Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baking Mondays

This summer I've been giving the kids a recipe and letting them make it almost all on their own. I help if they can't do a part on their own or if they do something wrong then I'll step in, teach them how to do it right and let them try it again. It's been fun. The first week they made Puppy Chow and the next week they made chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches.

First time (wo)manning the stove!

Getting her aggression out on some Butterfinger candy bars. They were PULVERIZED!

Mix, mix, mix!

And the best part...

Enjoying the yumminess!

When we made cookies Boston got to help.

And Jane did a great job entertaining Logan while I helped Wendy do her parts.

Measuring very carefully. 10 for the cup, 5 for me.

I didn't think Jane would do a great job at scooping the dough but she nailed it.

Wendy and Boston did great too!

Gloved up and ready to bake.

Ice cream sandwiches!

They love being in charge and it's so fun watching them learn. Can't wait for more baking Mondays!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Field Trip Friday: Mrs. Cavanaugh's

This week for field trip Friday we went to Salt Lake to tour Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolate Factory. I'm always up for a good factory tour and this place did not disappoint. We got samples, the kids learned a lot from a movie on cacao plants and then got more samples. I was nervous doing it on my own but I kept Logan in the stroller and the older three kids did so great. It was a win of a field trip.

Watching a worker mix chocolate and nuts and put them into cups:

Looking out into the whole work area:

They asked me if he wanted a sample. Um, yes... I paid for him to be on the tour AND who would say no? Especially not an eager 1 year old who just sat through a very boring (to him) 10 minute movie:

I expected his full size chocolate to bring on a full size mess but what you see if about as bad as it got! He is a very smart baby so I have no doubt it was because he wanted the chocolate in his mouth and not on his mouth:

This picture cracks me up. I'm such a mom. Just holding my breath from 7am-7pm that I can make it through and keep these kids alive. I hope my kids have fun this summer and that it's a memorable one for them:

I'm grateful for each one of these (crazy) kiddos:

Obligatory "stick your face in a whole" pictures (Jane's idea):

Hi Wendy!

Cheeser Boston:

Jane held him up so I could get a picture of him. He wasn't a fan... ha!

I let all the kids pick a treat at the end because things were very reasonably priced which shocked me. Jane and Boss chose and giant gummy rat (insert vomit emoji here), Wendy chose giant Smarties and Logan is holding a big bag of caramel corn that a kind lady wanted to buy for my kids:

I let them eat their candy on the way home (minus Logan) and this is how it went down: Jane started crying that she didn't want to eat her rat because it was her pet so she traded it to Wendy for some of her Smarties who then ate some of it, decided it was disgusting and threw it away when we got home. Boston took one nibble off his rat's nose, said, "Ew, me no wike dis." and handed it to me. I put it on the counter when we got home and Wendy eventually came to me telling me she threw it away because it was disgusting just sitting there on the counter. I'm so glad I spent $4 on those gross rats!

It was a super fun trip though and I'm excited for more field trips this summer!

And as far as the rest of the day? We ran a few errands after naps and one of the places was Target. Boston HATES stickers. He gets really grouchy when people offer them to him. I always wait to see how he'll respond before saying, "Sorry, he has a phobia of stickers." This time he said he didn't want one but the lady gave him two on a piece of paper for him to give to Jane who had run off. Surprisingly he took them! As I waited for Jane to pick out a different color binder than the one she paid for I saw Boston look at the stickers, peal one off (!!!) and then put it on his shirt!!!!! This was HUGE! I told the girls and they both gasped and we cheered for him. After a picture of the monumentous occasion I noticed his sticker was gone. I asked him where it went and as he pointed to it on the wall he said, "Ew. Me no wike sticker." Ha! Well, I'm glad I have it down in history that for once in his life he was happy about a sticker and not screaming his head off that we stuck just one on him!

Later the night Brandt surprised us with pizza for dinner since it was leftover from a big team meeting at his work. It was a nice surprise, especially because I didn't want to have to make dinner and the kids had been asking for pizza! After dinner Brandt asked Wendy to wipe off the table:

After finishing the dishes I was washing I looked over to find her cleaning the table like this. Well done Wendy. Good job getting that table suuuuuuuper clean... ha!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Field Trip Friday: Splash Pad

A new splash pad opened in Bluffdale so we put our swimsuits on, packed a lunch, sunscreened up and headed over! Man, doing all that for 4 kids and then baths after is so much work but worth it. Thank goodness Grandma wanted to join us cause she was a life savor.

