Messy Moments (potty stuff)

So, Annika has done really well potty-training. She’s learning far quicker than the other two did. She has the pee thing down pat and hardly ever has an accident! Hurray!!!! The poop thing is another story. She holds it for like 4 days and then does a…well….anyways.

Today was an interesting potty adventure though. One that’s noteworthy. Let me set the stage…I’ve been feeling under the weather the past three days, but Tasha and I both had cavities to be filled and we didn’t want to reschedule, as we’ve already had to do so once. So I pick up both kids from school and head out. I’m up first and everything is going great for the first 10 minutes (note: the kids are in the lobby watching a movie….by themselves. =0 Ok, the receptionist kind of was keeping an eye on them). Then all three kids decided they needed to come and see me. With my mouth held open by some huge, plastic, sucking contraption, I use my eyes and my hand to tell them “Get back in the waiting room!”. They got the message. Until about 15 min later, Tasha comes in and tells me Annika pooped in her pants. I sigh and roll my eyes, which is really all I can do at this point (big sucky thing still in my mouth). I was thinking, oh it’s probably a teeny, tiny thing like she’s had before when she tries to hold it. BOY WAS I WRONG! I get out to the bathroom after I’m finished and find Annika on the potty with poop all up and down her legs, smeared all over the toilet, on the outside of her pants and she’s screaming her brains out because (LOL) she accidentally flushed her panties down the toilet!!!!! I could either laugh, or cry and this time, I chose to laugh at the ridiculousness (yes, it’s a word, I just made it up!) of the situation.

Sigh….This will be one of those stories I can tell her dates when they come to dinner if I don’t like them! =)

Sometimes you win….sometimes you don’t.

So, if you look below in my last post (about the house), I mentioned the drama. Oh yeah. It’s not over. Or….maybe it is. I received a call from our realtor tonight (she feeling terrible) saying that the bank had now terminated our contract because the former owner (who was evicted after a lawsuit and because of foreclosure) decided to appeal the litigation. Blah! Part of me is really sad, because it’s a beautiful house and we were only two weeks away from closing on it. We had dreams and many plans, oh and we just ordered curtains for two rooms…good thing we can send those back! But, another part of me is not really surprised because of the way this whole mess has gone. I refused to let myself get excited over it when the bank finally signed back the contract this last time and now I know why.

Life….crazy, isn’t it?

House Update

So, a while back I posted about a house that we were buying and I promised photos to come. Well, let me tell you, has there been drama. I could say I wish that someone had warned me about foreclosures and how difficult banks can be to deal with, but it wouldn’t have changed our decision. We had the house and then we didn’t and now we do and we think we’ll be closing by the beginning of February, but that could change too because, well…that’s how these things go.

Now for the pictures (keep in mind the people who built the house didn’t finish it)

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Pardon the crookedness of the photo….Ammon fixed it, but I don’t know where that one is.

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The main entryway

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The kitchen (minus cabinet and drawer fronts…oh and our fridge)

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The great room

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The fireplace and entry from the great room

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Laundry/mud room (minus cabinet doors again)

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Main floor master bathroom

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Upstairs master bedroom

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Partial view from the upstairs master

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Part of upstairs master bath

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Kevin’s room….the girls room is across the hall, looks the same

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The formal dining room with the double-sided fireplace

And I think that’s it. There’s another powder room, a bedroom on the other side of the dining room, but nothing to write home about. So there you have it. We’re in love with it for the way it was constructed (Ammon) and they interior (Lauren) and we can’t wait to start painting! Move in date: June 5th(ish)

Holiday Update

What a slacker! I haven’t posted in almost a month. For good reason though. The holidays for one and my Mom was here for two weeks and the kids were home all day, everyday! So here is what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks:

1) Attending school Christmas parties

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Kevin the Elf performing either the “12  days of Christmas” or “We Wish you a Merry Christmas”

2) Reading lots of books

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And generally being silly

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Like I said…

3) Having fun with Grammy

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She got to be the princess

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And she got to be silly with us!

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We made lots of gingerbread and decorated them…and tried to get a nice picture of all of us decorators…

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And tried….

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and tried………..and gave up!

4) Had a fantastic Christmas Eve and Day

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The gang all ready to eat Christmas Eve finger foods, picnic-style

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Me and the fam

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After reading and acting out the true meaning of Christmas

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Three happy kids in new jammies

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All the loot waiting to be opened. And this is with only giving one gift to each kid!!! Yikes!

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All the stockings hung (ahem), sat with care

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Kevin with his present from Santa (which he broke already)

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Tasha’s present from Santa

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Meet Annabell…our new mouser (Tiger disappeared just after Thanksgiving while we were out of town and Tasha has been distraught ever since)

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Annika’s present from Kevin (these present pics are more for my journaling)

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Annika got a kitty too!

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Kevin got Ammon’s old G.I. Joe tanker thingy (from when Ammon was a little guy)

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Tasha hanging out with Annabell

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Kitty sittin pretty

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Sisters snuggling

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Where’s Annika?

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Peekaboo!

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Cute Santa-girl!

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Kevin with all his goodies

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Tasha and her stuff

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Annika with her fun new things

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Sitting down to Christmas dinner

5) Celebrated the Savior’s birth

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His birthday cake

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6) Played in the snow

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Where’s Kevin?

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There he is! By the time they were done burying him, you couldn’t even see him!

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The snow came about 5 days late (we had a green Christmas), but at least it was still the Christmas season and boy was it beautiful!

7) Celebrated Grammy’s birthday

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The girls

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Special Kevin-Grammy time

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Grammy got a pedicure at the TKA Spa (Tasha, Kevin, Annika Spa)

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Carrot cake cheesecake time! Annika blew out the candles before we stopped singing!

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Goofballs on a couch

8) Had a fun, relaxing Sunday

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All dressed up for Sunday

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Mommy and daughter

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Aren’t we lovely?

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Ammon self-portrait

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Self-portrait part 2

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Our little candy cane girl

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Posing