Back about 6-8 months ago, Evie had interest in the potty so I bought her a little kid potty and one of those rings that goes on the inside of the full sized toilet. They don't cost that much and I wasn't sure which route we'd prefer.
After only a few days of interest, Evie started refusing so the supplies went under the bathroom sink. Until this week.
Evie's had a renewed interested in going potty, and since I plan on full-fledge potty training over Christmas break, I let her get the stuff out and keep it in the bathroom to play with while I go.
This morning Evie was super interested in going potty while I was, so I used it as a teachable moment to teach her all the components of using the bathroom.
When I was done she seemed excited to try so we took off her diaper. I tried coaxing her on the little potty seat, and then the little ring, but to no avail.
We weren't in a hurry, but we did need to get to school. I decided to leave her diaperless to explore the potty options while I finished packing her bags for school.
Not even fifteen seconds later I heard a little tiny splash in the toilet. I calmly walked into the bathroom to see her dip her little hand in the toilet water.
Shame on me, right? I didn't explicitly explain the whole "we don't touch the potty water" and "only peepee and poopy goes in the potty" situation.
So I knelt down and we had the conversation. I washed her up real good and put her on the floor in the bathroom while I ran to get her a diaper for school.
While I was gone...again...fifteen seconds? maybe?
I hear another, but louder, SPLASH that continued into a sequence of splashing.
Oh my Gosh.
What could she have gotten into?
What on earth did she do in there?
I screamed out, "EVIE MARIE"
and ran into the bathroom to find a butt naked little girl with a deer in head lights look on her face using the toilet bowl brush to clean the toilet.
When I asked her, "what are you doing?"
She replied, "Mommy. I hel-p you. I keen potty"
Melt my little heart.
She LOVES to clean the toilets with me...what was I to do?
Note: My only regret is not grabbing the camera. I did think about it, but decided her two-year-old-defiance didn't need any condoning. Though, hours later, I am regretting not snapping a quick photo!
03 December, 2013
Black Friday I typically spend with Eric's mom and sister. We tackle Lenox and Phipps malls to see what we can find. Eric's mom give us each some money to spend on something fun. This year we were so disappointed we had a hard time spending it. Crazy, I know! I ended up with a maternity sweater from Gap, merlot colored ballet flats (in wide!) from Talbots and an outfit from Carters for Evie. This year was a bust now that all the door busters are on Thursdays, but out of respect we're keeping Black Friday on Friday.
While his mom was shopping, Eric's dad used to take the kids to see a movie, so Eric wanted to keep that tradition and had a movie day with Evie at home. They tried to go out with Eric's dad for lunch, but he was on emergency back up duty for the Macy's website. Maybe next year!
Eric surprised me while I was gone by retrieving the Christmas decorations from the attic and corralling the Thanksgiving ones to be packed away. When I got home I sent him out to go mountain biking for a few hours. We both needed some time out doing fun things, so a 50-50 type day it was!
On Saturday, we woke up bright and early. After our experiences with crowds at the Apple Farm and Pumpkin Patch we knew the ticket was to be at these places the second they opened.
We met up with my parents, Eric's parents, and Eric's sister, Leeann, and her family. Off we went in search of the perfect tree! We hadn't been as a family since 2010 because of Evie's birth in 2011 and the move in 2012.
Next, they shake the tree to get rid of the debris, dead needles, and as I tell myself, the small woodland creatures. I am terrified to have a Christmas Vacation incident with a squirrel.
The Buerglers headed to the Dillard House for lunch per their family tradition, but I had some family visiting my grandparents up in the mountains just a few minutes away that I hadn't seen in a few years so Evie and I went with my family up to visit with them. It was the best of both worlds.
Our Thanksgiving break rounded out with Sunday morning Mass with the Koerners. We headed home for lunch, tree decorating, lots of laundry, and grocery shopping. Felt good to have the extra day of a long weekend to do chores and relax a little more.
02 December, 2013
After the epic Thanksgivings of the last three years 2010 (my mom's first year hosting Thanksgiving & David and Paige's pregnancy annoucement), 2011 (10 days after Evie was born), 2012 (the year we moved, Eric has surgery & had to go to the ER, and Evie spiked a fever and threw up for 2 days)...
We REJOICED over a quite, simple, small Thanksgiving.
Of course, I can't do without some drama and hype, so Eric and I shared the sex of our baby. My mom and sister each opened a small token that revealed the sex of Baby Buergler #2. Still taking bets!
This year we gathered a noon for lunch at my parents. It was a small crowd, just my sister and Sam, our little family, and my parents. David and Paige were hosting Thanksgiving in Savannah for Paige's family, and Alex was in New York meeting his girlfriend's family.
Katie and I were in charge of lunch. We made 4 light appetizers. My sister found this fruit skewer turkey and "dared" Eric to make it.
Challenge accepted. Eric loves cutting fruit so this was right up his alley!
We spent the rest of the day laying around... no seriously. I don't think I left the recliner until someone yelled "dinner!" We watched Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which none of us kids had ever seen, but thought was hilarious.
Thanks Mom and Dad for a delicious dinner, and raising a family to be thankful for!