Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kid Quotes

I know I just posted, but I had to get these down before I forget:

While snuggling with Fritter this morning, I mentioned to him that he smelled good because he had just taken a bath last night.  To which he replied, "And you are like a snuggly pile of soft sugar cookies."  My kind of compliment.

Yesterday while sitting in the bathroom with Sunflower on the potty she asked, "Where's the train?"  "What train?" I asked back.  "The potty train?"  She replied.  I keep wondering if she has been imagining a giant toilet on tracks.

On Sunday I was found ironing a couple of my husbands shirts for his trip the next day (I know, servile work, but I didn't have much choice).  Ladybug came skipping up and said, "Mom, someday I'm going to be a princess.  And when I am, I am going to get to use the iron.  Princesses use irons, right Mom?"  They sure do.  It's how they are trained to be queens of their homes.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Potty Training and Second Guessing Myself

Day 1 of potty training Sunflower is complete.  Over all it has gone well.  We had one accident first thing, which I expected.  We have (so far) had no other accidents, which I did not expect (we'll see how tonight goes, but still, pretty awesome).  It seems my little Sunflower is a finicky little thing and takes the idea of keeping clean and dry pants to the next level.

Before her nap, I set her on the potty and asked her if she could do her thing.  She didn't do her thing, but every time I tried to get her away from the potty to chance it, she refused to leave.  So there she sat, and there she fell asleep.  I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture, because it was really an adorable sight.  I did wake her up and put her in bed and she did actually nap without an accident.  Hurray!  We'll see how tonight goes.

My dear husband is out of town for the week for a super important business meeting, so if you think about it say a little prayer for him.  And for us.  I, of course in typical CMerie fashion, decided to use this time that he is away to potty train.  In theory it sounded like a good idea (most of my ideas ARE good, in theory).  In practice I've been second guessing my decision all day, and especially all evening.  Why would I do that when it seems that potty training has gone well so far?

Because by the time 8:00pm rolled around, and my husband called to chat, I was sitting in the hallway waiting for Sunflower to go potty so I could put her in bed.  I still hadn't showered today, (I have now thankyouverymuch.  That comes before blogging in my book.) the kitchen was a nightmare (I also decided to do a little baking project with the kids after dinner, and we still had breakfast dishes in the sink.  Why do I do this to myself?!), the master bathroom has (I say has because it is still there) a full load of laundry (dirty) on the floor and I'm not sure where it all came from, and the rest of the house looks as if a toddler tornado came rolling through it.  In my head, if the house isn't clean, I have failed for the day.

But is that really true?  I mean, I potty trained my almost three year old today, I managed to get homeschooling done in a reasonable time, and I filed our taxes.  Sometimes success looks a little different in real life.

Yeah.  It's been a good day.

Monday, February 3, 2014

February New Month's Resolution

For February we have decided to get back in the habit of family prayer.  We used to say a decade of the Rosary each evening after dinner, but we had a new baby, life got crazy, and we basically stopped doing the things we were supposed to do and started just surviving.  However.  Saying a family Rosary was a rock that anchored our family life.  And we desperately need anchored. 
I keep my St. Lucy Rosary hanging over a lamp in our sitting room.  I always know where it is and it doesn't get tangled up.

I'm not sure why family prayer was one of the first things to go when life happened.  On a practical level it takes all of five minutes (20 to say an entire Rosary) and serves to calm the family before we start our evening bedtime routine.  That is a very good thing. 

More than that though, this family (as all family's do) needs grace.  We need to be close to our Lord and the Blessed Mother.  We need the prayers of those closest to our Lord.  There is a definite difference in our family life when we pray.  We have more patience with each other, we are able to forgive more readily, we are able to apologize when we have wronged.  It is so easy to forget that it is only by grace that we are able to do these things on a routine basis.  I know too well how quickly I fall when I am left to my own devices.  And you can be sure my family knows that as well.  So, in the interest of becoming a healthier family, we are recommitting to our family Rosary.

Have you made any resolutions this month?