Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Yes - I'm a tad melancholy today.  My family is leaving me for almost a week, going up to my mother-in-law's house in Virginia.  Though they haven't actually left yet, I'm at work and they were all sleeping when I left.  Well, for the most part, anyway.  Hubby was up and helped me get our cars switched out.  He's taking mine because the Great White Beast (1990 Volvo 240 wagon) has an oil leak.  Anyway - I didn't get to hug my children goodbye, and that makes me sad.
So I'll try to focus on the things that make me happy today...right?  Isn't that what you would do?
Little Bit is potty training...and doing a most excellent job!  She's been in "big girl underwear" for 2 weeks now and has only had 2 accidents!  She still wears a diaper at night - but it's nearly always dry in the morning.  If she has to go, no longer does she go and then say, "I have to go potty!" after it's already too late.  She high-tails it into the bathroom doing this cute little dance and says, "MOMMY!  I've gotta go potty!"  Of course, the nearest parent (and even Kiddo has been known to run to her aid) comes running to help her out.  She does her business, we clean her up and get her dressed again and then repeat the process about 2 hours later.
This no diaper thing is GREAT!  We went out after Church on Sunday - all the way to Knoxville - for lunch.  WITHOUT THE DIAPER BAG!  We visited the bathroom twice, but I'd much rather do that than lug that silly backpack everywhere we go!
Plus - if all goes well, by the time the box of diapers we have is completely gone, she'll be ready to be without them totally.
It's like her little body turned 3 (did I mention she just turned 3 years old on March 5th!?) and all of the sudden BAM! she was done with diapers. 
Huh.  It's amazing the things one finds newsworthy or noteworthy as a parent.  I never suspected I'd ever be one to discuss, much less be pleased to discuss, my child's potty training trials and successes.  Again I say..."Huh!"
Kiddo is still excelling in school - and specifically reading.  I caught him sitting on the floor with Little Bit the other day and he was reading her "Green Eggs & Ham."  Last night, the two of them, led by Kiddo, were playing Chutes & Ladders together on the floor of her room.  It lasted for about 10 minutes and then he had a meltdown because I told him it was bedtime.  It was instant breakdown, too.  One second happy child playing Chutes & Ladders with his little sister.  The next second screaming almost-6-year old (did I mention he will be 6 on March 26th?) in total meltdown mode.
Me thinks this time change thing really has them messed up.  They're not tired at 8:00 right now.  But if I don't try to maintain the routine, even if it seems different, then they will be all confused and tired.
Anyway - I guess that's it for now.
I'm still working.  I'm still happy here.  I'm learning things quickly and all is well.  I'm also now selling Avon.  I decided to do that because I'm not busy enough.  (You hear the sarcasm there, right?)  No, really.  I decided to do it because I really like the products and it's something I can do in my spare time that I enjoy.  If you are interested in a catalog, let me know.  If you'd rather visit my website, go to http://www.youravon.com/jennifershell.


Allie said...

Aw! It's hard to be without the people you love to see every day! But I hope you get some good you time in while they're gone!

Anonymous said...


Go on back down to the condo in fla when you get a chance and you can get a week off. Your UJ and AP were here the other night and they're very happy to be in contact with both you and "H". I'm really happy about it too. Family matters ye know!

Love, UB

PS AC is doing better and better - blessing abound. -rmn

AKay said...

Hey Jen-
Get with me when you have a chance! I have hundreds of Avon bags and several invoice pads. I won't be using them, so am more than willing to pass them to you!(Can never save enough!!) Anyway, just let me know if you want to get together so I can get them to you.