Monday, February 16, 2015

My Baby is One!!!

Dash turned one year old February 12th!  I'm not gonna lie, I kind of love him being a baby.  He has been such a good baby, and so happy!  And because Jeter and Jerzi were a little older when he was born, I have got to just enjoy every little baby stage that he's been in.  I can't get enough of him!  I smother him with kisses and munch his cheeks, and squeeze him and hug him every second I can.  Had says I'm treating him like he's the baby of the family, so we must be done having kids.  I say we better have another so I can do this again!  

We took him to get some balloons cuz what one year old doesn't love balloons?  He had a good ol time with them!

I really had no idea what I should get him for his birthday.  He has all of Jeter's clothes, all of Jeter and Jerzi's toys to play with...and he's not going to remember or even notice if we get him something or not. But I had to get him something!  I saw a tutorial on pinterest on how to make a sock monkey and decided it would be the perfect little gift for him.  
(Ok, ok, that's kind of a lie.  I had those thoughts for him for Christmas, and planned to make this for a Christmas gift, but didn't get it done, so it became the perfect birthday present!)

I found a cute pair of socks (after a long search), and I got to work.  Once I got halfway into it, I again realized how little I know about sewing.  Needless to say, I had to do some research to figure out how to do a bunch of stitches so I could finish him up.  Had even showed me a few techniques because apparently, doctors know how to sew! 

He turned out to be pretty cute and the sock patterns worked awesome for a monkey!

I made him his own little cake (which was a good thing it was just for him, cuz it wasn't very good).

He was not like my other kids with their first cake.  He jumped right in and grabbed a handful and put it right up to his face.  HAHA I love him!

Things about Dash right now:
-He loves to eat.  He eats everything in sight... except corn.
-He is in the 90% for height.
-When we lay him down for bed, he automatically puts one foot up on top of the other leg.
-He doesn't like me to sing to him when I'm rocking him and putting him to bed.  haha  For real, when I start singing, he covers my mouth with his hand, and holds it there.
-He started walking at 10 months, now he's starting to run.
-He loves to laugh and make people laugh.
-He gets into everything, and laughs his head off when he gets caught.
-He tries to grab his parts every time I change his diaper, then laughs like crazy when I tell him no.
-He laughs whenever we tell him no... for anything he's doing that's naughty.
-He hates having his diaper changed, like pulls out all sorts of wrestling moves so that he's not on his back.
-He has to have 2 binks to go to sleep, one in his mouth and one in his hand.
-When we strip him to put him in the bath, he sticks his belly and chest out and starts scratching it like crazy.
-He has the opposite of OCD.  He hates having anything in its place. If it's in it's place, he has to wreck it.  A few examples...He seriously will not go out of the kitchen if the dish towels are not on the floor.  He won't leave my bathroom until he has emptied every drawer.  He won't go out of my bedroom if he hasn't emptied my jewelry stand.  And not one bracelet can remain in its place!  He runs to the pantry if the door is opened so he can swipe everything off the bottom shelf before we can stop him.

We love this little boy like crazy!!! 
Happy Birthday sweet little Dashy!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Alamo Bowl

I'm pretty sure we're the luckiest! Uncle Mike's football team, Kansas State, made it to the Alamo Bowl, so Mike and Jill said they would get us tickets if we wanted to come to the game since it was in San Antonio!!  Of course we wanted to come!  It was so fun to get to see and hang out with family, and so fun to watch a good football game!  Jill hooked us all up with Wildcats gear, even Dashy, so we were legit.  The Wildcats played the Bruins, and unfortunately the Bruins ended up beating them 40-35, but we still had a blast.  My kids don't even understand how lucky they are that they get to go these big games!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

It's Christmas!

Christmas is here!!!

Somehow this was the best picture I got of them in front of the tree. 

Dashy's first Christmas!  He didn't know what to think of it at first, but he quickly caught on.  Those binks were by far a favorite.

Here's some of Jerz's favorite gifts, or at least what I got a picture of.

To say they loved the bean bag is a big understatement!!! They all thought this was THE coolest gift!

Jete had a lot of favorites too.  He's growing up too fast! That picture of him on the bean bag just relaxing, listening to his headphones about kills me.  He's not a teenager yet!

Had got a new road bike and I got a Bosch!  Both things we've been dreaming of!

