Saturday, January 31, 2009

I hate diapers so we are potty training

I have always know that I wanted to potty train Jack early so the subject has been on my mind for some time. Before we moved to Denver I had decided that I would begin the "potty training" process once we were settled. We are settled so potty training is the next thing.
I began Tuesday after Jack's nap. We had previously bought Thomas underwear. After Jack woke up from his nap he said good bye to diapers and hello to comfy breezy underwear, plus every 20 minuets he would have a randevu with the toilet. The first two and half days all I did was take Jack to the toilet, clean up accidents and do laundry. I think he wore every pair of pants including pajama pants in one day.

After the first full day of calling it "potty time" Jack was rather reluctant to going so instead I set up the train in the bathroom and "potty time" has transformed into "Percy time" (his favorite Thomas train.) "Percy Time" consists of a pep talk by Percy, watching trains go around the track, looking at pictures of trains and of course doing or attempting to do business on the toilet.

Today is the fourth day and I have seen considerable improvement. Jack went potty for two long "pee pee's" both about 6 seconds long! During this process Jack decided that he doesn't enjoy me watching him while he gos pee pee so he hides under a towel.


I am exhausted and nervous for tomorrow-church but I am really proud of the progress Jack has made. I am determined to stick this out. It will be a tough couple weeks but I am confident that hard work will pay off!
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

A glorious saga

I have recently finished this beautiful novel "The Shell Seekers" by Rosamunde Pilcher. It was a glorious saga that followed the life of an incredibly intriguing woman. There was so much to love about it. The first chapter was a little slow but after that I was hooked tight with anticipation. Not only did the book take me home to England with the familiar vocabulary, traditions and scenery but it presented ordinary life in extraordinary ways. Rosamunde Pilcher's use of words, analogies and comparisons breathed life in the pages of the book. By the end of the book sadness swelled within me it was as if I had said goodbye to a dear friend. As sad as it was to come to close of an incredible journey I am thrilled to have experienced it. The main character "Penelope" was such an inspiration to me. She had the ability to live life to the fullest, be optimistic with her circumstances and see true beauty in others. I love books that not only fill my senses with wonder and delight but also fill my heart with a desire to be better. This was a glorious book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get lost in a brilliant saga.
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Jack In Action

I have mentioned that Jack has his own dialect now you can hear it...


He has all the moves and grooves...
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Jack Attack" Up-date

Jack is 20 months-Yowza!
Jack loves...

  • Playing a trowing and catching game involving one ball and two Frisbees

  • Thomas the Tank Engine, if he is good he gets to watch a daily episode of Thomas and his friends

  • Percy the train

  • Pointing at and pinching my cheeks

  • To paint and make a delightful mess

  • Pull everything off the fridge

  • Bathtime

  • Finding pictures of daddy

  • To feed our snake Cleaveland

  • Rocks and sticks

  • The creek next to our house

  • Go on walks

  • To tickle me and to be tickled

  • Play hide and seek

  • Wrestle with daddy

  • Geese, they are everywhere here in Denver

  • Going to the park




    Jack is really good at...
  • Jumping on flat ground or off steps

  • Dancing

  • Talking in his own dialect

  • At helping clean up his toys

  • Saying Please and Thank-you

  • Taking his Vitamins

  • Sitting on the toilet

  • Flushing the toilet for no reason what so ever

  • Putting rocks in the DVD player

  • Finding objects that have mysteriously disappeared

  • Kisses and cuddles

  • Animal sounds

  • Counting to 3 and saying 16

  • Saying mummy and daddy all day long

  • Making a mess

  • Throwing tantrums

  • Saying sorry

  • Eating and making cookies

  • Folding his arms at prayer time

  • Making friends with strangers

  • Cleaning his teeth




    Jack's favorite words and phrases are...
  • Mummy

  • Daddy

  • I love you

  • Cho Cho'

  • Percy

  • Cheese

  • Thank-you

  • More

  • Amazing

  • Oh my!

  • All right!

  • There you go...

  • I did it!

  • Please

  • Sleep please

  • Play ball

  • River

  • Rock

  • Geese

  • Honk, Honk

  • Newt

  • Bee, buzzzzzz

  • Light - Jack points to every light that we see

    Jack's personalities are...

  • Stubborn
  • Eager

  • Excited

  • Energized

  • Destroyer

  • Cuddly

  • Giggler

  • Explorer

  • Adventurous

  • Nervous

  • Kind

  • Sweet





    Jack's favorite foods...

  • Cheese

  • Oranges

  • Cereal

  • Banana

  • Dried apricots

  • Blueberries

  • Yogurt

  • Refried Beans

  • Sour cream

  • Granola bars

  • Chocolate milk

  • Bagels

  • Fruit Loops


    Funny "Jackisums"...


  • Instead of the word "Yes" Jack says "Why." This can get confusing for people as they will explain why when in reality Jack said "Yes."

