Friday, October 24, 2014

Rodeo and Firewords, July 24th!

We took the boys to the Ogden Rodeo for the first time this year.  Davis loved it.  Noah tolerated it.  Their favorite part was the stunt motorcycles at the end.

A few days later, Darren put on his annual fireworks show in the road in front of our house.  We love the big fireworks that are legal now.  We invited our neighbors, the Rappleyes.  Axel is one of Davis's best friends.  And up and down the road families were doing their own fireworks, so it was fun to see everyone else's, too.  I love sense of community we have here in South Ogden, especially during the celebrations for the 24th of July.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Noah is SOOO Funny!

Davis went through the stage where he said the funniest things.  They were often involved stories with interesting theories about the things around him.  He has since grown up and knows more about the world.  I miss those days.

But Noah has now entered that stage.  A bit different . . . dimension, though.  He is so in his own world that the funny things he says are so random and wrapped up in other things.  I didn't write down things when he started into this phase, but then I got a little more on top of things.  Now I have scraps of paper around the house filled with the little things he says that make me laugh.  All of these have been in the last month or so.

At the dinner table:  "One time I died.  But then I punched the died.  And I punched the bad guys. And the robots."

Kneeling on the top step of a 3-step step ladder:
Davis: "Stand up!"
Noah:  "No!  The ceiling will get me!"

I was feeding Eva breakfast and Noah, still in his pj's, kept coming in, opening the fridge, and running back to the living room.  I knew he was stealing grapes and taking them back to Davis.  But I I asked why he was opening the fridge.
Noah's answer:  "Because we are black jaguars and we have four paws."
Um, ok.  Not sure of the connection there.

Noah and Eva were playing on my bed while I was fixing my hair.  I came back in to find Noah holding a pillow over Eva with both hands.
Me: "What are you doing?"
Noah:  "I'm going to squish Eva."
Me:  "That's not a good idea!"
Noah:  "Why not?"
Because.  No bodily harm to your sister is allowed.

Potty training with Noah has not gone well.  So, when he told us he was going to poop, and then actually did poop in the potty, we were a bit excited.  Darren was working at home and he and I were clapping and hooraying and we apparently were overexcited because Noah said, "Why are you guys so happy, yelling in my ear?"

I told Noah we were going to go up into the mountains to take family pictures.
Noah:  "I hate mountains."
Me:  "Why?"
Noah:  "Because I will fall off."

This morning after I put his church pants on, he said, very excitedly, "I have pockets!"  And then very seriously, "I need weapons in them."

After church today, Noah was not feeling well.  He wanted me to read him a story, but not sit too close.  "Don't get too close or I will squirt my sick in you."

And there you have it.  All the notes jotted down on the scraps of paper.  I will start new ones tomorrow.  I love Noah.  He talks constantly.  He is mostly in his own world.  He wants us to be there with him.  I will be interested to see how it all plays out as he grows older.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eva's Eyes are Enchanting

They are.  Eva's eye's literally light up when she smiles.  Her cheeks lift and she gives you the wonderfulness that is her toothless grin.  And you can't help but smile back.  She is so sweet and loves to interact with people.  She instantly responds to music and loves being sung to.

At her 6 month doctor visit, we were worried about her gross motor skills being a little behind.  So I took her to be evaluated by a physical therapist.  She was only slightly behind, as were the boys, but they were worried because she was so quiet.  I had thought that was a good (great) thing.  I think we were so busy all summer long, that we didn't take the time to talk to her as much as we should have.  Anyway, they said she was at a 3 month level.  So the physical therapist came to work with her trunk strength which was supposed to fix everything.  But in the week between the evaluation and the visit, Grandma and Grandpa stayed with the kids while Darren and I went to Seattle and fixed her.  When the therapist came, Eva was "talking" and adding consonants to her sounds, which is apparently an 8 month skill.  Now she is also rolling over both ways, sitting a bit by herself, and grabbing things.  We are blessed to have such a beautiful soul in our family!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fun Times in August

Just a few pictures of some of the fun things we did in August.  About the first of August I realized we only had a few more weeks of summer before school started.  In June, it felt like summer would last forever.  For. Ev. Er.  But it didn't.

We had the opportunity to take our family to the Ogden Temple open house.  It is so beautiful!  I had questioned why the church would put so much money into remodeling the old Ogden temple, but now . . . it is so beautiful and anyone who sees it feels the Spirit.  Ogden has become our home, and I am proud to live near such a beautiful temple.  Getting a picture of the family in front of it - not so easy.  The one below is the best of many.

Lagoon!  The boys loved it.  And the parents loved it.  I thought the boys would only last a few hours before they got tired.  But after 9 hours, Darren and I had to drag them home because we were tired.  Eva stayed home with Breanna because I was pretty sure she wouldn't last more than 1 hour.

Darren's work party (V.L.C.M.) was at the Bee's baseball game again this year and he took Davis.  I love a classic father-son night!

And, as always, a little hiking.  Our hikes need to by on trails by little rivers because the only way to get the boys hiking is to promise they get to throw rocks into water.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Star Valley, August 2014

We made our yearly pilgrimage to visit Peggy in Star Valley this summer.  Davis LOVES this trip.  He gets to golf with his Dad and swim and ride in the golf cart.  This year we went up the canyon near Aspen and had a picnic.  Darren has been going up there since he was 8 or 9, I think, and has so many memories and I love that my children are making memories there, too.

Nana has a thing for trying to get a picture of all the grandkids.  Which has been almost impossible.  They are neither willing, nor cooperative.  But this one time, she seems to have gotten what she has been working for!  Such a cute picture!

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!