Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Favorite Three-Year-Old in the World


I've been wanting to write all about you for a while Jax. I've been wanting to carry around a notebook and write down all the cute, funny, and smart things you say and do so I will never forget. I have needed like two hours to just sit down and think about you and rack my brain to remember everything. Everything you have said in the last week, the last day even- that made me smile or laugh or run over and kiss you. Where do I even start. Sometimes you make us turn to each other and say did you just hear what he said? You remember things I can't believe you remember. You share! You are the best sharer. If someone is sad because you have something they want, you walk over and give it to them, every time. You love books. You love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and smoothies. You love to do stuff on your own. You pull chairs to our fridge to stand on for milk. You love to sing. The chorister in Primary tells me that you have a special musical gift- she says she can tell. You always sing on key. I think you got that from dad's side or uncle Chad. You say the sweetest prayers. You pray for Chad in Brazil ("him up there and us down here") and for your grandma and grandpas. You love being a big brother. You cry when Jonah has to take a nap because you want him to stay up and play with you. You ask me questions all day. You love to make cookies. You say "sorry," "oh, cuse me," and "thank you." You say "dats okay mom?" when you spill milk or juice. You love to give us "tree kisses." You love the beach. You love to feed ducks and go on merry-go-rounds. You are friendly and loving to others. There is a little boy at church your age in a wheelchair. You put your hand on his arm and talked to him. Dad and I look at you and wonder how you are ours. You are smart and silly and cute. Everyone comments on your cute freckles and long eyelashes. You are brave. You jump into the water from the side of the pool and swim clear to the middle by yourself. You are understanding. You comprehend and understand more than other kids your age. You are a caretaker and a leader. In nursery, you seem like the oldest kid in there, but you aren't. You ask me every day if I want you to get bigger. You say you want to so you can be like daddy. Dad is your hero. You help him with everything he does. I'm grateful I married your dad because he is such a hard worker and he teaches you. You are independent. You like to do things on your own. If you don't know how to do something, you like to figure it out. You like to brush your teeth with the "soft" toothpaste- not the "sffify" kind. You love to play soccer and ride your bike and go on walks. You say your car seat hurts your back. You love to take baths and always want to take them "wif Jonah." You call your litter brother Jones. The other day you said "I wiwwy love that Jones." You love Tinkerbell, Toy Story, Frozen, and Tangled. You always want juice or milk in the mornings. The only dinner you will eat a lot of is spaghetti. You love Nursery at church. You always ask us if it's time. Your best friend in nursery is "yuke." Your best friend at home is "Lysia." You are the easiest kid to take on errands. You stay right by me and listen the whole time. When you ask us a question you say, "Ya or no?! Ya or no?!" You crawl in my bed in the mornings and cuddle with me- sometimes for almost an hour. If you are really awake, you stand next to my side of the bed and kiss my hand until I wake up. 

I used to be sad because of how fast you were growing, but every day just gets better with you. Dad and I watch you, and know you are going to be better than both of us when you grow up. I'm so glad you were my first baby. I'm so glad your siblings have you to look to for an example. I'm glad you're naturally caring and considerate of others. I'm glad you are confident and active. I'm glad you love to read and learn. And I'm glad that I'm your momma. I feel lucky every day and hope I am a good enough mom to raise a special boy like you. Love you more than you will ever know, my little Jaxer boy!

Jaxers Turns Three!


Jax turned three at the end of last month. He teetered between wanting an "orch party" and a "pirate party." I was not feeling the pinterest-y party this year- so I took him to Hobby Lobby to pick out his own party stuff and I think he liked that even more than the stuff that would usually take me hours to do. I liked it too. Once we got there, he wanted cowboy stuff, pirate stuff, and (really ugly) monster plates. I vetoed the monster plates- but he told me he liked the pirate stuff the most...so pirate party it was! We had our family and neighbors over for dessert the Sunday night after Jax's birthday. He loved it. He had a treasure hunt to get to his presents and mid-treasure hunt, Alysia came over. It is so fun to have a cute little girl Jax's age right next door. They love each other. Alysia is potty-training too- actualy one night when they were playing, we just stuck the toilet right on our porch and they would play and then pee, haha. But as they were opening presents, Alysia had a little accident. Jax didn't care at all- just kept playing with stuff, right in the puddle. It was lovely! They we cleaned it up and my dad gave him a scooter, which they fought over the whole rest of the night. I was so proud of Jax though, because as you can tell in the above pic, he is really good at sharing! He let her right it more than he rode it himself. Love that little three-year-old! 

