Monday, December 17, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Do kids have a sensor in them for when you are sick, tired, or have a headache that makes them become more clingy? I caught Zenock's cold and was so sick yesterday and all he wanted to do was to be held. To make it worse... I took nyquil and went to bed at 8:00. I had to wake up 3 times during the night in a nyquil haze to comfort him. He never wakes up at night! Oh well... I feel so much better today. JC is taking me on a date tonight... a real date! We do go out and on dates a lot, but we always take Zenock with us. Tonight is the FIRST time since we have moved that we are leaving Zenock at home with a friend and we are going out by ourselves! I am so excited. We are going with friends to see an off broadway touring production of Peter Pan. Peter Pan is JC's favorite movie, story, play, etc. We have wanted to see it forever, so it should be a lot of fun. (Thank you again Lesha! We owe you big time!)
I am not sure when I am going to get to post again... (it may be a long time.) I have so much to do this week. We leave Friday for Utah and will be there until the 31st. Wahoo!!! We are SO excited to see all of our family and friends. So until next time...


Our Christmas

Since we are coming home for Christmas and you don't get to see any of our decorations, I thought I would put a couple of pictures up of our Christmas Tree and decorations.
Zenock loves the presents... I am constantly pulling him away. When JC and I were first married, we bought these trees for decoration and when Christmas came around we didn't have money for another tree, so we just used our 3 trees. Since then we haven't had room for a "real" tree and this year we aren't going to be at our home for Christmas, so I guess it is our tradition now to use our 3 trees.
Zenock cannot wait to open all of his presents... what a spoiled kid!
I have wanted these stockings from Pottery Barn Kids for forever. I kept telling myself to just wait every year and maybe I would find something else I like. My mom made all of our stockings and we each had one to call our own with our names on. It was always so fun to get them out and put them up each year. I wanted my kids to have a stocking to call their own as well, so this year I finally gave in and just bought them. Each year they come out with different graphics on the stockings, but the stockings are the same. They are perfect and were totally worth it. I love them.

He just keeps going and going...

Saturday night we did the usual routine... We gave Zenock his bath, put his pj's on, gave him his bottle, and then he falls right asleep... except for this night. He was wide awake. He just wasn't done playing. This is what happens when we put the toys away too early!
He was SO excited to play!
Our energizer bunny!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dear Santa...

Last night we had our ward Christmas party. Our ward is SO much fun. We have made such great friends with everyone. Here are a few pictures with our good friend Mr. C. We weren't sure how Zenock was going to act, so JC sat on his lap too. JC asked Santa for a Wii, Call of Duty 4, and the new hummer.... not much.
I love this picture. It had to be my child that would pull off Santa's beard and ruin it for the rest of the kids. (Good thing we were last in line.) Zenock looks scared, but he really wasn't... he was probably more scared of us making faces trying to get his attention. :)

First Tooth and More...

It has been a couple of CRAZY weeks at our house. It all started when Zenock became a little boy instead of our baby. First of all, Zenock got his first tooth! He bumped his mouth last week and I thought he just had a little sore on his gum, well I was checking it out a couple of days later and it was a tooth! It is on the top, so I was not expecting it. I had been watching the bottom ones more closely. Second, I am chasing him everywhere! The only peace we get is when he watches his Baby Einstein. (Thank goodness!) We are constantly moving things out of his reach, blocking paths off, pulling him away from presents, and loving every minute of it. His cute little crawl makes me laugh. I can only describe it as a worm... he starts out on all fours and ends on all fours, but the in between is more of an army crawl. (I will try and get a video put on here later, we bought a video camera for Christmas, but I'm still trying to figure it out.) I have also found out that he is ALL boy. We have a duck that quacks and sings and at first he was a little scared of it, but I think Zenock and the duck have come to an understanding, as I witnessed the other day. I walked into the room to find him wrestling and growling at the duck. He had also pulled the bow off of the ducks head. Since then, the duck has become a favorite toy. This last week Zenock has been really sick with the cold. I feel so sorry for him. The first couple of nights he was so stuffed up and couldn't breathe, so we slept on the lovesac together. What a wiggle worm!!! He slept great, but I didn't sleep at all. It brought back SO many memories of when he was born. The only way we could get him to sleep was laying him on our chests, I think I spent the first two months sleeping that way in the lovesac. (No wonder, I don't remember anything!) Anyhow, being sick has left us grounded at home chasing each other around the house. (Good thing I Christmas shop early!) Here are a few pictures from our week. This is Zenock's superman pose... after he crawls for awhile and wants to be picked up. He belly flops onto his tummy and picks up his arms and legs like he is flying.
This is a real Zenock face. I love it.
He loves to crawl under, around, over, and through... he never takes the easy way.
I love this rocking chair. My grandpa made it for me when I was little and now I get to have it for my kids. It is the perfect size! (It even matches my house.)
And here it is... Zenock's first tooth! We really are hoping another one pops through quickly so that it doesn't look so much like a Snaggletooth.... We have been singing, "All Zenock wants for Christmas are his TWO front teeth." Oh well, he still looks pretty cute.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Holiday Edition of Getting to Know You.

