Sunday, January 18, 2009


And we are stoked! Most people who read this know me well enough to know I grew up in western Pennsylvania just north of I bleed black and gold. And luckily when I married Travis, he had always liked the Pittsburgh we root for them every year. They are the only team I care about and don't pay too much attention to football other wise. The last time they went to the superbowl was when I was pregnant with Riley 3 years ago and they won :) And we are hoping for another win this year!! Here we go, Steelers! Here we go!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Potty training update...

Monday was day one...I considered it to be pretty successful for starting out. I was gung-ho and very into it, setting Riley on the potty every 45 minutes. And even asking her in between if she had to go and occasionally she would say yes, and do it! Yesterday (day two) was a lot less promising...but Riley still did use the potty twice I think. I caught Isabelle waking up from her nap again so I put her straight on the potty chair and she not only peed...but pooped too. That's the way to show Riley how it's done! But Riley seems quite unimpressed. She thinks anyone and everyone can use the potty or not, whichever they prefer...and so since diapers are easy, she is fine with it. UGH.
Today, Day 3, I woke at 4 am to the sound of Isabelle fussing. This is normal at least once a night. (In fact, only once a night is a treat!) We have rare nights where she will sleep through the night...but those are few and far between. So at 4 am I went to the kitchen to get Isabelle a bottle to settle her back into slumber. Well I get to the room and she is out cold. Soothed herself somehow...but Riley's eyes popped wide open and she jumped up like it was time to start the day. So I sat and talked to her for a few minutes, hoping I could settle her back in and then she said "potty". She peed...and I gave her a water cup and she fell asleep almost immediately. Well...while I was up I figured I may as well wake and change Isabelle and give her the bottle I had prepared. So I woke her, set her on the potty, and she peed. Nicely done! Then she went right back to sleep as planned. I crawled back into bed at 4:30 feeling quite un-annoyed (amazingly) since both girls had peed in the potty, being up for that half hour was worth it. Izzy hasn't had anymore success yet today...but she is napping, so you can bet I am anxiously listening for her to wake up and go. Riley used the potty to pee as soon as she woke up this morning...but only because I forced her...she didn't ask to go. But a little while ago she said "potty" and so I ran for it. By the time she and the potty were face to face (or something like that...), I could tell she had peed a little in her diaper already...and she was kicking and screaming when I took it off to set her on the seat...but she had asked for it, so I insisted she try. I walked away and less than a minute later...she had pooped! YAY!! Is it normal for me to be so excited?? Doesn't matter...if it's normal or not, I am super happy that we have made as much progress as we have. Unfortunately I am gone from about 6:45 pm-10 so there are a couple hours in there where potty time may be more inconsistent...and I can't blame IS sort of a hassle and can be gross, messy, etc. But I want to get at least Riley out of diapers before the end of this month. So I have a little over two weeks. Isabelle could be in diapers another 6-12 months and that would be fine....but it is time for Riley. Any one have tips on how they trained their children? Anything that helped? What didn't help? I am open to suggestions!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Just a post... help me remember a milestone...

Keep in mind, my blog is sort of my I get on here to make notes to myself that I want to be able to come back and remind myself of some day.

Isabelle did something genius today....(not really...but I think so!)

To set up the story: I am trying to potty train Riley. For real this time (I hope!!!)

Riley used the potty last night for #1.

So this morning when she woke up I sat her down again and she did a #1...

I put a Dora pull up on her and a little while later she went #2 (on the potty!!)

She has sat on the potty probably 8 times today. Not bad, considering it's not even 2 pm. I want her trained so badly! She did pee once in her pull up....but I was in the shower. So it wasn't her fault, I don't think. Then she told me she needed to go, so I set her on it and she was just playing...and I was frustrated. Isabelle was just waking up from a nap so I ran in, grabbed Isabelle, told Riley to get off the potty...and Set Izzy down. Not 30 seconds later...Isabelle had peed in the potty!!! YAY Izzy! Way to show big sissy how it is done! I have no intention of training Izzy right now...but should she show interest in using it again, that's great. I just needed to record she actually used the potty at 13 months and two days of age. Riley's first pee in the potty was 13 months 2 weeks and 6 days old. (Oct. 13, 2007) So we will see how they compare in the future...not that it matters. It's not really to compare them, but to record milestones in their lives :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Travis, my other half :)

Darcy tagged me so here goes....

1. Where did you meet your husband?
We met outside of Autumn Winds, my apartment complex in Rexburg, Idaho, in September of 2004. I was friends with a couple of his roommates and a group of people were heading to Mill Hollow for some ice cream and other stuff...and Travis came along and rode in my car.

