Thursday, August 18, 2005


So we are officially 'in escrow' which means that hopefully our house will be sold soon. I'm SO SO SO SO relieved. I feel like a 500 lb weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don't think that I can accurately describe to anyone who hasn't done it before the feat it is to have my house constantly clean enough for visitors to walk into every corner of the house and look in every closet with four small children. (Remember 3 of them are under 3). Seriously- torture. I feel good to have the living room pretty picked up for unexpected visitors- but with house lookers even the furthest corner of my bedroom and the linen closet have to be clean and orderly... and those are usually the 'stashing' places. It helped to move about 1/3 of our stuff to my IL's spare bedroom (thanks guys) so there was less 'stuff' in general. But if you've met Megan and Annika you know that they can make a disaster out of nearly everything.

****Crazy moment of the day*****
We made the mistake of sitting in the backyard this evening. We'd had dinner out there and Megan and Annika went in the house. For five whole minutes we sat on the swing before I sent Ashley in to see what havok they were wreaking.... They'd decided it'd be fun to empty an entire container of parmasan cheese throughout the bathroom- fun for them- not for me. When will I ever learn? The good news? No one is going to call to see if they can see the house in 15 minutes. (See- there's a brightside to everything!)

Is it reinforcing bad behavior to take pictures?? The funniest thing? You get out the camera and they say....

cheese! (Really, this is as exciting as my life gets...)

Here it is. The first cake that I've made and gotten paid for. The mom of the birthday girl gave me this napkin and wanted a cake to match... this is what I came up with. A fun, whimiscal, colorful cake covered in marshmellow fondant. (YUM!) It was fun to make and experiment with, I'm hoping for lots more orders.

We got a pathetically low offer on our house yesterday. We countered last night. I'm hoping they accept the counteroffer rather then countering back. We really need to sell, but we need to sell for what it's worth. We should know by tomorrow if she accepted it.

Potty training totally sucks. Seriously. Megan will be 3 next month and really has no desire to wear underwear. Well, she wants to- but she doesn't want the inconveinence of using the potty when she's playing. Totally frustrating that when she decides to wear underwear that she can stay dry for hours at a time- but then when she wants to pee puts on a diaper (yes, she puts it on herself). I think when we get to the new house and unpack that we're going to 'run out' of diapers and she and annika can potty train together.

Annika has started throwing a fit when it's time to put a diaper on, and if I don't put a shirt that snaps at the crotch on her then she rips her diaper off every time she pees. Lovely. So I've been letting her wear panties occassionally. She quite enjoys that, and the days that annika wears panties Megan wants to also. Bonus. Worth cleaning up the pee if it encourages Megan to wear panties and use the potty.

I want to get a kid sized toilet in our new house. One like they have in the nursery at church. So far the cheapest I've found is $250 though. But I'm going to have potty training kids for the next 3 years at least- it'd be worth it right?