I just got this e-mail and thought it would be a fun post for the holidays. I would love to read everyone else's answers... so consider yourself tagged if you read this!
Welcome to the 2007 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog… especially my moms…. SO Good!
2. Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them under the tree? Wrapped! (unless they are too big to wrap.)
3. Red or white lights? White
4. Do you hang mistletoe? In college… I don’t need to anymore.
5. When do you put your decorations up? I like to have them up the weekend after Thanksgiving.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Honey Baked Ham & Christmas Salads.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? My dad had to get up to milk the cows and we had to wait for him to finish before we could open presents. When my brothers got older, they would get up and do it for him so we could open them sooner!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I think gradually over time I caught on.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? It just depends on our mood.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? We actually have three trees that are different heights. They have ribbon and white lights. All our decorations are snowmen and there is a red star on the tallest one that says “Believe.”
11. Snow: Love it or hate it? As long as me or my family aren’t driving in it, I love it. I admit I do miss it already.
12. Can you ice skate? I wish… (I grow wings when I ice skate.)
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? It would probably be my engagement ring and being proposed to on Christmas Eve.
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Spending time with family and friends!
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? My mom’s peanut clusters or gingerbread cookies.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? On Christmas morning we always have a big breakfast with my family and my Grandma. It consists of sausage, eggs, blueberry muffins, and my mom's Eggnog… mmmm.
17. What is on top of your tree? A red star that says “Believe.”
18. Which do you like best giving or receiving? I like them both, however the feeling of finding the perfect present and giving far exceeds the feeling of receiving!
19. Christmas Song? Depends on my mood… I really like the Michael Buble Let it snow CD, the Polar Express Soundtrack, and the song “Mary, Did you know.”
20. Do you like candy canes? Not candy canes, but I love the soft peppermint candies. I buy a big tub and take them everywhere with me.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Changes...

Changes are hard for me... even small changes. I have been wanting to change our blog for awhile, but I have been so worried about what it might look like... well, here it is, good or bad. :) If you don't like it, it will probably change again... sometime.

We had a friend take some family pictures yesterday. They turned out SO great. Thanks Leesha! Here are a couple of my favorites.




I love the colors in the background... I have an obsession with leaves and fall.


I love Zenock in this one... fingers and all. He loves his fingers.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Eight Months Old...

Time passes by SO quick when you are having fun. I can't believe Zenock is already eight months old... two days ago! A year ago next week we found out we were having a little boy. So much can change in a year. He is at such a fun stage and we are enjoying every minute of him.
Zenock loves to sit in the lovesac and watch his Baby Einstein movie. We have a few of them, but he is pretty particular and only likes one of them. (Check out his Argyle socks... I love
them!)
The other day I put his bouncy chair up while I was getting ready. A few minutes later the jumping stopped... I stepped out to see this. He was sound asleep! It was so cute.

We love our sleep at the Larson house. On Saturday mornings I usually will bring Zenock back to bed with me after I feed him. This is pretty much what happens though.... he is such a wiggle worm.
JC got home Friday night from a week in Colorado. It has been SO nice to have him home. I definately have a new appreciation for everything he does and all of his hard work. We missed him so much. I'm hoping he will do a post and tell all about his trip, but just in case he doesn''t... here is a picture from his trip.
Something new or well confirmed for the week is that our child is a show off. Every time we go anywhere he can be crying and upset, but as soon as we walk into a store or he sees someone paying attention to him, he flashes his big "cheese" smile. (He is such a fake.) He LOVES attention. He is a pretty mild baby and can play on the floor forever by himself, but as soon as he is in a public place (such as church) he becomes so hyper and active. He dives all over us for toys and has to show off his jumping skills to everyone. Yesterday at church, I spent 95 percent of my time in the hall just letting him try to crawl and be himself. I guess this is what mom's do.... right? We sure love our little Zennie.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Crawling!

