Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Love,
Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Alien and Woody

Thursday, October 21, 2010

One year ago today

Since I don't have a camera I thought I would do a trip down memory lane so I actually could post something on my blog. I checked our pictures to see what we were doing exactly a year ago, so here are pictures from October 21, 2009.

Sam:

Jordan:


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Differences

So, I broke our little point-and-shoot camera. I left it on the hood of our truck and we ran it over. I am not doing so well with our cameras lately! I'm still waiting for our big camera to come back from Best Buy. They won't give me a specific date, but I am hoping it's before Halloween. Seriously, my heart will break if it's not. (Yes, when it comes to not taking pictures, I am a drama queen!)

Anyway, this is another post without a picture because I don't have any new ones. Luckily we still have a working video camera so I can capture cute moments on video. Now let me knock on wood that I won't kill that one too.

Last week Jordan was watching Little Bill on Nick Jr. Little Bill is a cute little African American boy (I actually think the series is written by Bill Cosby, and it's supposed to be him when he was little). Well, Jordan was watching silently for a minute and then matter of factly says, "Mom, Little Bill is different from me." I was a little shocked and said, "Yeah, how is Little Bill different?" Jordan said, "Because he's little Bill and I'm big Jordan!"

Monday, October 18, 2010

Playing favorites

The other morning Jordan woke up and announced, "I don't like fireworks anymore, I like basketball!" So, he spent the morning, afternoon and evening and then everyday last week playing basketball. Then this morning he woke up and said, "I don't like fireworks or basketball anymore, I like BLIMPS!"

I tried to convince him he can like many things all at the same time, but he sincerely believes you can only have one favorite activity at a time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Morning snack

The boys were just too cute eating their morning snack at their little table I just had to get a picture. Lately our house has been so cold in the morning that Jordan won't let me get him out of his jammies for a little while. Oh well, just picking my battles, I guess.


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Sleeping Woes

Sam hasn't ever been the best sleeper. He didn't start sleeping through the night until he was one, but he was easily consoled back to sleep at night and his nap time has been regular and predictable. Until now.

First of all, Sam has started waking up at 7:00 or earlier. But it's not like he'll quietly wake up and talk to himself for awhile--he climbs out of bed, comes into my room, climbs on my bed and sits on me. I've been wanting to get in the habit of waking up earlier than 8am, but maybe that was too lofty of a goal, because I don't function well early in the morning.

Next, we've had quite the fight with naps this week. I wouldn't mind if he was done taking naps during the day, but he is SOOOO grumpy if he doesn't. It drives me crazy. Yesterday he fell asleep in my arms THREE times and after putting him in his crib he would come out of his room a few minutes later. I've had to start planning a little road trip in the afternoon so Sam will fall asleep in his carseat. Then when he actually does take a nap it's only for about 30 minutes, so he'll wake up like this:
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I know I shouldn't complain because there are worse sleepers and grumpier kids than Sam, but it's so out of the ordinary for us that it's driving me crazy. Also, I need advice. Should I get Sam a toddler bed since he climbs out of his crib faster than I can put him in it anyway. Or would that make this problem worse? I put him down for a nap 20 minutes ago and just went and checked on him and he not only made a disaster in his room since he got out of his crib, but he is now asleep in Jordan's bed. Since Jordan never attempted to climb from his crib we had no problem keeping him in there until he was well over two. So I'm at a loss, I really do need suggestions. When did you put your kids in a toddler bed??

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Catching up

Do you remember a few months ago when I dropped my camera and it broke?? Well, it's not working again, which is why I haven't been posting very much lately. I took it Best Buy a few days ago to get fixed and I miss it. Hopefully I will have it back before Halloween.

Luckily, we do have a little point-and-shoot camera, but the quality of the pictures is bad. And I hate using it because it has a two second delay from the time I push the button to take the photo to when it actually takes the photo. This has to be the worst idea for a mother of two young boys. I cannot capture a smile or a non-blurry picture because of those precious two seconds. That being said, I am grateful for the few pictures I have because of the little camera.

Back to catching up with us, I'm going to start my recap with today.

We bought a truck!

Every year the Box Elder Mosquito Abatement sells one of their older trucks and they hold a silent auction type thing for the truck they are selling, you put in a bid, highest bid gets the truck. We've been planning on buying a truck soon and we got such a good deal on the truck that I think it was worth it. Now we have two vehicles and we won't have to borrow Benji's parent's truck anymore. (Thank you for always letting us take your truck from you!)

