Saturday, October 31, 2009

Potty Trained!

Miss Donavyn is officially potty trained! She's even waking up in the middle of the night to sit on the potty or upset b/c she's pee peed in her pull up. She's doing great.

Anyway...we're SO proud of her and she loves hearing that too. I believe we have figured out her love language - words of affirmation with a close second of physical touch. We tried doing the M&M's and stickers, but she didn't really care, just wanted us to give her a big hug and tell her how proud we are of her. Gabriel likes to help her celebrate too.

She is so skinny though that panties are just saggy on her. I guess I'll be putting the underwear pattern I bought to good use. Just have to order fabric now.

Oh, and she just HAS to read her books while on the potty. She can stay in there forever just sitting on her potty and reading. She gets that from her daddy. *snort*

Here are some extra videos. The first is Gabriel and Zach at dinner. Don't mind Zach's hair....he had issues with the clippers, so I had to fix it after the kids went to bed.

The second is of Donavyn eating her soup...the girl LOVES her soup. You'll love the end.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Some Sweets and Some Funnies

*Picture info at bottom of blog*

The kids were SO good today (until bedtime, but we won't talk about how they threw fits until they fell asleep). Even though they both woke up at 6 a.m. Here are some of the things that happened:

They wanted to play piano and I forgot that the cover was down. They must have been trying to lift it up when Gabriel's finger got smooshed. I don't think it got slammed, just the pressure of the lid on his finger. He starts crying so I go in there, pick him up (lifting the lid up so Donavyn can play and won't get hurt), go sit on the couch and he just cries into my shoulder for a while. He then says, "huwt" and shows me his finger. I kiss it and ask if it's all better and he says, "no" (very emphatically). This continues for a while, with me alternating between comforting and trying to make him laugh.

Meanwhile, Donavyn is playing the piano and singing "tinkle, tinkle dar, woner woner are" taking intermittent breaks to applaud and cheer for herself. After she tires of this, she comes into the living room and tries to climb up in my lap with Gabriel....or so I think. She IS climbing up, but NOT to get to me. She wraps her arms around her brother and says, "Wub ew bery mush, Babwiel. All be'er? Finger hut. I sowy, Babwiel. Wub ew". I was SHOCKED. Yes, ALL of that came out of my barely two year old's mouth at once. She was just hugging on him and patting his back and face the whole time she was talking to him. When she asked about his finger she held his hand and looked at it. SO cute.

I learned today that Gabriel not only can recognize numbers, but he KNOWS the numbers 1 and 2. He brought two signing flash cards to me with frogs on them and said, "two fwogs. weebit weebit." I thought it was a fluke until I experimented with him tonight and I had four cars and asked him how many there were. He took two away and put them behind his back then laughed and said, "two cars". I had no idea kids learned things like that this early.

They both now enjoy reading. Donavyn has loved books forever, but Gabriel has just started liking them in the past week or so. I could read to them all day and they wouldn't get bored, I think. He has his favorite now that he knows the entire book by heart. It's called Peek A Who? He turns the pages and "reads" the book and gets most of it right. His favorite page is the peek a BOO page b/c it has a ghost and he likes being scared lately.

Speaking of enjoying being scared, the kids try to scare each other all day. They can be doing something together or separate and they will just say "BOO" while jerking their arms toward the other one - or me - and they just giggle and say, "scare me".

Donavyn has taken to saying "catch 'er" when she wants to be held. Why, you ask? Well, b/c she likes to stand at the top of the stairs and when we are a few steps below, she will just fall forward, stiff as a board and we'll catch her to bring her downstairs. She is so trusting, it's almost scary.

They also ask for their "bitebabins" a few hundred times a day. Gotta love those Flinstones, huh?

There were some others I can't remember right now, but I'm sure that this is more than enough. Sorry for those of you that hate to read baby talk, but since my family doesn't get to hear them talk, this is the best way for them to know (somewhat) what they sound like.

I spoke with Zach tonight and apparently he has some great pictures from his deployment. I'll make him do a blog when he gets home. Which will be soon...YAY! I hate when he's gone. I really do.

