Sunday, December 26, 2010

Us to You...

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
I meant to get this up a few days ago, but we've been a bit busy. :)
SO...

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and wishing you a Happy New Year!

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Along with our Christmas Cards this year, we sent out Kamden's Birth Announcements. :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Two Months.

Schools are closed for the day and they just closed the post (JC's work) and sent everyone home.
The weatherman says we are supposed to have "winter weather" today... BUT, we haven't seen any sign yet. It hasn't even started to rain.

Seriously...

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Kamden had his two month check up this morning. The office called me yesterday to tell me they were canceling all appointments today, because of the weather?? My doctor wouldn't be coming in. I begged them to let us come in and see a different dr. They finally decided that they would see what happened in the morning rather than predict and close the whole office. So we went in bright and early - first thing this morning.

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My little chunk's stats are as follows:

Length: 23 inches (50th percentile)
Head: 40 cm (50th percentile)
Weight: 13.5 (90th percentile!)

And you thought I was kidding about the chunk... Yesterday, Kamden wore a shirt size 6-12 months!


Those who knew Zenock at two months would never think he and Kamden were brothers.
We really don't think they look alike... but, with babies that can always change.

Kamden let out the saddest cry when they gave him his shots. I hate that part. I made Zenock hold my hand. He was so cute and protective about his brother being hurt.



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Love this little boy. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holly and Jolly...

It is surely a crazy time of year!

We experienced one of the busiest weeks EVER last week.

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(We had pictures taken in October, but thought I would share a few during my post to have in my 2010 blog book.)


Every day was something new and we needed to be in five places at once...
It was my week to help with preschool, my "calling" to decorate for our Relief Society Christmas program (this took an entire day of running around like a mad woman - back and forth.), shopping, JC's meetings, taking pictures for friends, editing pictures for my Sister's wedding, work, pre-school program for an older lady in our ward, preparing pre-school treats/lessons, another pre-school program and party for the Mom's, Setting up for and attending the Stake Christmas Festival (a HUGE 3 night event for our stake. Consisting of a choir/orchestra concert which they practice months for and you have to reserve your tickets. Thousands of nativities/christmas trees/a live Nativity, etc. It is incredible how they transform the entire Stake Center into a big Christmas Wonderland.) We were excited to be able to take JC's boss and her husband and another co-worker of his with us Friday night to the concert. Such a fun event! :) The concert was awesome!

Lets add in two visits with Santa, more shopping, and our Ward Christmas Party to end the week.

The REAL holiday parties haven't even started to begin...


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Sure glad that week is over... Every night I got into bed feeling like I was about to die and my feet were going to fall off. Sadly, I didn't get to sleep for long... My baby is still on a schedule of waking up 2-3 times during the night!

I am looking forward to a 5 hour block of sleep one of these days. :)

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We are also getting BEYOND excited to visit with family and friends!
I spent an hour and a half on the phone with my Mom and sisters last night planning out our time with them and every detail from the "WE have to watch The Holiday to WE will be going to Cafe Rio and Sugar n' spice." Too bad the middle sister has to run off for a honeymoon and miss some of the fun!

I'm excited for the events, parties, traditions, food, friends, Sister and Brother in laws (and nephews) I get to meet for the first time, and SO much more! :)
We are excited to introduce and re-introduce our boys to FAMILY, cousins, and what JC and I like to refer to as "home."
(Although, I must admit ALABAMA feels Home to us too. We love it here.)

SO much to be excited about and look forward to!

As my youngest sister declared... "LET the annual feasting begin!" You can bet there is going to be some dang good food around. :) (Although, I began my annual feasting a LONG time ago.)



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SO excited for Christmas and my little boys reactions. HE is ridiculously into and excited for Christmas this year. AS he should be. We have tried to teach him it is better/more fun to give than to receive and have dedicated each FHE this month to Christmas, giving, family, and of course made sure he knows the real reason for the season.

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Zenock is at such a crazy fun age. We laugh at pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth... Not all good at times. He can also get into some good mischief. In the last week he has proudly announced to us that his life ambition is to grow up and become a

"ROCKET (rock star) STAR AND PLAY THE BAGPIPES."

We have no idea where this came from.


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Zenock NEVER stops talking. Even when we aren't listening to him. He is talking or singing AS loud as possible. I relish in the moments when he is asleep and there is silence.
When I have that rare moment to run a quick errand by myself I end up leaving the radio off just to enjoy a quiet ride and the sound of the road. I have no idea how many times I listen to him singing Jingle Bells or Santa Claus is coming to town during the day. :)

I'm not complaining... He is a SWEET, sweet boy.


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Mischief is his middle name. When he got in trouble the other day he got mad at me and went and turned my Wallflower upside down. I didn't notice it for an hour and when I did, RED scented oil had spilled out all over the carpet.

(How to clean it out in case your wondering: Blot the best you can, then spray WD40 on it and blot some more. This gets the oil out. Then Resolve Carpet cleaner gets the Red and the WD40 out of the carpet. Good as new!)


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HE has such an imagination! It takes him a good hour at least to eat his food for EVERY meal. The reason being... They become his family. I have no idea how to even explain this to make sense, but it is honestly hysterical... until you just want to CLEAN up and be done with dinner!

He lines his noodles up on his plate and each one becomes a family member... They get eaten when they are bad and have to go to time out. He loves to play this little game with everything. The weirdest objects become his little guys or family members! He has been doing this for months now.


