Oliver's 1st time really playing in snow. He learned quickly from his sister that snow is fun to eat!
                           Since we havent gotten him snow boots he wore his cowboy boots.

                                                  Dressing up in Mom's high heels!
                                                     Sweet rides on Daddy's feet

                                    I just love these little raggamuffins! They never slow down as shown above...they have one speed. Ask Oli and he'll say FAST!!


Holidazzle Parade!

We had so much fun going down town to watch the Holidazzle Parade! We dressed warm (could have worn a few more layers) and sat on some random nice lady's twins blanket. The kids loved the lights, music, and the floats! We got hot chocolate and ginger bread men cookies from the Target people. It was a great family outing!



For these 3! We had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday, we went to a party with friends and enjoyed the evening as a family. Even though we are far from family we are so grateful to have each other and great friends to share our time with!


Seattle part 3

We stopped in at Grandma's house for a bit, I have so many great memories here! CC taking oli for a ride on Great Grandma's soft rug.

 The kids had so much fun racing up and down the hallway. The above photo of CC is right before she did a major slide!
 RJ came down with a fever and a tummy ache, we tried giving her slushies and ice cream cones to cool her down. CC had to have one too. Poor RJ. She is always a good sport even when she is a sicky.
 Grandma and Sarah making Sarah's very first apple pie from scratch.
                                      Oli having some cuddle time with Great Grandma
 Twinner girls! Poor Reagan got sick and soiled her dress, she was so bummed to have to change her clothes because she wanted to keep matching with Cecily!

 Oli loves the stairs, but they are super steep and freaked me out so we kept the door closed, the girls kept sticking their fingers under the door to tease Oliver. SO he would stick his toes under the door back at them ha ha
                                                     Dancing with Great Grandma!
 Male bonding over the news and cereal.

On our long car ride home from Seattle I gave the kids candy necklaces, Oli thought using his toes to eat it was the best way! They were a mess but oh so happy!


Seattle part 2

 CC and Great Grandpa watching Cinderella
                               Oli hiding in the magazine rack. I thought I lost him for a few min. Silly boy.
                                3 of the Great Grand Daughters...Cecily, Reagan, Havyn
 We took a trip to one of our favorti places, The American Girl store. Oli even gets in on the action!
 CC and RJ Loving their Girly life!
 My Aunt Susan and cousin Kari and her daughter Havyn came to G&G's to visit!
 We went to my super talented, crafty Aunt Shari's house for a yummy lunch and craft time. She had a cute nativity for us women to make and then she helped the little girls make fall trees with their hands. They loved it! What a great, hands on Auntie!

          The finished product! Thanks Aunt Shari for such a fun day! We loved visiting with you and the kids!

Last bit of UT.

Off to the mall to meet up with the cousins.

                                            The carousel was out of order so Ashton took matters into his own hands and took the kids for a ride!

After visiting Santa and recieving a free kids meal coupon the kids sat waiting patiently for their Chick Fil A.
                                   CC and Gram took a ride on the Mall's Train.

                                  The little buddies on their last night together. CHEESE!
We had so much fun in Utah and in WA! We are so blessed to be able to visit family! We love you all and miss you lots! Thank you for everything!


18 months

A year and a half already? Is it weird that I still feel like Oliver is new to our family? Maybe its because I baby him or think of him as my little baby, but I really cannot believe how fast time has gone in the last 18 months.
Oli at 18 month loves:
~Shoes (as shown above) he loves to wear anyones shoes around the house, my high heels are fun because they make noise when he walks. He loves shoes with laces and will spend forever trying to tie the shoes.
~Trains, he is facinated by them. He loves to look for trains in books and loves to run around the house yelling Choo Choo
~Horses just like trains he LOVES horses! He says heeyah, heeyah whenever he sees a horse.
~Kids, he loves going to the gym, school, and now nursery. He did great in nursery on his first time! He was only sad when he had to leave, they even brought him to me with a dirty diaper, when I took him back he said "bye, see you". I can get him to do most everything by saying kids will be there!
~Music, he loves to dance and he is a great one at that.
~CC and Kreg, they are his favorite! He loves mimicking CC in all that she does. Therefore there has been lots of talk of CC needing to be a good example, because Oli is always watching/listening.
~Food, ask anyone that knows Oliver and they will tell you he is an amazing eater. He will eat anything, anytime, All. Day. Long. Oh boy, I'm a little nervous for when he is a teenager.
~Moving. Oliver is very active. He runs laps in our house constantly. He yells "Fast" then takes off running. its so cute. He really doesnt hold still for very long at all, unless he is sleeping.
~Sleep, he is a great sleeper and loves his naps. Thankfully. CC was done with naps at this age, but not Oliver. He takes after me and needs lots of sleep.
~Shows and treats. What kid doesn't?
~Sitting still. That entails, getting dressed, diaper changes.
~After our long drive to Seattle he now hates his Car seat. He has never been a big fan of it but we are now back to how we were when he was an infant. Lots of fighting us to get in the seat and get buckled.
~Not sure what exactly he is hating at each moment but Oliver is in full fledge tantrum mode. This boy can throw them too! Yells, screams, kicks, hits and throws himself on the floor. CC never did this so I am new to dealing with the outbursts. I try not to laugh and mostly just try to ignore the fits. I can't imgaine what it would be like to want something and have no one understand me. I would probably throw some major fits as well.

What Oliver is doing:
~No more BINKY! He got obsessed with it, but then at the same time if he was upset at all he would throw it, so I was always having to find it (climb in the back seat to get it, he even threw it back 10 rows on the airplane) I was going to get rid of it after we got home from our trip, I figured it would be a few days of sadness. The day after we got home he had his well check with shots, I wanted him to keep it for that but he had other plans. We went to the mall to return something right after his shots and at some point he threw the bink. I didnt realize it till we left. He asked for it in the car and I said "sorry, you threw it so its all gone" He got sad right away and I thought here we go. Well he did great. He only got sad a couple of nights at bed time, for a few min. He has done really well and only asked for it twice the whole week. He did take a friend's and suck it for a second but I took it and he was fine. I am so glad it has fone so well!

~He weighs 22 lbs 10% and is 31and 1/2 inches Tall 27%
~Speaks 50+ words and is putting together 2-3 word sentences. He still uses some signs but uses the words with them as well.
~He loves to climb and be wild. He is all BOY.
We have so much fun with him. He is always coming up with new things and keeping us on our toes!


Seattle part 1

 The kids looked worked after a long 13 hour car ride. They actually did really well. Especially Reagan, the girl didnt complain once! I just love her!
 Great Grandpa Reid taking the kids to the barn to get the tractor.

 The kids waiting for their tractor ride!

 The view of the beautiful trees at Grandpa and Grandma's
 The kids loving the tractor ride!
We had so much fun playing with Great Grandpa. He took us for a long ride around his property..CC was tired of riding so she asked Grandpa if he was hungry so that we could get off. ha ha Silly little passive agressive child.