Sunday, January 29, 2012

If She Would Only Tell Us...

Scott and I are struggling with one aspect of potty training Ava...she's got #1 down, no worries there.  And she's certainly aware when she needs to poop - we find her in the corner, hiding behind furniture, doing everything possible so we don't find out that she has to poop (and is pooping.)  In fact, this morning, Scott found Ava in her room, hiding behind her laundry hamper, with the fabric top in her mouth, biting down on it because she was pushing so hard!

More often than not, we catch her halfway through, and we may or may not make it to the toilet in time.  I'm tired of cleaning out underwear...we've asked her if she likes the feel of poop in her pants.  We've asked her why she doesn't tell us when she has to go.  We've given her positive reinforcement, we've tried negative reinforcement....and nothing works.  We only get a shrug, and a tiny "I don't know why" as an answer.

This morning, she was so happy that she got to put a sparkly princess sticker on her chart (reward: light-up shoes after 8 successful times.)  However, 5 minutes later, we found her in the corner, once again (this was the hamper biting episode, as a matter of fact!)

If there are any suggestions that have worked for other kids, we are open to them.  At this point, I'm thinking we'll be sending her to school in pull-ups!  Although, I have to keep telling myself...how many adults do I know that aren't potty trained?  Chances are likely that one of these days, she'll actually want to go in the toilet and not her Rapunzel underwear!

Hoping for better potty luck in the coming week!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Everyone Needs a Break

No, we haven't disappeared...I just took a much needed break from the blog after the holidays!  I didn't realize it had been three weeks already...wow!  Where does the time go?

I took last week off of work, and finally had a chance to relax.  For the first time in maybe FOREVER, I actually did NOT check my work email while I was out!  Not once!  I'm a little scared to see what might be waiting for me, but those 9 days of no-work-contact was pretty fantastic!  Even better, we didn't go anywhere...I stayed around the house, and managed to knock a few things off of the constant to-do list.  Ava was at daycare all week, and it's amazing how much more I can get done without a little princess running under foot. 

Our house projects are coming along nicely...we got new carpet installed in our main floor family room this past week.  We have had ceramic tile there for about 10 years, and it's so great to have a comfortable place to sit on the floor and play with Ava.  She's pretty excited too...she refers to it as "snow" and keeps asking me to make snow angels in it.  The dogs are also loving the extra places to lie down...it means less doggies on the furniture, and that makes this mom very, very happy!

So, what else have we done in the last three weeks?  We celebrated our last Christmas with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey.  Nice and low key was the perfect way to wrap up the Christmas season. In January. :)  This was the "toy receiving" Christmas gathering for Ava...she received some wonderful, fun gifts that she's enjoyed playing with over the last week.  She wants to bring her new laundry center everywhere with her...daycare, Menards, etc.  Sorry, kid, that one is NOT a portable toy!

We have started the path of getting Scott up to speed in technology.  He now owns a smartphone!  I won't lie...I'm a little concerned on how long it will last, considering his history with phones.  But, we put insurance on his phone, and hopefully we'll never need it.  We both got the Samsung Galaxy this past Friday...and I love it so far!  My old phone was 2.5 years old and things were running so slow on it.  I can't believe how much faster this one is...patience has never been my strong point, and with technology, it really irritates me to have to wait for sites to load, or for the darn thing to take 10 minutes to reboot.  This change also makes this mom very, very, very happy!

And today, Ava, Grandma Deb and I went to see Beauty and the Beast 3D.  Ava did so well...when the first 3D scene came on, she sat right up in her seat and leaned forward.  It's cute to see her laugh at appropriate points in the movie - just another reminder that she's not my baby anymore.  And holy smokes, can that kid eat popcorn!  Clearly she takes after her dad...I cannot believe how much of a large bag of popcorn she ate.  Granted, Grandma Deb and I had some, as well, but my little shorty ate more than her share.

I neglected to take many pictures over the past few weeks, so the Christmas ones are courtesy of Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey.

Putting on her new Sponge Bob slippers...look at the matching backpack!


She really IS Grandpa's little stinker!


Ava couldn't wait to get into her new Cinderella carriage...


Hugging her new mini-Pillow Pet.  Name?  Butterfly (we might need to work on creativity here...)


Yes!  New sets to replace our 10-year old Tupperware (can't believe it's lasted this long!)


The new 2012 Ava calendar...


Every little girl needs a jewelry box with the spinning ballerina!


All dressed up in her Cinderella jewelry


So proper...


Last night, I broke out my Candy Land game from when I was little...I forgot how easy it was to play.  And little Ava even won (I *might* have let her skip ahead of me once!)


Totally getting into it.  And look at the new carpet!


At Beauty and the Beast 3D.  Looking good in those glasses!



So, it's back to work for me tomorrow...not looking forward to the 5:30a.m. wakeup, but I will be happy to have adult interaction again.  Even better is that I'm ready to put my mind back into the game and get stuff done.  Looks like I need to take vacation more often. :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy Holidays!