  • He sucks his thumb and holds his belly button for comfort

  • He hates his diaper being changed

  • He has to takes is vitamins while sitting on the toilet

  • As soon as he gets home he has to take off his jacket and get to his belly

  • Anytime the sun is in his eyes he has a wap attack

  • He becomes very concerned if he drops something

  • He says "bye" to everything, the geese, the park, the toilet roll...

  • He runs around the apartment all day long

  • When he tickles me he says "tica, tica, tica"

  • He refuses to sit down in the shopping cart

  • An orange will solve all of Jacks problems


    Recent Jack Stories


    • Jack was throwing one of his class A tantrums and I asked him to go in his room until he was ready to be kind, so off he went to his room. A couple minutes later he Saunders into the living room and I said "Are you ready to say sorry?" He looked at me and said "NO!" and quickly ran back into his room.

    • The other day Jack and I were eating Breakfast and I thought the milk smelt a little funny so I took a spoonful from his bowl to taste it. Jack looked at me horrified and lifted up his bowl and drank all the milk leaving his Cheerios soggy and milk less.

    • I am always singing and the other day I was singing some church song and Jack came up to me and said "Nice sing mummy" this was a pleasant surprise because often he says "no more mummy."

    • Yesterday we went to the park and Jack tried to attempt the big kid park. It was hopeless. He couldn't climb it and there were too many kids playing on it for me to accompany him. In his dismay he laid on the floor with his face in his hands. A three year old boy walks up and says "Dude, you OK?" Jack lifts his head up and explains in Jack language his sadness the boy told him that everything would be OK. As the Big three year old Jack watched him in awe, I believe in mind he said "I want to be just like him when I am three."

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        Tuesday, January 13, 2009

        UP's and Down's

        I write this not for sympathy but so that I have proof of Jack's difficulty as a child, to prevent me from cultivating a mind set in later years that many people develop, my parents included, that he never threw a tantrum, never acted up and always did as he was told.

        Today had a few spectacular moments-
        Watching Jack tumble around in the snow in all his snow gear, he looked like the kid from "A Christmas Story."
        We did yoga together. Jack really copied what I was doing for an entire minute- that's impressive.
        At moments he was so utterly polite and sweet it makes it impossible to stay upset.
        He led me to his bed and said "seep, pees mummy" interpreted "sleep please mummy."

        Suffocating the spectacular moments was anything and everything but spectacular. Jack has been doing so well with listening and refraining from hitting and toady he decided to take a vacation from these new years resolutions and attempted to hit every child at the library. If that wasn't bad enough he ran and sat on top of a little Innocent girl at story time, she cried, he laughed and as for me with all the eyes of terrified mothers staring I choose not to follow the impulse to cry. As a result we left early due to the metamorphosis of Jack into evil child and he screamed the entire trip home.

        Parenthood is the greatest and worst experience ever. Sometimes I sit and dream of being a career woman but I know that there is no job that would stretch and test me as much as what I am doing within my home. Even though I dislike days like today I know that God will not give me more than I can handle and that he is there willing to help me grow and all I need do is ask. I think of Adam and Eve if they would not have partaken of the forbidden fruit they would never have experienced sorrow and without sorrow they never would have appreciated joy. Having Ben away has been challenging but it has deepened my appreciation for him and the support that he is to me. I love you babe. 

        Now that I have released all my anxiety I feel much better and will drift over to my bath tub fill it with hot water and bubbles and spend some alone time with my delightful novel. In other words I will be completely unproductive for the next hour...

        The Jack Attack...



        I don't know how I let myself get so worked up over the greatest gift; the gift of motherhood.
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        Saturday, January 10, 2009

        The National Western Stock Show - Rodeo Time!


        Yesterday afternoon Jack and I had the privilidge to attend the National Western Stock Show with Grandma and Grandpa Carney. It was Awesome! It was mine and Jack's first rodeo and we both had a blast. There was bare back bucking horses, saddle bucking horses, bucking bulls, roping calfs, galloping horses, horse sequnce combinations, barrel races and crazy mexican horse stuff. I was thoroughly entertained by every event. Jack was mesmorized by all the animals and even joined in with the cheering.

        Western ridding is so different to the reserved English ridding that I am used to. There is excitment and immense anticipation with each event. The riders are either couragous or crazy or a little of both, either way I fully respect them because there is no chance I would ever ride one of those crazy bucking animals. I have been on horses that have bucked several times but the height and speed of these animals bucking frenzies is enough to give anyone the jibbers. 

        Being so close to horses made my heart long for home and my special horse who passed on, "Shrimp." They say that dog is mans best friend but I have to disagree because the bond made with your hourse is so powerful, the friendship with a horse is bound by trust and through trust you grow as a team.

        Jack also enjoyed being with his grandparents, he was lucky to steal several shoulder rides from Grandpa and snuggles with Grandma.

        Sadly Ben was not able to join our little adventure as he is in Georgia training but hopefully we will get to more rodeo's with him this summer.










        I love that face of Jack's, it cracks me up every time. 


        Enjoy these video's of talented and courageous men;



        Side note: Beth, you jealous???
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