Saturday, April 23, 2016

11 months ::

Loves toys that he can spin (wheels on hot trucks)
toys that make lots of noise, buttons and sing
his learning dog that talks to him
cups, hot wheels and chewy toys.

loves using his pointer finger to touch small
pieces of dust on the ground, pushing buttons on his toys
or poking my eyes 

still chews on his index finger
loves picking pieces up and putting them into his mouth
and has finally learned to "release" the food

has learned how to spit food out that he doesn't like
and hates getting told no

has learned to get onto his bum to sit
still scoots on his belly around the house
and stops to plank quite often

loves raspberries, strawberries, applesauce
cereal in milk, yogurt, carrots, broccoli and chocolate
doesn't like green beans, avocados or peas

loves bath time, sneaking outback to play with his brothers
absolutely loves Luke, being tickled, hung upside down
and checking himself out in the mirror.

loves sitting in the front of the cart, exploring brothers rooms
and demolishing any cool thing his brothers might be building 
(train tracks, puzzles etc)

loves sitting on David's shoulders, four wheel rides, being outside
sitting in the sandbox with his brothers, and splashing in water

doesn't care to stand at any time, refuses to take a step with help
won't try and pull himself up to furniture.

loves holding his own bottle, playing with the nipple
and one handing it while swinging it around

takes 2 naps daily and sleeps through the night 7:30pm-7am
wears size 4 diapers
loves peek-a-boo with his blanket

 can always tell when I'm eating a treat
he'll open his mouth over mine and try to 
stick his tongue in to taste

Thursday, April 7, 2016

a little bit of March ::

Cruz started soccer again and he seems so much more interested then he did last season. He asks (rarely but still!) to practice with us at home, he doesn't just stare up into the sky during games and he runs after the ball to kick it. I'm pretty sure he's only putting up with it for the snacks at half time, but thats okay with me.

 We went hiking in Snow Canyon and the boys loved being outdoors

 We finished landscaping our back yard with Sod, a new sand box and retaining wall
 I wanted the boys to participate in General Conference this time around so I filled 5 dishes of different snacks and when they heard a certain word they could pick out of a bowl. Our words were Love, Prayer, Heavenly Father, Blessings and Temples. They watched the entire time, listening intently hoping to hear one of the words.
 We went with some of our friends to a park near our house to feed the ducks bread and horses apples/carrots. We quickly found out that there were catfish in the pond and they loved the bread just as much as the ducks! Yuck!

 We found another park near our house that we l.o.v.e - it has a splash pad, two separate play equipments, 2 pavilions, tennis courts, basketball courts, frisbee golf, walking trails, bathrooms and lots and lots of grass! It is always clean when we go and not very many people know about the park which is a huge plus!

funny face photography :: snow canyon








easter

Easter was different this year and I loved it. I pulled out all of my Easter decorations and let the boys help me put them up. We made Easter crafts that I let the boys hang up as well. A week before Easter dad went out and got the magical Easter jelly beans that we planted outside in the flower bed. We watered the bean seeds every single day and the boys couldn't wait to see what would grow. Cruz remembered the suckers from the last year so he had a pretty good idea. We read books leading up to Easter - some of them were about the Easter bunny, some about Easter hunts and some about Jesus. I really tried to explain the true meaning of Easter to Cruz this year sense he is older. I felt like he understood - when we talked about Easter and I asked him the question "What is the reason for Easter" and his answer was - "Because Jesus died for us and he came back to life and helped sick people and I'm so sad that those bad guys took him and killed him." I explained that the eggs that the bunny hides represents "new life" and the Easter bunny was sent to us to make us happy.

A few days before Easter we went to the Dixie State University hunt which was a lot of fun! There weren't tons and tons of people - instead each age bracket had the perfect amount of kids and the parents didn't run into the "ring" with the kids which helped with the tears. Cruz and Luke both had a great time and filled there entire buckets full! We found the Easter bunny with the nice smile but Luke still wasn't too sure about him.


We went out to the Dinosaur Tracks in Warner Valley with the boys on a warm day and let them see the tracks in the rock, slide down the small rock hills and pretend dinosaurs were after us.




The day before Easter we went out with Misty and Kyle to the Sparkle Mountain to chip away crystal with the kids. It was really super windy and cold and extremely busy but the kids didn't seem to mind and loved being together.



