Boys Boys Boys. . .

~Sept, 2012
We had some visitors over and of course A and E were bouncing off the walls. Head butting their legs, jumping on their back and freaking out. So I chucked them both in the kitchen and told them, "You are out of control." Angrily A turns to me, hands on his hips and snaps, "No Mom! YOU are out of control!"

~Aug. 2012
A comes up to me and tells me very officially, "Mom, I'm smarter than you. I'm not smarter than Dad, but I am smarter than you."

~July 4th, 2012
A and E were wrestling today and it was A's day. He was doing really good keeping his little brother subdued, although E put up a pretty good fight. Once they were finished, Daddy and I told E he did a really good job! He looked over at Daddy M angrily from the floor and said, "No, I din not!!" he flailed his arms on the ground and continued, "He's still alive!"

~June 2012
E and A were playing T-ball today with A's new gear. I of course laid down the rules. No hitting anyone with the bat. No swinging at the ball until every body and body part is clear. Simple enough. Not 5 minutes into it, I hear a blood curdling scream from A. E runs inside, eyes big, and says, "I din'n know what I was doing!" Big brother had a pretty good goose egg on his head.

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Friday, October 30, 2009


Playing with cobwebs

Appeasing Mommy and her crazy camera.

Hiding in the crib fort before go time!
(Go time= pumpkin carving time.)


Getting back from the library and showing off our hat.

Mommy and Me

We opened up the first pumpkin and were very curious.

Until Mommy told me I had to pull all the guts out.

Run away! "Mommy its messy! Wash hands! Ewww"
This is what you get when you're a germaphobic mother and you make your toddler wash their hands a ton. They become an even worse germaphob.

So Ayden played with the safe looking pumpkin AFTER McKay and I had carved it for him.

See Mom, this is the fun part!

All done. Ayden's is the scared face pumpkin and mine back there is a vampire about to suck some blood. McKay's is in the background doing nothing, because it is nothing... so far at least!

Had to add a silly face. Cept I'm the only one with the silly face. Either I missed the memo or they did!

Taking pictures of myself because McKay won't do it and he won't join in. :)

Happy Halloween everyone!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hee Haw fun!

This last weekend the boys and I had the chance to go to the Hee Haw pumpkin patch and we had a blast! It was only $5 for all 3 of us to go. That was the best part for me. I was expecting it to cost more!

Before we made it out the door to the pumpkin patch we enjoyed 'PUMPKIN FINGERS!' It was a big hit. He ran all over the house like this for about 3 hours or so and then we headed out. McKay was really sick and didn't get to go, so I took lots of pictures and recorded some stuff for him. :(
The first thing us boys did was head over to the hay ride. I didn't get a photo- there wasn't much to see. But we did get candy! or Ayden got candy. The rules were once you see a creature pop out of the corn you had to yell "Hee Haw!" over and over again like your life depended on it and then said creature would huck candy at us. And boy did those kids fulfill their duty with fervor! Ayden wasn't exactly sure what was going on; he'd listen to the kids yelling "Hee Haw!" and then once all of them had stopped yelling, he'd yell "Hee Haw!" A lot of the bigger kids would snatch the candy before Ayden got to any. Luckily there was a man in front of us 'sneakily' shoving candy right at Ayden's feet. Even then he still didn't get that he was supposed to grab it. Good thing Mommy was there to snatch if for him before the other vultures, with candy filled fists, swooped down.  

As many of you may know... or possibly not. Ayden LOVES to swing. This ride was a hit. I think if I let him, we would still be there swinging in circles. The farm had this girl managing the swing, she had to stand there and push it in circles. She could have had a lot of fun with it, but she just looked embarrassed. I think I would have been embarrassed to if I were her age. Here's the video I took. Its probably something more for grandparents to enjoy, the quality isn't that great, so view if you dare! Even though you can't see Ethan, he was right at my feet eating the dirt and sucking on the rocks.

The man that was in charge of tractoring this ride around was a little jumpy at the start and finish. Ayden was expecting a smooth take of and even though he is sitting down, he nearly fell out when the guy jerked to a start. You could hear all the kids yell something like "Whoa!", "Ahhh!" or Ayden's "Oh NO!" 

