Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I haven't officially started potty training yet, but Zoe had her first experience at using the big girl potty this afternoon.

She woke up with a dry diaper after nap time, so I sat her on the toilet and asked her to go potty. After a few seconds I heard the successful tinkle sound! So of course I jumped up and down like a fool cheering for her. Her little face just beamed as she cheered "I go on big girl potty!" So, we promptly called Daddy, Memaw and Poppy, and Nana and Papa to share in our celebration.

If you have tips on potty training a girl, I'm open for suggestions.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October 17

I say the date because it was such a full day. Fun, but full. It all began with a hike with the Young Professionals group at church. Only six of us showed up, but a good time was had by all. We hiked Indian Trail in Ogden, which is just north of us.

What was supposed to be an "easy" hike according to Elaine, turned into a difficult 4 1/2 mile climb. OK, we didn't climb the whole time, but it felt like it. Poor Matt hurt his knee at some point, so Eric volunteered to carry Zoe down from the summit. I was very proud that she let someone else carry her. She even talked to him during the hike. It helps that he gave her a huge leaf, bigger than her head, to carry and he kept asking her questions.

Zoe did get cold since she wasn't exerting herself. The rest of us were shedding layers and had sweat through our shirts by the time we made it down the mountain. That evening Matt and I could barely walk, and climbing stairs was pure torture.

After nap time we had one of the girls from church over to watch Zoe. There was a mystery dinner at church and Matt had a part in the play. Yummy food, funny story (written by one of our members), and seriously funny amateur acting. At least Matt didn't put on his pretend Southern accent. I wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face. Ask him to do it for you sometime. It's pretty bad. :)

Once we finally made it home and got Zoe to sleep we crashed hard. It was difficult to get out of bed in the morning, and three days later I'm still hurting. Maybe next time we'll take a shorter hike.
Click on the picture to see a few more shots from our day.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

October fun

I know, I'm way behind on my posts. I have at least two, if not more, posts to get caught up on. So, I'll start with the most recent events and work my way backward as I have time. :)

This evening we took Zoe on what we hope will become a family tradition. There's a farm down the road that specializes in corn and pumpkins. So of course they offer "hayrides" to the pumpkin patch in which every person gets to pick out their very own pumpkin fresh off the vine. They have a tractor that pulls a big trailer (no actual hay involved) out to one of their many pumpkin patches and we are set free to find our perfect pumpkin. Our tractor driver comes and cuts your pumpkin from the vine and brushes all the thorns from the stem so you can carry it back to the trailer. Zoe loved the ride out to the patch. She kept saying "I ride tractor" the whole way out. She also really enjoyed getting to roam among the pumpkins while Matt and I picked out what we wanted. It was a little hard for her to maneuver the mounds and vines. She and gorilla took a couple of tumbles and were a little dusty by the time we made it back to the car.

The farm also had some other activities to participate in, but it was getting dark and we were getting cold and hungry. Maybe next year we can start a little earlier in the day. Click on the picture to see the rest of our fun.