2015 So Far

Monday, January 12, 2015
We're in the deep of winter and you would think that I would be able to keep the blog updated. You would think, but its not been so.

We've been keeping busy, some of which I will update shortly. We're trying to get the puppies into a routine and to stop barking so much---they've been banished to their playpen in the basement at night because their "yips" are keeping us up at night. And housebreaking is an entirely different matter altogether. They're still very much puppies at almost 6 months old and into everything (photo evidence later).

Emma Claire is keeping me busy too. We're starting potty-training and between her and the puppies I seem to clean urine up all day. She started out great on the potty, then quit mid-stream, pun intended. Right now, we're taking a step back from the potty training and will revisit full-force in a week or so. Currently, we are just reading and talking about using the potty.
I should have known something was up when she came to the bathroom dressed like this. 

Then, there are the day to day events that seem to happen and cause a hiccup. Like finding out that a certain little boy tied his seat belt in a knot and it won't retract enough and therefore locked in this position. Finding this out as you are headed out the door in your new car to take him to karate when its 10 degrees outside was enough for me to call it a day. Luckily, I have a 10 year old with long fingers and more patience than I do to untie knots in seat belts. Really though, WHO TIES A KNOT IN A SEAT BELT? AND WHY? My son. For no reason.

So, if he can tie a knot in the seat belt, he should be able to tie his shoes right? That's our current goal.

Speaking of said son, here's a photo of him taking a shot at basketball. He still likes up but is now requesting to play hockey, because he doesn't think he would like the tackling in football. Obviously he hasn't been exposed to too much hockey.

Oliver and Emma Claire take gymnastics at the same time. Oliver is in the big gym and Emma Claire and I are in the small toddler area in a building next door. Oliver was ticked off to discover this photo on my iPhone. He thought I took Emma Claire somewhere fun. He was ok when he learned this was gymnastics class.

And Emma Claire loves stamps. I was on the phone the other day and she snuck some stamps and the stamp pad out. She and the puppies had a great time stamping the wood floor and themselves.

Happy New Year!!

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