Thursday, March 27, 2014

These Boys of Mine

These boys of mine. I love 'em. Every single one of them. They're so fun and hilarious. They make me crazy, yes. But they also make me so so happy. 

Kade: He has had a hard year. He didn't adjust well to the transition here from Utah and we had a few issues we had to work out. In the past month or so, he's been so much happier and I feel like I'm getting my Kade back. He's loving school and doing so well! He loves to read and play outside. He loves art and climbing trees. He's so helpful and he gets better at cleaning, every day. (Albeit not sans complaint. I'm the grouchy mom that makes her kid do chores. And I'm not even sorry about it.)  He is quick to make friends and loves playing with other kids. He's our social one, for sure!

Tadd: There are no words for Tadd. He is my comedic relief in life. My favorite thing right now is his pronunciation and usage of the word "probably". It used to be pra-dur-ee, now (as of today) he pronounces it pra-ja-bee. Oh my heart, it's so cute in his little voice. He's rough and tumble 90% of the time. The other 10% he is so sweet and gentle. Whenever he's sitting next to me, he'll just start tickling my arm, or my back, or gently play with my hair. He's a mama's boy through and through. He always wants to snuggle mama and don't forget the pj's. He's obsessed with pajamas. He loves to be comfortable and snuggly. He's constantly taking my glasses off and smothering my face in kisses. Tadd is more of a loner. He plays with other kids for a second and then observes and then wanders off and plays alone. He's perfectly happy doing so. 

Max: My Max. For a while I was honestly worried that it was taking so long for him to learn things and catch up. They said he'd be about a year before he'd be caught up. A year came and he was still pretty behind. But in the last month or so, he has advanced in leaps and bounds. He's not walking yet but I have a feeling that it's right around the corner. He just has to muster up the courage. He's not saying many words but he's starting to. He says mama, dada, Tadd. He yells and points his finger which, we have gathered, means "stop!" He's all smiles, most of the time. He eats like he's never had a meal before. He gives kisses, open mouthed and all. He can never decided who he wants holding him. He's always reaching between Aaron, Kade and me. 

They're all three so different with their personalities! They have some similarities, and some common interests but they are so different and they each bring something to our family that we just feel lucky to have.

k bye. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Break and the Anniversary of the Day I Was Born.

I was in Utah when I woke up on my birthday morning. It was 3 am. (Well that was the time that I woke up and stayed awake. Two text messages woke me up at an earlier time...but I returned to slumber....mostly.) I had an early flight home. 

Because of the insanely early flight, I happened to be in the air during the sunrise. It was beautiful! A perfect way to start the day. 

Also, I had a layover in Dallas-Ft. Worth. When taking off, Dallas looked like Gotham city to me. All of the buildings were so dark and it was sort of foggy that morning. It was weird and sort of creepy.

The boys picked me up from the airport with flowers, home-made signs and flowers! They eagerly stood at the bottom of the escalator for me. I was so excited to see them!

We went to lunch and let the boys play at a park for a little bit. Amber, Colton, Rylan and Brayden met us there.  Then, we went to the Thinkery in Austin. It's a children's science museum. It was extremely crowded, due to it being the first day of Spring break, but it was still fun. 

The light room was my favorite. It had lots of cool things to do. 
 Tadd loved the "frozen-shadows". They would flash a bright light on a white wall and whatever was in front of the wall would be frozen there until they flashed it again. We had to drag Tadd out of there. He thought it was amazing!

This board controlled some lights in the main room. Kade played there the longest.
 Tadd loved the painting wall too!
Max enjoyed it too. 
 No but really, once he woke up, he really did have fun!
 The water room was a big hit too!

We then went home and Aaron and Amber made such a yummy dinner! Aaron had it all planned out. Steak, shrimp, chicken, asparagus, mashed potatoes. There was way too much food! It was all so delicious, I didn't want to stop eating! But alas, I did.

My dinner guests.
 The photo of me. That's all you get. Remember how I said I woke up at 3 am?
 The boys sent me on a treasure hunt for my presents. And I was spoiled. It far surpassed my last birthday! Last year, we left Provo and moved to Texas! So, not only was it the anniversary of my birth, but it was also the anniversary of being Texas residents!

Since we had fun cousins spending the week with us, we went out and explored a little. We went to the park, went on a hike, fed some turtles and ducks, and visited the state capital!
 The photo of all of them, just for Grandma!
 The boys were in awe by the ceiling at the capital building.
 Sometimes, Max makes the best faces.
 We had a very fun Spring break and we're glad Amber and her boys could join us!

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