Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fighting Bad Guys

Tyson is Little Mr. Imaginary. Fighting imaginary bad guys, talking to imaginary cows, wildebeasts, polar bears, lions, tigers, and handling imaginary dragons, bunnies, birds, and pocket sized turtles are all common occurances for him.

Today I was in the kitchen making the baby some baby food when I heard, "Whapoosh! Guys!!!! Change your life!!!!" Tyson kicked some imaginary-bad-guy-bootie, and started preaching to them about what they should be doing instead! I was laughing so hard!

What's even better is that the only time I ever can remember saying anything close to that was about 3 weeks ago during scripture study I was trying to explain to Tyson what the scripture meant and said something about how sometimes people make bad choices but Heavenly Father and Jesus love us no matter what and will help us when we ask for it if we'll follow them and change our lives. I totally didn't think it would sink in because that was the first time I had ever tried to explain a concept like repentance to him. Well, it appears he understood it well enough because he applied it in imaginary time with his bad-guy-buddies. We'll see what happens. Maybe those "guys" will listen to Tyson--you never know. In the mean time, I'm going to quit underestimating what a 2 1/2 year old can and can't understand.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Word of Advice

During lunch today, Tyson was talking (as he usually does) about whatever might be crossing his mind at the moment.

Tyson: Do not kiss a bug or a bee.
Me: Do not kiss a bug or a bee? Is that what you said?
Tyson: sYah. Do not kiss a bug or a bee....EVER...or a pider.
Me: Okay. Do not ever kiss a bug or a bee or spider.
Tyson: (Scrunched face and thinking) We kiss amimals?
Me: Uh...not really.
Tyson: We don't kiss amimals, but we feed amimals?
Me: Yes, you can feed animals sometimes.
Tyson: We fweed da giraffe at da zoo last time...we feed da giraffe...lettuce...fwood...evryting.

There you have it folks, the best advice from a 2 year old: Do not EVER be found kissing bugs, or bees, or spiders, or giraffes, but you can give giraffes lettuce, just so you know!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

I Don't Mind Saying...It Turned Out GREAT!

Jenny's having a baby boy! This is her adorable diaper cake. My mom tied all the bows...I've GOT to learn how to do that. My bows never look that good.
This was the food table.

Drum roll please........There are tissue balls hanging from the ceiling!!!! Yay! We had a major boost to our self-esteem when our guests thought that we BOUGHT them. Oh, no, we MADE them, because that's how we ROLL!



What an adorable clothes line! Jenny's baby boy is going to sport these clothes like none other!



Here's Jen--gorgeous AS ALWAYS--holding my baby. Doesn't a baby look good in her arms? It'll be even better in only a month from now when she gets to hold her own!


I have never gone to a shower where one person guessed EXACTLY how far around the prego woman was in the string game, let alone TWO people!!!! It was a little crazy that both these girls got it right on the money.

The Three Musketeers!
Lindsay and I were so excited to host the shower for Jenny.
You're going to make an AMAZING mother, Jenny, and we love you!

Our group is almost complete with ALL the sisters and friends. Erin we missed you!

Who would have thought back in 4th grade what the future might bring? And here we are on the threshold of a baby's future. I'm excited to see where the next 15 years is going to take us!

Oklahoma

Taylor would be THE COOL ONE in the family. He's devoted the last several MONTHS of his life to this play that he got "conned" into by all of his friends. Taylor is so cute, because there are things he wants to do, but kind of doesn't want to do, and he always can get talked into doing it if you play the right cards. I'm pretty sure the LADIES at school know how to play the right cards when they ask him to get involved in things like plays and choir and physics and whatever else his friends talk him into doing. He's such a good kid. If I were in high school I'd definitely want to hang out wherever he is.
Goofing off with the character "Ike". My favorite part of this picture is the gum suspended in mid air. HAHA I have a picture like that of me in college...I've got to go find it.

We were grinning as big as we could so the "smile detection" feature would work on my camera & snap the photo for us.


Believe it or not, we CAN smile normally



We were a VERY good audience. We laughed at all the funny parts and stayed awake for the WHOLE play. 6th row, baby, and still the people in front of us got their heads in our way. LAME!

Enjoy a miniature clip of the play for your viewing pleasure...
video

Friday, February 5, 2010

Christmas Break & New Year

Went to the Zoo with my friend, Courtney, and her daughter Camryn. Tyson got to go in and feed the giraffes with them! : ) He made the cutest face, but was actually quite brave about it all.

