Monday, December 31, 2012

Five Month Photo Shoot

We took the babies in just after Christmas for their five month photo shoot. They wore their matching Christmas outfits; the whole family wore red, black and white on Christmas Sunday. Archer was not happy at all during the session.  In most of the pictures he was crying.  He really doesn't like to sit up a whole lot unsupported or be on his belly, which are the two poses that the photographer kept trying to do. Even though he wouldn't give us any smiles, he's still a cutie. Avonlea almost always does very well in front of the camera, and on this particular day was smiling like a champ.

 



Saturday, December 29, 2012

Five Month Old Twins


Archer and Avonlea turned five months old on Christmas Eve.  The time really has flown by.  They are such sweet, good babies.  And I am very grateful for that, otherwise I don't know how I'd make it through each day with four little ones.  The twins are so smiley.  They light up easily and with just about any attention from anyone.  They have become a lot more aware of each other, which is really cute.  They smile at each other and jump and kick when they see each other.  However, this new awareness has cause some jealousy when I pick one baby up and not the other.  They will let out hurt cries when they see that their sibling is getting love and attention when they are not.  A lot of times I can ask one of the boys to come talk to the crying baby until I am able to attend to him or her, and that usually pacifies them.  The whole family just loves this little duo!

Archer has grown a lot this past couple months.  He almost always out eats his sister.  He has become a solid little baby.  Everything about him seems to be big: his hands, his feet, his smile, his voice, his energy and his personality.  He is always cooing and chirping.  This is what is going on with Archer at five months of age.

He has learned: to bounce himself in the bouncer by moving his legs back and forth

He likes: the bouncer, blowing bubbles, being held, being tickled, being talked to, hearing himself talk, lullabies, baby toys and mobiles

He dislikes: belly time and pacifiers

Things he does that makes us laugh: emphatic, loud and high pitched baby squeals, big smiles and big laughs

Avonlea has struggled with eating the last month.  Quite often she doesn't seem interested and during a couple feedings a day, we can only get her to eat about half as her brother.  She seems to have slimmed down a bit, but she is still growing steadily and well.  She is starting to be more vocal, and is cooing and squealing along with Archer, just not as loudly.  This is what is going on with Avonlea at five months of age.

She has learned: to roll over

She likes: being held and cuddled, seeing her brothers (she smiles huge when any of them come within eyesight), playing in the new baby gym Archer got for Christmas, baby toys - especially stuffed animals, her pacifier when sleepy, and mobiles

She dislikes: being alone

Things she does that make us laugh: sweet smiles that come quickly, and a lot of snorting

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Recipe - Calzone Rolls

We tried a new recipe this past week and it was a winner, with everyone. Sadly my little guys who used to eat everything like champs have become a little picky. As of late, dinnertime usually doesn't end with cleared plates and full bellies. But with these calzone rolls, the boys ate everything on their plate and even asked for seconds. Greg loved how meaty they are; I loved how easy they were to prepare. We will definitely be making them again.

Calzone Rolls

2 loaves frozen bread dough, thawed
1/2 pound sliced ham
1/2 pound sliced hard salami
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup jarred marinara sauce

Roll each loaf of dough into a rectangle about 8 inches by 12 inches.  Layer ham and salami down the center of each rolled loaf lengthwise.  Top meats with 1 cup shredded mozzarella for each roll.  Fold short ends of each loaf in about 1/2 inch and seal. Roll from the long sides and pinch well to seal the entire loaf. You should have 2 long rolls.  Bake, seam side down on a greased baking sheet in a 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Cut each roll into 8 slices and serve with marinara for dipping.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Candy Detorant Attempt

As much as I tried to avoid it and encourage my children to eat fruits, vegetables and whole wheat, my children turned out to be candy fiends.  They ask for candy all the time.  And as anyone with small children knows, every holiday that comes and goes leaves you with a plethora of candy.  I never buy candy, yet somehow we always have a bowl full of it in our kitchen.  It actually sits atop the refrigerator in hopes that having it out of reach and eyesight will lessen its call to the Hess children.  That hope is in vain.  Palmer often scales the kitchen counters to grab whatever he desires and Brody has learned to pull up a dining chair in order to satisfy his sweet tooth.