This is about when it started to rain. Really rain. As in hailing and windy enough to make the rain/hail slant into your face. Ayden wasn't phased. I was freezing! And Ethan had my jacket wrapped around him like a cocoon while he sucked on a bottle. I have to admit I was jealous of him! While Ethan chilled in the stroller, mostly warm, Ayden and I got to participate in the pig chase.

I was thinking it was going to be something like us watching other people chase the pigs around making fools of themselves. Nope. It was US chasing the pigs around making fools of ourselves! They had the age 3 and under shuffled into the pen with the parents and then told us that whoever touched one of the pigs first got a free pumpkin. "Ready. Set. GO! Set your 3 year old on the pigs!" Most of the kids chased the piglets. Ayden just stood there clinging to my leg, terrified of all the cheering and screaming that was going. So like any good Mother I scooped him up and ran at the pigs. Needless to say, we did not win a free pumpkin, but I bet we made some people laugh!

Ayden found the ducks! As well as the goats, chickens, sheep, and piggies. He mostly loved the ducks... or at least the dirt the ducks made. He tried to rub his hands in that mess. You can't see it all that well, but the mud is so wet that it squishes under your feet and water oozed up around your shoe.

Ayden's second love while we were here. The bouncy hay thingy. I don't really know what it is. Maybe this was his first love. We spent the most time here. He was scared to get in at first and just ran around the outside edge, until he got close enough to me and I pushed him in. Yes, yes he was fine! Look at him- he appreciated my assistance in the end.

Here's another video. Just as awful quality and randomness as the first. :)
Check out the massive pumpkins behind him though! They lifted those things up on a crane later that day and dropped them down onto a car. Too bad we missed that.

This is about the time that we were done and done playing! It was still cold and still raining and Ethan was turning purple even though he was the one that was wrapped up the most. We did manage to get one more ride in before we headed out soaked and exhausted.

He was a little scared of this swing at first. But he enjoyed it in the end.  By the time we finished here we were D.O.N.E. Both boys crashed on the drive home. Oh the sweetness of wearing kids out.

Tricked ya- you thought I was done writing. NOPE! Here's my P.S.

Since it was just me and the boys here I didn't get to take as many photos as I would have liked to. They had a PVC slide that looked something like this one here.

  Ayden was really scared of it and didn't want to go alone. So. . . I went with him. That thing was no good to my rear. It didn't go that fast, which was good for Ayden. Ethan just sat at the bottom of the slide watching us build up our courage to go down. Another little girl went before us and then we were good to go.

The End to a rainy but fun day.

Now good night!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Catching Up!

I've been collecting pictures in my camera and realized that I have been neglecting the photos and need to put them up so grandparents and friends can enjoy them! Of our two children, Ethan is the cuddliest. This isn't really saying much since he's only barely cuddlier than Ayden and Ayden doesn't really ever sit still enough to cuddle. A few days ago I caught McKay and Ethan enjoying a nice little cuddly moment. Yes they aren't even touching, but the fact that Ethan was thrilled to sit up there with his Dad for about a half hour... because of the banana... BUT that's besides the point! He stayed up there with McKay and crawled all over him stopped to rest his head on his Daddy and munch on the banana, that McKay says gave him a hand cramp. Cursed bananas!

We went to Costco a few days ago to collect the much needed laundry detergent, paper towels and diapers and in our case, the much hated previously listed items! Who the heck thinks as a child or even teenager- 'Heck I'm going to grow up, get a job, and have all this money so I can pay for the bills, the light bulbs, diapers and similar crap!' I don't think so. More like 'With all the money I'm going to get I'm going to buy a car, sweet clothes and some shoes!'.... etc. Back on track! If you look closely at Ayden's head you'll see a fatty bruise on the left side.

There's a better view. We had both boys in the Costco cart and stopped to look at some clothes. Ayden was standing with a container full of cheerios when we decided to keep going. He doesn't quite have balancing himself down and when we started to move the cart, his hands were still glued to his cheerios, so he mushed his head into the grating on the floor of the cart. Mush is not an over exaggeration. I don't know how he ended up head first, but he did and the cheerios ended up sprayed all over the floor. A manager came by to make sure everything was alright and we made a hasty exit after he offered to clean the mess. Why must people gravitate toward calamity like a fly to poo?!

Ayden's new favorite thing to do- trap Ethan in said laundry basket and then sit on it. Wait for him to start crying and then run for it when Mom or Dad comes to see why the baby is furious.

