The dad arrived home on Friday afternoon with the new van. It is in excellent condition and we are very pleased and blessed to have it.
My niece is still here and I have so enjoyed having her with me these few days. She is wonderful with the boys and they really enjoy her. She is planning to leave Saturday morning and we will definitely miss her.
Sadly enough, we did not do anything to celebrate Independence Day. I was having a difficult day. The dad did not get home until around 2:30pm-ish and then we had to run to the airport to retrieve his car. The boys went to bed about an hour late the night before and woke up an hour early that morning. They took a long nap but they were still very tired by 8:00pm, so much so that they did not even stir when all of the fireworks started going off. Some of them were very close by and very loud but the boys slept right through it all. The dad was exhausted after his tiring early morning trip to Louisville and the long drive home. I was very tired too from getting to bed late and getting up early with the boys and just generally not having much of a break for a while. So, we rested. Unfortunately, I woke up at 1:00am and could not go back to sleep, so here I sit.
As for the potty training, I pretty much gave up on Nick today and just kept him in pull ups. Funny enough, the whole time the dad was gone on the trip to Louisville, Nick never once told me he needed to go potty and he would normally fight me if I wanted him to go. After the dad got home, Nick told us he needed to go several times and voluntarily and happily went, but wanted the dad to be with him on some of the visits. I think this child has a very hard time with any sort of upheaval in his life. It will be interesting to see how tomorrow goes with the potty training.
Ben is completely trained and does not like to be wet, even in his pull up. He has never had a poop accident since day three or four of potty training and he gets distressed if his pull up is wet in the morning and he wants it off right away. Nick does not seem to mind too much if his is wet or messy. It is so odd with him because he seems to be able to go if he really wants to but then he ends up going in his pants so often. I think it may be a control issue at times. I have just about decided to keep him in pull ups because I think we may be moving into control battles and I don't want to go there....and I am tired of cleaning up pee all over the floors and furniture.
It sounds like we are getting ready to have a storm. I have been seeing lightening for a while now and I just heard a faint, distant rumble for the first time so it seems to be moving closer. I think I will try to go back to sleep now.