Monday, January 09, 2017

Texans in Utah!

My parents came to Utah! It was a super fun few days and I already look forward to the next time they come. I had a blast playing games with my dad, it was super fun seeing my mom play with the kids (they kind of demanded to play with her every second they were awake) and we even got to go out and see the new Star Wars movie with my dad and Josh while my mom watched the kids! Here are pictures from the other things we did...

 They made my dreams come true by bringing me some of my favorite food from Texas... Kolaches and armadillo eggs!

The day after they came we headed to Idaho for my niece's blessing. Brandt stayed home with Wendy and Boss, and I took Jane and Logan. Here we are at Firehouse for dinner once we got to Logan, Utah. I love seeing my baby brother Joshua with my baby boy Logan. These two blondes are so cute!

Anna, Chris and little Alivia!

My Mom and Dad! So thankful to my mom for holding cranky and tired Logan so I could stuff my face with delicious pizza!

It was so fun bringing Jane on this trip. She was really looking forward to it and I love that she was old enough to be fun to bring. My favorite moment with her at dinner was surprising her with Sprite to drink and then ice cream after her pizza because it came with her meal. She felt loved and I loved it. After dinner we went to the hotel and put Logan down and then everyone but him and my mom went to Walmart for a couple things. A cool moment was showing Jane some fireworks in the sky as we pulled into the parking lot. I realized Jane had never been awake to see fireworks at night before! In the store, we searched high and low for a snow globe since the one Jane brought broke when we got to the hotel but they didn't have any. Jane's normal bedtime is 7pm (though she reads till 7:30/8) so it being 10pm she was going crazy... bouncing off the walls crazy. After we grabbed what we needed we headed back to the hotel to go to bed. Logan was stirring, the A/C kept going off and it was hard to sleep so I gave up and Jane and I watched cooking/baking short videos on my phone. She thought it was SO cool. We finally fell asleep after 11pm.

 The next day we got up early, Jane stuffed her face with Fruit Loops and we headed to Preston for Alivia's blessing. Isn't she darling?!

The two girls of the hour:

While I took Jane to the bathroom my dad watched Logan and when I came out these two couldn't have been cuter. Logan and his Grandpa... a moment I'll cherish forever.

The next day, back at my place, I walked out to see my parents resting the same exact way. They're funny.

That same day, Brandt stayed home with the boys so they could nap and the rest of us went to the Aquarium for the first time.

We had a whale of a time.

Walking across the rope bridge in "South America".

It's much too muggy in "South America".

 Wendy on a frog.

Jane on a frog.

Joshua and Dad on a turtle. Then we lost Josh for a while.

Saved the best for last... SHARKS!

Ahhhhhhh!

I have cute girls.

We are all very grateful for that glass.

How big was it?

Run!

As we were leaving my mom saw a snow globe and bought it for Jane. She is now keeping it in a safe place and never taking it anywhere. Lesson learned. Mom, Dad and Josh went home the next day and they are very much missed. It was definitely a really fun New Year. Hopefully we'll see them this summer for Jane's blessing!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How Boston Made My Day

Boston. I'm not sure what it is about this boy but he is completely adorable and makes us laugh 95% of the time. The other 5% he's a terror but there's seriously no in between. Maybe it's his big brown eyes or his HUGE smile. Maybe it's that he's finally speaking more and the words he strings together are always adorable. It could be that he's THE BEST napper. You just tell him he can have his blanket and he's totally up for going to sleep (he only gets it when he sleeps). When he says "on off" instead of saying "the light" or says "yeah, me too" to anything that involves someone else, we all gush.