A couple of days ago, McKay was feeling pretty good and decided to play with the boys. The look of pain on Ayden's face here is actually a look of sheer joy and excitement! All three boys were running around wrestling, tackling each other and tickling. McKay was doing most of the tickling and both kids were eating it up!

Ethan half the time didn't know what the heck was going on. He was pretty cute to watch though. He would crawl over to the fray and then roll over like a puppy dog so that McKay could blow strawberries on his belly. He couldn't get enough of it! Ethan just started this thing when he gets excited, where he'll crawl really fast and look at the floor and shake his head back and forth. So that's what McKay got to see coming at him.

Ayden wanted to help blow strawberries, but instead just squished Ethan, who didn't seem to mind until Ayden tried to scrape his bottom half over Ethan's head.

We've just discovered that someone really LOVES Rice Crisp... that doesn't sound right, but I can't think of what it's actually called or if that IS really right. Ayden asked me for three bowls yesterday and it cracked me up to see his Rice Crispy goatee!

I just finished the beanie Ayden's wearing yesterday. Its the first one I've made in a looong time and decided to let Ayden try it on even though it's sized for my head. He. Loved. It. I'll have to make one that fits his head before it gets too cold. He took it with us on a walk today and was very cute with his too big beanie. Man some of the ladies I meet at the playground. I tell you, that place draws the crazies in like a beehive does a bear! And no I am not one of the crazies! There were four women that came with their kids. By the conversions I heard they were either sisters or in-laws. The first thing that made me raise my eyebrow were the pants hiked up right under their breasties, then the mismatched shirts with scarves and funky jackets AND one woman was sporting aviator glasses. And no they were NOT the style you'd ever want to buy, they were tinted this puke yellow/orange. blech! Then to further embarrass the kids they were with they followed most of them around telling them they could or couldn't do this. Which- I get. I do the same thing to Ayden sometimes. The difference is I don't hover and I don't get scared when my toddler goes down the slide or walks past the slide or tries to go down backwards on the slide. One of the older kids got stuck on the bars you climb across and I swear as soon as they heard him fuss all of them swarmed him from all directions. Maybe not swarmed- waddled quickly with purpose to his rescue, even though just ONE person could have helped him... or better yet, he was like 7 or 8. He could have helped himself!  

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sick day.

We had a few sick days this week... correction. This entire week for us has been sick days! Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. It would have been one thing for just the kids to be sick, but it ended up being ALL of us sick. Lucky for the rest of us, I only took pictures of Ayden being sick. He's a good representation of what we all feel and look like. The only thing is, when Mommy gets sick, she's the only one who still has to be the parent. When everyone else gets sick, they all clock out. Just peachy huh. I need to formally apologize now to my Mom for being so selfish! I just assumed that when she was sick she got just as much pampering as the rest of us, but then again I don't ever remember her getting sick. I just remember her taking naps sometimes. Being a Mother now, I feel awful that I was not more perceptive to her needs... and I've of course resigned myself now to most likely getting the same treatment. That way when I get treated like I'm not sick when I really am, I won't be as annoyed... hopefully.

Now onto more pleasant things! This week I spoke to a friend about pampering yourself and I've decided to take to heart what she's said and allow myself to feel justified in buying that new pair of shoes I've ogled over for the past couple of weeks! I have these little inner conversations with myself, more like arguments actually, but I'm usually conflicted over things that have to do with pampering me. Taking care of me. And making sure I feel special. So...I've come to this conclusion. What is so wrong with that? What is so wrong with being pampered? What is so wrong with buying a chocolate bar you didn't budget out for or a pair of shoes or a shirt? Keeping ME sane, requires some pampering. Now I just need to make sure I can convince myself of that long enough to treat myself to something, because I deserve it.

I'm writing a self help book. :) Can't you tell? It'll be all about my craziness and how to keep your head screwed on straight in a world bent on knocking your head clean off! Or in my case, my own children, husband and myself trying to knock my own head off. It'll be a best seller. I'm pretty sure.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Brother lovin

Ayden hasn't really gotten the idea that he can be nice to his little brother yet. So when he is good to him, McKay and I LOVE it! And we usually have to get proof that he was nice to him sometimes. In this case, I caught Ayden helping Ethan eat his dinner. It was really cute.

