Thursday, February 20, 2014

Be Mine.

We had a happy Valentine's.  Zenock got to go back to school after three snow days off.  He was pretty excited to go and have his Valentine/Ice Cream Sundae party.  Nolan got a stomach bug the day before and it hit Kamden and I Saturday.  Luckily, the worst of it happened after my boys had already fallen asleep Saturday night and I was able to just sit and not move.  I see little tender mercies like that happen every day.  I can't express how much I know that I am being watched over.

After this year, holidays are going to be even bigger and better at our house.  We need to make up.  Not that we need too, because the best part of any Holiday is really just being together.  Having JC home will make everything seem bigger and better on its own.  We are getting excited now that we are on the downhill of time.  Counting down the days... 82 to be exact.

I like to give my boys a little Valentine each year.  Not much.  Just a little something so they know how much I love them and help make the day a little bit special.  Who doesn't love a holiday when you can yell, "I love you!" from the rooftops and no one is going to think you are crazy.  Although, I am pretty sure if I climbed on my roof my neighbors would think I'm nuts... but, they probably already do. :)

I love that these boys love each other.  I hope they always know how much JC and I love them.
I was pretty much shocked when I got this image... it was one of those once in a lifetime pictures that lasts only seconds and I barely got it.  These sweet boys are everything to us.  So glad they get to "Be Mine."

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Snow days.

Last week, we had a couple days of snow.  Tuesday was a light dusting and of course everyone got excited and school was cancelled.  Wednesday, it rained all night and day and it was apparently hazardous to travel and so school was cancelled again.  Finally, Wednesday night the snow started coming down and by Thursday morning we had a good couple of inches of fun fluffy snow.  My boys were up and out early to check out the snow (as was the entire neighborhood/city!).  Sure glad we did because by afternoon it was pretty much gone!  They were able to have a good couple of hours in the snow, having fun, and even some sledding down the driveway.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


A few pictures and stories that just can't be left out.

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Afternoon shenanigans and no pants.  Nolan has started climbing... From previous experience this is just the beginning and a small hill compared to the counters and mountains he has yet to scale.  Baby boy just mastered the couch.

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One nap a day and waking up early to get Zenock to school leaves this little one knocked out during lunch almost every day.  If I turn my back he falls asleep.  I try to keep him awake through out lunch and then put him down.  I love his little feet... which are so much bigger than Kamden's were.  I am amazed how different my boys each are.  Nolan is now wearing the shoes Kamden wore last Summer!

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Climbing again... I swear I have an identical picture of Zenock doing this exact thing somewhere on this blog.

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Sweet boys sharing snacks.  Nolan absolutely adores Zenock.  He will give him hugs all day long.  Kamden is a different story.  Kamden loves Nolan and tries to give him hugs and Nolan just pushes him away and screams.  This was a rare moment of them playing and acting kind to each other.

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Anyone else have children that think when you open the fridge you have to step up into it?? All of my children use the fridge as a step stool.  Nolan screams at me if I don't let him in the fridge when I have to get something out.  At this point, I would rather waste energy and make him happy than hear him scream at me. 

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Our sweet Sister missionaries have been with us since November right after JC left.  Sister Van Komen (right) is being transferred this week and we are going to miss her so much!  These Sisters have been so sweet and have been so good to us.  We have fed them multiple times, shared Christmas with them, and they often show up for an afternoon visit to check on us.  Somehow, they always show up when I need them most.  They cheer us up, have helped with homework, and have even brought us cookies.  They mean a lot to us and I most definitely feel like they were sent to me during this time.  I love these girls.  We have had a lot of good talks and I am looking forward to seeing them again when their missions are over.  Both of them are from Utah.  Sister Van Komen is from Layton and Sister Williams is from Price. :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

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It has been awhile since I've updated our Instagram photos. Obviously, I love Instagram.  I love looking over the photos I've taken in the last (7!) months and seeing how fast time goes by and how much my babies are growing.  Every day seems like yesterday with a picture. :)

Here is a little (or long) rundown...

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*Eleven am and just waking up. (It never happened again).  *Heaven on Earth.  *Underwear streaking.  *Crazy hair day.  *Toilet paper notes while cleaning the bathroom.  Courtesy of Zenock.  *One year of searching and finally found a matching comforter for the boys room on Ebay.  Two hours and twelve bidders and I won in the last two seconds!  Insert fist pumping, adrenaline rush, and jumping for joy!! *Play date with sweet friends.  *"Mom... I'm done crawling, just come and get me."  I fall for it every time.  *Walking in from church.  It was a long day!

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*One drink.  Two straws.  Love Lazy Saturday Costco lunches.  *Sleeping like a baby.  *Lesson learned while taking pictures... choose appropriate footwear or be stuck walking through the mud barefoot when your flip flop breaks.  *Baby Boy learned how to cuddle.  10 months.  *Saturday morning soccer kisses.  *First day of 1st grade.  *Nolan pulling himself up to everything.

