Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Karate Kid

I love this video because it really shows his fun little personality!
 I have no idea what the whole arm slap thing is from.

*We are planning a trip with some friends to Italy in Oct 2014! We aren't bringing the kiddos either! We are all super stoked!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Animal sounds

Greg and I went on a date yesterday! Our dear friends watched Evan for us so we could go! We went to one of the rodeo's they have here and it was great! I've decided when Evan gets a couple years older I'm going to allow him to ride a sheep :o)

I will get this shoe off!

oh mom, your so funny telling me no.

 But I'm still going to take all the grass out and throw it on the floor and maybe even bring you some muahahaha
Most of the time he'll do all the sounds correctly, but other times he just chooses not to. You can't hear it on here but he snorts for the pigs :o) He shakes his head and says "gobble, gobble, gobble." for the turkey. We got lucky to have him sit as long as he did!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tender Moments

Nap time and bedtime are such sweet times for me and not because Evan goes to sleep. Sometimes I don't even want to put him down because I miss him so much when he sleeps!

Last night I went to check on him and he was still awake, but since I was in there he wasn't going to let me leave, so I laid down with him.
Then he just started giggling. Like hard belly laughs. I still have no idea why. Then I start laughing because he's laughing and then before you know it we are just rolling! I finally told him night night and he said it back and then he fell asleep...

Lately, Evan won't let me leave the room until he falls asleep. I rub his face, play with his hair, and sing to him until he crashes and then I leave. I went to get off the edge of his bed and as soon I stood up he reached out his arms and said, "Mama bees" (bees = please)

I melted. MELTED! 

A lot of times I will stay and just stare at him for a long time and just keep rubbing and singing. This was one of those times.
Today as I was melting, I just started crying. (Thank goodness my husband was at school because I think he thinks I cry a lot....and it's true...I'm a sap)
through my sobs of happiness I knelt down and just gave thanks for all my sweet, sweet blessings.

I thought about how blessed I am to have such a sweet baby boy and such a wonderful husband and how I have absolutely no reason to complain about anything. To me, when you have an amazing family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ...who cares about the rest?
I've been trying to remember not to put my energy into complaining and use that energy to be grateful and show appreciation.
When rough patches come along it's okay, because it's always for a purpose. I can't think of anything rough I have gone through that I haven't learned something. There is always something to learn from every situation and it's up to us to take something good out of a trial out Father in heaven has given us. I feel like as long as we have faith- it always works out, and it does. Always.

Greg was leaving for school the other day and he said "bye bye Evan!" Evan said, "Bye, Bye. Muh Ew!" (Love you) without any prompting!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Oh sweet pete

I made these yesterday for us and some friends that were venturing over to our place and let's just say if my husband doesn't dessert block me, I might gain 25 pounds...

Let me just tell you how to make these little pieces of heaven

  • 1
    2-layer-size devils food cake mix
  • 1/3
    cup butter, melted
  • 1
  • 3/4
    cup butter, softened
  • 3/4
    cup honey-roasted peanut butter
  • 2
    teaspoons vanilla
  • 3
    cups powdered sugar
  • 2
    tablespoons whipping cream or milk
  • 3/4
    cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2
    cup whipping cream
  • 1
    11 1/2 ounce package milk chocolate pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the pan edges. Lightly grease foil. Set aside. In a very large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/3 cup melted butter, and egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture is combined. Press mixture onto bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup softened butter, peanut butter, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in the 2 tablespoons whipping cream. Stir in the chopped peanuts. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust. Place bars in the refrigerator while preparing the ganache.

In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate pieces. Do not stir. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool 15 minutes. Very gently pour ganache over bars, lightly spreading it to the edges of the bars with a spatula. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into bars. Makes 48 bars

Friday, July 13, 2012

Evan's many sleeping positions

I know this isn't related, but someone has to clean out the fridge...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pool time

We went to a pool in Provo today with some friends and Evan was loving it! It was a pretty fun place, they had all kinds of fun water spraying things and it was pretty much all shallow water.

He looks cross-eyed in this picture haha

Mr. Will and Evan hanging out

Sleepy fishy

Banana please


Evan says his Abc's with us now. It's pretty cute. He has most animal noises down and my favorite is his turkey sound :o)

side note (I have a lot of side notes)- I made a homemade mixture to exfoliate my face!
baking soda and water. Scrub, scrub. Just not too hard or it will hurt! Do it like once a month otherwise you will get oily skin because those pores open up.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

got a pit stain?

I can tell you how to get rid of it!

A little dawn dish soap and some baking soda! Scrub, scrub, scrub!

It said to use peroxide but I didn't and it still worked. I'm still surprised and a little sad about all the shirts I  have thrown away because of pit stains.....

Exciting side note- I'm going to be an aunt again in march! I cannot wait to see the wee one! Congrats Tom and Jillane!!!!! 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Super cleaner

I'm that girl that likes most things homemade because it's cheap and most of the time better than store bought.

Today I made a new bathroom/household cleaner.

Dawn dish soap with vinegar.

Shake it up and spray!

I let it sit for a while and then just wiped the scum away!

My friend said she heats her vinegar up and then does it, but I don't think you have to.

One blog I read says she uses a regular sized squirt bottle and puts 3 tablespoons of dawn in and then fills the rest of it up with vinegar...that's about what I did.

The smell is awful and will totally curl your nose hairs but it works great!

and see for yourself!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July!

In the a.m. we made red, white, and blue pancakes and then later that day we had a cookout with Tyler and Rebekah. 
We played Euchre guys against girls and we beat the guys ever single game two DAYS in a row bahahahahahahahaha! I still like to rub it in a little bit!

After our game of cards we headed up to Rock Canyon to watch the fireworks with these friends
Meet Daniel and Rachel!
We are going to be so sad when we leave Utah because we are going to miss them and some other friends we have met in our years here!

I tried the fohawk out on Evan...I think he's adorable but maybe not a fohawk kid. Greg says he smiles too much to be a fohawk kid....whatever that means haha

This is Will- Tyler and Rebekah's little handsome man.

Evan kept trying to feed Will and Will was like "Hey baby man, get outta my face!"

Could my wee one be any cuter!? Total stud!

Evan Michael is teething....
He's never been this fussy EVER. Tuesday he cried from 7-10am! Then off and on all day and all day yesterday...the only thing that helps is The Little Mermaid or as he calls it, "SHESHE, PEAS" (fishey please) and going outside to swing. Basically, we have been living outside....I can't take anymore unda da sea...

Tylenol has been magical.

The End.

Monday, July 2, 2012

In Retro

I found out how to work my camera and change the colors and I'm a little obsessed with it...

now that we understand the word "no" and have moved on from eating crayons...we like to color!

locking blocks together

Super sick baby. He's got the croupy croup (for the second time) with high fevers and lots of snot. He got a nice shot of Decadron today :o( This little bug he has is the first bug that actually had me really nervous...

He was waiting for momma all day to finally crash. He's been naked since Friday to try and reduce the fever...
"Cracker Please"

First Popsicle