Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Alec on Christmas Eve

Tonight, after fun celebrations with both Alec and Brittney's cousins here in Washington, Alec and some of the other little cousins set some cookies and milk out for Santa, and sprinkled some granola in the snow out front for the reindeer to eat. He was being very talkative afterwords, in his very cute and excited manner, and we busted out the camera.



Here is what was said, for those of you who don't speak Alecese.

Alec : Santa hungry
Mommy: Santa's hungry? What is he gonna eat?
A: Reindeer hungry. Sky. Ground.
M: The reindeer?
A: Eat it. Sky. Eat it. Mouth.
M: What are they gonna put in their mouth?
A: Eat it. Go sky. Eat it.
M: Are the reindeer gonna eat their food, when they come down from the sky?
A: Uh huh.
M: Can you say Merry Christmas?
A: Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Let it Snow!

This has been the biggest snow storm this area has seen in over 20 years. It is so fun and a bit scary at times. But we almost died only once, so no worries. Our house has the perfect setup for snow play with our humonguously steep drive way and surrounding area. We had such a blast sledding, and building snow balls. Who knew we'd have a white Christmas here in Tacoma? Although we're quite a bit short on quiet rooms, we are nice and cozy. I love having everyone in one house. The kids are even doing really well with each other. Alec is a big tease (where did that come from?) and even picks on some of the older cousins who are more sensitive, but generally they all play well together. Thanks, Grandma for all the fun toys!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Time

We've had loads of Christmas parties this season, the time has really flown. All of a sudden we're here in WA with my family, what I've been excited about for the past 3 months! Unfortunately we already uploaded our pictures from our camera to our computer of our Ward Christmas party, our 3-D five foot tall paper machee-ed snowman, courtyard nut roasting party and other festivities so we can't post any of our pictures with this post. I will pull a few off of our friends blog illegally so you can at least see our Frosty. (Just look at this as free advertising, p-dogg, you're pictures are amazing)


We drove 14 hours from our home to Chris' aunt and uncles in Seaside, OR. Its crazy that during our short one and a half day visit, they get the nastiest snowstorm they've seen ever. In fact the local news gave it a name: Arctic Blast 2008. Sounds like a movie. So now we we think of the beautiful coastal town of Gearhart, we'll picture a snowy beach town covered in ice. We had lots of fun talking and hanging out with Chris' family and cousins. They're sense of humor is very enjoyable and its fun to see Chris looking like the shrimp next to his offensive-line sized cousins.

Now we're enjoying the once-a-year snow fall here in Tacoma with my family. After today, everyone will be home: 12 adults, 1 tween, and 9 grandchildren under 5 years old... including 6 boys between the ages of 2 and 4. Its going to be crazy.... crazy fun.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Blessing Day

Chris gave Charlie a name and a blessing today. It was a bit eventful with our bishopric forgetting about us and with Alec being a handful during the blessing. Lesson learned? Next time we bless a baby, ask someone (a friend, or hopefully a family member) to help with the younger children so I can focus on listening to the blessing. Anyways, from what I heard, Charlie received a wonderful blessing. Three parts that stood out to us said he was blessed with a love for work and service, that he would have compassion and see the needs of those around him and that he'd recognize and magnify his talents. To celebrate this special day, I'll post some recent pictures of Charles smiling. He is so adorable and happy and wonderful. We're lucky to have him in our family. Look forward to an upcoming post about the ward Christmas party and a friend's 30ish kid nativity pageant the boys took part in.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Stroller Happy

Thanks to the generosity of many, we got an amazing double stroller that we love. We are stroller happy. We got the Phil and Ted's sport stroller in Navy earlier this week. I've absolutely loved using it. It rides so smooth and has so many options to fit my current and future needs. Alec loves riding it. While the Phil and Ted's works for me, its fun to think that other kinds work for better for others. I'm glad I live at such a time when we have so many options in life. Enjoy these fun pictures of our first outing to the park using our new stroller.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Brothers

Here are some fun pictures of both Alec and Charlie at the same ages, in roughly the same positions or outfits. I think they look very similar! Please ignore picture quality as I was only focused on choosing similar picture content.

Pictures 1

Pictures 2

Pictures 3

If you want to guess which one is which, go ahead and make your guess. I've posted the answers in the comment section already so click the comments section to see if you're right!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving

We had a fun Thanksgiving here at home. The festivities lasted pretty much all week, ranging from basketball games for Chris, shopping for me, outtings for Alec and food for everyone! We made dinner with a few friends but planned on having it after bedtimes so we could actually sit and enjoy the meal. So, in order to give the kids a fun Thanksgiving we went to the free dinner for Stanford's graduate students at a nearby building. They had a guy dressed up in a turkey suit for the kids. Our friend's boy said, "Whats that monster?" when he first saw the turkey. Yes, it was that scary. Alec had to be looking at the turkey at all times whenever it was in the room with him. He was quite concerned about it.

