Friday, June 28, 2013

The Birthday Boys!

I had so much fun celebrating both Oliver and Chad yesterday for their birthdays.

During the day I took Oliver out by himself for some one on one time. I wanted to spend the day doing things that he loves. So I asked him what he wanted to do, and this is how our morning went:

He wanted to ride his bike at the park.

He enjoyed playing on the playground.

After the park we had to stop by the doctors office for his 2 year wellness visit.

He's a big healthy boy. The doctor was impressed with Oliver's vocabulary, and said that he is estimated to be 6' 5!! 

Oliver requested that we go to the temple. I think it is because I have been talking to him a lot about how Daddy is going to go work on a temple and be gone for a while. We just sat on the grass, sang the temple song and talked about being quiet and reverent.

I took him to a cafe and let him choose whatever he wanted. I gave him the money that his great-grandma Bonney sent him and let him pay for his cinnamon role himself. He really enjoyed that since his favorite show has had a few episodes about the concept of money, saving, counting and buying.

 His last request was to jump on the trampoline. So we stopped by Grandma and Grandpa Blaser's house for some trampoline time. This kid sure loves to jump.

I love my boy so much, and had so much fun spending the morning focusing on nothing but enjoying time with him and making him smile.


At 2 years old, Oliver:
  • knows all of his colors, letters, and shapes
  • counted to 40 the other day (missing numbers 14 and 16, but got the rest of them!)
  • loves to read books
  • likes to go to Thanksgiving point and ride the horses
  • loves to color, and has just started to color faces
  • he is a very sensitive and loving boy who gives plenty of hugs and kisses!


 Birthday Boy #2:

Chad and Oliver share a birthday, which is wonderful, but I wanted to be sure to make the day special for Chad even though (let's face it) Oliver is going to be the main focus on June 27th for the next 16 years or so.

I took Chad out, we rode on the Farris Wheele in Scheels and got Chad a running belt (don't call it a fanny pack- apparently they don't like that) that he can use to train for his marathon in september. We went up to Salt Lake, ate at a little cafe and saw a movie in an old theater that was re-purposed as a movie theater.

I am still very much in love with this man and I am so glad to have him in my life. 

I'm one lucky wife and mother. Happy Birthday Boys!

Oliver's Bday Party

MY BABY IS 2 YEARS OLD!!! As I say that, I realize that technically, Lucy is my 'baby', but now I understand what parents meant when they would say "you'll always be my baby". Oliver with always be my baby.

I decided to let Oliver help make his cake and he really enjoyed it!

While we waited for the cake to bake we made a card for Chad since it is his birthday as well.

Oliver wanted me to trace Lucy's hand and she thought it was pretty funny.

When it was time to decorate cupcakes... we sort of failed. The bags exploded when the boys tried to use them.

But the kids had fun!

We moved the party outside to have a water balloon fight

The babies had fun watching everyone run around.

You can't have a water party with out a slip and slide! 

Oli got a lot of great gifts, including his first bike!!

I think the candles and the singing sort of scared him.

When I told Oliver to blow his candles out, this is what he did. I think he thought if he stared them down hard enough they'd blow out!

So Derek and I helped him out.

I told him he could eat his cake and he didn't need me to tell him twice. He just went at it face first.


6 month catch up

Since I have neglected the blog for so long, I figured I'd do a little catch up post.

We have moved back to Utah to be closer to family. I plan on going back to school once Lucy is about a year old, and I wanted to be around family for the beginning of this journey as a student/parent.

Oliver absolutely LOVES being here.

He has built forts with Grandma,

and likes to chase grandpa around the house.

He experienced sledding for the first time. He was pretty scared, but Grandma enjoyed herself.

Oliver spends a lot of time coloring, and playing with playdough.

Oliver is learning about gardens and plants from grandpa. He knows the names of all the trees in the front yard, Ginkgo Biloba, Lindon Tree, Oak Tree, and Sequoia.

For our Easter hunt we blindfolded the adult women and had their husbands direct them to the candy. Rachel and I got in a wresting match-- and I totally won!

The kids likes the easter egg hunt too :) Oliver didn't understand the concept of collecting the candy, he just walked around and ate a bunch.

We go on a lot of walks. It is so nice to be able to do stuff like this with my sisters. Oliver's favorite walk was probably one that ended with flying a kite.

After this adventure I had to look up the Mary Poppins "let's go fly a kite" video on youtube. Now it's one of Oliver's favorite songs.

I LOVE this picture. Oliver absolutely loves his sister. The only real problem I have had is he wants to be too affectionate and is always wanting to give her hugs and kisses, so I end up having to "protect" her from getting smushed a lot.  

My princess.

It has been an exhausting 6 months,

but does life get much better than this? I don't think so.