Saturday, December 17, 2011

December - so far!

December has been so much fun this year! Little Man is at that magical age where he is really getting into things. When Mike pulled out the Christmas tree, Little Man was right there. He helped Mike (and got in Mike's way a lot) to pull the tree out of the bag and set it up. He was right there under the tree the whole time with Mike to make sure it was set up straight and tall.

Man, working on setting this tree up is tiring business! I better take a break and drink some eggnog! I cannot describe how happy I am that Little Man loves eggnog as much as Mike and I. In fact, he has been known to find it in the fridge and haul it all over the house with a cup until he finds one of us to open it for him. If the answer is no, we get a full blown temper tantrum. {sigh} He is getting too good at those tantrums. He hasn't learned yet that it is just a waste of time and energy.
After the tree got set up, Little Man got to put the first ornaments on the tree. Grandma Proctor has given him his very own ornaments for every year of his life. He got to put those on the tree first. He didn't quite get the concept of hanging them and wanted to just lay them on the branches, but with a little help, he did awesome!Of course, after you put an ornament on the tree, you have to stand back and admire your handiwork! Do you see that stool Little Man is standing on? It has become the bane of Mike's and I existence. That stool helps Little Man get into many things he couldn't before. He hauls that thing all over the house and uses it to his benefit! He has also discovered our kitchen stools can help him reach as high as the refrigerator. There goes that hiding place!After the tree was decorated, Mike helped Little Man put the star on the tree, or Little Man helped Mike. He loved it and can be found pointing at the star and jabbering away to whoever about Daddy and Star. If you are over to our house and he does this, ask back, "Did you help daddy put the star on the tree?" That is what he is trying to tell you!Can you see why this is such a magical age? He is so happy and excited about everything this year! Last year with the snow, he was fascinated, until he had to touch it, and then it was "Get me out of this!" This year, on the few times we have had snow, it is a fascination of, "Look Mom! I am making footprints in this stuff!" I love watching his discoveries!Since I am the one normally behind the camera, I wanted to have a picture to document that I was there with Little Man too! On Saturday, we went to see Santa Claus. We discovered Santa at the Riverwoods in Provo last year and we loved it! He is outside, so it gets a little cold, but he is so real! Not like these "fake" ones found in the malls nowdays. We met up with our friends, the Peacocks at 5, only to discover that Santa wasn't there until 6. No worries, we entertained ourselves!

The Riverwoods has an amazing light display. Not only that, but they have these warming stations! Little Man and his friend, Little Miss loved them! They would stand right by the pole and grab hold. Somebody made a joke about licking the pole and all of a sudden, that is all Little Man wanted to do. Heaven help me, I may be in trouble with this boy as he grows older! Little Man is such a daddy's boy! He loves his daddy and it is very rare indeed when he will choose his mommy over his daddy. The night wouldn't be complete without some silly shots with Daddy!If there is water, I can guarantee that is where you will find Little Man. The fountains at the Riverwoods are amazing and are a mixture of water and fire. Of course, Little Man and Little Miss were completely fascinated and would catch our gaze and shout, "Water! Mommy water!" We had a hard time keeping them away from the fountains, even though their gloves got soaked through from the water splashing up on the rims.

Here is an example of the fire/water fountain. If you have time, you should really go down and wander through here. It is pretty!Of course we had to take some pictures. Little Man sat himself right down and put his arm around Little Miss. Too bad he then appeared to ignore her!

All the kiddos! I can't tell you how awesome it is to have older kids to send off chasing the little ones. "Look Little Man is escaping again, can you go get him?" or "Look, Little Miss is getting away!" They were definately helpful and didn't complain whenever I sent them running!If you are going to sit on a concrete planter to take pictures on cold winter's night, bring something to sit on! Don't I have a cute little family though?

We only lasted about 30 minutes out in the cold and decided to check out this awesome toy store, Blickenstaffs. It was so crowded with all the families waiting to see Santa! They had a scavenger hunt that occupied the older kiddos and they had toys set up that you could play with. Leave it to Little Man to find the trains. They entertained him for quite a while and then I introduced him to Jack-in-the-box. He loved them! The best? Watching W turn his Jack-in-the-box and jump everytime it jumped out at him! Finally he put it back and said, "It scares me."We finally went out and joined the line that formed immediately upon Santa coming. It was cold! it was fun! Little Man can often be found with his mouth open. One of my friend's daughters refers to him as Napoleon. I have been amazed lately at how big my boy is getting. I often wonder who snuck into my house and replaced my baby with this big boy!When it was our turn to see Santa, Little Miss immediately started crying. While excited for it beforehand, it now scared her to see this big stranger all dressed in red. We were a little worried that Little Man would exhibit the same signs, but Mike put him down and gave him a nudge towards Santa, and this is what happened. He was shy, he didn't say a word, but he looked at us for pictures and was so excited about it after. If asked, "Did you see Santa?" he shouts, "Yea!"We hoped that if Little Miss sat on Santa's lap with Little Man she would calm down, but alas, it wasn't to be. She just didn't like being that close to the man in red. She was only ok once more when she was in her mom's arms. As we were walking back to our cars she was her happy, joyful self!I can't wait for the magic of Christmas morning this year as Little Man is starting to understand the concept of things. We have a little nativity that stays on his bedside table, or in his bed with him, or somewhere around. He knows which one is baby Jesus and Mommy and Daddy. He is a little confused by the angel, but all of them get a goodnight kiss from him.