We contributed rolls, jello, mashed potatoes, gravy, apple and blueberry cream cheese pie to our Thanksgiving dinner. Everybody's everything turned out really good! That might be in large portion due to the fact that we were starving and exhausted by the time 7:45pm rolled around. The house was clean and the company was really fun. After dinner we sang Christmas carols around the piano and talked till late. It was almost like being home with family. I just love the holidays!

Monday, November 24, 2008

favorite things

With a new baby in the house, there are many things that quickly become new favorites. Like a full stack of clean blankets, diapers, wipes and burp rags in every room, or the baby swing to put Charlie to sleep in when I need to play with Alec, or Easy Mac, and canned Costco chicken. The new favorite thing that I really wanted to blog about was my wrap. Ok, actually its my friends wrap, but who cares? This thing is awesome.

I love it for the following reasons. Charlie usually falls asleep whenever he's in it. It keeps my hands free to do things like the dishes or dig in the sand with Alec. Its way more comfortable on my back and shoulders than any other carrier I've used. There are no 'digging in' places, since the wide fabric is evenly dispersed around me. There are many different ways to put babies of any size in it. I like the way it looks on people. It fits Chris just the same as me, no altering straps. However, like most things, there are some draw backs. It does take a little bit more time to put it on, and... and what? That's it. That's the only thing I don't like about it.

Speaking of favorites, a non-baby-related favorite is homemade scones. Growing up, sometimes Chris' mom would make bread and save some dough to make scones for dinner. They put BBQ beef, like a sloppy joe mix, inside some for dinner then jam and honey inside others for dessert. Yum, Yum. We tried making them on our own this past week and they actually turned out pretty good! We'll definitely add them to our list of favorite dinners to make often.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

and the answer is...

It was fun to read people's guesses on my 10 random facts. I do love wind, and I actually do love heights, and my friend in high school almost took me skydiving for my birthday once, which I probably would have done if it wasn't so expensive and if my parents had been ok with it. :) I know this seems weird coupled with my fear of falling down grates, but falling into tight, closed, dark space completely unexpectedly just petrifies me, while purposefully jumping into the opened sky with a parachute (and probably a skilled instructor) strapped to my back intrigues me. So the answer is 6. While I do run for exercise and while I am hoping to do a half marathon this summer, I have NO desire to run 26.2 miles in any one sitting. If the chance ever comes to do one someday, I'll probably turn it down. I just don't like running that much. Thanks for playing the random facts game. I'm hoping to convince Chris to do a post like this of himself. I think that'd be fun to read.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

10 things you may have not known

As a break from blabbing about my two adorable boys, I thought I'd try one of the random "things you didn't know about me" posts. I enjoy reading these about other people so maybe someone out there will enjoy this.

1. I've pet a cheetah, held a monkey, and ridden a camel.

2. I have a strong preference for Colgate toothpaste, but in order to not waste I'll use other kinds if we're given them and then practically gag my way through my brushing routine.

3. I'm afraid to walk over grates and avoid stepping on anything that could possibly have a huge tunnel to fall into and die from.

4. I have an unusual passion for wearing capes, especially purple ones.

5. I went through a phase where I wished to be Native American so I could run through a forest in bare feet without making any noise. Also so I could marry a man with little if any back/chest hair...turns out you don't have to be Native American to get that wish. :)

6. One lifelong dream I've had is to run a full length marathon.

7. I often have a recurring nightmare where I'm in a public setting, (like teaching a class) needing to speak to a large group but my mouth is FULL of gum which I'm forced to try and discretely scoop out by the handful.

8. Related to number 7: I HATE gum, and will not allow it in my house or car.

9. I absolutely love wind and heights...therefore skydiving has always seemed tempting.

10. I'm a binge reader. I usually have to read a book cover to cover within a day or two or else I don't finish it.

If you've read this far your entitled to know that one of the above "facts" is actually not true. If you like this sort of game, try and guess which one is false.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Grandma Dixie comes!

Yay for grandmas! We've been so happy to have Grandma Dixie, Chris' mom, stay with us. She's been such a help with dishes, laundry, house cleaning, food and most notably: Alec and Charlie. She came with such fun gifts including a gorgeous baby quilt for Charles. Today after giving our bathroom the deepest clean its ever had, she showed me how she makes her home made, home ground wheat bread. We saved some dough to make scones for dinner. Yum, Yum.

