Monday, December 20, 2010

A little about us

Someone mentioned to me that my blog was all about my kids and had nothing about Toby and I. Well, that's the only thing that seems interesting to me.... but I've been trying to think about what I could write about Toby and me.

Toby just got a new calling in church. He is now an Advisor for the teacher's quorum. He is still running his website and this summer started another business with his brother and mom selling sempervivums. He is just marked his 4th year at work and is a professional Bang the bullet player.

I also got a new calling in church. I am now the 2nd counselor in the Primary. It keeps me on my toes and by the time I get out of church I'm ready for a nap. I still play basketball with friends twice a week and love it. They even let me fill in on their city league team when they need more players. I work at Zeke's preschool and spend the rest of my time doing projects and hanging out with friends (who share kids that are Zeke's friends of course).

That's all I've got. I hope that satisfies you. Now back to the kids...

Sugar Cookie Houses

Janiece and Connor came up with the idea of doing Sugar Cookie Houses instead of our usual graham cracker houses. We figured they would taste better this way. The party grew to include Connor's brother, Ryan and his girlfriend, Meredith so of course we had to call Trent and Catelin and have them come too.

Yep, that is Zeke chugging sprinkles.

Porter was in charge of eating cookies and supervising. He loved his job!

I will have to get some pictures of the stockings that we made with Janiece and Connor. They are looking pretty good if you ask me! I even stayed up till midnight to work on mine... yep that is late for me. I am so lame!

Singing at the Mall

Zeke's preschool did a singing program at the mall. I LOVE seeing them perform the songs that they work on, however, I'm pretty sure I get the better end of the deal. Because I help out in preschool I get to hear them practice all their songs. They do well in their performances, but nothing compares to how they get into it in class.

After they sang, they took a ride on the Christmas train and then went to visit Santa!

After all the kids got a chance to visit Santa, He had them all close their eyes and wish for a Christmas miracle. When they opened them, it was snowing! Yep, right there in the mall. The kids thought it was amazing!

It's Christmas time

When December hit the festivities began. We filled the first Saturday with as many things as possible. First we went to our ward Christmas breakfast. Then we headed over to Gardner Village to see the elves and check out the Christmas shops.

After Gardner Village we went up to Robin and Janene's house to make peanut brittle. Janene, being the master chef that she is, taught me how to smell the mix to know exactly the right time to take it off the stove. We loved being there and it really felt like Christmastime in their home. We left their house and headed for Temple Square. It was BEAUTIFUL! We stayed warm by fighting through the crowds that were there.

We left Temple Square and ran in the mall for a little while. I think you can say that we had a full day. The boys were beat by the time we got home, but they had a fun day.

Funny Zeke

Me: "Zeke, you're driving me crazy!"

hours pass

Zeke: "Mom, you're driving me crickets!"

As we were pulling out all of our Christmas stuff, we found Zeke's stocking.
Toby: "Zeke, do you know what Santa will put in here?"

Zeke: ".... his foot!"

Eating dinner
Zeke: "Look at my spilled soup... it's a smiley face!"

Playing in the snow
Zeke throws a couple snowballs at the house.
Zeke: "Mom come see, it's a smiley face." He then throws another one... "and there's the mouth!"

Zeke brought home a letter to Santa from preschool. He filled in 3 things that he wanted for Christmas....
1. Firefly
2. Bear
3. Cucumber

I feel like I could write down everything that boy says. He is so funny!

Friday, November 26, 2010

I stand corrected...

I just found out I've been saying it wrong all these years.

It's not hide and seek...

It's called Hide and Zeke.

Who knew?!

Monday, November 15, 2010


Zeke begged me for 2 weeks up to Halloween to take him Trick or Treating. I told him that I would definitely take him on Halloween night. So when the fateful day finally arrived, pouring down rain, I had no choice. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I caved and bought an umbrella before we left, but it came in handy. (Real Oregonians don't own umbrellas)
Here are my cute boys... I mean my cute dragon and Tigger.

Here we are excited to brave it out in the rain.

When Zeke could no longer move because he was too wet and cold, we called it a night. The didn't stop Zeke from begging to go to "one more house".
This is the face Porter gave every time someone pulled out a camera.

Did I mention that Zeke and Porter had 6 adults taking them Trick or Treating? That must be love. When we got home, and warmed up, we checked out the goods. I had a great time going through his bucket after he was in bed.

