Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Day trip to the mountains

Last week, we headed up to Graveyard Fields in Canton, NC. We stopped and at at Pisgah Fish Camp, then made a stop by the fish hatchery before heading up.

On the way home, we stopped by Brevard and had Gelato.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The deck is done!

Alan's mom gave us their table and chairs since they got a new one.

I painted the concrete planters a bright blue and put some colorful daisies in them. If Riley would stop picking them, they would be much prettier ;)
Also added a couple of colorful flowers to the other planters we had. 
Put the grill under the covered part for extra protection.
Also put their house and kitchen under the cover so it's not as hot when they want to play in it, which is roughly all day, off and on.
Wish list:

Rugs under one or both tables
(via Costco)

Weatherproof curtains to block the sun.
 It sets to the back of our deck, which makes the 5-6pm time frame very bright.
(via Pinterest)

I love the light blue ceiling!
(via Pinterest)

Our plan is to paint the back door black to match the front door. I am in love with this screen door and adding screen doors is on our list to both the front and back doors.
(via Pinterest)

More containers
(via Pinterest)

New lighting. Alan took down our ceiling fan and capped it off. I like these options instead of replacing the ceiling light, until we glass the porch in..
(via Pinterest)

Some type of storage bench for toys/cushions.
(via Pinterest)

Monday, June 13, 2016


reading... nope, don't read. Unless blogs and magazines count!

 listening to.. Daya "Don't Let Me Down". Every time I hear it, I crank it up! That video is weird, though.

watching.. We are finishing up Prison Break together. In the past few weeks, I finished Nurse Jackie and season 30 of The Real World. I'm almost done with Season 31 of The Real World and I started The O.C. on Hulu and will continue that. Between those, I watch The Bachelorette (Hulu) and Hart of Dixie(Netflix)

eating.. all the carbs. Rice, pasta, potatoes.. annnd ice cream, candy, slushies, Pepsi... yes..

looking forward to.. lunch with my best friend next Saturday. I can't remember the last time we have seen each other. Her birthday is this month too! Go ahead and decide now where we are going. I know you're reading this.. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Five on Friday

(one) Madison went to her very first Vacation Bible School this week. She says she had fun and already misses her friends(last day was yesterday)

(two) Finally got the weed mat and mulch put down in front of the whole front of the house. Transplanted some flowers and trimmed bushes. This has been a month(or longer) long project but finally got it done. Over the next couple of months we will get the sides of the house done and a rock border added to the left/front and left sides of the house to match the front and right sides.

Our hydrangea is finally blooming after having it 7 or 8 years! It's purple!

Will add a border on the inside of the driveway at the mulch

(three) This coming week, I have big plans to finish off some things on our to-do list! There are currently 16 things on there and I've highlighted 4 of them. This list is ongoing. I am hoping to knock out another 3 or 4 by next weekend. This includes finishing the deck stain, rearranging the deck furniture and working on the girls' baby books and yearly photo books. Being productive after the girls go the bed is really hard when all I want to do is lay down and watch tv :|

(four) Looking forward to a 5 night vacation soon. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, which includes a day at Dollywood and a day at Splash Country! This area has quickly become our favorite vacation spot with the kids. So many day activities to do. We go for 8 nights later in the year!

(five) This Summer has really flown by so far! The girls have been out of school for 3 weeks already. They are finally at the ages where they will play together! Riley is starting to pretend play and her and Madison will chatter and play in their house or kitchen for a good hour or so. Potty training is going great! Riley is doing really well with it! A few accidents here and there(while she's playing or at night) but she pretty much has it down! She does refuse to sit on a 'big' potty so we have to get that worked out before vacation! We may be that parent that carries the little potty into the parks. No shame, though!
Summer Reading Program at the libary

Forced hugs..

Playing in their house

Friday, May 27, 2016

Potty training Riley

The last day of school was May 20th. So we decided to start fresh on May 21st by moving all of her diaper changing accessories. We put some stuff from her room on top of her changing table, which is actually an entertainment center.  Here's how the first few days went:

