Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Family Fun

I am assistant den leader for the Bears.  I enjoy doing this because I get to spend time with Cooper and Clayton and they get to have fun experiences and opportunities.  A couple of weeks before Halloween, we took the kids out to Hooper to let them pick their own pumpkin from a pumpkin patch.  All the scouts had a great time picking unique pumpkins. 
In October, we met Mandy and Weston up at the campgrounds in Mantua.  We brought one of the four wheelers and took the kids for small rides around the campsite.  We also started a fire and sat around visiting and eating roasted hot links and smores and drinking Dr. Pepper.  It was so pretty up there and the temperatures were somewhat warm for that time of year.
Later that night, as I was putting Parker in bed, I somehow threw up the hot link back into my throat and it took my breath away. I literally could not breathe and was heaving to get any sort of air into my lungs. It scared me really bad.  Bryce ran into the room and talked me through it.  After I finally caught some air and started into a bit of shock, Bryce gave me a priesthood blessing.  I almost lost my voice, but rested well that night and was fine the next day. 
Also in October, Clayton and his Best Friends Preschool class went to Black Island Farms.  I took Parker and they had a fun time riding on the hay wagon. The driver showed the kids some carrots and a fresh head of cabbage.  He then let them each go out and pick a small pumpkin.  The wagon was packed with people and it stressed Parker out, which stressed me out, but it ended up being ok. 
After the wagon ride, we went out to the field to play.  Clayton loved the big white slides.  He spent a lot of time climbing up the net ladders and going down the slides.  He also went on the little cart ride that was pulled by a small tractor.  We ate some nachos, had a drink, and then went out to the slides again!  He didn't want to go home. The weather was beautiful and perfect!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cooper Days

For scouts, Cooper and Bryce had to make a boat to race in the Raingutter Regatta. Using the paint that Bryce had in the garage, they created the masterpiece called the "Banana Split". Cooper had a fun time racing the other kids.  He has really enjoyed the scout program and loves all the activities.  Right now, my calling is Assistant Den Leader, so I get to be with him for scouts.
Cooper started fourth grade this year and he has Mr. Johnson.  He has really enjoyed school so far.  He has struggled with Math, but excels in Reading and Science.  He likes Mr. Johnson and he has some good friends in his class.

We put a fire pit in our backyard earlier this year, so the kids have loved having fires in the evening.  Its been a fun family activity and the kids love the fire. 
Cooper has really taken to Parker these last few months.  As he has gotten stronger, he has asked to hold her more often.  He can get her in and out of her crib and especially likes holding her at church.  Her eyes light up when he walks into the room.  She is so lucky to have such amazing brothers.
Cooper started Tae Kwan Do in September over at a place near Kents.  It's kind of expensive ($100 a month) but he can go six days a week and sometimes he will even do 2 classes a night.  His instructor is Mr. Hugh. He is learning many things other than just self defense. Mr. Hugh expects the students to be respectful of each other and they are very encouraging to everyone.  Cooper has really enjoyed it and continues to get stronger and develop confidence.
When we go sell kettle corn at different locations, they always have people there that paint faces.  The boys love to get their faces painted and this is Coopers favorite design. He likes to look like a cowboy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Gigem' Aggies

I love this little beanie that Julie Clark made for Parker. It is a monkey but its in the Aggie colors.  Since I don't have anyone to shout and cheer with me for the football games, I decided to put this hat on her and bring her downstairs to watch the game with me!
Sometimes when I watch the games by myself, it makes me sad and wishing that I was in College Station with my family on game days.  The whole city is pumped and excited for these games and it would be so fun to be down there celebrating with the family.  Anyway, one day I was watching a game, when my awesome husband showed up with a small "taste of home" for me.  He brought be Dr. Pepper and some medium Buffalo Wings to help me enjoy the game a little better and feel like I was in Texas for a few minutes!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Parker Posie, Ring Around the Rosie

