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7/06/2016

4th of July Weekend

What a great weekend we had as a family! We needed it!
Friday night we got both kids to bed, and sat at the end of our driveway to enjoy the West Bountiful fireworks show. It was right at the park down the street, but we definitely preferred avoiding the crowds and holding hands, eating orange floats, and talking under the fireworks. We thought for about 2 seconds about waking Colton up, but no bones. That kid was asleep and that mattered way more haha.
Saturday morning was the West Bountiful parade. The route comes right in front of our house! So while the whole neighborhood hauled kids, chairs, snacks, umbrellas, etc. out to get good seats early, we meandered to the front yard about 10 minutes before it started and set up shop. That was so so cool. The parade was so fun. They threw taffy and other candy, and even ice cream sandwiches (like thousands of them). Colton's favorite "float" was the truck advertising the Bountiful Doulas. The slogan was "support through your pregnancy until you pop" and they had a bubble machine in the back. Jared liked the bagpipe band, and I liked the horse painted like the American Flag. What an awesome tradition to sit in our yard and watch the huge parade every year!








Saturday afternoon we all drove down to Provo, and we got a new car! It's a black 2014 Jetta and holding the key fob in my hand brought back all my memories of my little green jetta I drove in high school. The fobs have keys that flip out, like a switchblade, and I would play with my keys ALL THE TIME. As soon as I held the key for the new car muscle memory took over and I started flipping the key in and out and I had to laugh. I loved that car!

We came home in the late afternoon and played in the pools in our back yard.
Monday the 4th we had a neighborhood kid's parade with a bunch of people from our ward, and then a brunch potluck. We hung out for 3 hours just talking with friends and getting to know people better. We love our ward so much and have made so many friends in the short time we've been here. We were definitely led to live in such an awesome area.
Somehow the only 4th of July outfit picture I got was of my face haha. But Colton had the cutest tank! And he played so awesome with all the kids after the parade!

That afternoon we were discussing what we would do Tuesday, since Jared took that day off too. The idea was thrown out there drive the hour to Logan, stay the night, and spend Tuesday at Bear Lake. Before we knew it we hit the road! This was the first time we had done anything like this since we had kids and it was so awesome! Colton thought the hotel was the coolest place in the world, and had a whole queen bed to himself!
We got to the lake in the morning and had a blast. Bear Lake is known as the "carribbean of the rockies" because of the turquoise water. The pictures just don't do it justice! It is so beautiful, and we had a blast swimming, splashing, playing in the sand, and laughing together.




We left Bear Lake at about 3 (not before getting famous raspberry shakes though!!) and had to drive all the way down to Provo to pick up our car, of course hitting rush hour traffic on the way down. That was the longest either of our boys had been in the car (about 6 hours) and they did surprisingly well!
We had so much fun as a little family this weekend, we are sad to have to go back to normal life today. We can't wait until both our boys can run around the sandy beach at Bear Lake next year!

6/30/2016

Colton's Summer So far (23 months)

We have been trying to have lots of fun this summer, but sometimes it is hard with a little 2 month old. So Colton and I get our outside fix when little man is sleeping. Colton has been such a big boy. He stopped using a binky back in May, and He moved out of his crib on June 9th (22 months old), and has been doing AWESOME sleeping in his "big boy bed" with his special Elmo Pillow and bed set. He can count to 13 perfectly, and counts everything he can find. His favorite is counting numbers on license plates.
He says so many words I cannot even keep track anymore! My favorites though are "Shoom" (spoon), "Shay Shoo" (thank you) and "ruh roo" (love you). His new thing now is asking for things, and answering his questions in the affirmative. For example he will say "Bar? Bar? ok. bar." and apparently he has decided he is getting a bar. He does it with people he wants to see as well. "Grandpa? Grandpa? Ok. Grandpa." it is hilarious.
Colton is an awesome big brother and adores Jax-o. He gives good snuggles and kisses and always says "Ruh roo Jax". 
He isn't a big tantrum thrower, but he is super demanding, and becomes a royal pill when he decides he isn't getting enough attention. He likes to throw toys at mom's head, and pinch her skin with his fingernails to receive such attention. Church is still kind of a nightmare but he is FINALLY going to nursery without mom sitting in there with him! We have had 3 successful weeks and it has been so awesome!! (only took 5 months...jeeze lousie.)
He is the most musical kid I have ever met. He is always singing, he loves to play the piano, and clapping to the beat of songs. And man he is a dancing FIEND. He knows most words to pretty much all the songs on the radio, and will sing along, in tune. it is really amazing. 
He is also great at stacking towers, and identifying colors. His favorite is purple (thanks Barney), and blue. He knows yellow, green, and red too. 
He is a big challenge for me. He has so much energy, but still isn't quite old enough to do a whole lot. I try to keep him as busy as possible, but sometimes I just cannot keep up with him and his demands. He brings me so much joy though. He is incredibly sweet, and as considerate as an almost 2 year old can be. I love my little oldest so much. I'm grateful to be Colton's mama!
indoor activities...
our home made water table