Zenock is officially crawling... sort of. Saturday he took his first couple of steps. (He will take a couple of steps and then he falls down, but he gets right back up.) It is so funny to watch him, because he is still SO little! He has been so active lately and wants to play non-stop. Yesterday, at church, halfway through Sacrament meeting we were both so worn out and he was still going! We love him so much. It is amazing how much your life changes with a baby, but we wouldn't trade it for anything. JC left for Colorado this morning with school/work. He took the camera, so I don't have any new pictures, but I will be sure to take some when he gets home.

We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving at the Platt Ranch. (A family in our ward.) Thank you Platt Family! It was such a great day. Friday, I got up way too early to go shopping! I didn't plan on waking up at 3 AM, but Zenock seems to know when my alarm will go off and always wakes up at least one hour earlier. So, by 4 AM, I was out the door. I met up with some friends at Kohls. I love watching people shop at 4 in the morning. There is a mad rush to get into the store, but then everyone seems to slow down to a snails pace. I really only had two stores to go to. First, was Old Navy where people were SO upset, because they weren't going to get their $20 dollar MP3 player. They were yelling and swearing and telling the managers that they were going to get a letter from their attorney!! Honestly people, it is a MP3 player.... go buy one at Target! Which is where I went next... I didn't want to stand out in the cold... (the line was forever long.) So, I sat in my car next to the heater with front row parking and just laughed at everyone. I knew my mom and sisters would be out shopping, so I called them and had a great EARLY morning conversation. To be honest, I really didn't find all that many great deals and actually I bought everything I needed the night before online. (Sales hit online around 10:00 the night before.) That way, I was sure I got everything I wanted. If it weren't for the Crazy people, I might for go this holiday tradition. There is just something about getting up early and fighting through the crowds that brings on the Christmas Spirit!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Most Embarassing Moment...

So, I just read a comment and forgot to write about our most Embarassing moment so far with our child. (Which, I thought we were immune to by now.) JC gets off work at noon on Friday and we usually go out to lunch. Friday we decided to check out a little mexican restaurant by our apartments. JC was finished eating and decided to pick up our extremely wiggly child from the highchair. As soon as he picked him up, I noticed this "puddle" left in the highchair from Zenock. I'm sure you can guess what it was. This has never happened to us before. We have heard the stories, but never thought it would happen to us. Well... all that is left to say is that we had everything cleaned up, packed up, payed for, and were out of there in 2 minutes flat. Needless to say we probably won't be going there for awhile.

I know I already posted this picture, but I thought it fit the story. He really thinks he is SO funny!

Tagged...

Last one, I promise. My friend Maria told me that she tagged me today. JC has been taking my computer time lately to fulfill his church calling, so that means when I get the chance, I better go for it. So while I'm here and thinking about it, I'll go ahead and get this done. My blog is mainly about and for Zenock, but I thought what the heck... let's get to know Zenock's crazy mom. :) Enjoy!

The name of the game, is to name SEVEN things you may or may not know about me. So here they are in random order:

1. I am not a phone person. To be honest, I really don't like talking on the phone. Maybe it is a result from past jobs... :) I would rather e-mail, text, or have a conversation in person. I like to see people's reaction and facial expressions. I also dislike that awkward silence that sometimes happens on the phone... you know the one when you still want to talk, but you really have nothing more to say. I also dislike making appointments! Especially Drs. appointments or hair appointments. I really wish you could make appointments over e-mail. I am SO much better at that. I hate when the dr. asks what the appointment is for. For instance when I went in to see if I was pregnant... admitting it to yourself is one thing, but then having to admit it to a complete stranger over the phone, "I think I'm pregnant." I know they hear it all the time, but I just feel like I am revealing a secret no one should know about. HA! Which brings me to number...

2. I analyze everything! I really don't know why. I am always critical of myself and am always thinking, "Why did I say or do that?" or "What are they going to think of me now." I think things over way to much. I still worry what people think of me. I envy those with the "who cares, no big deal" attitude. I guess the thought of not being liked really bothers me. But, at the same time, I have to remind myself that I am me no matter what... and I am not going to be someone else. I want to be friends with everyone. I really enjoy getting to know people. I dislike people who are fake... I can see right through them. I have a tender heart and get my feelings hurt easily. JC is always telling me not to take things so seriously or think so hard.

3. I am a very organized, perfectionist... somewhat. I really am, but for the most part my life doesn't allow it and there are always surprises around the corner that have made me become less so and just to take life as it happens. For instance... Zenock came FIVE weeks early! I love my little boy and I wouldn't change anything, but I had nothing ready. Nothing was the way I wanted it to be. Sitting in the hospital for nine days, I just kept thinking of everything I wanted to be done. I wanted everything to be perfect for my little boy when I brought him home. Thank goodness I have a husband who understands this and made it as perfect as it could be when we came home. Sometimes, I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect and when life doesn't go that way, I get so stressed and just have to sit down and cry... (which is my number 4.) But, I had a great Relief Society lesson last week and one of the things that was said, was: "Discontentment is Heavenly Fathers way of pushing us forward." I had never thought of that before. So I just have to remember when things aren't "perfect", it is just my Heavenly Father's way of helping me become a better person.

