Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cathedral Caverns

First... I'm sick of the weather.  It's been raining all month... like flooding/torrential/monsoon type of rain.  Let's add in the warm sunny 70 degree one day a week weather (which I don't complain about), but then the cold front moves back in and it turns back to the dreary rainy days.

Anyone who lives in a "Tornado Alley" knows warm and cold do not mix.  One day last week I spent all night laying wide awake in bed, listening intently waiting for the dang Tornado sirens to go off so that I could grab my children and run and hide in my closet.  I prayed all night they wouldn't go off.  We were told THEY would go off.  It was a high risk storm.  So I layed there and listened to the wind, rain, and lightning... not your typical wind, rain, lightning storm.  It sounded like it was ripping the bricks and shingles off of my house one by one.  The few minutes of sleep I did have I had a dream that me and my good friend got separated from our husbands and were stranded with our four boys and we were running and hiding from the storms and watching the Tornadoes rip our houses apart.  It was literally terrifying! I woke up shaking and never fell back asleep.

SO... did the Sirens go off??  They did actually, but I couldn't hear the blasted things, (and yes I was wide awake when they were supposedly going off) because of the wind and rain.

I've made a HUGE decision in my life.  I'm feeling pretty good about it right now.  I realized something as I watched the little snow video from Bountiful's snow storm last week that a hundred people posted to facebook.  I would take a SNOWSTORM any day over a risk of their being a Tornado and ripping my house apart.  That being said, I'm ready.  READY to move back to Utah.  READY to hole up in my house for days on end and suffer out the cold, snow, and long winters.  (This is huge for me!)  ANYTHING to leave behind the Tornadoes.  Every times it starts to rain and the wind starts to blow- I start begging JC to move.  It's only January and people are saying the Tornado season is going to be a LONG one this year.  I'm freaking out.  I can't handle it.  I'm ready to move.  Pray for me. =)

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For MLK day we spent the day going to Cathedral Caverns a cave that is about 45 minutes from our house.  Our boys loved it.  I loved that the entire cave was paved and I didn't have to pack my kids and could push a stroller.  The caves entrance is the biggest entrance known for a tourist attraction cave.  All in all, it was a fun afternoon with my family.

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Playing peek-a-boo waiting for our tour to start.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

6teen months.

 Both of my boys are sick (not fun!!!) and all three of my boys are sleeping, which means I can catch up...

I've meant to do a little catch up on my Kamden for a month now.  I was so good at documenting everything with Zenock and it seems like time is just speeding by with Kamden.  I can't believe he will be Sixteen months this week.  He had his fifteen month check-up the end of December.  I'm still in shock at his stats... He was in the 95th percentile for both weight and height from 2 mths until about 9 mths and now...

Now my big boy is a little boy.
I don't remember exact numbers at the moment, but he was 
in the 25th percentile for height and
20.8 lbs which means he is in the 5th percentile for weight.
How do you go from 95th to 5th?!?

I swear I am feeding him and he eats quite a bit most of the time.  He also has so much more chunk on him than Zenock ever did.  Not sure.  We just might have to keep a few more cookies around the house than we already do. =)

A few things that we love about this happy boy...

-When we go grocery shopping he loves when we can ride in the "car" kart.  He also loves when we get a "cookie."  The bakery ladies are getting to know us very well and love when he comes by... He greets them with a "HI" claps his hands and gets so excited and when they give him his cookie he says, "YEAH!"  It is so darn cute.

-Words he can say or that we have heard a few times:  Hi, Cheese, Ball, Bug, Go, Thanks, All Done, Cookie, Yeah, Mom, Dad, Yes, Car.  It seems like he is learning a new one every day.

-Loves his baths and can't wait to get in.  Before his diaper is even off he has his little foot lifted clear up over the brim of the tub trying to get in.  I love little feet.

-Gut laughs all the time.  Kisses.  Teases and tickles.  Loves to sing.  Loves to play Ball - loves to throw and catch (catches with help).  Plays patty cake and just learned how to "Roll it" all by himself.  We get so excited and tell him, yeah! and then he gets shy and burries his head into my shoulder.