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I would worry if he wasn't three. :)



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My little Kamden is the sweetest baby.
He smiles so big that his eyes shut and is just happy and content.
(I needed a baby just like him to make me want a million more!)



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BUT, I can't help but love every minute I spend with these boys.
I'll say it again... I'm a lucky girl. :)

Hope you are enjoying your Christmas Season!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November...

I am amazed at the time I don't have these days.

The 5 minutes I do have during the day to check my e-mail usually are spent with one or even two kids sitting on my lap. I end up bribing the older one to sit on the floor with Christmas treats so I can type out a one handed reply.

So it goes...

Life with two kids and loving it.

Even when it begins at 6:30 every morning when my little Zenock throws a tantrum heard throughout the neighborhood not wanting his Dad to go to work... (afraid, I think, that his Dad is leaving for DC work.) It takes about 15 minutes every morning to calm him down.

The day ends around 11:30 when I give up trying to keep the baby in his bed and snuggle with him on the couch. My little Kamden FINALLY decides to close his eyes, bury his head in my arm, and gives me the biggest smile knowing that he has won.

He is so spoiled even at 2 months old. Now time to re-cap November.

I love being a Mom. I love having 2 little boys. I love my life. :)


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Now time to re-cap November.

My husband returned home safely the first of November.
He fulfilled his promise to Zenock, taking him to the Rocket Ship Museum.
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As you drive through Huntsville you see the big "Rocket Ships." Zenock has been begging since we moved here to go and see them and push the buttons.

Wish granted. JC and Zenock had a fun day out.

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The next weekend JC and Zenock headed to our Ward Camp-out.
(It was still 70 degrees here.)

Zenock loved it and talked constantly about sleeping in the tent with Dad, the rope course, and the s'mores.

There were a few minor incidents... I was scared to death to let Zenock go. We watch him SO close when it comes to things like this. JC was somewhat in charge of this camp-out, so he had a lot of responsibilities and I was nervous about Zenock running off while JC was busy with things he had to get done.

The first incident... burning his finger on the hot coals.
Most parents can tell their children not to touch the fire... not us. It doesn't matter what we say, he learns the hard way.

Also, he and his little buddy Isaac took off down to the river while their Dad's were loading a grill in a truck. Most kids get to the water and play by it.
Not mine.
When JC realized he was gone, he knew where he was and took off running to the river. He found Zenock and his little friend in chest deep freezing water trying to get to the other side of the river.

AHHH!

SO glad that he came home safe even though he hated every second of coming home and cleaning up.


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The next week/weekend we decided last minute to go down to Bridge Street to watch the Tree Lighting ceremony and let Zenock see Santa.

He has been obsessed with Santa this year. Watches Polar Express 10 times a day and sings the whole song of Santa Claus is Coming to Town over and over again.
(We decided an intervention was needed and had an FHE on the real meaning of Christmas!)

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His face was priceless when Santa did walk out on stage.... SO cute.


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He told Santa he was very good and told him exactly what he wanted for Christmas... (although, that changes every time he is asked.)

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We enjoyed Thanksgiving with our Alabama Family. :)

I love getting together and watching these boys play. Zenock tells me daily that Mason is his best friend. He calls him up on his buzz light year phone and asks if he can come play and then tells me he can't, because Miss Heidi (Mason's Mom) said he is sick.
He sings the song, "I love Mommy, she loves me... etc." Except, he sings it about Mason's family.
We are so glad he knows what family is. :)

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I'm pretty sure my husband is the only one on the planet that wears sweat pants to Thanksgiving Dinner. :)
(His excuse... they were new.)


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This picture will make me laugh for the rest of my life. It totally describes these two and their personalities.

I said SMILE.

Mason did exactly as told. Easy going, cute, and sweet little boy. We love him!

Zenock gave me his "glare." The one that he gives me anytime I ask him to do something lately. I have no idea where he gets this face.

He is not easy going, spunky, sassy, sweet at times, a little stinker to say the least.
BUT, we do love him too. :)

We had a super fun Thanksgiving. Thanks to the Anderson's for letting us join them! They even let us play a fun little game involving a ping pong ball, their kitchen table, and no hands. We'll keep you guessing on that one.

I haven't laughed like that in a long time and I would post some pictures, but pretty sure there would be black mail from the other side. :)

GREAT Thanksgiving.

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My little Kamden is growing with out our consent...

How I wished he would stay tiny forever.
The second one grows even faster than the first.
It's not fair.

It makes me realize I have to take that moment, right then and there to just sit and stare at them, because I might not get it tomorrow. Time goes by so fast.

Do you know what I mean?
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He is our little Chunk of Love.
At least compared to Zenock...

He is already over 12 lbs FOR SURE.
He is only two months and is wearing all the clothes Zenock wore when he was seven months old!

I love that he has chunk on his legs and tummy.
Zenock literally had to grow into his skin.

Some of our favorite things at two months are...
-His smiles. He smiles all the time. :)
-His little almost laugh when he is sleeping.
-He knows if we are more than two feet away from him.
He will wake up from a deep sleep.
-His little stretch he does when his tummy is finally full.
-His sad face. He has the cutest sad face.

He is such a sweet sweet baby.
I can't believe it took so long for him to get here.

So glad he decided to join our family. :)

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Onto December.
SO much to do. SO much planned. SO excited to see family and friends!

Can't WAIT!