Saturday, July 12, 2014

Eight Months

It is getting very hard to get a non blurry picture of this kid. Clark is full on crawling and he is getting fast. He has also started pulling up and standing on everything he can get his hands on. He is busy exploring his world, and I have even lost him a few times in our post vacation mess. He is slowly moving on from his total Mommy dependency, but given the choice Mom is still his favorite. He is finally getting interested in food and is enjoying the tastes and bits we give him. Still no teeth, and still none that I can see coming. Life certainly is interesting with this little boy around.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Father's Day ties

I know it is the cliche thing to do to get guys a tie for Father's Day, but how can I resist when they are this cute??  

What's the point of having such handsome guys if I can't make them be matchy every once in a while? :)

Men's tie pattern here, toddler's pattern here. Super easy, super cute.

Elsie made Alan a card as well. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014


It was time to bite the bullet and give Clark a haircut. His little hair kept falling in his eyes, and was long enough to have food and other such things wiped into it. It was so cute and long and reddish, but it was finally time to go.

I normally cut my kid's hair, but I was not confident at all about cutting a wiggly 7 month old, especially when I wasn't really sure how to cut it. My friend Katie offered to give him a trim and did a great job.

Still so cute, but looking more like a little boy! I better get used to him needed a haircut more often. That's the problem with little boys. :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last day of school

 School is out! See how Elsie has grown over the past year?

Elsie had such a good year at school. She loved her teachers, had fun riding the bus, and liked getting out of the house almost every day. She will miss her friends during summer, and is very much looking forward to full day kindergarten in the fall!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Seven months

Little Mr. Blue Eyes. Clark has gone through a major Mommy phase where the only thing he wants is me every second of every day and every night. Hauling around a 20 pound little guy all the time has certainly strengthened my arms and almost eaten away the last of my sanity. I think we might finally be turning a corner with his clingy-ness, and it is probably just in time. He is a champion sitter now and will let me put him down in a pile of toys to play every now and then. He is very close to crawling; he can pivot around and scoot backwards, but is still working on forward motion. He will get up onto his knees and rock before diving nose first into the floor. Any day now I'm expecting him to take off. He is enjoying food more, especially anything he can hold himself. Clark certainly keeps life interesting!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

Poor Alan. Every time he gets a day off of work, he never gets to just bum around the house and relax like he would like to because I always have big plans for what we should do. This time it was taking the kids to Little Amerricka and spending all day outside riding rides. It is not a very big park, but it was perfect for our age range.

Since it was a holiday, I was expecting big crowds. I gave the girls a refresher course in safety and we role played what they should do if they got lost. This always backfires on me because then they get so excited to run off and get lost so they can do what they practiced. In the picture they are holding out my business card that they carried around in their pockets.

Lucky for us, it was one of those perfect days. The chatty ride operators commented on how busy they were the last two days, but that things were fairly slow that day. We had free reign of the rides and virtually no waiting in lines. We went on every ride we could multiple times and the kids could roam whenever the fancy hit them.

Clark was content to just hang out in the stroller. He liked to watch everything that was happening and chew on water bottles and toys.

It wasn't all kiddie rides, and Alan and I went on the rides with them. Since there were no lines, the girls could ride them twice in a row, once with Mom and once with Dad while the other sat with Clark.

I think this is my favorite picture of the day.

Clark was allowed to go on one ride with us. They had a little train that went on a two mile loop around the park and the surrounding area. There was some sort of animal sanctuary that had ducks, geese, llamas, a horse, an emu, and even two zebras.

Of course, the one ride he got to go on lulled him to sleep.

He then proceeded to take an hour and a half nap. Such a good baby.

The carousel was a clear favorite.

As was the tilt-a-whirl.

Can you see the clouds in the distance?

We had a brief 20 minute down pour. The girls danced in the rain until it got too heavy. We hid under a cover until it passed. It was a nice break and it cooled us down a little.

The rain passed, and it was like it never happened. We hit up the bumper boats where Elsie loved squirting everyone and Alice hated being squirted.

We spent five hours (from open to close) at the park. It was hot, it was sweaty, and it was a blast.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The MUDstard run

It's Brat Fest time! This was the first year they featured a 1K kids fun run, including obstacles, mud, and "ketchup & mustard". We signed both of the girls up and they were pumped.

This is the only picture we have of Elsie running the course because she cruised through the 5 year old heat so fast! You can see her running with Alan to the finish line.

Alice, on the other hand, marches to her own drum. The 3 year old heat was last, and some of the excitement had worn off with all the waiting. She wandered through the course taking her time. I could only get her to run a few times.

She probably climbed through each tire twice,

Alan and Elsie came back to help Alice finish. Here Alice is getting sprayed with the "mustard".

Our two victors.

It was a lot for Clark to take in. If you noticed, we were all wearing BYU shirts. We didn't have a shirt Clark's size, so he is actually wearing a Penn State shirt. We figured they were all cougars anyway.

We got cleaned up and celebrated with brats, corn on the cob, and ice cream. The girls are eating ketchup and mustard (colored) cookie dough ice cream. It looks pretty gross, but they loved it.