Monday, March 18, 2013

Weekend Warriors?

I use the term "weekend warriors" loosely because I don't think we're at that status just yet, but this weekend and last we've been creeping into our own version of weekend warriors. I've been stepping out of my comfort zone even more and taking these weekend warrior projects...outdoors. GASP! If you were to describe me, I don't think the word "outdoorsy" would ever come up, but I'm okay with stepping outside of my comfort zone, occasionally.

For example, our yard has been bugging me lately. I decided to implement a "Yard Day" initiative since it was getting to be too cluttered for my taste. Oddly enough, the spruce-up ended up being pretty fun and productive.
Each of us had our own ways of "helping"
See the pile of crap that E. J.'s hauling off? Pure happiness.
On a side note, Kathryn and I also made a trip into town that same day for her first haircut (really just a trim, but we made sure it was documented).
With "Yard Day" behind us, Kathryn and I took on part two: landscaping. E. J. worked this weekend, so it was just us girls taking on the landscaping around the front porch.

The poor porch needs some personality and filling around it. I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to this stuff, so I'm learning as I go.
My helper
 Some before and after. Eight shrubs planted and four more to go.
We did it!
The part you can't see? Me, hobbling around thanks to some really sore arms and legs. But on a great note, we were able to get some major quality time outside while the weather was beautiful (and tolerable...unfortunately, summer will be here before we know it).
I think we're slowly earning our weekend warrior wings.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Another Check Mark to the Milestone List

Remarkably, it's been over a month that Kathryn has been going to school diaper-free and since then, she hasn't had a single accident. After the first week, her teacher sent her pull-ups home. It's official, she's potty trained! Another milestone to check off, and this is a big one. As of the last couple weeks, she even wakes up with a dry pull-up. There have been a couple middle-of-the-night wake ups when she'll come in our room and let me know she has to go. 

Never did I ever think I would be so excited about bladder control, but both E. J. and I are so proud of her. You'd think that we would notice a huge difference in our checking account now that we're not buying diapers, but I haven't noticed. At all. Funny how that works.
Her independence has been shining through as well. She hasn't shown much desire to pick out her clothes (which makes the morning routine a whole lot smoother for me, while it lasts) but she does want to put on her clothes all by herself. However, she's a girl after my own heart and is specific about the shoes she picks out each day.
The "Terrible Twos" haven't really been a thing in our house. Sure, she has her moments, but she snaps out of it in no time. Really, she's super quick to get over almost any tantrum or devistation that a nearly three year old experiences.  She's an easy going girl. But, it's no secret that the Threes are supposed to be worse than the Twos.  So maybe we're really in for it or maybe she'll continue being a pretty easy kiddo, as "easy" as kids can be. I should clarify, this parenting gig is still a lot of hard work....
and totally worth it.