Easter Eve we read one last fun Easter story and tucked the boys into bed. David and I learned a lesson on Christmas - we learned that Cruz is a very excited little boy with no restraint so this time around we built a barrier in the hall that would clatter if he tried going into the living room. We told him that Santa talked to the Bunny and told him what Cruz had done and if he did it again that the bunny would come back to our house, pick up all the eggs and never come back. He promised to stay on his bed and not even peek out the window. We checked on him an hour later and his blinds were wide open and his bedroom door was cracked so he could peak. Thank heavens for that barrier! David and I stayed awake and hid the plastic eggs filled with chocolate airplanes, chocolate race cars, chocolate chicks, jelly beans, small toys and bouncy balls. We also hid the eggs that we colored the day before! We placed the Easter baskets around the living room, ran to my mom's house to leave her Easter basket on the door step and planted the suckers in place of the beans in the flower bed.

We woke up in the morning and Cruz hadn't broken through the barrier to my surprise. He was dancing in the hall with excitement and was so giddy! Seriously, it was so fun seeing the magic in his little eyes. Luke joined us in the hall and ran out when I said GO. They ran and looked in all the baskets and found there own. Cruz got a big set of Legos, Care Bear toys, animal nose masks, a book and candy! Luke got a big ball, Care bear toys, animal nose baskets, a book, super hero masks and candy! David got a huge styrofoam airplane, mountain dew and a game for our XBOX. I got a necklace, earrings, candy and Guitar hero for XBOX and Jace got a few baby toys and baby crackers. Jace didn't care for the toys and only wanted to eat the grass from the buckets! Cruz helped me make the bird nests for breakfast (crumbled shredded wheat, coconut and butter) and helped place the yogurt and fruit on the table. After breakfast we headed out back for the hunt! I had to hold the boys back and set them free when they calmed down. They ran around the back yard so fast and found most of the eggs without help. We hid them in the tree (Cruz bravely climbed it) in the grass, in the swings and sand box and hid them in buckets. After the hunt we ran out front to see if the jelly beans had produced anything this year and they had! Luke plucked those suckers out of the ground so fast that Cruz could only get a few suckers before they were all gone. I felt like the entire morning was magic, something that I missed on Christmas.











We woke up in the morning and Cruz hadn't broken through the barrier to my surprise. He was dancing in the hall with excitement and was so giddy! Seriously, it was so fun seeing the magic in his little eyes. Luke joined us in the hall and ran out when I said GO. They ran and looked in all the baskets and found there own. Cruz got a big set of Legos, Care Bear toys, animal nose masks, a book and candy! Luke got a big ball, Care bear toys, animal nose baskets, a book, super hero masks and candy! David got a huge styrofoam airplane, mountain dew and a game for our XBOX. I got a necklace, earrings, candy and Guitar hero for XBOX and Jace got a few baby toys and baby crackers. Jace didn't care for the toys and only wanted to eat the grass from the buckets! Cruz helped me make the bird nests for breakfast (crumbled shredded wheat, coconut and butter) and helped place the yogurt and fruit on the table. After breakfast we headed out back for the hunt! I had to hold the boys back and set them free when they calmed down. They ran around the back yard so fast and found most of the eggs without help. We hid them in the tree (Cruz bravely climbed it) in the grass, in the swings and sand box and hid them in buckets. After the hunt we ran out front to see if the jelly beans had produced anything this year and they had! Luke plucked those suckers out of the ground so fast that Cruz could only get a few suckers before they were all gone. I felt like the entire morning was magic, something that I missed on Christmas.

We missed sacrament so we could go to lunch and Grandma Talbots Easter egg hunt but headed to church afterward! We had ham, macaroni salad, carrot cheesecake and a green salad. My mom color coded the eggs for each grandchild this year. Cruz and Luke could only find the blue eggs, Mckinley, Ivy and Jocelyn could only find the purple and pink, Wyatt and Hayden,  the yellow and orange. That way she could fill the eggs that were gender, allergy and age appropriate. I thought it worked out really well and made the hunt even that much harder.

That night for dinner I made bread bowls look like Easter bunnies and filled them with yummy soup. The kids got a kick out of the chocolate chip eyes and M&M bunny nose.





Wednesday, March 23, 2016

10 MONTHS

Squealing and chatting passes his time
rocking back and fourth on his knees in still constant
three teeth on the top and three teeth on the bottom
loves loves loves playing with Luke and getting teased by him

loves pulling hair, grabbing noses and scratching faces
loves showing all of his teeth when he smiles
and claps his hands and smiles when he sees someone making his bottle

loves solid food and eats just about everything
until his belly is full
then he'll shake his head telling me no

hates the sound of tape and growling
loves crawling and playing under his bed
but hates when he realizes he's stuck

loves sitting on David's shoulders
chasing Grandma Talbot's dogs
and being tossed into the air