While this season is fun and joyful, I want to always instill in my children what this season in really all about. While we should remember our Savior everyday, this is such a special time of the year when we can really focus our thoughts on Him.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fall Happenings

I have been absent lately. No excuse really, just haven't been feeling so hot and haven't been doing too much, but that seems to be changing (hopefully, it stays that way!)

We find out in 1 week (the day before Thanksgiving) if Little Man is going to get a baby brother or baby sister. That is, if baby is cooperative. I have felt this one much earlier than I felt Little Man and the other day, I felt the baby do what seemed to be a flip. It was fun!

Little Man had a busy day today. I raked the leaves in our front yard. Should I have raked them? Probably not. I am paying for it right now needing to take the rest of the evening easy. He has worn himself out and is laying on the rug trying to stay awake while crying because he wants to go play some more. Man, I love 2 year olds! Last year, Little Man played in the leaves but didn't fully enjoy it. This year? He had a blast!

One of our neighbors came by and played with Little Man in the leaves. He was awesome and kept piling the leaves up and then tossing Little Man into them. All you heard was, "More?" and "Pway?" I love that he is talking more and more! Unfortunately, we also have to deal with Little Man's frustrations when he is trying to tell us something and we just don't know what he is saying.

Enjoy the leaf playing pictures!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mischief Maker

Do you remember a few months ago when Little Man got into the vaseline? Well, he got into our almost brand new jar of bag balm too. When we thought he was taking a nice Sunday nap, he was making sure he was uber covered! He had soft skin!

The Cabin

In August, Mike & I went up to our family cabin in Strawberry. We were supposed to have the whole weekend, Friday night through Sunday to spend up there relaxing, but Mike ended up having to go into work on Saturday morning. Bummer!
We spent Friday night just relaxing and went to bed really early. I haven't gone to bed that early in a very long time. We were all in bed by 8:30ish. It was nice. Mike then got up and left for work at 3 AM. Little Man and I enjoyed sleeping until we woke up.Little Man and I had a nice breakfast and then went on a walk. Somebody was running sheep up in the area and while they were stinky, it was fun to find them so that Little Man could be excited. He loved seeing them!We spent the day relaxing, going on a few walks, and generally just having a good time. Mike finally got back and then we really got into the relaxing. We roasted marshmallows. We went on lots of walks. We had fun.On Sunday, my cousin Valerie came up and we took some engagement pictures of her and her boy, Jeremy. They are a super cute couple and I am glad they found each other!
Little Man had a lot of fun playing up on the mountains and we had fun watching him pull his funny faces!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fun Times

I am just going to warn you that this post will be a picture overload of a very cute boy in my life. For Mike's class, he had to direct a photo shoot using a model. He then has to use those photos to create a spread selling a product.

Model: Little Man
Product: Hurley Little Boy Clothing Line
Photos: Lots of really cute ones {grin}

While all the photos I am posting would not work in an ad, I love them and think they showcase Little Man quite well. Can you believe he is almost 22 months old? I can't! These are pre-edit. Some of them need to be touched up a bit, but enjoy anyway. :)

This outfit is a 3T and the pants kept falling off. Mike was trying to pull them up far enough that they would stay on. They didn't. {grin}

This is one of my favorites. I am becoming a fan of the pictures with the light very bright behind. I think there is something magical about them.
This fence is technically somebodies yard fence, but we used it. It creates a nice border to the park.
The park we went to was way cool. It is south of Walmart in Orem on Sandhill road. There is playground equipment, a duck/fishing pond, (where we got pictures of this cool bird,) swings that circle around while swinging (think the ride at Lagoon that goes around) a reflecting pond, a fountain pond, and lots of open space. Plus a walkway/maze. Seriously, it is a cool park and we will be back.
The rocks are all around the duck/fising pond and E loved climbing all over them.
Notice the pants falling down?
There was this building that looks like a barn. I told E, "Lean against the door," and this is what I got!