I am glad I have cell phone pictures to look back on, otherwise I would have no idea what we did this week. It’s all been a little bit of a blur.
I know there was some lizard catching going on the other night, which creeps me out, but really shouldn’t because I used to do my fair share as a child. I came home from work and daddy was in the backyard, catching lizards and giving them to the kids to hold. The kids were actually somewhat gentle, and I am happy to say that no lizards were injured in the process. I did have to tell Lily that the lizard needed to go find his mommy and take a bath in order to get her to let him go.
Did you know if you stroke their bellies, they get paralyzed? It’s true, I saw it on Letterman’s stupid pet tricks.. Anyway, here’s Cameron testing the theory:
We also did some swimming the other day.. the kids just love the water. We opened the door to the pool deck, and Lily and Cameron walked right up to the edge of the pool, where Lily decided to give Cameron a nice firm shove right into the pool. Luckily, he had his swimmies on and I snatched him right out, but seriously… I don’t know what I am going to do with her.
And luckily, he’s forgiving. We did have a little episode where Cameron wanted to jump into the pool, and dove headfirst, directly into my head, in the deep end. I seriously thought I was going to have a giant black eye because his forehead hit me right on my browbone. I saw stars, said a bad word, teared up, the whole nine. But just a little red mark on both of us, and he was back swimming again 60 seconds later.
The kid has no fear.
We also hit Lake Eola one day last week.. it was about 1000 degrees, as you can tell by the red, sweaty faces.
Can you spot all three of the kiddos?
The park at Lake Eola has a great climbing tree!
In between all the fun and games, I have been working on securing prizes for my online fundraiser in September.. I have some really awesome prizes lined up! I have been running, just taking it easy and doing 2-3 miles right now. I am in pretty rough shape but, already I am off to a better start than I was last year. I just have to get the fundraising underway, and I’ll feel better about things.
On the potty-training front, it’s going well.. hardly any accidents, and even Lily is now doing #1 AND #2 on the potty. The trick is, being near a potty when she says she has to go, because she can’t seem to hold it long. But at least she is recognizing “the feeling” now. It is nice to be using diapers only for nap and bedtime now, but I look forward to not needing any diapers at all anymore!
I have to say, I am glad I waited as long as I did, and I think it would have been fine even if I waited longer. I can’t imagine having done this 6 months ago, or more. It’s a time consuming process, and even though they don’t have accidents, the reason for that is because the kids spend half their waking hours on the potty. Anytime one sees another getting ready to go, they want to go too. Benjamin could sit on the potty for an hour, easy. Just talking, and singing, and reading books.. anything to earn that treat. And going out in public… that’s a whole new ballgame now. I really don’t have the luxury of taking them anywhere by myself because I couldn’t take them all to the bathroom myself (and keep them from touching everything). I figure we have a few more months until they really get it down, and don’t need to be reminded constantly to go potty, and we can stop making such a huge deal about every little tinkle. I am proud of their progress.
On a side note, I am pretty sure that I have an effective (although not so humane) tactic that the government might be interested in for getting prisoners to talk. Just lock them in a small room at about 5 pm with my kids and let the whining ensue. I’m serious. I am hoping this is just a phase, but they are so darn picky about every little thing.. the cups they drink out of, the color of the plate they eat off of, which pajamas I put on them, which shoes they wear… if it’s not the one they want, the whining begins. Oh, the whining. I think I could lose my mind sometimes.
Other than that, all is well. Hope you have a terrific weekend:)