Thursday, April 16, 2009

T-Minus Holy Cow!

I can’t believe we’re less than two weeks away from Colin’s first birthday and a little over two weeks away from Danica’s third birthday. It’s so weird…

Friday, April 3, 2009

Goings On

I can’t believe it’s April already. I just realized at the end of the day last Saturday that Colin turned 11 months old. Today, Danica added another month to her count, and now both our kids are less than one month shy of another birthday. Crazy!

So many things have happened over the last month, it’s hard to keep track of the goings on. I’ve been out of commission for about five weeks because of work. Both Kindra and I were stretched pretty thin from the middle of February when winter championships start through March and the end of basketball season (we still are as we actively recover from that stretch of time). I was working crazy hours, and she, of course, was taking care of the kiddies.

Anyway, I know that a lot’s gone on, so I’m trying to catch up in my own mind. I guess I’ll start with the most recent first:

The House

It’s coming along nicely. We just had a meeting with the job supervisor last Wednesday so he could give us the rundown on the framing, wiring, and plumbing. The short of it all: it’s all there. Insulation went in last Thursday/Friday, and I snapped a few photos on Sunday, which was kind of surreal.

Our closing date is June 17, which happens to also be Kindra’s last day of school for the year. It works out nicely, because I wanted to have some time to be able to pack up and move out of the apartment, get sorta settled at the house, and still have some time to clean the apartment.


The Girl’s doing well. She’s getting better at being potty trained. There have been a couple of times that we’ve been out of the house and she’s said she had to go: the other day, we were at the doctor’s office and she said she had to go. I was there by myself with her and Colin, so I was a little apprehensive about hauling our little family into the bathroom because I thought we were close to going in to see the doctor, so I told her to wait for a minute.

Eventually, she told me she had to go, got up from the table we were sitting at and wandered into the bathroom. By the time I got in there, she’d pulled down her pants and was trying to figure out how to get up on the toilet they had in there. (FYI, Danica’s forgone going on the little training potty we have and is now just using the regular toilet. It’s a little disgusting in that she has to hold onto the toilet seat as she goes, but she refuses to pee anywhere else). Anyway, that went well, and because we were at the doctor’s office and waited an hour for a five-minute consult, she had time to do it again.

She’s also started to talk to herself as she plays, by which I mean I think she’s making up play scenarios. This morning, she brought a book over for me to read to her, but then ended up reading it herself (a.k.a. she’d memorized the words and was saying them aloud) after I had to hold her off for a minute. She’s always doing something that astounds me as she becomes more and more of a little girl.

Oh, and she’s also into puzzles now. We have three, 24-piece puzzles we picked up for her that she can do on her own and really gets a kick out of. The first puzzle we bought for her, a Disney princess puzzle, she needed some help figuring the entire process out. By the time we’d bought her a third puzzle (a “Cars” puzzle), she was able to do it from start to finish with very little help. Actually, I think if the puzzle picture were a little more defined (a line drawing as opposed to a dark movie still-frame), she probably could’ve done it without any help at all.


The Boy had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday as a follow-up to the ear infection he’d developed about three weeks ago. Both Danica and Colin had been on antibiotics for their infections (Danica’s developed first, of course), but they really weren’t working for Colin. In fact, the doctor had prescribed a light antibiotic, then a stronger one prior to Kindra taking him in a third time. He had to have three shots over three days to clear the infection up. He’s currently fine, though both he and his sister had been nursing a persistent cough for the past couple of weeks.

Colin dropped his “worm” crawling about a month-and-a-half ago, and now only crawls normally. There was a transition period where he would do both, but he’s dropped his old habits. He constantly reminds me how fast he can be by darting down the hallway and into the bathroom or our bedroom.

If you’ll recall, Colin used to do tricks like wave and clap on command, but he seems to have lost those. About the only thing he will do now is give high-fives. I’m not completely sure why he finds them so amusing.

I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t think right now. We’ve all got a little more free time on our hands, so updates should appear more regularly. Kindra’s on Spring Break next week, which I’m sure will lead to some interesting stories.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

News Flash

Last night, Kindra was out on the couch watching some TV when she heard somebody walk into the bathroom, pee, flush the toilet, and then walk out of the bathroom – all without turning the light on. A little while later, she heard the same thing, walked into the bathroom, flipped on the light, and found Danica on the toilet:

“I going potty, Mommy.”

Did I mention that Danica did all this while Dad was lying down with her, trying to get her to go to sleep? Sorry, I have a tough time staying awake when I put The Girl to bed.