September Events

We went to my parents house after Labor Day to celebrate their town’s Peach Days- a week long celebration with small town festivities.  The ironic thing is that the town doesn’t even have peach orchards any more.  Regardless, the boys had so much fun participating in all the events. 

Monday: Strut Your Mutt Pet Parade

Tuesday: Talent Show

Wednesday: we went to visit family in Provo

Thursday: I don’t remember. 

Friday: Dinner and variety show at Mayor’s Park

Saturday: Town Parade, lunch and festivities and City Park, Soap Box Derby,  Horse Races, and Demolition Derby.

We also had picnics in the mountains, towed my mom’s Explorer to safety since she nearly drove it over a ledge into a mudddy stream, got lots of rain, and visited with lots of neighbors and family.  We did some sewing projects, visited lots of neighbors’ gardens to get some produce, and made lots of homemade goodies.  All in all it was a really fun time and a nice break from Vegas.

Joshy’s Growing Bigger

My brother is getting married Saturday so I’m slowly unloading the camera to the computer 1 month at a time.  Here’s some cute pictures of Josh.  He’s now 20 months old, a few days shy of 21 months and is quite the little demon child.  He’s either really happy or really upset, unfortunately it tends to be the latter of the 2 more often than not.  It reminds me of when he came out shrieking at the top of his lungs and I thought I had just given birth to the spawn of the devil.  I guess I should try and remember the happy times, but since they are few and far between I find it easier not to.  So here’s some happy pics of happy times. 

Josh wants to do anything and everything Mikey does.  They can play with Geo Trax for hours at a time.  Josh has even mastered hooking the trains together and building the tracks. 

He prefers to drink from a regular cup at meal time and snack time rather than a sippy- yay!

He signs “more” on Sundays when the YM are passing the sacrament and walking down the aisles.  One day when I’m not paying attention I know he’s going to wander off to see if one of them will give him some more bread.

Has a mouthful of teeth, but still a gap on the bottom row for 2 more to come in.

Shrieks at the top of his lungs if something isn’t meeting his expectations or if you took something he wanted.

Has taken a liking to sleeping in our bed.  Last night he cried for an hour in his crib, didn’t want a milk sippy or mommy and daddy hugs.  We put him down on the floor and he walked into our room, turned a laundry basket over to use as a stool, climbed up under the covers and decided to fall asleep on our bed.  Great!!

He loves to press buttons, turn knobs, and get his fingers on everything.  He really likes pressing the button to close the garage door, playing with cell phones, and turning off and on light switches.

Josh is a great helper.  Anything that Josh and Mikey both get Josh loves to have in his hands and then give it to Mikey.  Every night we give loaded toothbrushes to Josh and he then goes and gives one to Mikey.  Josh loves to retreive the laundry baskets and then helps to unload and load the washer and dryer.  He’s also learning how to unload the dishwasher.  I do love this stage where kids love to help with chores.

He insists on sitting on the potty every night before bathtime  and wiping and flushing.  No real action, but he’s excited to try.  Totally think he’ll be trained before Mikey was.  I can rejoice about that.

Loves to go bye-bye and crawls into his stroller if he thinks we should go for a walk.

Loves to play the piano just like his big brother, of course!

Has a fond affection for any stuffed animal, big or key-chain sized small.  He grabs them and kisses them and hugs them while turning side to side.  It’s quite funny to watch.

Gives you a look that can kill- you don’t mess with him when you get that look

Can audibly say: mummy, daddy, ball, cookie, milk,  juice.  He gets what he wants (usually), but has been referred for speech therapy.  Haven’t heard from them yet, but it will be nice when he can communicate with us so we know what he wants.  He’s very selective and random with his sign language too!  Such a unique little kid.

May in Review

Well May was a busy month.  So let’s get to the pictures to show off our events.  Well, my pics are scrambled and doing wierd things, so bear with me while I attempt to resolve the issue over the next few days… (Dear Husband, if you’re reading my blog please fix the pics).

Mother’s Day- we used our free Shark Reef tickets (mailed our taxes on April 15th at Mandalay Bay and received free tickets for doing so) and strolled around the exhibits.  Honestly, I’m glad we didn’t pay.  It lasted like a whole 15 minutes.  We had a blast just finally spending some quality family time together and the boys seemed to enjoy themselves.  We then went to try out a new restaurant using our restaurant.com gift certificate and had some pizza and pasta and fun finger foods.  And we finally got going with assembling more square foot garden boxes for the backyard.  Mikey calls them Olive Garden boxes.

CSN Graduation- Mike (hubs), Brian (brother), Valerie (friend from the old neighbor) + Dan (Val’s hubs) all graduated together.  So all the families and extended families sat next to eachother at the Thomas and Mack and squinted and strained to see each one.  Wait, let me rephrase that.  I have little kids who didn’t do so well sitting in the nosebleed section so we played by the concession stands with the stroller and conveniently watched the ceremonies on the tvs all around.  Afterwards we had a little party at the Institute bldg for all the grads.  Yay for college degrees.  I don’t think any of the grads feel much smarter though.  

