April 2008 Archives
April 16, 2008
This one might be of little (see: “no”) interest to most people, but it's something that should be recorded for our little family's history. Despite attempting to potty train Cecilia (off and on) since at least July of last year (the first picture I can find of her sitting on her little potty is August 8th, but that wasn't her first potty, so I'm sure she started well before then), Cecilia is now potty trained. I don't doubt I'll jinx myself by posting this, but c'est la vie. Why mark this day as opposed to any other? Well, today marked one entire week without having an accident.
Two or three times she made it five or six days without an accident and the count got restarted.
To commemorate the event, we got her a new shopping cart, which she had been asking for. I think the next time I have to buy diapers at Costco for Becky, I'll drop $40 in Cecilia's piggy bank - since I won't have to spend that money on her diapers. Congratulations Cecilia.
April 11, 2008
At least that's when Maria would like it to be (and probably at least three other times during the year), especially for Cecilia and Becky. I kid you not, moments ago she told me she had built a shopping list at a web site for me to look over. “What for?” “For Christmas.” Yeah… it's April. Can't wait for the next eight months to go by so we can get to that.
April 6, 2008
Last night I finished reading a 15 (some might argue 16) book series. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. They are children's books (or maybe pre-teen). I bought one (Book the First) when we were first married, and after reading that first one, felt compelled to purchase all remaining books as they came out. I didn't start reading the rest until much later. Generally I would only read them in the evenings while I'm waiting for Maria to fall asleep (thanks to my trusty headlamp with its red filter). Having made it through all of the books, obviously I'm going to have a fairly positive opinion of them. Allow me to continue…
April 1, 2008
Conditions are perfect. A couple days ago I tell Maria I'm going to start making the bed in the mornings. I'm usually up before her, but I have time in the morning to perform a simple one minute task, plus I don't have children depending on me for anything. I figured that by starting to make the bed before April 1st, I'd throw her off the scent. The entire day takes place without any mention of it being April Fools'. If she does bring it up later in the evening, she won't think I've thought of it ahead of time, so there's nothing to worry about. Not even a hint of anything out of the ordinary. Not a whiff of it.
A whiff of what? Why… short-sheeting the bed, of course. I'm at like 3 or 4 years in a row of doing this, and she continually forgets. Blogging about it is almost a sure way to make sure I can't do it again for a number of years, but that's okay. My mother used to be the one to get me every year. Wax paper in my lunch sandwich, the plastic left on the cheese in my tuna fish, getting short-sheeted, lies that made me cry… the usual. Nothing too far out there, but enough to remind me that somebody was paying attention to me. So, although I laugh at Maria's misfortune, it's just a little way to remind her that I love her. Hope she likes the benefit of somebody else making the bed. Wonder when I'll be able to get out of that one.