Sunday, September 03, 2017

Times My Kids Were Funny

Six months ago, on Valentines Day, was the last time I made spaghetti. In a last-minute effort to acknowledge the holiday, I threw some candles on the table. 

Fast forward to last week, I again made spaghetti, for the first time since our ambiance-filled Valentine's meal. Upon merely smelling the spaghetti cooking, Lincoln excitedly shouted from the other room, "We doing candles mom?!? Candle dinner?!?" 

I laughed in amazement at his memory, and when I tried to tell him not this time. He went into a panic as if he was convinced it was morally wrong to eat spaghetti without a flame nearby. 

So now you know boys, when you're reading this 20 years later, why we eat spaghetti with candles, as I'm sure this is a tradition Lincoln will insist follows us into adulthood. 
This little guy is one accidental kick away from rolling back to belly. Until then he's the great contortionist.
Jonah had his 4 month appointment where we learned he's 14 pounds, 25% for weight, 50% for height and 75% for head circumference. We also learned he had a "bulging ear infection" which was a complete surprise to me! I never would have guessed anything was wrong with the poor little fella!
 Lincoln is a habitual sampler. I get him breakfast in the morning. If anyone else wants a different breakfast than what he gets, he has to get what they got also. So he can take one bite of each. Then he watches me make Eli's school lunch. Demands a piece of everything I throw in the lunch box. Then he requests a bowl of goldfish so he can eat 2 of them. Anyway, life with Lincoln involves a lot of cleaning up plates that look like this:
Eli has discovered he can now lift Jonah without me turning into a total nervous nutcase. I still closely follow them around the house whenever Eli decides to take Jonah adventuring, and when asked about his ability to handle Jonah on stairs Eli thankfully admits, "I'm not prepared for that." Jonah generally seems amused by the teetering trips, so I just have to bite my tongue as I hope a brotherly bond is forming instead of a potential broken bone. We may end up with a little of both though.
A brother Jonah is a little more skeptical of is Lincoln. One morning Lincoln plopped down next to a once happy Jonah and started stealing all of Jonah's toys. Jonah began squawking to which Lincoln patted him on the belly and repeated, "It's okay. I'm right here." I loved Lincoln's reassuring words of "I'm right here" as that was probably the very thing causing Jonah to become distressed.
I came home from a run one morning to Lincoln mid-journey with a unicorn. He got a little bashful when the camera came out.
One Sunday we walked around the temple where Carson managed to weasel his way into the stroller seat and left Lincoln to fend for himself. Lincoln kept up and enjoyed the freedom, so this one turned out to be a win/win!

Taking a Bite Out of Another School Year

These two little fishies have of-fish-ally schooled themselves.
 
One fish, two fish, blue fish, blue fi--
SHARK!
We can thank Amazon's "Items you may also like" links for the themed backpacks this year. We clicked down a shark hole that grabbed hold of us and didn't let go. 
Both the boys were super stoked to start their first day. We had to fake Carson's first day 2 times before the real first day finally rolled around. Why must they torture kindergartners so?! I scheduled his assessment on the morning of the first day of school, then he had to wait 2 days, then do a parent/kid school day on Monday and then finally on Tuesday, almost a week after Eli had been going to school, he got his real REAL first day. Killer!
Someone wasn't about to let his lack of schooling cause him to miss out on a close up. 
Or a full-body shot. 
As luck would have it, these two little dudes ended up in the same class again!
And when I asked Eli about his first day of second grade, he threw me a big thumbs up.
Pretend first day #2 (go with a parent) rolled around for Carson and Edison who are in different kindergarten classes.
These sassy toddlers wouldn't allow us to forget their existence even if their existence is currently unrelated to the reason we were taking pictures.  They're cute enough to document no matter what the occasion...or lack thereof.
We finally made it to the real REAL first day of school!
Carson was 100% ready to wish me farewell and turn himself into an independent school goer. We're off to a great start!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

When the Sun Mooned Us

Can I get a "What! What!" for the solar eclipse?!?
About 3 weeks before the eclipse, Jeff got a notification on his phone that I had just purchased some eclipse glasses off Amazon. He immediately texted me in a somewhat mockingly way saying he thought it was "cute" how excited I was for the eclipse. I thought it was "cute" how he thought he wouldn't care about the eclipse. I knew he'd be grateful for my efforts to prepare come the day of the show.
Sure enough, the morning of the eclipse Jeff was suddenly eager to find out when the maximum coverage would be so he could race home from work to meet us and share in the experience with us because it turned out to be even cooler than anyone was fully expecting. Oh Jeff. You're so cute. :)
We went to the church parking lot so the boys could ride bikes with intermittent breaks for popcorn/eclipse viewing.

I am officially an eclipse chaser. It was like, the coolest thing I've ever seen. And thankfully I could see it. Because I bought the glasses. Jeff.

I am forever regretful I didn't make more of a push to trek up to Idaho. We did still experience some darkening, cooled temperatures, and an overall eerie feeling which was everything I was hoping for, so I guess I'll be satisfied in the viewing efforts we did make, but it made me all the more interested to have experienced totality!
It made for a fun educational experience to ease us back into the school scene that would soon follow. 

Crossing off the Bucket List

With summer drawing to a close, we had just a few more things left to do to complete our bucket list. One of those things was to "dig a deep hole" -- one of the boys' contributions to our list of summer activities. They got the job done in a less ideal place than I had anticipated, but who I am to interfere with an afternoon of entertainment involving a whole lotta dirt and a snow shovel?
Eli crossed something off his lifelong bucket list and finally lost his first tooth!
We had to go up to our favorite summer evening hangout one last time before hitting the books.
We went up the mountain to have a campfire where Lincoln just wanted to spend some quality time with Carson and Carson just wanted Lincoln to get the heck away from him due to the fact that Lincoln kept intentionally blocking his view of the fire. So it is with brothers.
Our friends joined us to make the evening a full blown party.

I will never get over the similarities between us. We both lived in the same married ward in Cedar City but at slightly different times, Jeff and Burke are both accountants and were both completing their Master's degrees for a couple of months at the same time at SUU. All of our kids are born within 2-4 months of each other, Jeff and Burke currently have the same calling, and if that wasn't enough, Jeff (kind of coincidentally) just got a new job where Burke works! I feel like every time Teresa and I talk we discover some new, funny, unlikely thing we have in common. And as I told my sister shortly after I met Teresa, "You can't NOT be friends with someone you have so much in common with!" The one difference we have is she has the ability to produce the hair-bow-wearing type.
It was here we discovered Lincoln becomes noticeably possessed at the sight of marshmallows.
Jonah and Brightly are only 2 months apart. It was fun to be pregnant together and continues to be fun to have another set of kids so close.
You've known us long enough to know our favorite way to say goodbye to summer is to do one final summer shebang at Bear Lake with friends from our old ward.









With shakes as the cherry on top of a perfect day.



This makes 4 consecutive years we've gone up to Bear Lake in August so I'm calling this a firm tradition that's quickly become our most highly anticipated summer event. It was so much fun!
We were right in the perfect eclipse-viewing position mere days before the big show and yet I wasn't able to convince my family that totality was going to be cool enough to camp out for. We instead decided to hurry home in an effort to avoid the traffic and gasoline/power outages news reporters were dramatically predicting would most certainly occur. I have since heard everyone who experienced totality say it was even more awesome than what it was hyped up to be, which has left me forever ticked we skipped town and missed the midday darkness. We'll just hafta catch ya in SLC in 2045, totality. Until next time.