Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Two and a Half!

These two will officially be 2 1/2 tomorrow!
Stop growing up so fast!!
This sassy girl is all about dressing up lately
She loves to go up to her room and try on different outfits
She comes up with some very interesting choices
 She spends hours some days playing dress up and trying on all sorts of different combinations.
And of course no outfit is complete without piglet zipped up inside!
Avery still loves playing with her babies. She loves to feed them, change their diapers, rock them and read them books. She loves babies!!
Some of the cute things Avery is saying lately is:
- "bye bye pee-pee (or poo-poo), love you" while she is flushing the toilet,
- "I want to do frumps" which is a combination of flips and stunts (which is what her cousin Kennedy is always doing when they are together)
- she's started asking just about everyone if they have a "baby tummy" I think she wants mommy to have another baby :)
-when I ask her what the rules are she says, "no fighting, no biting, no pinching"
-one day in the car, a big 18 wheeler hauling a huge tractor drove by us, and Avery turned to Carson and said, "boy's not ride on that, it's only for men's, Carson you too little." So funny!!
-Shane told Avery one day that she needed to say the magic work (looking for her to say please) and she said, "Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse" (that's the "magic word" from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) we just died laughing, it was hilarious.
-at Chick-fil-A we heard someone's car alarm going off and Avery said, "uh-oh, someone pushed the red button."
-When Carson is screaming in the car she will say, "Carson, stop screaming, it's hurting mommy's ears" Thanks for looking out for me A!! She also says, "turn the radio down, it's hurting my ears" when there's a song on she doesn't like.
-when I have to stop quickly or accelerate too fast in the car she says, "People are rude mommy?" or "people are crazy?" Guess she's heard me say that a few times in the car :)
She keeps us laughing and chatters non stop these days!!
This sweet boy still loves to swing.
Here he is swinging with his baby.
And giving it sweet kisses.
Carson has been having fun with all of Avery's dress up stuff too. He's actually pretty good at walking in these high heels. (Daddy's so proud...ha!)
Carson had his first sleep over at MiMi's house a couple of months ago. (Avery's had a couple sleep overs too, but Carson I worried about...he likes to be home...just like his mommy!) He did great, slept all night and had a blast!
He didn't even look back, sigh...
He is still my "wild, crazy, into everything" boy
But he is still so, so sweet and affectionate!
Some of the cute things Carson is saying and doing these days are:
-"I want a-hunna one" (which translates to "I want another one")
-he always wants to know what we are doing, and says, "doing, mommy?" or "doing, daddy?" and he's started asking the dreaded toddler question... "why?"
-Carson is so friendly and affectionate, he waves to everyone in the store (especially old people) and usually ends up calling someone MiMi or PaPa. He also is so affectionate when leaving the grocery store, he always wants to give the checker and bagger a hug and a kiss. That's when I usually have to intervene with teaching him to just blow kisses to people.
-when I make him a cup of juice he says, "no water, just juice mommy." He's caught onto my diluting his juice down with I have to be sneaky.
-"My legs are getting tired" which is what he says when his legs fall asleep, which seems to happen everytime he sits on his knees for any length of time. I explained to him once that when he sits on his knees that his legs will "fall asleep,"  so now he tells us that his legs are "getting tired" So funny!
-Carson loves to sing Jesus loves Me, he lays in his bed after nap and sings Jesus Loves Me as he's waking up. I love to listen to him on the monitor, such a sweet sound!

He just loves riding in his truck DD have him for Christmas.
He's not that great at steering yet...
And apparently neither is she!
Hopefully they'll grow into responsible, non-texting, focused drivers one day.
I can't even think about that day right now.
Right now we are just going to enjoy being two and a half!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Potty Training Rockstars!

Let me just say that my kids are awesome!!
I had decided in my mind that potty training was going to be this awful, horrible, dreadful event, and it wasn't at all. They did so great!!

This boy is my potty superstar! 
Minus one accident on the playground at church Sunday night (and one in the car), he has stayed dry, has been telling me when he needs to go, and has mastered pooping in the potty (after a day and half of holding it). I was just amazed at how well Carson did. I really thought he would be the more difficult one to train. He surprised us!
Even Tigger is wearing underwear now.
Avery is doing so great with her potty training too! She's had a couple of moments when she just didn't want to stop what she was doing long enough to go to the potty, and has therefore had a few pee pee accidents (no poop accidents...thank goodness). The first few days she held her poop till we put her diaper on at night, but lately she's been going just fine in the potty. They both stayed dry at school and when we ran errands this week! So exciting!
So overall, my potty training experience with two toddlers was not that bad. Now I just have to get over the fact that no matter what I do, they are just going to touch everything possible in public gross!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Potty Post

Today is Day 1 of our "spring break potty challenge"
We've been unofficially and inconsistently potty training for a couple of months now, but today we said goodbye to the pull-ups (except for nap and bedtime) and hello to our big boy undies and big girl panties!
The last couple of months, Carson and Avery have been really interested in going pee-pee on the potty (it's been mommy who's been hesitant to transition to underwear...honestly I kinda have been dreading it, diapers are so convenient for so many reasons, but I figured I'd better take this opportunity while they are actually interested and go ahead and try to potty train).
She's probably going to kill me for posting this picture one day, but how cute is she? (this was from a few weeks ago, she's out of the boot now)
Washing her hands (notice the panties are on outside of her pants...still learning!)
I don't have any pics of Carson yet in his undies.

I don't have to work until Friday, so we are planning on staying home the next few days and are going to try to master this potty training business (maybe the word master is a little ambitious...we'll see)

So, I am armed with sticker charts, M&M's, oh and lots of wine for mommy...ha ha!
If you think about us this week, pray for success for Carson and Avery (and sanity for me :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Is It Springtime yet?

It's hard to believe that as I'm typing this it's 40-something degrees outside, and we were running around in short sleeves at the Arboretum just a few days ago. Crazy Texas weather!
We had a fun trip to the Arboretum (or "Ark-aretum" as my kids call it) with MiMi, our friends Eli and Jillian, and their mommy Brittney! 
Brittney got a good shot of all four kids actually looking at the camera at the same time, and we didn't even have to bribe them with candy this time!
Best picture I got of my kids together that day...they just don't cooperate at the same time
Carson trying to give Avery a kiss!
Carson climbing...
And finally sitting so sweetly for a picture in the tulips.
Avery "taking a break"
Sweet little buddies, love these girls!
Carson and Avery got their faces painted.
Avery chose the "pretty pink princess" (not surprised, she loves all things princess or "prin-cents" as she calls it)
Carson chose spiderman, and I was shocked that he actually sat and did it!
Mimi with the princess and Spidey
My most favorite picture of the day. Brittney took this beautiful picture of Avery in the flowers. Such a little model, she never sits this nicely for me :) Britt, I seriously love this picture!!
Yay for spring (now go away cold weather)!!