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Jake’s Potty Training update :) {5.23.13}

Well, as I stated in Jake’s Triple Threat, this whole process wasn’t going to be an easy one as these 3 tasks are BIG DEALS.  I’m proud to say however, we are on our way and it’s all going as smooth as we make it.

Because of everything going on in our busy lives, every most parents (and non-parents) know how important it is to be consistent.  If there is an important task at hand that is going to be drawn out over the span of a couple days or even months, you can imagine how incredibly important it is to be consistent and persistent.  It has been about a month and I have kept the same attitude and “rules & incentives” for Jake as I set on day one…with potty training that is.  If I slip for just ONE DAY, it’s over.  All hard work put in up to that point can be considered wasted.  Kids aren’t stupid!  If you slip, they will revert back to that time that you “let them” wear a diaper because you were lazy, or didn’t have time, or didn’t want to deal with an accident while you were out to dinner or at a friends’ house, OR whatever the reason!  Once it comes to that, it’s extremely difficult to go back to “strict training.”  So, as you can imagine, it’s so important to stay on track, consistent and focused…no matter the situation.  That’s difficult to do, folks!!!  Life happens in the meantime!  It’s not like this is the only thing we have going on in our lives…but we have to make it seem that way, in this particular situation, for Jake’s sake.

skivvies

skivvies

He’s done really well up to this point!  My Mom got him a star chart for the downstairs bathroom so he can put a star on his board every time he goes potty.  He loves it!!  Thanks Mom.  It’s #2 that’s the tricky part.  Most Mom’s I’ve talked to say this is the usual circumstance during potty training though, so it’s just something that will come with time.  Well, after many, many accidents in every possible place, at every inopportune time, Jake finally went poo-poo in the potty!  Let me back up for a second and just say that never once did I (or Matt) get mad or upset at Jake for his accidents in his “big boy underwear, or skivvies.”  He knew when he had an accident because you could see it on his face.  But either way, this entire process isn’t easy for any of us, especially the child.  They need to feel as comforted as possible during big changes like these and that’s exactly how we tried to make him feel and are still working at right now.

Star chart!

Star chart!

Daddy helping him go in the bushes... Gotta do what you gotta do!  Boys!!

Daddy helping him go in the bushes… Gotta do what you gotta do! Boys!!

We are ecstatic for Jake going #2 on the potty yesterday!!!!!  We were outside on the patio riding bikes and he was in the middle of telling em something and he just got up off his trike and ran inside and started doing circles on the tile in the kitchen.  He was naked at the time.  I came inside and knew exactly what was happening.  I ran him to the potty, right down the hall and sat him on his little toilet and said, “Ok Jake, just go ahead and go poo-poo, I’ll leave you alone and let you have your privacy and do your business.”  I shut the door and walked down the hall.  I waited 2 minutes and came back and he was emptying it into the big potty.  I couldn’t believe it!!!  He really just sat there for once and did it!

My BIG BOY!  So proud!!!

My BIG BOY! So proud!!!

I screamed and yelled and threw him a big party!  I served him up a bowl of ice cream with vanilla wafers and busted out the BIG swirly sucker that we’ve been keeping for this very moment!  I tried to make him feel as special as possible.  I just kept hugging him and telling him how proud of him I was.  We even called Daddy at work!  I had Jake tell him on speaker what he did and he was all smiles telling Dadda.  It was a really cool moment for all of us!  I suppose if you’re not a parent maybe you don’t know the true feeling of this milestone, but it’s huge.  I’m sure if you’re reading this, you do though.

Anyway, so that’s our update and we are moving forward hoping that he continues to poop on the potty from here on out.  I’m sure there will be several accidents here and there along the way though.  Expectedly!!  We are proud of both of our children and can’t believe that we’re even going through this in the first place.  These moments and milestones in parenting in the last 2 1/2 years have really opened my eyes to how rad it is to be a Mother, but even more so…Jake and Finnley’s Mom.  It’s pretty cool.

Triathlon update!! {5.22.13}

Well it’s been a couple of weeks and it’s been a whirlwind around here! We are quite the busy family as it is, but Spring and Summer are always filled with SO much to do…we try to make it all fun stuff though :)

BoomBOX Tri athletes!!

BoomBOX Tri athletes!!

So I stated in an earlier post that I would give an update on the Triathlon Matt and I did on Cinco de Mayo. So here you go! In a nutshell, we had an absolute BLAST. It was such a fun experience for both of us and we really went into it with no expectations but to just do our best, and that’s exactly what we did. So proud of us!!! This was a big accomplishment.

Ahhhhh...time to relax

Ahhhhh…time to relax

The day before the race, we dropped the kids off with their grandparents. We got our registration at Shore Park and went to a nearby pub for some pre-race beers and food. That night, we stayed at Mikey & Kelly’s and shared some laughs and some REALLY GOOD grub! Steaks of course and a glass or two of Cab. Anyway, Matt and I got to the race early and just hung out in the truck and talked. It was still pitch dark outside as it was only 5am. When was the last time you did that?! I felt like a kid again, hanging out with my best friend :)

About an hour later we started setting up all our gear. We attached our bib numbers to our shirts and the sticker(s) to our bike and helmet. Matt pumped up our tires and we were ready to rock and roll.

Pump it up!

Pump it up!

