People always complain about Maryland winters but I have always loved them. I don't mind the cold and I think the snow is pretty and fun to drive in. Granted I am ready for spring to roll around so we can get back to the playgrounds but still... I do love the winter.
Until I got this months electric bill.
Dear Maryland winters,
We are through. I do not love you anymore.
Holy freaking crap. We've had some high bills in the past but this by far takes the cake. Apparently living in a somewhat single family house, where the neighborhood acts as a giant wind tunnel, will destroy your heating bill. Well that and this stupid estimate bill one month and actual bill the next. Allegheny Electric, I hate you. In fact, I never loved you. Sincerely, Jessi
Add to that some major repairs on the Jeep and the health insurance insanity I spoke of earlier... well, let's just say my head hasn't been in the best place.
But I'm trying to not worry... I'm really trying to hand this all over to God. All I need to do is what is in front of me... He'll take care of the rest.
Jesus in, Jessica out... right Danielle?
In other awesome news, Adam finally got to celebrate 13 years sober! His actual date is in Oct but for one reason or another, the celebration date got pushed back to late Jan.
The whole family came out to see Adam celebrate... including Chase! The meeting was at 8 so I was a tad concerned about his mood but figured he would be fine. However, my concern was greatly heightened when he didn't nap... not one single minute of sleep.
Still... it was important for Chase to be there so we kept our plans.
When we got there he ran up and down the rows of chairs having the absolute best time a 2 year old can have. A few of the people seemed to really delight in his happiness too ;~)
I prepped him a lot with the fact that once the meeting started we would be sitting quietly in our seats... and that he would get pretzel goldfish. As soon as the meeting started Chase stated (somewhat loudly) "YAY! meeting is starting, pretzel goldfish now!" And for 15 minutes he sat good as gold on my lap eating goldfish.
As soon as I noticed boredom I pulled out his ipod and headphones... he was good for another 15.
When boredom set in again, I pulled out animal cookies.... again, good for another 15.
When he was bored with the cookies, I pulled out my iPhone. The heavily coveted but rarely played with 'mama's iPhone'... this is Chase's holy grail.
He happily played for the last 15 minutes... only once interrupting daddy by holding up my iPhone to his face and saying loudly "Smile!"
When Adam was done and the meeting ended Chase clapped loudly and yelled "YAY Daddy!"
I could not have asked for a more perfect child.
and so handsome too ;~)
Happy 13 years honey!
And now for another drastic topic change... potty training!
Today was the official start of 'see how ready Chase is for the potty'.
If today was any indication the answer is a resounding no.
We are 0 for 4 with making it (or even coming close) to the potty. Ironic because when we weren't trying, when it was just fun, he pee'd on the potty 3 different nights. Oh well.
But really... how much can you tell from one day. We'll try again tomorrow and see where we end up. If he doesn't make any progress then I'll slap a diaper on him and head to MOPS on Friday. If he starts to get it, we'll stay home and work on it more.
I did get smart and order some of these:
Love love love Baby Legs! Because the pants can pose a bit of a stumbling block, it's nice to be able to let him run around in just his underwear... unfortunately the house has a slight chill in the air at all times. Bear legs running around isn't an option. These things work great and Chase loves them. Ran around all afternoon pointing to his 'Baby Legs'!
How squeezable are those little legs!
This would be one of our many failed attempts at the potty today.
The underwear, the baby legs, the socks... he might be the cutest thing in the world running around the house like this. I wish I could share a picture of him in his potty outfit but alas, this will probably be the closest I ever get to posting an underwear shot on the blog. It's a comfort level thing.
Tomorrow we try again! Wish us luck!