Day 1: We got her up around 7:45am and put her directly in panties. We asked her every few minutes if she was dry, to check her panties, if she needed to tee-tee and if she was wet. We decided to take her to sit on the potty every 20 minutes. Around 8:30am, she had her first accident. Another small accident at 9:30 and then 9:50(I think she was finishing off). We decided to then sit her on the potty every 15 minutes after that. At 11am, Alan took her and they sat in there a while. He then got her to stand up and she had peed a little in the potty and finished in the floor. We think she was going when he asked her to stand up. We set the timer and took her every 15 minutes. At 12:30, she told Alan she needed to potty, he took her and she didn't go. That happened again. The third time, I took her and she peed in the potty! Alan took Madison to play at the mall and I put Riley down for a nap. Around 1:15pm, she got out of her bed for a while. I went in her room and she had gotten a bird statue that I had took from a shelf to sit on her dresser and was trying to put it back on the shelf haha! So since I was in there, I made her sit on the potty. After a few minutes, I asked if she wanted privacy and she said yes. I closed the door and left it cracked enough to where I could see her but she couldn't see me. In the mirror, I saw her bend over and look and then she said "tee tee!" I came in and she had peed in the potty again! She woke up around 3:45 DRY! I sat her on the potty for a while but she didn't use it. I woke her up at 9:30pm and she didn't go. Woke again at 11:15 and after a few minutes, she peed on the potty!

Day 2: Got her up at 5:45am and she was dry! I sat her on the potty but she did not go. She woke up at 8:15 dry but would not potty. At 8:45, she had an accident. At 10am, I caught her squatting. She had an accident in her pants but when I ran her to the potty, she went in there too. At 10:15, I caught her squatting again. She had a small accident but finished in the potty. I don't think she had finished before. They were playing on the porch around 12pm and when I saw her, her pants were wet. I am unsure if it was water from one of the chairs or pee. Around 5pm, she had an accident but finished in the potty. She went to bed at 6pm.

Day 3: I woke her around 3am. She was dry and after a few minutes, she peed in the potty. I left her alone because obviously she is able to hold it for 8 hours! She woke up at 8:30am dry! I sat her on the potty but she did not go. At 9:15am, I took her to the potty but nothing.. She had accidents at 9:30 and 11am. She went down for a nap at 1pm and woke around 4:15 wet then finished in the potty. She then used the potty at 6:30 and then went to bed. I took her at 9:30 and she did not go potty.

Day 4: I woke her up at 3am and she went in the potty. She slept until 8am, woke up dry and did not want to potty so I did not force her. At 9am, she told me she had to potty, ran to the bathroom and she peed in the potty! At 11 and 12 she went in the potty. We ran to the store and she stayed dry and then when we got home, she told me she needed to potty and went. She went down for a nap, woke up dry and went to the potty. She went in the potty before bed and then again when I got her up at 9:30pm.

Day 5: I woke her up at 5am and she went in the potty. She woke at 9am, she told me she had to potty and went. She then went at 10:50. At 11:50, 12:15 and 12:25, she told me she needed to potty and went. The last time, she told me she needed to poop and went and sat down but stood up while going and had a small accident in the floor. I count it, though!

We are currently on Day 6 and she hasn't had an accident in her pants since 3 full days ago! She has told us for 2 days when she needs to potty. She has done really well!!


If you are going diaper free, have roughly 20 pair of undies handy. The Good Nights pee pads(found by the pull ups) are life savers! They keep the sheets dry so you aren't changing sheets at 3am.

Have help available. Your spouse, significant other, in laws, a best friend.. Someone to help you. You will need it! They need to be there to help from the time the child gets up until they go to bed. At least to help you so you can leave the house or go potty or make a phone call.

Have lots of candy/treats ready. We gave her a candy treat every time she went in the potty. She also got to put a sticker on her chart. 4 categories - Went in the potty, Told mom or dad, pooped in potty and woke up dry. Even at 3am, we put stickers on her chart and gave her a gummy.

Lots of praise, encouragement and don't get frustrated. We started doing the "potty dance" after she went and so she kept doing it.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Madness

-started potty training Riley on Saturday. More coming on that later, but she is doing fantastic.

-It is so nice out today. This morning, I opened all the windows, put the girls' kitchen out on the porch beside their house and they played for a long time while I mopped, washed clothes and cleaned house(while watching/checking on them, of course!)

-The Bachelorette starts back tonight! I wasn't a big Jojo fan on The Bachelor so we will see how this season goes!

-Today is the first day of Summer vacation. I have a mile long to-do list of things that need to be done and I am determined to do them!

-We started the final Season of Prison Break last night! Every episode so far leaves you hanging and wanting to watch another and another.

-We may just finish that in time for Season 2 of Bloodline to come to Netflix on Friday..


Friday, May 20, 2016

Last day of Preschool

Madison completed 3K and Riley completed the Toddler Class today! They have had amazing years and have loved every second of it! They adore their teachers and friends and talk about everyone constantly. It's going to be hard on the girls this summer not seeing everybody so often! Here are some pictures from today!

First day and last day

First day and last day

Crazy the difference 9 months makes in both of them!

Party after her program

I did get other pictures from her program and party but other kids are in them and I respect their privacy :)