Wednesday, March 25, 2015

California, Part 2

We spent another two days in California after Disneyland.  It was the perfect way to end the trip.  Saturday, I got to go for a nice, long run (where I was THIS close to being hit by a car! but never mind), we went to Laguna Beach for a delicious breakfast and beach time, we swam at the hotel, and we ate dinner at Downtown Disney.  Cameron and I got to go out to a late movie with Brendan. It was POURING rain the entire mile walk home from Downtown Disney, but we survived.  
An artistic breakfast shot by Andy 
Sweet Maxy loved the beach 
Andy's pants stayed semi-dry for the first two minutes.
Then he ditched his pants to chase the waves with Dad. 

Andy did a self-portrait then wrote his name.

Sunday we got breakfast, walked around the Santa Monica Pier for a bit, then headed to the airport. 

Too bad Andy has no personality.

Max got lots of practice walking with Grandma.
Many thanks to Greg and Kathy for the best trip EVER!

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Cameron's parents took us to Disneyland a couple of weeks ago.  It was SO FUN.  Andy can't stop talking about it.  And I can't stop thinking about it.  We did a little countdown chain leading up to the trip, so Andy was absolutely bursting with excitement when it was finally the day to go.  We flew out on a Wednesday night.  Andy LOVED flying.  He still says that was the best part of Disneyland.  :) Max did great too.  

It's crazy to me that he thinks this was his first flight. I had the pleasure of flying with baby Andy 25+ times before he was 2.  And when I say "pleasure," I say it with complete sarcasm. Those flights with him were the WORST. Guess he loves it now. :)

Kathy bought Andy the cutest little Peter Pan costume to wear the first day of Disneyland.  He LOVED it.  (In fact, he peed his pants mid-day, and like the great parents we are, we let him keep wearing it because he was so devastated at the prospect of taking it off.)  He was like a celebrity that day!  People were taking pictures with him, everyone was saying, "Hello Peter!" (even the characters in the Parade!).  It was magical.  I think I'm converted to costume wearing while in Disneyland.  (For my kids.  I'm not that brave.)

We spent two days in the parks.  It was perfect.  Both boys were SO good.  Max is a dream.  He misses naps like a champ.  He gets a little loopy and sweet when he's tired, but he doesn't really get mad.  Max seemed to like the rides.  Andy loved the rides.  He loves fast rides and is tall enough for almost every ride.  In fact, I made the mistake of taking him on Tower of Terror.  (Worst Mom of the Year Award goes to me.)  The poor thing was scared to death.  He still talks about how scary the Alligator Ride was.  (alligator=elevator=tower of terror) In fact, the other night he prayed that he could go back to Disneyland, but not the Alligator Ride.  HA. He also did not like Pirates of the Caribbean.  Other than that, he loved every ride.  I think his favorites were the Mickey Ferris Wheel, the swings in California Adventure, the Teacups, Alice in Wonderland (he's obsessed with his movie for some strange reason)...and pretty much everything else.

Our first ride was the Finding Nemo Submarine.  
Poor Greg has had some health challenges lately, so he got to ride this super cool scooter while he was there.  And Andy got to steer sometimes.  Somehow he never crashed into anything. Or anyone.

Teacups Selfie!
Andy having tea with Grandma at Minnie's House.
Andy's favorite part was the "Hoorays." (AKA Parades) We went to the Disneyland Parade one day and the California Adventure Parade the next.  I'm not sure I've ever seen him so excited.  He also LOVED Fantasmic later that night.  He kept saying he wanted to watch the movie in the sky again.

Day 1 left him pretty exhausted. I think he peed his pants (again) on the way home.  Let's just say that costume was ready to be retired after Day 1.
Day 2, here we come! 
Here we are, waiting to go in California Adventure.  I got the opening times wrong BOTH days, so we ended up walking around killing time both mornings.  Ha!  I'm not sure Cameron will ever let me live it down. 
Max did SO well in the carrier waiting in lines. 
Andy on the Mickey Ferris Wheel.  His face would change from delight to terror as the cart would slide.

I think the Zephyr was Max's favorite ride.  He got to sit by himself and had this sweet look on his face the whole time. 

I spy Kathy, Andy, Cameron, and Brendan. 
Brendan made it for our second day of Disney.  My goodness, Andy loves him.
I'm not sure who this lady is, but she loved Andy.  And Max loved her stuffed dog.

The three of us got to hang out in the parks Friday night while Greg and Kathy stayed back with the sleeping boys.  Here we are on Space Mountain, which apparently didn't phase Brendan at all.  We also did California Screamin', Toy Story, and we "enjoyed" the line for Indiana Jones for 40 minutes before we gave up.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our trip! :)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Andy, 3 years 8 months

It's time to give a quick update on Andy!  This age is the BEST.  There are so many facets to Andy now, it's hard to really do a summary post about what he's like.  But I'll try. Andy continues to be the most excited person on the planet.  He makes everything so fun.  The lows are very low, but the highs are high.  He's headstrong.  He's tender.  He's a wonderful friend. 

