Tuesday, July 27, 2004


Henry told me when I walked in the door tonight, "I think he's going to poop so I haven't changed his diaper yet."

You see, it's really easy for us to know when He-Man will be pooping soon.  He doesn't like it and gets this look on his face as he clenches his butt cheeks.  He usually does this successfully a couple of times before he can no longer hold it in. Then he will even begin to tell us, "Poo poo" as he feels the urge.

It wasn't long before I was given the signals.  "Poo poo....." he strained.

I said,  "Do you wanna go poo poo on the potty?"

He said, "Potty?"

I said, "Hey!  Let's go!"

I took him from my lap, stood him on the floor, held out my hand and said, "Let's go potty."

He then proceeded to walk me to the bathroom.

I am not making this up.

He walked to the toilet and started pulling on his diaper.  I undressed him and pushed the stool to him so he could stand on it.  He kinda imitated Rocky when he stands to pee by arching his back a little bit.  I hollared out for Henry to come watch.  I knew this would be entertaining.

Then he lifted his leg like he wanted to step INTO the potty.  I picked him up, turned him around, and sat him there on the pot.  He sat and then squirmed down.  He stood up to mimic peeing again and then wanted to step in again.  We did a few little routines of this up and down, up and down.   And whenever he would want to touch the potty with his hands, I'd move them and say, "Yucky!" and he'd repeat, "Gucky?"

Then.....that little face showed up.  Quickly, I grabbed him up and sat him on the potty.  He strained to hold it in but it just wouldn't stay any more and he pushed and groaned.  I don't know why he hates pooping so much but he does.  And when the groaning subsided there was a "plop".

I looked behind him and TA DA!   It was so pretty!  Nice color and everything :)

I showed him, "Look!!!  It's your poopy!  YAY HE-MAN!"  Henry said, "Give me five!"  We were SO HAPPY!

I don't know if he realized how huge a deal this was or not but he enjoyed flushing (the first time we allowed him to push the lever) and watching his poop disappear.  We've not let him flush yet because we wanted it to be a reward for actually putting something INTO the toilet and not just for fun.

Who knows.  This could have been just a really happy coincidence this time but maybe it is something that will make a memory for him to build on in the near future!

Happy 16-month birthday little He-man!  I love you!

Monday, July 26, 2004

How Genius is Blogger.com?

Ever noticed how the ads at the top of the page change to links that relate somewhat to whatever I have posted or linked to?  Very neat....

I wonder if I write about aspartame being one of the biggest dangers to America's health today if they will do some links to http://www.dorway.com/badnews.html ?  Or will some ads for Diet Coke, or worse yet the C2 low-carb junk, pop up?  Will be interesting to see...

And if you haven't ever heard of this "controversy" before, I plead with you to please look into it before you buy the next "low-carb" or "sugar-free" product.  Always look more at the ingredients of a food more than the "nutritional index" chart with lists of calories, carbs, fat, etc.  It may have "zero carbs!" but if it tastes sweet, I'll bet you a buck that it is bad for you.

Just my .02 for today!  Stay tuned for more loose change on future dates :)

My Calendar

I wish you could see my calendar.  I don't know why it gets so terribly ragged by the end of the month.

My girls had these neat little crayons for school last year called "Twisters" and those have been my color-coding tools and doodlers lately.  My large desk-pad calendar is multi-colored and exciting.  I have a large, "Rose-Art" purple "X" crossing out each date as it passes.  Makes me feel accomplished to see the days I have gotten through.  The bottom of the page is curling up and ripped where He-Man has sat in my lap while I work at the computer.  The big kids see all my doodling and like to add their s to mine.  I have a few codes on here as well - green boxes around the dates Henry gets paid and I get my Mannatech check.  Green highlighting on any big bills or payments we need to budget for (tuition for both girls next week!)  I have blue notes for  things that I really need TO DO and red boxes drawn around events that I definitely don't need to forget!  There is a mark indicating that tomorrow, He-Man will be 16 months!  Sigh.  There are mathematical computations and phone numbers bordering the days.  There are people's names and notes scrambled together that don't make any sense to me now.  I'm sure I knew what they meant when I wrote them originally.

This time next week,  there will be a new page.  It's not clean, though.  It's already got several (read LOTS OF) pages marked with big events.  The bottom is already beginning to look a little ratty because it's exposed since July's page is curled up.  But there are no "X"s yet.  There are lots of things to look forward to.  I can't believe it will be August soon.

