Jacob is getting so big. Its been so fun to see him smile and coo and talk. Once he's had a good nap and he has a full tummy, he's all smiles and talks a lot. He works so hard to get any noise out, sometimes he'll start waving his arms and kicking his legs, then he opens his mouth and nothing comes out, darn it!! We love him tons, he is such a blessing to our family!!
Jacob's true feelings about coming to our family!!! Sissy w/Baby J on his last day with the billi-blankie, our little glow worm!! Family pics my Mom took for us on campus before she left Each night I wonder where the day went and what I got accomplished!! I'm so far behind on the blog and I feel so bad about so much over the past few months that I've left out!! I wish I could say that I'll be better and make it up but there really are no guarantees at this point!!! I have lots of pics I need to download from my camera but here is a mish-mash of what's on the computer from the past month!!
Jacob was born on Tues the 21st!!!! He is our smallest baby at only 8lbs 5oz and 20" long. We are all doing well and are loving him tons!!! More details to follow, just wanted to get some pics out there for all of our family and friends!!!!
Every year the Madison County Search and Rescue puts on a demolition derby to raise funds. This is the first year we've gone and we loved everything about it!!! From the mud and the mullets to the the crashing and bashing!!! The kids loved to watch the cars run into each other and each round we would pick our favorite to see how far it would get. During the breaks when they had to use tow trucks to pull out the "dead" cars the National Guard was throwing out prizes and they had a money fun run. There were different heats for different ages. They threw out tubes w/$1's $5's $10's & $20's on one end of the muddy field and the kids lined up at the other, when they blew the horn you just ran like crazy to try and get a tube. The first heat had 5-8 year olds and Sis REALLY wanted to join in. This being our first year, we didn't know they did this so we didn't come prepared, plus the thought of my little girl out there with a lot of back country boys was really scary so we told her no. She was sad and started crying so the man sitting next to us took out his wallet and gave her a dollar and told her how smart she was for not getting all muddy to get her dollar!! What a sucker!!! She had a smile on her face the rest of the time!! It ended up being a great event and the winner of the whole derby was actually the Sheriff's son who turned around and donate all his winnings right back to Search & Rescue!!!
They take such good care of me. I mentioned to J how badly all of the window tracks in our home needed cleaning and how much I did not want to do them. That Saturday, while I was sleeping in he enlisted the help of our two boys, who, once you direct all that crazy energy, can really get some work done!! Thank you my wonderful boys, that is the best gift ever!!!
JD is so funny, we had a lot of stuff in our living room because we got home late from the 4th of July festivities and the next day he set it all up like Santa's sleigh. He was Santa, obviously, the Lightning McQueen pillowcase on the back is full of toys for good girls and boys and the red Spiderman hat at the front is Rudolph!! He had a lot of fun flying around giving out gifts to those of us who were sleeping. Christmas in July at our house!!
On Sunday the actual day of the 4th, we had a great day at church and then came home, took a walk, and as soon as it got dark we lit our fireworks, some snakes in the garage, because of the wind, J lit his traditional Exploding Bin Laden Noggin, and then we went to the neighbors and had a few families together so the show was great!!!
Saturday we went to our city's fun main street parade, it's been a tradition for us to go every year and get candy, chocolate milk, and lots of advertisements!! It was really cold to start, the kids had their sweatshirts and a blankie but as the morning went on, it got warmer and as the candy started being thrown their energy was fired up!!! Our awesome friends saved us a prime spot and the kids all had fun sitting next to each other, there were only a few tears about candy stealing. We also had a crazy parade lady sitting near us snatching up big items before the little kids got to them, it was fun to watch her go so crazy!! After the parade the tradition is for us to go to the same fireworks stand to get some goodies because they have a bounce house the kids can jump on while Daddy picks out the stuff he needs for his pyrotechnics show!!! After that we went to our friends for a bbq and some visiting and lastly we trekked up to Driggs to see Glenn Beck. I'm not a huge fan but J really enjoys him so we went. He gave a great speech to celebrate our independence day and the scenery was beautiful followed by an AWESOME fireworks show to wrap it all up.
Independence Day is our family's favorite holiday, it might have something to do with a husband/father who is a history education major and loves anything to do with the founding fathers and the great old USofA!! But also we love the warm weather, the food, the BBQ's, the gatherings, etc. etc. etc. This year because the 4th was on a Sunday we had a whole weekend of festivities!! On Friday the 2nd we went with our friends the Jones family to see the Rigby firework show. While we were waiting for it to start we ate snacks, played games, talked, and lit sparklers. The kids sat up on top of the vans and kept asking, "is it time yet?" we kept trying to stall them and tell them, "any minute now" but it was A LOT of minutes. Finally the show started and it was fun but very short due to budget cuts this year!! All in all we had lots of fun!