Looks like a pair of winning numbers to me!

Looks like a pair of winning numbers to me!

My partner :)

My partner :)

It wasn’t too long after that the race began.

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NY Coffee Crumb Cake!

 
Look at all that scrumptious crumb topping... it's heavenly!

Look at all that scrumptious crumb topping… it’s heavenly!

WOWZERS!!!  I’m not sure how I felt so inspired to make this, as these days I have been really into eating as clean as possible, but this recipe just looked too good to pass up!  Sweet Jeezzzus, they’re amazing!!

My gracious Mother-in-law gets me a subscription to Cuisine at Home every Christmas.  She just re-new’s it.  I like it because it deters me from Pinterest and the recipes are crazy good!  There are always great cooking tips and tricks too.  Usually in the summertime they will have awesome recipes for BBQ’ing and grilling and in the winter they debut delicious comfort food recipes.  It’s all really good and unique too!

I was flipping through the magazine and came across the section titled: “The Art of Coffee Cakes.”  Can you say DANG!!!  I want to make them all!  They look so freeking good!  I chose to make the New York Crumb Cake because I had mostly all the ingredients and it didn’t look too difficult either.

The picture explains it all...

The picture explains it all…

Jake was having a rough morning and wasn’t feeling well.  He came up to me right after my workout at Crossfit and just hugged me with his head lying on my shoulder.  He was sweating and whining.  For the next half an hour, he didn’t want me to let him down.  He wouldn’t lose my sight!  I knew he was sick.  After a visit to the doctor 45 minutes later, it was apparent that Jake had gotten his first ear infection.  Poor little man.  I felt so bad for him!!!  Although I must say, I absolutely LOVED having him cuddle with me all morning and afternoon.  He just wanted his Mommy and no one else.  I loved every minute, but also felt terrible for him at the same time.  It made me feel needed as a Mother.  That feeling is incomparable.

So, we went to CVS, picked up our prescription, got a cookie on our way out and when we got home I dosed him up and put him straight down for a nap.  He was out.  Finnley looked up at me like, “what are we gonna do now Mom?  I’ve been in a car seat getting dragged around Crossfit to doctors offices, the drug store, Jamba Juice…I’m ready to PLAY!!!”  As for me, my little precious girl…I’m exhausted and it isn’t even noon!  So, I set her amongst the toys in our living room and decided it was as good of a time as ever to make these dang Crumb Cake bites.  She helped me along the way…

Cheeezin

Cheeezin

I didn’t take too many pictures of the actual baking process because it’s not my recipe and quite frankly, I was just enjoying my baking time to myself and wasn’t even thinking about blogging about it until I added the finishing crumble topping and thought to myself how good it looked!  So I took a few pictures, but the recipe is pretty self explanatory…not too many exciting pictures to take of the “process” anyway.  Unlike the way it tastes.  It tastes like pure magic!!   If you like coffee cake, or crumb cake or sour cream coffee cake, you’re going to LOVE this one too.  It says it’s recipe is based off of a European Crumb Cake brought to the city of New York by German immigrants in 1880′s.  Boom!!  This has GOT to be good…and it sure is.  It took me over an hour to make.  I guess I was taking my time.  It was therapeutic actually.  If you’re having a rough start to the day, or a rough week, or whatever it is; I feel like baking and/or gardening makes everything all better.

I used this bad boy for the cake...

I used this bad boy for the cake…

crumb topping...to die for

Crumb topping…to die for

Just two layers...and ready to bake!

Just two layers…and ready to bake!

Set the oven

Set the oven

Here we go!  Fingers crossed!!

Here we go! Fingers crossed!!

I made one batch and am going to bring it down to our Triathlon this weekend and eat it for breakfast, of course after we finish. We should be crossing that finish line around 9:30 I suspect!  Hopefully anyway…  It will be a perfect treat with a nice hot cup of joe.  I can taste it right now!  You must just try it for yourself…

Here’s the recipe!

FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING, COMBINE:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

FOR THE CAKE, WHISK:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

CREAM

  • 6 tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle on top after baking

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Coat an 8×8 inch baking dish with butter and flour.

For the crumb topping, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt.  Add melted butter and stir to combine.  Stir in 1 1/2 cups flour until mixture forms moist clumps.  Set aside.

For the cake, whisk together all ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda) in a bowl.  Set aside.

Cream softened butter and 1 cup granulated sugar in a separate bowl with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 mins.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla, beating just until incorporated.  Add sour cream and beat just until blended.

Beat in flour mixture in three additions on low speed just until incorporated.

Transfer batter to prepared dish, smooth top.  Starting at the edges, drop pea sized clumps/pieces of the brown sugar topping, covering the top layer evenly.  Completely cover cake with crumbs (topping will be thick).

Bake cake until topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 45-50 mins.  Let cake cook completely, sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Cut into 9 (1 inch) squares.

ENJOY!!!

Fresh out of the oven... Mmmm!

Fresh out of the oven… Mmmm!

And the final product!  Voila!

And the final product! Voila!

Let me know what you think?!  As I said before, this isn’t my recipe.  It is taken directly out of Cuisine at Home.  The only credit I can take is that I baked it just as the directions stated and it came out beautifully and delicious!  This is a first, as I’m not that great at baking.  I love to “cook” but baking is whole different thing.  I’m still learning!

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