Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happy Fourth!

The Fourth of July was such a wonderful day! Julian loves to prepare parties so we prepared in advance to have a birthday party for America.  We bought paper lanterns and did a lot of treat making and baking the day before. Julian is always such a great helper with any treat making.

And here is a pic of how our America flag strawberries turned out:
We started out with a lot more but I thought I should try one and they ended up being super good.  I didn't stop eating them till Julian was like, "no mom, the America flag is for tomorrow, for the party!"

We also had to run to the fabric store as part of our preparations.  I had kind of a shock there.  I have not been to the fabric store in a long time and it has been a pretty horrible experience every time I have gone with my kids for as long as I can remember.  So I was ready to run in and out with the kids to try to minimize the pain of the trip but something amazing happened.  Julian got really excited when he saw that the carts were a little smaller than usual carts and insisted on pushing Gretch in it.  So I put her in the little seat and Julian followed me around the store pushing Gretch.  They were so well behaved and it was like I didn't have little kids with me. I am still in shock but so grateful for my very helpful son.  
When the big day arrived we started out by going to the Rotary club breakfast with Aaron's parents, brother, and sister, and then to the parade.  Julian and Gretch got to play with their cute cousin and the kids loved getting all the great candy from the parade.  Then we came home and had a barbecue with my family and then watched fireworks on the front lawn and lit off our own.  I love that my neighborhood is really into fireworks because it feels like we get to watch our own personal firework show in surround sound every year:) We had our friend here with us and the kids loved the fireworks and had a colossal water fight.  They also had so much fun swimming with grandma. It was a perfect day:)

Here is Grandma and Gretchy watching the parade:)

The weekend before the 4th we had a wonderful family reunion.  My Grandma connected with a long lost brother and it was a very sweet and exciting occasion.  So much of the family showed up to meet him, I didn't even know them, and it was so awesome to see everyone and to meet her brother. 

My aunt also brought some fun family pics that she had found and I got to see this pic of my brothers, me, and some of our cousins.

Apart from all the fun we have been having Gretch and Julian continue to be wonderful.  One of their favorite activities lately has been brushing their teeth.  Julian has loved it since we got him transformer toothpaste ages ago and Gretchy loves it now too.  I don't know why.  Just trying to be grateful for all the time they spend doing it...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Twinlke twinkle little star wars...

I have found one of the greatest rewards of parenting to be when I share the joys of my childhood with my children, and they love them like I do.  The beach is one example, but I can now add the original Star Wars movies to the list.  Star Wars was a very popular show in my house growing up and they have always been pretty magical to me.  Julian loves Darth Vadar and has been begging to watch them for a long time.  So I figured he would get bored pretty quick with them and then move on but we watched Empire Strikes Back together (with a couple edits so he got the G version:) and he watched the whole thing and was like MORE MORE MORE Star Wars.  So we then watched Return of the Jedi.  He loved the robots and machines, he LOVED the space ships and battles in space. He loved Yoda, the Ewoks, etc...  He just loved it and now he always requests that we sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as Twinkle twinkle little star wars, and of course we have to build Tie fighter lego planes and so forth.
Julian also started drawing little people.  This is a pic of daddy on the chalk wall in the backyard.
Apart from watching epic movies we have been busy putting in more flooring and visiting with fam.  My Dad and brother came up for my niece's graduation so we got to enjoy lots of family time.  My mom also hung out to help me with the kids while Aaron was at Scout camp and we took the kids to the mall for the best day ever of their lives.  There are so many kiddie rides there and Grandma took them on ALL of them:) We had a lot of fun hanging out with everyone but didn't get very many pictures.  I am so proud of my niece for graduating high school and her awesome plans for the future! Here is a pic with uncle Noni.
And here is a pic of the flooring in Julian's room,

We have a lot of fun riding bikes and Julian is always working in his "work shop" these days.  Building presents or lego ships.  He sits on his little blue car like a chair with rollers on it and rolls back and forth in his workshop made up of his empty train table, legos, and toys.
He always says "might be" to every question he asks me and is full of fun stories.  He is hoping for a telescope for his birthday and loves to pretend that everything is one. He is getting so big and is growing into a little boy.  He loves his grandparents and always talks about mission bopbops.   We have been to a lot of parks lately and he is especially fond of the splash pads:) He always asks if there will be a splash pad at the park we are going to, and I say "I'm pretty sure there is not one," and he says "might be mom, there might be a splash pad." That is like his Chun Li corner kick answer to everything.  We went on a walk  recently and Julian rode his tricycle all the way around the whole neighborhood and he and Gretch ride bikes, or try to, everyday.
Gretchy is as busy as ever, she has mastered the two foot jump and does it often:0 She also chatters all the time and continues to say her cute words.  The cutest thing she does is her sound effects.  Her planes go "shwew" through the air and she loves to do sound effects for everything.  She also really loves to take her baby doll with her to the store and carry it around the house.  She plays with cars and mostly loves to do whatever Julian is doing. It melts my heart whenever she kisses her stuffed animals on the nose.  Her and Julian get so excited when I get out my wooden Mexico puppet and made it sing and dance for them.  She could not stop kissing it on the nose she loved it so much.  Both those kids really love puppets! Last Sunday was her very first day at nursery and she did great.  She just played with the playdough and hung out.  We were so proud of her!:)