Also we've finally put some pictures from our camera on the computer so I can post them here. There is a fun video of Alec talking to Charlie. Somehow, he knows to raise his voice and say everything in question form when talking to babies. Its pretty darn cute. Despite how it looks, Alec did not hurt Charlie when he tried to hold him, it was just funny timing on Charlie's part to start crying at that exact moment. :) Enjoy!



Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween

The weather here has been perfectly fallish. Thursday night, Chris and Alec carved the pumpkin. We really pumped up Alec saying, "we're going to carve the pumpkin tonight" all afternoon. When the time finally came, Alec ran to his toy drawer and got out a car and started driving it all over the pumpking...."car the pumpkin." It was totally cute. He wasn't into putting his hand inside the pumpkin but he liked using a spoon to get out the seeds and gunk. He used a butter knife while Chris had the sharp knife and liked putting a face on the pumpkin.

Friday had all the look of a cold, spooky Halloween, yet the wind was warm and so enjoyable. Chris stayed indoors with Charlie, while I took Alec out for our courtyard Halloween party. We decorated cupcakes, made lollipop ghosts, ate pizza and entered our pumpkin in the jack-o-lanturn contest. Turns out we won for "scariest!" Good job, Chris. I had to feed Charlie by this time, so Alec went trick-or-treating with our good friends and neighboors. I am a bit sad we missed his first time, but what can you do? He got a handful of candy and seemed to enjoy himself. Alec was a frog and I threw together a witch costume last minute using, of course, my beloved purple cape.

Here is a video of Alec carving the pumpking with Chris:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Crazy

You know its crazy when the person feeling the best in the house just gave birth a week ago. Seems like our little home has been hosting a bug of some kind. Alec has had no appetite the past few days and for those of you who know Alec, that is a big sign that something is wrong. Well, last night when we checked on Alec before going to bed, we found him laying in his bed with diarrhea all over him, his sheets, pillow and bear. This morning he's been super fussy and devoid of energy. Turns out Chris is feeling somewhat the same. Too bad for him since he has to take the last of his comp tests this afternoon. At least after 2 and a half movies this morning, we finally got Alec to fall asleep. I couldn't resist taking this picture of my sleeping boys. I love them, germs and all.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A mother's amendment

Usually, I suppose, the mother has her own version of the birth story. In this case, the father has all his facts right so I feel that no changes are necessary. I will, however, add a few more details based on my feelings to enhance the experience for everyone.



As we were doing the stress tests in the morning, with the possibility of getting a "gel induction," I was feeling a complete 180-degree feeling reversal. Up to that point I only wanted the baby to come as soon as possible. But being restricted to a hospital bed from the very first labor contractions with Chris chasing Alec around the room was not how I wanted to do it. I desperately did NOT want Charlie to come right then. I was thrilled to be able to leave the hospital and start it "my way." I wanted to be at home, take a long shower, get my bag all packed, put Alec down for a nap, arrange the house a bit better etc. However, the contractions never let up enough for me to have the energy to do much. I did get to take a shower and have a bite of toast but basically I was entering the painful stage of labor. So while we were only at the hospital for 3 hours before Charlie was born, the labor had started much earlier. Chris was amazing through the entire labor and delivery. He said all the right things, offered all the right kind of help, support and counter pressure. He was my rock to hold on to, my shoulder to cry and moan on, and the best labor coach ever. We feel so blessed that he was able to stave off the worst of his sickness/cold until after Charlie was born, and additionally blessed to have my mom here to stay at the hospital with me while Chris went home to sleep and get better.

The actual delivery was pretty exciting since it took only a few pushes after my water broke. In fact the Dr. rushed in a minute or so before Charlie was born. Apparently there was another baby born at 5:01 and Charlie was born at 5:05, delivered by the same doctor. Crazy. With Alec, I remember the aftermath/recovery being horrible and so I am pleasantly surprised by how well, albeit still slow, its going so far. I'm definitely enjoying this newborn stage a little more, since I know how fast it goes. Although give me a few more days to finally have the sleeplessness kick in and I'm sure I'll be telling a different story.
We are so happy to be all together and I've absolutely LOVED watching Alec love and accept Charlie into his life with all his cute 2-year-old energy. He laughs whenever Charlie has hiccups, and laughs whenever he opens his eyes, and wants to hold him and hand him to mommy and rub his head when walking by him. Surprisingly, Alec is actually really gentle without us having to tell him to be.My mom left this afternoon, and so now the real fun begins. Thanks for all your help, Mom. I love you.