Thursday, August 13, 2015

Andy at 4

This is the best age.  I think I say that at every age, but I really mean it this time.  Andy's just as cute and fun as ever, but is also a little more capable and obedient.  It's a magical combo!
  • Andy loves doing what he calls his "learning book."  He begs me all morning until we do it. Basically, they're just little Kumon workbooks to help him get ready for preschool/kindergarten.  He can count to 30 and can write through 20.  He can write all of his uppercase letters and can usually tell you which letter a word starts with. I love how much he loves to learn! 
  • Same thing with plano lessons! He begs me all morning until we do it.  (And no that's not a typo...he calls them plano lessons. :) I've decided he's not quite ready to start serious, formal lessons, but I work with him for 15-20 min a day on rhythm, notes, etc.  He loves it, and I think he's talented! I think early music education is so important, so I love that he loves it. :) 
  • He loves his sweet friends!  He loves to play with them.  He calls both kids and adults his friends--it's cute. :) 
  • He LOVES to swim.  We've gone to Seven Peaks a lot this summer, and he loves it.  He's (overly) confident in the water and could spend all day swimming.  He can swim a few strokes by himself, but still mostly uses his puddle jumper.  
  • As always, an early riser.  He wakes up at 6 or 6:30 every morning.  Before you feel to sorry for us, know that he just plays in the toy room until Cam and I wake up.  So it's fine! 
  • He's very good about his morning jobs. He has to clean his bedroom, make his bed, and brush his teeth. And occasionally he has to clean his toy room if needed.  He's actually a great worker! He does it all the first time I ask, even if I can tell he's not in the mood that day.  
  • His favorite foods are cheese han-ga-burs and basagne. :) 
  • He loves going to primary at church.  He loves his teachers. He loves the songs.  (His favorite is Follow the Prophet.) He's learning so much! He even taught (I use that word very loosely) our Family Home Evening the other night.  He taught us about baptism, prayer, and Jesus.  
  • He's obsessed with praying.  He HAS to be the one who prays or he throws a fit.  If we convince him it's someone else's turn, he still has to say a prayer after them. 
  • He and Max are starting to play well together, occasionally.  But for the most part, Andy is way too rough with him.  We're not sure how to help Andy be more kind to/gentle with Max.  
  • I think the hardest part of life with Andy right now is how destructive he is.  He loves to throw things that shouldn't be thrown, push things over, push every button, pull every lever, etc.  It's very frustrating. 
  • He loves his independence and the things he can do by himself! He has to be the one to close the garage.  And he and I both love that he can buckle and unbuckle himself into his car seat.  
  • He's gotten a lot better at his balance bike! He loves to ride around the block.  
  • He LOVES to sing.  We play Disney songs on pandora in the car, and he's obsessed.  He also sings along to all the songs on the radio.  
  • He went through a phase for a few months when he was constantly pointing out people's "big bum bums" and asking people if they have a baby in their tummy (when they didn't). And usually patted their tummy when he asked.  It was the WORST.  He literally did it a few times a week.  I've got a huge list of people he's offended.  Thankfully, he seems to have finally caught on that you can't say those things to people.  Even though his sweet, naive mind still can't understand why it would make people sad for him to say those things.  
  • He's obsessed with our garden! He goes out to water with Cameron every night and is constantly having me come out to see how big the plants are getting.  
  • He calls Cameron "Cam" instead of Dad.  So funny.  Especially since he calls me mom.  He's just as obsessed with Cameron as ever.  He is the best dad.  
  • His memory is incredible!  We'll pass somewhere we went a year ago, and he starts talking about what we did/saw there.  
  • He still gets into plenty of trouble.  So much of it happens, it doesn't even some noteworthy to me now.  Last week's event was when he poured cups of water through our vacuum pipes during quiet time.  I dumped it out and let it dry out for a few days, and *thankfully* it still works.  How does he even think of this stuff? 
  • He loves to be on the go!  He's always asking me what's next, what are we doing today, how many days until school starts, etc. He's excited about life.  
  • As always, he's a big boy.  He seems to have skipped size 4 altogether and has been wearing size 5 for six months.  He's tall (43 inches?) and weights 43 lbs.  Anytime I try to lift him, I about die. 
Andy is an absolute joy in our lives!  He makes everything fun and exciting.  I'm convinced he's destined for greatness.  I feel so privileged to be the mom of such a special person.  

He asks me to take his picture all the time and does the funniest poses.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Andy's Birthday Parties

We rushed back from camping so we could have Andy's friend party on his actual birthday.  He was SO EXCITED!  I let him pick everything out...his (weird) robot invitations, which he loved delivering to every guest.  He picked out funfetti cupcakes with orange frosting.  And cotton candy ice cream cones, of course.  He had about a dozen friends over (craziness!) to run in the sprinklers and play on our slip 'n slide.  Andy loved every second of it, so I'd call it a success.  
He could hardly wait for his friends to come.  Can you tell? His job was to put a party hat on everyone.  
We played a rousing game of duck, duck, goose while we waited for more guests to arrive. 
4 is THE cutest age.  This is the friends playing hide and seek.  They loved to hide in large groups. :)

 We had a family party a week later with Andy's grandparents, aunts, uncles, and G.G. (Cameron's grandma.)  We had "cheese han-ga-burs" (Andy's favorite), and of course, cake and ice cream.  He was spoiled to death with tons of fun presents.  He's one loved kid!
The birthday hat made a reappearance. :)
Max and Jordon have the sweetest bond.

