Thursday, December 28, 2006

Don's turn!

Today was Don's 31st birthday! I made him a brownie "cake" that I popped out after the boys went to bed. It was an uneventful day, but one that I hope he felt how much he means to me. He's such an honest, loving, gentle man that I can't say enough how much I love and appreciate him.
Happy Birthday!

Monday, December 25, 2006

The BEST Christmas EVER!

We had an absolutely wonderful 2 days! On Christmas Eve family and friends had gathered at my parents house for an afternoon/evening of Christmas cheer. Everything was just so perfect and the boys behaved so much better than we could have hoped.
This morning Don had to work, but he met the boys and I at my moms by one in the afternoon, just in time to help me with lunch and naps. Jax, Luke and Wyatt slept for about an hour before little Luke woke up screaming in such a fit that we were unable to get him to go back to sleep. Luckily Wyatt and Jaxon slept right through it! Lucas was able to spend some time with the adults downstairs. He had a couple hours of one on one time with Don and I and saw what it would be like to be an only child.
The boys had received some fantastic presents and Jaxon loved to help unwrap! Tons of much needed and loved books (thanks auntie "Leee-agha") as well as great toys like a dance mat and a bounce castle/ball pit from my parents and relatives, Sam and Coralee. Those toys should help to keep them busy and get rid of some of that boy energy!

But overall it was just the joy of having everyone together- new family, old friends, and of course, the boys- that made this Christmas so wonderful. I am so very thankful to have such a beautiful Christmas memory.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Short Update and Videos

Cute things that the boys are doing...
Even though Luke is the only one with an "official" word (he has said baby and bubbles), the other two are trying. I know they've tried to say giraffe and balloon as well as some others that are not popping into my head right now. Jumping is a big thing, they love to try to jump and are mastering little 2-3" steps on the side walk. They all "dance" when their favorite show songs come on, especially Dragon Tales and Clifford. Jaxon and Wyatt have learned to turn all the way around in a circle, and that seems to be their favorite dance. I am hoping to get a video of the dancing soon.

Jaxon finds his pocket (check out that belly!)

Lucas practices his "jump"

Wyatt and Jaxon have a yelling contest

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sleeping Babies

A couple weeks ago, the kids were in the back seat on the way home. They were a bit crabby, so I had given them some bread sticks left over from lunch to munch on. All three were happily munching away and Wyatt fell asleep with his bread stick still in his hand. Luke was sitting right next to Wyatt and noticed he had fallen asleep. Next thing we saw was Luke reaching over, taking the bread stick right out of Wyatt's hand, and stuck it in his own mouth. We laughed a bit about it, thinking just how smart little Lucas is. A bit closer to home we looked back again just as Luke put what was left of the same bread stick back in Wyatt's hand as if to make Wyatt think he ate it himself.

After a similar incident happened today on the way home, I felt I should write about how sweet they are when they sleep. I know time will fly by and it will no longer be so clear in my mind.

Jaxon is a easy sleeper. He's usually is the most awake when we lay them down. We lay him on his back with his little "chewy" in his mouth and pull his blanket up to his chest. He likes to kick his legs all over and I swear he tries to get them stuck between the slats of the crib. Jax is a biter, so we give him a teether when we lay him down. More than once when we've picked him up after nap time, he's had small wood splinters on the side of his mouth from gnawing on his crib. We finally had to screw in a clear wall guard on the crib sides to protect the crib from Jax's wood cravings. Long after we close the door to their bedroom, it is Jaxon we hear chattering and giggling in the monitor.

Lucas is also an easy baby to put to sleep. As I put his blanket over him, he will grab a section of it to tuck under his chin and cuddles in with his thumb in his mouth. I am not sure why he tucks the blanket under his chin, he tends to do it with any of material items he can get his hands on. He'll even walk around with a little towel balled up under his chin. I don't claim to understand why he does it, but he looks so sweet when he does it. Once Luke lays down and gets his blanket ready, he is usually down for good. Oh, I know the moment we close that door he is up and looking to see if his brothers are up for any mischief, but while we are in there he is the perfect picture of a cuddly baby.

Wyatt's bedtime routine tends to take a bit longer than the other two. We lay him on his belly and cover him with his blanket. He will lay there and his little mouth starts moving, not making any noises, but his lips just open and close while his eyes close. We know he is in his sleepy groove when we see his hands search for the side of the mattress. Don or I will rub his back while he is doing all this, knowing that the 2 extra minutes it takes letting him find his sleepy groove is worth it. If we rush it, we'll be listening to them for 20 minutes while he and his brothers start playing and jumping in their cribs.
Even though Wyatt is almost always the one who wakes up when I go to check on them to be sure they are warm and covered, he is the first one to fall asleep in the car. Which leads me to today's car incident...

Today we had been running behind schedule and since lunch was going to be late, we ran to a drive through to get fries for a short term fix. The boys were all in the backseat, happily eating. One minute Wyatt was munching his fries and the next Don noticed Wyatt had fallen asleep while feeding himself a fry.

Once we got home, I opened the back door to take Jaxon out of his car seat. Wyatt's little eyes popped open and he shoved the rest of his fry into his mouth, like he had never even taken the short nap!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

It's MY Party...

I have a wonderful family.
Even though I told Don that I didn't want a big deal made of my 30th birthday, he and my mom saw through that fib and threw me a surprise birthday party. It was an absolute surprise! Cathy will attest to the surprise factor of it, I had whined on and on to her about how disappointed I was that my big golden birthday was going by with out so much as a bang.
But Don and my mom knew what I really wanted and had invited some of my close friends over for a little birthday bash. It was really humbling to see my friends gathered just for me. They are all really great people that each add a bit of love, joy and laughter into my everyday life and I am thankful for them all.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Take 2!

After a disastrous second attempt at getting a "perfect" Christmas picture of J, W & L Cathy's rewarding all our boys with some goodies. After knowing exactly what I am going for and usually hitting it right on, it is hard to accept defeat this year and send out a "best shot" picture. The boys are so beautiful but it is a challenge to capture that innocence and wonder in the photo of all three of them at the same time.

Here are some that aren't making the cut...

Thursday, December 14, 2006


I have been overwhelmed with updates to do, so for now I will skip to today.

Tonight (today and all day yesterday)the boys have been a little bit whiney. In an attempt to cheer them up, Don turned off all the lights and turned on his lightsabers. The boys have always loved Don's lightsabers, When ever the mood hits Don, he will take out the sabers and the boys will be mesmerized by them -every time. As I was washing the dishes and the house was once again blessedly quiet, I wondered how much longer the lightsabers would continue to amuse the boys. Just as I was figuring on 3 or 4 years, I looked over into the living room and watched Don do a Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi move. Right then and there I knew that if they are anything like their father and his brother, those sabers will keep them busy for the next 30 years at least.

Friday, December 01, 2006

We'll be back....

Off-line until 12-12

Cathy, I promise I will try to remember to keep my phone close when you are making your runs at lunchtime!