A picture of the cutie on his first day of primary.
  • Andy loves to do so many things.  If I ask him what he wants to do, his ideas are usually "the musideum" (Discovery Gateway), "the hot dog store" (Costco...samples, and of course, hot dogs.  What more could you want?), the park, or going to Grandma's and Grandpa's house.  He also loves going on walks and pointing out all sorts of things as we walk.  He's obsessed with doing puzzles lately.  And he's so good at them! He loves to go to school.  And as always, he loves to, "watch something."  He loves to cook with me.  He will stop whatever he's doing (even watching TV!), to grab his stool and come help me.  
  • He is fearlessly social.  He thinks he's an adult.  We walked into McDonald's the other day, he walked straight up to the counter and told the worker he wanted "a cheese han-ga-bur."  He does this kind of stuff all the time.  His newest thing is that he likes to direct traffic.  He motions to cars when they can go.  Even grocery cart traffic at the store--he tells people, "Okay, wait!  Okay, now your turn!" He also marches up to people (kids or adults) and says, "What is your name?!" He says it almost accusingly?  It's pretty funny.  What a big personality he has. :)
  • One thing that I love about him is how brave he is.  In the rare occasion that something might seem a little scary, he looks at me just to make sure everything is okay, gathers his courage, and just goes for it.  And usually gives me a thumbs up. :) I've seen it with swimming lessons and soccer.  A few weeks ago, he did the scripture in primary.  It was the first article of faith.  He had it memorized by the time he was supposed to say it.  I could tell he was slightly nervous when it was his turn, but he marched up there and said it so clearly in the microphone.  I was so proud. :) 
  • He continues to have a crazy appetite.  He eats SO much food.  He loves eggs, pizza, tortillas (quesadillas), hot dogs, apples, and bananas.  He tends to like all breakfast and lunch food.  Dinner is a battle of wills.  He usually tells me he doesn't like whatever it is I've made.  I tell him that's what we're eating, and he can't have any other food until he finishes his dinner.  And there are many nights he ends up not eating anything.  :) Don't worry--he's still huge.  39 lbs and 42 inches.  
  • My goodness, he's smart.  It's been so fun to see him become so academically interested lately!  I guess I always thought I'd hold him back a year since he has a summer birthday, but now I'm thinking not.  He loves to write his name (first and last!).  He loves to do his "learning book" with me.  (It's a pre-school book that preps for kindergarten.) Lately he's into figuring out which letter everything starts with.  He'll sit and say the word a few times, figure out what sound it starts with, and tell me which letter he thinks it is.  And he's usually right!  He loves to practice writing all his letters. I've also started doing "music lessons" with him.  Basically, it's me teaching him solfege for a couple minutes until he gets bored.  But he's done so well with it! It's so cute to see him do the hand signals.  And he gets the intervals right most of the time! 
    He loves to write his name. He's recently started to add his last name.
  • He's the cutest little singer.  He loves primary songs--especially Follow the Prophet.  And I Love to See the Temple.  He loves to listen to music too.  He loves Frozen.  And "Cinderella" (AKA Into The Woods, which makes me very happy).  
  • He always says to me, "What's next?" He always wants to know what our plans are for the day and for the next day.  He is so my child.  He's also obsessed with holidays and is constantly talking about whichever one is coming up.
  • He's said some funny things lately.  The other day in church he tapped the a boy on the shoulder and said, "I'm getting baptized next Wednesday!" ??? No idea where that came from.  Also, he's always talking about how he dreams about Jesus.  I think it happened once, and I think I gave a positive reaction so he always talks about dreaming about Jesus now.  I'm not sure where he picked this up, but he's always saying "in the nearby town."  It doesn't make any sense.  The other day he told Cameron, "I love you in the nearby town." He also has a fascination with his birthday, even though it's still a few months away.  "I want a reindeer for my birthday." "I want a girl for my birthday so I can squeeze her." ??? He's a crazy kid, but we sure love him. :)
Silly guy.
His favorite part of baking with me. :)

He LOVES the kid carts at Smith's. I must admit I'm not all that disappointed when there are none available. ;)
Puzzle genius!

Eating a hot dog at the Hot Dog Store.  Pretty much the best-case scenario in his little life.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Max at (almost) 16 Months

What can I say about our sweet little Maxie? He's just that...soooo sweet!  And happy! And such a tease!  How we love him.  My heart is full when I think about what a giant blessing our Max is.  
  • He loves his brother.  He thinks Andy is hilarious. And Andy is sometimes nice to him.  ;) 

  •  Poor little Max had this rash.  All the way from October until January, when it randomly went away one day, thank heavens.  We tried all sorts of things, including allergy testing.  (No allergens, thankfully!) And then all of a sudden, it went away mid-January.  

