Fall Fun

Fall Fun

It’s just the start of fall, but we’ve had SO MUCH fall fun already!

Remi had an apple party at school (the week of Johnny Appleseed Day) and she took this FUNNY picture.

None of the other kids bit the apples, but she did.  When my mom picked her up, she said, “Mimi, I bite apple!” so proud. Silly goose.


We went to the fall festival at Tyler’s school (he’s a school resource officer now) and had a BLAST. The high schoolers were so sweet to Remi, and it was set up as such a fun, free event.  Games, festival fun, bounce arounds….all free!

She finally LOVES the bouncey house.  She’s been unsure before, but was all in for this one.

She got some candy while playing games, got a tattoo on her hand and also got her first face painting.  She did so good sitting still!

Then we went to a tailgate and the homecoming game at Daddy’s school.  She LOVED watching the band- both at the festival and the tailgate.  Big live music fan, here.

She ate her hot dog, danced, played corn hole with the big kids, and was just so much fun. 

We had a bit of a problem finding a seat at the busy homecoming game (and not knowing the stadium).  We sat in the student section first, then accidentally went to some reserved seats.  Oops.  We settled in and watched kick-off, but then this girl was tired and asked to go home.  She can’t hang! (I can’t complain about my great sleeper!)

We’re having a great season already!

A Super Fun Week

A Super Fun Week

We had a SUPER fun week jam packed with exciting things. Here are the highlights:

Tyler’s birthday! We had a family dinner complete with Happy Cake! Remi didn’t love the candle, but LOVED the cake and ice cream.

Mom and I had a date night- massage, pedicure, dinner and shopping. It was fun to spend time together. And we found Mickey Oreos at Target…so of course, we had to buy some!

Tyler’s family reunion was on Saturday. Always a fun time. Remi got to play her first game of marbles with Kelsey and Norma. She also played outside in the rain and got SOAKED.

We enjoyed visiting with everyone, but especially with Tyler’s cousins (and Brad). I’m so thankful they made me their family, too.

Remi also got to color and play dinosaurs with cousin Jen’s little brother. So fun!

When we got home, she kicked back to watch Frozen. She’s currently obsessed with “pwincess snowman”.

Sunday we had a little family photo shoot before church. Me and my girl!!

We are loving Daddy being around all weekend long.

After naptime, we went to see Poppa. Remi liked playing around and even did a little singing for Poppa.

He had a REALLY great day, which was nice. He did a lot of talking and even told me “Love you too, baby.”

We went and grabbed dinner and did a little more shopping after seeing dad.  This girl was CRAZY shopping for shoes. “I yike dos shoes. I yike dos boots, momma” So guess who got some new shoes?  I’m raising her right to like shopping! ha!

She was accident-free all weekend! Woohoo!  A super fun time together!

This is Potty Training

This is Potty Training

In mid-September, we picked a weekend, I took a Friday off work and we did a three-day potty training boot camp.

Remi has been ready for a while. Months, even.  She’s been so interested, has gone in the potty several times at home and at school…has wanted to go when we are out and about.

She hit all the markers I’ve read for readiness- putting things where they belong, an interest in privacy when doing her business, an interest in pleasing us….and she’s at the right age (while some will say to wait until 3, many potty training experts recommend 18-30 months…she was 23 months).  (Side note: no shame in doing what works best for you and your child.  Me doing this before 2 doesn’t mean we are better than someone who waited.  It’s what worked for us.)

But I wasn’t ready.  I wanted to wait until our busy summer was over. I needed to get MY head in the right space. I had read a couple potty training books and didn’t love their methods.  But then a friend at the gym mentioned Oh Crap! Potty Training. It was EVERYTHING I needed to hear. An easy method- but very straightforward slap in the face that this isn’t really about HER, it’s about ME teaching her. Me believing in her, me making sure we do this. It got me in the head space to do this.

So we did.

And she did AMAZING.  The first day was naked all day, and we worked on getting everything in the potty (like keeping the potty right there and as soon as she started going, putting her on it.)  It’s all about stages of awareness: from clueless to “I peed” to “I’m peeing” to “I have to pee.”  I think she went from clueless really fast. We had one “I peed” accident where we both missed it, and she looked like she realized it wasn’t what we talked about (putting ALL of our pee and poop in the potty).

From there, we had several “I’m peeing” and I saw a lightbulb go off.  If we took her potty (which we did at regular intervals), she would go! She had figured it out.

We played a lot of the day in the kitchen (our one room without carpet) but at some point, needed a change of scenery and she sat in her chair on a puppy pad. After like 10 a.m., she didn’t have any accidents.  We just kept the potty close by and either prompted her to go or she would ask to go (although the book said typically kids can take weeks to tell you they need to go, she got it right away).

The second day was with pants.  She had a couple of accidents in the morning, but again, after like 10 a.m., was GREAT. We pushed liquids so she got plenty of practice.

We even got out of the house on day 2 because she was doing so well.  We took the little potty with us, and she used it in my trunk at Sonic! ha! (She’s shirtless because she got hot).

Sunday morning, I asked her if she wanted to go to church and potty there. She said “yes” so off we went!  She did well there…but the asking to go potty didn’t fully translate, so she had one accident the second hour.  But nothing major. She was doing SO good.

Since then, she’s done so well at school.  Her teachers are very supportive and patient on building the skills we started at home. They take her potty regularly and are very attentive.

She’s had some accidents here and there, but this isn’t an instant skill.  Just like we were patient in her learning to crawl or walk or talk, we are building day by day. I’m so thankful to have found this method that worked so well for us.

In the first week, she did AMAZING. We started on a Friday and by the following Friday, she was accident free (and has had several days in a row without accidents).  We continue to take her potty if we are about to get in the car or sit down to eat or play, but she will ask to go.  There have been some “false alarms” where she asks and DOESN’T go, but those are fewer.  She’s woken up dry from a couple naps and holding quite a bit at night (not fully dry yet, but I expect that to come).  She’s wearing pull-ups at night.

We are sticking with the little potty for a while to allow her to be independent.  There’s been several times when she goes in the bathroom and goes alone without any help or asking. We couldn’t have that if she used a seat on the big potty. She can use the big potty (with a ring on it, she’s too small for the big seat), and has had NO FEAR in using it other places. She’s been to the mall, to grandpa’s nursing home, to the family reunion, to another church for a choir performance…she isn’t phased by location.

Some people talk about potty training like labor pains- long, painful, awful, horror stories.  That wasn’t our story at all.  This is potty training: smiles, three fun (albeit long) days together, learning new skills.  I’m so proud of this girl!

Another note that I don’t know helped but I won’t fully dismiss: we picked a weekend recommended by the Farmer’s Almanac to potty train. YES, they have dates for that. There are thoughts that different moon phases and whatnot are best for learning and adding skills, and others are best for taking it away (they also have dates for weaning!).  We did pick a date from this list.  I don’t know if it would have gone the same on another weekend because we only got one chance at a first try….but it surely didn’t hurt!

County Fair Pageant- Pro Pics

County Fair Pageant- Pro Pics

A day in pictures!  Remi loved it and she won her little age group.  Here are some of the photos from the day…