Jan 2014 will live on in infamy as the great potty training debacle. It was rough. Levi seemed interested in potty training and did a really great job of going to the potty IF he was naked. Add pants and all bets were off. I feel like I was really patient for the first three weeks. By week four I was ready to put him back in diapers indefinitely. Here is my little pant-less man. :) I'm happy to report that he is now fully potty-trained (even at night). It was definitely a process but I'm thankful that the hardest part is over!
Also in January, Josiah started playing basketball. That's him in the middle of the picture. He didn't seem very interested in the game for most of the season. One game he pretended he was a robot, and if he didn't touch the ball he would "shut down", ending with his head dangling down by his knees. By the last game he was starting to get more into the game, and even stole the ball from the other team. It was an entertaining season! He had fun which is all that matters.
This is our February-enduring-the-cold-weather entertainment: fruit loop necklaces. We also made charts of how many colors they each got. Fruit loops = big smiles.
Later in March, Jason took four cattle to the sale, which is an all-day event when you're selling steers and cows. So I took the kids to Sequoia park in Springfield for a really fun cave tour. This cave has water throughout, so the tour is by canoe. The kids did great and we didn't even capsize! :) We all enjoyed the tour, but especially Josiah, who got to hold his own flashlight.
The beginning of April was Josiah's spring break from school, so I took the kids to Hannibal to visit my brother and his family. My brother and two of his kids were in The Music Man play, so it was really fun to see them on stage!