I've been slowly trying to get our house together. The front room has been a chore to say the least.
It's an odd shaped room plus it has a multiple of uses, we weren't sure exactly what it should be. For the past four months it's been our storage place for a haugepauge of furniture I've scored for free. The other day I finally arranged it so it actually looks somewhat functional. Now I am no where near done but at least it doesn't look like a halfway house anymore;)
Before, in betweens and after
Monday, August 20, 2012
Our next stop was Sacramento for a whole week! Kiel spent a week at the police academy in West Sacramento and my cousin Lisa was nice enough to me and the kids stay at her house so they could see their dad everyday. Lisa also has a little girl Bruce's age and a little boy who just turned 4. Bruce loved playing with Leilah and Danny. Danny was also in the process of potty training so whenever Danny needed a potty break Bruce would want one too. I think this started the process of potty training but more on that later. At Lisa's house Bruce swam in their pool, played with all their toys and jumped in this jump house. We also got to know her kids better and I absolutely fell in love with this little girl! She is sooooo cute!
When we got back from Sacramento, Kiel came home for one night and then headed back to L.A. and we took off to Oregon. I planned a trip with Frances and my sister Katie and all of our kids to go see Nana and Papa. Our kids had so much fun playing at Nana and Papa's house. Papa gave tractor rides, we went to wild life safari and the kids enjoyed Umpqua River. But mostly they enjoyed playing with the goats and each other at Nana and Papa's house.
|Ashton and Papa on the tractor|
|The left side of their garden|
|The right side of their garden|
|Momma deer and two babies eating in their front yard|
|Nana and Rhyan|
|Bruce and look with the stuffed bear|
|Bruce and the mountain lion|
|Bruce and luke in the indian tent|
|Luke and Bruce playing dress up|
|Family picture minus Kiel|
|Fran and Me with our kids, Katie wasn't there yet|
|Ashton and Bruce|
|At wild life safari in petting zoo section|
|She has a stroller with a snack tray and cup holders but nothing beats this thing!|
|Bruce loved pushing her around!|
|The cousins hanging out on reptile bridge! Luke, Ashton, Gerry, Bruce and Micky|
After traveling for what seemed to be a month I decided to lay low for about 3 days and have another go at potty training Bruce. I tried potty training him at 22 months but after day 2 he wouldn't sit on the potty anymore. This time I had limited distractions and just worked with him for 4 days straight. We got rid of diapers and he wore big boy underpants while he was awake. I got a ton of potty treats and stickers to encourage him every time he went on the potty. It took him about 4 days to get the concept and he still has accidents but he is doing very well. He wears pullups during nap and bedtime. I just don't think he's ready to be night trained yet. On average, it takes about three months for them to be fully trained and our home life has been a little different lately. When daddy came home August 6th I noticed more potty accidents for about a week. But I was persistent and still put him in underwear and he is back on track now. I was nervous taking him outside the house but he goes potty everytime and has only had two accidents outside our home. We are so proud of him!
|Bruce in his underroos!|
|underroo butt shot!|
Then Rhyan turned one! I still can't believe it! We celebrated a couple of times. On her actual birthday we went to small world park in Pittsburg and rode the rides. It is a really cute park and super cheap! We are going again with Kiel next week.
Here is Rhyan on her birthday crawling like a big girl! I let her open one present and then saved the rest until her daddy got here. Bruce had fun helping her and of course he claimed all of her presents as [his].
Rhyan is 20.5 lbs and 29 inches tall. She is in the 65th percentile except for her head which is in the 90th percentile. She says "Hi, Mama, Dada, Oooo for Omi, more, quack quack and dog." She cruises all over the place and loves going up and down the stairs. She has 9 teeth and is working on getting three more. She loves to dance and likes to be thrown up in the air. Her favorite toys are her magic kitchen and princess cell phone. She absolutely loves water and her daddy! We absolutely love Rhyan! Here is how we celebrated...
|small world park with Aunt Fran riding the carousel!|
|Her favorite thing to do!|
|Opening one present on her birthday, she got a walker from grandma|
|Her pretty sunday dress!|
Her first cake!
On August 6th I picked Kiel up from the airport and that following Saturday we had a birthday party for Rhyan at our house. I decorated everything in pink. The theme was "you are my sunshine" because she is always a happy girl!
I served pink lemonade in mason jars and made jalepeno crab dip, calscetta and fruit cups in waffle cones. Kiel barbecued tri tip and chicken and we served with a spinach salad.
|The birthday girl!|
|Bruce and sydney sharing pink lemonade|
|The birthday girl being sung too|
|Pink lemonade, the jars had labels that said "sweet pink lemonade"|
|The dessert table|
|Fruit cups in a waffle cone|