2. How long did you date before you got married?
We started dating towards the end of October 2004, just before Trav's 23rd birthday. We got engaged at Christmas and then were married on February 18th, 4 months we dated. Yep, that's all! I put a down payment on my wedding dress the first week of November. We weren't even engaged, we had been dating maybe 2.5 weeks, but I knew!

3. How long have you been married?
Almost 4 wonderful years. 3 years, 10 months, 2 weeks, and 6 days to be exact!

4. What does he do to surprise you?
He is full of surprises. I don't even know...occasionally he has brought flowers home for me, not just any flowers, my favorite--Gerber Daisies! and he has been very helpful around the house in the evenings. It is always a nice surprise to get home from class and see things picked up/cleaned up/etc. Thanks, babe!!!

5. What is your favorite feature of his?
His eyes! And his long, dark eyelashes. And I love his smile. He is a stud...what isn't a good feature? This may be TMI for some but I think his butt looks amazing in jeans! Sorry if that embarrasses you, babe.

6.What is your favorite quality?
Probably his sense of humor. I don't always appreciate it but it is such a good thing! And he is pretty laid back...which can be not so great at times...but he is like the Yin to my Yang. I am anything but laid back about some things so I need his balance in my life!

7. Does he have a nickname for you?
You mean does he have 20 nicknames for me? Yes....I don't even think I could start to list them all...but here are a couple: Babuushk, Shmeling (or Schmeling-a-loo), Chi Chu. Don't ask where these come from or how he comes up with them. I don't remember where they came from.

8. What is his favorite food?
I'm not sure about his very, most favorite thing. I could tell you restaurants though. But even then, there are a few. Texas Road House, Bajio, Tepanyaki, those Brazilian steakhouse places that bring the meat around on skewers and slice it off for you, I could list more. But you get the point and I'm making myself hungry :)

9. What is his favorite sport?
Soccer!! But he likes to play or watch basketball...and he likes to watch football. And he likes to snowboard. But soccer is the definite favorite.

10. When and where did you first kiss?
On the couch in my Autumn Winds apartment. It was the best kiss I had ever had. I hope I never forget it! He had wanted to kiss me the night before it happened....but I made him wait just a little bit longer. ;) And I think it was worth it!

11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?
We just like to get out together, without kids, anywhere. We like watching movies, cuddling up together, that kind of thing.

12. Do you have children?
We do! Riley Paige is 2 years and 4 months old and Isabelle Jane is 13 months old. And....someday we will have a couple more...but not anytime soon.

13. Does he have any hidden talents?
Sure... Most people might not know he plays the guitar and sings. I love to hear him sing. He can talk like Donald Duck and Kermit the Frog. And he is pretty good at solving a Rubik's cube

14. How old is he?
Travis turned 27 this past October.

15. Who said I love you first?
I THINK he did. And of course I said it right back. I wrote about it in my journal after he left that night. Oh it is HILARIOUS to go back and read that stuff!

16. What is his favorite music?
He likes different types. Not sure which genre is his favorite, but his favorite band is Collective Soul.

17. What do you admire most about him?
That he is a good dad. And that he provides for our family's needs. I think the responsibility of providing for a family has to be a lot of pressure sometimes.

18. What is his favorite color?
Blue, I think?? Sad that I don't KNOW, isn't it. He likes to wear white T-shirts though.

19. Will he read this?
Yes, most definitely. I hope I did okay!

20. People I tag...
Amanda Hadfield, Aunt Dot, Crystal Taylor, Kim Odasso, Jen Burrup, Bree Johnson and Adrienne Odasso

Monday, January 5, 2009

They went to the temple and got married!

In case you didn't know: My brother and his adorable wife Kim were sealed in the Las Vegas LDS temple on Saturday! And I wanted to get on here and post some pictures :) Kim's mom made our girls adorable dresses that matched Kim's two nieces, Jordan and Avery.

There are about a hundred pics of Kim with the little girls...but it was hard to narrow the selection down...of course my girls were not as cooperative as I would have hoped...but they sat there for quite awhile!

Family picture. We got only ONE shot...and then Riley had a fit. So that is it...could have been better if it wasn't so cold! It was FREEZING in Vegas on Saturday evening!!!!!!!

Riley had so much fun seeing Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Gary. She wishes she could see you guys more. Hint, hint. And She might be forgetting her other grandparents completely. COME VISIT US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know you miss this face! She was really into something on television.

The following video is of Riley singing in the van during our weekend away. I am easily entertained with her.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Better late than never..

Happy belated birthday, Randee. We love you and hope you come down to BYU in the fall. That would be awesome!! I recorded this video for you the day before your birthday...but didn't have a chance to post it until now because on your actual birthday I was busy packing for our Vegas trip (I will post about it soon)....and then we were driving to Vegas that night...and then we had no internet in our hotel all weekend. But as promised, here it is...

Probably not her best performance, but how cooperative are most two year olds when you want them to be???