It's Vegas Formal

It's Vegas Formal Gramps and Grams

The Future Mrs. – My little bro is finally getting married!  Oh my mother is rejoicing after 26 long years! We invited Heather’s parents over to our house to meet the family.  My grandpa from Washington was down for all the hoopla and our cousin Derrick made a surprise visit before his deployment to see Grandpa.  So we had a full house to share homemade Cafe Rio burritos and homemade ice cream.  We are a pet-free family and the pooches in the back were driving my dear husband crazy.  We had a great time visiting and the dogs didn’t scratch up or bust through the back windows so everything was okay!
The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

 

Grandpa's Only Grandsons

Grandpa's Only Grandsons

 

Lola and Stitch

Lola and Stitch

 

Great Grandpa- spent 2 weeks with our family and really enjoyed seeing his only great grandsons.  He brought a toy tow truck that has officially been named Mater and he helped us a ton with projects in and around the house.  My grandpa is very handy and just always wants to be working on something.  He helped us run water lines through the garden boxes, make a shelf for Mike’s office, organized my garage, create a pantry in my coat closet, trimmed and tied our tree branches, and bought us patio chairs since ours blew over the wall and we never got them back.  This doesn’t even include the week we spent at my mom’s house and helping her with all her unfinished projects I get to inherit some day!  Thanks for all the help Grandpa.
Stocking the Coat Closet Pantry

Stocking the Coat Closet Pantry

 

 Resting During Garage Organization

Resting During Garage Organization

 

Go Fish Gwampa"

"Go Fish Gwampa"

 

The Gardener's Apprentice

The Gardener's Apprentice

"Yay for Gwampa"

"Yay for Gwampa"

Memorial Day- This is my favorite holiday for some crazy reason.  I remember going to a bunch of cemetaries with my grandma and she’d recite who was related to who and tell me a story about each one of the people and how they died.  Well now that she’s passed on it’s only my mom and I who go to the cemetaries.  Make that the cemetary.  We have our ritual of stopping to buy flowers and flags at the Richfield local WalMart and then heading to my grandpa and grandma’s grave.  We didn’t pay very close attention all those years to know who else was burried where.  I guess that’s a great reason to get started with geneology and figure out the other routes on my Memorial Day trek to decorate graves. 
 We then spend a week at my parents house and attempt to finish some sewing projects, take the boys to see the great outdoors, and help my mom with any projects she has going on for church or the city.  My grandpa V came up this time we helped my mom clean out her garage do some much needed yard work, and fix a few things.  All in all, a very enjoyable time with family.  Oh, and my dad took me for a ride on his new Harley- loved it!!!
Flags and Flowers

Flags and Flowers

 

My 1st Harley Ride with Dad

My 1st Harley Ride And the Dismount

 

I Prefer to Sit

I Prefer to Sit

Weeeeeee

Weeeeeee

Swing Time

Swing Time

Cutting the Green with Grandma

Cutting the Green with Grandma

Sharing Our Toys is Fun to Do

Sharing Our Toys is Fun to Do

Brotherly Love- I can’t believe how sweet and how mean these 2 boys can be to one another.  Luckily at Grandma and Grandpa N’s house this trip they were really good to each other.  I’m glad I caught these on camera, because some days I need the nice reminder that they can and do love eachother.  I am way too young to start getting gray hair, but these boys have brought it out in me, aughhh!
I Love My Brother

I Love My Brother

Tight Squeeze

Tight Squeeze

Cheese

Cheese

Dear Big Brother Mikey,

 

I just wanted to let you know that while you’re away at Grandma’s house I am holding my own back here at the house.  I’ve been playing with your Power Wheels Jeep in the garage and I even rode your bike a little bit.  I think Daddy will be able to realign the handle bars, but don’t worry, I didn’t get a scratch on it, anywhere!  I promise!

The Geo Trax are all doing well too!  I’ve watched you plenty of times load up the passengers and cargo and then move the handle on the remotes to make the trains move, so I gave it a try and did really well!  They are so much fun.  And I even put them back when I was done playing… well, most of them.

The puzzles I’m not too good with, yet!  I got a bit frustrated and just threw the pieces in a pile with all the Cox box of blocks that are all over the family room.  When you get home you can clean those up!

And I was having a difficult morning, so Mommy let me use your sippy bowl!  I love that thing!  I ate some cereal and then I even was able to sip up some cereal milk from the bowl.  I think I’ll want this bowl every morning now.  And I really wanted to use your place mat at lunch time too!  Did I mention we ate your favorite, mac n cheese, for lunch today?  You’re really missing out big brother. 

I wasn’t really in the mood for a nap, so guess what?  Mommy let me stay up.  That never happens when you’re here!

This evening we’re ordering pizza!  I’m so excited!  And Uncle Brian and Heather are coming over and we’re going to paint in Mommy’s room.  Maybe Unkee Brian will let me fly your kite tonight as well!  I think I can keep the kite strings untangled and off of the neighbor’s roof!?

So I am having a really great time with just Mommy and she’s paying a whole lot more attention to me with out you around, but I miss you Big Brother.  I hope you’re having fun at Grandma’s, but next time can you take me too?  I think Mommy deserves a much needed break from all her boys, even if it’s only for a weekend.  I am sleeping through the night, so I think Grandma would be okay if I came up too!  I kind of miss having you around to play with and chase and make funny sounds with.  Mommy just doesn’t do it right! 

Well give all my cousins slobbery kisses and tell them I will be up soon,

Little Brother Joshy

Mikey’s New Pet

Upon hearing the Mikey gets to babysit a cat next week, Grandma N was reminded that they (Grandma and Grandpa) were thinking about getting a cat for Mikey and Josh.  When asked what I thought I said that’s fine as long as it stays at their house 6 hours away!  When Grandma N then talked to Mikey to see if he would like a cute little kitty cat to play with at her house he paused and then said NO!  We then asked what kind of animal he wanted Grandma and Grandpa to get him to play with at their house and after thinking for a few seconds he replied very seriously,  A LION!