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Sorry, please ignore my baby, he's part dinosaur.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

We are going to have to get a bigger house in order to have enough room for all of this kids toys.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Families are Forever

I believe families are forever! Thanks to our sealing in the Temple, my marriage to my husband is eternal and not just "till death do us part."

Check out Parkers t-shirt circa 1987! It was mine when I was little!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Parker the parking garage

J balanced a car on P's head.. P thought it was awesome and has been trying to recreate it since.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hurricane parker

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By this logic, I should stop cleaning up after my toddler.

There is sunshine in my soul today

Enjoying the beautiful weather.

A vision of his future...

With his genes he will need glasses for sure!

Hungry hungry Parker

P is going through a growth spurt. I bought him clothes less than a month ago and they were so big they were hanging off him. Now they are so small that the pants are like capris and his tummy peeks out from his shirt. The good news is that I hadn't taken the tags off 2 of the outfits so I was able to exchange them for a larger size. Carters is also having a 70% off sale so I got a few new things cheaper than I could have purchased used.

He's also drinking milk like crazy. He's gone through half a gallon since yesterday afternoon. In the past week has woken up several times in the middle of the night since he's so hungry.

It's a good thing he likes Ramen... its all we are going to be able to afford to feed him!! (Kidding!)

Thursday, December 19, 2013


He put all of his cars in the plastic pitcher he found.

Christmas came early...

I thought if I kept his trike in the box, he wouldn't realize what it was and I wouldn't need to hide it... I was wrong! He saw it and yelled CAR and BIKE over and over again and kept bringing me over to the box and tried to get me to open it. He even tried to ride the box. I tried to hide it, but it was too late. I ended up giving it to him today (see previous post) and he loves it!

Growing up

My little boy is wearing light up sneakers and riding a big wheel... he is growing up

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


In the time it takes me to blink, these two can completley tear up a place! They have so much fun together.

Almost 16 months

I totally skipped 15 months. Oops.

Parker has been lots of fun these days. Lots of hard work, but lots of fun! We're finally figuring out this one nap thing. I need routine nearly as much as Parker does, so to have a schedule in place has been great. I'm looking forward to storytime resuming so we can incorporate that into our schedule, too!

Parker talks up a storm! Most of it is just babble, but he can repeat sounds pretty well. He is constantly asking "what's that?" and loves picture books. He LOVES to read and play with his stacking rings and cups. He seems to enjoy learning and I love teaching him. His also loves cars and sometimes I feel like I'm living in a parking garage. His favorite is his dump truck. He can fill his dump truck with EVEN MORE CARS and drive them all around at once.

His favorite number is 2. He can sort of count to 3 but he frequently stops and just says 2 over and over again because he loves to say 2. He is always asking me to count things!

He loves the playground and can get up on the equipment and go down slides by himself. 

He FINALLY is not eating baby food! He regressed a little when he had all those teeth coming in, but he's totally on solids now. He loves pasta, peanut butter sandwiches, and crackers.

My biggest challenges with him right now are centered around the fact that he chooses to ignore anything I ask him to do. This results in me having to carry him across the street  or in the parking lot because he won't hold my hand or even follow me. I also have to carry him up and down the stairs because he is so stubborn he won't do it himself. Mind you, he is capable of doing it, and loves going up and down the stairs when he's not supposed to. I know he understands me because he does the exact opposite of what I'm asking him to do. (ie, he runs away as fast as he can when I ask him to "come here"). It's exhausting and frustrating but I there are worse problems. I can't wait until I can start to reason with him and eventually implement rewards and consequences for behavior.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Smart boy

He did this all by himself! I came out of the kitchen and found that he stacked the cups in order all on his own. I am so proud of my boy.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

My birthday

I had an AWESOME birthday. First of all, having your bday on Sunday rocks! I got a whole birthday weekend! We don't go out to eat on Sundays in observance of our Sabbath, so we went on Saturday. I got my birthday flowers a day early for the same reason. We went to Dave and Busters while Ashlee watched Parker. (Thanks Ashlee!!!) We really enjoyed having a date. Then today I got totally spoiled. My moms gift was such a great surprise! I had seen a sweater on a model in a catelog and thought it was so pretty... but couldn't find anything like it ANYWHERE. Finally I gave up. I hadn't mentioned it to anyone, so it was amazing when my I opened my moms gift and THERE WAS THE SWEATER!! Jon got me a jewelscent candle and now I'm addicted and want another one. I got some other really thoughtful gifts from friends and family, too. So spoiled!!!
I had a really nice bday dinner tonight. The sister missionaries here are so sweet. They came to visit me once (unplanned visit) and I think I scared them. It was 4pm when they came and I was still in my pajamas and no makeup and my house was a total mess. It had been a really bad RA day and I hadn't been avle to do anything. They could tell I needed help so they cleaned my house and have been coming 1-2 times a month since then to help me. They came over for dinner tonight and helped me cook. They also gave me a thoughtful little birthday gift. I love having them over! Then my dear visiting teacher/favorite person ever Ashlee came with a crockpot cake. Random but so delicious!!! Our home teacher/other favorite person ever Bryan also stopped by for some desert. We have been blessed with some great friends here and I had such a special day. The party is continuing into next week, too, when my sweet neighbor/friend is bringing me lunch from Pei Wei! (She offered to take me out, but Parker is too unruley for restaurants right now so we will enjoy our lunch date at home).
I am so blessed!! Thank you everyone for making this a great day.