-I love our bedtime routine.  He has always been good about going to bed.  After bath time we play for about ten minutes and then say our family prayer.  Right before family prayer he will run over to the fridge and yell until I come and get him his bottle (only at night and he doesn't take it to bed).  After prayers we go in his room and will either read a book or just rock a bye for a minute while he drinks his bottle.  We then stand up and I turn on his music box (he's listened to it since he was a baby) and he lays his head on my shoulder, wraps his chubby legs around me, and gives me big hugs, and even pats on the back at times.  We cuddle for a minute or two and then I lay him down, kiss his cheeks a hundred times, and say, "Goodnight sweetheart.  I love you so much.  Have good dreams."  He then rubs his eyes, I cover him up and leave, and he goes right to sleep.  It is such a sweet moment that I look forward to every night.  I love that it's our little time together during the day.

-He loves to cuddle and sleep with his hands tucked in underneath his tummy.

-Gets so excited when I say, "Let's go get Zenock from school."  He is going to miss his brother so much next year.  They have become best friends and play so well together.

-Loves his binky, his blue star blanket, primary hymns in the car, and suckers.

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-Loves to climb in his rocking chair and read books.

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-His favorite activity is playing ball with Dad.

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-We have a few tears at times.  He will just flop himself on the floor and cry until we come and get him.  As soon as we pick him up he stops.  I have a hard time resisting that sad face.

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-I bought him a bag of bugs the other day and they have been a huge hit.  He plays with them, teases me with them, yells "BUGS" all day long, and sleeps with one in his hand.

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He is such a happy little boy.  We can't get enough of his sweet personality!


My little Zenock is also growing up so fast.  The realization that all day kindergarten is less than seven months away is making me panic and hold on to the moments that I get to have him at home.
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He currently has an ear infection and may have to get a new set of ear tubes.  (We'll see what the Dr. says this week.)  He just learned how to write his name, is learning how to tie his shoes, defeated/passed his entire Lego Batman game on his DS, just signed up for the Spring T-Ball season, and is currently obsessing, insisting, and planning on a Batman themed Birthday Party.  (Any ideas for that one?!)  He is also a most of the time happy, dramatic, and very loving child.  He is such a good kid.  I'm so proud of the "big boy" he is becoming. =) 


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Evening routine.

 I pretty much dread the hours between four and seven.  It is complete chaos around here... at least most of the time.  Kamden wakes up from his afternoon nap around 4 and it takes him a good hour to get in a good mood.  All he wants is to have me hold him, which I would LOVE to sit and snuggle the cute boy if it weren't time to get everything done, picked up, dinner made, and life to look put together before my husband gets home.  Writing that makes me sound like a 50's housewife... Am I the only one who does that???  

On a typical day, I have Kamden trying to pull my pants down as I prepare dinner and Zenock isn't too far behind trying to wrestle his brother, making him scream, or digging through the pantry trying to find a treat with out being noticed.  I then have to tell him to stop which results in him screaming and yelling and chaos...

The other day was a GOOD day for making dinner.  Both of my boys played right next to me, but the point was that they played and didn't attack me, tackle me, pull my pants down, scream, yell, or other crazy things.  They were happy and laughing.  When JC got home they ran to the door and yelled, "Hi Dad!"  (Ok... so they do that part every day...  We ALL run to the door so excited for someone else to be there besides each other.)



One boy in the cupboard and one boy on the counter... At least they were happy.  Sure wish this would happen more often.  The next night Kamden had three time-outs in his crib, because he wouldn't stop screaming and Zenock spilled his water twice.

I always breathe a little deeper once seven o'clock rolls around and I can sit and snuggle my well fed, freshly bathed, sweet smelling boys. =)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas.


