Friday, May 29, 2015

Richards Junior Show Case

Ricky was the narrator in the mini play "Mirror Mirror". He did so good. His facial expressions were perfect and he was hilarious to watch and listen too. He never stumbled over a single line and acted so naturally. It was really impressive and so entertaining to watch. Anna kept pointing and saying "Ricky?!".  Afterwards we celebrated with Arctic Circle ice cream cones, they even had the perfect size for Anna.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Potty Training

How I potty trained Anna in 1 day 1 week.... maybe... :

Day 0: Read the book, read online articles and personal success stories, bought 30 pairs of underwear, stocked up on salty snacks, sweet rewards, and fun incentives. Prepped and excited to go!
Day 1: Followed every stinkin' step in the 1 day method... Taught bunny how to go potty, taught Anna how to use the potty, cleaned up 12 accidents... ate most of the skittles and snacks myself, watched two melt downs, and had to seriously considered what I had just started. Anna asked multiple times for her diapers and was not impressed by the underwear about 3 changes in. By 7pm I was done sitting on the floor checking she was dry every 3-5 minutes and was just counting down seconds until pull ups and bed time.

Day 2: I came to the realization that this might take a few weeks and that was okay, we would push forward. Anna pooped her pants, and then once in the toilet (sweet victory!!), I only had to clean up 6 accidents. We figured out keeping the potty in view of the TV and close to the kitchen and her toys helped keep the accidents down and going potty more motivating. My butt was pretty done with sitting on the floor waiting for every success.
Day 3: Huge tantrum before the underwear went on in the morning that resulted in a full bladder accident that happened all over both of us, but that was it, no more accident until her friend came to play and she didn't want to stop playing. 12+ waking hours and only 2 accidents.... hope was growing.
Day 4: One accident after going on a walk when she couldn't get her boots, coat, and pants off fast enough.... totally my fault. By this point she was starting to forget about the rewards for going poop or pee in the potty and was just excited to give high fives for 1. lowering her pants herself 2. sitting and going potty 3. wiping and pulling her own pants up 4. dumping out her little potty in the toilet and flushing 5. replacing potty seat and washing hands. By this point you could tell she was starting to feel empowered.

Day 5 (Friday): She was happy to pick out her underwear for the day. Not one accident. We braved taking her to my brothers senior showcase play. She stayed dry in the car, went potty on a big toilet like 5 times between acts, and stayed dry through the remainder of the night. I was on cloud nine. I felt free! I knew for sure that now I could make small trips out of the house as long as there would be a toilet close by. The relief was indescribable and Anna was noticeably proud and feeling so grown up.
Day 6: Ran errands and went out to dinner without a single accident. Anna was finally to the point where she would tell me if she had to potty or not. Usually it was me asking and her saying no but every once in a while she would say yes or ask me to go. Nursery was finally sounding like it might be possible on Sunday.
Day 7: She made it through church. This was a huge land mark for me because I couldn't be with her for two hours! And even when I check on her she said "no, I'm okay" and she was.

 I wish I could tell you the magic trick, the key to success, and a cure all. I can't I have no idea what made the difference for her, and I honestly don't think it was me at all. I think she made the decision on her own and made in happen. I know accidents will happen but I feel confident that she has the skills to make them few and far between. So proud of my big almost two year old.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

All About Anna

Anna is one, almost two. She has 16 teeth that help her to share her stories and eat even more delicious food. She loves cheese, cream cheese, yogurt, buttered toast, cheesy eggs, milk, juice, chicken nuggets, french fries, milk shakes, pizza, candy, mac-n-cheese, edemame, apples and berries... She hates anything that we try to feed her ourselves. She is very independent and likes to do as much as she can on her own. She has no fear of thunder, lightening, loud air show planes, fireworks, sparklers, or anything that I know of yet... she loves wearing boots and picking out her own clothes and shoes. She likes to take her shoes off to play or ride in the car.  She is an excellent nap taker. One day as I was laying down next to her for a nap she rolled over, put her arm on me and whispered "I like your dress". I laughed and said "Thank you". She responded "You're welcome" before rolling over to doze off. Her imagination and stories fascinate me. I am blown away by what she understands and comprehends. I am constantly being reminded of what an amazing child we have by those around me. She is kind, good natured, gentle, and happy. It has been so clear to me that very little of this disposition has to do with me. She came with a very specific spirit with its own unique spiritual traits and it at incredible to see her grow and develop. I am truly grateful to have Anna as my daughter.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Anna's Friends

Anna loves her boy friends. She gravitates towards boys and seems to get along with them better in general. She gets so excited when she sees Taylor and CJ. They are such good friends and  nothing makes me quite as happy as seeing her making friends and playing happily. 


Friday, May 22, 2015

Steak N' Shake

I love Steak N' Shake. We used to go about once a month when we lived in NYC and I have missed it. Dare I say I like it more than In-N-Out? As we drove through Vegas we considered stopping at the Shake Shack but when we saw a sign for Steak N' Shake at a location farther away from the heart of the strip if felt like a no brainier.  Ha. Can you tell we were traveling with a 1yr old?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Newport Beach

We had a few hours on Sunday to head to the beach and meet up with my friend Amber. It was much colder than I anticipated and so Anna had a hard time enjoying anything more than the sand. We didn't last too long before we went hunting for a warmer place to visit and sat around a yummy warm pizza. I am always so happy to visit with good friends and to hear about the good things they are doing. I am so proud to call Amber my friend and I am so proud of all the things she is doing. Anna is surrounded by great examples and I couldn't be happier.