Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I asked Aaron to grab a pacifier from my purse yesterday, and what else does he find? (Besides a million crumbs, wrappers and receipts.) Plastic vampire teeth. It made my day, I love being a mom.

A letter to Santa Claus

Dear Santa,

I have been a very good boy this year.  I want a secret underground hideout, a zipline, drum set, electric guitar, and pet bald eagle.

From,
Dallin

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A No-Theme Halloween

If you know me at all, you know I love Halloween and especially having my family's costumes match.  We've had themes for the last 5 years.  Well, I failed this year.  I actually would have been okay skipping Halloween all together, except my kids would have noticed.  Since we were/are in our temporary housing I didn't have any of my sewing/craft supplies or decorations.  We've also been so preoccupied buying a house that I really didn't get into the Halloween "mood."  So... Brooke was a fairy, she was so excited to have fancy hair and she even got to wear a little make up.  Tanner was a zombie- he thought it was awesome.  Just a side note here- a few minutes before we were going to go trick or treating I was cutting up Tanner's zombie pants, while he was wearing them (smart, I know) and did manage to cut about 8 inches off of his shoe lace- oops!  He's almost outgrown them anyways.  My sister Katie had a Power Ranger's costume, so that is what Dallin was.  She also had a bat costume, so Quentin was our little bat.  The kids had a great time dressing up and going trick or treating, and didn't seem to mind the whole "no-theme (and last minute) Halloween."  Next year my goal is to have all 6 of us dressed up- Aaron may take some convincing.  We'll see how that goes...





While I was doing Brooke's hair and make up, I did feel a little bit like one of the "Toddlers in Tiaras" mom.  She just needed hair extensions and some fake teeth.




Tanner got quite into character.

Dallin was pretty excited to be a power ranger.  The costume barely fit- if you could see him from behind- you might see a little bit of a wedgie.  But it worked, we were excited we didn't have to go buy anything.


Our little bat baby.  The boys thought it would have been really great if he could sleep hanging upside down.


Enjoying his siblings' loot.  I did let him lick a sucker- he wasn't sure what he really thought about that.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Right on Track

I took little Quentin to the doctor today for his 4 month check up.  He's still my little chunky monkey.  16 lbs. even, and 25 inches long.  He's in the 75th percentile for both weight and length.  I looked back at my blog and Brooke was 16lbs. 13 oz. at her ONE YEAR appointment.  I am not used to this chubbiness.  I love his "squishiness."  As Brooke says "he is delicious!"  On a sad note, he had to get a couple of shots, and he has been very cranky all day.  Shots never phased my other babies, but he's been more sensitive to them.  Not fun for mom or baby.  We'll see how tonight goes....

Friday, October 28, 2011

Quentin is 4 months old!

 Our little Quentin is 4 months old today.  I can't even believe how the time has flown by.  He is such a sweet and fun little guy.  We love him so much!  He goes to the doctor for his check up on Monday, so we'll see how he is growing.
 
I love this one.  He definitely has a right to look concerned when Brooke is near.  She loves him a little too much sometimes.



Look at that chunky boy!
Brooke always wants him to sleep in her bed.
He loves kicking around in the bath tub.
He loves his Daddy!  He was getting him to smile and giggle.


Doesn't he have a cute little sad face?
Tanner carts Quentin all over the place.  This is how I found them one evening, in bed, reading Diary of a Wimpy kid.  They hung out like that for quite some time.
A funny little tidbit:  You know how babies usually have the sweetest smelling heads?  Well I was noticing that after I gave Quentin his bath his head would only smell fresh for a couple of hours.  I thought I just had a stinky headed baby.  Then I started noticing how many people kissed and petted his head.  Dirty mouths, dirty hands...  Then one morning Brooke was "mauling" Quentin like usual and LICKED his head.  With her morning breath tongue.  No wonder the poor boys head doesn't smell like Johnson's & Johnson's for long.  I've caught her licking him two other times since then.  We'll see if she winds up with a hairball.  And Quentin?  He just sits there and takes it.

Lately in Boise

 We've been trying to keep ourselves busy while we wait to move into our new house.  The fall weather here has been wonderful, so we've been taking a lot of walks to get us out of the apartment.  I have to admit, I am not missing the Washington fall weather.

We took a nice long walk along the Boise river one Saturday.
Brooke and her signature one-eyed squint.


This is a random picture, but I had to throw it in.  The kids and Aaron were skype-ing with his parents.  Doesn't it look like we have a lot of kids?
 We found some nice trails near our apartment, so we've been going there a lot.


It's pretty nice up in the foothills.  There are even some trails that are part of the Oregon Trail- with wagon wheel ruts and everything.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Super Heros

 One thing about staying in an apartment with only 2% of my stuff- I have quite a bit of time on my hands.  So, I've been able to do a lot of blog catch up.  These pictures are from last month, right before we left.  We love the Vancouver Library and all of their programs.  They had a super hero workshop where the kids got to make masks, capes, belts, and arm shields.  They LOVED it!  And I thought it was pretty hilarious to see them in all their super hero garb. 

Check out the bedazzled mask, love it!

Brooke was very serious about this whole super hero thing, she had a lot of great poses.
The boys thought it was great too.  Although Tanner was a little embarrassed to get his picture taken (he's getting too old for this sort of thing- or so he thinks).  Dallin still thought it was pretty awesome, he wore his get-up for most of the day.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Idaho Military History Museum

 Today was super cold and wet.  Like only in the low 40s.  It was in the 80s a few days ago, crazy.  It is teacher inservice today and tomorrow, so we needed to find something to do.  There is a little military museum just a few miles down the road from us, so we decided to check it out.  It was pretty small and we were the only ones there, but the kids enjoyed it.







Typical Brooke...

We might have to go check out more of the outdoor stuff when it isn't so cold and wet, I am a wimp...

A little bit of Boise

 We've been in Boise for 3 weeks now, and it has been pretty crazy.  Things have finally started to slow down a little for us- since we are no longer house hunting.  Here are a few things we have been up to...
The Walkers came up to Boise for the BSU game- their bro. in-law is the QB.  They were able to get tickets for Aaron and the boys.  They had a great time.  They are now officially Bronco fans.
 We've also been spending a lot of time at parks.  Our apartment is pretty tiny, so we need to get out and play.  (I really need everyone to get out and play.)




I like this action shot.

This is how Quentin still spends a lot of his time.

"Slide-skiing" as Tanner says.


Like the necklace?  (It's a pirate patch.)
 We've also spent a lot of time just chilling out and watching too much TV.  We have cable in our temp housing, so the kids are loving it.

Tanner has been a great helper with Quentin.

Vegging on the couch.  I can't wait until we get to move into our new house!  More space and the rest of our stuff to play with.

Isn't he such a cute little chunk?