But enough looking ahead...today is a day that needs attention.  We've got a big meeting tonight and I've got some last minute things to do for that (make copies for next week's meeting, make up some sign-in sheets, stuff like that.)  I'm going out of town for another meeting tomorrow so I also need to get a babysitter for the afternoon.  I hate asking for babysitters. 

I need to get a few baby shower gifts for upcoming parties and might as well do that today, too since I've got a coupon for Parisian and since I need to get one of the gifts to a friend to take to a shower I will miss tomorrow night.  I need to make a phone call to the church about the girls' baptisms Sunday.  Maybe I can straighten up the house a little bit, too (LOL!!!!!!!!!  I make myself laugh!!!!!!!)


Saturday, July 24, 2004

Meltdown - Life-changing experience

Actually, there hasn't been a 'meltdown' but in this heat, I don't feel I could adequately name the entry "rundown" because I ain't running no-whar today!  It was so hot today that the kiddie pool (pretty big this year by the way!) went from being a refreshing place of fun this morning to a boiling hot tub this afternoon.  Henry picked up 3 bags of ice at the gas station to throw in the pool with the kids and it melted, literally, within seconds.  It was so unbearable that He-Man cried and said, "hot" when we tried setting him down into the water.  It was terrible!

But I'd still take this heat to freezing temps ANY day!

OK - now for the meltdown/rundown of this week's life-changing experience...

Both girls prayed to God to save them by professing their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior.  They prayed for forgiveness of their sins and a belief in Christ's taking on of their sins, His death and resurrection, and a committment to Him to live a life to glorify Him.  It was quite awesome!

The best part about it was the peace I had that their prayers were genuine.  I love it.  I questioned them enough for them to be certain of what they were saying and doing and enough for me to feel sure of their understanding.  But I didn't want to make them doubt what they felt led to do.

And a cool encouragement from the Lord this week has been their 'blooming' of their faith and desire to publically profess their salvation.  Originally they were nervous to just tell their Daddy.  But as the week went on they were more and more willing and even desiring to tell grandparents and church leadership.  Tomorrow both girls will "walk the aisle" and make a public profession to the church of their salvation.  Henry and I are praying for this to be a time of committment and profession of a true conversion and not just a ritual of church membership.  Please pray for this with us.

Thank you Lord for saving my sweet girls and bless us all to continue leading so that the boys can be saved in the very near future as well.

Glory, Hallelujah!   I am in awe of your faithfulness!

The girls have really gotten themselves outnumbered here lately! What used to be 2-0 has made a turn to 2-4 in no time flat! Posted by Hello

Ta da! Posted by Hello

Them's some cute little boys rite thar! Posted by Hello

Sorry for not reducing red-eye before posting. Isn't Leland handsome? Posted by Hello

I had so much fun with Feff yesterday. He actually smiled at me a lot! We just had a hard time catching him doing it in a picture! Posted by Hello

Buncha slouchers :) Posted by Hello

Brotherly Resemblence

Doesn't He-Man look JUST LIKE Rocky in this one?????? Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 22, 2004


This was taken yesterday at the sign-language camp where the girls have been going all week. Tomorrow is the finale to the week where they go on a field trip and have to use sign language instead of speaking! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Rocky's Quick Pose

Rocky's a good big-cousin, too....but he only wants to hold the baby for just a second....there's way too much going on to just sit and hold a baby all day! Posted by Hello

Ray's So GROWNY!

Ray looks so mature, doesn't she? Oh, it seems like yesterday that she was Brosnan's size.....wait....none of my babies were Brosnan's size unless you consider their size in my womb.....but you know what I mean... Posted by Hello

He-Man's Not The Baby Any More!

He-Man was SOOOOOO precious and careful with Brosnan! I wish I had a video to share! He would cock his head to the side, say, "aw" and would kiss him ever so gently. It was amazing! Reminds me SO MUCH of when Rocky held the HIM for the first time! Posted by Hello

Indie Holding Brosnan

I think Indie enjoys holding babies more than any other 6-year-old I have ever seen! Posted by Hello

Henry The Uncle

Henry's proud of his new nephew! Posted by Hello

He-Man Love

He-Man is loving his sweet new cousin! Posted by Hello