Meet the Sullivans: Hello, Friday!

March 6, 2015

Hello, Friday!

With another fun-filled week under our belts, we're ready for an even more fun WEEKEND! Here we go...

/ one / I'd love to tell you that potty training is going quickly & smoothly over here, but I'm afraid it's going to be a long journey. We're trying it all; bribes, songs, positive reinforcement, encouragement, etc. O's pediatrician recommended this book ( I Don't Want To Go To The Toilet) to us. It has story for kids at the beginning and a few sections for parents in the back. Let's keep our fingers crossed I find something in there that makes a difference for us!

/ two / So hand in with the potty training struggle goes this great article, To The Mom Struggling With Comparison, written by Tawnya of All of Life's Little Adventures. It was a good read, and a great reminder this week that it's not about where we're at on our journey (with potty training, with life, etc.) but the journey itself.

/ three / I picked up these cute animal popsicle molds at Safeway last weekend for O, so this week we made some tasty, healthy fruit popsicles.

Orange, Pineapple, Banana Popsicles
  • 1 large orange, peeled
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup diced frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
Place all ingredients in your blender (our Vitamix blender really purees them all together smoothly), blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 3+ hours or until no longer soft. Run the mold under room temperature water to help loosen the pop from the mold. Enjoy! 

O was so excited to help me pick what was going into them, help puree them in the blender, and of course enjoyed eating them! I love these moments when we can enjoy working together!

/ four / I finished reading The Girl on the Train: A Novel last week and started my new book (borrowed from my husband!) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. I waited to see the movie so I could read the book first because Keith said it's really good, and that's how I like to do things; read the book and then see the movie.

Now, let me tell you what I thought of The Girl on the Train. It's a murder mystery, so of course from the beginning I was eager to know who the killer was, and what their motive was, and that's probably the only reason I read the whole book. Although well written, I found the characters in the book to be so unlikeable (alcoholics, cheaters, lairs, people who don't care about each other), especially the main character Rachel. She just made me feel sad for her. I'd much rather like the person I'm spending each night before bed with.

/ five / I love watching What's Up Moms on YouTube! Do you watch their videos? They're always fun and cute and entertaining. Anyway, I saw this one for making a simple job chart this week and I think I'm going to give it a try. O loves helping around them house!

Well, now we're off to start our day! I hope you have a great one!

Today I'm linking up with...

Friday Favorites at Momfessionals
Oh, Hey Friday at September F A R M
  High Five for Friday at Bright on a Budget
Friday Favorites at The Diary of a Real Housewife
Five on Friday at Hello! Happiness//A.Liz Adventures//Carolina Charm//The Good Life Blog
Friday Favorites at Housewife Glamour
Friday Favorites at Meet @ the Barre


Tawnya Faust said...

First off, thank you so much for sharing my post :) I'm glad you liked it!

We have a few popsicle molds so I'm definitely going to try your recipe! S would love them, I'm sure!

Good luck with the potty training!! That's one milestone that I am actually dreading!

rachel said...

Oh potty training! ;) Gotta love all these fun transitions! What a great article. I'm so guilty of the compare and compete trap. LOVING that job chart idea! Might have to whip that up this weekend. Happy Friday!

Jessica Scott said...

I am so glad you wrote this...we tried potty training Cam a few weeks ago, and it made me feel like a complete loser-mom. Everyone else is doing with ease! I am going to get that book and see if it helps...Cam is always saying, "I don't want to go on the potty." It'll happen some day, right?! Okay, onto adulthood...I read Girl on the Train, too, and kept reading to find out more, but the end was so unbelievable (I thought), and it wasn't as well written as some other similar books, so I didn't love it overall. I agree with the characters, too. I like a little drama, but they were so sad...I love your line about liking the people you spend time in bed with - haha!!! So true!! Have you read Big Little Lies? It's similar, but SO MUCH better written. Unbroken is on my list, too!

hello erin said...

I found myself LOVING unbroken. It's so not my type of book-- but I totally loved it! And I just downloaded girl on a train yesterday to start!

Jessica @ The Newly said...

I am terrified of potty training:( Caleb is not even two yet, but we've talked about the potty and even tried to sit him on it...And let me just tell you. He is nowhere near ready. So, we have a while before we start - especially with a new baby coming. But still - I am dreading it. Hoping sweet Owen gets the hang of it soon for you, Mama! He will! Happy Weekend!:)

Julie said...

I'm totally dreading potty training. Hudson has to be potty trained in order to start preschool in September, which will be a week after he turns 3....and I'm scared! Let me know if the book helps! And I tried to read girl on a train but, like you, really didn't like the characters at all! I just couldn't I stopped reading it!

Courtney Spena said...

God bless you and your potty training adventure. Pee training was super but poop training about did me in. Lawd. One of the first things I said when I found out I was pregnant was "I have to go through potty training again?!" Get yourself some wine, stat.

Laura Keenan said...

Those Popsicle molds are adorable! And good luck with the continued potty training. He'll get it eventually. Each kid does things all in their own perfect timing. While I'm thrilled to have liam potty trained, I still have to lay down with him every nap & bedtime 'til he falls asleep... I know the day will come when he doesn't need that, but I'm not gonna push it!

Kelly Linn Feller said...

Loved the mom struggling with comparison post! It's so hard sometimes not to compare when you're a mom. We really do have to slow down though and enjoy each moment. One day we'll look back and miss these times we were trying to rush! Hope you have a great weekend!
XO Kelly

EHayes said...

The jars are a cute idea and good luck with the potty training. It will click one day, I've heard every story under the sun from every one I know with young kids, but as we know, everyone gets through it. I already expect K to be wildly different than A was. My husband read Unbroken a few years ago and loved it. We still haven't seen the movie, he probably won't bc he always likes the books better (obviously), but I love reading than watching. I love seeing if the director had the same vision that I had in my head when the story unfolds.

Stefanie said...

Stopping by from the linkup. #2 is SO true. I'm learning that now more than ever with my 4th child. I hope you have a great weekend!

gillian claire said...

Those popsicle molds are adorable! Have a great weekend. :)

Colleen said...

You're welcome! I loved reading and thought it would be a great piece to share.

Colleen said...

You too! Have a great weekend!

Colleen said...

Yeah, O is the same way. Knows how to use the potty and does when HE wants to, but when he decides he's not going there is no persuading him. I have read most of Big Little Lies -- its good! I should go back and finish it!

Colleen said...

I'm loving it so far too! Looking forward to hearing what you think of TGotT

Katie @ Cup of Tea said...

I saw that chore jar video and loved it. And I've got The Girl on the Train on my wait list from the library. Can't wait to read it! I love a good mystery. Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for linking up again :)

Katie @ Cup of Tea

Jess said...

Potty training isn't going well for us either. If you find the magic trick, let me know. We are both getting pretty frustrated.