Back in June, J and I got to have an awesome date night!! Our wonderful neighbor took the kids for 5+ hours while we drove down to Blackfoot to see Brian Regan. He is HILARIOUS!!! We went with some friends down the street and had a blast! No kids and LOTS of laughing. In fact, those of you who know J well, know that he has a very distinguishable laugh, and very loud. A group of people right in front of us actually moved their seats because he was laughing so hard and loud!!! It was tons of fun!!
No, not my blogging, although I am WAY behind on that and I need to catch up. On our trip home from WA and the OR coast we stopped at a gas station that had an actual pay phone in working order. Our kids have never seen one of these and didn't know what it would be used for since we have cell phones, e mail, text, etc. J wanted the kids to take a pic in it so 5 years from now when there are no longer any pay phones anywhere we could say we saw one once!!
I am WAY behind, so much has happened since our last post, I really need to download some pics off my camera!! Here are the chillin's bein' all patriotic with the flag! I can't believe they are getting so big! I'll download more photos and get them up!!
Falling asleep at our house can be a dangerous and interesting thing. J was watching a movie with the boys while Sis and I were napping, when I woke up, I went downstairs to check on everyone and found the boys were gone and Daddy had fallen asleep so they decided to "decorate" him. They did a very good job!!!
On Memorial Day JD really wanted to try riding his bike with no training wheels so J took them off and helped him go!! When JJ saw how much fun it was, he wanted his off too!! So both the boys are riding two-wheelers!! The first day or two they were a little shaky but now they are experts, even a little too comfortable- we don't think it will be long before JJ's doing all kinds of crazy tricks on his bike, he has no fear!!
The finished project!!! J did all the hard labor while I read the instructions and handed him stuff-we're a pretty good team!! Here's the before pic of the yard needing some kid-friendly stuff!!!
We have a nice big yard to run around in but besides the garden and the fire pit (which are both places we don't want the kids to play) it's pretty bare!! We decided we needed something for the kids to do and since the two neighbors have a trampoline we decided to get a swing set. We put it up a few weeks back on a nice Saturday and since then the weather has been horrible. The kids love it so much they don't care and they've totally loved having it so far!
Sis' class did a Peter Rabbit program right before school got out. She was Reader #1 and did a great job memorizing her part!! We went as a family to go and watch and we had a great time!! p.s. sorry the video is sideways, I couldn't figure out how to rotate it!!
I don't often try to make my boys match w/their clothes, but every now and then, I think it's cute. Papa & Grammie got these matching sweaters for the boys for a screaming good deal while they were here. Last Sunday it was overcast so we decided to put the boys in their sweaters. JD was being crazy and came out first w/everything backwards and inside out before we finally got them all put together and looking handsome!!!
While my parents were visiting, we ate at Jimmy John's sandwich shop. My parents noticed all the workers wearing, "JJ" hats so they asked if they could buy one. JJ loves his hat with his name on it and wears it a lot! Every time we pass Jimmy John's, he says, "There's my store, the JJ store!"
Helicopter rides from Papa have been a favorite in our family for as long as we can remember. Usually it's a right- before- bedtime ritual of getting to buzz around the house in jammies, coming to a safe landing in bed! They start when they're brand new babies and so far, even Sis is still getting them at 6 1/2. It will be a sad day when we're too big for those good times!!
I'm NOT a morning person (shocker, I know) but J is exactly opposite, he loves to wake up early and get started for the day. Our children are a mix of the both of us, Sis is a night owl and likes to sleep in, JJ is up at the crack of dawn, sometimes earlier, and JD does both. For some reason this morning, they were all up and ready to go when the sun came up so J took them out onto the porch to watch the sun come up. I, of course, was still snuggled in my warm bed fast asleep!!
All growing up I hated the dentist, but that's probably because I had cavities so it wasn't a good experience. J loves the dentist, he says it's like going to a spa!! I'm not that fond of it but I have gotten better-the massaging chairs and TV's in the ceiling help A LOT!!! We really love our dentist, he is very nice and great with our children, the kids love going to the dentist, they get so spoiled- watching cartoons, getting a goodie bag with their own stuff, including a frozen yogurt gift certificate, a gold coin to get a treasure and a balloon, it's like the fair!! Also, one time we went Sis got done first so the dentist had her come over and help with JD, she got to wash her hands, put on gloves, and use the water sprayer and sucker on him!!!
I can't believe my boy is ready for Kindergarten!! I took JD to school to get him all registered for Kindergarten, he was a little nervous but really excited, he did a good job and was excited to get his packet to work on for the summer and be ready in the Fall!!