Potty Training

Monday, January 26, 2015

Yesterday was kind of a big deal at our house! Caroline has decided that she wants to use the potty now! I've piddled around with potty training her since she turned two back in August, but she hadn't shown much interest in it and I didn't want to push too much. I figured she'd let us know when she was ready. For the past couple months or so, I've put her in her panties of a morning for a couple of hours. She never really cared much one way or another whether she had on panties or her diaper, she'd pee in either!  I would ask her repeatedly and have her sit on her little potty about every twenty minutes, but inevitably, if she would use the bathroom, it was right after I'd picked her up off the potty and put her panties back on her.
The last few weeks, she would tell me right as soon as she'd done it and come ask to be changed. After explaining to her that she needed to either tell me before she peed, or just run to the potty first, she did start telling me instead "I'm peeing" and look down at her legs to see what was up. Progress. She was telling me during instead of after.
Yesterday, we had no plans to leave the house at all, so I thought, what the heck, let's do this panty thing all day. And we did. And she did. The first two times, she peed a little bit in them and would just cross her legs and look at me, so I'd grab her and immediately sit on her on her little potty where she finished doing her business. We made such a huge fuss and she got so excited. She got a sticker every time she used the potty and she just went with it. Since yesterday morning, she has used the potty every single time she's needed to go, even asking to get out of bed last night to use it. Juston and I are so proud and excited! It's sort of sad, too, though because it's like the official end of her baby-hood.
I'm still planning on doing the diaper thing for naps and nighttime, but she surprised the heck out of us yesterday with how great she did. One time, we were all making over her having used the potty, (our Goddaughter was home for the day, too yesterday), and she just jumped up and down and hollered "I'm so proud of myself!". Oh my word, it was the most precious thing!  I still just sort of can't believe it.
A tip one of our friends with older kids gave us that I've already prepared for is to pack puppy pads to put under her in her carseat just in the event that we can't get to a bathroom quick enough during these first few weeks of this potty training deal. I'm also planning on bringing her little mini potty in the car if we'll be in it for any extended period of time.  And I'll be packing extra panties and britches with us everywhere we go now. Grocery trips just got a little bit more interesting. 

Four Roses and a Snow Day

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Yesterday, we made plans to visit one of the bourbon distilleries here in Kentucky, Four Roses, with another couple who shares Juston's love of bourbon. I don't really drink it, which may or may not be a sin in the state of Kentucky, but I still really enjoy visiting the distilleries and learning about the process and what makes each different bourbon unique. Well, Saturday morning started with a rather unexpected "dusting" of three inches of snow. We were supposed to miss the majority of the snow, which the weatherman said would hit south of us. Wrong again, Mr. Weatherman. Anyway, we started off the morning playing in the snow with Caroline. She was so excited when she saw it outside and immediately begged to go out. She got a new snowsuit for Christmas, so we put it to good use. 

After snow play and breakfast, we headed to Coxs Creek, KY where Four Roses is located. We started the tour by watching a video in a room with some other people who were in our group. The video just explained the science behind the making of their bourbon and the different types of recipes they use. 

The have the gift shop area decorated really cute with bottles of their bourbon (bourbonless obviously) filled with four red roses. The story of the red roses is really sweet actually. The man who started the company, a Georgian originally, was courting a beautiful Southern Belle and had asked repeatedly for her hand in marriage. She turned him down time and again. Finally, he sent her a letter stating his intent to propose to her for the last time at a very public social event. She wrote him back that if she showed up wearing a corsage of four red roses, her answer was yes. Well, obviously, she wore the roses, and the name for this bourbon was born. 

Parts of the tour take you outside walking the grounds, but the weather was really nice. It wasn't too cold and there was snow cover and sunshine all around so it couldn't have been a more beautiful day. Next, we headed inside to where the magic happens.

There is a really powerful smell of yeast that just penetrates the air as soon as you get within about a half a mile of the distillery, so inside where they are actually making the bourbon, the smell is pretty potent, too, but it sort of smells like bread so it wasn't a bad thing. Juston loved the smell of course, becasue, bourbon. 

The tour really takes you up close and personal with every step of the bourbon making process and we had a really great guide who was familiar with not only what the steps, were, but the science behind them as well. I won't bore you with the details. 

I will say that one of the neat things about bourbon that a lot of people may not know is how important the barrels are to the final product. The barrel is what gives the bourbon the caramel color and it can alter the flavor as well. 

It may not look like it, but the tour guide did say they were allowed to reach in those big vats and taste what was mixing up! I love both of these pictures because it really looks like Juston and Dominique got caught with their hands in the cookie jar. I didn't taste the mix.  No thanks, I'll pass. 

So that was stamp number two on our Bourbon passports. We're going to try to visit the other eight distilleries on the Bourbon Trail between now and summer. Juston and I have already done the Woodford Reserve distillery for his birthday a few years ago, but we're going to do it again since our friends haven't done it yet. 

After the tour, which took about an hour, we went back to the tasting room, where you are given three samples of Four Roses bourbons to try; Single Barrel, Small Batch and their Yellow Label. I didn't taste them, but I did do the sniff, then gave Juston my samples. I'm not much of a drinker, especially straight bourbon! He loves taking me to these tours, because he gets twice the free samples. 
After the tasting, we all hit the gift shop. Let me just tell you, my husband is not a shopper at all. He's kind of a tightwad honestly, but what he did in that Four Roses gift shop was the closest to a shopping spree I've seen him come! I will say that even if you don't drink, these tours are still very interesting, especially if you're a Kentuckian. Bourbon is sort of part of our identity to the rest of the world, along with basketball, horse racing and great cheerleading ;) Hope everyone had a great weekend!

UCA Nationals

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year in Kentucky! Time for UCA College Cheerleading Nationals in Disneyworld! Cheerleading has been such a huge part of my life for more years than I can count. I cheered most of my years in school starting in fourth grade, cheered in college and coached both recreational and allstar cheerleading from the time I graduated college up until I decided to take a break when Caroline was about six months old. I still keep my foot in the door by doing choreography for teams and working with cheer teams on their tumbling skills. I couldn't give it up completely. When you fall in love with cheerleading, it really does get in your blood. You can never completely leave it behind. And not to brag, but the state of Kentucky has some of the most incredible cheerleading programs in the country, especially in the high school and college division.

Some of my best memories are of cheering in college for Northern Kentucky University and competing at UCA Nationals with my friends and teammates, so I thought I'd do a little reminiscing and my first post in forever with an ode to college nationals. If you're a cheerleading lover like me, you can follow along this weekend at www.Varsity.com  as well as on instagram by following @UCAupdates.

And now, a little trip down memory lane.

Seriously some of the best times. I learned so much about sacrifice, hard work, dedication, trust and working as a team to accomplish a goal. Through literal blood, sweat and tears, I forged some lifelong friendships and amazing memories. I hope all the teams competing this weekend enjoy every second of it! And I'm especially wishing the Kentucky teams good luck! NKU, UK, Morehead all girl and co-ed and WKU. Also, if you get a chance, check out Morehead all-girl's routine from this year. It will blow your mind what these girls are able to accomplish and do so clean and crisp. It's almost not fair because they're so good, it looks easy doing what they do and I can assure you, it's anything but easy. Happy cheering!