Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The biggest battles have involved the potty chair and the bathtub at night. Emily does not want to get off the former to get into the latter. That may not seem like the worst problem in the world, but it can be quite frustrating when you know your small group will be stepping in the door in less than 15 minutes and/or your back is aching from sitting scrunched up on the tile floor after looking at the same lift-the-flap book for 20 minutes. Then when she finally does actually get into the water she refuses to sit down. On Sunday night she got a fast washcloth bath while kicking and screaming and trying to climb out. On Monday night I washed her hair while she stood up. Tonight I have a high school girl coming over to observe our supper/bedtime routines in the hopes of establishing a go-to evening babysitter. Let's hope the presence of another person subdues the fury a bit. Either that or Sarah will know exactly what she might be getting into!
Lest I forget the small victory--After sitting on the potty chair for almost 20 minutes last night Emily announced, "pee-pee," and sure enough, there was a little tiny tinkle in the bottom. Yay! I know there is still a loooooong way to go in the potty-training process, but that is a big step for both of us! :o)
I about fell over paying $6 for a dozen ears of sweet corn this weekend, but there was definitely supply/demand forces at work to justify the price they were charging. I guess sweet corn is not immune to inflation. :o( For the record, it was delicious!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
For any of you who have never heard the song, or those of you who want to take a trip down memory lane, click here: Fifty Nifty United States - School House Rock.wav
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday was also our 5th Anniversary! I don't know why, but I feel older knowing I've been out of college for 5 years then knowing I've been married for 5 years. It has been an amazing journey. To celebrate Austin & I took off after lunch and actually went door-knocking together for awhile in Janesville. I know--but I was curious to see him in action! :o) Then we checked into a hotel in Cedar Falls. We relaxed in the pool/hot tub, had a wonderful meal at Ferrari's and saw a beautiful rainbow after a storm blew through. We met up with my parents & Emily again for the late service at Orchard Hill. I was more relaxed than I had felt in months and none of us had any separation anxiety at all. It was the first time I had left Emily overnight and it was long overdue!
After church we all headed to Jay Bullerman's house for the annual Waterloo Open client appreciation event held by Financial Resource Advisors (my former employer). Emily wasn't interested in eating. She just wanted to play in the ice chest. :o) It was great food, though!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
This is a collage of Emily checking things out. She loved the "fishies" and life-like cow. I couldn't get her to try and milk it, though. ;o) She is also exploring China, digging in the "garden", fishing with magnets, going "shopping" for vegetables and crashing a play being staged by a group of random kids.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Emily & I took a little field trip to PetCo this morning to get dog food for Cheney and look at all the animals. That is some fun and cheap entertainment (except for the dog food part)! Emily called all the rodents "mice" and loved the "fishies" and "wa-er" (water) best. You can click on the picture collage to enlarge.
Friday, July 4, 2008
We had McDonald's on the road (which Emily did VERY well with) and made a brief pit-stop at home in Denver to reload before heading up to Fredrika. Emily took a 30 min. snooze in the van before we had to wake her up to sit in the wagon. That was also a big parade for such a small town. Emily did so well the whole day and performed her role of looking cute beautifully. We got a lot of comments (and hopefully a lot of votes!) from people lining the streets.
We finally made it home by 3:30pm where everyone except Emily crashed. After being confined to either a car seat or wagon all day she was running around like crazy. She thought it was hilarious to chase Cheney around pushing her baby stroller and trying to run into him. She even caught him a few times! Then she had fun playing in the sand with Grandma Lorenzen while we grilled supper.
Happy 4th of July!