Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Practice Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter Sunday our neighborhood is having an Egg Hunt for the kids. Yesterday I went and bought plastic eggs and candy for the hunt, and decided to get some extras for the monkeys to play with this week. We decided to have a practice egg hunt yesterday, so I hid a dozen of the eggs around the living room and had S&S hunt for them. Sahil was very good at finding the eggs and very quick. Samira took her good old time strolling around the room. She'd then see Sahil find an egg and start whining about how she wanted it. A couple of times Sahil did give her the egg, probably to stop the whining. When Samira did find an egg, she'd start complaining, "no want that color." Chetan and I are going to flip a coin to decide who gets to be her "buddy" at the egg hunt...

I also keep emphasizing how they can't be shy at the egg hunt or they won't get any candy-filled eggs. Despite going to daycare, they practically run from any kid that comes remotely near them. It drives me crazy! I can see then hiding behind my legs at the hunt...hopefully they're motivated by the candy!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Time Out

We've been trying the 1-2-3 Magic method at home lately. The monkeys get 1 to 3 warnings, depending on the "crime," and then a time out. I'm not sure how much they understand this, but they do know time outs are bad and cry when they get a time out. Yesterday the monkeys were having a tea party with Blue, from Blue's Clue, and Winnie the Poo. Apparently Blue was spitting and didn't stop after ebing told "That's 1" by Sahil. So Blue had to go to time out on the steps. Sahil very sharply told him, "You go in a time out! No spitting!" Then Samira decided Winnie also was spitting so he got a time out too. The tone they were using with their stuffed animals made me realize how careful we have to be in the way we talk to them. They weren't screaming or anything but it did sound a bit harsh. I.e. note to self - take out the emotion from my voice when giving a time out, per 123 Magic.

All in all, it cracked me up hearing them punish their stuffed animals!! It was sooo funny!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dare I say....

Usually the days I say something like this, there's a bag of wet undies waiting for me at the daycare... But I'm saying it anyway! Sahil's doing really well with potty training! He's had very few accidents lately, yay! I'm proud my lil boy! Of course...if I didn't make him go every so often I don't think we'd be so accident-free, but it's still a big step in the right direction!

Not to toot my horn too loud, especially when we're not done with the process, but just between you and me blog, I'm pretty proud of Chetan and I for doing well with potty training two 2-year olds!

I am REALLY asking for it today aren't I...pretty sure I'll be doing laundry today :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Swimming Class

Today we started swimming classes again. I started talking to the monkeys about swimming and swimming pool and the water the night before, and the next morning. Sahil was VERY excited about going to teh swimming pool. He kept talking about it and happily put on his swimsuit was ready to go! Samira was a bit more calm about it but also happily put on her swimsuit. When we got to the Community Center I took Sahil out of teh car and he told me, "Mommy I'm excited!" It was cute! The second we stepped into the pool area he took one look at the pools and water and said, "no swimming Mommy." I wonder what he had been expecting all that time. Luckily he did agree to get into the pool once Samira went in. Samira did very well in the water! The only thing she wasn't a big fan of was floating on her back. Sahil, on the other hand, was only a fan of the silly songs we sing in the water.
Let's hope Sahil is a bit more adventerous at the next class...cuz shaving my legs and getting in the cold pool is not worth just singing "somebody came to swim today." We acn do taht at home! :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

And the rest of the story....

No mention of Sahil in my potty training post? I figured Samira deserved her own post.
And Sahil...not exactly there yet. Sahil's also wearing solely underwear for the most part. But while Samira had about two accidents in one month, Sahil has about one a day. Yep, not there yet. But there's no going back now! I'm hoping to write a 'Yay Sahil' post soon!

Potty Training!

It's been about a month since Samira started wearing underwear, and I think I can safely say she is potty trained! I hope I'm not jinxing myself...
She was actually pretty easy to train, due to her LOVE of underwear! She loves picking one out each morning, chossing between Dora, Zoey, Elmo, Spongebob, and some bird whose name we don't know. Sometimes she just can't decide which one to wear, so she insists on wearing two, one on top of another. Some days she decides she needs to wear one over her PJs. She's an odd one, but I'll happily comply if it keeps her dry and out of diapers!

We need a REAL vacation!

I was just downstairs at teh daycare, having snack with S&S, and noticed there are only 5 kids in the monkeys’ class today. Some are on vacation, some went part time, one is sick, etc. So I was telling the teachers how sad it is that S&S are always there and told Sahil "I think we need to take a vacation too" and he said "yeah, go Costco." How sad is that?! He thinks Costco is a vacation spot... I think that's a sign that we need to take a real vacation!
And go to Costco tomorrow....

Monday, March 1, 2010

Dear Wonderful Husband:

Dear C-dawg
I'm so happy for you today! Great great news! You deserve it and have earned it, and should feel so proud! Thanks for doing so much for the three of us. I don't know how I got so lucky to have you in my life. I am so blessed. I love you!

Having you as my only reader does have its small benefits... :)