Friday, June 17, 2011

Fr. Bryan Ochs!

Last Saturday we were able to witness Bryan Ochs' ordination to the priesthood. He is a good friend from the Newman Center at WWU. The ordination Mass was beautiful and we are filled with joy for Fr. Ochs!

 Praise God!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Organizing: Under the Sinks

As you probably know, I love taking before and after pictures! I noticed recently that the areas under the sinks in the kitchen and bathroom were getting pretty disorganized. So I invested in some plastic drawers to help get inspired and organized.

Here is under the kitchen sink BEFORE:


Here is under one sink in the bathroom BEFORE:


And under the other bathroom sink BEFORE:


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Cousins

A couple of weekends ago, we went up to Bellingham for our nephew's graduation. He was homeschooled, so they were able to have the actual ceremony at Mom and Dad's house. It was neat to see a homeschool graduation ceremony and I am glad we could be there. It was also a special weekend because John got to meet his cousins for the first time (they live in Nebraska). He loved his cousins and we sure wish we lived closer to them! Here are some pictures from the weekend:

All the cousins!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Well, it sure has been a while since my last post! May and the beginning of June were very busy, but I think (hope!) things will be slowing down. In the next few days I will share what we have been up to.

The current big news is that I decided to work on potty training with John. I think he is ready, and I am also ready. It would be nice if he had a good grip on it by the time Baby #2 is born. But I'm very relaxed about it and know that he might regress some after the baby is born. We have been working on it every day for the past 3 days. Progress has been made! Yesterday he was sitting on his potty chair and while I was reading a book to him he went pee! I called Andrew and he and my parents came running in to make a big deal about this achievement. We all clapped and John poured it in the toilet. He was beaming! =) I also gave him a lollipop and asked him why he was getting one - he said "toilet!" That's right, little man!

Today he spent some time wearing big-boy underwear. I told him that he needed to tell me if he had to go pee and not to get his big-boy underwear wet. He was playing quietly with some toys and then said with urgency, "pee-pee." We both got up and ran to his potty chair. He picked out a book for me to read and the second I started reading, he started going potty. I was so impressed that he is already learning to acknowledge the urge to go to the bathroom.

We have a long way to go - I've heard that it can take anywhere from 3 months to a year for kids to be fully daytime potty trained (nighttime is a whole other story!). But I am very proud of his progress!