Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another Year Has Passed

My little baby boy is turning two today! It's amazing to me, and sad, how fast the time has gone and how much he has grown.

Here's my little man at three weeks old...

At one year old...

And here he is today...

He is the best kid! I really can't get enough of him. He is so easy going, happy, and loving. He loves cars, baseball, playing outside, doing whatever his big sisters are doing and he loves the song Take Me Out To The Ballgame! That song is our current lullaby for him at night time. He loves to eat popsicles, hot dogs, cucumbers with ranch, and strawberries. He is talking so much and can pretty much say anything now if he tries. He gives really big hugs and is super cuddly. His nursery teacher always tell us how cute he is and that he runs up to them and gives them big hugs all the time. He is all boy and loves sports, getting dirty, and causing trouble.

We love you Bennett and hope you have a wonderful birthday. We can't imagine life without you!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lazy Days

I have so many pictures from this summer I thought that I better get them posted before I forget about them! Here's what has been going on...

We have a really pretty rose bush that the kids love to smell. I think this picture of Chloe is so cute!

The kids have been enjoying Mabel. She's starting to ease up on the nipping and she loves to play with them. Benny loves to lay on the ground and let Mabel wrestle with him.
Benny is our boy with many outfits! He is exploring all of his options. I'm not sure this is the best look for him! Our neighbor got a kick out of this ensemble.

We have been trying to hit the beach at least once a week. The kids can't get enough of the water and sand. They are so content just playing for hours. I love it too because they are happy and I don't have to hear them whining or bickering!

Chloe decided she wanted her training wheels off. I was nervous, but Bryan helped her and she had it figured out in about two minutes! She is a pro and has gone on lots of bike rides around the neighborhood already.

Bryan has been bonding with the dog too. I think he likes her more than he admits!

Niah lost her 3rd tooth! She tied it to some dental floss, tied the other end to the door and shut the door! It came right out and went down the A/C vent. It was traumatic for a moment, but after pulling out a few popcorn kernels and some other unidentifiable objects I was able to find it. Whew. I was almost in big trouble for choosing the door right by the vent!

So, there's what we've been up to. We are looking forward to celebrating Bennett's second birthday this week. It's hard to believe he is already two. My heart hurts thinking about how fast he is growing up. PLEASE STOP Benny!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Independence Day

Our 4th of July was really fun this year! We kicked off the weekend by going to a rodeo at the county fair. The kids had a blast and got all dolled up in their cowboy gear. The kids LOVED the rodeo. Chloe was especially fascinated, especially with the girls doing the barrel racing. We might have a future cowgirl on our hands!

Niah and Chloe rode a couple of rides. Bennett was too short to ride, he didn't seem to mind though. He was just happy watching the girls.

Bryan had the 4th off! We took the kids mini golfing and Bryan and I braved the batting cages!

That night we had some friends over from the ward to do fireworks with us. If you ask the kids what they liked more, snowcones or fireworks, I think it would be a toss up!

I think this holiday will be one that we will remember. I just finished a book called Unbroken. It is a story set in World War II and it really made me realize how much people have suffered for our country and freedoms. I was especially grateful for those who have fought for and defended the country we live in! We are so blessed to be Americans!

(Does anyone know how to solve the space problem that my blog is giving me? I don't know why my pictures end up being so spread apart.)

Here we are at the top of Niah's castle!

Here's Niah and her best friend Addi playing in the dirt!

Bryan's favorite things:

  • BYU Football
  • Surfing the Internet
  • Mountain Biking
  • Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  • Kayaking

Natalie's Favorite Things

  • Naps
  • Blogging
  • Cooking
  • Going on dates with Bryan
  • Reading good books
  • Being a mom

Niah's Favorite Things

  • Hannah Montana
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • High School Musical
  • Reading books with her dad
  • Singing
  • Disney Princesses
  • Playing outside with her friends

Chloe's Favorite Things

  • Being outside
  • Her binki
  • Bananas
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Playing with Niah
  • Taking a bath