Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bye Bye Binky!

Isabella finally gave up her binky, or as she called it, her mimis. She only used it when she slept for nap time and bed time. But it was time for it to go. I was tired of seeing the thing and if she dropped it she would get up. It had to go.

I started looking at ideas to get rid of it a few weeks ago. There are quite a few good ways to try to get rid of it. I heard tying it to balloons and letting the child send them off. Taking the pacifiers to Toys R Us to trade in for a toy. Giving them to another baby. Like I said, so many ideas. But I went with a "broken" binky. I cut off the tip of the binky so it was hard to suck on. I showed her it was "broken" and when she tried to use it, she couldn't. So, she threw it in the trash. But right after she threw it away she said we had to get a new one. Nope, sorry babe, the binky is done.

She went to sleep quickly. I was surprised since the night before she would not go to sleep without her binky. She had dropped it out of her crib and I wanted to see if she would give it up. But it was a no-go. So, we are done! Next up, moving her to her toddler bed. I've been trying to postpone this as long as possible.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ketchup & Mustard

It's been ages since I've blogged last, and a lot of things are changing around here. More on that in a later post. But let's catch up (ketchup?)!

Isabella is finally potty trained! I didn't give up, but it did take a month. We've gone on outings like Disneyland sans pull-up and she's done great! Actually, she only wears a pull-up at night. We've don't have the night thing under control yet but I will!

I'm still helping out at Jacob & Isabella's school. And the kids had their school pictures taken! I love the way they came out but they look so BIG. I don't have babies anymore :( but we're having a lot more fun.

The kids had their first sleep over at their uncle's house. They've already had quite a few at their cousin Jasmine's house, but you can't compare cause their uncle lives 30 minutes away not 3! They did well despite Isabella being free from any confinement like her crib but it took her a mighty long time to fall asleep. Poor Jasmine. She had no sleep.

Speaking of Jasmine (my niece), we headed out for our annual Twilight movie night! However, this year my sister thought a marathon would be fun. OMG. I was not looking forward to this at all. In the end, it was a great idea! Time actually flew by, and we got to see the movie at 10p instead of midnight. My butt was a little sore for a few days after, but not having to fight with people and having a theater that was less than full, amazing!

The following weekend was thanksgiving! Woo hoo! The kids had a feast at their school and it was sooo good! We also had the chance to hear the kids sing and dance for us. The song was so catchy that we've all been singing it! "Do the turkey dinner dance, come on, come on, lets go..." Our turkey day was perfectly quiet and uneventful and the food was amazing. It's a good thing it's only once a year! Mmm, tamales are next.

So, I think I've caught up! Oh, wait! I did a lot of Black Friday shopping...all weekend! But I bought almost ALL of my gifts. Whew! The best and most fun part is shopping for the kids. I can't wait to see their faces on Christmas morning :) I hope Santa delivers! And, I know I'm late but, I hope you all had a blessed thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a great halloween. I know I'm a day late, but better late than never! So, our halloween celebrations started the weekend before at a party and the day before halloween. The kids celebrated a day early at school. I kind of liked it. No crazy sugar highs to beat on the day of. This year I made exactly the same treat I made last year, Oreo mummies. I'm sorry but they're so easy to make. And Bella had 17 kids in her class. So cheap and easy it was. I also took mini cupcakes to Jake's class. I love that they do not allow candy to be eaten at school and their party goodies consisted of cheese, cold cuts, crackers, and fruit. Followed by a mini cupcake.

Halloween was mellow. We started trick-o-treating around 6p. The kids couldn't wait longer. And we only hit up 2 blocks before returning to Titi's (aunties) house to bake some cookies! The kids were in bed by their usual bedtime. But the highlight of my night was when all was over, and I was getting Jacob out of his costume, and he tells me, "Mom, that was the best halloween ever!" No it wasn't super special or fancy but he loved it!

This year, if you haven't noticed, Isabella was Minnie Mouse and Jacob was Darth Vader, they both loved their costumes. I was surprised Bella kept her ears on and that Jacob held out wearing his costume for over a month. The kid's got patience. Now I'm sure he'll wear it out to his hearts content. Now that this halloween is over, I wonder what they're going to be next year?