Who doesn't love a sleeping boy covered in Cheetos?!?
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Last Friday was JoAnna's Morp dance (girls ask guys). Since she's not 16, she went with a big group, and they had a little party at our house before (and even after) the dance. Since Addison loves playing the kinect more than she enjoys sitting back and watching, we had to evacuate the house. We decided to take a trip to Jerome, home of Wal-Mart and McDonald's play place. We decided that since we'd only be burning a few hours, we wouldn't pack a huge diaper bag (or extra clothes).
Our adventure started out in the car, where Addison shared the marshmallows she found. Brogan is a messy marshmallow eater! (we took them to church one time, and I quickly regretted the sticky mess).
Addison is in that stage where she likes to change her clothes ALL the time, and she has to get dressed by herself. Most days she changes clothes about 3 or 4 times (she sneaks upstairs and comes down dressed differently, sometimes even to the shoes!)
On this particular day she was dressed, and even let me fix her hair and put a "pretty" in it. It didn't take long for me to find this...
"but Mom, aren't I just so cute here naked under a blanket, with my hair pretty?"
She even posed for me :)
Thursday, February 23, 2012
"For he did cry from the morning, even until the going down of the sun, exhorting the people to believe in God unto repentance lest they should be destroyed, saying unto them that by faith all things are fulfilled-"
I was looking for "my favorite" scripture for a project my Mom is doing. I don't really have a "favorite". I think they're all good, and can all be interpreted different ways, depending on what you're in need of. I flipped to Ether (my smart phone makes flipping around very easy), and just started reading. For some reason this scripture really stood out to me. Maybe it's because I've been thinking about my little brother on his mission, and the importance of the work he's doing. Maybe it's because I need to share my testimony more often. Whatever the reason, tonight this is my favorite scripture!
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
See this big, grated gate. It's been working hard to keep Brogan off his favorite place in the house -the stairs.
See how it's now tilted off the stairs? Yup, looks like this gate has met his match.
The eleven month old Brogster has gotten the best of this silly gate.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Today has been the best day ever. SERIOUSLY. It's President's day, and pretty close to everyone I know is going skiing. Even Antonio went boarding today. I thought that this was going to be just another boring day at home with the kids. But with a little creativity, and a whole lot of cooperation from the kiddos, we've been able to turn this dull day into a super fun one!
We started the day with "Occupy Living Room". I think the kids were protesting nap time, but I don't think they know what they camped out for ;)
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I'm pretty sure I can wait for my kids to become teenagers. Here's Stew sitting in the boise mall waiting for Antonio to finish shopping the big American brands. Yup, I can definitely wait for our kids to be teenagers!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Yesterday we loaded up and headed to the library for our "Every Child a Reader" program. Addison is always a holy terror when we go to the library, but it's okay. I love her so much, we'll go again next week. She even checked out her first library book.
We also walked down to cooks to get some stuff to make our valentines (giant rice crispy kisses, which I overcooked). It was a chilly day, and by the time we headed home the wind had picked up. Good thing we only live 2 blocks from the store (although that double stroller loaded down with kids and groceries.... was a decent little workout). This is our 2nd walk since we've lived in town, and both the kids love them!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Antonio got off the plane in Twin Falls, only to find that his host family's basement had flooded, leaving him without a home. Since he'll only be here for 4 and a half months, and since we now have an extra bedroom, I decided I couldn't not give him a home. I thought, what if this was my kid in a foreign country, without a home? I also thought about all the good people in Brasil that took care of Stewart while he served his mission. How could I not give him a home? (Plus- Antonio will help Stewart brush up on his Portuguese!)
Turns out that Antonio is an AWESOME kid! He's very good with our kids. So patient with Addison being a meanie, Brogan's new temper, and the kids' crying at night (the move's been tough on them). He speaks very good English, but we've enjoyed laughing at some of the his language bloopers. A few of my favorites "The new Iphone 5 comes out in my". "In my? Ohhh, you mean MAY!" And also - "How many jigga-bytes does that have?" "jigga-bytes? haha! You mean gigga-bytes!" Last night I told him he had to eat at least one of each vegetable. He's really becoming part of the family! He's learned to do his own laundry, cook eggs, and warm up food in the microwave. He's very willing to help, and is eager to learn how to do household chores (in Brasil- he has a maid). We're so very glad to have him in our home with us, and hope he enjoys his time here in America!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Welcome back to our online house tour. Let's start out in Addison's room!
|the view from her doorway|
|She has a nice little closet, and these boxes in the corner are fun. (only the top one opens -the bottom one might if the window sill didn't jut out). All of her stuffed animals are hiding in her top toy-box. I LOVE this fun little room.|
|Addison's bed, letters, and 'Princess of Quite a Lot" sign.|
|The other wall. She has her coats, doll house, bookshelf, and tucker toy box. I think her bow board will go on this wall too.|
|Brogan's room. I love the colors for his room. Maroon, dark blue, and green. Love how soft, yet bold this room is!|
|Love these letters too! Going to put some over-sized pictures above them (eventually)|
|His crib is in the corner (helps keep the morning sun to a minimum). His cute coat rack (made from a 2x2 and some nails (I know- I'm so creative :)|
|The built ins in Brogan's room. They need a bit of paint and love, but for now they work fine.|
|The guest room closet (it's HUGE)|
It's a nice feeling to love where you're at!
I have been promising pictures, but I've been unpacking like crazy, (trying to get things ready for the baby shower I hosted today). This morning Stewart's brother Rick called and wanted some pictures. I guess if it means that much to Rick to see pictures of our new house
he should just come see it himself I will put them up. :)
So here's the official (online) tour of our new house!
|As soon as you walk through the front door, you enter the craft room/office.|
|(from the inside) you can see the front door, the space between where the craft room is, and our inside front door (which you'll have to knock on if you come over.... cause the doorbell doesn't work)|
|Our two front rooms (this is the view from the front door)|
(please notice in the lower living room, the door on the right side... that's the garage door. I mention it a lot later, but never post a picture of it)
|You can see the kitchen, that door leads to our |
|Our dining room (new windows), and there's a little bar where the stools are.|
|The view from the dining room into the kitchen (which is pretty big!) That door leads into the laundry room.|
|My brand new stove! (Came with the house) (and my teeny tiny dishwasher that's somehow not connected... ?)|
|My huge laundry room. to the left is the half bath (next picture), and out the door is the back porch and yard.|
|This "vanity" needs some TLC (hopefully this summer). The toilet is to the right.|
|The covered portion of our deck. Perfect for our patio furniture (someday)|
|back to the living room we go. This is the view from the garage door. This living room is HUGE! |
(Oh ya- did ya notice? We got new couches! They're a poly-blend leather, SO comfortable!) I love em!
|Panning around the living room... there's the door to our bedroom.|
|These doors (are next to the garage door). There's a little alley between our garage and kitchen that leads to
|The view from the master bedroom.|
|Our master bedroom.|
|our double closet (that's quite roomy), and the bathroom door to the right.|
|Our huge master bathroom. I think the old owners had great intentions, but never got around to putting a tub under the window, and great cabinets all around. So this will be a project bathroom (eventually).|
|The shower and Cadillac toilet|
So that's the main floor.
Stay tuned for the upstairs tour.