It's 10:55 PM and I just finished carving a turkey. LOL! That sounds so funny...but it's true. On the health program that I am on, I am required to eat a LOT of turkey slices. Since last July when I started the program, I have eaten more turkey slices than the average human would most likely eat in a lifetime. I'm seriously thinking that there will come a time in the near future when I will open my mouth to speak and "GOBBLE! GOBBLE!" will come out instead. LOL! It's not even the cheap lunch meat turkey either. I've been eating the really YUMMY Oven Roasted Turkey from Costco. And though I loved the turkey at the beginning, it is really starting to make me gag. And with zero salt in my diet, even the Costco turkey has started tasting way too overly salty to me. Unfortunately, I am still really needing the turkey in my diet....so I had to make some changes. I talked to my health consultant last night and asked if I could have REAL turkey...like THANKSGIVING turkey. And the answer was YES! HALLELUJAH!!! HAPPY DAY! So off we went to buy a turkey in the middle of May! LOL! And OOOOH GOODNESS...my house has smelled like Thanksgiving all evening. Heavenly. And now I have enough REAL and DELISH turkey slices for the rest of the week! YAY!!!
You're probably wondering what any of that has to do with the TITLE of this entry. The answer is..nothing. LOL! Sorry..a little slight meandering from the topic for a moment. This IS my third blog entry today....I'm starting to get a little loopy. But what I really wanted to write about today, was Teacher Appreciation Week. YAY TEACHERS!!!! Kaden and I decided that for Teacher Appreciation Week last week, we wanted to do something nice for his teacher every day of the week. So we decided to do "The 5 Days of Teacher Appreciation Week." Kaden and I sat and thought of some fun ideas and then picked out some fun gifts for his teacher at Utah Idaho Supply & Map World. Oh..my..goodness. Have you ever been to that store? It's like TEACHER PARADISE!!! We spent FOREVER in that store. SO MUCH FUN! But by the end of our trip, we had picked out some really fun things to give to his teacher throughout the course of the week. The first delivery was made by my friend Holly (THANKS HOLLY!) and the others, I put in her cubby each morning. :-) So...without further ado, here are pictures of some of the fun things that we did for Kaden's teacher last week to show her how much we appreciate her.....
And on the last day...the 5th day of "T.A. Week," Kaden and I gave her a book that we had worked on together, called "5 Things I Like About Ms. Calhoun." I made the cover and the rest of the book was written and illustrated by Kaden. Some of the things he said about his teacher are so sweet..and others are so funny. I love that "You teach us not to talk." LOL! So funny. On one of the pages, you will notice that the picture Kaden drew of Ms. Calhoun has ONE black eye. She was in a car accident a while ago and although she wasn't hurt, Kaden said, "I gave Ms. Calhoun a black eye because she was in a car accident." LOL! So funny. Then, I went and had it spiral bound for her.
1. You are nice to us.
2. You let us have centers. (With a picture of the "Kitchen Center.")
3. You let us have recess.
4. You teach us not to talk. (With a picture of Ms. Calhoun teaching Kaden and one of his school buddies. His friend is the one on top with his mouth open and Kaden is on the bottom "not talking." LOL! And if you look closely, you will see the black eye Kaden gave Ms. Calhoun. LOL!)
5. You are pretty. (Kaden drew a picture of Ms. Calhoun in a "pretty outfit." So cute.)
On the last day, along with the cute book that Kaden made, I gave her a recipe block magnet board with silver daisy magnets along with a card expressing our gratitude for being such a great teacher for Kaden. On Tuesday of that week, while I was volunteering in their class, I had the whole class get together for a class photo shoot. So I actually gave her this magnet board with such a CUTE CUTE CUTE 5 x 7 photo of her whole class, with her sitting right in the middle. (For individual privacy reasons, I won't be sharing the photo. It was so cute though!!!) She ended up calling me later in the day just to tell her how much she had enjoyed all of the fun prizes through the week and how she looked forward to checking her cubby every morning. :-) So fun!!! Teachers are so great and have such a lasting impact...and I fear they are very often under-appreciated. It was so much fun for me and for Kaden to do something extra special for a teacher that we think is FANTASTIC!!!!
And now, on to some serious EXCITING-NESS from today!!! This morning marked the official launch of OPERATION: PRINCESS PULL-UPS! That's right....the first day of potty training for Seneca! WOOHOOO! As far as I am concerned....SO FAR (as I am sure it will only get harder as they grow), potty training has been one of the hardest and most emotional trials of parenting. LOL! Oh goodness....potty training Kaden was a nightmare. He wasn't officially potty trained until he was almost 4. And even then, if it were up to him, he would have been completely fine waiting until Kindergarten. LOL! It was so terrible. I tried once and got him potty trained before Seneca was born and then suddenly he became UN-trained and I had to start all over again. I was so emotional and sick while I was pregnant that I finally just gave up and decided that I would wait until after Seneca was born and my hormones were back on track. Kaden and I BOTH had cried WAY too much during the whole process. LOL! Anyway...so considering this history, you can understand why I have been dragging my feet on starting the whole process over again with Seneca. However, with Seneca, she has seriously probably been ready to be potty trained for the past YEAR! With Kaden, he would sit in his dirty diaper until the smell was strong enough for someone to notice and come and change him. LOL! Seneca IMMEDIATELY removes her diaper the SECOND she has dirtied it and either brings it to me or uses its contents to paint the walls, etc. Enough about that. Gross. Continuing on....Seneca is obviously a completely different case and PROVED to be so today...her first day "on the job."
You moms out there KNOW what long days those first potty training days are. You cannot go ANYWHERE. I set the timer EVERY 20 MINUTES all day long...and EVERY 20 MINUTES, we "went potty." (Which explains why I had so much time to blog today. We did nothing but watch the clock and go potty all day. LOL!) And Seneca, ALSO contrary to Kaden (who GROANED and cried every time it was potty time), would hop up and down and all around saying "POTTY TIME! POTTY TIME!" every time the buzzer went off. LOL! And after the first two "potty times," Seneca had her first potty in the toilet. And you moms can also relate to THAT moment. If someone were to have walked in this morning after she went potty, they would have thought we had just won the lottery. Both Kaden and I danced around and clapped, gave Seneca "HIGH FIVES" and "KNUCKS" (knuckles), sang and shouted "HAPPY DAY!" and there was a round of "POTTY TREATS" for everyone!!!!! Oh what a fun thing it is to be a Mom. LOL! How many people can find sincere and absolute JOY at the sound of their baby using a toilet for the first time?! ;-) And cute little Seneca would grin from ear to ear EVERY SINGLE TIME she used the potty today. It was so funny. If she sat still and smiled as wide for my little photo shoots as she did today on the potty, I would have some pretty fabulous shots. LOL!
Potty time was a seriously HAPPY TIME here at the White House today. Oh what a different experience this was from the last....at least so far. YAY!!! And with only 2 accidents all day and 9 successful potties (9...WHOA...that's a lot of times to go potty. Guess she's getting enough liquids! LOL!), it was a fabulous potty day! A very successful DAY 1 of OPERATION: PRINCESS PULL-UPS. Here's to a fabulous first WEEK of happy potty times!
P.S. MANY SUPER TIGHT "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" SQUEEZES TO MY SWEET AND FABULOUS FRIEND LUCY , WHO IS 30 TODAY (the 20th)!!!! I love and miss you so much and hope that your birthday is just as incredible as you are!!!! I shall drink a Lemon Twist in your honor today!!!