One night before bed, right after I brushed their teeth, they asked for candy.  I of course told them no.  Just as the wailing and gnashing of teeth was about to begin, I had a brilliant idea.  I told the boys there was a very important reason why they couldn't have candy at that moment.  I then directed them to the computer monitor and googled images of cavities.  These weren't your normal regular run of the mill cavities that I showed them.  I pulled up picture after picture of gruesome, decayed, holey teeth.  I told the boys that this is what happens to someone who eats too much candy.  And that eating candy after brushing your teeth results in the biggest cavities.

The boys were enthralled.  They are boys; they like that kind of stuff.  They got within inches of the computer screen letting out enthusiastic squeals of "ewww!" and "yucky!"  The whole time I was smiling inside thinking I had finally won the war against candy.

I turned off the computer and told the boys to scurry to bed.  Brody cried out for one more picture of yucky cavities.  I obliged and pulled up this humdinger of a picture.

He got real close to the monitor and curled up his lip in apparent disgust.  Then very slowly and in a trance-like voice said, "I... want... candy... still."

Oh well.  I tried.  I suppose fear isn't the best way to teach proper nutrition anyway.

Trees, Lights, Santa and Elves

We have been busy taking in as much Christmas splendor this holiday season as possible.


We first attended The Festival of Trees.  Some of our favorite trees this year include: an ice cream tree, a Lego tree, many Mickey Mouse trees, a hot wheel tree, and a tree made of chewed up bubble gum.


The boys enjoyed playing in Kids Corner.


And we made our final stop at the gingerbread houses.


We went downtown early this year to see the Temple Square lights to avoid the colder weather.  Apparently everyone else had the same idea, because it was incredibly crowded!  We took Trax there and back, which I think was the boys favorite part of the trip.


We went on A Walk with Santa, hosted by the local fitness center.  The boys told Santa what they wanted for Christmas.   Palmer told him two scooters and two big coloring books.  Santa asked him why two, and he informed Mr. Kringle that one was for him and one was for Brody.  And Brody asked Santa for, "a ooter" (scooter).  The babies spent some time with Santa.  They weren't too impressed.  And then the boys went on a candy cane hunt and made out with a whole lot of sugar.


We made a quick trip to Gardener Village to see the Elves on display.  By the time we got there it was snowing pretty heavily and it was very cold.  We had the babies with us, so we only stayed for 15-20 minutes.  Even though it was quick, Palmer and Brody were still very happy and excited about the outing.

Activities we've also done that are not pictured include: decorating the tree, bringing gently worn winter hats to Culvers for The Salvation Army in exchange for frozen custard shakes, visiting Nana's tomb during the Valley View Luminary and stopping by the dairy's store for scones and chocolate milk and decorating, as well as very soon after eating, a gingerbread house.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Recipe - Dill Vegetable Dip

This is my go to dip for vegetables and chips.  It is super quick and easy and I always have the ingredients on hand.  I recently made it for our scrapbook overnighter with a plate of vegetables.  Besides it's yummy taste, I also really like it because it's quite healthy.  Too often we eat vegetables and salad with dips and dressing that are not healthy at all.  So its nice to have a snack that is tasty and all around good for you.
 
Dill Vegetable Dip

2 cups light sour cream
1 tablespoon chopped dried onions
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
 
Mix all seasonings into sour cream.  Chill in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight before serving.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Greg's Doppelgangers

Brody pointed to our Everybody Love Raymond DVD collection the other day and informed me, "That's Daddy."  He has mistaken Greg for Ray Ramano a few times and Greg did not like the comparison.

I personally think Greg looks like Harry Connick Jr.  Greg doesn't like this comparison either.  He says Harry is ugly... crazy man!

What do you think?  Do you see any comparison?  Do any of you have a Doppelganger?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sweet Christmas Wishes

I love having small children at Christmastime.  Their Christmas wishes are so sweet and innocent.

This year Palmer wants the following: 2 scooters (one for him and one for Brody), checkers and a big coloring book.  He's made a few Christmas lists and these three items makeup the list everytime.  When I asked Brody what he wanted for Christmas he said, "a towel toy," a.k.a. a hooded towel.  I think Santa shouldn't have too much trouble filling his sack this year.

And as a bonus, whenever we are out and about and the boys ask to buy something, I just reply, "Maybe you can ask Santa for it for Christmas."  They are always excited about that prospect and are happy to move on from the wanted item without any complaint.  I doubt this trick will work too much longer, but I will take advantage of it while I can!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Four Month Old Twins


The twins are now four months old.  They have gotten so big the last month.  They are really long, like our other children, and have outgrown single birth babies in our ward who are older than they.  After a relapse from sickness, they are once again sleeping through the night.  They are happy most of the time and bring so much joy to our family!  They are really starting to notice each other and smile at each other, which is so cute.  This is what is going on with the twins at four months of age.

