Five years ago today, I married my sweetheart...and the time has flown by.

It's a good thing eternity lasts so long!

I love you, Cole.


Happy Birthday, Lucas-man!

Today, our little Lucas turns 1.  This has, quite possibly, been the quickest year of our lives--it seems like just yesterday that we were heading to the hospital to bring him into the world!  Now our little baby isn't a baby anymore.

-Lucas still LOVES to eat, and almost always out-eats Kyle.  When he's done eating, though, he'll let you know, usually by throwing whatever food is left in front of him.

Doing what he does best...eating cookies!
-He still loves to nurse, but typically only to go to sleep.  It's getting less and less frequent, so I'm putting off actively trying to wean him because I think it'll happen by itself before too much longer.
-He loves to crawl up the stairs, but can't get down them.  We'll often find him at the top of the stairs whining to get down.
-He LOVES to push cars on the floor.  He'll either crawl and push a car at the same time, or he'll push one across the floor and crawl like mad after it.  He keeps himself entertained quite well with this stunt.
-He's not quite brave enough to take steps on his own yet.  He cruises all over the place any chance he can get, and he loves to walk while holding on to someone's hands, but as soon as you let go, he'll immediately sit down.
-He LOVES music and dancing.
-He still thinks his brother is the funniest person alive.
-He has six teeth: two on top and four on bottom.
-After months of prompting, he signed "please" and "more" the other day all on his own.
-He is super chatty, but isn't quite up to saying any real words yet.
-He loves to be outside and crawl all over the place.

Chillin' on the grass (before a much-needed haircut)
-He has the most infectious laugh.

Lucas is our little sunshine boy, and we've absolutely loved having him in our home the last year.  We're looking forward to many more years of his smiles!

His toothy grin that will melt anyone's heart



Lucas jabbers a mile a minute, and always wants to eat. Here is him doing both. I had to upload a video using my new video camera I got for Father's Day.

We are looking forward to an event filled two weeks. Lucas turns one on Thursday and we are going to Cars 2 on Saturday to celebrate. Then, next weekend starts on Thursday with us celebrating our five year anniversary in great fashion. We went all out with spa appointments, movies, hotel reservations and even a jeweler thrown into the mix. Then we leave on Friday to go camping with the family for the weekend, only this time we have all our own camping supplies including a killer tent. To top it off on the 4th of July we get to celebrate in style at Bumpy and Gammy's house with great food and better fireworks (Especially this year). I am sure we will have many blogs to follow as we kick off our summer.


Wordless Wednesday, Plus an Overdue Update

My living room rug was turned into a parking lot...and we realized just how many vehicles our boys have.
Does anyone else go through periods of time where their "blogging muse" takes a vacation?  I've kind of been in that situation the last few weeks.  I've had PLENTY of material to blog about; I've even had 3 or 4 blog posts take shape in my mind...but my drive to actually blog has been absent.  I get this "blogger's block" every now and then...but, I figured all 3 of my readers deserve to know that we're still alive and kicking, so I decided to taint my wordless wednesday this week with an update.

Cole's still going to school and working.  He's busy and tired and enjoying every minute of it.  He finished his first class two weeks ago and kicked its trash--he got a big, fat A.  Now, he's got three online classes left to finish this semester, including his dreaded math class.  After the semester ends, he's road-tripping with his younger brother, Adam, who is moving to Texas, and he's super excited about it.  When he's not studying, he's outside maintaining our yard (which does look pretty fantastic, if I do say so myself), playing with the boys, or sleeping.  I let him buy new clippers the other day, and he gave himself and the boys super-short summer haircuts.

I am finding, more and more, that I don't have enough time in the day to do everything that I want to do (which is probably another reason my blogging has suffered lately--I just don't ever get to it).  I had my first Primary activity on Saturday, and, because of the help of my wonderful presidency, it went really well!  I've started doing Zumba twice a week, which is awesome!  It adds variety to my exercise routine and is a LOT of fun.  I've recently become addicted to Castle--I watch it while I'm on the treadmill.  I learned how to make cake balls, which are super easy but look super impressive.