kicking to the beat of the train table
fort building

playing with friends
using Jax as a tv stand
taking picnic lunches to dad on Fridays
pool fun

First wasp sting :( I had to give him benadryl and his lips swelled up!

6/18/2016

Jax's 2 months


How the heck has it been 2 months!!
10.8 lbs (27%), 22.5 inches (31%) and head circumference 15.4 in (25%)
First Smile on May 26th (5 weeks old)
Stopped using the nursing shield at 7 weeks old
Moved into size 1 diapers right after 1 month (though he could probably still wear newborn)
Out of newborn clothes right at 2 months.
This boy is so perceptive. He just stares you right into your soul. He is so alert, just like Colton was, and seems a lot older than he is. He can lift his head so well, and is just about to start giggling.
Colton is obsessed with him, and gets jealous when anyone else gives him attention, because Jax is "my baby". Jax is so incredibly patient with Colton, and he never gets upset when receiving very strong snuggles and kisses. I just know he is so excited to get up and move with him.
He is still crying a couple hours a day, but sleeping awesome at night. He has slept through the night the past 2! And before that only waking once in a 10 hour span to eat. SO yeah. I'll call that a win.
He is looking just like his big brother too, even with the dimples, though they are less pronounced since his face is less chubby than Colton's was
He is moving his head all around and is now aware when I enter (and leave) the room. He is also starting to bat at the toys hanging from his play mat.
I'm so excited to see what this next month will bring for him!

6/06/2016

Jax's Blessing

Funny story about Jax's blessing.
Way back at the end of March I contacted the secretary for our ward to set up Jax's blessing. The family that would be attending would all be flying in, and needed to schedule flights, so we had to secure the day. I asked if June 5th would work, and he said that would be great! I even double checked to see if I needed to let anyone else know, and he said nope, he got it down.
Fast forward to May 20th, like 2 weeks before scheduled blessing. Everyone had purchased their tickets and I was starting to plan the luncheon for all the guests attending. I kept having the nagging feeling to make sure the blessing was scheduled. So I texted the secretary again, and his response?
"Oh Stake Conference is June 5th, so we will have to push the blessing back to the 12th".
My response?
"NOOO EVERYONE HAS BOUGHT THEIR PLANE TICKETS TO COME OUT FOR THE 5TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
And that's the story of why we did Jax's blessing at our house on June 5th 2016
Jared's dad came out to rep the Thomas side. And my whole family (sans Lance, miss you Elder Bunch!) came out that Friday night. We all hiked Ensign Peak Saturday morning, and almost everyone went to a movie that afternoon. I cooked basically all weekend, which is my favorite thing to do :)
Sunday we had the Parkers, Rogers, Davis', and of course all our visiting family over to the house for the blessing in the morning, and had a big spread for brunch right after.
Jared gave Jax a beautiful blessing, the most notable part being when he blessed Jax to have love and respect for women, which really touched my heart.
We are so grateful for this little man to be a part of our family, and he has so many people who love him who traveled far to support him!