Archer:

Archer talks nonstop, high pitched and loudly.  We all love to listening to his baby babble.  If he happens to not be talking, then he is blowing bubbles.  He's also recently adopted a bit of a temper and will yell when he is upset.  He can not eat enough these days.  He is always very ready for feeding time and drains his bottle quickly.

Stats: Weight - 13 lb. 12 oz (25%), Height - 26.1 in. (86 %), Head Circumference (8%)

He has learned: to reach and grab objects

He likes: to face out when being held, his bouncer, the swing, mobiles, rattles, eating, being sang to, being talked to

He dislikes: being cuddled tight against you, belly time, his binkie

Things he does that makes us laugh: high pitched emphatic talking, often has his fists up in the air, big gummy smiles and big laughs

Avonlea:

Avonlea just gets sweeter and sweeter.  At first we thought she was pretty feisty, but now she is usually more laid back than her brother.  She is still very sensitive and get scared and cries easily.  She loves to be held and cuddled.  She does talk, but quietly.  Her laugh is more subdued and quiet as well.  She has not been a great eater this past month.  Mostly because she is always congested.  She is so congested that she is constantly snorting.  Her doctor checked her out and said nothing was wrong; that she probably would clear up as she gets older and her nasal passages get bigger.

Stats: Weight 13 lb. 3 oz. (35%), 25.75 inches (93%), Head Circumference (5%)

She has learned: to reach and grab objects

She likes: being held and cuddled, the bouncer, the swing, mobiles, mirrors, rattles, watching television, her binkie when she is having a hard time going to sleep, being talked to and belly time

She dislikes: loud sudden noises, medicine, being alone

Things she does that makes us laugh: snorts a lot, pulls her hairbows over her eyes, sweet smiles that comes very easily, and looks of absolute devastation that also come very easily, and little soft laughs

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Little Artist

Palmer has become quite the little artist!  This a collection of pictures he made a few weeks ago: a frog, a birthday cake, a house and an apple tree.  He loves to draw, color and write.  90% of the time you can find him with paper and some sort of writing/coloring utensil in his hands.  When coloring in a coloring book he always stays in the lines and usually colors objects in their correct color.  He also likes to write letters and lists (which he always has to read to me since they are composed of random letters).  And several times he has even written music - with different notes and even ledger lines.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Time Out for Women 2012

I was able to attend Time Out for Women this year again.  It was wonderful as always!  This years theme was "Seek the Good."  And all the presenters definitely inspired me to do just that in my own life.  Here is just a thought that I found especially poignant from each of the presenters.

Friday:

Jenny Oaks Baker - She showed a picture of her as a child being read to by her father, Dallin H. Oaks who at the time was the President of BYU and therefore a very busy man.  She reiterated her father's good, better and best advice - that we should be choosing to do what is most important.

Virginia H. Pierce - She spoke on forgiveness.  She said when we have a damaged relationship between us and another person, the most important relationship we need to repair is the relationship between us and our Savior.

Sherri Dew - She spoke about what we know as Latter Day Saint women.
  1. We know who we are and why we are here.
  2. We know why we are different from men.
  3. We know men and women are meant to be together.
  4. We know that a virtuous woman is more influential than a woman who is not.
  5. We know how to head and how to follow.
  6. We know who's church we belong to.
  7. We know women are vital to the church.
Saturday:

Mercy River: My favorite song they sang was "Better than a Hallelujah."

God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes
God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Chris Williams - His family was hit by a teenage drunk driver, killing his wife, daughter and one of his sons.  His initial thought after the accident was that he had to let it all go and forgive the teenage driver.  He said, "I am grateful that God provides tragedies in our lives, because they teach us to love."

Sara Wells and Kate Jones from Our Best Bites - They talked about the reality of being a mother.  They pointed out that no one's family turns out the way they imagine.  Families are messy.  Life is messy.  The Lord is okay with that.

Brad Wilcox - He spoke of all the different names for Jesus Christ and their meanings.  He said not only do we learn Jesus' names, but he know ours.  His favorite title for Christ is Emmanuel because it means God with us.

John Bytheway - He encouraged us to surround ourselves with good because, "the way you spend your days becomes the way you spend your life."  He said surround yourself with greatness because you become what you surround yourself with.