  •  Feeding Max is a real trial in my life right now.  No, that's not a joke! He's always been crazy messy when he eats. But lately he's in this throwing phase and throws all of his food on the ground.  Even if he's hungry.  And he screams and whines the entire meal time. (Max, if you're reading this, please stop! ;) He's got some mature taste buds.  He loves our green smoothies.  He loves casserole type dishes.  And soups.  But try putting some cheese and turkey on his tray?  No way, Jose. Also, he hates milk.  So I feel like I'm constantly trying to get enough calories and fat in him.  But don't worry, he downs an expensive amount of yogurt every day. :) 

  • Back in December is when he really started standing and holding onto things.  

  •  A sleepy Max on a bowling day in December.  I love when he'll cuddle me.  It's not very often anymore! :( 

  •  His teeth finally started coming in right after his first birthday!  And they've been one after another, poor thing.  I think he's got 5 now.  But you can seriously see about 4 more coming.  His gums look disastrous.  He has seemed a little less "chill" than usual since then.  I don't know if it's a new part of his personality coming out or if the poor thing is uncomfortable.  

  • He is into EVERYTHING.  Everything imaginable has a child lock on it.  Unfortunately for me, he's even figured out how to open the dishwasher.  (Tips, anyone?)  Sometimes I let him play in the dishwasher, when there are a few harmless things in there.  It's his favorite thing.  He also loves to play around in the pantry.  (But I'm less willing to let him do that since he dumped out an entire case of oats.  It just depends on how desperate I am to keep him occupied.)  If you leave the bathroom open, he WILL splash in the toilet.   The funniest thing about him is that he does a lot of things just to tease.  Like go into our bathroom.  He always looks over his shoulder to see if I'm watching, and then crawls as fast as he can in there, giggling the whole way.  Yes, he wants to play in the toilet, but he mostly wants to tease me. :) There are few things in life that make Max mad: eating (see above) and when you shut the dishwasher/bathroom door/pantry door/favorite bathroom drawer.  Watch out! 

  • See those two front teeth?  Cutest things EVER.  They're big and there's a big gap between them.  Double whammy of cuteness.   

  • LOVES his dad.  Whenever Cameron comes home, he crawls to the door as fast as he can, giggling, saying, "Dadadada," crazy excited.

  •  But the good news is, he still loves me more.  ;)  Total mama's boy.  And I LOVE it. 

  • He loves the park lately.  There's a park by us where the ground is bouncy and he can crawl around.  It's his favorite.  He's obsessed with slides too.  He can even climb up them now!

My favorite thing right now is Max's face when he crawls to the top of the stairs at the park and is ready to go down the slide.  Sheer delight!  And pride!

  • STILL not walking.  Despite my best efforts to get him to walk by Disneyland.  As of this week, he's at least taking some steps!  He'll consistently take 3-4 steps.  Cameron's seen him take as many as 8. He's gaining confidence and desire, so I bet it'll be soon that he walks consistently.  
  • He's smaller than Andy was, and it stresses me out.  But the dr. assures me he's fine.  I don't remember his weight?  23 or 24 lbs?  It's like 25th percentile.  And his height is 40th percentile or something.  He's getting into 18-24 month clothes now.  He's wearing the clothes Andy wore in Amsterdam, which is crazy to me.  How is my baby that big already?! Andy seemed so old to me back then, but Max still seems like a baby.  
  • Much to my dismay, he's in the process of dropping his morning nap.  :(  But he sleeps like a champ for his afternoon nap and all night.  I usually have to wake him up in the morning at 7:30 or so.  
  • He is tough!  I watched Andy throw something heavy at his face the other day, and he didn't even flinch.  I guess you've gotta be tough with a big brother like Andy.  :)  You know if Max is crying, he's really hurt.  
  • He's very social.  But in a different way than Andy.  Andy at this age would wave to everyone.  And he's still that big presence in the room!  Max is a little more subtle.  He won't be in your face about it, but he loves to connect.  He'll look you in the eye and smile.  He smiles and flirts with strangers all the time.  
  • He can finally clap and wave.  And play peek-a-boo.  His chubby hands smashed on his face with his eyes peeking through is the cutest.  
  • He's got a few actual words! Dada, Uh oh, and Hi.  Other than that, he babbles all day long. 
  • Everyone always comments on what a sweet, happy baby is.  And it's true!  He's great at playing by himself.  He's very content and is an absolute joy.   We love you, Max!