Oh, where to begin??? It's been about a million years since I actually wrote something. Ok, so that might be a small exaggeration, but you know what I mean. June got off to a very rough start. On June 1st, our Grandpa John passed away after suffering from Alzheimer's. It was bittersweet because he had been sick for so long, but it was hard to let him go all the same. And then on June 15th husband's Grandma (Dad's mom) also passed away. She had congestive heart failure and had had more frequent issues with it in the last six months. She was 96 and had mentioned before that she was ready whenever He was. So in both cases it was a blessing. A positive spin on Grandma Rose's passing was that all of husband's siblings (6 to be exact) were able to be there and then stayed for a long weekend. We hadn't seen his brother Bill in over three years or his sister Lisa (my favorite sister-in-law) in almost a year. So, in spite of everything, we ended up having a fun weekend.
On a positive note Noodle is completely potty trained!!!!!! Back in fall I had bought a seat to go on the big potty (I think the little potties are disgusting). And then Lizzy was born and that went to hell. After her third birthday it was time to hit it full force. Well she wanted nothing to do with it. So we went to Target and I let her pick out her own seat (thinking she would pick Dora or Disney Princesses or something along those lines). Can you guess what she picked? She wanted the little potty that played music when she sat on it :) Go figure. Within a few hours of us getting home and getting the potty out of its box she had to pee. And wouldn't you know, she went on the big girl potty. It was a nice reminder that I need to let go and let God way more than I have been and that things can't be my way all the time. There were a few accidents the first week, but it didn't take more than that. As far as pooping, she went for the first time when Husband and I were out to dinner. Mom called and let Noodle tell me all about it. And her exact words were, 'I just pooped a little. I'll poop big later.' She is nothing if not honest. And with that there were some set backs as well. The final draw with that was a week and a half ago when I called her into the family room from her bedroom and she tells me, 'Don't check my underwear, Mom.' To remedy this we printed up 'Noodle's Poop Chart'. She has three stickers to go (out of ten) and then when all ten stickers are on her chart we are going to take her to Toys 'r Us and she gets to pick out any toy she wants. I'm slightly dredding this trip. As of right now she is saying she wants a new baby doll. I think, though, once she sees all the toys she can choose from she might change her mind.
Lizard is growing by leaps and bounds. She will be nine months old on Tuesday. How in the hell did that happen?! She is crawling (quickly) all over the place and is pulling herself up on anything she can get a grip on. She is growing way too fast and I don't like it one little bit. What are you going to do, though?
Lastly, Husband turns 30 at the end of August. I have been planning his surprise party for a few months now and it is finally coming up next weekend. I am getting really excited! I've received many RSVP's this week and I am going to run to my in-laws this weekend to rummage through some baby pictures. I am going to have an embarassing banner made :) Not too embarassing, though. I'll give you more party details (and pictures) once it's all said and done. Well I think that is enough catching up for one post. Have a great weekend everybody!
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