Emily Freeman - She said we learn our lessons in the middle moments of our life stories, during the trials.  In those painful situation we learn:
  1. We learn that the Lord is mindful of us.
  2. We learn to trust in His word.
  3. We learn to trust His timing.
  4. We learn to trust His example.
  5. We learn to trust that sacrifice will lead to miracles.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Halloween

We indeed did have a happy Halloween in 2012.  The boys went to a neighbor friend's Halloween party.  We all attended our ward's Truck or Treat, and we completed the celebration by good ol' door to door trick or treating around Grandma Nancy's house in Daybreak.

The boys costumes were generously provided by Pappy and Grandma Betty this year.  They got a lot of use out of them throughout the month too.  Palmer wore his knight in shining armor costume to his Preschool Party, to a friend's party, to the ward party, on a free cupcake outing to Sweet Tooth Fairy and trick or treating.  Brody wore his fireman costume to his fireman birthday party, to a friend's party, to the ward party, to Sweet Tooth Fairy and trick or treating.



The babies' costumes were simple this year.  I am all about babies being comfortable during Halloween festivities.  I've done the big bulky and hot costumes on babies in the past and am not a fan.  They each wore a glow in the dark skeleton sleeper (boy and girl versions).  They are such cute babies as it is, but I personally think anytime they are wearing matching clothing they look even cuter!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Family Pictures 2012

This month we gathered up the whole clan and went in for our annual family photos.  The photo shoot also counted for the twins' three month pictures.  Oddly, Archer was the only one of the kids who had a hard time.  He is usually our most content child, but on this day, he was not happy.  We really only got one family photograph that he wasn't crying in, so that is the one we picked for our Christmas cards.  I like a few of the other family pictures better in general, but we had to go with the one where everyone was somewhat happy.  I really love the individual pictures of the kids this year.  I may be just a bit biased saying so, but I will anyway.  I think these four kiddos are the cutest kids ever!














Friday, November 9, 2012

Middle Moments

At Time Out for Women Emily Freeman spoke about lessons that we learn in the middle moments of our lives.  She said when we reach the of a story we know why things happened, but it is in the middle of the story that we learn.

Since I had the twins, I have not gone a day without feeling overwhelmed.  Yes, life is getting easier as the babies grow and definitely easier than when Greg was on his two week business trip.  I really felt like I was in suvival mode during that first month postpartum.  Now I have pretty much returned to life as I used to know it.  I cook, workout at the gym, run errands and attempt to keep up on the housework.  Even though it has gotten easier to care for the twins, the abundance of help that I was receiving from friends and family has dwindled quite a bit.  Don't get me wrong, friends and family still step up to serve when needed, but for the most part, I make it through the day with my four young children on my own.  And more often than not, I feel like there isn't enough of me to go around, and thereby I find myself spending day after day exhausted, overwhelmed and feeling like I am coming up short.

Take for example, a couple Sundays ago.  Greg was speaking in sacrament meeting and so he was sitting on the stand.  Both babies were fussy during this time.  I ended up running back and forth between the chapel and the foyer with one or two babies in tow several times.  Throughout the meeting, I had four people having to help me with my four children.  We needed to feed the babies during Sunday School and Brody had a cold and wasn't able to go to nursery.  We decided to just stay in the foyer with the three kids since neither one of us would be able to attend to Brody in class and he would likely disturb everyone else.  I took the babies to Relief Society and Greg took Brody to Elders Quorum.  I had to change Avonlea's diaper during class and just as I walked back into the room, she threw up.  She threw up a lot, and it went everywhere: all over her, all over me, on the carpet and to my embarrasement as I found out later, in another sister's diaper bag.  After I cleaned her and myself up as much as I could in the bathroom, I returned to class to clean the floor and collect Archer.

As I was packing up to go home to change and shower, a dear sister in our ward leaned forward, tapped me on the shoulder and said in all sincerity, "You poor thing.  Your life is so hard."  This sweet women, who was so compassionate toward me, who was so aware of the hardships of my day, had recently discoverd she is the end stages of cancer and only has a few months to live.  Needless to say, I was left speechless by her comment.  I could only think how hard HER life is!

