Monday, June 25, 2012


SOOO big!


SOOO big!

SOOOO big!


How can you help but love this happy little face?

The Story of the Peaches

A few weeks ago, peaches were on sale at my favorite ghetto grocery store for 49 cents/lb! I decided it was the perfect opportunity to can them and went to the store intending to buy 100 lbs.

Now, as you can imagine, I always cause a scene when I am buying produce to can at the grocery store. Like the time I bought 20 pineapples--"I thought, 'Is she having a party?'" one lady quipped. Many others stared or asked what I was doing with so many. Their stares don't become any less incredulous when I tell them I can them.

Or when I bought 150 pears and one man sized up my cart, my 8 months pregnant self, and little Talmage and drawled, "Whoa. Dat's a lotta apples! Are you gonna preserve 'em?"

In any case, I went to the store prepared to deal with a lot of funny remarks. But as I filled one plastic bag with peaches and discovered it weighed only 3 lbs, I realized it was going to take a long time and a lot of cart space to gather 100 lbs of peaches. So I approached an employee working in the produce section and asked if I could buy a case or something since I wanted to buy 100 lbs. He told me I could, but I would just need to come to the back of the store with him so he could write down my information and order them for me.

Since I no longer had a need for the bag of peaches I had gathered, I dumped them back on the shelf and followed the man to the back of the store, gave him my information, and started to push my cart away.

Suddenly I felt a hand grab my arm and turned to see a sweet, little, old white-haired lady staring up at me. She pressed a crumpled dollar bill and 4 quarters into my hand and said discreetly, "You go get those peaches you put back."

I stared at her in confusion for a moment before it dawned on me that she thought I couldn't afford the peaches! I laughingly explained the situation and how I was actually buying 100 lbs of peaches. She gave me a knowing smile, nodded, patted my hand, and said again, "You go get those peaches you put back," before walking away to finish her shopping.

"Thank you!" I called after her. I turned around, filled another bag with peaches, and presented her offering as payment.

Although her $2 donation was unnecessary, her sweetness brightened my day and my heart was filled with the recognition that people are truly good.

People are good.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bits and Pieces

I tried putting some fairly toddler-friendly foods in a fun little silicone mold one evening in an attempt to get Talmage to eat more. It didn't really work, but he did think the idea was novel.

We are a peanut butter loving family. (Actually, a nut butter in general loving family...have you been to Whole Foods and seen the nut grinding machines? So fun!)

 One morning I came out of the bathroom and found Talmage with this scene set up singing, "Away in a Manger." It was a precious sight to behold!
(Side friend gave us this amazing flannel kit with pictures that go along with the stories of Jesus--over 160 of them! And along with the kit, she gave us the Illustrated Stories of the Book of Mormon set--you know, the light blue hard-backed set of 16 books that came out in the 80s? And a corresponding set of 16 Illustrated Stories from Church History books. And a corresponding set of 3 Illustrated Articles of Faith books. And a big file box full of Family Home Evening lesson kits! We really are spoiled...)

 We babysat Lily-Rose a couple of times per week during winter semester while her mom finished her degree. Talmage and Wesley loved having her over!

One night I stuck a glass of water in the freezer before Sam got home so he could have an especially cold drink when he came in. I forgot it was in there, and an hour or two later remembered. The ice had formed a perfect cup around the water that hadn't frozen yet!

I really just can't get over how cute he is...even after 2 1/2 years.

Talmage has discovered he can pick Wesley up and move him when he is getting his toys.

But he's usually pretty good at sharing.

 Talmage and his buddy Kade have fun playing together.

And he absolutely adores this family!

Talmage found these ridiculous shorts (that I am kind of embarrassed to even admit I own) the other day and put them on. He thought it was a riot!

I've given up on thinking I know when Wesley is teething. I have been wrong time after time as he exhibits fussiness, excessive drool, fevers, a desire to gnaw on everything, continual messy diapers, teeth. Even outside observers have thought he was teething! I don't know if he is currently teething, but rubbing his gums certainly does calm him down. Poor boy.

Bath time=happy time

No, I don't favor Wesley over Talmage. He's just a much more willing subject these days when it comes to the camera. :)

And just because he looks so mischeivous...

A Common Occurrence

Friday, June 22, 2012

Standing Alone

Back in April, Wesley learned to stand by himself next to the furniture. Can you tell how he felt about that?

