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Old 06-30-2013, 03:31 PM   #91
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Judy, what is the name of that resort you stayed at. We are considering an offsite resort through Veteran's Holiday's to save money this time and there are a lot of RCI property's that come available. It's hard to sort through them all.

Love the movie night thing. I've been debating doing the same thing and I love the idea of letting the kids plan them. Lisa did a great job on hers.
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Sandra, Frist, your little Sophia the First is so pretty! I well remember the problems back in January (that seems years ago) and I would say this was a vary wise parenting move, Sarah looks adorable!

I hope potty training goes quickly, I found my middle two easy (Lisa was harder because of her strokes, she "got it" but physically it was more difficult).

And you don't have a jealous bone in your body, you would just like to go to Florida as well...I wish you could!
I know! 6 months ago we were just home from our New Year's trip to DL and dealing with the crying issue for another 2 month! I still can't believe it took me almost 6 months to finally get the dress in her size!! It runs a little big so she'll be able to get lots of wear out of it!! I loved seeing her smile and surprise when I pulled it out of the box. I unfortunately didn't have the camera ready for her first look but you can see the joy in her face once she has it on. One thing I really like about it is it's not that scratchy material. It's actually very soft!! Thanks I think it was a great decision also! James kept asking to dance with her because she looked like a real Princess!! It was soooo cute!! But she wasn't in the mood to dance.

Thanks for the wishes for potty training! I'll hopefully go quickly once we start. I'll keep you posted. I think it may take some time but they all usually get it. Hope Lisa is still feeling better!

Yeah I do want to go but we both know there are a couple things keeping me from it right now. And it's not all bad which is the best part!!


Loved Lisa's movie night!!! I loved the plates! So much fun! I really want to do that with mine but I just have a problem finding the time to do it. Maybe I'll make a movie day right now since they are on summer break and do some fun stuff like that. Will do both Jeremy and Sarah good to keep practicing writing and cutting when we do activities. Can't wait to see what Rachel comes up with and what your surprise is!!!

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Thank you I definitely think I will need all the luck and prayers I can get. We started two thursdays ago and it is hard and frustrating but it will be worth it when she gets it.

Your little girl is adorable by the way and love the Sofia dress.
I found rewards worked really well with my oldest (if he went one day he got a sticker, if he went a week, he got a toy, 2 weeks another toy, 3 weeks, another toy and by the 4th week he got a really nice Lego set since that's what he is into). Once we started training him I want to say it took us a good month before he would go completely dry during the day and night.

My daughter basically trained in 3 days (if that). She started Preschool on her 3rd birthday and came home dry wanting to use the potty. Found out she had used the potty at school too. Then she wanted to do it herself but needed help putting her diaper back on and didn't like that so I put her in pull ups for a week (I should have just went to panties because she never wet them!!) She was sooo easy I basically didn't have to do anything to train her. She saw all the other kids going and I think she basically thought I want to do that and she did. Haven't had a single accident with her (expect for once at DL but that was Daddies fault, he didn't listen to her when she said she had to potty).

Have any questions we're all here to help. We did the timer thing with my oldest too. Where I'd set a timer for every 10 mins and then extend it 10 mins as I learned how long he could hold it for. Also made him go potty after every meal and before and after bed. Hope I'm not giving to much info but I found it frustrating to but tried to stay calm about it all because I found if I stressed about it he'd hide when it was time to go. Good luck!

