Thursday, June 24, 2010

Potty Training Progress

The day has arrived. We have decided to tackle potty training with Jacob. Four weeks ago he showed us he was ready. I was not ready, but knew I needed to follow his signals in order for this to go smoothly and easily. So, the week after that (three weeks ago) we put ourselves on Potty Training Lock Down. For three days we did not leave the house and Jacob spent the majority of that time in nothing but a t shirt and big boy underwear. I was totally dreading the day as it approached. But let me say, I have been so pleasantly surprised! Jacob just took off with it and has done so well! Now don't get me wrong, we still have accidents occasionally and we still have a long way to go, but we are definitely off in the right direction! He doesn't know enough yet to tell us when he has to go, but he seems to successfully hold it until we take him (most times) so that seems to be working out. We're even reaching the point that he seems disinterested in our M&M reward system, which is fine with us. He's just doing it like that's how it always was! I had no intentions of training him this early at all. Boys are usually later to develop in that way and have less interest, so I really didn't plan to focus on trying to train him until early fall. But, here I am with an almost trained 27 month old! Go Jacob! We are so proud of him!!

Fun in the Sun

We have discovered our public pools and also discovered how kid friendly/toddler friendly they are! Jacob and I have gone twice in the last two weeks to soak up some rays and splash around! First, we took Andrew and Chris along with us and then this week we got to have Grandma join us! Such fun! The toddler area is really amazing. They have a HUGE pool that is no more than 1.5 feet deep and has two slides, all kinds of water fountains and steering wheels to control the sprays, and animals to climb on. The "adult" pool is great too. The main area has a zero depth entry so you feel like you are on the beach and even when you go all the way out it isn't much deeper than 2.5 feet. There's an area for kids to jump in and swim that is about 3.5 feet, a lap lane that is a little over 4 feet, a deep end with two diving boards, and a HUGE slide for the adults/older kids to go down! We love it and will likely spend many more summer mornings at the pool!

Controlling the water with the steering wheel.

The frog slide. This is a Jacob favorite.

Fun with Grandma...who forgot to put on any sunscreen. I bet Grandma will regret this mistake later tonight or early tomorrow.

Swimming with Mommy.

Father's Day Fun

I am a bit behind, but want to wish my husband a wonderful Father's Day! Chris, you are the most amazing Dad: patient, strong, fun, hands on, playful, teacher, disciplinarian, helpful, kind, compassionate, loving.... I could go on. I am such an amazingly blessed wife to have you to help me raise our fantastic son. Thank you for all you do to support our family and keep us all grounded on the truth of God's awesome plan for us. I love you! To my Dad, I am so thankful you raised me to be independent, to think for myself, to love my children, to be strong in discipline, and to seek counsel when needed from those wiser than myself. I love you and am so thankful for all you poured into my life to make me who I am today!

With that said, we had a GREAT Father's Day in the Bluegrass! My parents arrived in town that day so The Burri hosted a barbecue. We played corn hole in the backyard and gave Jacob his t ball set (earned by doing such an awesome job with potty training--but that is for another post). It was a great evening with family.

Here is a peak at our fun....

Jacob figured out his new t ball set after one or two tutorials from Chris. He loves it!

Swing batter, batter, batter.....

Jennifer and Chris creamed Dad and I!

Chris and Dad creamed Jennifer and I... Hmmm...I sense a common thread. I stink and Chris rocks.

Mom and I had a fun non-competitive round (she won, but who's keeping score?).

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

We took Jacob to his first ever Lexington Legends Baseball game over the Memorial Day weekend. You can bring lawn chairs and buy tickets for the lawn for super cheap. We thought that might be the way to go with a two year old, rather than attempting to keep him in a seat in the stadium. It turned out to be perfect. We were the only people on the lawn that night so Jacob could just run and play in the grass. We packed trucks and he played in the dirt a long time. Then we caught a foul ball, so he played "catch" with Daddy and himself for quite a while too. He was so excited to watch all the "bayball" men! Lucky us, it was also Kids Eat Free night, so we spent a whopping $8 on a great family evening! The Legends lost, but we still had fun!

Jacob enjoying the dirt for his dump trucks!

Jacob watching the pitcher warm up!

Jacob thought the mascot was pretty cool!! He giggled nonstop!

We caught a foul ball!!

He did not want to let the baseball out of his sight...

Jacob and Mommy enjoying the game.

Our frugal family loved that it was Kids Eat Free Night! Mmm....ballpark hot dog, chips, and a drink!

Checking out the signature baseball on our way out.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Chris finally caught up to me and turned thirty this week. :-) On his birthday we just had a small family dinner (breakfast for dinner--one of his favorites) and opened gifts. On Friday, I surprised him with a gathering of our friends; a great picnic in the park! After a massive deluge of rain at about 3:30PM, the 6:00PM party turned out to be great; sunny skies, a nice breeze, and even the ground dried out from the rain! After much scheming and an uncomfortable web of tales that had to be woven (I hate to lie!!) the party came to fruition!

Chris claims he really was surprised. We had about 30 people with their kids there. It was great! He had a really fun time celebrating his big 3-0!

Jenn and I after a loooonnnnnnngggggggg day of work preparing for the party. I am so thankful for such a sweet sis-in-law who is always so self-sacrificial and willing to help!

It was a great party and surely a memorable time for Chris. I love that man so much...this was the least I could do to honor his entrance into middle aged adulthood. Ha, ha!