Sunday, December 14, 2008
Lessons I learned in Oklahoma:
1) There are genuinely good people everywhere you go. That is one thing that I will truly miss about Oklahoma-the people and not just the great friends that we made and were sad to leave behind, but just random people that you might see at the grocery store or the waiting room while your car is being worked on. People aren't afraid to say hi or strike up a conversation with a total stranger - this doesn't happen often in Utah and one of my goals now that I'm back is to try and be a friendlier person because I know I'm just as guilty and shy as the rest to say hi or talk to complete strangers.
2) The Lord watches out for all His children. So, maybe I already knew this before I came here, but Oklahoma has strengthened my testimony in this truth. Being in Oklahoma forced our small growing family to rely more on the Lord and each other and recognize the tender mercies we experience on a daily basis. In the last 18 months we have made a lot of "big" decisions and our lives changed with the addition of another baby...sometimes I think we were still getting used to the first one :) and as it has gone by both Morgan and I can truly see where the Lord has guided us, even if we failed to recognize it at the time. *We never got sucked out of our homes by a tornado--that we were grateful for each and every day...although when you talk to an Okie, tornadoes to them are like snow to Utahns and not a huge deal.
Logan is still teething and almost a "terrible two" (which I think really starts around 18 months). Let me tell you, he can sure throw a vicious tantrum, usually I just try to keep him out of the way of hurting anything, specifically himself. But after it's over and he comes and gives you kisses and his cute little grin, I forget about the whole tantrum, I'm such a sucker to his cuteness.
Sometimes after rough nights of Logan teething and Damon going through a growth spurt (meaning Mommy gets no sleep) we'll put in a movie when Logan wakes up. This became his little throne this past week. :)
I caught him mid-smile. Another thing about Logan is he LOVES to talk on the phone. He will jabber in your ear for hours if you let him. This is one boy who will not be getting a cell-phone anytime soon, I can only imagine the bill without an unlimited plan. :) Well, as far as posting goes, it might not be exactly next week since we'll be travelling and such, but if we get a chance we'll try and get up some holiday fun pictures....until next time.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
He reached up on the counter and pulled the bread box open and starting taking a bite out of every piece of bread. It's was only 11:00, but I took that as a cue that he was hungry so we had an early lunch.And actually I was happy that he was actually eating the bread on his own, he hasn't been a huge fan and now he'll eat it, so it's one more thing I can add to his menu. :)This is classic though. I asked Logan "what are you doing buddy?" and he looked at me with this silly grin and I caught it just in time. He is very mischievous and my ultimate mess-maker, but we love him anyway. :)
Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of Damon since I've been holding him all week long. He's been kind of fussy again...I don't think he likes eggnog. I was so intent on making it feel like Christmas that I bought some and I devoured the whole half gallon in a week. I guess I need to drink it with a little more reserve and ration. Anyway, it's hard to take pictures of the baby and hold him at the same time, but I'll try and get some this week, if not, just check out the cute video from our last post. Until next time.....
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This is his new "Cars" beanie. He's been wearing it around the house saying "hat, hat, hat" I didn't get a picture of Damon because he was sleeping at the time and when he sleeps you let him sleep for as long as he possibly will. :)
The boys also sort of got their Christmas presents early this year...at least from us. Logan got some new shoes and a puzzle.....and wardrobe from the growth spurt :) Damon got some clothes as well, I know boring for Damon, but I don't think we really "got" anything for Logan on his first Christmas either. Mostly their present is a "vacation" to Utah to spend time with their cousins and extended family. (After the "vacation" is when I need a vacation ;) Anyway, I did decide to get them some matching pajamas for Christmas and I got far enough behind on the laundry that I had to pull them out. So we took some pictures.
He was almost smiling. :) You'll see that same look on Damon in almost all the pictures. He's so intense.
awwww, aren't those the cutest little boys in the whole world...and they look nothing like each other.
This is my favorite. I love my little boys, they are definitely a handful, but so much fun. Wow, look at that, my blogs are much shorter when I don't wait to post everything all at once. :) Until next time...whenever that might be.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Zucchini-Chicken Soup with Cheddar (Crockpot Recipe)
2 cans (14oz each) chicken broth (I actually just made my own broth with chicken boullion)
2 lg potatoes, chopped
1 cup water
1 zucchini, shredded
1/2 lb. cooked chicken, bite-size (I used one can of chicken..the kind you get at Cosco :)
1 cup carrots, baby or sliced
4 cloves garlic (I used 1/2 tsp garlic powder instead)
Dash of pepper
1 cup shredded cheese
*Combine all the ingredients - except cheese - in the crockpot. Cover and cook on Low for 5-6 hours or on High for 3-4 hours or until potatoes and carrots are tender. Stir in the cheese. Using a potato masher, partially smash the mixture - it makes it a little more chowder like-and a thicker soup. Serve immediately. It's really good with crackers, bread, or rolls. It makes quite a bit, so you'll have yummy leftovers.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Logan was 22.2 lbs 32 inches tall and he was in the 10% for height, weight, & head (I don't remember the head size, they didn't write it on my little sticker). Developmentally, the Dr. said Logan was basically a 2 year old, which made me feel good even though I can't really take credit for all his intelligence. I took it as a compliment though since I needed one that day. :) He's finally put on a little weight too. He must have gone through a little growth spurt as well since we had to basically upgrade his whole wardrobe with bigger clothes. Merry Christmas Logan.