Thanks! Sofia has become a favorite in our house lately and this was her reward for no more crying at school.
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We do countdown dinners too. There is a thread on the DIS that is dedicated to themed dinners. There are some great ideas. So much fun. I will see if I can find the link.
Oh please do share any ideas and the link. I would love to know some of the dinners you have done as a family, pictures would also be welcome. And please post the link, I am certain I am not the only one who would be inspired.
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Fun idea for dinner! I was hoping we would do some countdown stuff around here - we're staying with our son right now, but they have been working on getting approved for a foster to adopt program, so it has taken all of their time and energy, and mom doesn't cooperate with grandma's (mine) ideas too well. She did make a countdown calendar, and then no one was using it. The kids are still excited, though!
We really enjoyed it Tammie, I could see how this could get addicting and expensive. I saw some ideas for Thursday and HOPE I get a chance to get it all together, it is a short week for the docs, so everything gets crammed in to 4 days instead of 5. Tomorrow is my tough day, David needs an all day medical test (7 AM until around 5 PM) and my parents both have MD appts, as does Lisa. I will take David, then Christian will come and stay with mim a bit later in the AM and the girls and I will go pick up my parents and make the rounds.That is exciting about the adopting, Pete and I had planned to foster infants between the bridge from biological to adoptive parents (It would have only been about a three week commitment each time); we knew Lisa was going to be our last baby...but God had other plans for us. I am sure it is a tough when you want to do something different in the household...maybe she would let you cook diner one night and you could just do it! Thankfully your trip is so close and you can get our Disney fix in!


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What a great movie night! Lisa did a fantastic job planning. You'd never know elements were missing due to time constraints. Love the plates, the menu, the visor, etc. Looking forward to seeing each week's movie night.
It was a lot of fun and it allowed Lisa to do a little creative thinking and planning, She loves to cook! I think the hardest part with me not being here was the guys kept forgetting she wanted to cook/prepare the food as well. Christian was working on the celery logs and as soon as he saw me he realized Lisa could do the ants, which she loved, she made a pattern for each of them, lol. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the raisins on the celery, I actually had more of that and let Lisa have most of my meat (a win win for both of us). The great thing about the plates was I had them in my stash from a clearance bin a while back. This is going to be a fun time, that is certain. I STILL can't believe we are going back.
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I will be back for more responses, I have had more problems with my computer connection and it went out last night while I was trying to post a bit. I am out of time this morning; however, that is minuscule. There are real problems in the world, such as the tragedy of the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona. Please pray for their families and the safety of all caught in these horrible fires.

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Old 07-01-2013, 08:48 AM   #95
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LOVE family movie nights as part of a countdown!! Great job with Jungle Book Lisa! Can't wait to see what Rachel has planned! When my kids were all younger we did a Friday night movie night every single Friday night complete with a family sleepover in the living room. My youngest loved The Incredibles and when it came out on DVD, we watched that darned thing every Friday night for a MONTH!!! So much fun and so many great memories!
I love the movie sleepover idea, although I don't think it would work for us now, we are too big, lol. You know firsthand how much fun it is to give the children the reigns and let them do the planning, they always come up with such out of the box creative ways to do things that you will remember/talk about for years. It is wonderful memories that are important, it shapes who they are as people. I am incredibly blessed to have so many great times with my children. I am also excited to see what Rachel has planned, she hasn't decided on her movie yet.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:45 AM   #96
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Deborah, I'm so glad you are able to have your Dad nearby now. That must take a huge weight off your mind.

What a fun idea for Lisa's movie night! I look forward to seeing your future ones. I am sure your kids had a blast and now the ideas will be flowing to see what else they can come up with!

We dropped our 2 big kids off at camp yesterday. They were so excited, in spite of the pouring rain. Actually, the rain is such a blessing. It will definitely help with the wildfires. In fact, Benjamin's group will be able to have their campfire this week because of the rain - it was cancelled up until now due to fire bans. He is in teepee camp and LOVES it, even in the wet weather! Elisabeth is in a cabin down the hill and was stoked to get a top bunk (the last one) when we checked in yesterday. She gave us a quick hug and kiss and ran off to find "someone who will be my new friend" without a look back! The house seems so quiet with just one child in it. In fact, Ezra is still asleep (unheard of) since the kids aren't here to wake him up! We are looking forward to 4th of July here. We have a friend who owns a vintage fire truck and he invited us to ride on it for the parade on Thursday. I know Ezra is going to love that....what little boy doesn't adore fire trucks? David is planning to take a couple days off this week, so we will do some things with just Ezra and have a low-key week just the 3 of us.

