Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thanksgiving Point Playdate

 Grandma invited us to Thanksgiving Point today so we spent some time inside the Museum of Curiosity. First the kids spent a lot of their time playing with money in the bank vault and then we went to the water room where they got soaked so we finished our trip up outside to dry off.

Check out this big boy in a big boy swing! He also totally did the zipline which I couldn't believe!

Cousins on the teeter totter:

Then we walked over to the pond to feed the fish:

It's always so fun to watch the koi flip all over each other to get the food. Now that I think about it, kinda exactly like human's with Costco samples. That's embarrassing...








Already looking forward to our next playdate there with Grandma!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Manila Creek Pond

 While the boys napped, Jane watched Harry Potter 2 for the first time. She read the book a while ago but we were making her earn the movie by getting ready for bed when we asked her, without getting distracted, for a week straight. My sister advised me to let her watch it during the day and I'm glad I did. She was terrified of the spiders but was able to forget about them by bedtime. 

Wendy had watched cartoons in another room for 2 and a half hours so by the time the boys woke up, I actually had to wake them up, I felt like we needed an adventure because the girl's brained were fried from TV and the boys were so sleepy that I needed to wear them out so they'd be ready to go back to sleep at night.

So, even though it was 4pm and I had no plan for dinner, we got our swim suits on and headed to Manila Creek Pond for the first time.

It was surprisingly uncrowded but maybe that's because everyone else in Utah County is responsible and were getting ready for dinner.

Us on the other hand decided that dinner would work itself out and we needed to play. The water was much clearer than this pool of "chocolate milk" as Boston kept calling it.

Apparently you can fish here but they had a section roped off for the kids to play in. I could't find Logan's swim suit because we'd used it so much this week but he was totally fine in shorts and a shirt. He never ended up getting too wet either so it was fine.

It wasn't sand like we are used to but close enough and much easier to get off when trying to leave. Boston and Wendy played together almost the whole time.

The beach and pond area is really nice in that it's small enough that the kids can explore on their own and I can still see them all. No one can get too far. Wendy kept going out into the pond and asking how far she could go. It was fun telling her that she could go further than she thought because it wasn't too deep. She was the only one who really played in the pond. The others just got their legs wet. I just laid on a towel soaking in some sun.

Jane made friends the moment we got there so she was plenty busy playing with them and making little pots out of clay. I found the pile of "clay pots" and thought it was pile of dog poop at first. I was horrified when she reach in and grabbed a clump.

One of the funniest moments was when Logan had super dirty hands and somehow got some of it in his mouth. He stood there silently frustrated every time he wiped his mouth to clean it off. I looked over and saw him trying to wipe his tongue off with his dirty hand and went over to help him. Poor kid!

And totally random but this was Jane's lunch earlier in the day. She really wanted a taco so she grabbed some cut up lettuce and grapes (she actually sliced up the grapes). At first there was just lettuce on her taco I asked her if that was all she was putting into it. She said, "No, and some grapes in place of tomatoes because we are out of tomatoes." Ha! Whatever makes you happy.

And when we got home, Brandt actually ended up getting home at the same time and made hamburgers for us while I bathed the kids. They got to bed over and hour late but it's summer so I don't really care and they've been sleeping in every morning so maybe the new bedtime is 8pm!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Logan's 2nd Birthday

 Logan slept in on his birthday so Brandt and I went in singing happy birthday so him. He just laid there with his eyes closed and a small smile while we sang. When we finished he said, "I still sleeping." Ha! Too bad bud, we are ready to celebrate you!

We asked what he wanted for breakfast and he said pancakes so Brandt made Logan's favorite oat pancakes with yogurt (also Logan's favorite) on the side.

We have morning church so we didn't get to do much before then. Logan and I were running late and I didn't know where Brandt was sitting so him and I just sat out in the foyer the whole time. That morning Logan had been walking around with a balloon in his mouth blowing it up a little and then letting the air out. I tried to take it away from him when we got to church but he started throwing a fit so I let him keep it. He spent the whole first hour of church walking around doing the same thing with the balloon. I'm keeping a balloon in the church bag forever now.

When we got home, we had lunch and then him and Boston went down for naps. I got ready for family to come over and Brandt took the girls on a bike ride while they napped and then it was present time! He already got his big gift the day before, a sweet water table, and today he got to open a new "pet" puppy and a blowup ball pit. He knew just what to do and loved opening his gifts.

All 4 kids loved the ball pit.

It's the new clown car. How many can we fit inside?!

Three. The answer is comfortably three.

He wanted to ride his scooter so I rode a scooter with him to the park and then it was time for his party!

His Brinkerhoff grandparents, Brody's family and our cousin Kevin's family were able to come. Brandt grilled some chicken and pineapple and it was delicious. When it was cake time, Logan ROCKED it! We sang to him and on the last note he blew out his candles with one quick blow! We were all so surprised and confused as to how they went out!

After dinner we all went on a long walk/ride around the neighborhood and then he opened his last gift from his grandparents which was two awesome pull-back cars which he loves and a coupon for a date with them.

When it was bedtime I got to tuck him in and before I put him in his crib we laid on the floor together singing his two favorite songs, twinkle twinkle and I am a child of God. I love singing with him. It's so cute hearing him sing the words he knows. Happy birthday bud!

Logan Fox: TWO!

