Friday, December 28, 2007


This was in our hotel room in Vegas. Excuse the jammies. Those were last year's Christmas Jammies! Initially Cady is making a pony tail in my hair and then she gets into the words.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Criss-miss, Tanta, and Peasants...oh my!

Getting ready to go to Christmas Eve Church service. Boy that was fun! Don't expect a toddler who didn't eat her dinner (or whose parents aren't bright enough to pack snacks) to sit through communion without YELLING. "Bread!! More bread!!! Juice Juice Juice!"

Christmas Eve we have a tradition of opening one gift...Pajamas or Jommies if you are Cady. That's so we can wear them to bed and then wear them ALL day on Christmas! Nothing better than hanging out in Christmas Jommies. The following pictures are of us in our Christmas Jommies.

This was NOT in the forecast. How wonderful to wake up to Chritmas snow! I could see it falling outside of our window, but I never expected to see this when I looked outside!! It snowed the entire day which made it feel so Christmassy!

Cady woke up around 8 and ventured into the living room. She was shocked and somewhat overwhelmed to see a horsey sitting in her living room! A little freaked out, she skirted past the horse and immediately went over to her kitchen set to start playing. Our very favorite part of this set is that it has a little sink so that Cady can pretend to wash her hands. I gave her an empty bottle of hand soap and she can't get enough. Lately she has been driving us CRAZY with wanting to wash her hands ALL THE TIME. We are so glad that she can now pretend all she wants.

When she opened up her pans she was so excited and then the playing REALLY began. Mimi got Cady her own personalized set of kitchen tools which thrilled Cady. Probably because I am inclined to use wooden spoons more than the average person, Cady spotted the wooden fork, seized it from the pack, yelled "FORK!" and RAN to her kitchen set. It seemed to be EXACTLY what she needed to finish her masterpiece. She was also thrilled with the whisk since she was able to help me make cake the other day and that involved stirring with a whisk. In no time at all she'll be in the kitchen baking cakes with Aunt Sophie. Rob and I don't think we've actually ever seen Cady concentrate this long on one toy! Woohoo!!

Cady got a kick out of her other gifts as well. Her great Aunt Sophie and Uncle Chris got her a myriad of stuffed animals. I'm not sure she knew what to make of the octopus but elephants are VERY exciting in Cadyland! They also sent her a very fun book that we can't wait to read together. Her other grandmother sent her an electronic Winnie-the-Pooh book set and Grampy sent her some money. Initially Cady was very excited thinking of all the Elmo shwag she could buy with that money but we had to break the bad news that it was going into her bank account. Poor Cady.

And then there is Cady's newly beloved "Hosee" I'm not over the nearly having a heartattack stage watching her try to get on and off of it all by herself. She's fallen a couple of times but since she has lived to tell about it I suppose I ought to relax.

And finally we had our annual Christmas Dinner with the Pfeiffers which we always look forward to. It's really nice to spend at least a part of the day with family and it's doubly nice to be treated to a great meal while spending that time together. Tim cooks a mean Prime Rib.

Return of bed head!

Front View...Not too bad. Just a crooked pony tail

Side View. Starting to suspect that hair is having some issues.

And then the back. YIKES!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Cady met Santa and Mrs. Claus

Today went to a place called St. Nicks. It's a giant store full of nothing but ornaments, lights, stockings, etc...

In the back of the store is a cottage. You go into the cottage and meet Mrs. Claus. While you are waiting to see Santa, the kids get to hang out with Mrs. Claus who is the NICEST woman in the world and TOTALLY knows how to engage kids. She knew all the good tricks and within minutes she had Cady in her arms and Cady was babbling away to her. She also got to color with Mrs. Claus at a little table and play her piano. There was a Christmas movie on and lots of Christmas books. They bake fresh chocolate chip cookies too. So by the time it was time to see Santa, Mrs. Claus carried her in to Santa's room and she sat down with Cady on the couch next to Santa and NO PROBLEM! Woohoo! All the other Santas have gotten from Cady is a high five b/c she has been too freaked out.

Oh, right before we went in, Rob says he has to go the bathroom and ducked into the bathroom. Cady announced to the entire room in her loud Cady voice while Mrs. Claus was holding her that "Daddy's in the Poddy" Fun!

Here's the picture. She had a bad hair thing going on so there were a couple of pictures that were better as far as she was looking straight at the camera and smiling but she had a big chunk of hair popping out of the side of her head (you can kind of see it in this one) so we didn't choose those.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Peepee in the potty

Cady has a potty chair but the only use that it gets is as a step stool to brush her teeth. Which is fine because she is young and we are waiting until she is showing signs that she is ready to start training. Supposedly there are five signs of readiness. In theory, if you start training before they show signs of readiness then it can take a LOT longer and be a much bigger struggle than starting a kid who has reached that developmental milestone. The signs of readiness are:
1. Takes Off Own Clothes
2. Talks about Using the Potty
3. Does a Potty Dance?
4. Shows an Interest in the Bathroom or Toilet
5. Stays Dry Overnight & During Naps
So, up until recently Cady has been unable to take off her own clothes. She does not talk about using the potty. If I casually mention to her, "would you like to try and use the potty?" she quickly says, "NO!" and it's the end of the discussion. The only potty dance she does is a little bend and grunt when she is...well, you that hardly qualifies as a dance. She has been showing an interest for quite a long time. Not necessarily in *her* toilet but in everything about *me* using the toilet. If she sees me heading the direction of the bathroom, she absolutely lights up and says "mommy peepee!" and runs after me. And usually a very sarcastic sounding "yay!" is silently echoing in my head. Once in there she has to get toilet paper ready for me and then she drops it between my legs. Sometimes she has to cock her head and look down there to see what is going on? If this sounds like too much information, all I can say is, "yeah, tell me about it!" Then Cady has to flush the toilet and say, "bye-bye pee pee!" So, my point is that #4 on the list is well covered. #5 is not even close.
So, this weekend we were in Vegas (that's another blog) and I brought Cady to my friend Diane's house so that I could visit with her and my other friend Angela who I haven't seen in two years (pre-Cady). Right as dinner is about to be served Cady drops drawers and says "Poo-poo on the potty". My jaw drops because not only did I not realize that she can take her pants down but she has never even hinted at wanting to use the potty. So I take her in, she straddles the big potty, tears off toilet paper, drops it between her legs and we flush. I didn't really expect her to go so it went just as expected. I diaper her back up and get ready to eat and what does she say, "Poo poo in the potty" YES!! Now it's a game!! Sweet!! I leave the table knowing full well we are going to repeat what we just finished doing and sure enough!!
Oh well, she IS role-playing which is a positive sign. The kid has timing though!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Wanna know who Cady REALLY likes?

Cady!! Or Tady!
***Excuse my comment of "Who taught you that?" when Cady points out the blue star. That was a duh moment since as I rewatched the video I noticed that I had just showed her a blue star moments before. Drrrr.