Thursday, August 28, 2014

School Time Again!

First Grade!  My first born son is in first grade and I can't believe he has gotten so old . . . while I haven't aged at all!  He was so excited start first grade - because he gets to eat lunch at school and there are three recesses.

Noah misses Davis while he is gone to school.  About 10:30, Noah starts asking if it is time to go get Davis.  So we pass the time watching movies, doing puzzles, playing outside, and reading lots of stories.

Noah and I went to the library on Saturday as a special outing because Davis and Darren were headed to SLC to a baseball game that night.  He wanted to wear his cape because he was Batman and he informed me I was Wonder Woman.  Finally, my superpowers have been recognized!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We Love to Read!

Any day of the week, when you walk into our house there will be books everywhere.  Books piled on the couch from reading time with the two boys.  Books stacked on the bottom of the toy shelves in the living room where they are supposed to be returned after reading time.  Books under the TV and books under the table by the recliners - those are usually the ones I am reading.  Bookshelves full of books downstairs.  Books covering the floor by the bookshelves because the boys follow me downstairs to get Eva from bed and get distracted by all the books, which they pull from the shelves and sit down on the floor to look at and then leave the books there.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kim and Aaron's Wedding, August 16, 2014

Weddings are always exciting.  A time to celebrate family, close and extended, and remember that families can be together forever.  It is also a time for taking pictures.  So here are a few from Kim and Aaron's special day.  I think they might even be in a few of these. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stupid Tigers and Yo-Yo's

Noah occasionally laughs in his sleep.  I love it.  Sometimes he cries out in his sleep and I feel bad for him.  Yesterday morning he cried out a bit, then angrily said, "Stupid tigers."  Still sound asleep.  When he woke up I asked him if he had a dream about tigers.  He said, "Um, no.  Maybe baby black jaguars."  ???

That same morning, Davis found his yo-yo that he has been working on learning on and off for quite some time.  He got it rolled up, but when he tried to get the string on his finger, it unrolled.  He said, "First I got it yo-ed up, then in yo-ed down."

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Park City with the Buttars, July 4th 2014

We spend the 4th of July in Park City with Darren's family.  We saw some fireworks from our balcony, swam, ate, played at a park, swam some more, and enjoyed everyone's company.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ralphs Family Camp Out At Boulder Mountains, June 2014

Let me just say, Jesse and Natalie picked the perfect spot for our family camp out this year.  They reserved a cute little ranger station at the base of Boulder Mountain.  It had a great kitchen and small bedroom where their family stayed.  Darren and our boys camped in a tent outside, and me, Eva, Grandma and Grandpa, and Jeanette and her boys stayed at Rock Creek Inn in Loa, about 25 min from the cabin.

There was a fence surrounding the near area to keep the cows out and it served to keep the boys within yelling distance.  There were a few very small streams through the area and alot of trees and bushes.  The boys disappeared for hours and built forts and played games and whatever else boys do in the forest.

We also did a little fishing and took some scenic drives to several pretty lakes.  It poured back at home two of the days we were gone, but it only sprinkled lightly one night and the rest of the time it was cool and breezy (ok, maybe blustery).  We had a great time!

Eva laid here for a very long time, just happy to be there.

Each boy got to build their own little fire each night, before Jesse pushed them together to make one big fire.

This was Noah's first time fishing.  And he LOVED it!

The cousins on Boulder Top

This is my favorite picture of the whole trip.  I laugh every time I look at it!

Lunch on Boulder Top - very windy!

All the men consulting the map to see how much further to go.

It's not a family campout unless Grandpa cooks breakfast.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

All About Eva!

Oh my goodness, I have the sweetest little baby girl in the world.  Eve sleeps form 7 pm till 8 or 9 am.  She takes two long naps every day, and sometimes and a little short nap in the late afternoon.  She eats four 7 oz bottles and gets really mad when we take the bottle out half way through to burp her.

Eva is a very mellow baby.  She will sit happily until she gets tired.  When she starts fussing a little we put her to bed and she happily falls asleep.  She loves to be talked to and interacted with.  She has a smile that lights up her whole face and is quite addictive.  She will coo and talk back and just keep going like she's having a conversation with you.  She isn't too interested in toys yet and doesn't reach for much.  Except her toes. When she is on her back, she likes to grab both feet and hang on.

For a month or two, she soothed herself to sleep by sucking on her thumb, but it was kind of upside down, so her fingers were on her face.  And she would scratch her nose all up.  It was so sad!  But now she sucks on her first two fingers of one hand and uses the other to softly stroke her own cheek.  No more scratches.

We gave Eva her first taste of real food a few weeks ago.  We were on our way to Boulder Mountain and had stopped to get dinner at Wendy's and I gave her a tiny little taste of a frosty.  But she didn't quite know how to get it from the tip of her tongue into her mouth and down her throat.  And she decided it was much too cold for her.  We also tried a taste of sweet potatoes a few days ago, but she just let it sit on her tongue and it eventually drooled back out.  She may not be quite ready yet.  :)

We all love Eva very much and she is such a happy presence in our home.

This is how she soothes herself to sleep.  So cute!