Yes, I have trials, and at times they seem very hard, but I would never want to trade my trials with with another person.  My trials are mine because I can handle them.  I can handle spending the day running from toddler, to baby and back again.  I can handle Lite Brites on the floor, throw up in my hair and loads of laundry that never get folded.  I know the pace of my life will eventually ease up a bit; I am in a "middle moment."  And this certainly is a precious lesson to learn during this middle moment.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

To Do

This week I have a whole lot to get done and as always, not much time to do it in.  Which coincidentally, catching up on the blog is one of those to dos.  However, that will have to wait for another day.  I do just want to quickly jot down what happened yesterday after I made my super long to do list for the week.  Palmer watched me write everything down, while asking me what each line read.  He then pulled out his own notebook to make his own to do list.  He wrote some random letters several lines long, and then told me what they said. 

Palmer's to do list:
  • Color
  • Watch a show
  • Cut my nails 
  • Go somewhere
  • Bedtime
The "cut my nails" was because earlier after catching a glimpse at his long fingernails, I had told him we needed to cut them.  And the "go somewhere" was because when he asked his daily question of "Where are we going today?" I had replied that I didn't know yet.

Like a champ, Palmer completed every item on his to do list.  Sadly, I did not.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Three Month Old Twins


We all just adore Archer and Avonlea.  They are so sweet and so fun.  They have grown a lot in the past month.  Last week I started dressing them in their 3-6 month clothes.  They didn't need the bigger size based on width, but they did certainly based on their height.  They are long babies, just like the rest of the Hess clan has been.  They are also very happy babies and smile huge smiles all the time.  They love to have attention and are usually pretty patient to get it.  This probably has become a trained necessity since we have four kids in the house age four and under, so their individual playtime can be limited at times.  They have slept through the night three times in the last week.  It has been wonderful!  This is what is going on with the twins at three months of age.

Archer:
Archer has become our big eater, which is a first for him.  Since the twins were born Avonlea has always been able to out eat Archer.  Now he is eating more than her just about every feeding.  At night he stocks up and takes six - eight ounces before going to bed.  Through the day he eats every four ounces every three hours.  He is still as happy as can be.  He smiles so easily and laughs more and more each day.  He is often content to hang out in his Boppy after his feeding until naptime.

He has learned: to coo, to laugh and to sleep through the night

He likes: being talked to, looking around, eating, being sang to, and being put to bed.

He dislikes: belly time, sitting up for a long period of time, his binkie

Things he does/about him that make us laugh: when he smiles really big and emphatically he shakes his head back and forth

Avonlea:
Avonlea has always been a content baby, but the last month I believe she has proven to be a happy baby.  She is now smiling really big, really easily.  She smiles best for mom.  Others have to work at it a little more to get one of her stellar smiles.  She gets prettier by the day.  People are always commenting on her big beautiful eyelashes.  A friend commented that they are so big that they look like butterfly wings.  She gets them from her Auntie Rie.  Avonlea still loves to cuddle and be held.  She is more sensitive than her brother and scares more easily.

She has learned: to coo, to laugh and to sleep through the night.

She likes: being talked to, the swing, being cuddled, sitting up, belly time, mommy best, mobiles, and baths.

She dislikes: being put to bed, being alone

Things she does/about her that make us laugh: she either looks happy and is smiling or looks completely devastated - there is usually no in between

Toddler Talk

Palmer:

After running for a few minutes, "That made my breathing tired."

Pappy and Grandma Betty bought the boys their Halloween costumes.  They gave Brody a fireman costume and Palmer a knight costume.  Palmer really liked his costume but whenever someone asked what he was going to be for Halloween he would reply, "I'm going to be a knight but I want to be a fireman."  When I asked Palmer if he wanted me to exchange his costume for a fireman one he would cry and say he wanted the knight costume.  When I confirmed that he wanted to be a knight for Halloween, he would cry and say he wanted to be a fireman.  It was very frustrating, and the fight lasted for a couple days, with Palmer going back and forth.  Finally after quizzing Palmer for a while, Greg discovered that Palmer believed that what you dressed up for Halloween was what you wanted to be when you grow up.  Both boys want to be firemen when they grow up.  We explained to Palmer that wasn't the case.  He was very happy about his costume after that.  Now when someone asks him what he is going to be for Halloween he says, "a Knight, but when I grow up I will be a fireman."

Greg and I always joke that Palmer instantly metabolizes food.  We say this because after eating a bite of toast, he will often run around the kitchen table a couple times before eating another bite.  We were enjoying ice cream at Leatherbys a few weeks ago.  After a couple bites Palmer was running around the restaurant on a very apparent sugar high.  Our waiter as well as other patrons were getting a good laugh over his exuberance.  After several minutes of exhibiting a mass amount of energy, Palmer slumped in his chair and with exhaustion and exclaimed, "I'm so tired!"  We all cracked up at his sudden sugar high and sudden crash.

