Adventures In Potty Training- Part 3

After months and months of little to no interest in potty training the girls are finally ready, and there is no slowing them down. We are leaving soon for a trip for their birthday and so I had intended on simply getting them more comfortable on the potty before then, and then focusing on training after our return. But it doesn’t seem like they really want to wait now! For the past month or so they have been able to go pee (in their diapers) before bed, so they would stay dry a good portion of the night. Last week I brought in their portable froggy potties into their room and had them try to pee in those before bed. The first night they sat, but were unwilling to pee. I decided to put their diapers back on but return them to the potty to go there. Alyssa did, but Kylie did not. The next night Alyssa actually did pee sans diaper, and Kylie peed with her diaper. The night after that they were both peeing on the potty before bed. That was the extent that I was planning on doing before our trip… just to get them a little more comfortable. BUT, the girls have more in mind and started asking to go before nap. And then the next day it was a couple times a day. Now they are asking to go use the potty every time! We have an insert for the regular toilet that they use too, so we will be bringing it on our trip with us. (The froggy potties are too big to bring both with us) But we will also be bringing plenty of diapers for the whole trip. The way I see it, I don’t want to make them worried about it on their birthday vacation so there will be absolutely no pressure. But if they ask and want to use the potty I don’t want to have to tell them no either! Every time they pee they get to wash hands with special potty soap in a hippopotamus dispenser and get to put a sticker on a potty chart.

I made these charts way back in April of last year. They still love Elmo thankfully! Last time we tried introducing them to the potty Alyssa had slightly more luck (and luck was all it was) and had more stickers on her chart. Kylie was trying, but it made her sad. I hated that and didn’t know how to reward one without the other one feeling left out. So we decided to just give stickers and let them put them anywhere on either chart and it has worked so much better. For them picking a sticker is enough of a reward and working up to something else is not needed. Today Kylie asked me to print off another chart since these ones were all full. What a good problem to have!

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Published in: on January 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Quick Case

I apologize for my lack of blogging lately. Everything is fine here, so don’t worry about us, I just have been really busy. The girls requested (last week) that they each get a blue owl quilt for their birthday. That’s two new quilts in less than three weeks. On top of that I need to finish making invitations to Wyatt’s birthday party (Holy moly, can the Little Man really be almost one?!) which need to go out by the beginning of February since we might get some out of town guests. Oh ya, and we are making a family trip up to my family’s cabin in Big Bear, Ca too. Anyways, between the crafting and the home running and the kid raising, my blogging has fallen to the bottom of my list.

Sometimes when I get deep into the middle of a big craft project I like to break it up with something quick and easy with results I can see immediately. I needed something to start and finish during nap time. I had bought this fabric when I was shopping for quilt prints. It wasn’t on my list, but what just too cute to pass up. It matched the girls room perfectly, so I decided to make simple pillowcases with a contrast trim and for their beds.


Want to make your own?

Start with two fabrics:

Main fabric- 26 in by 41 in. (if you are using a fabric with a specific direction like mine the short side should follow the print, and the long side should be perpendicular)

Trim fabric- 10 in by 41 in


Line up the edge of your main fabric (wrong side) to the outside edge of your trim (right side) and roll your main fabric up about 1/2 way into the trim.


Fold over the trim fabric, enclosing the main fabric inside and pin.


Stitch and then pull out the main fabric.


Press. Fold pillowcase in half and pin the right sides together. Yes, right sides together. We’ll be using a french seam, so there will be no raw edges inside your pillowcase. Sew along side and bottom using a 1/4 inch seam.


Turn inside out and press open. Sew along the side and bottom, this time using a 5/8 inch seam. This will completely enclose the other seam living no raw edges inside. Turn right side out and press. Add pillow and enjoy!

Published in: on January 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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In Honor of Ozzie

Many of us are lucky and aside from colds and stomach bugs and an occasional case of the chicken pox our kids are mostly healthy. We complain to our friends about how our kids are waking up too early, not eating well enough, or about how freaking long it takes to load and unload everyone into car seats for a simple errand.  Most of our kid’s owies can be healed with just a kiss.

The biggest problem most kids have is having to clean up their toys or being upset about having to leave the park before they are ready.

Not Ozzie.

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Oscar, or Oz, is a two year old little Superman who is having to fight against cancer. “Cancer” and “two year old” are words that should just never be in the same sentence if you ask me.

His family learned about his cancer shortly before Thanksgiving and have since had to endure an operation, chemo and radiation. And they aren’t done yet.

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He’s only two. Did I mention that?

His story is one that I’ve been thinking about often. It is a reminder that even though most of us have healthy kids, there is someone out there having a conversation with a doctor about what their baby’s chance of surviving is.

Ozzie’s is 85%.

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Ozzie has a Dad and a Mom and a Big Sister who all love him very much, and are behind him all the way. And look at this kid! Does he look like he is going to take cancer lying down? I’m betting cancer is going to be scared of him before this is over. He is even flirting with his nurses 🙂

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This isn’t meant to be a make-you-feel-guilty-if-your-kids-are-healthy-kind of post, but it is a real world out there and this little man isn’t the only kid having to deal with some real tough stuff. I decided to make another quilt for Quilts for Kids in honor of Ozzie.


I didn’t get to pick the fabric (I would have picked Superman for him, and let’s face it- what kid couldn’t use that kind of encouragement!) and it won’t actually go to him, but some little boy out there is going to feel some comfort because of him.  If you have the time, consider making a quilt. The family is staying at Brent’s Place during Ozzie’s treatments and have great things to say about it, so you could also consider donating to them if you feel so led. If you are the praying type please lift up this family. (Dan, Robin, Gracie and Oscar.) I am sure it is a difficult time for all of them and any prayers, support, or well wishes would be greatly appreciated. I’ll post again to let you know once Ozzie has kicked cancer’s butt.

Published in: on January 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm  Comments (1)  
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Comparing & Coloring

I have twins, and they are identical too. This invites a lot of people to try to compare them to each other. It happened much more when they were babies.

“Have they both started to crawl yet?”

“Who is the better sleeper?”

“Do you have the same discipline problems with both?”

I get it. Twins are interesting and people are curious, but it makes me crazy. I feel like there can be so much pressure on them to do things in the same way at the same time. Since their little egg split these two are different people. They may save the same DNA but have different personalities and interests. It didn’t matter that Alyssa started crawling a month after Kylie, she ended up walking first. And so what if Kylie isn’t as good at catching a ball as Alyssa? She is better at drawing. And in a couple of years if one wants to do karate and one wants to take piano lessons then that just sounds perfect to me.

And just because I am a proud little mama, here is a picture Kylie colored yesterday. I think she did a pretty good job for still being two years old! She is getting better at coloring in the lines (all on her own, we don’t tell her she needs to!) and worked especially hard on Big Bird’s beak and feet.

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Published in: on January 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm  Comments (1)  
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