Thursday, April 9

Do you like your little brother?

John gets asked this everywhere we go- the usual answer is a blank stare so let me just clarify for everyone. Yes! John loves Tyson, he tells him (and me) all the time! 

This morning I was playing some country music in the kitchen and John grabbed Tyson's little hands and said "Dance Tyson!" He also becomes very concerned when Tyson cries. He always makes sure I know. (Yes, John I hear him…) 

Of course there are the jealous moments when John decides to throw a ball at Tyson or puts a blanket over his face or squishes him, but more and more there interaction involve kisses and tickling and cute explanations of what is going on ("Tyson, daddy at work" "Tyson time for bath" and about 10 times a day "Tyson diaper change!").

The real question should be "Tyson, do you like your older brother?" Haha

Adjusting to two kids is hard, but adjusting to one was harder. Its hard work but very rewarding. I wish I had time to write more cute stories but John is trying to break down his door instead of taking a nap- gotta run!

Tuesday, December 23

Basketball! Lots of stories...

I feel that I should preface these stories with: John is 20 months old

If you know my son- you know that he REALLY likes basketball! He has since he was 8 months old and we would go cheer on Brett as he played with some friends once a week. Well, I received a box of hand-me-down clothes to go through and there was a shirt that said Mr. Big Shot and has a big picture of a basketball going through a hoop on the front. John just about lost it when I went to put it in the "too small" pile. He insisted on holding it and carrying it around- all day. When Brett got home from work he put it on John- it was ridiculously small on him but neither of us had the heart to take it off him, he was spinning and jumping around the room saying "basketball shirt" "Basketball!"

He pulled it out of his laundry basket this morning and managed to get it over his head and one arm through all by himself, so he is wearing the too small basketball shirt again today. Over the shirt I already put on him this morning. I know that at some point it is going to need to "disappear," but he just feels like a million bucks in his basketball shirt!"

John is developing a sense of humor similar to his Dads. What do you expect from a boy born on april fools day?!? I was sitting across from John at dinner a few nights ago, he ran out of milk and very politely asked for more, so I reached across the table to get his cup from him, but my pregnant belly got in the way. So I stood up and reached for it and John (with a giant smirk on his face) deliberately held it just out of my reach and kept moving it further away as I got closer so it was always just beyond my reach. I gave up and sat down, John and Brett had a really good laugh at that!

John is starting to realize that a baby is coming! He understands the difference between his room and "the baby's room". I ask him, "where is your baby brother?" and he puts his hands on my stomach or points.

The other day John put both hands on my stomach, look me in the eye, and said "basketball, mommy". Oh boy… (10 more weeks…)

Bretts car is out of service, possibly forever, and is in our garage right now with the hood up so Brett can get it put back together and take it to a shop or somewhere… that's a whole different issue, but every time John sees it he says "I broke it!" Haha- not sure where he picked that up!

One more story-- In November I took John to the voting booths with me. I had him in his stroller, for obvious reasons, and when I was half way through filling out my ballot he turned around in his stroller and yelled "Mommy, I'm stuck!" I said, "I know, thats why I put you in the stroller!" and the old man in the voting booth next to laughed really really hard. Sorry to disrupt the peaceful voting atmosphere! He was sure a hit with all the volunteers.

And some pictures…

Santa is coming!

I have too many stories to share so I will separate the regular stories from the christmas ones…

Today John picked up an old cell phone, he usually pretends he is talking to Brett but today:

Me: Who are you talking to?
John: Santa!
Me: Oh yeah? (big smile!) What did he say?
John: Ho! Ho! Ho!

We took John to see santa at the museum of Idaho. They have lots of displays including nativities from around the world, antique santa clauses, and gingerbread houses. They also had a display of the Grinch going down a chimney and John pointed excitedly at him and said "Froggy!" (He also called me a Froggy on sunday because I was wearing a green shirt)

When it came time for John to sit on Santa's lap he was ok sitting there, but he would not look at Santa, no matter what he tried! Poor guy, but he did give him knuckles before taking a candy cane, so thats something.

Sunday, October 19

Brett's Iphone

I was borrowing Brett's phone the other day because mine ran out of battery and I decided to look through the pictures and I discovered a couple of things:

1. Brett doesn't take very many pictures

2. Brett hasn't uploaded any pictures since he got his iPhone

3. Brett has been hiding some great pictures!

Here are some of the gems I found:

4th of July race I almost didn't finish because of morning sickness

adventures at the pumpkin patch
You'd have to ask Brett to explain this one!
The first peach I have ever peeled
John staring down a chicken

Sunday, September 14

My trouble maker!

John is always doing cute and sometime naughty things, and I always intend to write and share about them and it doesn't happen! Except for my absolute favorites that I write in his baby book. (Like when Brett showed John his belly button and John said in a voice filled with horror "What's that!?!" I guess John had never seen a hairy tummy before…)

Today in church I am pretty sure John didn't hold still for more than a second. There was a little boy sitting 2 rows behind us and anything that little boy said John had to repeat… only much louder! I am pretty sure he was competing with the speaker. That just happened to be the bishop today. Oh well! We  got a lot of sympathetic glances :)

Later in Relief Society I glanced back to see the new sister that was introducing herself and when I looked back John was gone. He had run all the way across the room, grabbed my visiting teachers hand, an older lady, and was trying to drag her to the door with him. ("Come on, lets get out of here while she's not looking!") Little stinker!

I am sure you have heard the phrase "in a new york minute" well, with a toddler it is a new york second! John has made some pretty big messes lately and it happens faster than I can even catch! I will get some pics off my phone to share the preciousness! (Maybe he would make less messes if I did more than just laugh and take a picture…)

This is soup that he pulled out of the garbage can- notice it is all over the kitchen and floors too.

Eating mud

Flour- everywhere! It only takes a second!
Johns favorite book right now is "The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear" We average reading it about 6 times a day, which I do not mind at all! One of the lines in the book is "Oh, I see!" and so John says this at random times, as well as "Boom, Boom, Boom!" Its really cute because he says them the same way I do when I am reading the book. 

He does and says a lot of other cute things but my allotted blog time is coming to an end and I want to make sure I get lots of pictures into the post!


Who new a book store could be so fun!

At the ogden temple open house

Trying to break down the gate with a friend

At the park!

Saturday, August 2

Big smiles and a Belly What?!?

John is 16 months old now and is such a cute little handful!! (Some may not agree with the "little" part but he seems small to me!)

He can tell you where his eyes, nose, mouth, hair, and ears are. As well as his "bewy butt" (Belly button) Ears are his favorite right now. He will randomly grab our ears when we are lying on the couch and loudly say "ear"!

Every morning me and John have this conversation.

John: Fake dramatic sneeze
Me: Bless you
John: tank too
Me: Your welcome

Then I am expected to fake sneeze so he can say 'Bwess oo' and 'elcome'.

This morning right after breakfast I was chatting with Brett and John brought me his shoes, I put them on him and then he brought me my flip flops. I put them on and then continued chatting with Brett. John then brought me another pair of my shoes… hmmm, I guess he really wanted to go outside! Which we did.

Love this picture!