Hee Haw Farm

During the day on Halloween, we took the boys to Hee Haw Farm. I was sure it was going to be packed, but with the weather not being wonderful it was fairly empty. The pictures are in opposite order of what we did because we ended up in the corn box last due to rain but you get the idea.
Toby is so good at playing with the boys. They have so much fun together.

The corn maze is when the weather turned bad, but that didn't stop us. We probably went down every possible trail in there. Zeke and Toby had fun throwing corn at pretend monsters coming out to get us.

Porter's favorite part was chasing the animals around.

Zeke LOVED going down the slide. As soon as we got to the bottom he took off up the hill to go again.

The boys hopped on the animal train for a quick ride. They said I really missed out on that one.

We also went on the trick or treating hay ride. Different characters were around the route ready to throw candy to anyone who said trick or treat.

I'm not sure what Zeke is doing in this picture, but he was excited to be there.

Gardner Village

We finally made it to Gardner Village this year for Halloween. I can't believe we have never gone before. The boys loved it. Zeke loved finding all the witches hiding around the place.
Zeke begged me to take a picture of this funny witch that crashed into the building.

Watch out Zeke, that witch is going to land on you!!!

I know this picture is almost the same, but I thought he looked so cute in it.

I'm not too sure what Porter thought of this.

We even splurged on getting Zeke's face painted and some cotton candy. I can't wait to go again next year!

Preschool Halloween Party

Zeke absolutely LOVES preschool. He begs to go everyday, but has to settle for just 3 days a week. This is at his Halloween party. He dressed up as an astronaut. They prepared a bunch of songs to sing for all of the parents. It's a good thing I help out during preschool and get to hear him singing then, because I'm pretty sure he didn't do anything the entire program :)
Here he is with his teacher Miss Sheryl whom he absolutely adores.

This is his best friend at preschool, Brigham... I mean Batman.

Both classes were there together for the party.

Getting ready to preform.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wonder Pets, Wonder Pets we're on our way...

I help at Zeke's preschool. Preschoolers are SO funny! Take yesterday for example. The kids were cleaning up all the toys when one boy belts out:

"What's going to work?"

Of course the entire classroom chimed in and yelled:


Then all the kids repeated it again. I guess we know which show is popular among the 3-5 age group.

The only thing missing was someone adding my favorite line of all...

"This.... is.... SERIOUS!"

(Yeah, I've watched this WAY too many times.)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Party

We had our annual pumpkin party last week. Check out all these cute kids eating our yummy pumpkin waffles.

After eating, we went outside for a fun pumpkin game.

The big kids played a pumpkin rolling game.

The little kids played their own version of pumpkin bowling.

Then on to carving pumpkins.


I love these boys!

Quiet Time

I love quiet time at my house. It's my sanity time. I had given up on it for a while because Zeke refused to take a nap. I decided to reinstate it and it has paid off! Even though Zeke doesn't take a nap, this is what he does. He will "read" his books for an hour. Did you know a 3 year old could have such a long attention span? AMAZING!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stop growing

My boys are the perfect ages right now. I am having so much fun with them. I know every stage is fun and the next one will be just as good as this one, but I wish I could stop time. I don't want Zeke to get any older and I like how Porter is gaining some independence but still wants to snuggle up with me. Here are a few things I don't want to forget about my boys right now:

The way he says crocodile.
His love of milk.
How easily he goes to bed.
His cheesy smile he gives when I pull out the camera.
How he loves to play hide and go seek but can't find anyone... ever.
How firmly he tells you his is not a boy... he is Zeke.
The way he tries to race me getting his buckles on in the car.

The way he puts his forehead up against mine when he wants to give love.
How he makes kissing sounds when you tell him to give you a kiss.
The fact that he doesn't crawl, but scoots around.
How snugly he his.
The way he loves anything soft and will grab it and love it.
How he points me to where he wants to go and begs for things by grunting.
The fact that he out eats Zeke and is still soooo skinny.

I'm pretty sure I'm the luckiest mom in the world.

Conference weekend visit

Porter is starting to figure out this walking thing.

What happens to Limbs when they sit down, hold still, and are quiet?

Porter plays with toys so well. It amazes me how much fun he has playing.

Nana and Popi picked up this fun new toy at the fair. It was a hit with all the boys young and old alike.

We got to listen to General Conference over the weekend. I love it! I anxiously wait every six months for conference to come and it never disappoints. We are so lucky to have a prophet on the earth.