Sunday, December 18, 2016

My Three Crazies, Nov 2016

Ummm, I don't even have an explanation for the first few pictures.  I was washing dinner dishes and it just happened.  The boys found some of Eva's skirts and  . . . well, I don't know.  And yes, I have a video of them dancing, dressed like that.  Good blackmail for the future.

To balance out the bizarre, a few pics of the sweetest life can bring.  This sort of the thing happens often, Davis reading and the other two snuggled up to their big brother.  *Sigh*

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Noah, Nov 2016

Oh man.  Where do I even start?  Noah is the craziest, funnest, most imaginative kid ever.  He LOVES books, and sits on the couch for hours looking at them by himself.  He is in heaven if anyone will read to him.  Luckily, Davis obliges him often.  Most mornings, when Davis gets up to do his reading time, he will read outloud for Noah.

Noah also loves super heroes and Star Wars.  He made a Batman turkey for kindergarten.  He loves having Batman pajamas and various super hero underwear.  He will play with the toys downstairs imagining all sorts of bad guys vs. good guys scenarios.  If you will enter that world with him, he will let you know who  you are, how to act, and what to say.  But if you try to "die" to take a little rest, he will let you know that you aren't dead; get up and fight!  And he doesn't ever die either, just in case you were wondering.

Noah and Eva are best buds.  She follows him around and plays with him and loves him.  She has learned some of his "bad" language (well, Noah learned it from Davis) and inserts the adjectives "poopy" and "stupid" often.  But she uses them almost as words of endearments.

That face.  That smile.  Those twinkly eyes.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Lagoon Trail, Nov 2016

As you will notice from the pictures, we had a very warm November.  After school always seems to be the hardest part of the day.  Davis comes home ornery because he has to do homework and piano.  Noah wants to talk and talk and talk.  And Eva gets lost in the mix, so she starts yelling and getting mad and sneaking any food she can reach, even if we already had a snack.  So, occasionally I try to find something fun to do that doesn't take alot of preparation or money.

I had read about a walking trail that goes through Farmington and part of it goes right along the area in Lagoon where they keep the animals.  So, we got our things done and headed out to find the trail.  It turned out to be a really fun walk, with little hide outs amongst the overgrown bushes and a cool bridge and we could wave to the bison and elk inside Lagoon.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Davis, Nov 2016

Davis loves sports.  His top two go back and forth between golf and basketball.  He also loves soccer.  And likes baseball.  He loves playing on the Jr Jazz team, with games on Saturdays and practice right before the games.

Davis also loves his little sister.  He likes to take care of her and hold her, although she doesn't like being held anymore.  He fights to have her sit by him and lay by him in bed.  He likes to get her up in the morning and make her happy.

Davis LOVES playing games.  Current favorites are Parcheesi, chess, Uno, and Skipbo.  He remembers all the rules and is becoming a legitimate player.  In the picture, we had stopped by GG's to visit one Sunday evening and he talked her into playing marbles with him.

Davis also really likes photography.  He will take advantage of any opportunity to use a camera or phone to take pictures.  While hiking in Estes Park this summer, he took 40 or so pictures of squirrels, trying to get them doing different things, zooming in so he could see their little faces.  He entered one of the pictures in the Reflections contest this year and got 2nd place.

Davis spends hours outside, playing ball, squirting water (with or without my permission), digging in the dirt of the empty garden.  If he's in a generous mood, he will work hard if we give him a job.  He likes to rake the leaves into piles, but only for jumping in.  The bagging part isn't his favorite.  When it snows, he likes to shovel the driveway, but only so he can build a higher wall and make a fort or slide.  Whenever we go to Ferron, we will help Grandpa with all the chores outside.  One afternoon, he helped rake a giant pile of leaves and shaped them into the shape of a fighter jet.  He "flew" that jet for a long time. I love that his brain hasn't been turned to mush by the inevitable pull of "screen time," and that he still has the imagination to create and live in a story of his making.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Eva, Nov 2016

One day Darren came home from work early and wanted to take the boys to see the new Cabella's in Farmington.  He didn't think Eva would like it, so I offered to take Eva with me up to Ogden to Costco.  So, Eva and wandered around Costco for awhile and picked up   . . . whatever it was we needed and more, I am sure.  Darren called and the boys were starving, so they were headed to McDonalds for dinner, so Eva and I went to Zupa's.  She was so fun to be around and it was nice to be able to giver her my full attention.  I am so excited for more Girl's Nights!

Eva is 100% girl.  She loves pink (and occasionally purple), princesses, baby dolls, shoes, dresses, and blankets.  She makes "beds" all over the house.  She loves to get dressed up on Sundays - her favorite dresses are either pink or have pockets.  She doesn't love books quite as much as her brothers, but whenever we go to the library we have to find a princess book for her.

Eva is a cuddler.  She gives the best hugs and kisses and freely gives them to grandmas and grandpas and great grandmas, making them especially happy.  She likes to sit on my lap and hang out after her naps while I read or work on the the computer ("work" is usually Facebook or browsing Amazon, occasionally catching up the blog).

One evening while the boys were watching tv, she somehow got on the inside of the handle of her little stroller and said she was the horse pulling the stroller.  Very inventive.  She doesn't watch much tv yet, so when we are all downstairs watching a show, she finds creative ways to play.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

October Pics

Since we didn't go out of town for Fall Break, we decided to have a birthday party for our favorite stuffed animals.  Davis chose Chippy, his squirrel; Noah chose Puppy, his puppy blanket; and Eva chose her purple bunny.  We baked brownies and went to the book store to let the kids each choose a book they thought their stuffed animal would like.  Davis was so sweet - he was torn between a book about Dangerous Animals that he really wanted, but decided to get one about forest animals, because it had a squirrel in, just like Chippy. We invited the Rappleyes from South Ogden to join us and had a great time!

Another thing worth writing about is the melanoma that was found on my arm.  I had it taken off down at the UofU Dermatology office.  When I took the bandage off, I had a bit of a meltdown and just about fainted because it was a much bigger wound than I expected.  I have learned that I am terrible with medical things.  Don't count on my to help in a crisis.  I definitely won't think rationally when I see mine or someone else's blood.  And I will most definitely need someone else to wash and change the bandage when my arm looks like something out of a Frankenstein movie.

Each of the kids took a turn being sick, something with a stomach bug.  Davis likes being close to the toilet in case of a throwing up emergency.  We make him a little bed and he hangs out in the bathroom until he feels better.  The picture of Eva sleeping is not when she was sick.  Just took one because I love how sweet my kids look when they are asleep.