Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Question of the day

So why is it that when my little one is at home and playing, she often forgets about going potty in the potty? Most of the time, I end up initiating the walk to the bathroom by asking her if she needs to go, and then she'll look at me with this look in her eyes that says, "oh yeah. I forgot. I do need to go potty." However, when I've almost finished all my grocery shopping, I have all the frozen and refrigerated foods in my cart, and I only have one more aisle to go down, we have to trudge to the front of the store because suddenly she has the best memory in the world and decides she needs to go potty.

What is it about public restrooms that attract potty trainers everywhere? Better yet, how can I get that same appeal in my own bathroom at home =)

2 are better than 1

Yes, Elliana is wearing panties outside of her pants. She is also wearing panties under her pants in case you were wondering.
The panties on the outside are her favorite, and when she found them while I was folding clothes, she sat down determined to get them on. I took pity on her and helped her get them on over her pants. I guess if 1 pair work good, than 2 pair work even better.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Weekend in Review

We always have fun with the grandparents so here is a little preview of what the weekend entailed...

A few more pictures of Let's Jump on Friday. Notice my dad's arm. He fell Friday morning while running and hurt himself pretty bad. He was bummed he couldn't run and jump with the girls as much as he wanted!

We tried to go to a pumpkin patch Saturday morning, but even though their website said they were open, they were closed. Bummer! So instead we went to a runners store and then ate lunch. Elliana crashed on the way to the pumpkin patch! This was after already taking a morning nap. She never sleeps in the car and never sleeps on us. I guess all the jumping the day before wore her out!

On the way home from lunch, we passed this great park so we just had to stop and play for a few minutes. The slide Avery and Brent are on is the weirdest thing. It looks like a long tongue and it has no sides to it. Needless to say, there were a couple accidents on that one before we decided that it was not made for a 2 year old =)After naps, Avery and Grandma painted some paint by numbers. You have to love Target's dollar aisle for fun crafts. And no visit from my parents would be complete without a visit to Babes. All you can eat fried chicken, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, and biscuits. Yum, Yum!This time Elliana got in on all the dancing though. She can dance a mean groove. Of course you have to end the evening with a little bike ride to work off all that fried chicken.

We had a blast with grandma and grandpa! Thanks for coming to visit.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Family Fun Day

This Friday we went all out. Grandma and Grandpa came to visit so we took the whole fam to Let's Jump. You can come and go at this place as long as you keep your bracelet on, so we made a whole day of the jumping fun. I love places like this because its just as much fun for the adults as it is for the kiddos!!
Elliana was a bit unsure at first, but by the time we went back after naps, she was having a blast. Avery has always been our little daredevil. She loves this place.
I think we were all exhausted by the end of the day!

Friday, September 26, 2008


Look what we found at the costume shop.Does she look the part or what. Have I mentioned before how obsessed Avery is with Goldilocks? This costume may not make it to Halloween because I'm pretty sure she'll wear it out before then, but she sure will have fun doing it!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Toys

Have I mentioned before how frugal I am? (Brent says cheap; I prefer frugal) But after 5 years of using a vacuum that didn't stand up and smelled a little bit like something was burning every time you used it, I let Brent talk me into buying a new vacuum. We got a $50 gift card to Conn's and so took advantage of the free money and put it towards a new vacuum. Brent couldn't wait to try out our new toy.

I'm hoping the newness doesn't wear off too soon. I kind of liked the whole house getting vacuumed by someone else.We've never had a vacuum without the bag. After finishing a couple rooms, it is disgusting! But I think the whole bagless vacuum is good motivation for me. Just seeing all the dust in my carpet has made me vacuum every day this week!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Movie Night

Avery has been doing so well the past few days that Brent and I decided to organize a movie night for the evening. I know. A movie night in the middle of the week, but Brent and I decided long ago that there are no such things as weekends when you have little kids, so we might as well celebrate whenever we get a chance. Notice Avery's Dora PJs in anticipation of the upcoming Dora movie we were about to watch. Where's the popcorn, mom?" No movie is complete without popcorn and M&Ms. The best combination known to man.Avery ended the night by asking, "Can we have movie night again when I wake up?" I guess it was a success.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

That was then...