Monster feet!
G.G. gave Andy this biking jersey, and we're all obsessed!  She knows how big into biking my family is, so it's perfect.  Andy has to go put it on now every time he's going to ride his bike. :)  
Birthday boy with his four candles.
I think he was a little confused, basically having three birthday celebrations so close together.  He's still asking when his birthday is, like it's going to be next week or something.  He's officially a fan of birthdays! 

Birthday Camping

We went camping for a night in June with my family up Big Cottonwood Canyon.  We had so much fun!  It's the first time the four of us have all camped together in a tent, and it went pretty well.  Max was up for a couple hours in the middle of the night, but overall did great.  It ended up being Andy's birthday during the camping trip, so it turned into a little birthday celebration.  He's been begging to go camping for months, so it was basically his dream weekend.  (Other than when he lost a round of kick the can.) He soaked in every minute of birthday attention and had the time of his life!  He opened his presents from us up there (a new sleeping bag and some Leap Frog DVDs) and my sisters brought up some fun presents too...a ring pop, skittles, bubbles.  He was just as excited about those as any big presents! :) We can't wait to go again! There's nothing better than sitting around a campfire with family.
"A sleeping bag!!! For my birthday!!!"
"Best weekend ever!"
Max loved throwing rocks in the river.
We surprised Andy and started singing happy birthday while bringing him over peach cobbler with a candle.  He was beaming.

Campfire family selfie! (Max was asleep in the tent.)

"A RING POP!!!!!"  (For some reason, he's been asking for one for months. He'd never had one, so I'm not sure why he got the idea in his head?)

Andy arranged all the chairs for us.
A peek into our tent.
Sweet, sweet Max.  Too cute in his chair.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


We had a two-part Easter this year.  Since Cameron and I were out-of-town Easter weekend, the Easter Bunny was kind enough to visit us the week before.  We did an egg "hunt" at Mueller Park Jr. High, dyed our Easter eggs, and the Easter Bunny visited Sunday morning.  He didn't bring much candy for the boys, but seemed more into educational toys.  But strangely, he brought Cameron and I all the good candy. 
Andy got it into his head that he wanted an "Easter kite" from the Easter Bunny.  Luckily, the Easter Bunny pulled through.  Notice Max's measuring cups.  He loves those things for some strange reason.   
We took the Easter Kite out for a spin.
 The boys got to celebrate Easter again with Cameron's parents, which included an egg hunt at Great Grandma and Grandpa Baker's house.
Max and his buddy Ethan.

The boys finally got to wear their Easter Sunday clothes later in April.  Cutest picture ever. 

April & May

April and May were full of fun.  
  • These two started playing together more.  And are they cute or what?!

  • Our church time this year has been slowly killing us.  We go from 1:00-4:00, with sacrament meeting last.  The mornings feel long, so we took a beautiful spring walk in Temple Square one morning.  
  •  Who wouldn't guessed the first snowman of the season we'd build would be in April?! We had a massive snowstorm, so Andy and Cameron took advantage.  Andy loved building his snowman and loved watching him slowly melt even more.  "Look mom! His head fell off!" 

  •  I organized a piano festival (Applause Piano Festival) in our area at the end of April.  I was so happy with how it turned out and had so much fun working on it! 
  •  We took a fun Joy School field-trip to Wheeler Farm.  
I think this picture about sums up Andy's personality.

I love watching Andy and his buddies chat.
  •  I helped throw a baby shower for my cute mission companion, Emily. 
  •  Mother's Day was wonderful.  It was busy with lots of family visits, but Cameron made me feel so loved and appreciated.  How did I get so lucky to get these two boys?! 
  •  I ran in the very wet Ogden Marathon!  It was all very last minute; I bought someone's bib from them the day before.  Considering that it poured rain the entire time, I still had fun and enjoyed myself.  Until I stopped running; then I was freezing.  
  •  Max started nursery! He did so well the first couple times!  No tears at all.  Now he's a bit more hesitant for some reason.  P.S. This picture melts my heart.  
  •  Joy School ended.  We had such a fun first year!  Andy loves his school buddies (Jacob, Elena, Jana, Savannah, and Olivia), and he'll miss having school with them.  
  •  Andy had a great soccer season! There were many, many rained out games, but it was still a fun season.  Andy even made a few goals!  Gooooo Purple Monsters!

  •  Memorial Day was so fun!  We had a fun breakfast with my family, played kickball with them too, I got to go shopping (without kids!), and then we finished the day off with a hike, just the four of us.  And Max fell in love with throwing rocks in the river. 
  •  I love that I get to spend my days with these wonderful boys.  They make my life so sweet.  
  •  We got to go to Cameron's cousin Garrett's wedding in Fillmore.  It was so fun to spend time with Cameron's family and the Curtos.  Any was the entertainment at the reception; he proved to be quite the charmer, asking girls (young and old) to dance, even telling one college-age girl how pretty her hair is. :)