Tonight he did something that just made my day. He's not usually a cuddle bug or very affectionate (minus the adorable smile he flashes almost non-stop). Because of this and to teach him to be thankful I always ask him to give me a hug and say "tay-too momma" after I change his diaper. It's usually the highlight of my day. Well, tonight, he was listening to Brandt read a book in Middle Earth (Boston and Wendy's room because they are the middle kids... get it?) and I was in Logan's room singing Logan a song before laying him down for the night. All of a sudden Boston walks in and I was about to shoo him away so he didn't distract Logan but once again his big eyes and smile got him whatever he wanted. He walked right up to me and out of no where made the kissy noise with his lips a few times like he was saying, "I want to give you a kiss." I bent down and said, "You want a kiss?" He said yes and puckered up. He gave me a kiss and went back to listen to the story. From the time he walked in till he left lasted only a few seconds but my heart was melted. My brown-eyed boy totally asked me for a kiss! And that folks, is only one reason why my Bossy Boy will frequently get what he wants. Heaven help me.

Here's my cute boy wearing his Christmas present from Grandma and Grandpa Arnett today:

Jane was pushing him around on his new dump truck (also from G&G Arnett) like it was his fire truck. These two play so well together.

Love you big boy! I would totally be ok with you staying "two half" forever.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Little Climbers

I found a Groupon to a place called Funtopia and knew the girls would LOVE to go with Brandt during his vacation so I bought it and we set a date. Today was the day. I wish I could have gone to watch them but I needed to stay home and let their dad go have some fun. Luckily Brandt followed my strict instructions and took photos and video. Here are some photos from this afternoon:






Boston was SO sad that he couldn't go so I distracted him by making chocolate covered pretzels. He decided it was ok after eating his weight in chocolate...

Logan Fox: 6 Months!

We made it! The first six months of having a baby is the hardest for me. It gets better at 3 months because they start smiling more and sleeping better but 6 months is awesome because they sleep awesome and smile tons. They get ticklish, love to be played with, love holding toys and can occupy themselves for a while while sucking on said toys... it's just a great time.

My little Fox is SIX months! The last couple months flew by. He's such a great sleeper. He sleeps 7pm-7am, takes 2 great naps (about 2 hours long) and one short nap, is eating solids twice a day, is still in size three diapers, wearing 6-12 month clothes, does NOT suck on his hands or thumb (that's a first),  does NOT take a bottle, rolls over from his back to tummy really well and is starting to lift his tummy off the ground for just a second occasionally. We have started being vigilant about choking hazards because he gets around the floor with all his rolling and accidental scooting backwards. He's not very coordinated, meaning he can't really do what his mind wants to but he's definitely starting to get mobile.

He doesn't spit up as much as he used to, started liking baths as of a week ago (he LOVES kicking his legs in the water), started eating the little Gerber Puffs which is nice because it keeps him entertained for a little while and he has quite a lot of blonde hair but it's hard to see because like Jane as a baby, it's quite see-through. He looks like Wendy but has Jane's coloring.

His favorite place to be is his jumper. He is such a kicker/jumper and would love to be in the jumper for an hour or more a day if we let him. I love to hold him right after I feed him. He just rests in my arms so relaxed and peaceful. It's also the time Wendy always runs in and says, "Can I hold Logan now!?!?!?!?!" I have started just saying no because I want to hold him too! I work really hard taking care of him... I'm gonna be selfish and hold him when he's the chillest.

He's started being able to sit up unassisted for a few moments but tonight he sat up for a good three minutes! It's not his favorite but as he gets more back strength I'm sure he'll like it more.

Stats from his appointment today:

Height: 27.5 in (75th%)
Weight: 19 lbs 1 oz (75th%)
Head: 44 cm (60th%)

And that's all about Logan! Now for some pictures from his half-birthday!











For his birthday I made him a three layer chocolate half cake. We all enjoyed it for him :) Only 6 more months till he gets to enjoy a cake himself!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Daddy Daughter Date

Brandt's old co-worker and friend came to town and wanted to hang out downtown yesterday. I decided I should stay back with the boys so they could nap, which meant a daddy/daughter date with Wendy! She was so excited and was counting down the days. When I picked her up from school today her teacher said, "Someone is so excited about the adventure with her dad today! We heard all about it!" Wendy and Brandt left right after I got her from school and took the train up to Salt Lake City. Here are some pictures from their day:

LUCKY lady got to go to lunch at From Scratch! I love that place! Brandt said she ate 1/4 of his burger (she recently discovered she liked burgers), a lot of french fries and a little bit of salad. She normally loves salad but wasn't a fan of the blue cheese. I get it. It's an acquired taste.