I didn't actually make these--I stole the picture from my sister-in-law...
The only problem with cake balls?  They're supremely addicting.  I can't eat just one.  So, I'm not allowed to make them unless it's for a specific event for other people.  Eating 49303856 cake balls would surely be detrimental to my health.  I figured out how to curl my hair with my CHI straightener, and it works way better than any curling iron would!  I finally figured out how to put eBooks from the library on my nook, so I've been reading voraciously again.

Kyle just keeps getting smarter and smarter every day.  His new favorite word is "Why?"  This can be both amusing and irritating at the same time, and I've found myself saying "Because I said so" way more than I ever thought I would.  He's also started asking what letter things around the house begin with...and then he sounds it out for himself: "Mom, what letter starts 'bed'?  Buh...buh....B!"  It's really cute, and it makes me super proud.  I'm confident that we can have him reading and writing before he goes to kindergarten (which, really, shouldn't be that hard since he'll be almost 6 when he goes to kindergarten).  Kyle has become really affectionate lately, so we've gotten lots of hugs, kisses, and snuggles.  He's also really big on the fact that we're a family, and he tells me that fact constantly.  We're working on developing empathy and learning the Golden Rule (since he's become fairly possessive of 'his' toys and is quick to yank them away from his brother).

Lucas just keeps getting bigger and bigger!  With his new haircut, he officially looks more like a little boy than a baby.  He's turning into quite the dramatic--whenever he doesn't get what he wants (which is usually me constantly holding him) he THROWS himself on his belly and cries.  It would be completely heart-wrenching if I didn't know that he was putting on an act.  He's a master at crawling and is getting brave enough to stand by himself for short periods of time.  He'll walk if someone is holding both of his hands, but if you try to only hold one, he immediately sits down.  He loves pushing cars and crawling after them, and he's an expert at getting into my tupperware cupboard and spreading everything all over the house.  He recently took a trip to the ER in the middle of the night because he woke up with a fever of 105.  He was diagnosed with a severe ear infection and a viral infection in his chest.  Cole took him while I sat at home and ate half a pint of Ben & Jerry's while I worried (ironically, it was Late Night Snack).

Cole took this picture at the hospital.  Doesn't he look so sad?
After a few days of antibiotics, he's perked back up and has returned to his happy albeit slightly dramatic self.  We can't believe that he's going to be a year old in a week!

So, that's what we've been doing.  Maybe this post will be enough to coax my blogging muse back from vaycay...


Marriage Monday

Okay, so you got to hear about me a couple of weeks ago. Now I get to tell you the real reason I do those things that Jessica talked about. This will be a cheesy post I know, but deal with it.

Let me tell you about Jessica. Jessica does her best every day, she deals with two very active kids, deals with the responsibilities of being a wife and responsibilities outside the home. Jessica has many titles, they are:

Jessica is a great wife, she puts up with a ton of grief from me. She sticks in there and does everything a loving wife is supposed to do. You know in school/church when someone would say to you, "This is a quality that you should look for in a wife"? Well, she has all of those qualities and more. She has only ever told one big lie to me, and it still makes us laugh cause I actually believed that she was telling the truth. We won't go into that. She is awesome, she is always there for me and our family. It has not been easy at all the last five years, in fact life has sucked all the way around. The only good thing has been our strength as a couple and looking out fo our little family. Every time we get close to swimming we get pushed back under the water to the point of drowning. With no relief of our trials and struggles in sight, she stays optimistic, even more than me (Usually the rolls are reversed). It has come to a point in my life that it takes everything in my power to keep moving forward. Jessica and my boys are that reason. Jessica is so wonderful to me, and I am thankful for that. I love you Jessica!