 Logi Bear! What a ray of sunshine you are to our family and it's not just because of your shockingly bright hair. You have such a cute little grin and make us smile all the time. You're such a little person but have an enormous personality and communicate with us so well through your words. I love that you talk as well as Jane did because it's fun talking with a little person.

Some of my favorites are how you tell me thank you whenever I compliment you or say anything nice to you. When I tell you I love you, you always say "tay too mamma" and when I say that you're the best you say it too. I also love how when I say, "Who's awesome?!" you say, "Me Wogen!" and you get the biggest smile on your face.

Your big blue eyes blow me away. I still can't get over how blonde you are. Trying to take these photos was hard because anytime the sun touched your hair it was blinding, ha! You're getting so good at sitting still for haircuts and ask for them all the time saying, "haircut-a-day?" meaning, you want a haircut today. I also love when you say, "carwash-a-day?" but you don't love carwashes so when I say yes you start frantically saying "no carwash-a-day!"

You are small but man you are a tough toddler. Most of the time when you fall down on your scooter you don't even whimper and just keep on scootering. You also don't tolerate people walking all over you. Riding their bike over you is a different story (apparently you got a sore on your shoulder because Jane rode her bike over you and forgot about it till a week later). Sometimes we have to remind you that you can't just walk up to people you're mad at and throw something straight at their head (many people have been injured that way) but you're a softy at heart.

Speaking of softy, you're our little Logi Bogi, Logi Bear, Loganator, and Good Puppy. You're always saying, "Me Puppy" and then crawl over to us for some good scratches and compliments. The best kind of puppy ever.

You're the most coordinated child of ours and I'm pretty sure we'll have to learn how to sports because of you. You LOVE balls and throw so well. You're getting pretty good at catching, you love to try and bounce balls like basketballs (where you learned that I have no idea) and one of your favorite things to do it trying to keep a balloon in the air by chasing after it and hitting it back up as it falls. You're insanely good at it and hilarious to watch because it cracks you up and sometimes you fall over because you lost your balance laughing so hard. Your laugh is amazing. You're also so great at riding your scooter, even going downhill and turning.

Your favorite foods are apple sauce, dried mangos, half of an apple (seriously you only ever eat half because you hold it on one side and eat the other so when that side is gone you think you're done and can't possibly turn it over to eat the other half, ha!), yogurt, popsicles, sausage links and pickles. I'd tell you what you don't love but it's just about everything else, even pizza! You're our pickiest eater. You love baths but HATE getting your face washed or getting rinsed off. It's so funny when you go to the furthest corner of the tub and stand their still with your back to us as if, if you can't see us we can't see you and you'll be safe from a rinse off. One time you stood there perfectly still for 5 minutes facing the corner.

You adore Grandma Brinkerhoff. You're always asking for her and when she's around you will take her over me. You've been like that since you were born. She's too nice to hold you all the time. You are just starting to call her "gwahma" instead of "gwahmpa" which makes me a little sad but it's probably better you learn her real name.

You're just starting to walk down the stairs on your feet instead of on your belly which makes me sad too. You used to be SO fast at getting down the stairs, sliding on your belly but you refuse to do it anymore. Just yesterday Boston came running inside and said, "Look! Wogan can walk down the stairs! Look at him!" He was beaming with brotherly pride. You love nursery now and beg to go throughout all of sacrament meeting repeatedly asking, "Bubble time!?"

You get totally bummed out when it's time for a nap and are extremely difficult to hold carrying you to your room but you nap like a rockstar once you finally give in. You're hilarious when I finish singing you a song and you want another so you say, "Agod peepeese?" That means you want "I Am A Child of God pretty please?" I usually can't say no and you get as many songs as you want. You also love "inkle kar" which is twinkle twinkle little star.

We all love you so much Logan! You came after such a rough time in my life and came right before a really rough time but I never regretted you. You bring us so much joy and I can't believe you're ours. Your dad is constantly gushing over you and loves it when you scream with excitement every time he comes through the door after work. You make us all feel so loved.

Happy birthday buddy boy!

Two year stats-
Weight: 31 lbs (85%)
Height: 35.5 inches (85%)

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Boston's Birthday Water Party

 For Boston's golden birthday party, we threw him a backyard water party!

Two pools, a slip'n slide, sprinkler, water guns/sprayers, trampoline, water table, beach balls, soaker balls and...

... water balloons!

Even Logan got in on the water balloon action with was hard because the other 12+ kids were vultures as I was trying to fill them up. 

Hey Boss, what are you planning on doing with that?

Nice throw!


I forgot Logan was there most of the time. He was completely content with this squirter and the new water table he got for his birthday (a day early). Well, I forgot he was there until someone squirted him and then the whole neighborhood could hear him.

Not many things cuter than little kids wrapped up in big towels!

Halfway through the party meant donut time!

This was the 2nd of 4 for him I think. He loves donuts more than me.

After a while, many of them went in the canopy and demanded for it to be present time.

So to distracted them, more water balloons!

That backfired... right at me!

It was finally present time and the birthday boy was so excited!

My silly siblings wrapped Boston's gift in a balloon and that was quite a feet seeing as how it was...

... a can of pringles!

Boston was a HUGE fan of this fireman squirter he got from his cousin Lily. Hasn't put it down since. They had some popsicles and some more time playing with the water until it was time to go home.

Happy birthday Boston!