Jones you are almost ten months!...but during month nine you...


Climb the stairs like crazy! You just started doing it. One day you were playing by the stairs and wanted to climb up them- so you started to try. Really soon after that you climbed the whole staircase! Jax cheers for you every time you get to the top and you put both hands up in the air. You are so proud of yourself! It is so cute! I am trying to get you to learn how to go down the stairs backwards- you haven't quite caught on yet...but when I pull you down the stairs backwards you laugh the entire time!

You are still a momma's boy. You climb up my leg or are on my hip the whole day. Very rarely do you play alone or Jax without coming to find me within a couple minutes. The hardest time for you during the day is when I am in the shower because you can't get to me. It's really really cute. I love that you want me all the time! 

You sleep all through the night! I have always felt like you were so little...so I brought you in our bed a lot more and a lot longer than I probably should have. A couple weeks ago, we decided to let you try to sleep through the night. You did great! When you wake up, you only cry for a couple minutes and then go back to sleep. You sleep all through the night sometimes too. Dad still bring you to me around 6 sometimes when he wakes up though...then we cuddle until eight. 

You can't sit through a whole book yet. You love when I start reading to you, but then you start turning the pages and you want to get down!

You love food! The only food that you absolutely do not like is oatmeal (or malt-o-meal and stuff like that). You love peaches and any kind of fruit the most. You love lasagna and peanut butter too. This summer you have eaten a lot of popsicles!

You love your brother. You get so excited when you see him and start moving your arms up and down. You two are playing together a lot more and it is so cute. Jax always talks about how excited he is for you to be able to walk and run with him. You two already have such a special realationship. I have never seen a three-year-old who loves his brother as much as Jax loves you. He asks me every morning, "Jonah wake yet?"

You still are not a cuddler. It makes your cuddle moments so much more special though. There are times when you will just lay on my shoulder or put your face right in my neck. Sometimes you will cuddle on dad and fall asleep at night- but mostly, you just like to be held and look at what is around you. Even when you are tired, you fight it- and when you get tired like that, you will not let us put you down- but you still won't cuddle! haha

At night when you are fussy, I lay you in your crib and pat your chest and sometimes sing you primary songs. Songs have never really calmed you down, but when you're in your crib- they do! When you are really fussy at night, we just lay you in your crib- and even if you are crying you will get really calm if we pat you or sing to you. Then we walk out and you fall asleep. You have started going to bed the same time as Jax just in this last week. 

You don't play with toys much - you just play with everything your not supposed to. The things you love most are cords and Jax's nightlight. I have tried to stick baskets of toys by you and you usually won't even knock them over. You do love balls though, just like Jax! You were fighting over one yesterday. You love playing with paper towel rolls too. This morning you opened the cupboard under the kitchen sink and started pulling the roll apart and you thought you were so funny! 

You hate getting put in your carseat. I have to give you snacks to distract you sometimes. You arch your whole back until you are a little bridge and I have to distract you or force you in there. It's sad and really cute. 

You usually wake up crying- no matter where you are. There have been a few times when you wake up and play or just talk to yourself, but usually you want to be picked up right away. 

You have the sweetest smile and laugh. When you laugh, you kind of look up and I always have to kiss your cute little neck over and over. You have the cutest little chubby hands too. We pretty much kiss you non stop every times we hold you. 

You blow through your lips like a propellor (don't know how else to describe it). It's so funny because you are so good at it. Sometimes you do it really high pitched. You do it a lot when you want something. When your really want to nurse you do it really fast and really high-pitched! 

You are really good at church- in Sacrament meeting. For the next two hours dad and I switch off. I take you to primary with me while dad teaches and then he takes you for the second hour of primary so I can get stuff done. He has to take you out of Elders Quorum a lot because you are so loud haha. You are kind of hard in primary too. The kids all love you though and people ask if they can hold you every Sunday. I usually can distract you with cheerios- but sometimes if I am really busy I just give up and stick you on the ground right by my feet! haha

You fall asleep sometimes just lying on the floor. You will be playing and then just lie down and fall asleep. You are doing it right now! You actually fall asleep so much more often like that than on an actual person- except when you're nursing...which reminds me...