I can't add videos directly to my blog. Darn 3 columns! So, I posted a link to the video above. I'm not sure if you'll be able to hear Ayden or not, but when he's feeding Ethan you can hear him say, "Here you go Brother. Open up." along with a couple other things I couldn't quite decipher. Something like "Nuther bite."

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It's here

Well, there's no getting around it. Fall is here. The crisp smell of winter is in the air, and has been officially by my book for about two weeks now. The leaves are changing colors- rather sad for the leaves to be honest. We celebrate the beauty of their death. Most beautiful death I've ever seen, that's for sure!

As as result of the dying leaves (bless their souls.) :) and sharp air I have grown increasingly desperate to get my children outside! I have come to the realization that being trapped in my house all winter with two boys is about the equivalence to receiving the death penalty. YOU imagine yourself being stuck in a house with no backyard and two children, ages 2 1/2 and 9 months, for the winter! I get an anxiety attack just thinking about it. So, after much (*cough* not really) deliberation on how to resolve this problem, I have decided that Ayden will be put in a winter class of some sort, be it swimming lessons, gymnastics or little ninjas, I don't care! We WILL get out of the house.

Believe it or not, the last paragraph was not the sole purpose for this post! I really wanted to talk about what us boys HAVE been doing in our desperation to get outside.

  • We've cleaned the Moped. Which of course was more like Ayden running around the parking lot, stopping occasionally to push Ethan in his walker. I don't fully trust just letting him crawl all over the road. Can't imagine why. . . :) And then me actually cleaning the Moped. Ayden tried to help, but decided the water was 'hot! It's hot Mommy' and went back to pushing Ethan, killing bugs and jumping in puddles.

  • We also dug up the plants I had out front. Its getting cold enough outside that they're dying and I don't want to pull them up when they've rotted. Yuck. Ayden enjoyed this part very much! He's pick all the leaved and put them in the bag, then he'd find several earwigs that I'd uprooted while pulling up the whole plant and naturally he's moosh them! Those thing NEVER had a chance. I don't care though. I hate earwigs. Sickly little bugs. Ayden's shoes must have looked like the elephant graveyard from the Lion King.

  • And the last thing we did was remove our window A/C!! Yay, we have our window back! Ayden and I walked behind our townhouse and played in the little strip of grass back there. He enjoyed being pulled through the window several times while I fought with the air conditioner trying to get it out of the window. It was awkward and heavy for its small size. Glad its done though. We don't have an annoying little breeze sifting in any longer! And no more spiders deciding that the A/C is a good entry point into our home. Hopefully, when it gets warm enough again I can get it back IN the window!

  • The last and by far MOST exciting thing we've done outside is annihilate all the spiders' webs over our door frame, window and siding! We had NO mercy. I don't have a broom to sweep them off with... if that's even what you're supposed to use to get rid of spiders' webs. I don't know. Ayden and I used a bucket of water. Correction. BUCKETS of water. We grabbed a few cups and then drenched our window, our walls and our door frame. The door was closed! Ayden didn't exactly throw the water strong enough or even in any particular direction to make any headway with our goal. Lucky for him I was having just as much fun spraying water all over the place as he was and the job got done. Its amazing how much nicer our doorway looks now that there are no more webs. And no our webs did not look as pretty as that picture. The one's around our house were bug infested and ratty.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cute little randomness about our fam

Ethan and I had a great night a few days ago. He was very cuddly and cute with me. I love it! We sat together on the couch while he laughed as I tickled him. We sucked on our fingers. He poked my mouth, scratched my eyes crawled all over me! It was truly a memorable night for me. I love my little guy.
Before the Priesthood session on Saturday night, McKay and Ayden had some fun playing. I couldn't help myself and had to take some pictures!

Aren't they cute!

And last and CERTAINLY least. I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday and of course I figured that you would all like to see the damage.

Not too bad eh? you should have seen Melissa my little sis! Her cheeks were massive! I've only got one slightly fat one. McKay has been so wonderful through all this, even though it's only been a day and a half. He's been a good sport. Taking care of our two busy boys. At least he gets to see what it's like for me ALL the time! :) I couldn't have done this with without him. I had a nasty first day and night and received a blessing as a result. What a blessing it is to have people in my life that hold the priesthood. What a blessing it is to have a wonderful and helpful husband! And thank gosh I will never have to do this again!