Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Storytime at the Pumpkin Patch

The library held storytime at a local pumpkin patch! The boys loved riding in the wagon and picking out a pumpkin.

I think the biggest hit was driving the tractor they had in the middle of the pumpkins, though!

Teamwork--"You steer, and I'll shift."

I love all of the fun activities there are to do with kids during the Fall!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Talmage's 3rd Birthday

We were very low key with Talmage's birthday celebration. And I really failed taking pictures as he was opening presents! It seems that when we're trying to Skype, help him with presents, video tape, keep Wesley at bay, and take pictures, some things don't work out perfectly. Oops!

Here he is on Skype while he opens some presents.

This metal dump truck from Wesley was a HUGE hit!

Even his cake was super simple. I have lots of fun making cakes for Sam and I, but since we don't do artificial coloring, making cute cakes for the kids has been more of a challenge. I'm thinking of investing in some natural food coloring, but it's a bit pricey...

Talmage was just thrilled about the chocolate. He didn't care how it looked! I guess I'll have to redeem myself next year.

He did have a great day, with lots of presents from family. Thanks to everyone! Our kids sure do get spoiled by their loved ones far away. :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mind Dump

When I was at BYU, one of my professors was Lloyd Newell--the same Lloyd Newell that announces General Conference and narrates Music and the Spoken Word. He had a term he used often to describe papers we would write for his class--"mind dump." He emphasized that he didn't want a lot of agonizing over wording or obsessing over content, but that we should write journal-style and just let our thoughts be "dumped" onto the page.

This post is sort of a photo version of a mind dump...just random bits of our everyday life.

Kitchen utensil or stethoscope? Both when you're 3.

You can clearly see how he feels about posing for pictures at the moment.

Wesley HATES being restricted in his high chair while I'm trying to get dinner made or when he's all done eating. He has figured out how to wiggle himself out of the buckles, even when they're cinched down if he's wearing the right clothing!

But on the flip side, he can also be incredibly happy.

He looks like the poster-child for an All-American baby! Blonde hair, blue eyes, patriotic clothing, red brick house, porch swing...

Talmage loves helping me with household chores.

Especially when they involve bubbles and water.

Poor Talmage. One o'clock church is so hard on him! We had to stay a bit late and wait for Sam on this day, and he totally zonked out on the couch in the foyer.

Wesley is our crazy climber. I turned around one day to see him here.

I remember thinking long and hard about whether to buy this LoveSac when I was in high school. A lady was selling them new for super cheap, but it was still a lot of money! I finally decided to go for it, looking ahead to the future and thinking about how much fun it would be for our family. We had something similar when I was growing up and I have so many fond memories of it! So I made the plunge, and here I am about 7 years later, very glad I did. The boys love it!

And I love seeing them play together!

Nothing like a morning spent with some books!


Wesley has the goofiest grin sometimes!

When Wesley has a drink of milk, Talmage has to join in right beside him.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mommy and Boys

After Talmage was born I realized I was almost always behind the camera and seldom in pictures. I wanted to record the time I spend with my kids a little better, so I've tried to take pictures of myself with the boys. Here are a few recent ones. I sure do love these little people!

Playing with the photo booth program on the computer is always entertaining--mostly just to see the boys' reactions to their goofy faces.

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