19 September 2007

Power of the Potty

Who knew that the potty could hold such drama and elation? Getting "G" to sit on the potty used to be such torture. It seemed the very seat had whine-producing barbs compelling her to plead her case in unintelligible phrases.

Forget the fact that the rewards of making a deposit were M&M's and even toys. This exercise was cruel and unjust in her mind of 3 years. Then, eureka! We stumbled upon the technique of counting. First, it was from 1 to 30. Then 40. Then 50. With the focus on counting and the verbally bindings keeping her on the potty seat, it became a game.

Meanwhile, at school (daycare) the potty training exercise is going to the room of relief every 30 minutes and sitting for 5 minutes. Conducting this routine at home is a bit of a military exercise with a digital counter. Baby steps...

The blessing is, we're almost there - really! She's making it through the days and night without a diaper sagging with fun. No amount of training, books, DVDs, or rewards can truly help a child become potty trained. One day, it just clicks and usually for #1 first, then #2 later.

Besides the potty, we are groovin along fine here in Columbia, Maryland. Kim has a new ride - a 2005 Toyota Highlander - due to the Honda Accord's transmission going out. We sold it to a gent from Pennsylvania. The Highlander was a blessing of find being about $8k off Blue Book and still looking and smelling like a new car. It's a sweet ride.

I still have the Toyota Solara, which has been a faithful vehicle of the hour each way weekday commute.

And it's finally getting coolish! Feeling like Fall, which always excites me. My favorite time of year…the colors of the leaves…the crispness of the air…the ghost tales that abound. Georgia will be Cinderella this year…very fitting alter ego for the little princess. She should really enjoy it this year, too!

Let's see if I can scare up another entry before Halloween.

16 February 2007

A New Year

Well, I did make it back to DC - although by my Yahoo group, you'd never know it! My world wind tour to Jacktown was awesome! Got to see many of our friends, spent time with family, bunked at my parents house for the first time since moving out in 1995! That was nice. Unfortunately, Kim and Georgia weren't with me and I definitely missed having them around.

Speaking of Georgia...wow, has she grown! I realized the most recent pics of her on this group was her turning 2! Seems light years since July 30, of 2006!

Georgia's doing well at daycare which is at Kim's work. Yeah, another update...Kim's working at the US Agriculture Department in the Office of Technology Transfer as a Program Support Assistant. Whew! It's the government's way of calling her an assistant office manager by my definition of her job duties. The daycare is onsite - which is a blessing.

Nothing dramatic to update. We survived the holidays. Georgia still isn't so keen on tearing into wrapping paper...but I'm sure that will change. :)

We've also seen a rather brutal winter. The last month has had maybe one day over 40 degrees. On Valentine's Day we got a one-two punch of snow and a lot of sleet, which melded together into some major ice that if untreated or plowed before getting too solid, will just about need a jackhammer to move. :)

Plus, all this fun deep freeze and dry indoor air and whoknowswhat has offered Georgia and I a few upper respiratory infections. Seems she inherited my sinus troubles. :(

Was ordained as a deacon at our church, Faith Baptist, near the end of January. Never pictured myself serving in that role but I welcome how the Lord will use me in that capacity.

Otherwise, we have a new GM at W*USA 9 as of a couple weeks ago and he's working out exceptionally well. It's a new chapter here.

As always, more to come...