Just as pleased as punch!



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sink Baths

Talmage, 4/12/10

Wesley, 4/10/12

(Whoa! I wasn't even trying to make the dates match up like that!)

Talmage and Wesley, 4/10/12

I popped Wesley into the kitchen sink to save some time one night, instead of showering him in the bathroom as I typically do. I should have predicted that Talmage would find the whole idea of a sink bath incredibly novel and want to join in. Little does he know that he has experienced that phenomenon many times before in his life!

Really, though, doesn't that last picture just make your day??



Back when Wesley was a wee 5 months old and still stayed in one spot for more than a few seconds at a time...

An Update...Finally

Sorry about that month-and-a-half long hiatus from blogging. But I'm back, and hopefully I can catch up on the many events that have taken place soon! For now, I thought I would do a quick update on each member of our family. Let's do this Christmas letter style, shall we?

Sam in his lab back at BYU 3 years ago

Sam, as would be expected, is busy, busy, busy. He completed his PhD Candidacy exam at the end of last year, and will finish up his PhD in Cancer Biology in the next 2 1/2 to 3 years. After his degree is awarded, he will accept a post-doctoral fellowship somewhere which will last 3-5 years. It seems Boston (Harvard's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) would be best for him thus far, but time will tell. After his fellowship, he will most likely take a position as a professor and researcher at a university. Working long hours 6 days per week in conjunction with his calling in the bishopric and other responsibilities means we don't see him much, but he hits the door running to see us and dive into the work of the homefront.

Me and some of my piano students at a recent recital

(Kaitlyn) think my life right now could pretty much be summed up with the word "kids." And I love it! I'm home with our two boys, teach piano lessons to more kids, and work in Primary. I had my 23rd birthday last week, and one of my sisters recently visited for a week prior to beginning an internship in Tyler, TX (about 4 hours away). Another of my sisters is visiting in a few weeks on her way home from her 10 months of studying in the Middle East. Add to that the fact that we'll be visiting family in Utah in August, and the heat, humidity, and bugs of Houston's summer become much more tolerable.

Talmage is 2 1/2 and loves people! He is such a social little boy. He has recently decided to abandon the "Mommy" ship and start calling me "Mom," which makes him seem so old in my eyes! He loves anything to do with transportation, science, and especially medical processes. He is incredibly interested in learning about the human body and is fascinated as he accompanies us to dentist and doctor appointments. One of his favorite books is The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body. He loves any book, really, as well as the children's Friend magazine. He also adores Wesley and is a wonderful big brother and helper. The other day I picked Wesley up and Talmage started crying, "Hey! That's MY Wesley-boy! Give it back!" And yesterday Wesley was sitting in his high chair crying as I made dinner and Talmage ran and got him a sippy cup, then brought him a toy, and when he was still crying asked if he could feed him his dinner. He then proceeded to feed Wesley bananas and do silly things to make him laugh. Although they have their moments of contention, they really are each other's best bud. I hope he's always so kind!

Wesley is our little sunshine baby, as I like to say. He will be 8 months tomorrow and is incredibly determined to keep up with Talmage. He started moving all around the floor on his back at 2 months, started crawling on his stomach around 4-5 months, started cruising along the furniture at 6 months, walking along the walls at 7 months, and is starting to stand alone now. The other day I had him try climbing up the stairs and he had it mastered on the first try. I am convinced this is all in an effort to be better able to play with his hero. Talmage can make him laugh harder than anyone else. Wesley loves his food--we go through at least 3 lbs of applesauce per week just by mixing it into his cereal in the morning. He will eat a pile of dinner from the table just about the same size as mine. I am continually amazed at how much he can fit into his little belly. He is almost always hot and often sweaty, so I seldom make him wear shoes, undershirts, or any extra clothing. He also has a knack at making dirty diapers right after I change him. He still has no teeth (I thought one came through a while back, but evidently it was a fluke), but he doesn't let that hinder him much. He is extremely quick to smile but also has an impressive set of lungs for screaming when he is upset.

I guess this is where one would normally include something about wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, but I'll just conclude by saying that we feel incredibly blessed and are extremely happy with life. Watch for updates (if you'd like), as I'm sure I'll be posting a lot until I'm caught up!
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