Sunday, June 30, 2013

Long Way to Go

The good news is that, while at the cabin, Ko accepted the potty into his life. In other words, he sat on it willingly. Eventually, after running around naked and pooing and peeing all over himself many times, he decided that the potty is more than just a seat -- he actually peed in it. It may be sad to say, but when we saw that pee in the potty, that was the most proud we've ever been of our little Kotaru. Seeing our pride, feeling it as if it was something tangible, for the next few days, he actually said, "Pee pee coming", went to the potty, and peed in it! It was glorious! Then, the coup de resistance: "Poo poo coming," and, lo and behold, a beautiful, incredible snake of a turd, floating in the pee. Like trapped miners, we welcomed that pee and poo soup like a gourmet meal. We relished in it.
The next day, Ko rejected the potty. It's like the previous week had never happened. Actually, he decided that any chair could be a potty. More than that, who even needs to sit down. Why not just pee and poo everywhere. Even more, instead of telling Mom and Dad before it comes, why not just pee and poo freely, anywhere, and tell them after it happens. He peed in the Markleeville General Store (several times), he peed in the car, he pooed on the floor in REI, he pooed on the floor in Grandma and Grandpa's house. Anyplace, anytime, Everywhere is fair game.
At the end of the day, we just have to sigh and accept it. After all, this is Ko. This is Ko. And, you may have noticed, this is probably the longest story I've written in months. I guess it's therapeutic because even Ko's cuteness isn't letting him get away with this -- for the first time, I'm upset with him. Slow breaths, Daddy. This is Ko.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bye, For Now

We're back in S.F. for a week. Although we're back for a very good reason, it was really tough to leave the cabin today and even tougher to drive back into the city.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Swimming in Granite Pools

We've heard about the granite pools along the American River for quite some time so it was about time that we check them out. The drive over Carson Pass is always beautiful, the hike was great, and the potholes were fantastic. It was nice to swim in water that wasn't icy cold like it is on our side of the mountains. All in all, it was a great day out at a spot locals like to call the "Roman Baths".

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kinney Lakes Hike

We're usually a bit skeptical about reservoirs so we didn't have big expectations of the Kinney Reservoirs hike at Ebbets Pass. Well, this is one of those times when our expectations were exceeded greatly. Both the reservoir at the trailhead and the one a mile or two down trail were amazing. We were really glad that we gave this one a try and will be back again to hike all the way to the third reservoir.

Collect Call

We found the only remaining payphone in Alpine County (probably in all of California) the other day and guess who the boys wanted to call?  Of all the people they know, they both chose just one to call. You'll have to watch the video to find out...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Two Days of Rain

The clouds rolled in, the sun disappeared, and we had a steady, drizzling rain for the last two days. Although it meant we couldn't do any long hikes, it definitely did not keep us indoors. We walked the forest trail from our cabin, to the creek, and through the meadow. We were grateful for the fresh air, and the vivid colors that are always brought out by the rain.