What a wonderful time of the year!  2011 was a great holiday season for the Goers family.  We flew out to Colorado on 12/23 to celebrate Christmas with my parents, and our little chatterbox talked non-stop on the outbound flight.  Even better, she amused everyone in the gate area with her observations about the plane:
  • Where's our plane? (Sitting right at the end of the jetway, honey.)
  • Our plane is out of gas!!  (No, it's not - it hasn't moved...why do you think it's out of gas?!)
  • The plane has no wheels! (Yes it does - you just can't see them right now...they're on the ground.)
  • Where are the wings?  Our plane has no wings?!  (Sigh.  Yes, it does - see them sticking out from the side of the plane?)
  • Random girl in the gate area, "Our plane seems to be deteriorating."
Luckily, all of us (plane included) made it to Colorado, without any issues with lack of fuel, wheels, or wings.

We only left the house once over the long weekend, and that was to make a snowman.  The snowman adventure was pretty fun - my favorite part was when Ava tried to put the carrot nose on, and pushed too hard.  The head fell off, and she screamed bloody murder.  Pretty funny!  We also had a great little snowball fight...it was the perfect way to have a white Christmas, without dealing with the downfalls of snow!

Christmas Eve was so much fun, watching Ava open her gifts - "Iloveyouthankyousomuchwhatisit?"  Can't say she doesn't have (some) manners!  We also watched the Polar Express, which I thought was awesome!  My parents have a great sound system in their home, and Ava is still talking about the train shaking the house as it pulled up in the movie!

Christmas day was also wonderful, once Ava realized that Santa had indeed made it to Lone Tree and left her gifts.  The two highlights?  "Rupunzel underwear!  Thank YOU!!"  and of course, the Hermey chapstick. 

Did I mention that Hermey was also a constant figure that weekend?  Ava talked about him quite a bit, and let us know that he fixed her kitchen with a screwdriver, and that he's a "workin' elf."  But I'm getting a little confused because she's now told me he's her little brother and her son.  So, we have an elf fiance, husband, brother and son.  Scott and I are going to retire Rudolph for the season, so it'll be interesting how long Hermey continues to be a part of Ava's chatter.  (Side note: Ava just told me that Hermey's not here any more....he's a hard workin' elf, but he's just not here any more!)

Our visit in Colorado came to a quick end, and before we knew it, we were back on the plane to Minnesota.  Again, chatter-chatter-chatter until the last 15 minutes when it was non-stop crying due to the pressure in her ears.  She kept hitting herself in the head, crying that her ears were broken, and that I need to turn them up!  Poor kid - how do you explain that sensation so they understand?

As the last hurrah to the 2011 holiday season, we went south to celebrate New Years with the Winfield family.  Good food/drinks, conversation and friends!  Isabel just got new bunkbeds, so after they were assembled, the girls had an excellent time playing on them.  For the first time ever, Ava and Isabel managed to sleep in the same room - and they actually...slept!  Granted, they didn't get to bed until after midnight (not for lack of trying on our part), so when they crashed, they were out.  Our little Ava was up nice and early though, and managed to be a little stinker until it was time for her nap today.  I think we all could have used a nap today!

It's funny, many of my friends were very happy to see 2011 be done, and were cheering on the arrival of 2012.  We're looking forward to a brand new year, with big changes ahead!  Welcome, 2012!

Riding the train to baggage claim in Denver


What a cute lil cowgirl!


Or gnome :)





Protecting her sandwich from Daddy


Looking less than excited about decorating cookies


Still not interested...


Hm...


Well, ok, I guess I'll help.  Reluctantly.




No one told me this could get messy (a little frosting got on her finger...notice the look of disgust...)


Oh, Mommy, it'll be OK!





Showing Grandma Karen the 2012 Ava calendar


All decorated with bows!


Playing the memory game with Mom and Grandma Karen


Leaving eggnog for Santa


We have a tradition of making the eggnog a different color.  The purple attempt resulted in a pretty gross grey color.


Add a little rum, and it no longer matters that it's grey!


Hermey, my love!


Learning about Silly Putty


The traditional apples and oranges in the stockings!


Grandpa Doug looks so surprised!


Horrible picture of me, but I love how Ava looks like she's ready to battle crime with a thing of chapstick in each hand.


Maybe Daddy really was surprised!


Can you spot the three Hermey's in this picture?


Loves to grab Daddy's face...


Where does the carrot nose go?




Making the snowman she had been asking about for weeks!


I wouldn't trust that guy either, Ava!


Make the first move by kicking snow at him!



Our snowman had a distinctly evil face to him...and then Scott put an arm growing out of his neck!


We neutralized him a bit. :)




My little snow angel!


Jumping on my little snow angel! :)


Opening gifts back in Minnesota


This is what it looks like to be reprimanded by a princess...


This was the best gift I got all year - this was made for us by Ava at her daycare.  It'll be so much fun to look at those little handprints as she gets older!