Thursday, November 19, 2009

Snotty noses. Toys. And the potty.

I have given it several days, however the snot is overwhelming our house. The girls' noses are running like faucets ... no fever, just snot. I took them to the pediatrician this morning, since their schools seem to think they should not be in school, even with just a runny nose.

Umm ... I'm pretty sure it is going to be a long winter if a runny nose keeps kids from school.

Final diagnosis ... Nika - ear infection and sinus infection, Payton - a cold.

A cold? While that may very well be, I got a script for an antibiotic anyway. Payton's teeny tiny nasal passages make it hard for her to kick a cold like the average kid, thus eventually causing infection.

So antibiotics it is. Thank the Lord. Come to us clear noses ... come to us.



While I was waiting for the girls' prescriptions to be filled at Target, we walked through the toy aisles to see what is out there this year. I'm so flustered at what to get the kids for Christmas.

Will there ever be a toy that they love so much that is doesn't end up separated into 14 different pieces and spread throughout all three levels of our house?

I know I'm getting Mason this and I really want to get the girls a doll house ... but which one? I like the wooden ones, but I'm not sure what to get. Something without tons of little pieces would be fantastic. Ha.

Mason has circled every toy in the Toys R Us book, that I can't even use it as a guide. Any suggestions? What are your kids getting for Christmas this year ... or what are they asking for? Help!


Potty training Payton has been one really, long drawn out process. She has stayed dry in her pull up during the day for a really long time ... I just have been nervous to take the plunge.

I did it.

I have had her in undies all week, during the day. She has done great, with me pulling her to the bathroom to make sure she goes. We can't wait for the day that she tells us every time she has to go ... that day might not come soon.

So it is on us.

She has had less than one accident per day ... and the one accident was totally my fault. I knew she probably needed to go, but we got to dancing in the basement and well, you know what comes next.

The true test will be seeing how she does at school. They are now taking her twice during the time she is at school, and this has worked for her. I haven't sent her to school at all this week ... ya know, because of her runny nose. So we will see.

Fingers crossed!


  1. Hey@! First time I've come to your's very cool and I'm totally amazed how you do it. What a great way to keep track of all your memories. I feel your pain on the sicknesses and I'm getting ready to take the plunge myself on the potty training business. T stays dry now for long stretches of time now too so I think it's time to push the sleeves up and jump in! Ughh- I hate potty training! :) Christmas gifts- yeah, that's always stressful trying to find the perfect gift. Take the girls to the store and see which house they gravitate to. Good luck! Jennifer Lauer

  2. I'm at a loss too but I KNOW I am getting Addy a Crayola Color Me A Song, she LOVES music and it will help with some fine motor in the process!

  3. The tiles look pretty cool! Do you know if they're a nice quality plastic that won't crack and chip? As for dollhouses, I have my grandfather-made childhood one in my attic - I'm trying to decide when to bring it down. It's due a renovation (wallpaper, carpeting!). Jeff has been asking to play w/ it, but Katie is probably not ready for it (?). --Dorene

  4. I have never commented, but I have truly enjoyed reading your blog. I am a special education teacher and I love to read your accounts and perspectives about raising children with special needs. That being said the real reason I wanted to come out lurker mode, was that you mentioned dollhouses. I am in my twenties and when I was about Payton's age my uncle gave me a Playmobil dollhouse. It is a victorian dollhouse with lots of sets you can buy to customize it. I am sure these days they may have a more modern house and modern sets. I cherish that dollhouse, and cannot wait to pass it on to my daughter one day. Best of luck on the toy hunt and thanks for your great blog. - Nicole

  5. I too, am in dollhouse shopping mode for my almost 4 year old. I think I'm going for a 'used off ebay or craigslist' Fisher Price Loving Family one.

  6. I got this for the girls this year for Christmas.
    Do you have a learning express by you?

    Here is the link to find where to buy them.

    All the Calico Critters are nice quality!