Saturday, October 25, 2014

More Fabulous Children

We never *quite* got around to birthday pictures of Jake, Viva, and Lincoln.... what can I say?  It's busy, busy busy.  But since we had the cameras out to grab the littlest guy Opa took some pictures of the other three for me.  We would have included Bentley but he is off touring Barrow still.  :)

Here are some of my favorites:







Friday, October 24, 2014

Off They Go!


My oldest three are off on a Vegas adventure!  Grandma Karen turned 60 this month, and they are lucky enough to go spend some time hanging out there with her.  They flew down with a relative of Karen's who was also headed this way, and I heard this morning that they made it!  I hope to hear all about their adventures when they return - but with kids you never know.  Feast or famine for information! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Barrow Highlights




Love these pictures, the last one in particular!  From all accounts (Bentley isn't very informative or chatty all the time!) Barrow was an exciting trip.  They went touring the local sites, went swimming at the school pool, checked out church in Barrow, took the missionaries to dinner, and went to the visitors center.  In addition to school and office work, of course!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mr. Independent

This post could be titled *all about Evan*, but the title I gave it sums him up pretty well too.


And here is a collection of random facts about my two year old that I want to remember!

I love how he says okay - "oh-tay", and you can hear the up lilt at the end of the word.  Way too cute.

I'm enamored of his current love of the word no.  He says it with great conviction.

Evan is normally happy in the morning and greets me with a smile, even if he's had to patiently wait for me to come to his rescue.

He loves jelly beans, turkey sausage, and vanilla wafers.  That's well rounded, right?

He is too busy running to cuddle, but lately has been great at sharing kisses.  He grabs your head with both hands to hold you in place, then lunges in.  :)

He wishes he could do everything for himself.  The other day he tried to take his pajama top off and ripped it straight down the back because he got stuck!  I guess those PJs were on the flimsy side?!

He has a great angry look - he juts out his jaw and grinds his teeth together, and glares.  This normally happens if you tell him no or if you take away the iPad.  Which he has a bit of an addiction to.

He loves the cat and follows him around to offer his great hugs to Ramses.  I hope that cat appreciates his adoring fan.

And that's it for now!  We love this little character!

P.S. - Evan's height and weight are in the 50th percentile, but his head is in the 98th.  That's an awfully big brain! :)

P.S.S - Are you wondering where the super cute pictures of my favorite two year old are?  Well... he is a crazy boy, a super fast and busy dare devil.  He declined my offer of some cover up to minimize his bruise collection from running into everything from couches to floors to walls to brothers, so I'm monitoring the situation and waiting on the perfect bruise free moment for some nice pictures.  I'm hoping that moment comes!  Ha!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Fabulous Birthday Boy!

We managed to sneak in a few shots with Evan yesterday, which is great since he's been busy running straight into walls and cupboards today.  Crazy kid!  A charmer, though. :)  Which is good since he is also a crazy imp.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jake the Reader


Jake has been reading A LOT lately. He has a book series that he currently loves: The Magic Tree House. He enjoys both the Merlin Missions and the original series. He informed me that does not read the Fact Trackers. (I think he might enjoy them because he likes nonfiction fact books which is what they are.)

We went to the library a couple of weeks ago and he checked out three Magic TreeHouse books. He had them read in two days and we had to go back. He picked up another ten books in the series and his mom has downloaded others from the library on the Kindle. He has been reading, reading, reading--and best of all LOVING IT!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Off to Barrow

Matt had to fly today to Barrow for some weekend work, and he asked Bentley if he wanted to go along.  Bentley jumped on the opportunity to go on a weekend adventure with his Dad, and off they've gone!  I took them to the airport at 5 am this morning:



I hope they have a great time!  It should be unless Daddy tries to force Bentley into trying whale.... I just don't see that going over too well.  :)  I already miss them, and look forward to seeing them home on Tuesday!