4. I cry over EVERYTHING. I am such an emotional person... and it's not just because I have a child. I cried before that too. Happy or sad... I cry. I remember being at college the first week and the finale of American Idol was on. Kelly Clarkson won and I just started crying! (I remember my roomates laughing at me. :) Other things I cry over are: greeting cards, LDS commercials, Zenock growing up, remembering memories, home, and lots more. I know I get this from my mom, because we can watch movies together or talk on the phone and we are always crying over the same things. When Carrie Underwood won American Idol.. we cried together. Crying is good for you. JC is always checking to see if I am crying during The Biggest Loser when they go home to their families. (I usually am.)

5. I totally wish I was Celine Dion! I would love to be able to sing, but sadly, I can't even sing A note. Poor Zenock who has to listen to me sing primary songs to him all day long. One day he will probably tell me the same thing JC does.... to leave the singing to him. I also wish I could dance. I love watching people dance. If a dancer is really good, I get goosebumps. I started dancing when I was 4 and danced for 10 years or more, but I never felt good enough to do anything with it. I love watching people who can lose themselves in a dance. It is awesome to watch their passion for something.

6. I love to decorate my house or apartment! Most little girls plan their weddings, but I have had my dream home planned out since I was little. I have every room planned. JC thinks he is going to design our home, but he has some tough dreams to design through. I love shopping for home decor, etc. I save pottery barn magazines for ideas.

7. I am terrified that my house will start on fire. I check my straightener 5 times before I leave the house to make sure it is unplugged. (I guess you could call it OCD.) Even after I check it, I still worry. I check our oven every night to make sure it is not on. I not only check to make sure the lights are off, but I check each burner and the inside to make sure it is not warm. I hate the smell of smoke. I also check our candlewarmers to make sure they are turned off. If I'm not using an appliance, it is unplugged. I always have an escape route in my head of what I would do in a fire and what I would save. (scrapbooks, etc.) Sadly, when it came right down to it, I would probably just save my family. I just hate the thought of so many memories and everything we've worked for being destroyed. But in the end, it all doesn't matter, except my family.

Well, that is me... I don't know if it was supposed to be that long, but it ended up that way. You can think what you want of me, but that's who I am. Wow, I feel like I just wrote my life... do people really read all of this? Remember, it was late when I wrote this... :)

Strikin' IT Rich... almost.

I am really starting to love having JC as a government employee. It definately has its benefits. One of those being Veterans Day! JC had the day off and it was such a nice day we thought we would head up to the Crater of Diamonds, Diamond Mine. It boasts to be the 8th largest Diamond Reserve. There is a field where you can dig your heart out for diamonds. The biggest diamond ever found there was over 16 carats in weight. As of this year over 900 diamonds have been found. They also boast to having found one of the most rare diamonds, a perfect diamond... 0/0/0 - which means clarity. (Jewelers rarely see this.) So with all that luck, we really thought we were going to Strike IT Rich... That is until about five minutes after we got there... we dug, and dug, and dug some more.
This is overlooking a part of the field you can dig through. You just pick your spot, sit down, and start digging.
Zenock loves to be outside, so of course, he was eatin' it up!Our cute boy!
We sure didn't strike it rich... (trust me, you would've heard by now.) But, we did enjoy the day off with dad!

The Big Game

JC had his last soccer game on Saturday. (For those of you who don't know, JC is a HUGE sports fan, but soccer was always one of his least favorites... that is until recently.) JC has been playing with a team from his program every Saturday morning for the last couple of months. So to prove to everyone that he actually did play soccer and that he actually did really well, here are the pictures to prove it! (I apologize for the picture quality... It was a foggy day and the pictures are taken from the sidelines.) JC the goalie.
This was a great save!
Playing the field.
Goalie...
Of course, I had to get one of my baby. He did so great all through out the game.
So the team won 4-3! Some of the highlights of the game were: ALL of JC's saves. :) (There were quite a few.) JC's fight with the referee about being offsides... (He totally wasn't...) Dislocating his "OTHER" shoulder, (hopefully we don't see more of that in the future.) His almost goal and his slide and tackle. It was a pretty great season!

This Little Boy...

