Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Happy Easter! 
Despite chilly/rainy weather, we had a great 'Easter week' here in Rochester. Two egg hunts, cookie decorating, egg decorating, and a wonderful Sunday filled our Easter holiday this year. 
Sunday was the best day, although it started out a little rocky. Bryson had to round that morning but thought he would be home before the boys woke up. Of course it was 8:00 AM and Bryson was no where in sight. I quickly made a note (from the Easter Bunny) that I showed Daniel. The note said that he was going to stop by and leave the baskets of goodies while we were at church. Luckily Daniel  had no problem with the new plan. so I got the boys dressed and we were out the door. But when I opened the garage door, my car (with my car seats) was gone! Bryson had taken it to work thinking he would be back before church. 
I had some gifts that I thought were going to be given to the recent Primary graduates during sacrament (they did not end needing them this week) so I felt like I had to be there. We live about 1.5 miles from the church, so I buckled both boys into seat belts and just prayed that they would stay in them (and that I would not get pulled over!). I looked back and Daniel was sitting like a little angel while James was jumping around in the back seat!! So I reached back and used one arm to hold him and the other to drive (sounds safe- huh?). Amazingly we arrived there in once piece, but I am sure I looked pretty frazzled walking into sacrament. 
It was such a beautiful meeting, filled with music and a wonderful narration of the atonement. And I was very touched during sharing time in Primary when my friend Trista told the children the story of Christ, the atonement, and the events leading up to the atonement. I know that all those children (including little Daniel) and the adults felt the Savior's love for them after the lesson. 
We came home and Bryson had laid out the Easter baskets for the boys. They were so excited to open them! And we had a small, but nice dinner that night as a family. It was a wonderful day. 

Here is our first Easter egg hunt, which was at the church:
Daniel was very excited to find an egg with silly putty in it
James did not quite get the whole 'hunt' idea. He was not interested in finding eggs. He only wanted to take Daniel's eggs, throw and then eat the candy.
Daniel loved making egg and bunny cookies. I think he licked and ate most the frosting, but some of it made it onto the cookies.
Easter egg hunt #2 was at the Teran's. The kids had a blast and the lunch spread was very yummy. 
Here are the baskets that the bunny left for us during church. Daniel noted that the Easter Bunny was "very sneaky". 
I think his favorite item from the basket was his new "fishing net". Gotta love the dollar bins at Target!
And he asked me to take a picture of him eating his candy
We could not get any good photos of busy James. It was nap time, and he was too excited about his new toys.
But our model Daniel is always excited about posing for the camera!
So I have to say that I feel weird posting solo pics of me on the blog. I just wanted to show that I am 31 weeks along and feeling pretty good (as good as you can feel during 3rd trimester).
This one shows the baby bump a little better :)

We are all getting excited for baby boy # 3. I keep hearing about how difficult life becomes once the 3rd child comes, so as much as I am dying to meet this little guy, I have been trying to enjoy the 'easy' life of having only 2! 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

18 Months

Little James just turned 18 months. 18 months?! one could have prepared me for how fast this year and a half has gone. He is such a character! A man of little words and a LOT of action, James constantly keeps us on our toes. He seems so much more 'baby-ish' than Daniel was at this age. Maybe it is because he still has no hair and does not really talk. Or maybe it is because he is still so attached to his 'mamma'. Whatever it is, we love our baby James- to pieces! 

James, here is a little bit about you at 18 months that I want to remember forever:

You LOVE to eat. I would say you spend a majority of your time standing by the pantry, waiting for me to give you a snack. You usually finish your meal and then ask to eat the rest of Daniel's.
You want to do everything on your own.
You love to tackle (we call it the hug & knock down) your older brother. This is ok until we go out and public and you start to do this to other kids. They don't seem to like it as much as Daniel does. 
Outside is your favorite place. Even when it is really cold, you don't seem to mind. And riding in the wagon is your absolute favorite mode of transportation.
You love cars and dinosaurs. And you have pretty much perfected your animal growl.
You are AMAZING at going down the stairs. You can slide down on your tummy faster than anyone could run down the stairs. And you have been doing this for a long time.
You don't seem to notice when you smack your head or smash your hands in things. You are one tough cookie.
Screaming at the top of your lungs is your newest tactic when you don't get your way. I really hope this phase does not last long!
You love 'backpack'. This is what we call a piggy back ride in our house. You get behind me and cry for 'ba-pa' when you want a ride. 

Here is your vocab so far:
Boo boo (book)
Caa (car)
Do Do (Dog)
Mine (which you often yell at Daniel when he takes your toys)
Die- soor (dinosaur- and then you growl like one)
Coo moo (come one!)
Sie Sie (outside)
Hi Dadda! (which you yell with your arms up in the air every time Bryson walks in the room -  and sometimes you welcome me and other people this way too!)
Show ( love 'shows' or tv. You won't watch it for very long, but ask for it when you are tired. Sadly, this may be one your best pronounced words!)
You also like to moo like a cow. This is the only animal sound you seem to care to know. 

