Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Noah Loves to Read!

Noah sits and looks at books by himself several times a day.  And he begs me to read to him more times a day than I care to remember.  He loves his storybook with Mr. Incredible and Lightning McQueen.  And anything with superheros.  And animals.  When I am busy with Eva or something else, he will pass the time looking at books.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dream Trip to Seattle - With No Kids!

First, I would like to thank my parents for making this post possible.  Because this post is about our trip to Seattle.  And by "our" I mean just Darren and I.  No kids.  And it was heaven.  The kids stayed home with Grandma and Grandpa and they all had a blast.

We flew out on a Saturday and came home on a Tuesday.  Our first day we explored Pike Place Market and Post Alley where we found the gum wall, which is one of the most disgusting places I have every visited.  It is exactly what it sounds like - a wall covered in gum.  Luckily we had dinner before we got there.  We ate at the Crab Pot, right on the water.  They dumped a bowl of seafood and corn on the cob in front of us and we just dug in, with butter dripping down our arms.

The next day was a tasting tour through Pike Place Market, and a ferry ride out to Bainbridge island.  I think the ferry ride and Bainbridge Island was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  We had divine ice cream at Mora's and I could have spent hours in the Eagle Harbor Book Company store there.

Monday was a trip to the EMP Museum, which had displays about Horror Movies, Science Fiction, and Fantasy.  There was also a large section on Music.  And a birthday steak dinner for Darren at Sullivan's Steak House.  The. best. steak. ever.

And on our last day, we took a shuttle tour of the surrounding areas, including Snowqualmie Falls, the Freemont Troll, and Kerry Park.  And on the plane we got a great view of Mt. Rainier.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Playing in the Rain

There is something magical about rain when you are a child.  Umbrellas and puddles and splashing and jumping.  When it rained a few weeks ago - not a downpour, but the perfect drizzle for playing - the boys begged to go out and play.  So we sent them out equipped with and umbrella and their imaginations.  And I stood on the porch equipped with my camera.  And magic happened.  They laughed and splashed and played together.  And I tried to capture it, but those boys sure do move fast.  Even faster when they know you are trying to take their picture.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

4-Wheeling with Bumpa

Darren loves 4-wheeling.  His dad loves 4-wheeling.  And so they pass on the tradition to the next generation.  Steve, Darren, Davis and Noah went 4-wheeling in the middle of September and had a great time.

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.