Monday, July 28, 2008

We've Just Been Hanging Around

I realized it has been a while since I have actually blogged anything, but, we have been busy. I spent almost a week with the boys at my parents house while Alan was finishing his senior thesis in Orem. While I was there I saw this painting, which my brilliant cousin Lana painted of the boys. Can you tell which is which? She is studying art in Saint George at Dixie college and I think she is amazing, thanks Lana.

As many of you might know, the boys really like trains, so we returned with Moma and Papa to the train museum to see the other half of the museum we didn't realize was there last time. This part was the actual trains, the boys loved the trains and were exited to see the new Frontrunner (an extension of Salt Lakes Trax) train leave the station.
After the trains we went out for ice cream at the famous Farr's Ice cream parlor in Ogden. Moma used to work here, so we had to get some shots of her in front of her old hangout.

The boys had fun watching the street get repaved in front of Farr's as they ate the ice cream Moma and Papa had given them.

We also had the opportunity to visit some great grandparents who live in Ogden. We visited Grandma and Grandpa Fisher (not pictured here, I forgot my camera) and Grandma Montierth who won over Jacob and Samuel's heart with her marble game, a favorite amongst all the grandchildren. Tracy, I hope you have fond memories of this game, Grandma thought you might remember this game.

Four generations.
Moma and Jacob outside of Grandma Montierth's house, looking at grapes.
Samuel and Papa doing the same.
Samuel and Jacob invented a game while we were there. It involved sitting on the fireplace and throwing a ball and then jumping up to retrieve it. I was quite impressed by their creativity.

Later we went to see Grandma Gunnell, who the boys have named Grandma Nell because they can't say Gunnell. They had fun eating her raspberries and playing with the toys she always has on hand.

Boppus and Grandma Jane arrived at Grandma Nells and the boys were happy to see them again. We had a good time hanging out with them and we were looking forward to coming back to Orem again.
We also had a great time celebrating Pioneer Day (it is a celebration of the Pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley.) We went to discovery park and had some KFC, I love picnics, and then a fun time running around and chasing the boys at the park. Samuel on the big big slide, it was a lot of fun, so much fun that we convinced Boppus (Val) to go down too.
Alan and Samuel hanging out in the space ship.
Jacob and Alan on the tire swing.

We had a lot of fun in Ogden, thank you Moma and Papa for all the fun things we did, and thank you Grandma Jane and Boppus for all you do for us. We love you!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

No Stitches

Samuel had a little accident this week, he was running around with a blanket over his head and he ran right into Grandma Jane's cedar chest, (of course we tell him over and over again not to put blankets over his head, but he never listens.) He bit his lip and almost bit through the skin, but luckily it didn't and so there is no need for stitches, thank goodness. Anyway, I am glad Alan was there when it happened, I don't know if I could handled it if he wasn't there, I am not good with blood. But our Samuel is fine and his lip is healing. The day it happened he said "Mommy, Sammy lip hurt, Sammy fall Grandma Jane Chest." Of course it sounded funny because his lip had swelled to twice the usual size, but at least we know he is alright.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Mother's Realization

I came to an important realization today while taking Samuel and Jacob to the park. They have always loved to swing, so whenever we go to the park that is usually the first thing they run too. Today the swings were occupied for a long time, so I watched and watched until I finally decided to go to another area where there was one baby swing and two other older children swings. I put Jacob in the baby swing and put Samuel on my lap and we were swinging happily until Samuel said, Sammy do it him self. I thought to myself, "you want to go on the big boy swing by yourself? No, you are too little." But, for some reason I was curious to see if he could do it. So I set him on it, and he knew exactly where to hold so he would stay up. I stood behind him and slowly pulled the swing back and forth making sure I was close enough in case he would fall off. He didn't. He was loving it. My heart kind of jumped at the thought that he had now graduated from baby swing to big boy swing. But I thought to myself "at least Jakie is still in the baby swings, he is a little more timid with stuff like that." So we were done there and went over to where we were originally. The swings there were now empty and my boys now ran up to the baby swings wanting to try those out, a sense of relief fell over me as the boys were swinging happily. Until, Samuel said "Other swing, Mommy," as he pointed to a big boy swing . My heart sank again, I took him out of the baby swing and placed him in the big boy swing and watched as his excitement increased. Soon, Jakie noticed how much fun Sammy was having, and said, "Other swing too." Now, I knew I was in trouble. So, as not to seem a mean mommy, I took Jakie out of the baby swing and put him into the big boy swing, he seemed a little timid about it, but was brave and stayed on for a whole five minutes swinging along side his brother on the big boy swings. Now, even though I have to admit I am extremely saddened to know that my babies are growing up (they will be two in a few weeks) I guess I need to be happy that they get to experience new things and they are good boys, not babies, little boys.Jacob

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fourth of July

Our Fourth was a lot of fun. We spent Friday evening at a picnic that we had with Alan's Family at Nielson's grove. (If you are in Provo, you gotta go to Nielson's grove, it is the coolest park.) The boys had fun at the fountain, they were soaking by the time we left.Later in the evening we decided to do our fireworks a little early so that the boys could enjoy them. They were a little afraid of the loud ones.

Alan and Jacob (Evan in the background) watching the festivities.
Audrey and Samuel, Sam looks really interested in the fireworks, but I think they scared him a bit.
The boys eventually decided they would take refuge by the house and Sarah joined them.

Our little family
Alan and Evan having "Snap" wars.

We decided that we should attend the Fisher Family Reunion up at Oxford with Moma and Papa on Sunday, so we went to Pleasant View on Saturday and went with them up to Idaho on Sunday morning.

Our family on the teeter totter.
The boys playing at the barn
Alan and Samuel on the rope swing.Papa and Jacob on the rope swing.

The boys had fun running around the area, and eating all the fruit, we took a drive to Malad on apparently "the most beautiful drive in the world," It was pretty, but I wouldn't give it that description myself.
We had a great weekend, we hope you all are well!