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.

50 Nifty United States

So Mikey has become quite the little geography whiz since getting his big USA floor puzzle.  We’re potty training  and after a successful #2 he looked in the toilet and exclaimed: “Wow! My poop looks like Hawaii!”  I dread the day when Alaska or Texas comes, because Hawaii took at least 20 minutes!!

Mikey passed an elementary school in St. George and said, “When I turn 5 I can go to that school.”

Daddy: That school is in Utah and you have to live in Utah to attend their schools. 

Mikey: We should move.

Mike: Where should we move?

Mikey: (after thinking about it a while) KANSAS!

Sorry west coast.  My 3 year old isn’t too excited for your school system!

Look, There’s Utah!

The sun was shining in the house and made a shape on the floor in front of the stairs.  Mikey came to us and said, “Look, there’s Utah!”  and then proceeded to jump over it while exclaiming, “I’m jumping over Utah. I’m jumping over Utah!”

He was totally baffled that his Utah sunlight shape disappeared and resembled something closer to Colorado or Wyoming after an hour since the sun had moved.

Mikey is 3 Years Old

The week before Mikey was born (a little over 3 years ago), my mom rolled her Explorer on the highway after she took her seat belt off to remove her jacket.  She spent the night in the hospital and had to tell me only 1/2 truths  (car problems) about why it was taking her so long to come down to see me so I wouldn’t go in to labor.

2 years ago, my Dad drove from Vegas (celebrating Mikey’s bday) back home only to get in a 4 wheeling accident (wearing no helmet) where he faced either running head on into an on coming vehicle or drive over the ledge and head down close to the icy river.  He chose the latter, rolled a few times,  broke some things, had a long ambulance ride to the hospital about 45 minutes away.

Last year we celebrated by ourselves for fear someone else would have bad luck with moving vehicles!

This year we opted to go see these “unlucky” grandparents and celebrate Mikey’s birthday up there, hoping and praying the weather would be good and we wouldn’t get in a wreck!

Couldn’t have been better conditions!  We had a reunion with some extended family, went ice fishing, sledding, 4 wheeling on the ice, had a party, and celebrated like crazy!

I’m afraid we can’t top this party even if we wanted to.  It was simple, with family, a Cars cake the Mikey really wanted Grandma to make, and just lots of fun with 2nd cousins he’s hardly known until now! Yay for family parties and Happy Birthday Mikey!

In Our Lovely Deseret

So for Labor Day we took our first vacation for the year as a family (somewhere other than St. George to visit the in-laws).  We went to see my parents for a change and we had such a relaxing time.  We, for only a split second, were contemplating leaving the city life and trading it in for real country small town living.  I think we came back to our senses rather quickly though!  Mike drove back home Labor Day while I stayed at my parents for a week to enjoy the simple country life.  Here’s a little run down of our events:

Friday- arrive at Grandma and Grandpa’s house at like around midnight… The funny thing is that we left Vegas about 8 hours earlier and it’s only a 5 hour ride!?!

Saturday- we went to the mountains in Upper Huntington Canyon for a day trip.  We had Green River watermelon, took Mikey on a nature walk, played in the dirt and, get this- I started reading Twilight.  I don’t know if I should be ashamed or embrace that I finally gave in to peer pressure to read the book.  Mikey, Mike, and my dad were on the boat for Mikey’s first boat ride and chance to fish, so I stayed on shore and read a book while Josh slept the whole time in his carrier.  We had no sense of time or commitments or the hot scorching sun!!! I was so engrossed in reading my vampire love novel that I didn’t even feel the sun penetrating my pale cold skin. When I got home I sure could feel the burning hot sensation on my arms and legs- a sunburn!!  I haven’t had a sunburn like this since I was a kid!!  I guess there’s no pollution in the mountains to block the sun’s rays, because I got burned bad!! I’m still peeling like 3 weeks after the fact!!

Sunday- Go to “Ammah’s church” and go to nursery!!  Mikey has come a long way since starting nursery nearly a year ago.  He’s happy to go to any nursery class now!  We had fish for dinner and since we appropriately called it “fish nuggets” it was eaten in its entirety by Mikey.  We couldn’t believe he ate the whole thing!!

Monday- Just watch Cars on DVD like a million times and debate whether to go to Provo or not.  We chose not to.  Mike traveled back to see him parents and got a haircut while there. 

Tuesday- Go to Provo for shopping and fruit.  Nothing beats fresh fruit from the fruit stands on the side of the road.  Note to self- VEGAS of all places has peaches really cheap and really big!  Perfecto for canning.

Wednesday- Do some shopping, visit some relatives, go check out the Harvest Village.  Mikey experienced his first pony ride.  We ate some awesome sandwiches on homemade bread and shopped, shopped, shopped.  Utah has the best home decor stores!  We drove back home to Grandma’s house and took pictures of their alternative energy.  It was ironic that the mills were hardly turning though.

Thursday- Rested and recouperated at Grandma’s house.  Ferron was having Peach Days, their Founders Day pretty much, and offered a free dessert bar and talent show in the evening so of course we had to check out the local talent.  Grandma appropriately made peach cobbler and received a participant ribbon and a crisp $2 bill.  Mikey almost sang the ABCs for the talent show, but was too busy spinning and making himself dizzy when they were doing the last calls for participants.

Friday- Canned peaches all day and hit up the free city dinner at the park to continue the celebration of Peach Days.

Saturday- We went to the Ferron City parade!!  Mikey experienced his first small town parade- complete with salt water taffy, lots of politicians in shiny cars, horses, 1 marching band, and a few princesses and queens waving their pageant wave.  It didn’t take him long to figure out what to do- run into the street to pick up the candy that was thrown from the floats.  It was so much fun.  We don’t have that kind of fun in Vegas, that’s for sure!!  And we had to check out the quilts and oversized veggies at the Ferron City Fair.  Grandma entered her hand sewn quilt, but she missed the deadline so it was only for show, not to be judged.  Maybe next year the big blue prize ribbon can be yours Grandma!

Sunday- Go to church and nursery.  And lucky for me, the RS teacher was a presidency member and gave me all her notes from her awesome talk.  When I was a classroom teacher, the motto of a teacher was to “beg, borrow, and steal” and that’s just what I did!  So, 2 more months and it’s my turn to teach again in RS and I already have my talk!!

Monday- Take our time coming back to Vegas to see Daddy and adjust to the hot blistering sun that only Vegas can offer.  Grandma drove us back and stayed for a few days in Vegas before going back home.  That was so much fun to take a break from the hustle and bustle of not only city life, but church callings, homework, housework, and all the other great stuff that I completely left behind.  That little slow paced country lifestyle was just what I needed!!  It was of course wonderful for Grandma and Grandpa to see their grandbabies too!  Hopefully we’ll be able to get away for Thanksgiving and go see some family in California.