Friday, September 30, 2011

ONE

Without permission my baby turned One.  I was told the second child (and so on) grows even faster than the first, but I was surely not prepared for "how fast."  Even though I have memories of the last year I can barely believe that it has been a year since I had this sweet little boy of mine.

So while I am busy enjoying my little one year old and don't have any time (this week has been insanely busy) to do an actual Birthday post... Enjoy watching my baby grow.  A few pages I've put together over the last year. =)

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I would have to say the three month picture with the monkey is my favorite.  It makes me smile every time... his pointed toes, his chubby legs and his chubbiness that overlaps his knees.  I've loved every minute of the last year with this sweet little boy.  He is our happy go lucky boy.
We love you Kamden.  Happy first Birthday! =)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monte Sano

A couple of weeks ago we went hiking up in Monte Sano.  (It is a state park about 20 minutes from our house.)  We have been there before for a few things, but have never had a chance to explore.  

As we were driving up and getting closer we noticed tons of cars parked along side the road... Just our luck (not really) the Monte Sano Arts Festival was going on at the same place we were headed.  It was quite an interesting place to be... As well as interesting company... The "Artsy" folk - you know the free loving/hippy type.  We felt completely out of place and over dressed. 

We tried to bypass the festival and just go on a little hike, but about ten minutes into our hike we heard some grunting noises in the bushes... (they were not animal noises).  We promptly turned around and headed to the car.  Apparently, we need to find a new place to enjoy nature...

It is really sad, because the view from Monte Sano is beautiful. 

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Zenock was apparently trying to fit in with the crowd in this picture...  A fun day. Funny moment. :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

the county fair.

I love the county fair.

Especially my county fair back home.

The Box Elder County Fair.

I have so many memories of that place growing up.  The fair grounds, the rodeo, the grandstand, the music.  It all has a smell and a memory.  I pretty much lived at the fair during the week it was going on.  When I was little I did 4-H and entered all sorts of fun stuff to earn money for school shopping.  Things got really exciting when I started to enter a sheep each year and then sold it during the livestock auction.  I can still hear and smell that auction barn... It was a lively place to be on Saturday of the fair.  I loved everything involved... It was everything country.  The way I grew up.  I loved that I got to spend an entire week hanging out with my Dad and my brothers.  I loved riding in his truck and stopping at 7-eleven on our way to the fair for Big Gulp Dr Peppers.  I loved the ride out the fair... taking the back country roads, past the wheat fields, with the windows down, the country music, and singing to the radio.  You could smell the hot Summer coming to an end.

I loved it all.  Needless to say, my moments of depression and being in a bad mood hit rock bottom during the week of the fair every year since I've moved from Utah.  I hate knowing what is going on and I am not there to be a part of it.  I hate not taking Zenock and Kamden and introducing them to the smells and the excitement of the fair.

Every year we "plan" on going home for the fair, but something always comes up... We end up moving, having a baby, or can't justify going to Utah twice in one Summer.  So we say, "There's always next year..."

I'll be honest... This year was a rough one as far as bad moods go.  My father in law told JC to tell me I didn't miss much... but, if he only knew. =)  I missed SO much.
I was beyond excited last week when JC told me he was taking me to a county fair in Tennessee.
It was pretty much like Christmas morning...



We played all morning.  We couldn't wait for JC to get off work so we could leave.

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I love this little boy... (Can you believe he is going to be ONE next week!)

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We spotted the tractors first. (Even Red ones. My Dad and brothers love Case tractors.)  I think this was Zenock's favorite part...

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JC was pretty excited to get a scone... although, they had no idea what a scone was when we asked for one.  Apparently, they are "elephant ears"

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The fair even had 4-H booths... I was like a kid in a candy store when we walked in. I explained to Zenock all about the ribbons and how people worked really hard all year on their projects to enter them into the fair to be judged.

I had to laugh when I saw the above exhibit... It took me a minute to figure out what it was.  (Something you don't see entered in the fair in Utah.)  WINE.  I laughed out loud when I thought of the judging going on (and laughed even more when I noticed the bottles were all at least half empty) and then thought of the Roger and Hammerstein movie "State Fair" one of my ALL time favorite movies.  If you've seen the movie, then you will totally get this. =)

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No rodeo, but they did have some cool horse racing.  We didn't stay too long... not a great environment. Pretty sure there was some major gambling going on and I think we were on the wrong side of the grand stand....