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Morning Judy, just now getting a chance to pop back in and catch up. Our internet was out all weekend and I came up with the wonderful idea of painting every single wall in our house that's not a log wall. Yeah, ask me if I'm tired yet.

I've always wanted to do the Disney movie night countdown but never get around to it for some reason. Lisa came up with excellent ideas for the food choices. The ants on logs were my favorite.
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Thank you I definitely think I will need all the luck and prayers I can get. We started two thursdays ago and it is hard and frustrating but it will be worth it when she gets it.
Your little girl is adorable by the way and love the Sofia dress.
Praying.
Your movie night looked like so much fun. Hope the next goes well as well.
I have a prayer request for everyone. I do not remember if I asked for prayer or not for my close friends mom who I have known forever in may when she was in the hospital for a drug reaction where she was in ICU. I am asking for prayers for her mom and the family again. She is back in the hospital as of last night again. Please please pray for them.
Rachel you sign in as much a you can, I have missed you but FULLY understand your family MUST come first!

I do hope the potty training is over quickly , I agree, use what ever means necessary. ONe thing I took comfort from was that i KNEW they wouldn't go to college in diapers! (Or even kindergarten). My biggest piece of advice is to not get in a power struggle you will lose.

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Thank you Christi, it is such a pleasure to see you around more. Praying you are feeling better. LIsa had such a great time with movie night, that has been a topic among the children...what to do!
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Judy, what is the name of that resort you stayed at. We are considering an offsite resort through Veteran's Holiday's to save money this time and there are a lot of RCI property's that come available. It's hard to sort through them all.

Love the movie night thing. I've been debating doing the same thing and I love the idea of letting the kids plan them. Lisa did a great job on hers.

Krystal, I PM'd you the resort name. I hope you all can find a great deal on a place to stay!

I think your children would LOVE the movie night theme, they are so much like mine. Lisa is so proud her theme was a huge hit with everyone, it was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to doing more.

How IS your family doing?? Keeping you in my prayers.

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I love the movie night fun. The food looks yummy.
It WAS fun and the food was delicious. I think I will have some ants on a log!
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I know! 6 months ago we were just home from our New Year's trip to DL and dealing with the crying issue for another 2 month! I still can't believe it took me almost 6 months to finally get the dress in her size!! It runs a little big so she'll be able to get lots of wear out of it!! I loved seeing her smile and surprise when I pulled it out of the box. I unfortunately didn't have the camera ready for her first look but you can see the joy in her face once she has it on. One thing I really like about it is it's not that scratchy material. It's actually very soft!! Thanks I think it was a great decision also! James kept asking to dance with her because she looked like a real Princess!! It was soooo cute!! But she wasn't in the mood to dance.
Thanks for the wishes for potty training! I'll hopefully go quickly once we start. I'll keep you posted. I think it may take some time but they all usually get it. Hope Lisa is still feeling better!
Yeah I do want to go but we both know there are a couple things keeping me from it right now. And it's not all bad which is the best part!!
Loved Lisa's movie night!!! I loved the plates! So much fun! I really want to do that with mine but I just have a problem finding the time to do it. Maybe I'll make a movie day right now since they are on summer break and do some fun stuff like that. Will do both Jeremy and Sarah good to keep practicing writing and cutting when we do activities. Can't wait to see what Rachel comes up with and what your surprise is!!!
I found rewards worked really well with my oldest (if he went one day he got a sticker, if he went a week, he got a toy, 2 weeks another toy, 3 weeks, another toy and by the 4th week he got a really nice Lego set since that's what he is into). Once we started training him I want to say it took us a good month before he would go completely dry during the day and night.
My daughter basically trained in 3 days (if that). She started Preschool on her 3rd birthday and came home dry wanting to use the potty. Found out she had used the potty at school too. Then she wanted to do it herself but needed help putting her diaper back on and didn't like that so I put her in pull ups for a week (I should have just went to panties because she never wet them!!) She was sooo easy I basically didn't have to do anything to train her. She saw all the other kids going and I think she basically thought I want to do that and she did. Haven't had a single accident with her (expect for once at DL but that was Daddies fault, he didn't listen to her when she said she had to potty).
Have any questions we're all here to help. We did the timer thing with my oldest too. Where I'd set a timer for every 10 mins and then extend it 10 mins as I learned how long he could hold it for. Also made him go potty after every meal and before and after bed. Hope I'm not giving to much info but I found it frustrating to but tried to stay calm about it all because I found if I stressed about it he'd hide when it was time to go. Good luck!

