Tuesday, September 30, 2008

To pee or not to pee (that's not the question)

Oh the joys of potty training! We have gotten past the "number one" stage, kind of. Our problem is keeping Ty from peeing anywhere and anytime. We were at Tristyn's soccer game the other day and look over at Ty and he has his pants down to his ankles peeing(sorry Mom, I guess I should say wetting for your sake) on the closest tree. It so happened to be the tree that everyone else was sitting under for shade as well. The other night I caught him in this picture going off our deck. His preschool teacher told us they were all out playing on the grass when he felt the urge to drop the britches. So now we just need to work on the location. As for "number two" we haven't quite decided to try that yet. We keep pullups in strategic locations around the house for when the urge hits. He'll go and change into the pullup, do his business (or "mess" as Mom would say) then come and ask us to change him. Tracey wrapped a bunch of presents and put them by the toilet with the idea that everytime he "messed" on the potty he could open one. We'll ask him when he wants to go so he can open a present, and he'll say next Sunday. If it happens to be Sunday, he'll say "tommorow". One of these days he'll get over his phobia. It's a good thing he's never been to scout camp and had to "mess" in a kybo, or he'd never get over his phobia. I had to go to counseling after scout camp just so I could "mess" again, especially after the campfire story about the "Kybo Killer". Not a good story!

Maybe it's the ducks. Who wants to take care of business with a bunch of ducks looking on.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Things that make you go "hmmm..."

With the elections coming up I'm a little concerned about how things are going in this world. So I posted a few pictures that have concerned me lately. The first is just down right disturbing, and I really hesitate to even comment on. The second is an example of the barbie carnage that is often found around our house lately. Ty has gotten in the habit recently of getting out Tristyns' stash of barbies and then leaving them lying around the house with no clothes. I'm not sure what concerns us more the fact that he's playing with the barbies, or the fact that he loves to undress them. We kind of have mixed emotions on that one. The third picture is of a bumper sticker that was parked at the store. Who drives around with "Hey little girl, want a cookie" in their windshield? (It should also be noted that there was also an "Obama '08" bumper sticker on the same vehicle). Anyway, I guess I better go check our food storage!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Top of Utah '08

Kailee and Ty finish the race with us

It's official, Tyler and I ran our first marathon this last Saturday. It was the tenth annual top of Utah marathon. The race started up at hardware ranch and ended at Merlin Olsen park in Logan. Most of the race was downhill, which suited us just fine. There were close to 2,100 people who participated (most of whom beat us). There were people from all walks of life, and it was fun meeting some of them. My favorite part of the race was around mile 14 when Tyler had an unfortunate gas leak nearly killing the poor lady right behind him. We both giggled like school girls after that and had a hard time catching our breath for a good mile after that. It was a lot of fun seeing all of the supporters along the side cheering everybody on. That turned out to be quite a boost at times. Tracey and the kids found us around mile 21 or so, and were cheering loudly for us. They were accompanied by Tyler's wife Carrie and their two kids, Kailee and Kaden. Tracey's folks Terry and Ronda were also there along with her Grandma Shirley. Tyler and I spent the night at Tracey's sister Teralee's place. Teralee was also there cheering us on along with her husband Jon and the twins Casey and Cody. Tracey has been banned from attending other marathons as her cheering had more of a negative impact on other runners. She would cheer them on and tell them they were doing so good, but they looked to be in such pain. We all know she meant well. It was a lot of fun, and we are both glad we did it. It was a little discouraging to be passed by 70+ year olds, but we were just glad we did it even if the only records we set were for the most laughs.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

4 wheelin'

With fall here we thought we would take a little ride up in the mountains to look at the leaves changing colors. We loaded up the 4-wheelers and headed up to Monte Cristo with Rob Marsh and his family. We took the road from there over to hardware ranch, and ate dinner. The kids had a great time looking at the leaves and enjoying the mountains. It got pretty chilly by the time we were heading home, and you could certainly tell that fall was here. We didn't see many animals other than a couple of deer. Ty spent the whole ride telling me to go faster, while the girls were always getting on us to go slower. It was sure a fun time and gave us an opportunity to enjoy some beautiful scenery. We are certainly blessed to live in such a wonderful place where so many of God's wonderful creations are so close at hand.
(sidenote: BYU 44 Wyoming 0)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ah nuts (or lack of)

Whiskers and Po (Tristyn and Ty's kitty's) had a rough day on Wednesday. They are old enough now that they had to be taken to the vet and came back a little lighter as they lost their manhood (or cathood I guess). Now they both look at me with obvious hatred in their eyes, as I was the one that took them to the vet. I tried to explain that this would make life much simpler for them, but I don't think they bought it.

(sidenote: BYU 59 UCLA 0)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

School time

Back to School

Tristyn and Ty started school last week. Tristyn is in the 4th grade, and Ty started his first year of pre-school. Tristyn wasn't quite as excited as Ty was, she's getting to the age where school isn't so much fun. Ty could hardly stand himself he was so excited. Tristyn has Mrs. Holmes while Ty's teacher is Andrea.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Rise and Shout

Fall is in the air and that means BYU football. Ty and Tom donned their BYU blue and hung the Cougar flag on the flagpole. We love watching the BYU games (we means Tom and....well, Tom enjoys watching the games). Ty is undergoing rigorous brain washing so he can one day enjoy watching the games with his Dad (despite Tristyn's protests).