Elliana is 17 months old this week, and Avery will be 3 in a month! Time flies.

Here are the girls 17 months ago...

And here are the girls today. I pray they'll always be as close as they are right now. Our favorite quote is from one of their favorite books, Gossie and Gertie. We just change the names to fit our purpose =)

Avery and Elliana "are friends, best friends."

Monday, September 22, 2008

Favorite Game

This is my favorite game the girls play. They play it almost every time they are in the car.

Avery: "Elliana can you say pippow(pillow)?"
Elliana: "pippow"

Avery: "Elliana, can you say wikkers (whiskers)?"
Elliana: "Whikkers"

The game goes on and on like this. Brent and I laugh that Elliana doesn't stand a chance learning the correct pronunciation of anything! Its just funny to listen to Avery try to teach her words that Avery herself can't say yet.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Friday Fun Day

Our Friday Fun day was a bit fragmented this week. We had a nail in our tire Friday morning, and because we only have 1 working car, Brent spent the morning at the tire shop getting it replaced. The afternoon was then spent at the doctor's office listening to our sweet new baby's heart beat. Its heart is beating at 165...any guesses on if its a boy or girl =)

So the few hours in between the tire and the doctor, we got to play with the girls as a family. It was beautiful outside so we loaded them and the stroller up and headed to Southlake Towncenter to enjoy the weather and the fun stores.We had fun walking around, playing with the train in Barnes and Nobles, and eating the best hamburgers ever at Kincaids. Avery was my Mexican food baby, Elliana was my Chinese food baby, and so far, this one looks like my American food baby because I just can't get enough good ol red meat these days! Avery was with us all day; she just didn't really feel like having her picture taken. She was too busy jumping and hopping and singing songs to slow down for a picture. Plus, we spent a good majority of the time in a book store. She was in heaven I think. For all the grandparents, she now has a list of about 20 books that she wants for her birthday. She requested that you all come with her to the store next time you're in town so she can show you all the ones she likes =) She's got her mommy's stubborness and her daddy's planning skills!

All in all, it was a great Friday. We got to hear our new addition's heart beat and we got to love on our kiddos. Can't beat that!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


This is what being sisters is all about
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dilemma being solved?

If any of you remember the post Dilemma, you know I've struggled with Avery's naps. Only a few days out of the week, but enough to affect her behavior and inconvenience the rest of us who like to make public appearances every now and again =)

So here were my steps to try and solve her little resistance to sleeping.

First: She was so tired, and I was sick of listening to her whine on the days she didn't sleep that I tried using my authority as her parent to force her to sleep. I gave her consequences, she lost a lot of privileges and special toys, and she experienced times of isolation from the rest of the family.
Result: She started rebelling every time I put her down for a nap, not just the 2 or 3 days a week that she had been. She also started screaming in her bed as opposed to laying there quietly like she had been doing. This eventually began affecting her at night and every night Brent and I would sit and listen to her scream for 45 minutes. All in all, the sternness brought out the Avery we hadn't seen since she was a baby!

Monday morning, after a weekend of Avery being isolated from the family because she had gotten so out of control, I sat at the kitchen table and pleaded with God to give me some direction. I knew she needed the sleep; her behavior was proof of that. But I didn't know how to stop this downward spiral we had gotten on because when Avery feels backed into a corner, she fights. And when she starts fighting, she'll fight to the death. I wonder where she got her stubbornness from? =) I also knew I couldn't allow her to scream in her bed for 2 hours during nap because I had 4 other kids who needed to sleep. But at the same time, it had been such a battle that I couldn't take her out of her room so she thought she had won because then we would have to fight the battle even longer. I was clueless about what to do! The Lord was very faithful to answer and give direction to me that Monday morning. This is what the result has been this week.

Happy and Sad faces. 3 out of 5 happy faces isn't bad when you're on the road to recovery =) After her first 3 smiley faces, she even earned gum from the video store! She needs 4 more to earn her rocking chair back.