Damon was 12.6 lbs 23.5 inches tall and he was in the 75% for everything. He was lucky and only had to get two shots intead of 4 since I guess they did some combining of a few of them. He calmed down really quickly, which was very nice not have him crying the whole way home. He's growing nice and healthy and he has consistently "slept through the night" (sleeping for 7-8 hours) for the past two weeks.
So, I have a smaller than average toddler and a bigger than average baby. At this rate, I wonder how long before they catch up to each other? :) I love them both so much and love to see them grow. Pretty soon Damon will be moving around and playing with Logan more and I can hardly wait.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
This is an awesome hat my aunt made him. I wish I would have taken some pictures a few weeks ago when his head was smaller and it looked totally awesome. It still looks really cute, poor Damon got his mommy's un-photogenic-ness. He's soooo much cuter in person and I can't wait to show him off to all the family at Christmas!I've been doing better with tummy time with Damon. He likes it best in the Boppy and he can hold his head up for quite some time. He's getting more and more control of his head every day.
My Little Stud-Muffin
Wow...a post that doesn't take you an hour to read... :)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
And of course, what is naptime without "Goodnight Moon."
So, Thursday was my 24th birthday and I have to say it wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. I wasn't feeling well and was getting sick, so was Damon, and Logan was being quite fussy and, if something could go wrong it did, so we decided I got a re-birthday on Friday, which was great because that's when most of the family called to say happy birthday anyway. Friday was a much better day. Morgan didn't have to do his usual clinical hours so he got to stay home with the boys while I did some much needed birthday clothes shopping. :) Yay for a Happy Birthday!
On Saturday we got a glimpse of the future. We got to babysit Brayden while Nola and Gary were at the temple with a couple of the kids who were going through for the first time. No, I'm not pregnant again, but someday we'll have three :) It was actually a fun afternoon. I'm glad Morgan was home with me though, so it wasn't as stressful. We started off the afternoon with some priesthood blessings. I usually wait until I'm really really sick to get a blessing, but I decided that with two kids and one depending on me for food that I don't want to get really sick. So Gary and Morgan gave me and blessing and then they gave Damon a blessing too. And I have to say that I truly have a testimony of the power of priesthood blessings, especially after yesterday. Damon was already starting to feel and be more calm within a few hours after the blessing and today I feel really good, not completely better, but I know I'm getting better and not getting worse. And, I can hardly hear any congestion in Damon today. What a blessing to have the priesthood in our home. I'm so grateful that I have a worthy husband that honors his priesthood so we can enjoy those blessings.
After Nola and Gary headed out, the boys decided to have a yelling contest. This only went on for about 10 minutes. Don't worry, the video isn't that long. We were cracking up though. At one point Brayden got so excited from yelling that he fell over and Logan just laughed at him. Damon, well, he was just so calm that afternoon that he fell asleep.
After the yelling contest, we all went outside, it was a beautiful day, it almost made me want to live in Oklahoma.......almost, until I got bit by two mosquitoes, then I knew it was time to go inside. The boys had fun though. Logan and Brayden pretty much entertained themselves and when Brayden was bad, we just locked him in the ottoman. He tried to escape a couple times, so we tossed in some graham crackers.............................just kidding Nola! :) Logan likes to climb in to reach the toys that he can't otherwise and Brayden kept trying to get in too, but was just a little too short, so we had to help. They had fun pulling every single toy out of the "toy box" After clean-up time we ate some dinner and both the kids ate really well and it actually wasn't any messier feeding two than it was just feeding Logan. Maybe Logan was just trying to be a good example or something, I don't know, but for whatever reason, dinner clean up wasn't too bad. After dinner they played with more cars and we only had to break up a couple fights, no black eyes, bleeding, or bruises, so I think we did pretty good at being referee. As they evening came on the kids were getting tired, so Morgan read them some stories.