The most fun Gretch and Julian had this month was probably at the fire station park in Bountiful.  We went with some great friends.  The park is built to look like a huge fire truck will all sorts of bells and nobs for the kids to play with.  They didn't want to to ever leave even though it was raining.  It was amazing and we got to tour the fire station afterwards.  That was pure magic for Julian!  The firefighters were so good with the kids and made it exciting for them.  Julian of course had to ring the bell on the truck.

We are loving the outdoors and getting very excited to celebrate America's birthday on the 4th! Especially Julian who cannot wait for America's birthday cake.  We have also been enjoying the raspberry bush and go out every morning to pick some for Julian and Gretch to snack on.
Here are a few more random pics:
I think this is a replica Julian built of our backyard "playground."

Here we are eating out back enjoying the warm weather!
Reading scriptures.

Going for a walk.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Growing things...

I feel like summer is already flying by and it barely got here! We have had so many fun projects going.  First we have been spending most of May getting our flowers and the garden in as well as spiffing up our landscape a bit.  Obsessed is the proper word to describe my gardening habit:) But it is all in now and is to the just maintaining point.  Everything is growing, getting bigger, and surviving the heat.  I didn't love our raised box last year so we gave it to Julian to plant pumpkins in for Halloween.  He cannot wait for them to grow and looks for pumpkins every day.  I don't know where he gets that from... I pretty much go and look at every single plant I have every morning to see how much they have grown.  Weird right?! But I really love it that much:)  I realized today that right now I have a lemon, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, and a very happy pomegranate and banana tree growing outside which will hopefully bear fruit.  I LOVE fruit and that just gladdens my heart!

Besides that we have been busy finishing up flooring upstairs. We originally had decided on carpet in the bedrooms but the heat and price tag helped win Aaron over to the dark side and now we are putting the same flooring in the bedrooms that we have in the kitchen and living room.  We did Gretchy's room this weekend and I love it! Mostly I love that it is just getting done.  We did the hall earlier and the upstairs is almost completely done.  YES! 
And we finally cleaned out the garage so that our cars can fit in there for the first time in two years. Which was awesome till the garage broke:( But at least it is clean...
Besides all that jazz we have been having a great time with these crazy kids.  They are at the stage where they just love doing everything and it is so fun to take them places.  We took them to the mall and they just played forever at the playplace and loved their treats and then for memorial day we went hiking up the back of Timpanogos.  Julian hiked by himself all the way to the first waterfall (about a mile) and he loved all the bugs and kept picking up big rocks off of the trail and throwing them to the side to clear the trail.  He loved it and so did Gretch. She just started charging up the mountain whenever Aaron was not carrying her and refused to wait for us.  It was so cute to watch her little legs pumping up the mountain.  
Besides hiking, Julian and Gretch love to:
 drive their little cars around the house (loading up the cars is also very important),

 play in their pool,

and go on their slides forever.  It is scary sometimes like when Gretch jumps down superman style to tackle Julian who has climbed up the slide to meet her but they really just have so much fun. 

 Gretchy's vocabulary grows everyday.  Recently she has said cookie, baby, bubble, and book and seems like she says something new everyday.  She also learned how to blow bubbles by herself and is SUPER active.  She loves to do karate kicks, and dancing kicks as well as twirling around in circles. She and Julian play together all the time but all of her molars are coming in so she has been a bit fussy in the mornings.  Julian loves to jump off of everything, off the slide, porch, couch etc. and he loves to make funny faces and sounds. He has been mister numbers lately.  He can count to ten and loves to count everything around him and divvy up things evenly between all of us.  I was having a hard day about a week ago and he and Gretch had basically emptied out all the drawers in the kitchen.  I was like I am done and Julian came over and volunteered to clean up the mess and then he kept telling me how many items were left on the floor as he was putting them away.  He also melts my heart with his sharing skills.  
Sharing the brownie spoon.
He got two candies at church today and went and gave one to Gretch right away when they got home.  He calls her "my baby Gretch" and "my Gretchy" and loves to play with her!  They are my big helpers and love a job to do.  We have so much fun together and have enjoyed running around town together, working on stuff, and playing in the sun.  I am really looking forward to "finishing" our house all the way and having fun with my family in the next few months:)