Wednesday, September 10, 2008

say cheese!

Not much going on in the Menor household right now...except A LOT of cheese! Olivia's favorite thing to do right now, when the camera is on her, is to flash the biggest, cheesiest grin she's got. To go along with that grin a big, "CHEESE!" usually follows. It is cute but it makes for quite a few silly pictures lately. I have heard from lots of other mom's that their kids went through this phase too, where all they wanted to do was make a silly face when they saw a camera. Oh well, I guess we will just have lots of pictures that look like this for awhile...

When I said that there wasn't much happening right now, I wasn't being completely truthful. As most of you know we are in the process of packing up our lives so that we can move to our new house in mid-October. We have packed quite a bit so far...well, my Mom has packed quite a bit, if I am being honest. (I really hate it!). We are getting to the point where we can't pack much else because things are still being used. There is going to be a lot of last minute packing happening, I'm afraid. So right now seems to the the calm before the storm. Most of the house stuff is done, like inspections, mortgage paperwork, etc. Now we just wait for closing and for the moving day. We are excited but we are also starting to get a little sad about leaving the place we have called home for so many years. It will be hard.

We have been successful in making sure that it is business as usual for Olivia. School is going great! She LOVES it! Each day when I pick her up she is excited to tell me about her day. I have seen so many changes in her in the short time she has been going. She comes home doing things that I have never seen her do before and I am amazed by how quickly she is catching on to what she is being taught. She loves to wash her hands now and asks to do it quite often. We are working on teaching her the right times to wash her hands, like before dinner and after sitting on the potty. She is working on her potty training at school too, by sitting on the "toilet" each day. She now asks to sit on the toilet at home and does not want anything to do with her little potty. She also loves to flush the toilet when she is finished. Potty training in general has not been very successful lately. She seems to be too busy to take the time to sit on the potty. So as she does her business in her diaper she announces her actions by shouting loudly, "I'M POOPIN'". This usually takes place while she is hiding behind a couch or in another room. It's too funny! I am certain that she could be using the potty if she wanted to, but right now she is too busy to stop and take the time. Hopefully that will change soon. She may not have the potty thing down yet, but just look at her...she just looks so grown up (and proud) with her back pack on, ready for another day at school!

Last weekend we took a trip to Muskegon, Michigan to visit Olivia's Great Nana Cleo. We were looking forward to getting away for the weekend and taking Olivia to the beach at Lake Michigan. We were greatly disappointed when it rained the ENTIRE time we were there. Other a ten minute break, it literally rained every second. It was such a bummer! There is not a lot to do in Muskegon when the weather is bad. We had to get creative during our visit so Olivia would not get stir crazy. It was tough at times, but I think she had fun with her Nana Cleo and Great Uncle John. She did get to play in the rain, which she loved! Otherwise, we mostly played indoors. Here is Olivia playing dominos with her great uncle and giving him a nice hair do'. I so badly wanted to take her to the beach. I guess we will have to try again next year.

So we are enjoying our final weeks in our house. I am trying not to think of how hectic things will become as we get ready to move. I desperately want to wake up one morning, all moved in with our new house fully decorated. A girl can dream...right? Any time I start to feel stressed out I will just take a break, look at Miss Olivia saying "CHEESE!" and voila!, everything will be fine!


Anonymous said...

I appreciate that you are honest about who has been doing the packing :) It will all happen, and Olivia will love her house and her new, huge room.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you all got to Muskegon to see great grandma and Uncle John, so sorry about the weather but I know great grandma still had a wonderful time. I love those cheesy grins, too funny. I am so happy she loves her school and potty training will come soon. LOve Aunt Sue Sue