Monday, March 17, 2014

busy busy!

warning: this is gonna be a long's been a busy month and I finally have a minute to catch up!

 Thomas tested and earned his purple belt in karate.  Nathan also tested and earned his white/gold belt.  Nathan refused to let me take his picture with his new belt...he still asks for his old belt every time he gets dressed for karate.
 Beginning of March I took the boys to Touch A Truck again.  They of course, loved it.  Nathan's favorite was the garbage truck
 Thomas liked being in the back of the highway patrol car
 and they both loved playing in the back of the road construction truck!

 we went to Lowe's and made bird houses
 Papa gave Thomas an old cell phone a few weeks ago and it had Sims game on it.  He has been playing that game nonstop.  The other day he came to me with a piece of paper that had a "recipe" on it.  It said steak, potatoes, corn, carrots  He told me that he needed to eat all those ingredients because his Sims character eats that stuff.  I asked him if I made that for him if he would try it, he said yes.  Luckily I had all the ingredients for his recipe and made it for him.  He LOVED it!!  So much in fact that he had steak for breakfast the next morning and took steak for lunch at school!  He asked me during dinner why I never let him eat this before!?!?! Seriously kid!!  I've begged you for how many years to eat something other than corn dogs and peanut butter (with no crust) sandwiches!
 This last weekend I took the kids to Phoenix for David's baseball tournament. 
 I can't believe how old/big Nathan looks here!  I keep forgetting he isn't my baby anymore when I see pictures like this...

 David batting & catching (he is in the grey camo uniform)  He hit very well this tournament, stole lots of bases, made some great catches in the outfield and played catcher one of the games.  His team lost the semi final game 11-10 to a team that previously this tournament won 12-0 and 8-0 and this team they lost to mercy run ruled them in San Diego earlier this year (that's really bad) so it was a huge improvement as a team and was really neat to watch how well these boys are learning to play together. 
 After a full day of watching David play ball we went to the Arizona/Indians spring training game at Goodyear Field.  It was a lot of fun and the kids had fun despite having to be at ball fields all day!
 When we got home from Phoenix Thomas FINALLY let me take the training wheel (yes just one) off his bike!  He broke one training wheel off awhile ago and insisted that he couldn't ride his bike if I took the other one off.  He helped me take the training wheel off, jumped on his 2 wheel bike and has been riding around like a champ!
Now we are looking forward to a few days off this week from baseball practice, catching up on school work, spring break (even though half of it we will have a baseball tournament in) and making summer vacation plans!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


We got to spend a few days at Disneyland with family this last week.  Erin, Carter, Cami & Cass came down from Washington and along with Steve, Lidia & kids and Grandma & Papa we went to Disneyland for 4 days.  The boys had lots of fun at the parks and at the hotel swimming!  I have no pictures of David...he and Carter spent the week together!
Thomas waiting for the tram.  
Nathan with his first annual Disney pass!
We went on Mickey's Fun Wheel (ferris wheel) it was Nathan's turn to pick the ride and he picked the swinging ferris wheel car.
He loved it....
Thomas, not so much!
the carousel is always a favorite

last time I took the boys to Disney the only 40 inch ride we didn't get to go on was Space this time I took the boys on it!  Thomas has hated it since he first was 40 inches and I forced him on it so to get him on it this time with Nathan I told him they re-did it and it is as fast as Radiator Springs but is dark with stars and planets like you are in outer space....neither of the boys liked it and were both crying when we were done
We went a few rounds on Autopia this week.  The boys got to make their licenses.  They are both really bad drivers!  
 Saturday afternoon we met with Grandpa Merle (my grandpa) and Gwen for lunch.  It was fun to see them.  After lunch we went back to the park for a few hours, it was a lot more crowded being a Saturday afternoon than it was the other days we were there and walked on to all the rides multiple times a day.  While we were there Saturday, Nathan had a febrile seizure while we were waiting to get on a ride.  All in all though, we had a fun time!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


My baby is 4!!  I can't believe how fast time has gone.
His birthday was on Monday the 6th.  It was the first day back to school after Christmas break.  He got to take cupcakes to share with his class at school.
 After David got home from school Nathan got to open his birthday presents.  I swear he is the only 4 year old that gets excited about getting clothes and pajamas as a present!
 He didn't just get clothes...he got a scooter and a bunch of other toys and games. 
 Then we went to Chuck E Cheese for dinner, came home and had cupcakes and ice cream. 
Happy Birthday my big boy!

Monday, December 30, 2013


Christmas Eve the boys and I went to my parent's house for late lunch/early dinner.
 Thomas had fun building with Papa and wood scraps.
Nathan enjoyed popsicles and Christmas movies with David
 and Santa came and brought the boys & their cousins Christmas jammies

 I love Tommy's face in this picture!

 Christmas morning, Thomas and Nathan came into my room at 3am....I told them it was still the middle of the night and they needed to go back to bed until the sun is up or Santa will be to scared to bring them any presents.  It worked, we got up for the second time about 7am.
The boys really didn't have a lot of things on their Christmas lists this year, so they ended up getting everything they asked for!
the one thing Thomas really wanted was a Hot Wheel Car Maker
 and one of the things that Nathan really wanted was Trash Tossin' Rowdy
 David didn't want me to put any pictures of him opening things up, his list was short but expensive this year.  He ended up getting most of what he wanted & is happy with what he got.

 What better way to end a morning of opening presents and Christmas excitement than with a nap!  And of course crawling inside the big gift bag to make sure there is nothing else in there!

Monday, December 23, 2013

catch up to Christmas

David's baseball team had a tournament in San Diego last weekend, it was nice and warm so the boys got to enjoy some swim time!  (the extra boy is a kid on David's team that I took down with us)

 LV Coyotes  (David is #7)
 David catching....He caught both games on Sunday
 and David hitting....he had a few really good hits that tournament
 This weekend we decorated sugar cookies for Santa....the boys each got to pick one of the cookies they decorated to save for him.   There was lots of little tongues licking the frosting and mounds of sprinkles!
 and the boys did a gingerbread house 
 and rice krispy train
 Thomas & Nathan
Thomas had his 1st grade Winter Program at school.  That morning he told me he didn't want to go to it, I told him he didn't really have a choice since I had to go since I was in charge of the refreshments, he told me that he would go, but he was not going to sing!  This is his class doing their song, he is the one on the far right.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Polar Express

 While the boys were at school Friday I packed up the car.  Once they all got home, we loaded up the van and headed out of town.  I did not tell them where we were going, they just knew we were going to a hotel.  We were headed to Ely to go on the Polar Express.  They were so excited that it started snowing on the way up there and when we got to the hotel Friday night it was 19 degrees and snowing and tons of snow on the ground already.   Saturday morning, after breakfast we headed to the park to play in the snow.  The boys had fun sledding down the hill, making snow angels, throwing snowballs at eachother and trying to make a snowman.  Later Saturday, we went to the train yard and picked up our tickets for the train ride.  Thomas and Nathan were so excited that they were going to go on the train!  

Once we got to the North Pole Santa came onboard and the boys got to visit with him & of course take pictures.

 Sweet little Nay-Nay...he was SO excited the entire train ride he had a hard time sitting still.  He kept talking the whole way to the North Pole about everything, what he wants for Christmas, school, friends, trains. Once Santa got off the train and we started to head back to the train station I asked him a question and he didn't answer me, I leaned over and looked at him and found him sound asleep!  Apparently going to the North Pole was way to exciting for him!

Monday, November 25, 2013

the next karate kid

Nathan got his uniform during his last class. He was SO excited to get it I had to put it on him before class started.