Saturday, December 29, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Many of you know that my brother Tim, who's 10 yrs. older than me, was brain damaged at birth when my mom was given too much of a medication and stopped breathing during labor. Today was the annual Christmas Party at the home he lives in, so I visited for a bit. (he lives about 45 minutes away from me) It's very difficult to communicate with him because he really doesn't respond at all, but it was nice to see him.
"The National Weather Service predicts 16 to 20 inches of snow across the Rochester area starting late tonight, which could increase the area's total to more than 43 inches this month.
A winter storm warning has been issued from 10 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Monday because of expected blizzardlike conditions with high winds and low temperatures in the 20s."
These are words from our local newspaper this morning. We may get an early start on our igloo this year!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
1. Put up Christmas tree on Sunday that we had cut down on Saturday.
2. Put away autumn decorations and took out Christmas decorations.
3. Ordered some gifts online.
4. Washed and folded lots of laundry.
5. Cleaned powder room.
7. Took Koty potty and poopy LOTS of times.
8. Played bumper pool with Steven and got my butt kicked more than once. He's getting way too good.
9. Played pick up sticks with Michael and got beat again.
10. Made some yummy meals and an awesome almond cake that I got at Leta's "Tastefully Simple" party.
11. Took Michael to the orthodontist.
12. Visited my mom.
13. Worked about 17 hours at my Dental Hygiene job.
Oh yeah...and blogged with Koty.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
This post is for Heather who said that Koty must be keeping us very busy because I haven't posted in a while. All I have to say is that he's extremely cute... when he's sleeping. When he's awake he is a terror. Dave and I were just reading a dog training thing on line and discovered that we have reinforced some bad behaviors since we got him a week and a half ago, so now we need to reteach him the right way. His biting was very gentle when we got him (for the most part) and when it was too rough we would yipe which really seemed to work at first. As time has gone on he has become more aggressive with his biting and we have responded by either holding his mouth shut when he didn't respond to "NO", or today I gave him a shove and knocked him down when he kept coming at me...he came back with a vengeance. The training thing says that what we did was give him reinforcement by giving him attention for doing it. We should have put him in his crate for a minute "time out" when he didn't respond to the "NO" command. If he continues the bad behavior when he's released, he again gets a "time out" for a minute and this time when he's released we should ignore him for a couple minutes. It should take about 3 weeks to completely correct the behavior. I'm feeling like a brand new parent with a strong willed child. Hopefully we don't ruin him too bad. I'm going to start him in a puppy socialization class soon, which hopefully will benefit him. Today I took him to work to show my coworkers who had asked that I bring him, and he wriggled and squirmed when they held him until he was back in MY arms. That made me feel good, like he feels some sort of attachment to me already. He wanted to get back into the arms of "the lady who lets me be naughty". Haha, just kidding. We are lacking sleep as well, since we need to get up around 3:00am every day to avoid him pooping in his crate...then it's up again around 6:30am to feed him and take him out again.
I thought that it might be fun to have a 3rd child, but this has completely gotten that out of my system. This "child" will grow up a lot faster!