Logan was really excited to explore when we first got there.

He kept crawling over to the water spouts that weren't shooting water at the moment and sticking his face right next to them. I just held my breath waiting for him to get shot in the face by a harsh jet of water but he was beyond lucky and never did!

 After a while he was over it (the water was freezing and his poor foot had started bleeding from where I pulled out 16 splinters the evening before) so he just sat on me in the shade eating food.

Wendy and Boss were explorer pals and stuck together the whole time.

Jane of course, made a new friend and played with her the whole time.

What a fun outing!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Logan Fox: 1 year!

What. A. Year. 

We started off the year in Chicago and when he was two weeks old we drove across the country to Utah, flew back to Chicago to pack where we spent that week packing with just Logan and eating way too much food, drove with him back to Utah (so much traveling in his first month!) and then made our home in West Jordan, Utah!

Logan is probably my smartest baby. He blows us away with the things he does and seems to understand. He says dada, momma, uh-oh, thank you and go. He loves sliding down the stairs on his tummy, throwing balls, his grandma, milk (!), most food and frozen yogurt, splashing in water, chewing erasers off pencils, sticking his hands in toilets and smiling. He doesn't like bananas, playing rough or being tossed even slightly in the air, diaper changes, or being left alone in a room.

He can stand on his own and has taken one step a few times but still has a bit before he's a walker. I weaned him a week before his birthday so we could leave him with his grandparents while we went to Disneyland and he loves cow's milk! Wendy didn't love it and Boston hated it so it's such a relief having him like it. It has to be warm and in a bottle in the morning and a sippy cup the rest of the day but he downs it! I love holding him while he drinks it and am super happy to still get snuggle time with him. I also love seeing him hold it on his own. My other kids didn't hold their own sippy cup until waaaaay later.

He's still on two naps a day, always finding the edge of his blanket and holding onto it, scrunching into the corner of his crib and sleeping on his tummy. I love getting him from his crib when he's standing at the end waiting for me. He gives me big smiles when I walk in. He also just learned how to give big kisses! He opens his mouth super big and sticks his tongue out like he's about to take the BIGGEST lick of an ice cream cone and then leans in for the slobberiest kiss ever. I. Love. It. Makes me laugh so hard every time.

He's got 7 teeth which make for the cutest grin. He has the bluest eyes, blondest hair and though he's 12 months old he's way out of 12 month clothes. His nicknames are Logey Bogey, Loges, Bubs, Chunkers, and now Bubbles after poring a huge bottle of bubbles all over himself. Also, Logan Fox gets thrown out there when he makes a big mess.

His stats-
Weight: 23 lbs (75th %)
Height: 30.3 inches (75th %)
Head: 47 cm (75th %)

Ah, we just love you to pieces Logan! It's hard splitting my love and attention with 5 people but I love the moments I have with just you. I love laying on the floor with you as you crawl away and then come back to lay your head on me giving a snuggle sound, rinse and repeat a million times. You are so funny and already make jokes. We are so glad you're in our family. You came after a really hard/dark time and make us forget that time because you have such a bright personality. I'm excited to see you grow and watch you as you figure things out. I love you Logey Bogey!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Boston Knight: 3 years!

Bossy Boy is THREE! I look back at pictures of him as a baby and I can't believe he's not that same little tike. I feel like those moments were yesterday which has me feeling good because I have been enjoying every moment of this kid. I have no regrets with him so far. He has brought so much fun, laughter and unbelievable cuteness to our home.

He doesn't really have favorite foods. I think he likes something and then he says, "Ew no fank you. Me no wike dat." However, I THINK pickles, oranges (ooges) and hot dogs (he'd eat 4 if we let him), yogurt (woget) and sour cream and onion chips are up there. Oh, he does love pizza. That's probably a solid favorite. He said when he grows up he wants to be pizza and he'll eat half a large Papa Johns pizza. He doesn't really like baked goods like cookies or cakes and REALLY doesn't like milk or whipped cream. He's always asking for "piece candy" and cocks his head to the side with a huge grin when he says it. It's really hard not to give him one every time he asks. 