We had a play date with Tiffany, Chloe & Zora. It'd been a couple months since we've seen them. Way too long, in my opinion. We miss living so close! It's way too long, too, for these little friends who used to see each other every day. They had fun playing in the sand in the back yard and with toys in the house. Chloe is such a beautiful girl & a sweetheart.

We took the kids hiking on Heber's birthday...Hahahahaha...what were we thinking? Tyson, even at only 2 1/2 years old, understood that we didn't actually go ALL the way to the top of the mountain, and he whined the ENTIRE way down--gave Mitch a headache, too. He was extremely upset that we didn't go to the top of the mountain. Someday when he has a 2 year old and an infant, and tries to haul his own kids up the mountain, he'll finally understand why our group didn't make it to the top.

We went to Build-a-Bear. Tyson keeps calling his new bear, "My Building Bear". "My building bear laughs, Emmett's plays a song." He's been hauling his bear around the house everywhere he goes. That bear will watch TV with us, sleep with us at naptime, bedtime, and Tyson makes sure to give Emmett his own building bear so he doesn't feel left out. In the shop, we were trying to find clothes for the bears, and Tyson was set on this High School Musical jacket. That's all he wanted...the tag said $12.99. I was GROANING! Who the heck wants to pay that much for a stupid jacket when you can get a WHOLE outfit complete with shoes and shorts and hats, for a dollar or two more. I DID NOT want to pay that much for one jacket simply because it was a High School Musical jacket. For the life of me I couldn't convince Tyson to get anything else--not even a Batman outfit for his bear. At the register the jacket rung up for like $4! WHOO HOO! I was so excited! I totally got off the hook because the only thing Tyson cared about was actually on CLEARANCE! I love it! We both left the store VERY satisfied! Then we bought Emmett's bear a baby outfit, because Emmett was a baby when we made his bear. We also gave him a lullaby song to go inside.

Our cousin Caden came with us to Build a Bear. We had a GREAT time at the mall on New Year's Day! Danielle came shopping with us, too, as well as Tina & Myrna.

My sons love their Aunt Tina. She is so good to my babies--she spoils them, actually. : ) I'm talking at 2 months old, Emmett had his first taste of ice cream, thanks to Tina. She spoils them in fun ways, too, like giving them slippers and carting them around for me. I can't wait for her to be able to have another baby of her own! She's such a great mom & aunt (then it'll be my turn to spoil her babies).

Okay, so I made Emmett's first Build-a-Bear, and had fun stuffing it, but he "kissed" the heart that went inside it. : ) We named his bear, "Buster" because that's what we call Emmett all the time, and Tyson's bear is "Haddex". Who knows where he came up with that name. Haha



Tyson was amazed by the whole bear stuffing process. It was so worth the money!

New Year's Eve we went to James and Carly's house. Erin, Carly, & I stayed up until like 4am talking while our husbands played video games. It was really fun.

These boys are nothing but trouble. Mitch, Adam, & Mike had fun New Year's Eve "ringing in" the New Year.

Me & My Hunny--starting off 2010 with hopes of a better year!

Erin & I using the Smile feature on my camera. It's so cool! As soon as it detects that you're smiling, the camera snaps the picture for you. TOTALLY HIGH TECH! Oh, yeah!


Tyson stayed up until 11:40pm on New Year's Eve. I would have let him stay up until midnight, but all the other people put their kids down, so I gave in to peer pressure since Mia and Sophie were asleep. Tyson was going to be bored.