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*Two year old adventures.  *Date night with the best guy in the world and the best hamburger I've ever eaten.  *The only way to eat ice cream is with a spoon and a giant carton of Blue Bell.  *Lessons in lawn mowing.  (I redeemed myself twice over since.)  *Favorite daily activity.  *Happy Hour  *Welcome to Monday morning.  *Happiest Baby ever.

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*At the Fair... Nolan cried every time we touched an animal.  *Soft blankets make anything better.  *Cutest park... in my back yard?  Who knew!?  *Hiding from children, eating cookies. #life.  *Family favorite  *Helping with a youth dance/taking pictures.  *Nolan had a very rough week.  103.6 fever for four days + a double ear infection.  Lots of late night cuddles, warm baths, two drs visits, 2 antibiotic shots, blood tests, more antibiotics, a rash, and an almost hospital admittance.  He got better and I was so happy to see him smile again.  *Introducing Nolan to real milk in September.  He HATED it.  Takes one sip, covers his mouth, throws a tantrum, and refuses to drink anything.  I got sneaky and added some strawberry to his milk... He drank 5 bottles in 24 hours. :)  *Kamden and baseball cards... enough said.

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*My very best sidekick.  *Pretty skies on our way home from the Pumpkin Farm.  Kamden's quote of the day... "I'm as strong as Batman!" said as he picked up an enormous pumpkin.  *Trouble!  In and out of drawers all day long.  I clean up one mess and he crawls right past me to make another.  *Batting cages and arcade games.  *Bath time, diaper changes, and getting dressed take the strength and energy of ten men with this one.  #sendreinforcements  *Best pumpkin pancakes ever.  (Stock up next year!!)  *How much can one six year old fit inside one pair of jeans pockets.  *Nolan figured out his walker.  *Three for three.  Three boys and three sets of ear tubes.

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*Last night of Fall Ball under the lights.  *Let it be documented the Larson's went to dinner... and not the dollar menu. Dinner with us = big fat tip for the waiter.  Yikes!  *Dissected a burnt to a crisp light bulb out of my bathroom light fixture and stood on a chair and 2 totes to change another light bulb.  First day on the job as a single Mom.  *Pumpkin Spice Steamer... it's like pumpkin pie in a cup.  *My happy baby.  *Thankful for this amazing man, his sacrifice, and service to our family.  *Zenock's turkey project/ Family time.  *I loved them!!  *Christmas shopping with a three year old is rough... he cried the whole way home and fell asleep.

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*I am wrapped around his finger.  *Four molars coming through at once = marshamallows for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  *My sister is a National Champion... she is the coolest person I know.  *Zenock's notes from sacrament meeting.   Love the way he spelled "Bruder."  *Nolan is a Mamas boy and I love it.  This one gives me cuddles and loves all day long and if its been too long since the last love he grabs his blanket and comes and sits by my feet until I pick him up.  This is him being patient.  He is usually bouncing on his knees handing me his blanket with arms oustretched begging (crying) to be picked up.  Love his baby cuddles.  *Thankful tree  *Thanksgiving  *Christmas came early.  New car seat for Nolan = happy afternoon for my boys.  *Favorite Christmas craft we do every year.  Reindeer family.

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*75 and even though it says rainy it was sunny in the middle of December!  *Death to my snowmen.  Little boys destroy everything.  *Christmas Cards are by far my favorite thing.  *Another sick day for my little chubbers.  *Happy Sunday and feeling better.  *Hunstville Stake Christmas festival.  *Zenock's school Christmas program.  *List maker... or rewriting the same list ten times.  *My Zenock and I have quite the morning commute to school (20 min!)  We decided this year we were going to listen to the scriptures every day on our way- if I forgot Zenock reminded me to turn scriptures on.  After, he would say, "So what was that about Mom??"  Which meant I had to pay attention.  Looking back it was some of my very favorite moments of the year.  We have the best librarian at our church who with her husband cut out and made nativities for all the kids who read the Book of Mormon this year.  Zenock displayed it on his dresser and it has been a sweet reminder all month of how much I love my Zenock  I hope he cherishes it forever.  He is such a good kid.  Love him like crazy!

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*Christmas treats.  *Brown paper packages tied up with string.  *Merry Christmas.  *Everyone adores Aunt Emily.  *This little one of mine has yet to learn it is pointless to tell a girl what to do  :)  Sweet friends sharing graham crackers at church.  *Getting ready or accomplishing anything with a 15 mth old is impossible!! Every time I look another drawer is emptied/dumped out.  I pick up and another mess is created - it's pointless.  I wake up at 6 just to shower in peace!  He must be paying attention though - this morning he was lint rolling my rug.  And, yes I do that!  (I hate hair!)  Oh little "Nolan the Destroyer" I sure love you baby boy.  *Turning 30... Sweet comment from Zenock... "You know mom, you look more like my sister and that maybe my mom is at work."  (Maybe, because I actually got ready for the 1st time in a week. :) But, I'll take it!)  *I could eat this child of mine.  Sweet baby boy.