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We ate some fair food and then let Zenock choose a few rides to go on... he was super excited about that.

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It was a smaller fair and there were a few things we missed that it didn't have, but all in all it was a fun evening and really helped out with my bad mood. =) I had a great time spending the evening with my boys at the county fair! Now I can officially say goodbye to Summer and feel ready for Fall.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall Ball

A few more from Zenock.
(Before I forget them.)

As we were wandering through Old Navy the other day trying to find something for pictures, Zenock picked up a Batman lunchbox and started begging if I would buy it. 
"Please Mom! Batman is AWESOME!"
"No Zenock."
"BUT, please."  
(This went on for about five minutes.)

"Come on Mom.. just say whatever."

I apparently need to watch what I say.  He wears me down and then I say "Whatever."  Which to me means no and to him means YES he has won.

Yesterday, our conversation went like this...
Me:  "I asked you a half hour ago to pick that up!"
Him:  "And I told you a half hour ago to chill out!"

Yeah.  My four year old has an attitude.  It doesn't help when things like this are said and his Dad laughs.  All discipline from Mom goes out the window.  ugh.

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We signed Zenock up for Fall Ball and Fall Soccer this year.  It has been super busy and has consumed at least 3 nights a week and Saturday mornings, but it is lots of fun for Zenock.  He is learning SO much.  It's fun to watch things click inside his little mind when he understands parts of the game.

He is scoring at least a goal a game in Soccer.  In t-ball he will make it on base every time... (which can be hard to do when you bat left handed and hit it right to first base or the pitcher.)  He scored three runs a couple games ago and his coach gave him the GAME BALL.  He was so excited!  We were so proud of him. =)

We live in the South which means people take Sports VERY seriously.  Fall Ball is a bit more laid back than the Spring Season... they try to focus a little bit more on basics than actually winning.  Yeah... they keep score.  They have 3 outs.  They can even strike out.  Coaches recruit players for the Spring season.  During the Spring season they have a tournament and even have STATE t-ball winners.  It's a BIG deal down here.  During the Fall season they also allow kids a year younger to come up and play (to help learn the basics for Spring.)  Not a lot of parents realize this, so this means Zenock is the only one on his team that is AGE FOUR.  The rest of the kids are five and six and have played a whole year.  Zenock has done AWESOME to keep up with them and it has been great for him to learn from and watch them.  Although if you ask him what his favorite part is, he'll tell you everytime... "The snack at the end of the game!"

They have just started practicing, "BASEBALL READY" stance when someone goes up to bat.

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We are the White Sox this season.
Being the youngest (and shortest) on the team, Z's jersey drowns him.  I'll give him credit for being one of the fastest though.  He knows how to RUN!

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We love that he is really starting to enjoy playing.  I love spending the evenings with my family at the ball park, under the lights, in the cool weather, enjoying friends, and eating my snow cone. =)  Pretty sure I'll be doing this for pretty much the rest of my life!

(The video above is a few minutes from Zenock's game last week.)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Z.man

Who wouldn't love Z.man.


He has been super imaginative lately.  
Going on treasure hunts through the stores carrying a map (he got from chick-fil-a).
Making up all sorts of games to play with Kamden
and making messes.

Yesterday he yelled at me from his room, "MOM! Kamden's making a mess of my mess!"

This morning I told him "Zenock you better hurry and eat your cereal or Aunt Emi won't love you anymore..."  (Yeah, I used that as a threat... we were late for pre-school and in a BIG hurry.)
He kindly told me, "Mom, I don't have to eat my cereal for Aunt Emi to love me.  She loves me no matter what."

He is super smart... TOO smart.

I found this out as he was singing along with me to Hot Chelle Rae's song, "Tonight, Tonight."  
He pretty much knows the whole song.

He told me NO the other day while singing "No, No, No" to the tune of Jingle Bells, waving his finger around in the air, and dancing around.  

He has got LOTS of character.

Sometimes I just want to throw him away for a few weeks.  I seriously have had a few mental breakdowns with this child in the last few months. AND, for the most part I don't feel bad about thinking that, but then I start to feel bad that I don't feel bad.

Four is a crazy age.  
What's five or six going to be like??

Either way, I love him like crazy and think I'll keep him for another day.