Thursday, January 21, 2010


Samantha got the crud/flu shortly after I did so we both spent quite a bit of time off to the sides of things. She did play a little bit when we'd get the fever down. In the course of our "vacation" we went through a bottle of children's tylenol and 3/4 of a bottle of children's motrin. Most of that was due to the alternating every two hour regiment we were keeping Samantha on. On the last day we went to the beach even if they probably would have been better off staying in. We were only there for about 20 minutes but Samantha liked the waves and shells.

Hopefully our next trip there will be better!

Magic Kingdom

At the last minute we added in a day at the Magic Kingdom to our trip to Florida. Thankfully it was on the one healthy day we had. Samantha had a wonderful time, after the Haunted Mansion that is! She didn't cry like Dominic but she was nervous. At the end we were calming Dominic down and Samantha said "It's only a ride Dominic." I think we'll shy away from that one until their much older.

She loved everything else and loved seeing the characters. She waved at them all especially during the parade. During the fireworks a cast member was dressed in a lit up Tinkerbell costume and zip-lined from the top of Cinderella's castle. Samantha told me that the fireworks scared Tinkerbell and so she had to fly away. It was so cute!

I can't wait to go back. Then maybe we can replace the beautiful sweatshirt we got her and then left in a different hotel on our trip. I'm still kicking myself for that.

Potty Training

*thud* *thud* *thud*

You hear that? That's my head repeatedly thumping against the wall.

Samantha is being pretty resistant to potty training. It's especially frustrating since she was doing so well in Italy. I was going to take the time during Thanksgiving to go cold turkey with her but I decided to forgo the power struggle, especially since we have to dilate her good eye three days a week now. On thing at a time I suppose.

So, in the meantime, or little girl is refusing the potty but is getting quite good at changing her own diaper. (sigh)


We got a great storm after New Years dumping a good two plus feet of snow on us. The kids played outside while daddy and I shoveled and Samantha learned the valuable lesson of when laying in snow, don't try to lay on your stomach. After learning that she decided to make snow angels in the shoveled part of the driveway. The snow was a bit too deep for her.


Dominic definitely led the way with all things Santa but Samantha followed him all the way! We played Santa several times and she was very excited about him coming. I got a little nervous as Christmas approached since Samantha had started promising Dominic different toys!
Dominic would see a toy on tv and ask if Santa could bring him that to which Samantha responded with "Ok. You can have that Dominic." I stepped in a few times and made it very clear that Santa couldn't bring everything. Samantha did speak to Santa at the mall but wouldn't let me get a picture. Maybe next year will go better!

Christmas itself went great! Samantha actually opened most of her own presents this year and loved her new toys!


Normally Dominic and Samantha play so well together. I love listening to them come up with scenarios and playing pretend. They always want to be together and Samantha has actually cried when Dominic rode in a different car with daddy. However, it's amazing how serious play is! One morning they fought over a pretend shark. Dominic pretended to throw the shark and Samantha yelled at him to stop it and ran off to go get it. Why she didn't just pretend that he didn't throw it I have no idea but I seem to break up the strangest fights.

Zonked out

Sleeping kids are gorgeous!