This little princess of mine just makes my day! Her smile is so contagious.  She loves to try new foods.  She loves bananas right now (9 months).  I give her bananas every morning.  I just break them in pieces and she feeds herself. She also loves peaches, pears, and blueberries.  During the summer, we ate lots of fresh peaches and she thought this was great. Parker and I spend a lot of time outside.  This helps break up the day and she really enjoys it. She sits in her stroller while we go on walks or while I play games with Clayton.
Parker gets so excited when I start the bath water.  She kicks her legs and moves her body like she is ready to jump right in the water.  Most of the time, Clayton will bathe with her and she loves to have his company.  Every now and then she will tip over backwards but we are quick to scoop her up. 
This is one of most favorite outfits on her. She looks so cute in the picture and I love her bright blue eyes.  In this picture, we were in a jump house with her and Payton.  It started losing air and sinking into itself, so I grabbed her and we made it out safely!
I bought this cute little beanie for her a few months ago.  Turns out that it barely fits her head and she looks like a cabbage patch doll.  It looks so funny.
My poor little girl was so sick in this picture.  She was fighting off double ear infections.  She had run a low grade fever for a few days and she spent many nights in bed with Mom and Dad.  After giving her some Tylenol, I decided to quickly grab some "Fruit on the Go" and feed it to her.  She kept her eyes shut for almost the entire feeding.  She was so tired, but she was so hungry. 
Dad and Parker enjoying the slide at the party out in Paradise.  She was all smiles after going down with Dad! She has such an excitement for life. Bryce and I are so blessed to have this little angel in our home. She brightens our days!

Captions from Clayton

I took Clayton to Kohls to pick out a back pack for school this year.  He decided to try on all 10 of them to see if they were comfortable.  Then he decided that it would be smart to choose one that came with a lunch box.  That narrowed it down to four.  He ended up choosing Captain America.  He likes to put all sorts of things in his backpack.
The last few days, he has been dressing up like a super hero.  Today he was Captain America.  Yesterday, he was Mr. Incredible and the day before that, he was Wolverine. He will wear the costume all day long.
I signed Clayton up for soccer this Fall.  I told him he had 6 days till his first game. He said, "Mom, how am I going to be ready to play in 6 days. We need to practice a lot before my game and you need to go hard on me."

This was one of Clayton's favorite birdhouses at the Ogden Nature Center.  Clayton loves to spend time with his sister.  He likes to pretend fight her and sometimes he gets a little rough, but she smiles at him and enjoys the attention.

I am amazed at how much Clayton and Parker resemble each other.  Not only do they look alike, they also stick out their tongues, and they even laugh just like each other.  Clayton will help me entertain her by driving his RC Car next to her while she sits in her bumbo.  She loves this!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ogden Temple

We had the wonderful opportunity to sit at the church and and be a part of the rededication of the Ogden Temple.  Cooper was able to attend this event with Bryce and I and it was a neat experience for all of us. Our stake was able to participate in many activities based around this event.  The youth participated in a Youth Cultural Activity for the prophet.
In mid September, we were able to go as a family to tour the inside of the Temple. I invited a few neighbors, but they were both wary about it, so we just went as a family.  It is such a beautiful place with such a calming and peaceful Spirit about it. 
Cooper loved seeing the baptismal fonts and expressed his excitement for turning twelve and getting to do baptisms for the dead. It made me realize that it won't be long before he is participating in these wonderful ordinances in the temple.  I am so thankful for my "forever family" and I'm thankful that Heavenly Father has a plan for us and for those who have come before us.  I am thankful for the temples here on Earth, for the refuge and peace one can find inside the Lords House.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Clayton's Crazy Life

I love to take the kids to the park as long as the weather permits.  One day in the end of August, I decided to take them over to Emma Russell park to let Clayton ride his balance bike on the walking track.  He was coming down a small hill and was trying to keep going without putting his feet on the ground, so he kept wiggling his handle bars back and forth.  Next thing I know, his face and body are slamming down on the cement.  I ran to him as fast as I could.  He banged up his face pretty good, but he was most upset about his cut on his hand.  We got him home, sprayed numbing stuff on his wounds, and then he fell asleep.  I was worried about a concussion, so I woke him up and kept asking him questions.  He answered them all correctly and then got up and started playing.  He healed up so quickly.  Must be nice to be young!
Our neighbors across the street have a fun tree in their front yard.This is where all the kids meet each afternoon to play.  It has been climbed on by many kids and they have enjoyed it being there.  Clayton has finally learned how to climb up part way, and he thinks it is so much fun. 
Clayton and Cooper love spending time with their cousins. Jaden and Addey came down to see the Ogden Temple Open House.  Afterwards, we met them for dinner and then headed down to Sub Zero for some tasty ice cream.