Then they met up with Jess and her boyfriend Chris!

Wendy loves her daddy. Her daddy loves her. They are a good match.

I love this picture for many reasons. I love how they are looking at each other, the ray of sunshine, but most of all the SLC Temple in the background... the place Brandt and I were married many years before bringing little Wenders into this world.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Car Illiterate Folks Over Here

Brandt went to the store with Boston but forgot something so I sent him back. He came back in a while later and informed me the car wasn't working. We both have never had to deal with car trouble so we had no idea where to even begin. After texting the symptoms to my siblings, they all agreed it was probably just our battery. We put the kids to bed, put our coats on and went outside to see if we could get it working again. It may seem like a mundane thing but this was one of my favorite "dates" with Brandt in a long time.

We both had no idea what we were doing. We decided we'd jump it using our van but had to YouTube how to jump a car. Luckily we had jumper cables in the van. We went to open the hood of the van but both of us (who had each opened the hood once before) couldn't remember how to open it! I said, "I'll YouTube it" and quickly found a video showing where the hood release was. For your information, it's REALLY not obvious. I loved that we were both on our phones in the garage trying to figure this out.

We helped each other figure out how and where to put the cables (again, not obvious with the way the Odyssey is built) and I stood back juuuuust incase it exploded. Our kids need at least one of us and Brandt has more life insurance ;)

It didn't explode! We set the timer for 5 minutes and then started goofing around. I got this picture of Brandt:

"Oh, we should probably put this out so no one runs over us. Safety first."

"Ok, now that we are safe..."

I was laughing so hard my cheeks were hurting. Then we played tag. I mean, I tagged him and then gave up. I will never win at tag with him. After that, we stood in the cold looking at the lights on our street and creating ridiculous scenarios of what we could do with projectors and a stucco house. We've got some really "good" ideas...

5 minutes later we checked the car and it worked! Brandt exclaimed, "Wha?!?! We're the winners!" and then did a crazy happy dance. I might have joined him. We let them run a while longer and then carefully followed the steps to unhook the cables. After packing up our tools Brandt said, "Ok, let's go inside now that we're basically mechanics." Bahahahaha! Heaven help us if we ever have any more car trouble!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Learning To Sit

My little Logan Fox is SUCH a chunk! He started solids the day he turned five months and there have been days I just can't bring myself to feed him much because I just know there's no more room in there. He reminds me of Wendy at this age but Wendy had about 6 more rolls on each arm. He loves solid foods and took to them really quickly, like 2 bites in he knew just what to do. I love it because he opens his mouth even before I get the next scoop ready. He's so easy to feed. He's definitely put on some major pounds. His next appointment to check his weight is next week so I don't know exactly how much yet... I just know my back is feeling it.

He's a pro at rolling from his back to his tummy. He does it even before I take a step away from the crib after putting him down. He's starting to go from his tummy to his back too. The other day I swear one of the kids had to have moved him (they promise they didn't) because he was pretty far away from his play gym where I left him but I think he's starting to become a little mobile.

Wendy was playing with him today on the couch and sat him up. He was doing SUCH a good job at holding his little big self up all on his own! I bet he'll be sitting like a pro really soon. Here are some pictures of how Wendy sat him up. He was so stink'n cute I had to grab my phone and take some pictures...









This last picture was perfect to send to Brandt tonight with the caption, "So... when are ya com'n home?" I think I'm going to use it for that question every night when he's working late and hasn't texted me with his ETA yet :)

Love you little Logan! The last few days you've been giving me lots of laughs and smiles. Starting to get hard to say bye to you at nap time!