Now here's what each of us has been doing:

Dewey: Yes, Dewey. He's going to get his own section. A cat came into our yard the other day and bit Dewey on the foot. . The next day he wasn't walking anywhere and his foot got infected, swollen and had gross pus coming out of it so I took him to the vet. This happened the day we put the bid in on the truck. Right after we had a conversation about our money and that we needed to be careful with our it for a little while since we were paying cash for the truck. Financially speaking, Dewey was not what I wanted to worry about. But we had to fork over money to get him checked out and gets antibiotics. I did learn something from the vet, I had no idea that there is something in cat saliva that is not good (I don't remember exactly what it is) and if a cat gets bit by another cat they get infected like Dewey did. It can happen to humans too. I had no idea.
P.S. That picture was taken awhile ago, I did not let Dewey in our house while his foot was...draining. Gross.

Sam:

Oh boy, as cute and as charming as Sam is, he is getting to the age where he throws tantrums. He doesn't tantrum every day, but when he throws one, he goes ALL out. I did luck out because he still doesn't say the word, "no." Okay, that's a joke because his favorite word right now is, "uh uh." I'm also wondering if there will ever be a day when he obeys me, if I tell him to do something, he won't, and if I tell him not to do something, he'll look at me, smile, and do it anyway. He also loves to torment Jordan by hitting, biting, and tackling. He can beat Jordan up.

On to cute things Sam does. :)
He's getting better at talking. I've always been able to understand him, but now I know he's getting better because Jordan can understand him.

My favorite word he says is "drink." It makes no sense, he says, "me-you," you would think he's trying to say, "milk," but he has a different word for milk so I don't know where he came up with that.

He loves to take walks, loves bubble baths, and still loves his stupid binky. We'll work on getting rid of that soon!

He is climbing out of his crib, so unless I put him down when he exhausted, nap time is not fun. Today he climbed out of his crib, knocked on his door, and then climbed back in.

We love to ask him to roll his eyes because it is so funny. Here is the only video I've been able to get, but he looks down so it's not very good. The video is long and he rolls his eyes in the first part of it, so you don't have to watch the whole thing.....


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I found Sam sleeping like this the other night.
I love how his blanket is wrapped around him.

Jordan:

He still loves fireworks.

He's learning his numbers.

He has a crazy good memory (this might be typical of young kids, I don't know). He'll point out stores we went to once months and months ago and tell us the name of the store and what we did there. When we go for walks if we pass a house we've been to he can remember who lives there, when we went there and what we did.

He loves to dance.

Here is a video of him doing a firework dance.
Once again I was too late with the camera, his first dance made me laugh until I was crying.



Me:

I am loving my new calling and having fun learning all of my duties. I'm in the Primary presidency and lucked out in getting to supervise the Cub Scouts. It's been fun getting to know the scouting program before my boys become scouts and it's been even better getting to know the scouts themselves. For our last pack meeting we went to a dairy farm in Corrinne. We looked at the animals, learned how the cows are milked and where the milk goes.

My boys held hands while they walked around and looked at the animals. It was so stinkin cute, I love when they actually get along!

Looking at the cows....


This donkey followed us around everywhere, he was more like a dog than a donkey. The boys loved him!

Benji:
Benji has been working in Salt Lake on Wednesdays. He's going to work the extra day there until we buy the Brigham practice. The extra money will be nice for the next 18 months.

He has been trying to go fishing as often as he can, but now that he works more it's harder for him to find time.

He also has started growing a beard again, my only reason to hate this time of year.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Through the eyes of a child

Jordan has always had a difficult time getting his haircut. Well, I don't know if I have a harder time or he does. There is always a lot of screaming, crying, wiggling, bouncing and other tantrum related activities--it didn't make for a good haircutting environment. Well, a few weeks ago I told him he needed to get a "firework haircut" and he was so excited. We went to the haircutting place, he sat down, quietly watched the hairdresser work, then he was done. It was awesome! He loves his new firework hair!

We were in Walmart a few days after he got his wonderful firework hairdo and we were doing our normal shopping when a sweet looking old woman started walking towards us. She had a very typical old woman hairdo (short and curly), but Jordan thought it looked fantastic, "WOW! He has a firework haircut just like me!" I'm not sure if she heard, but I hope she didn't!

I take the boys for a walk everyday and as we're out we've started pointing out the beautiful flower gardens or vegetable gardens people have in their yards. One day Jordan looked into a yard that looked like it hadn't much care....ever. He still found the beauty in the yard as he said, "Ooooh, look at their beautiful dirt garden!"