Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Why? why? why?

As of last week, Chase has officially reached this stage ...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fine dining



Mom and Dad found the perfect restaurant for date night. Who cares that it's a Tuesday at 5:30pm?! We can all enjoy a leisurely dinner. There are TVs at every booth and square inch of wall space, and there is a clown who makes balloon animals. (This little guy is a turtle Chase named Alvin.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Incentive program a.k.a. bribery

leads to

Last week we started an "incentive program" for Chase to help us solve a few tricky issues we have been facing: Chase does not like to go to school and Chase does not like to go to bed. Inspired by our friends (that's you, Saunders family!), we started a chart for Chase to win stars if he goes to school without getting upset, goes to bed happily, and gets himself dressed (thrown in as a gimme). Stars lead to a special surprise, which was ice cream last week. 
Chase was into it. His moods in the morning and at bedtime improved! Yes! No crying and arguing = parents win.  Ice cream = Chase wins. We are parenting pros.

Fast forward to this week when Chase says he does not care about stars or ice cream and he does not want to go to school.
Now what??

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cinnamon challenge

Chase accidentally attempted the cinnamon challenge while we made this delicious raisin bread.  He likes to smell and taste ingredients as they go into recipes we make -- some ingredients work out better than others. Luckily milk was nearby.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pool days

Warm weather means lots of weekends spent poolside ... our version anyway.  Front yard, plastic pool, folding chairs, music, margaritas in plastic cups, milk in sippy cups.  Yes, we're "those" neighbors.