This is me trying out all of the different settings on my new camera. I love it--the pictures are so clear. I'm still learning what settings are best for certain kinds of pictures. I vowed that before I used it I would read the entire instruction manual because I didn't think I used the features on my last camera well enough, and then I couldn't see the screen to learn on my old camera because I broke the digital screen. Believe it or not, for the last several months (right after Emmett was born) I was taking pictures with a broken camera. The screen got ruined when I accidentally dropped it one night at my parent's house. It landed on a rock just wrong because I was trying to carry too many things and that happened to be on my lap when I stood up. I was really upset because I didn't want to buy a new camera, and to tell you the truth, I wasn't going to...for a REALLY long time. We'd been budgeting for Christmas and I wanted a video camera. So when my regular camera broke I knew my hopes of getting a video camera were gone, and I didn't think we could even really justify buying a regular camera. Mitch's job has been only about 1/2 time for a couple months, and he hasn't been paid a full check since shortly after I started staying home from my school job. We've been making it, but have had a really tight budget for EVERYTHING. Luckily I'd stocked away some money for the boys for Christmas, and I just decided to keep taking pictures with my broken camera. I was doing okay...out of every 12 pictures or so, I'd get a good one. Haha. Anyway, Lindsay totally surprised me. At midnight on Christmas Even she made me open her gift to me, and lo and behold, it was a camera. I was so stunned, I seriously didn't even know what to say or even how to react. She couldn't "afford" to be making large purchases like that, either...especially for a friend present. She's bought a house and is paying for everything without roommates, and I know enough about her financial situation to know she made a sacrifice to be able to give that to me. I can't even really explain the way I felt. Mix up gratitude with guilt almost with shock with excitement, with wanting to cry but and then linger again on the shock, and that's how I felt. I've never had a friend give me such a present. Not only was it thoughtful, I know she made a sacrifice for me so that she could give me something that would benefit me. It's so much easier now to capture the moments with my baby, because it's not a guessing game any more when I take my pictures, and it means so much to me to be able to document this time in a quality fashion. This time won't come back. I feel so lucky and grateful every time I use my camera. I'm also hyper-sensitive to things that might damage it, because I never want to have to try to make a broken camera work again. We got a protective screen cover. : ) Thanks, Lindsay. You're the best! I still can't really explain what your gift means to me; I just hope you know I love you.


Tyson LOVES cars. He especially loves to CRASH cars...which I heard from Lara is a trait that he's passed on to his cousin Ean since they came to visit. Haha. For Christmas I bought Tyson a 20 pack of hotwheels. He calls them his "special cars". I had to take a picture, because this is EXACTLY what Tyson does with his cars ALL the time. He plays with cars by lining them up. When he had only 5-10 cars, I would find sets of 3 or 4 cars lined up in a row. Then when he'd go to Caden's house, he'd line up all 200 of the cars. He's been doing this since Halloween time. That's when I started to notice it, but it's so cute. It's like organizing his cars is his way of playing with them. So cute. I'm glad he likes his special cars.


This little play mat is essentially the only big thing Emmett got for Christmas. : ) He loves it, too. At this point in time, he was pretty much just staring at things, so we thought a play mat would be good so he could stare at something cute. It worked, too. As soon as we put him on it, he started moving more and getting excited. It definitely stimulated his brain. : )


Christy Hancock came to visit me from Colorado. She was in town with her family and I really appreciated her visit. It was so good to see her and her sister again. Christy and I are both teachers. : ) Who would have thought back when we were 13 in YW, that we would both end up in the same profession and teaching the same grade, even. She teaches 2nd grade & loves it.

Emmett on his bouncer with his Build a Bear.

Emmett wore festive clothes on Christmas. Ho Ho Ho


Tyson & Caden in their new pajamas


Erin was cracking me up on Christmas Eve. We went over there for our annual breakfast. How I'm going to miss their little tradition when they move. I wish they would stay in AZ forever. Anyway, Carly gave everyone flip flop fly swatters that she made with a tag that said, "Keep the Bah Hum Bug out of Christmas". So Erin was playing with Tyson. She had him in stiches as she played with him pretending to swat flies.

Mia & Tyson swinging...is there any cooler place than the park? I think not.

At the ward party, Tyson sat on Santa's lap, got the candy cane, and about a minute later, he insisted that he give the candy cane back. We were cracking up, because it's like he didn't get that he was allowed to keep the candy cane.

This year we had the Mammoth Tree. I kid you not, it was LARGER than my parent's tree, even. My parents ALWAYS have the biggest tree, and somehow this year we ended up with one that had about an 8 foot girth. It took up about a 3rd of our Living Room. Mitch had to balance and use his ginormous barbecue tongs to hang the ornaments in just the right place. That's why we call Mitch McGiver--when the ladder doesn't work anymore, he comes up with creative ways to get the job done anyway. Whatever would I do without the laughter that he brings into my life?

