Thursday, February 16, 2012

Potty Training

About a week ago I decided that it was time to potty train Marlee. There were three mornings in a roll that I would come in to get her and she was completely naked and pee all over her crib. I finally had enough and figured it was time to potty train.

So it began! We went to Walmart so she could pick out panties, stickers and a reward. We hit the underwear section and they were just about out of her size in every character. But she managed to pick out Hello Kitty and then Toy Story ( they are boys but they look so cute). Now we are off to find a reward. Marlee is my kind of girl and loves Reese's peanut butter cups. So we went to find some and she was so excited. Then off to the stickers! She of course picked out the Disney's princess stickers.

We got home and I striped her down. At first we started with the panties on but she just kept peeing in them, thinking that they were a diaper. So for the next 2 days she was completely naked. That helped so much. The first day was a night mare and I wanted so badly to quit. She never once peed in the potty. We had 6 pee accidents and 1 poop! Can you say gross?? The second day was better! She actually peed in the potty for the first time and we were so excited! We still had an accident or two but was a huge improvement. Third day, no pee accidents but one poop! :( Then from there on out no more pee accidents and so far only one more poop accident!!

Tomorrow marks one week since we started and I can't believe how grown up she seems. It makes me a little sad just thinking about my little girl no longer in diapers. Oh well I guess that means we need to have another one! ;)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Win, Lose or Blog

Hey everyone!!! Guess what I am the newest contestent on Win, Lose or Blog. I am so excited! What is it you ask? Well it's a competition of 8 women that last 7 weeks. We blog on there blog about our journey. Then at the end, the person that lost the most week by % wins. Last season I watch Brittany go throught the competition and win!! I am going to keep the title in the family!!!

Click on the Win, Lose or Blog tab on the right side of my blog and follow along. They also do a mini-contest for the follower. So you could win prizes too!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Can you say STRESSED!!!!

In my life stress comes in waves! Some days I feel like I am free to do whatever. I can craft, watch tv, take a nap or just enjoy life with my little family. But then the mother load hits. Like this week for example, I had my first test of the semester. The first test is always stressful because you are trying to figure out how that teacher test. So the whole week before was nothing but study in my spare time. The test came and went and I only missed 3!! Yippie! All my studying paid off! Then on Wednesday I was asked to teach CPR/First aid to the young women from church. I didn't look at any of the material until the day before (because I was so focused on my test). I was worried that it was going to be fun and upbeat for the teenagers but it went well and I had a great time doing it. Then moving on to care plans due before Saturdays clinical. That's what I worked on all day today (Thursday). I don't know if it's good enough but it's not worth a grade and I have to do another one that is suppose to be better than the first. So I'm happy with it at this point. Then to top it off, I have another test on Tuesday. The crappy thing about that test is, it includes the material we go over on Monday night too. So that basically means you teach yourself that information and come in with any questions. Well do you think I have done any study for this test? NO!!! Yikes! I am stressin! It's a good thing Roy is going to therapy and I have someone coming over to watch Marlee so I can sneak away and study for a couple of hours!! Saturday is clinical and I am gone for 12 hours but you better believe I will be studying all night. Then Sunday, oh Sunday that reminds me I still haven't figured out what I'm doing for singing time in Primary!! HEEELLLLPPPPP!

One question, How do you deal with stress?

Monday, January 23, 2012


Hello Everyone!!!

We are still here, alive and well! I can't believe it is 2012 already! I'm excited to see what this year brings to the Brandon family!! 2011 had a lot of ups with a couple of downs. This year we are looking forward to ALL ups!!

Marlee is already 2, can you believe it. She is just the best little girl though. She is very well mannered ( well most of the time), just aims to please, she talks a mile a minute and she sure loves her daddy and wants to do everything he is doing.

Roy is still doing awesome! He isn't progressing fast but he is still progressing! This May will make 2 years since his stroke and for him to not stall out yet is just amazing! We still have huge goals for him this year, like get out of the wheelchair for good, but he is motivated and deteremined. Roy just started attending therapy 3 times a week this month so we are hopeing that will help him a long a little faster!

As for me, I am in my lsat semester of nursing school! I am excited and ready to be done with this part of my life! It has been hard trying to balance the daily activities of my life and I'm just ready to quit worrying about school and just focus on my family! In my spare time, the little that I have, I have been pretty adventureous with the power tools. I love this new indenpendency that I have. I don't have to wait for anybody to do a project now!! I have made things like a stand for my washer and dryer, a cute post to hang signs on, and a couple other little projects. My next huge project that hopefully I'll get started this week is a bench made out of a head board. I am so excited! I'll post pictures for sure!

Any who, sorry it has taken so long to update this thing! I promise I'll be around more!