I love seeing everyone so happy, and being able to spend time with my family.  I love the Savior, and am so grateful that he came into this world for us.  What a great Christmas!!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Festivities

We love to go look at Christmas lights!  Ok, so maybe everyone doesn't love it, maybe they just like it, but I love it.  It's one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time.  When I was little, my mom used to drive us around Rexburg, all packed into our station wagon, looking at all the Christmas lights.  There were so many of us crammed in that car, we'd fog up the windows and not hardly be able to see out, and then complain cuz we couldn't see the lights. My mom would tell us to quit breathing so much.  HAHA So we would all try and hold our breath as long as we could.  Those were the good ol days.  So now we take our family all around and try and find the best lit up neighborhoods we can. This is right outside the hospital that Had works at. Houston knows how to light it up.  I love love love going downtown Houston at Christmas!!  The palm trees and walkways and down the sides of the road are just the greatest! Lit up palm trees might be my new favorite.  

We have to make our gifts for our siblings each year, so I spend a lot of December trying to come up with ideas.  I finally decided, and made this giant wreath and picture for Ang.  

We went over to our friend's house (Gusty and Teri Graham) for Christmas Eve dinner.  We had so much yummy food, then we roasted marshmallows and had smores.  The kids ran around and played outside, played catch, and jumped on the tramp while the grown ups visited.  If we're gonna live in Texas, we might as well embrace the warm weather at Christmas time right? Then we had everyone come in and we got all the kids to act out the story of Jesus' birth.  Dashy got to be Baby Jesus, Jerzi was the angel, and Jeter did not want to be in it at all.  He finally accepted the part of holding the star.  All in all it was such a good night, and I'm happy that we got to share it with friends!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gettin Away

I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to run away from your problems, but on this particular day, I was having a bad day...and me and Had got in a fight over something dumb.  I needed to just get away for a little bit.  So I grabbed this little light in my life, and we went for a bike ride.  We rode and rode.  For miles and miles.  

He's the best little biking partner.  He seems to just soak up the surroundings and stare at everything in awe.  I feel that way too when I'm out in nature.  I love this particular bike path because it is so lush and green, and I feel close to the Savior when I'm in places like this.

We stopped at this overlook and watched for alligators.  We took pics, and threw rocks in the water. I just felt so lucky to be a mom.  To live in this beautiful world.  To have a husband that cares about me.  I know life isn't always gonna be perfect, and there's gonna be ups and downs, but I am grateful for what I have, and for the chance I had to get away for a minute to help me put things in perspective.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving On Our Own

When you live as far away from family as we do, sometimes ya have to do holidays by yourself.  This year was no exception.  We had our own little Thanksgiving dinner.  I tried to teach the kids about the Pilgrims and Indians, which I'm sure they listened to really good. Ha
Then we made our own little placemats.  They loved doin this, and I think they turned out pretty cute.

Even though it was just us, we still made sure to have all of our favorites: home made rolls, corn, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, a yummy apple pomegranate salad, and of course a big ol' turkey.

We may not be fancy, and we're small in number, but we still love our food!  I have to say, it felt kinda nice and cozy to have our first Thanksgiving dinner in our first home we've ever owned.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life in November

Here's just a little look at our life and what was going on this month. 

We stopped and ate lunch at Arby's on our way to Utah.  This is the first time Dash has ever eaten fast food before.  I hope this isn't an indicator of what's to come with this kid.  This is what is left of Dashy's meal!  He ate basically the whole sandwich, an applesauce, and fries. He's only 9 month's old!   

Jerz-girl graduated up to the next level in gymnastics!  I'm so proud of her for doing it, and working hard at it.  She is uncomfortable around other people, to say the least, and she still gets out there and owns it each week! It's been so fun to watch her learn and get better.

I try and come up with things to stay busy with Jerz and Dash while Had's at work and Jete's at school.  We go on LOTS of bike rides.  And I figure it's never too young to teach them how to make yummy rolls!

Jete finished his football season!  His team ended up playing for the championship!  The bad thing was it was the same day as the Ducks game in Utah.  We let him decide what he would rather do, play in his championship game, or go to Utah and watch the Ducks/Utes game.  He said he would rather go watch the Ducks play.  Then his team ended up losing the game while we were gone. :(  It was a good season though regardless.  He can't get enough football!!!

It wouldn't be normal at our house if someone didn't have a big ol' goose egg right in the middle of their forehead.

Derek Jeter announced his retirement in September, and Had knew how much I loved him, so he surprised me with this Derek Jeter jersey for my birthday.  I love it!  It was so sweet and thoughtful of him!