Repentance

So, my best friend pointed out that when I posted about Emmett's baby blessing that I didn't post a picture with her in it. I'm repenting. I was posting in a hurry because I was hosting relatives at my house, so I was posting not only about the blessing but about all the things that happened while they were staying here, and I thought at the time that it was okay to just grab the group shot & the picture of Mitch & me & the kids on the blessing day. Well, "Hello, Doofus!"--Lindsay was the one taking the group shot. And, she did make a comment that was right on the money--I also didn't want to post a couple of the pics because I didn't like the way I looked in it. What's funny, is that now that I'm 40 pounds lighter, looking back on these pics doesn't bug me, even if it's not the best shot of me. Who cares--I just had a baby, right? Yeah, well that's easier to say now than it was only 6 weeks after having him. I hated the way I looked when I was there. But now, a couple months later, I just remember the good time we had, and the happiness. Where was my self confidence 3 months ago? I don't know...it surrendered to the HORMONES, probably. At any rate, check out these pics--they're really cute, and maybe my best friend will forgive me for not posting them sooner.


Heber, Emmett, Me, Lindsay, Tyson






Lindsay, Mitch, Emmett, Deej

Fingerpainting!!!!

This is one of my favorite pictures of all time! It reminds me of one of my all time favorite Taylor Swift songs, too. "I found a video of back when I was three, you set up a paint set in the kitchen and you're talking to me. It's the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarves, and Daddy's smart and you're the prettiest lady in the whole wide world. I don't know why all the leaves change in the fall, but I know you're not scared of anything at all, and I love you for giving me your eyes, and standing back and watching me shine, and I didn't know if you knew, so I'm taking this chance to say that I HAD THE BEST DAY WITH YOU, TODAY." That's exactly how I feel on days with these like Tyson--I have the best days with him. I would not trade this time with him for the world. I had been making crafts for Christmas and all my stuff was out, so I let him participate in a little bit of fingerpainting madness.

We had so much fun that day that we decided to invite...I kid you not...about 15 other preschool age kids over to paint with us a week later. HAHAHA! What were we thinking, right? Except this time, we did it outside. It was a BLAST. My only regret is that I didn't get all of the kids in a picture to show the proof of how many kids we had there fingerpainting, karo syrup painting, and marble painting. Here's Tyson & Juliette painting oh-so-carefully on their festive papers. I LOVE IT! Tyson did little dots of paint on his snowman's eyes. He's really beginning to start paying attention to detail.


Katie with 6 of the adorable kids who came.




McKayla & Parks, and Sonnet's daughter.

Train Park Surprise

Mid-December, a group of girls from the ward decided to go to the Train Park...it's a popular one, but I can't remember the name...something McCormick Train Park. My friend Ashley and caravanned over so we wouldn't get lost. Our boys, Tyson & Kevin are becoming great friends, too. I'm so glad we went! Tyson absolutely loved it, and SO DID I! The place is seriously awesome. There's so much to do. We could have stayed there ALL DAY! The train ride prices were reasonable, and the set up was festive. Tyson kept wanting to play at the park when the group was eating lunch, and I could only coax him to go to the lunch table by letting him push the stroller. Holy cow, did that walk take FOREVER! It was so cute, though. Tyson is such a great big brother, even if we did romp Emmett around in the dirt a little.




Emmett was pretty much like this the whole time...chill. His expressions weren't changing much at this point in time. He is wearing my favorite shirt for him, though. It says "Mallow Out, Dude" and a marsh"mallow" is getting ready to jump into hot cocoa. Emmett is mellow ALL the time, so I thought the shirt was PERFECT! His stroller is parked next to what Ashley & I deemed as the "Nursing Club Bench". Good times.

What a cute pose, Tyson. Good job. For a while I didn't think you could calm down the way you were running after the pigeons and yelling like a caveman.


The best part of going to the train park that day was getting surprised by my dad and Mitch. Driving to the train park, I got a call from them as they were between jobs. We crossed on the freeway and Mitch longingly said, "I wish I could be home with the kids all day and go to train parks and stuff." I told them they should swing past for a while, and they told me they couldn't. About a mile away from the park I looked over at a stop light and there they were waving at me. It was such a delight! My dad is a sucker for trains...and his grandsons. : ) It was GREAT. The best part about it, too, was that a train ride started about 5 minutes after we showed up, so they didn't miss much of work, anyway. The timing couldn't have been more perfect.





Just around the bend....













Emmett, Mitch, Kevin, Tyson, Ashley, Katie, Dad














Mitch with our boys & Kevin