Although our kids can be hyper, they are very polite and know to listen to their Mother. Jessica is a wonderful mother, I am so grateful that we made the decision for her to stay home full time. It not only has improved Kyle's behavior and growth, but has made it a ton easier for me to go to work each day. I love the fact that my son's can be home with there Mom everyday all day. Now, Jessica probably gets frustrated with the kids and wants to scream by the time I get home after school, but she never complains, she just goes about doing what she does best. I come home and she asks me how my day was, she doesn't complain about her day. I love her for the great mother she is.

Primary President
Jessica has been Primary President since the beginning of the year and does an amazing job doing it. She worries so much about the kids and teachers. She loses sleep over it, but she still pulls off amazing sharing times and a killer primary activity (The kids are still talking about it). She has great counselors and loves doing it. She once again never complains about her heavy load. This takes away any time on Sundays that she would have with me or for naps, which she loves so much on Sundays.

I think she is a great daughter, I can't speak for her parents but her mother did rave about her in a recent blog post. If I were her parents, I would be proud of her many accomplishments. She has graduated from BYU with a "very smart degree" and married in the temple and has 2 beautiful grandchildren for them, including the first grandchild for them.
She is an example that could be followed by all of her siblings, she makes great decisions and loves her family very much.
As for being a daughter-in-law, once again I can not speak for my own parents, but I can say the same as above. She also is the mother of the first Grandson of my parents. That is a big thing I think, but alas I think she is a great daughter-in-law.

To be honest neither myself or Jessica have many friends, and none of those being married friends. But, the people that call or have called Jessica a friend know what I am talking about, she is very thoughtful, a very good listener and very enjoyable to be around.

All in all, she has her crap together, she knows what she wants to do, and develops on her little hobbies everyday. I am a work in progress and especially now I am very grateful for a wonderful wife. Thanks babe! Lets go for a better next five years.


Thankful Thursday

Today, I'm thankful for this crazy guy...

This is his go-to picture face.  I can't even count how many pictures we have like this.
He took a huge step toward the future and started school again last month.  This is a big deal for him, because he's not really the book-learnin' type.  Sitting in a classroom is not his cup of tea--he'd much rather learn in a hands-on, real-world setting.  But, he recognized the value of a college education, figured out a way to fit it into his schedule, and enrolled in classes.  I can't even begin to describe how PROUD I am of him.  He probably gets sick of hearing it--I tell him about 7,000 times a day.

This is what a typical day looks like for him: get up at 5 to get to work by 6; work until 2:30; come home to play with the boys, have a quick dinner, and finish up any homework; get to class by 5:30; get home from class at 9:30, help get the boys down for bed and do homework; hit the sack around 11:30.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

I'm not really sure how he's functioning...especially on so little sleep.  I can't drag my sorry behind out of bed if I get less than 8 hours of sleep these days (LAZY!).

Did I mention that he's doing this so I can continue to stay home with our boys?  Yeah, I think he's Superman.


Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: Grandpa Buddy

The boys absolutely loved hanging out with their Grandpa Buddy!

We took advantage of the long holiday weekend and road-tripped down to Hurricane, UT (about 25 min. north of St. George) to visit Cole's grandparents.  The kids did surprisingly well in the car on the way down--probably because they were coming off a Thomas the Tank Engine high (another post about that some other day).  We got there late Friday night and spent a couple of great days with "Grandpa Buddy" and "Grandma Sandy."  The boys absolutely loved all of the attention they got!  It was a nice, relaxing weekend; besides dinner out on Saturday night with one of Cole's best friends from high school and his almost-fiance, we mostly hung around the house and played cards (I learned I'm crazy awful at spades).

I'm really glad we took the time to visit them, because I feel really strongly about my kids developing a relationship with their great-grandparents when they have the opportunity.  When I was growing up, we lived close to one of my two living sets of great-grandparents, and I have a lot of cherished memories of spending time with them.  I want my kids to have the same fond memories of their great-grandparents as well.
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