; Life is like champagne......: 2009-07-26

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Extreme herding

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Dog owners of Border Collies know that you have to keep these dogs busy, stimulated and challenges. This is truly extreme....although I could see this taking over the agility world!

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Potty Training Day 2 - Inspiration from The Captain


Day 2 of potty training and it has been a test for both of us. My creativity is coming out, I decided to solicit a little help from her favorite New York Yankee Player Derek Jeter. I have a life size stand up picture of him and my daughter has never seen it, so I decided to pull it out and tell my daughter that Derek Jeter, The Captain of the New York Yankees was proud of her and to keep it up! She absolutely loved that and now has to have him in her room, I must say when I had him out, I forgot he was there and jumped when I turned the corner to see him. Can't imagine she wants this figure in her room in front of her bed, waking up seeing him.

So how did it go? Two accidents, no surprise, one being in her new bathing suit which she was upset about. I knew she had to go and we had just sat on the potty for 15 minutes, she even told me she was not done several times when I asked her. She still does not tell me though, I have to work on a two hour potty schedule. I have also added an extra incentive, mini marshmallows. She gets one for pee and two for....well.....you know. The stickers can only do so much as an incentive. I am not discouraged and will not give up on this! If I could only get Derek Jeter to call her...maybe she will listen to him!!!

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What is this?


Don't let the pumpkin sign fool you, I have no idea what this could be. My guess is either a spaghetti squash or a melon. Any ideas?

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Game on...potty training is here!

I feel like I have been procrastinating on potty training, but I really have not. I chose to do the change from crib to big girl bed first since my daughter was not happy with her crib. This has been successful and I am glad I did it. Now I have decided to go cold turkey, stop the diapers and just do it!
I started by telling my daughter a couple of days prior that we were not buying anymore diapers, I only had so many left and that was it. Each day I was priming her for the day we did not have anymore diapers and moving on to using the potty. I decided not to use the personal small potty, personal choice. Nothing against anyone else who uses them, I just feel that if they cannot use a regular toilet, then how will they feel going on any other toilet, like at a mall or even a friends home. This way I am not carting around a potty with me in my already gypsy wagon of a vehicle!
Day one came, I added a twist to the training, some incentive. It is not enough to get to wear big girl pants so I pulled out a Hello Kitty Sticker book, 700 Hello Kitty stickers to choose from and made a chart of her first weeks progress. For every time she uses the potty, she can choose one sticker to put on the chart, two if she poops(the real major problem she has with this training). Well she LOVED that idea, the chart, the stickers, it went over with a bang! Suddenly she was telling me she had to use the potty, to get a sticker of course. We did very good on day one, only one pee accident. I consider that a great start to this whole process, will keep you posted!

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Side by side



I loves these flowers growing right next to each other, such great contrast!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fancy gloves


I received a knock out rose and a pair of very fancy garden gloves from my sister-in-law and my Goddaughter. I have an idea where I will plant it, in the new garden of course. Although I am going to have a very tough time using the garden gloves, they are too pretty to get dirty!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Big Boats on the CT River

Who says we are in a recession, hard to believe when you see large boats like this one on the river. This has been common all summer long, along with the rain causing the river to be brown, debris ridden and extra high tides.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Go fly a kite




When I told my daughter that we were going to fly her new kite, she screamed with such delight! We went to the Haddam Meadows State Park, a wonderful open space to fly a kite. She had no problem holding on and keeping it up in the air. I think what struck me was how much she has grown up just in the last 6 months.....slow down!!!!!!

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunset skiing on the river



Water was a little to chilly and muddy for me to go in, this did not stop my brother-in-law!

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