*The picture at the top is one of my favorites from this spring while we were visiting my family. This was Easter day and we had JUST finished taking family pictures. They snuck into the back yard and climbed into their mini pool fully clothed. It was TOO cute!

EDIT TO ADD: Can you believe that I actually made another post already? I think it was my way of focusing on the good parts of the day since the ending wasn't so good. Ahh, the joys of two two-year-olds.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ok, so here's my quarterly post

Sorry I've been so bad about updating. Almost everyone is on Facebook, so I just usually do updates there, but I've been meaning to do this. Hopefully I'll be better. This will just be a quick recap of our summer and early fall.Back in June, we all went to San Diego for a few days. Zach was invited by the Discovery Channel to be interviewed for "After the Catch" - the post season recap with the captains of the "Deadliest Catch" vessels. We decided that the kids and I would go to, since we had the miles and the hotel would be paid for. We had a blast. If you want to see pics from our trip, HERE is a link to the ones on my FB. Ben Bailey was the host this year and it turns out he and Zach look a lot alike. Kinda crazy. See?

On July 1, Zach pinned on 0-4. Melissa was nice enough to watch the kids for me, so I could go pin him on. We had the wetting down (military tradition for promotions) in September. We went in with the Dorval's and Becca's XO for it. Just a small bbq in the cul de sac.

On July 5, my dad called to let me know my grandma had passed away. Zach was deployed at the time and had only left days before, so I decided to take the kids and head home...again. I must really like these cross country flights with two kids by myself, huh? Yeah...notsomuch. But I was glad I could be with my family. I miss them very much and this last year in Kodiak is proving to be the most difficult in terms of missing them. I'm so thankful that we got to go home in the Spring and that Grandma got to meet the kids. She is missed, but I know she is having a great time square dancing with Papa in Heaven.

In August we celebrated our 7th anniversary. I love him more today, than I did yesterday and not as much as I will tomorrow. We went out to Monashka Bay (aka white sands beach) for a picnic, but there were dead fish EVERYWHERE and it reeked. I think that was then. If it wasn't that time, there was another time shortly after that. Hmm...I do know that I ended up getting sick and we came home two hours before we told the sitter we would be. Fun stuff. I'm just glad I didn't decide I wanted to climb a mountain again for our anniversary, then gotten sick.

Zach also went to Cordova (aka "Man Camp") in August. He brought home a LOT of fish. He also had a cool case. He had to drop some researchers off on a beach where a whaled had washed up. I thought this was a great pic.

September was fun. Zach came home and took a week off of work, worked for a week, then took the rest of the month off. It was FABulous! The first week off, we had a nice dinner out (to make up for our failed anniversary date). We mostly just worked on the house though. We WILL be selling it this Spring, ya know. Bittersweet. Oh, but we DID go on a hike with the Griffin's. That was fun! I tried to get a pic of the boys too, but they were all running around too much, so they were blurry. Donavyn just loves Peach to pieces. I love the way she looks up to her.

On the 23rd, Nana and Gramps came to visit. That also happened to be the day that Gabriel turned 2 1/2. ACK! You know what that means, too though, right? Donavyn turned TWO on the 25th. I can't believe I have two 2 year olds. They are growing up so fast. They are best friends and play together so well...most of the time. They really are sweet.

We had a small birthday party for the little princess with a few friends. It was really nice. We even got to Skype with Grandma and Papaw and Aunt Becca. Gabriel likes Donavyn's gifts too. They love to play momma and daddy.

That's about it really. So much for a quick recap, but I needed as much time by "myself" as possible this morning. Gabriel came and woke me up at 4:30 am and he is NOT a good bed buddy. He's a kicker and likes to be right on top of me. SO, needless to say, I haven't slept since then. Let's hope they nap today...they didn't yesterday.

Enjoy this video of Donavyn singing to her dolly. She is such a good momma. I love how she pats her back. This made me cry. We were driving to the hike with the Griffin's when this was filmed. I believe it was Sept 20.
Pray for us. Zach is gone for x days (can't really say, but it's not for too long), so I'm by myself with the kids and I'm exhuasted. And we are awaiting orders, but we won't have them until Feb/Mar, so don't bother asking, we don't know. Pray that the detailer is good to us and that God guides her hands to write our number one choice (if that be His will).