He is talking so much! It makes me laugh just hearing his cute little voice saying such big things. At his two year visit the doctor recommended speech therapy because he wasn't talking but I had a feeling he'd get there and he totally has the last 4 months or so.

Boston is the most polite kid I have ever met. He is always saying, "Oh fank you!" or "No fank you." or "You wecome!" It surprises me sometimes because he uses his manners even when I don't think one would need to. A year ago I decided I wanted a little recognition for changing diapers. I would stand Boss up when we were all done and ask him to say "thank you mom" and give me a hug. It was mainly just to get a little love but it has sure stuck and I love it. I don't think it's what made him so polite, I think that's just who he is. He's pretty awesome.

When he was little he was diagnosed with having slight anemia. They said it would just make him a  little more tired than most kids and he sure was. He took more naps than my other kids and slept longer. He also loved sleep and never fought it. We had him tested when he turned two and he was no longer anemic (which they said would probably happen) but he's still a very tired boy. He lets us know half the time when he wants to take a nap by saying, "Me ready seep." Once I just told him to go in his room and I'd be there in a minute and when I walked to his doorway I saw he'd already gotten his blanket, turned on his sound machine, just turned off his light and was climbing into bed about to slide into his covers. He was totally putting himself to sleep! I always sing him Twinkle Twinkle while I rub his hair and when I leave I say, "Sleep well Bossy." He always turns over and says, "Good night." At nighttime his favorite songs are One Two Buckle My Shoe and The Wheels On The Bus. 

He LOVES Jane. The other day she came home while he was napping and I forgot to tell him she was home from school when I got him up so when he found her downstairs he said, "Oh, Jane! You home!" He is at her side every moment of the day. She is so sweet to him and I love watching them together. It'll be fun to see how they interact as they get older. He doesn't really like Logan only because Logan is loud (Boss usually either responds to Logan's crying by covering his ears or by genuinely crying too) and because Logan drools/spits/makes things wet and Boss really doesn't like gross things. Once I tried to give him Logan's blanket to sleep with (they look the same) because I couldn't find Boss's and when he put it next to his face as he started sucking his thumb, it took about 2 seconds before Boss held it out to me and said, "Eww! Baby! Me no want dis!" Haha! He could smell Logan on it. And Wendy? Hmm. I hate to say it but they fight a lot. I hope they get along better when they get a little older but for now I think it's just that Wendy can sense that he has a special bond with Jane and stays distant from him and is a little jealous. I feel sad for her. Silver lining... she has Logan :)

He loves his balance bike and scooter he got for Christmas. He's really good at both though I get so terrified when he goes fast. He was too small for the balance bike just a few months ago but can now ride it, well, like a boss :) He also likes me to do his hair if I do the girl's hair (because they get to play my phone while I do it) and gets bummed when I'm done after 2 seconds. Ha! Poor boy.

Boston is our clutz. He can't run without falling at least once. His knees only get a break in the winter when he's wearing pants. I always remind him to be careful when he starts to run off but inevitably he'll fall. He got tubes 2 years ago and one has fallen out (I got to see the other one today at his 3 year visit) and they worked! He only got one ear infection since. We tried potty training in April but I quit after 2 days. Not because he was doing horribly but because I couldn't handle it with being in a rental with carpet, having three other kids, and the anxiety. The last two days he's decided he's ready! He's done so good with no accidents! I decided to let him wear pull-ups so I don't have to clean up messes or have anxiety over accidents or having to remember to take him all the time and it's seemed to work for him. I just take him a few times a day and before and after his nap. Fingers crossed!

I am thankful every day that this boy came to our family. He's a dream. He makes life fun and happy. Even when he's grumpy or mad, I have to laugh half of the time because he's so cute when he's grumpy or mad. I probably baby him too much and spoil him even more and it's probably going to get me in trouble but I can't help it. 

I love you Bossy!

3 year stats:
Weight: 33 lbs (75th %)
Height: 39 inches (80th %)