite creative with frosting and fondant while Leah and Eva taste tested the various trimmings.
Another FHE we ventured out to South Fork Veterinary clinic that was sponsoring a live nativity. We came prepared with our own hot cocoa to ward off the frigid cold. The kids loved the petting zoo style nativity although we doubt there was such a cute pig at the original.
The charter school where Leah and Talmage attend put on a Christmas Concert that is a wonder to behold. It is a wonder how their music teacher gets each grade to prepare so well and then sit so quietly which each other grade performs. Leah and the Kindergartners sang "Jingle Bells" and "We are happy little elves" with great enthusiasm and bell ringing.
All dressed up with no place to go. Kris and I fancied up for the annual 7th district Bar Party but due to a scheduling conflict the Bar Party was bumped. All was not lost however and we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Red Robin with the Lary and Louise Larson where we got a few funny looks but great attention from the manager :)
Our first real snow of the season dumped about four inches between Friday night and Saturday morning. The kids woke up and were nearly spastic with excitement to get their snow clothes on and go play, even before breakfast. Dad helped with the snowman construction while mom cooked breakfast and prepared mugs of steaming hot chocolate to warm them up when they came in.
November 16, 2013
We hosted the extended Meek clan for Thanksgiving this year. Abi prepared this adorable vegetable tray that was nearly to cute to eat.
Prior to our big day we decorated tasty turkeys to set at each place. These really were to cute to eat but between Eva, Leah,Justin and Daphne most guests lost at least their gumdrops. Of course I missed a pic of the family together, but we had a marvelous time.November 28, 2013
Leah started dancing with Dance Tech Academy this fall. She struggles against getting up and going to dance on Tuesday mornings, but once there seems to love it. Before Christmas Leah danced in the Holiday Benefit Concert and was the belle of the show.December 7, 2013
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Even Kris and I got into the spirit this year as "The Doctor" and "Rose Tyler" of Dr Who fame.October 31, 2013
Because they are Clever!October 2013