Sunday, July 21, 2013

Kevin and Limpy

So you may or may not know that when we got rid of Mr. Talkee four years ago, Ezra was a little heartbroken.  He has been yearning with that cute little-boy earnestness of his, and has finally worn us down to the point where we can live with reptiles.  They don't have fur, they don't merit trips to the vet, and they don't make noise.  So Ezra has been saving all summer, and Friday night he came home with these cute little bearded dragons.

Limpy was named for the fact that one of his brothers--who shall remain nameless--chewed off his forearm. Maybe they were fighting over turns with the Wii.  Anyway, we got him for free with his brother, Kevin. They're both four weeks old, and pretty cute for being cold-blooded creatures.  Ezra spends every waking moment with them; his life is now complete.

Isaiah's Birthday

Yesterday, my baby turned two. And when I say baby, I'm 90% certain that I mean my last baby.  So every little inch of height he adds to his chubby frame weighs a little heavier in my heart.  Being his mom is sweet.

Can you blame me for getting all mushy over this little man?  Really!

Tonight we celebrated with cake and ice cream with the extended Monnetts.  The cake was dairy free for his sake, and sugar free for mine.  But as long as we were happy, that was all that mattered.  And we were.  :)  He got a train set, a gravity-driven race track, a frog that changes color in the water, and a plastic cow.  What more could a little boy want? 

Isaiah is soft-hearted, obedient, fun-loving, and generally just a joy to be around.  He makes it a special point always to greet people hello and goodbye and is a huge people person.  He sings, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "The Birthday Song."  He's practically a genius.  He loves to sneak into the pantry and rec havoc when I'm not looking.  He loves to wrestle with his brothers even though he's not exactly in their weight division.  Oh, how I love him.

While they were Gone

When we planned on sending the older three to Snowflake with their grandparents, we knew Paul would be a little bit heartbroken to be left behind.  So we planned a few things for him to look forward to.  He had been asking to visit the wildlife museum for about a month, so I told him we would go as soon as the big kids went on their trip.  The last few days he was so impatient, he asked every few hours if it was time for them to go yet!

The wildlife museum was so much fun.  We had the place to ourselves, and Paul was shouting the whole time with excitement.  He's absolutely obsessed with animals: we've been through The Animal Atlas several times together.  

We did a few other fun things for the boys.  We took them to out for pizza one of the nights.  TJ painted Paul's face like a tiger.  Paul had his friend Aspen over for a play date.  We went to the splash pad at the library.  

Paul did miss the big kids, and so did I.  But it was a nice break, and I loved having the boys all to myself. I told my mom that physically, the work was a little easier without them, and mentally, a lot easier.  I read all 600 pages of Fire of the Covenant that week, just to give you a basic idea.  But I am so glad they're back now!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Week in Snowflake

After the Dick Family Reunion, Ezra, Eliza, and Naomi went down to Snowflake to visit with TJ's parents.  It was the first time they'd been away from home for so long, and I missed them so much.  Paul and Isaiah missed the more!  They had a great time, though.  Highlights of the trip include going to see Monster's University at the theater, swimming at the city pool, working for (and then spending) money and basically just basking in Grandma's and Grandpa's love.  You won't see Ezra in the pictures because he was the master photographer.

 Playing in the yard
 A nighttime walk to Snowflake Temple

 This is the shawl Nana and Naomi made for Eliza's birthday

Beautiful dresses sculpted by Eliza and Naomi

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Dick Family Reunion at Brian Head

The Dicks are not a picture-taking people, and neither am I when I'm around them.  We're just too busy enjoying each other, I guess.  So here are a few pictures of the great reunion we had this year.  One of the huge highlights was this hike through a forest of bristle cone pines.  Absolutely magnificent!

We missed Melody, who was home sick with her kids, but everyone else made it, and we had a great time.  We stayed two nights in the Mathis cabin, which was great because we could all be together but have separate rooms.  We enjoyed morning devotionals together, a fun talent show, games, and amazing food. Thanks Mom and Dad for raising such a great family!  We love you!