Pride Goeth Before A(nother) Snowstorm

Two things to be proud of:

1. This tower.

Das Big Boy built this enormous tower (and the Shake Shake Bridge and Knapford Station, for those in the know).

Das Big Boy built this enormous tower (and the Shake Shake Bridge and Knapford Station, for those in the know).

2. Little Liebchen wore undies today! And only had two accidents. I wanted to do the naked potty training thing with her (she’s been telling us when she has to go, so I’d decided to give it a shot). But of course she didn’t want to be bottomless because then she wasn’t wearing an outfit. So she got to wear undies and pants. And she did great and is very pleased with herself. She wants to tell everyone about them and have very, very long conversations in which we list who else uses the potty. Rocky, Landlord, Huxtables, Gigi, Papa, Grandma, Grandpa, Nini, Dr. G., ‘Burban Bestie, Mo, and others, your names were invoked in these conversations.

Ok, remember how I was all la-la-la I love having my kids home and snow days are great and here are all the things we’re doing at the Husband Hausfrau preschool?

Yeah, I’m kind of over it. We have ANOTHER snow day tomorrow. Now remember, we had one last Monday, one the Monday before that and one that Tuesday. Plus, Das Big Boy was home sick on Thursday and Friday of last week. That’s a whole lotta stuck at home time. And Herr Husband left tonight and ostensibly won’t be back until Friday (he’s technically here from 11 pm Wednesday until 5 am Thursday, but I think we can all agree that doesn’t count.)

So things may get a smidge crazy up in here. I’m thinking board games, sand play, water play, mouse paint, and giant collages are on the agenda. Or maybe just mild maternal day drinking. We’ll see.


Motivational Snails and Other Brief Reports

We’re on serious family time around here: no commitments, no work until January 5. And hence my blog motivation is lagging because there’s just so much to be enjoyed. So three quick things.

IMG_20751) I was planning to start potty teaching Little Liebchen today. Yes, she’s not even two, but the motivation is there. She pretty much exclusively poops in the potty now, and I think she could control her pee, too, if she had a couple of nudey-rush-to-the-toilet-when-we-see-her-peeing days. Vacation time seems like the right time to do it because we have man-to-man coverage and are more likely to spot emerging pees. The problem? LL doesn’t want to be naked. She wants to wear her new outfits from Christmas. And because she can put her own pants on, this is thus far an unwinnable battle.

2. I got Herr Husband Amazon Fire TV for Christmas, largely because I was tempted by the fact that we could stream Arrested Development for free as Prime members. I rewatch this show on an annual basis, and this lifestyle change is going to decimate my blogging motivation.


The active snail is the yellow one (bottom right). The blue snail is perched outside of Rainbow Fish’s window in the lighthouse, perhaps to motivate or harass him. It should be noted that RF has been hiding in that lighthouse since before the snails came into his life.

3. Rainbow Fish is still alive. He seems rather sickly, however, so we got him a Christmas present of two motivational snails. But this attempt could backfire, as I imagine one feels rather crappy about oneself when one’s motivational snails are more active than oneself. Which our snails definitely are. One of them may be more active than I am. In any event, we have yet to name them, but we are now a family of eight, I suppose: Two large humans, two small humans, a cat, a fish, and two snails.