Friday, October 29, 2010

This and That

Potty Training Update!

It's been two months since we started Potty Training Boot Camp at our house. Surprisingly (at least I was surprised) Kaydence was the first one to graduate from boot camp. I am happy to report that Kassidy and Ryder are also recent PTBC graduates---yay! (If potty training were a Quint Olympic event, Kassidy would have won silver and Ryder bronze.) Rustin who was the early front-runner still has a ways to go, but has seen some progress this past week. And, Kyndall.....well, what can we say about Kyndall??? She likes to be the one calling the shots. Her personality is similar to Kaiya's, and with Kaiya, potty training turned into a horrible control battle. I decided it isn't worth it to go down that road with Kyndall, so I am just waiting until she decides she wants to be potty trained. She knows the basics, it is more a matter of her committing to use the potty all the time. So, I'd say overall we have about a 70% success rate at the moment!

Here are some pictures of the PTBC graduates and trainees that I took with my phone during a recent photo shoot with Kristen Duke

Kassidy--PTBC Graduate, Silver Medal Winner!

Kaydence--PTBC Graduate, Gold Medal Winner!

Rustin--Still in training, but getting close to the finish line

Kyndall--thinks playing in the dirt is more fun than potty training or having her picture taken

Ryder--PTBC Graduate, Bronze Medal Winner!

The Fab Five: Kaydence, Rustin, Kassidy, Ryder and Kyndall (a little bit of sun glare, but still thought the picture was cute)

So typical...whenever I try to get a group shot, there is always ONE who won't cooperate!

Halloween Update!

I was so excited about our Halloween costumes last year...the quints were the "Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed" and Jayson and I were the doctor and the "mama". (Riley and Kaiya did their own thing). This year I couldn't get my creative juices to line up with my costume budget, so we aren't really doing any cutsie theme. All the girls (including Kaiya) are going to be fairies and all the boys (including Riley) are going to be ninjas. They will still all be cute and are so excited about going Trick-or-Treating at our church's "Trunk-or-Treat" activity tonight. We have been practicing saying "Trick-or-Treat" and "Thank you" all week!

Halloween 2009: 5 little monkeys, Doctor, Mama, Draco Malfoy (Riley), Angel (Kaiya), and my niece and nephew.

This year GG and Barbara decorated pumpkins with the kids---they used faces that attach to the pumpkin "Mr. Potato Head" style. The kids LOVE seeing their pumpkins on display every time we pull up!

The pumpkins have a face on both the front and the back---that way people from the road can enjoy them and the kids can look at them from the front window too!

Cassaundra was over last weekend and the kids found a praying mantis on Ryder's pumpkin. They were so fascinated!

I love the look on Rustin's face in this picture!

"Texas Quints" Update!

Nothing really new to report about the show. I still haven't heard when they are going to replay it, although I am sure they will sometime! We had a second "premiere" party (actually we called it a "replay" party) the Saturday following the premiere. The initial airing was past a lot of peoples bedtimes, and my kids wanted to have a party with all of their friends, so we had two parties. Below are a few pictures from the "replay" party. If you want to see more episodes of "Texas Quints", you can let TLC know HERE. Be sure to select "Texas Quints" from the drop down program list.

Playing Peek-a-Boo in an attempt to get the kids to look at the camera

Not sure what a great idea that was, but it did make for a humorous picture!

Wilkinson Family at the Texas Quints Replay Party!

In The News...

Austin Community College, where I have worked as an adjunct professor for the past 10 years, just did a spotlight on me and my family. You can get to it from the ACC homepage (watch the scrolling pictures at the top until my family comes up) or you can go directly to the story HERE. I thought it was a really great article.



Stephanie said...

I loved the ACC article. It was very well done.

Crazy Granny said...

The dirty faced Kyndall is the one that I relate to. Finally one of your kids will play in the dirt with me.

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Anonymous said...

Have you thought of letting Kaydence Kassidy wear their hair down for a more natural look. They have beautiful hair but in pictures you only see a lot of bangs and a few trickles of hair on the sides.

Cori Ann said...

Thanks for the Potty Training update! How exciting that you are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully Kyndall will see that it's COOL to use the potty instead of wearing diapers. You should definitely through a party when you are completely DONE with diapers in your house. I'm sure it will be a happy day in the Wilkinson household! :) said...

Such cute kiddos! Love the costumes for this year, too fun! Last year's costumes were fun too.

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