He had the part "I can choose the right by being good," in our ward Primary program.  He memorized his part and said it loudly and clearly into the microphone without any help.  He also sang every song and did the gestures when appropriate.  I think that's pretty impressive for a Sunbeam.

When the babies cry he often makes up a song to cheer them up.  In the song he almost always sings the following lines.  "Baby Archer/Avonlea it's okay."  "We love you Baby Archer/Avonlea."

Brody:

I offered him one of his teddy bears at night time and he cried out, "I want happy teddy not sad teddy." Then I looked at his two teddy bears' faces to see that one teddy's stitched mouth is turned down, and the other teddy's stitched mouth is turned up in a smile.

Greg: "How did you get so handsome?"  Brody: "Because I go to church today."

Brody is fully potty trained and can go to the bathroom by himself.  However, he likes someone to accompany him to help him.  One day when he asked me to help him I was otherwise occupied taking care of a baby.  I told him if he wanted my help, he would have to wait.  He stood there fore a few moments and then said, "Fine...  I go pee by myself.  I go on small potty (his training potty).  Pee will go everywhere!"

Brody told Auntie Rie, "I talk a lot. I talk about things that make me happy, like Mommy and Auntie Rie and Grandma Betty.

He calls underwear "ungerwear."

He calls Christmas "Missmiss."

Brody told me he wanted sparkle toast for breakfast one morning. I assumed that meant cinnamon and sugar toast, so that's what I made him. He then got out the sprinkles and put them on his toast and informed me that was "sparkle toast."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Who is Who?

   

It cracks me up how often I get asked if our twins are identical, even when people know that they are a boy and a girl.  However, when they are dressed down to only a diaper, even I have mixed them up for a moment or two on occassion.  Can you tell who is who?  Comment with your guesses.  Kudos to those of you who get them right.

Fireman Birthday Party

We celebrated Brody's birthday on a Monday night instead of his actual birthday the previous Saturday because of a conflict with his cousin Davis's birthday party.  The party was fireman themed, chosen by Brody.  He was able to wear his fireman Halloween costume and we gave out fireman hats to all the kids who attended.  We had a fire scavenger hunt.  We cut out images of fire and put them all over the house.  I told the kids the house was on fire and it was their job as firemen to put the fires out.  The kid who collected the most fire was the winner and received a box of Hot Tamales.  Braedon won by a landslide, but all the kids had fun.  We had a pinata and everyone scored plenty of candy.  We ate cake and ice cream and everyone got a "fire extinguisher" a.k.a. water bottle.  Brody opened his presents.  He received two firetrucks, to his delight.  Greg and I bought him a big boy bike and a helmet.


I also want to share a funny story about Brody's firetrucks.  We only let Brody open one of the firetrucks (they were exactly the same make and model) and had plans to exchange the second one for a different toy.  As we were packing up for the store Brody informed me he wanted to open his new firetruck.  I told him he already had that firetruck.  He said he wanted to keep the new one and give the old one (mind you it was only about 12 hours old at this point) to the D.I.  I don't know if him wanting to give the old firetruck to the D.I. stems from being spoiled and always wanting new or the fact that I am obsessive about dejunking the house and make D.I. runs a few times a month.  Either way, I convinced him to return the second truck and he picked out a dump truck with a power tool that enables you to take the truck apart and built it.  Anyone who knows Brody know such a present is right up his alley - he loves trucks and loves tools and fixing things.  So he is pretty happy little guy with his new firetruck and dump truck.  Unfortunately, he is too nervous to ride that nice new bike we gave him.  Maybe next Spring...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Witches at Gardener Village


We took the kids nice and early in this month this Halloween season to Gardener Village to see the witches.  The boys always have so much fun seeing the witches.  Brody's favorite witch was the firefighter (he has a great love for firefighters and firetrucks).  He watched her spraying her water hose for a good ten minutes.  Palmer gave his standard reply when I asked which was his favorite and said, "All of them."

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thee Year Photo Shoot

Brody had his pictures taken at JC Penney for his third birthday.  He was a champ at the photo shoot and posed and smile well.  The whole shoot was done in a matter of minutes since he did so well.  He is very good a cheesing it for the camera.