Friday, February 19, 2010

Stikeers Nan Teets!

If you were wondering, stikeers nan teets are translated into "stickers and treats" Oh boy, stickers and treats. My life for the past two weeks has been centered around those two items. I decided to start potty training Brinlee when we got home from Hawaii because she was acting like she was ready. I have to say that I am so proud of her! She caught on so quickly. Well we had a few questionable days where I felt like I was going to have to re-carpet my whole house, but after a week she became a potty pro!

I studied the potty training thing out pretty hard. Took lots of advice from family and clients, then came up with a method that was tweaked to Brinlee's personality. I decided that I was going to put her in big girl underwear, and never go back to a diaper. when she would go I had a special song, followed by a dance, then a major clapping fest accompanied by her picking out a sticker then getting a skittle for a treat. Then she would have to call one of her grandparents to brag. I never thought so much happiness could possibly come from hearing a little trickle sound....

Tonight as I was thinking about how awesome and smart my little Brinlee is, I discovered that in all the celebration of her new talent of not messing her pants I forgot one key component. ME! It is as much a celebration for me as it is for her. After all I am the one who spent countless hours in the bathroom that first week reading stories, singing songs just waiting for her to experience a victory. I am the one who had to buy two bottles of "resolve" carpet cleaner in one week. I am the one who gave up play dates, gym work outs, running errands so that there wouldn't be any "accidents" not to mention the many loads of laundry making sure there was always a fresh clean pair of "hello kitty" underwear.

I realized tonight that I have such a big hand in whether or not my child succeeds at something. I realize as mothers we don't give ourselves as much credit as we should. I need to be just as proud of my skills as a mother as I am of her skills of growing and progressing. After all she would still be peeing her pants if it wasn't for me :) So I think I will celebrate me tonight. I'm going to celebrate being a diaper free mom. Celebrate the fact that I came up with the coolest plan ever to get my daughter to be "pee pee free". I think I will go get myself a sticker, followed by a treat!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Escape From Snow

Andrew and I just spent the last week vacationing with his parents in Hawaii. OOOOOO Goodness it was sooooo fun! We played so hard, saw so much, ate way more than anyone ever should and laughed until it hurt. We had a blast spending time with our parents and making fun memories with them. Here are a few highlights of the trip!

Hanging out at Pearl Harbor. The USS Missouri in the background.


What happens when you feed the birds.

Andrews Tattoo given to him by a native of Samoa.

Luau at Polynesian Cultural Center. Way to much food!

Luau when we were in Kauai. It was located in the middle of a
beautiful tropical garden

Sunsets on the beach.

Andrew chillin with the dolphins

Went on a beautiful hike up a mountain the rain forest

An all day boat tour we took around the Nepali Coast
which is on of the most beautiful places on earth.
It was on that boat ride that I learned how sea sick
one can get!. It was still great fun though. We saw dolphins
whales and snorkeled

Peacock trying his best to impress the ladies

Spent the day playing in the ocean. Met a friendly
Sea turtle that hung out with us for quite a while.