YOU LOVE TO NURSE. I think at this point Jax nursed maybe two or three times a day...you would nurse alllll day nonstop if you could. You are my little nursing babe. I am always hungry and I think it's because you love to nurse so much!

There are so many other things you do Jones...you are so much fun and you make us smile and laugh every day! Jax is so happy he has you for a little brother. He wants to be with you all the time. He wants to tell you "secrets" and play with you and hug you. You're my little cuddler. Dad and I think you are going to be really loving to others and really sweet. We also think you are going to be really really strong...maybe a football player like your uncles. This month, you also tackled Jax for a ball...and you won!

We love you our little Jones boy!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All About 27 Years Old


McKay turned 27 on Sunday. How did he become so old? It seems like we were just in college and he was playing "water pong" and now we have two kiddos and he spent all evening working on our roof and unclogging our dishwasher. Now he's in bed. He goes to bed before me every night and wakes up before me every morning. Some mornings, I half wake up and can hear him getting dressed and grabbing his keys. This morning that happened- and I was hoping he would kiss me goodbye before he left. Some mornings I am fully awake and aware and when he doesn't do it I text him and say "why didn't you kiss me goodbye?!" And he tells me he didn't want to wake me up. This morning though, he smooched me right on the lips. It was a good one! It surprised me a little even in my sleep but I still didn't open my eyes. Then he left and went to work and came home and worked some more. That's what he does. Every day. He wakes up before me and works and comes home and works some more. Tonight we were talking about what I thought about him before we got married. I told him that I liked how he was honest with me. How he didn't feed me a bunch of lines from movies- but he told me how he really felt, right then- and I like it because I always know what he tells me is real. I told him how I knew he would always take care of us. In college he worked three jobs while I was pregnant. And I have always felt like if something ever happened that shook our family, McKay would figure out a way to take care of it and take care of us. He was a natural husband (even though he wouldn't think so). He listens to me and comforts me and wants me to be happy before himself. He was a natural dad. He has a calmness that I don't have. He's a natural handyman. I think he can fix anything. He painted our entire house, ripped out a floor, laid tile, fixed our oven, our dishwasher, toilet, installed a toilet, etc. etc. etc. He's a natural teacher and leader and friend. He has lots more friends than I do- and they talk every day. He's a natural worker. He's efficient and fast and smart and creative. He keeps a planner and a journal and makes our family make goals for the year. He's a supporter. He listens and pushes me to do every single new idea I have. Even the dumb ones. He's one of those people that makes you feel like you matter when you're feeling like you don't. He can talk me through anything. He will adapt himself to make someone feel comfortable and happy. He acts like he understands me so I don't feel crazy. He pretends to not have headaches when he does so I won't feel bad about him helping me with dishes. He wakes up with the boys on Saturday so I can sleep- even though he wakes up before me every day. He's an example. He stands up for what he believes in at work. Every night when I'm brushing my teeth, I know he's kneeling by our bed saying his prayers. He makes sure we read scriptures every night.
Ever since he graduated, he's talked about this "30 Under 30" list. 30 guys who are super successful, rich (or whatever) before they turn 30. This weekend I told him he has three more years to make the list. And we laughed and he said "ya right," and it was over. But McKay, if you ever read this I hope you know that at 27, you have done a lot more important stuff than a rich 30-year-old with a cool company.

we love you!!!



Friday, July 11, 2014

At the Lake: Part Dos


grandma and grandpa
brother
cousin


This summer Jax lived in the sand right by the lake. He went straight down there every morning. Jonah, my little sidekick, hated it. I think he hated it more and more as the trip went on. I spent most of the time with him on my hip or handing him off to my mom. It is fun to have kids. It's fun to watch everything repeat with a new generation. On the other side of that, it's weird being the only one with kids sometimes. Part of me wishes everyone else would get married and/or get on it. All of me though, feels like my kids are lucky that so many people love them. Jax is constantly played with, Jonah is constantly talked to and held. Everywhere they turn, there is someone that loves them- someone to help them or stick up for them or be on their team or teach them. I'm glad we all grew up like that- and I'm glad my kids will too.
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