I thought I would post some random pictures that were taken in the last week. Zenock just keeps getting bigger and bigger. He is starting to get so active. He is always making us laugh.
This little boy LOVES to play! He would rather play with mom and dad than any of his toys. He is also all over the place. He can be across the room in five seconds! This little boy LOVES his daddy. They are so much alike. Zenock's new favorite toy is our extra remote control. Although, the main difference is that Zenock likes to eat his remote. He always wants to do what daddy is doing. (He still loves his mommy when it comes to bedtime... I am the only one who can get him to sleep.)

This little boy LOVES his bear named "Rookie." (It is a little stuffed bear with a baseball hat on.) He loves to cuddle Rookie when he goes to sleep and when he is riding in the car. It is his "comfort" toy.
This little boy LOVES bathtime! He loves to play in the water and with his toys. He also likes to try and eat his feet...
This little boy LOVES to laugh! The first time we put this toy in the bath with him, he thought it was so funny! Every time it would spin or the little toys would spin he would just let out this long giggle. He had JC and I laughing so hard!
This little boy LOVES his first sippy cup! He has juice in it once a day. He actually does really well with it. Every time he sees it, he lets out this excited squeal and starts jumping in my arms to get to it.
This little boy LOVES to "Cheese it." The last couple of weeks he has started doing this big cheese grin and clapping his hands together. Zenock loves attention! He thinks he is So funny. He sure makes us laugh.
This little boy LOVES to dance. We love to dance around the room with him and get him to squeal. He gets so excited and just laughs and squeals. So of course, we are always dancing. Anything to make him laugh. :) We LOVE our baby Zenock.


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tourists By Weekend...

We have officially become Tourists on the weekends. Lately, there has been so much to do and see. (Not in Texarkana, but surrounding areas.) This last weekend we went to a little Historic town called Washington. (Population 148, WOW!) It is a little colonial town. They were doing a civil war re-inactment, so we decided to check it out. When JC told me it was a civil war re-inactment, my first thought was "Sweet Home Alabama." It hit me that we are definately in the South! It was pretty similiar to the re-inactment in the movie... people were getting shot and just falling down pretending to be dead! Here are some pictures of our adventure.

This is when the blue coats (the North) were starting to retreat.
The best part was when this little boy took off running to save the American flag and his pants fell down... "Oh No! My pants gone done falln' down." (That is really what he said.) Everyone turned and started taking pictures and laughing. He used the flag as a cover up until his pants were back up. It was so funny.
This is the southern calvary coming up to the North. (Notice that the leaves are just BARELY starting to turn colors.) It was over 80 degrees!!!
This guy started to retreat and leave his company... they soon shot him and he fell down right in front of us.
More battle.
Afterwards, we decided to check out the town a little bit. There were a lot of little houses and building you could walk through and tour. Because it was the actual weekend that the battle took place, everyone was camped out. They were all dressed up to match the period. Look what I found!!! (Ok, so JC found it.) Another Daniel Webster Jones. (For those of you who don't know. My great, great, great, great grandpa was Daniel Webster Jones... the one who helped the pioneers when they got stranded on the plains.) This is a different Daniel Webster Jones, but it was interesting to read his biography. He late became the governor of Arkansas. There were some similiarities. (I know Ryan will like this post. :)
So that concludes our weekend. I guess we will see what tourist attraction we hit next. The Louisana State Fair is going on right now and that is a definate possibility...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Here He Is...

Zenock was the cutest Tigger ever... at least we think so. We had such a fun Halloween. I gave JC the camera and he went a little crazy. So Enjoy!
Our little Tigger. Zenock took a great late nap yesterday (which he never does). When he woke up he was in a "I just want my mommy to hold me" mood. I held him for a few minutes while he cried and then I put his costume on. As soon as I did, I think he new what was going on. His mood completely changed and he got SO happy! He was the best baby all night long. He just laughed, smiled, jumped, and stayed up way past his bedtime without even being grumpy!
Our cute family.
The Tigger Tail was one of my favorite things about his costume. It was so funny to try and watch him crawl in his costume!
Ok, so there were actually two Tiggers. Can you believe these two are only 2 weeks apart?
JC handed out our candy, while Zenock and I went Trick or Treating for candy for Dad. :) (We teach em' young.) We are mean, mean parents. This is a real hurst. Somebody brought it to the Trunk or Treat and had their candy in the coffin. Zenock was a perfect fit and we had to take a picture. Mean, I know.
This is the hurst... pretty creepy.
When we got home, I put Zenock in the chair with his candy and he just stared at it for a couple of minutes. Then, all of a sudden he dove for it. He got so excited and just kept chewing on the packages. (He still doesn't have teeth, so he couldn't taste what's on the inside... probably a good thing.)

It was a great night!