You just love to play. Our basement is filled with toys, and you can keep yourself busy for hours just playing quietly down there. I hope you keep this up for when baby #3 comes :) 
Your newest obsession is the toilet (yuck). You love to throw anything you can get your little hands on into it. Yesterday I found your pacifier and a toy car. Both went into the trash once I got them out. 
One of my favorite things about you is how much you enjoy being read to. You could sit on my lap forever while we look at books. You have your favorite ones and often just want to read those over and over. At night we will read to you, and then just keep your light on in your room and put books in your bed. You will read for 5-10 minutes and then fall asleep. Then I sneak back in, turn your light off, and kiss you goodnight. There is no sweeter sight than you cuddled up in your crib. 

Some photos from the past week:

And yes...I could eat this little face (and smother it with kisses). Love you Jamesie!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Last night I attended a Relief Society enrichment on record keeping. Some of the talented women in my ward shared their ideas and tips for journaling, blogging, and photography, and I left feeling very inspired last night. 
One of the ideas presented was to take photos to capture events that will never happen again. I guess today was one of those events. Daniel is involved in a co-op preschool this year, which means I take turns with 4 other moms (AMAZING moms, may I add) teaching our 3 & 4 year old kids. I have been pregnant pretty much the entire 'school year' and James is becoming more and more of an unruly student, but it has been such a treat to spend time and teach these very awesome 5 kids (well, 6 if you count little James:) 
This morning I woke up and thought, "Oh man, 3 hours of craziness- here we go!". But somehow just being with these kids makes me so excited about, well, just being. They are so intrigued by everything and so eager to learn and explore. They are at such a tender and wonderful age, so as much as I have been tired, I feel really grateful for my opportunity to be part of this co-op this year. 
Here are a few photos from this very 'energetic' morning:

working on the craft of the day
James seems to just want to eat all during preschool....whatever keeps him happy! And poor kid- I was so busy with the kids that I forgot to snap his onesie after I changed him. :)
After their craft and snack, the kids and I went on a little nature walk around the neighborhood. Can you tell they were just a little excited to be outdoors?!
And the nature walk ended up being more like a nature run. And I am not exactly sure how much nature was really seen, but they had fun.
James trailing behind with his sippy cup in mouth
Laughing about the new door knob decor that they made before their moms came to pick them up.

And after that...James and I took a nap and Daniel, well, he watched a movie. I have been trying not to prop him in front of the TV in the afternoon (for many reasons, one being he colored all over my couch in pen last time I did this), but I needed a little rest after all this!
It was a great morning. Yeah preschool!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I think Saturday may have been the unofficial first day of real spring (meaning it was warmer than 40 for once this winter!). We took full advantage of the great weather and spent pretty much the whole day outside. 

Daniel with his gal pal Lena
We are not sure what James is doing

The highlight of Daniel's day was going over to our friend's, the Neals, house to play with their new baby chicks. Daniel & his buddy Isaac were kissing and cuddling them- so cute!
And this picture just sums up what bath time is like in our house- lots of toys, boys, and growling.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A few days ago Daniel found my camera and went around the house doing his very on 'photo shoot'. The funny thing is that I did not know he had taken any photos until I was looking at the pictures on my chip (which made me laugh so hard!!). I am not sure where I was while he was doing this (maybe getting ready for the day while James took a nap? I obviously was not paying enough attention to him) but he was pretty sneaky. I have to say that some of his photos are much better than ones that I take!! Great work Daniel. You are so funny :)
This one is from his underwear. Can you guess who it is? 
I love this one because his little toes are in it!

A picture of our yard
A leftover wrapper from a snack
This is from his 'Cars' stool in his bathroom.
A candle.

Daniel is currently booking photo shoots for this spring. Just e-mail me if you are interested!! Haha!

We had a great day today watching gotta love watching church in your pajamas on TV. We had a yummy breakfast and then took the boys on a wagon ride to the playground before the first session started. The talks were great (as always) and it felt wonderful to relax at home together as a family :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The surgery went really well. It actually only took 20 minutes (which felt like an eternity in the waiting room)  but the doctor successfully inserted the tubes into his tear ducts. 
The hardest part was the few minutes leading up to the surgery when we were waiting for the nurses to take him to the OR. James was so upset because he wanted to eat breakfast (he had to fast from the previous night) and have some juice. Luckily the nursing staff was awesome at the surgical center. They had a closet full of toys for James to choose from (he selected the Zhu Zhu pet) and a wagon for me to pull him around to distract him. 
He was very upset for a few hours after waking up from anesthesia, but after a good nap that afternoon he was pretty much his regular, happy little self. We are just so grateful everything went well and that he is happy and healthy!
Here are a few photos from the day of his surgery (the quality is really poor as we did not have a good camera):

They brought us back to see him right after his surgery. I have never been so happy to see little James! It was the most wonderful feeling to just hold him (he never lets me do this at home! The one 'positive' thing about anesthesia!)
And he is back to his regular crazy & cute self!! 
Thanks to all the friends who helped watch Daniel during James's appointments and the surgery and for the sweet phone calls/texts from friends and family :)