What a sweet and wonderful husband I have!!!!! He was so wonderful to help me babysit. Overall, it was a roller coaster week, but still good. Oh what joys the future will hold.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Well since this week includes Halloween.....HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We went to a ward Halloween party and went "trunk-or-treating" and Logan could almost say trick or treat by the end of it. It was pretty fun, if only to start getting Logan excited for next year. The football costumes were a hit, but unfortunately I didn't take the camera to the party, so you'll just have to rely on last week's posts for the pictures. But I did take a picture of the cutest pumpkin in the whole world.
So, I know I started out of order with Halloween being on Friday and all, so I guess I'll get back to the beginning of the week...sort of. This week Damon was 6 weeks old so we could go back to the gym and start working out. Babies have to be at least that old for the child-watch. So on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday I lifted weights and on Tuesday and Thursday I ran 3 miles each day. I forgot how much of a total body workout running is, so I decided to take a break on Saturday and instead I ended up making two grocery store trips and a trip to the Science Museum..I'll talk about that later though. It feels really good to workout even though all my muscles are still sore. I've had a lot more energy this week and it's nice to have a little time to myself. I didn't realize how much I missed that physical activity until I was told not too. (doctors usually say no heavy lifting, exercising..etc until after your 6 week post-partum checkup) We'll see how long this routine lasts, but Logan loves getting to play with other kids and the workers there love Damon and I enjoy the momentary silence and being able to think..or not think, whichever I feel like. Okay enough about that, back to the kids.
He still didn't get a long enough nap and was really grumpy the rest of the night, especially when Morgan had to go to YM, but we survived and he actually went to bed nicely.
Damon has been doing better with his sleeping too. He lets me put him down for at least 2 or 3 naps a day. I've been avoiding chocolate and eating healthier (Logan preferred it that way too, alas my children are forcing me to eat better) and using gas drops and he's been much happier. This past week he's been consistently sleeping a 6-8 hour stretch when I put him to bed....so, if he went to bed later he would technically be sleeping through the night, but he usually goes to bed about the time of Logan (around 8:00) so we still get up once in the middle of the night, but I don't mind since he's goes back to sleep quickly and I get to go to bed early and get several consecutive hours of sleep.
Logan loves computers. I'm sure you've seen past pictures and posts when he was younger of him going to town on my laptop. Now he's interested in the big computer, so we let him play around on it for a little while......big mistake, now he wants to play with the keyboard all the time and he's almost irresistible when he looks up at you and says "peeeze" (while signing "please") but that soon falls apart when you say no, not right now Buddy and he gives you and ear-piercing scream and cries for at least 5 minutes before you can get him distracted with anything else. :)
I mentioned that on Saturday I made two grocery trips. Well, on the way to Walmart I needed gas, so I pulled into the station.
But wait, what's this, it's only registering as $1.97/gallon.
So, I look back up and yep, prices are really $1.97/gallon. And that folks is just about as fast as prices have been dropping. I really hope it doesn't start going back up after the election is over. At this rate we'll be under $1.00/gallon by 2009 (yeah, I know, it won't really happen, but it's wishful thinking :)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Logan wasn't too sure about the costume. He'd actually been kind of cranky and clingy that day, but I insisted on pictures, so that's what I get. When we go to the actual Ward Halloween Party we'll stuff him, so he'll be nice looking pumped up football.
My boys are so cute (all 3 of them) ....I'm actually more excited about Halloween now that they have costumes :)
awww, so precious!
He wasn't too sure about it though. He was more interested in the hairspray...yes I used hairspray and the blow dryer to get his 'do' to stay.Actually, he was crying most of the time I was trying to do his hair, it was a one time thing I guess, I'm glad I got some pictures though."Mom, never again will I let you put girly smelling hairspray in my hair"Logan loves fruit in almost any shape or form. These plums weren't the best, but he still ate them. You can see he's got his cheeks full, but still wants more.Mmmmm, tastyAt least he's eating something. :) Actually his appetite has been doing much better lately. Damon has no problems with his appetite though, he loves his mama milk.We've been playing outside even though it's cold. His coat just barely fits him still. He actually likes having the hoods on, bonus for me I guess. He loves running around in the backyard and I can just take a chair out and hold the baby and watch him when the weather is good enough....which is rarely, but at least once this past week. :)Logan's favorite time of the night is brushing his teeth with daddy. We ask if he's ready to brush his teeth and he runs to the bathroom. He's watching daddy brush his teeth in these pictures.Look at all those beautiful chompers. Hopefully he'll continue to love to brush his teeth as he grows up. He even does pretty good by himself, though he usually just ends up chewing on the toothbrush and then sucking all the toothpaste out, but it's a good start. :)
Well, sorry if this post was kind of random, I was putting things up throughout the week. I might just have to start posting more often so our posts aren't so long. Thanks for reading...until next time.