Starting a new...

The time has come!  I have made it over a year with two blogs for both kids, but it has taken quite a bit to keep both updated.  I wanted to create a separate book for Cooper, detailing his first year and now it is time to combine the two.  Hop on over to check out our new "family" blog.  Introducing... The Botts Brigade!
Thanks for reading!


Potty Training

We have been wearing big girl panties for a little over 2 months!  I think I can safely say that we are at a pretty good place!  Caroline hates missing out on anything and it has taken a little bit to convince her that she can stop and go without missing out on anything.  It seems like she loved the newness of each tactic we tried, but then it wore off and she just didn't care.  I started with marshmallows, then it was M&Ms and then I finally made her a potty chart.

 Every time she goes potty she gets a sticker.  Each row has 7 flowers and a hot pink flower at the end.  Once we reach the hot pink flower, she gets a surprise!  The biggest change with doing this, is that she was excited to go and she would actually sit on the potty!  {A big improvement!}  She loved filling up the different "Princess Rows".  I bought presents, wrapped them and put them in a basket next to the potty.  All of the presents were small little things from the dollar spot, but she was so excited for each one and couldn't wait to show Daddy every time he came home!
So far it has been several weeks since the chart has been filled up and I just haven't printed out another one. She's done well and we've had really few accidents!  Our little girl is growing up SO quickly and so desperately wants to be BIG!  She sure keeps us on our toes!



 We are SO proud of Josh!  He got a call Thursday night from all of the equity shareholders at his firm announcing that he had just been voted in as PARTNER!!  Josh has worked so hard for this and deserves every bit of it!  I honestly do not know anyone else who deserves it more!  
Josh had me review his memo to the partners and it really made me honor being his wife!  In the first paragraph of the write up he mentioned his family and that first and foremost he is a husband and father and he works so hard for his amazing family!  Josh works a lot, but makes sure to be at every important event and always puts us first.  He tries so hard to not work at night and always be home on the weekends.  We celebrated the evening with some champagne!

We love you!


we love visitors!

March was such a busy month for us and I honestly can not believe that it is over!  We started things off with Grami coming to visit on March 1st.  This is her annual "tax season" trip to get away for a little while during the time that my dad is swamped, but this year it was extra special because it was Cooper's birthday!  We started off the visit with a trip to Canton for First Monday.  I have been in Texas for quite a while, but never been so we finally planned a time where she would be here for the first weekend of the month.  We had a great time and found a lot of treasures!  Too many, in fact, that they did not fit in our car!  :)

Caroline made us cupcakes the first morning Grami arrived.

Caroline and Grami picked out a special cake for me and surprised me on my birthday.  Aunt Mimi, Emma and Ellie all flew in the night before so they were there to celebrate too.
I had help blowing out my candles.
And lots of help opening my presents.  And because there were so many people visiting, Josh and I got to enjoy a nice dinner out by ourselves.
Emma was quite the encourager for going potty.
And Ellie gave Beca lots of attention!
Quite a classic picture.  Both girls on iPads not paying any attention to the boys.
We couldn't have a party without a DANCE PARTY!
Uncle Josh (Daddy) is the BEST spinner!

We love Grami!!

We tried to get a picture of Grami with all of the kids and this is the best we got!  We love you all and hope you come back VERY soon!!