Looking back, I wonder why I didn't think of it sooner. I know Avery is a fighter. I know Avery does not respond well when she feels pressure. I know the way to her heart is through rewards and positive reinforcement. I mean we have charts and rewards things all over the house. I guess the desire and the ease of authoritarian parenting is always going to be appealing though. Its much more time consuming to tailor your parenting to the individual heart of the child. I guess its one more time that the Lord is teaching me that I definitely don't have it all together as far as parenting goes!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Favorite Passtime

Can you guess Avery's favorite activity?
We went to the mall to play and all she wanted to do was sit and read books.Boxes are great places to read, don't you think?
Goldilocks and the Three Bears is currently the favorite book around here.
If you ask Avery what her favorite toy is, she'll say books. If you ask her what she wants for her birthday, she says books (well books and light up shoes. But books usually are at the front of the line) If you ask her what she wants her birthday cake to look like, her eyes will light up and sparkle as she screams "lots and lots of books!" It will be interesting to see where this passion for books takes her.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


It was a rainy day today because of Ike. The girls saw that it was going to rain all day and decided they needed to play in their "boats" in order to stay dry. They had a great time pretending to ride the waves from the storm in their boats.
Notice they both remembered their babies and food and blankets for the babies while they were in the boat. Surprisingly, their boats were good entertainment for most of the morning! Fun things can happen when you're stuck in the house in the rain =)During Elliana's morning nap, the rain stopped for a bit so we took Avery out to ride her bike. She decided that in order to get out of her boat, she was going to need to put a life jacket on. Good thinking right? Although the rain has been great, I'm not sure the "boats" will be all that exciting by tomorrow. Maybe Ike will have moved on by then?!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Family Fun Day

It's Friday again, which means its Family Fun Day for the Minter family=)We spent most of the day today baking and cooking for our friends who just had a baby. We started by making some good pumpkin pie. Avery got to help stir and add ingredients for the pie filling.
Elliana just wanted to sit at her table and eat whatever mom and dad were willing to pass her way.
As soon as everyone woke up from naps, we headed to the Born's house to take them dinner and some pie. Josh and Brent took all the girls to Grapefest before dinner to see a petting zoo while Ellie and I doted on Porter, their new baby. After dinner, we had a pretty great dance party going. Notice Avery in her ballerina outfit...she's way into dancing and being a ballerina these days! Here is the little man himself, Porter Jacob Born. I wish I had a video of both girls loving on him. He was definitely the highlight of the evening!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fall yet???

I was "that mom" yesterday. I didn't know Elliana knew what a pumpkin was until we walked by them yesterday at Wal mart. When she pointed and said "pupin peeese", I thought it was so cute, I grabbed one for both girls. Elliana carried hers around the house all day long.
I totally justified my purchase though by thinking to myself that I would just use them to make a pumpkin pie for a friend who just had a baby. In fact, I was probably going to buy them before my daughters looked at me with their big blue eyes and said "peeeese" =)
Is it too early to decorate pumpkins and make pumpkin pie? I guess all this rain and cool weather has made me think Fall has already arrived!

Monday, September 08, 2008


Brent wrote a great post about his dates with Avery. He has this great audio of her calling him at the office to remind him of their date. Its adorable! Click here to check it out.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Family Fun Day

Friday is family fun day around here. We had a low key family fun day this Friday.
We started the day building some good old fashioned forts out of the kitchen table. Free fun and hours of entertainment for two little girls. Although I did feel old b/c it wasn't quite as comfortable as I remember it being as a kid =)We then took a trip to a neighborhood park to search for fish and play ourselves into exhaustion in the hopes a taking really really long naps! We finished our day with some turkey burgers and baked beans. Elliana calls them her "ba ba beans". As Avery learns her letters, she's learning the sounds for the letters as well. "ba ba B" has been the favorite sound of the house, and Elliana has picked up on it. Almost every word that starts with a B, Elliana thinks you have to say "ba ba" before it. It makes Brent and I laugh.