Monday, October 31, 2011

A Family of Strawmen


We made homemade rootbeer for the trunk or treat.
Thanks Grandma Liz.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


This month went by so fast. I think I'll post a few of my favorite pictures and write about them. Sounds easy enough but it will probably take hours! So, here we go. This is Johnny getting ready for church. Have I told you that he loves to sing hymns at the top of his lungs during sacrament meeting? Don't believe me? Come sit in front of us and you'll find out. He could be under the pews, two rows down, rolling around on the floor with his toy horses (who would let their child do that during church? not me) and as soon as he hears the organ start, he pops up, grabs a hymnal and starts wailing. I love it.

Tyler has a lot of personality and is such a fun little person. He does things that surprise me all the time. Like his latest fetish, sucking on this rooster's foot. He puts it in his mouth so purposefully. As if he really thinks that's what you are supposed to do with a rooster. He'll pick it up, hold it in both hands, flip it around until he finds a foot and then bam, right into the mouth it goes. He'll crawl around all day like this if I let him. He also loves balls and pushes everything from trucks to chairs around the house. I know those things aren't out of the ordinary for a little boy, but Johnny never did them, so it catches me by surprise.

Meal time is a favorite for this guy. I'll stuff him chuck full of baby food then sit down to eat my own meal only to watch his eyes following my every bite (mouth wide open too, mind you). He'll continue to eat as much of my food as I will give him. Should I be worried about feeding him too much? I don't know! I love this look. "Oh c'mon, mom. Just one more bite."

The way the boys interact has evolved so much in the last month. Since Tyler really started to crawl and get around, Johnny has been very possessive of his toys and has subsequently learned all about "time out." You would think Tyler was an axe murderer the way Johnny screams when he sees him coming. It's hilarious and annoying all at the same time. I'm trying to teach Johnny not to panic and to distract Ty with other toys. But that doesn't always work because Tyler wants to do exactly what his big brother is doing.

They have also been doing a lot of wrestling and rough-housing. They can't keep their hands off of each other all day. I always have to pay attention or Tyler will end up on the bottom. Most days, like this day, it's cute and fun to see. I just don't like it when someone (usually Tyler) gets hurt.

I should mention though, that Johnny is super sweet and knows when he's done something wrong. He often puts himself in time-out and he always says "I'm sorry" and gives a hug after he's hurt his brother. The other day after hugging Tyler, he looked up at me and said, "Mom, I yove oars (your) baby."

Johnny loves books. It makes me happy that he enjoys them so much. He has a great memory and will catch us when we try to ad lib or skip lines. I will often overhear him reading himself a story, which is pretty adorable too.

Why are empty baskets and boxes so irresistible to little kids? I remember playing in them when I was little too.

If it were up to me, the back of Tyler's neck would look like this for the rest of forever. It's delicious.

Speaking of deliciousness. Brian made puff pastry. We kept it in the fridge and made apple turnovers for like 3 nights in a row. How could something so wrong feel so right?

For Grandma Barbara

The boys are really enjoying the cow that you sent...

Thank you, Grandma! We love you!

Tyler's fake laugh