We had a sweet, simple, and very relaxing Christmas.  We have been spoiled having JC home for over a week!  As soon as 7pm hits our kids go to bed... Not really because we are strict, but because they go to bed so easy.  No matter what time Zenock goes to bed, he still wakes up around 6-7 in the morning.  SO, we figure we might as well get him to bed earlier.  Kamden is our sleep-a-holic... He sleeps from 7pm until 9 am most every day.  We've loved being able to sleep in a little bit, while Zenock's been playing with Christmas toys all week.  Putting our kids to bed early gives us a chance to be together, watch a movie.  We've been catching up on lots of movies this past week, passing levels on Lego Batman (I know it's a kids game...) and eaten our fair share of Oreo shakes.  It has been so great to have a little vacation at home.  JC goes back to work tomorrow and Zenock starts school again.  Although I normally dread it, I am excited for a little bit of normalcy, schedule, routine, and some healthy food again.  As well as a clean house that lasts for more than an hour!  Call me Scrooge, but I was ready to take down Christmas decor last Sunday.  I patiently waited until Tuesday when I couldn't handle another ornament pulled off the tree.

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Making cookies for Santa.  I held off baking until the last possible minute Saturday afternoon and then decided we needed some treats.  Zenock is always a great helper in the kitchen.

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Kamden's favorite spot for the last month has been under the Christmas tree.  We have spent lots of evenings laying under the lights.

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My happy boy on Christmas Eve.  He is such a blessing and joy in our life. =)


We feel so blessed that we have so many good friends we can share the Holidays with while we are away from family.  Friday night (before Christmas) we had our Ward (church) party.  I loved having it so close to Christmas and spending time with people we love.  Christmas Eve we spent with more friends from our ward.  Afterwards, we came home and let the boys open a present... always pj's and a book.  We read their books and then sent them off to bed so Santa could come.

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One day we will get rid of the darn binky so that you can see the adorable smile behind it.

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I think he just gets excited about anything.  Christmas is the perfect holiday for having a dramatic child.  He makes you feel like a RockStar for any present you give him.  (Even pajamas!)

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We have early morning church and didn't want to be in a rush to open presents.  So we got ready, enjoyed the sweet spirit of a musical sacrament program, came home, and jumped back into our pj's to open presents.

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My boys were so fun to watch open presents.  Zenock was so excited... his Christmas consisted of Superheros.  I think he has something from each of them now.  He told Santa (the 5 different times he saw him), that he really wanted a Batman Cave and Batman video game.  We went to the mall a week before Christmas with a friend and when Santa asked if he had been good he said, "Just a little bit."  Santa thanked him for his honesty and told him to try a little harder.  We laughed and kept telling him he really needed to be good to get a Batman Cave.

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Zenock's Batman Cave and his Nintendo DS were by far his favorite presents.


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Kamden loves playing basketball.  When he shoots it, he says "go."  We call it "Go-ball" around here.  He loves playing on a little hoop just his size.

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Aunt Kelly gave my boys this awesome castle tent.  It may never come down.  They are always in and out and will play with the tent for hours.  Zenock's favorite game to play is "Tornado."  You have to save all the animals and hide in the tent before the Tornado comes.  He and his friends also play the game at school.  It is fair to say they are very aware of Tornado's.  Can we just skip March - May this year???

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It is always great to be able to skype with family on Christmas.

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We were so excited to spend Christmas day evening with our Alabama family the Anderson's.  They made us an awesome Christmas dinner and we loved the company!  They have made living away from family so much easier.  So glad to have them here in Alabama. =)

 Zenock opening the batman cave...  Enjoy!


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We spent a day at the Space and Rocket Center with our favorite family over the break.  We couldn't stop laughing at these two on a ride.  They are so much fun together. =)

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We enjoyed good friends, food, and laughs for New Years.  We are happy to say goodbye to 2011 and excited to see what may happen in 2012.  I feel like last year was an in between year.  A lot of different trials... In the last little while I've had a lot of down days, (maybe it's that seasonal depression already creeping in.)  I don't set a lot of New Years goals, but try to pick a word of the year to live by.  Last year my word was "Simplify."  I tried not to go overboard with things and to simplify life's events.  For 2012 my word is "Positive."  I want to stay Positive no matter the situation, the day, or whatever happens.  I want to just be happy and try and smile through it all. =)

Happy 2012!