Thanks! Sofia has become a favorite in our house lately and this was her reward for no more crying at school.
I love how God made sure the dress was available just when you needed it. Sarah will get lots of use from the dress and look beautiful as she does it. I am glad it is soft, Lisa's Rapunzel dress is soft. I am wondering what costume(s) she will decide she will bring on this trip. I HONESTLY still can't believe it! So much has happened the past week and I feel free of a weight that has been around my neck...just amazing how life changes so quickly. So cute that James wanted her to dance.

Potty training...I am so glad it is done and I KNOW that Rachel will survive! OU have great ideas for her. I agree, staying calm and letting the child feel in control is key.
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Wow, that is awesome! And so special to be on the other side of GKTW!
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Here is the link to the themed dinners:

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Love the movie nights, great Jungle book theme. What a great way to count down to your Disney trip!

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Deborah, I'm so glad you are able to have your Dad nearby now. That must take a huge weight off your mind.
What a fun idea for Lisa's movie night! I look forward to seeing your future ones. I am sure your kids had a blast and now the ideas will be flowing to see what else they can come up with!
We dropped our 2 big kids off at camp yesterday. They were so excited, in spite of the pouring rain. Actually, the rain is such a blessing. It will definitely help with the wildfires. In fact, Benjamin's group will be able to have their campfire this week because of the rain - it was cancelled up until now due to fire bans. He is in teepee camp and LOVES it, even in the wet weather! Elisabeth is in a cabin down the hill and was stoked to get a top bunk (the last one) when we checked in yesterday. She gave us a quick hug and kiss and ran off to find "someone who will be my new friend" without a look back! The house seems so quiet with just one child in it. In fact, Ezra is still asleep (unheard of) since the kids aren't here to wake him up! We are looking forward to 4th of July here. We have a friend who owns a vintage fire truck and he invited us to ride on it for the parade on Thursday. I know Ezra is going to love that....what little boy doesn't adore fire trucks? David is planning to take a couple days off this week, so we will do some things with just Ezra and have a low-key week just the 3 of us.

Prayers for all who have requested them. I think of you all several times a day and pray as you are brought to mind.
Thanks Amy, it was a great time for certain. It was just what we needed after a tense/stressful week. Life is too short to not have fun, so glad you are getting some alone time with Ezra and that Benjamin and Elisabeth are off for some fun at camp! Children are supposed to be children, you are a great Mom! SO FUN that you all get to ride in the firetruck for the parade! Have fun!!
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Morning Judy, just now getting a chance to pop back in and catch up. Our internet was out all weekend and I came up with the wonderful idea of painting every single wall in our house that's not a log wall. Yeah, ask me if I'm tired yet.

I've always wanted to do the Disney movie night countdown but never get around to it for some reason. Lisa came up with excellent ideas for the food choices. The ants on logs were my favorite.
MIssed you my friend, it is no fun to have internet issues...but I FULLY understand, I am your friend. Painting your house must have been a HUGE undertaking, I bet it looks great! Ya'll are welcome to take road trip to see me and give me a hand on ours.

We have done movie nights as you so well know but the theme...no so much.I really WAS surprised at how good the raisins were on the peanut butter celery!
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