Tuesday, June 28, 2011

some random things

Jonah has been pulling himself up for a while now, but for a long time he would only do it if he really wanted something that he couldn't reach while crawling.  This little boy did not like to stand up.  But over the last week or so he now pulls himself up regularly.  We stopped by to see Tom on Sunday afternoon since he had to work (boo) and the kids ran around for a while in the courtyard behind his building.
This is Jonah in his stroller on the way over there.  He LOVES graham crackers and I usually let him have one or two for a snack as we walk and he ends up covered in graham cracker.
We have been working with Harper for a while to get her to try new foods.  The only foods that she will eat willingly (that she isn't allergic to) are chicken nuggets, grapes, granola bars, apples, pears, and plain spaghetti noodles.  So every night she has to try a few bites of what we're eating.  She does this incredibly annoying thing where she will put the food in her mouth and then just let it stay in her cheeks FOREVER without chewing it.  And when we try to get her to eat some more she says that she is "finishing."  Such a little staller.  Here she is with cheeks full of something.
I gave Jonah a cookie the other day for the first time.  He has had little pieces of cookies before, but I have never given him his own.  He went crazy and gobbled the whole thing down in about 2 minutes.  
It is so weird to go from such a picky eater to a little boy who will eat any and everything!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Birthday Boy

In between the zillions of doctors visits we had this week between Jonah's well child visit and the 3 visits we made for Harper's UTI, we had a little cake.  I used a recipe from Tom's aunt Judy which uses a cake mix and a can of cherries and it is delicious.  Jonah thought so too.  I had to add some frosting to the recipe since that is the only part of cake that Harper will eat.

I didn't get any photos of Jonah opening his presents since we opened them that morning before Tom left for work.  But I did want to talk about one of Jonah's gifts that I am really excited about.
My grandparents were wondering what Jonah might like for his birthday, and I thought it would be a good idea if we got some fabric so that I could make him a quilt for his birthday.  I am really excited with how it turned out.  If you can't see from the photo, there are trucks and little dogs and I think it is a great little boy quilt.

I have been working furiously to finish the quilt this week which is a big reason why the blog has not been updated.  Also a big part of the reason that my house is a disaster right now, but I wanted to finish it close to his birthday.

Jonah think it's pretty awesome.

Vacation - Park City

This is a long, picture-heavy post so if you aren't related to us you can probably skip this.

Our vacation didn't end there.  We left on Wednesday for Park City where we were renting a house with Tom's parents and siblings.
Harper and Wyatt
We tried to go to the Alpine Slide on Thursday, but it was raining so the slide was closed.

Emma making funny faces in the hot tub
On Friday it wasn't raining but the alpine coaster was not working.  We got day passes for a few adults and most of the kids.  
Brent and Aiden on the alpine slide
Grandma and Sydney
Tom and Harper
Mia on the rock climbing wall
Harper bouncing.  You are supposed to weigh 40 pounds to do this.  Harper weighs less than 30, so she wasn't very bouncy.
Harper and Aiden sharing a snow cone 

The coaster finally opened later in the afternoon and everyone got in a few rides.
Cute Sydney 
AJ hugging Harper
Harper and I waiting for Tom to take another ride on the coaster.  Look at that scenery!

Harper was surprisingly happy after such a tiring day. 
After we left Park City we headed to Tom's Grandpa's 80th birthday party.  It was great to see everyone, but the program was a little long for lots of crazy kids.  Mia helped me out with Harper.
 Taylor was getting a little antsy.
Both of our kids have two cousins that are their age on Tom's side of the family which I am so happy about.  Harper is halfway between AJ and Aiden and all three of them will actually be in the same school year.  Jonah just turned 1, Taylor will be 1 next month, and then Tyler will be 1 in January.

After the birthday party I was excited to get to go to my cousin's baby shower.  I miss pretty much all family events since we live far away, so it was exciting to see some cousins and aunts that I haven't seen in a while.  Harper helped Sarah open some of her presents.

We snuck in a quick attempt at family photos after the shower.  Tom and I were planning on leaving at 3am the next day so we needed to be in bed early.
Jonah playing guitar with Uncle Chase

Chase and Jonah
Kara and H ailey 
We were hoping we could find someone around to take the photo since we hadn't brought a tripod, but no one was around.  So Tom is missing from the photo. 
 Just pretend like he is there.

Greg, Aubrie, Hailey, and Gavin

We tried to get a photo of all of the kids together.  Jonah DID NOT want to participate, so Harper tried to hold him in place.  This did not go over well.


The next day we actually succeeded in getting on the road by 3am and made it home by 3pm.  We only stopped twice.  Once in Beaver for breakfast:
And once in Barstow for lunch.  Notice that both kids are still in their pajamas at this point.

We let Jonah have a little bit of milkshake and now he thinks that any cup with a straw in it must be a milkshake so he will try relentlessly to drink out of it.