Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Busy Bees!

What have we been busy doing this past week. Well let me fill you in.

Ollie pop turned two months old and had his baby well visit and got his first set of shots. SAD, and let me tell you he has been very grouchy since! At two months old Ollie-

Weight 10lbs 13oz
Height 22.5"
Both somewhere in the 30th percentile. What a little tyke.
He has now found his hands and constantly has them in his mouth.
He loves when people talk to him and he talks right back with his coos. Mr. Jabber Box.
Smiles a lot!
Now that he is getting a little bit bigger Kam and Karson are becoming much more interested in him. They love feeding him. (Of course with lots of help!) They love singing to him and talking to him. They always want to hold him. It is so fun watching these boys grow up together. I just love having boys!!!

Also this week we have been trying to potty train Karson. This kid is sooooo stubborn. He is totally and completely capable of going potty in his potty but he will only do it when he wants to. The other times he just does it wherever he pleases. In the yard, downstairs, on the floor, in his undies. He just really doesn't care! Then other times he will just walk himself into the potty sit down and go all by himself. GEEEZ! So we went to the store and got a bubble gum dispenser and put M&Ms in it. Now every time he goes potty in his potty chair he gets to turn the thing and out pops a M&M. This has been working much better and I am so proud to say (knock on wood) no accidents yet today! The kids loves his chocolate! Last week I was back in my room indulging in some chocolate and I heard Karson coming and didn't want to share so I hurry and put it in the drawer. Luckily he didn't see me but that didn't much matter because as soon as he walks up to me he sits on my lap takes a sniff and says "Ma I want some chocolate". The kid is like a trained hound dog looking for chocolate.

So one fine day I am sitting back in my bedroom feeding Oliver relaxing a little to much when suddenly it occurs to me that it is a little to quite for comfort. I had just previously put a movie on for Kam and Kars to entertain them while I fed the baby so I thought to myself hmm maybe they are just really into the movie. So I finish feeding the baby and then come out to find ...GASP!!! baby butt cream (aka Desitin) all over the place. The leather chair, the carpet, the walls, the table, the blinds. I mean really how can two little ones possibly accomplish all this in a few minutes.

Lets just say Desitin is by far the hardest thing I had to clean up!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Olivers baby blessing.

This past Sunday we blessed Oliver at church. Justin did a wonderful job. I am so greatful for him and the great man that he is. We are also very greatful for Oliver and the sweet blessing he is in our home. Thank you for our great families that came and supported us.


Last Monday Justin, Oliver and myself loaded up in the car to head to California for Taylias funeral. That first night we drove through a terrible snow storm. We could hardly see the road and had to drive super slow. Finally at about 11:30 we made it to St. George and stayed for the night. We were up bright and early and made a quick run to Walmart and then we were back in the car. We then drove from St. George to southern California. Oliver was a champ and hardly made a peep the entire drive. That night we went to Taylia parents house to meet up with everyone and see Jeff and the kids. It was super hard to see Jeff and the kids and not completely loose it. We drove to Manhattan beach to stay with some friends of Sara and her mom Dawn. It was so good to see Sara and her mom and we had lots of fun catching up. That next morning we were up early to head to the funeral. The funeral was beautiful. Jeff spoke and did such an amazing job. He is the strongest man I have ever met. It is amazing that all these people come to comfort him and he ends up being the one to comfort us. It was so good to catch up with all our old Michigan friends. Even though only two of them still live there. I feel as though we have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Taylia was burried in a beautiful cemetary overlooking the ocean. It was so her! It was hard to say goodbye to Taylia. She meant so much to me and it was hard to loose such a good friend. We shared some really special things and for that I am so greatful. The next morning we were able to go to the Newport Temple and that was really an amazing experience. I thought a lot about gratitude for all we have, especially the wonderful friendships we share. The rest of the time we were able to chat and hang out with Jeff the kids, friends and family. We were sad to have to head home but so ready to see Kamden and Karson. We left that evening and drove to Primm Nevada. The next morning we headed back to Idaho, only stopping for a quick bite to eat with my little sis Tess in Provo. It was such a wonderful trip and I am so glad we were able to go.

Seeing as though this was Olivers first trip I had to stop and get a picture of him and a palm tree. To bad we never made it to the beach.

A group of us at the Newport Temple. Jeff, and his parents, Kia (Tays sister) Sara and Us.

Good Ole Michigan Friends. Jenn Cobia, Krisi Holbrook, me, Jenny Squire, Brook Neal, Ami Jorgensen, Liz Jaggi, Sara Prescott, and Christina Jackman.

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's hard to say good bye.

My really good friend Taylia Olsen passed away March 27th. She was blow drying her daughters hair when her heart suddenly stopped. She left behind a wonderful husband and four small children. At the time the were living in China.

I first met Taylia at church in Michigan. She was all smiles as she introduced herself and invited us over for dinner. I was amazed how friendly she was to a complete stranger and we accepted the invitation. When we showed up at the Olsen house they were so hospitable. We instantly felt comfortable, and felt as though we were old friends. That is where it all began. The first of many memories to come...

Taylia loved children. When we first moved to Michigan we only had Kamden and he was a small baby. One night we were over at the Olsens for dinner and I couldn't get Kamden to stop crying. Taylia took him for me and sang to him and kissed him and he immediantly stopped crying. She was so patient and it didn't matter to her that it wasn't her own. As the years went by and our kids grew up she continued to be a great example of a mother and my kids loved her. She was always around to help me out with them and I always felt comfortable leaving my kids with her.

She was a great teacher. We would spend hours talking in person and on the phone and I learned so much from her. She was like an older sister to me. I will always cherish those deep conversations we had!

She didn't judge me. She loved me for who I was. She was true to herself and what you saw is what you got. She was strong and she was proud of who she was.

We loved havimg dinner together and playing games.

Tay was super funny and always made me laugh.

Almost every single Holiday we were in Michigan we spent together. They became our family away from home.

Taylia was very generous with her time, love and friendship. She had several friends and was loved by many. She will surly be missed.

I think Justin said it best on his own blog when he wrote:

Did you notice that the world got a little bit dimmer Saturday afternoon?
On Saturday a friend left to go back to where we all strive for. Sadly she left behind a family that is confused, friends that don't quite understand, and a world that needs more people like her.
Today my faith says that she is in a better place, that I understand that this is part of the plan and that a divine force is at work. Unfortunately my heart doesn't quite agree with my faith. Today three little girls can't say good morning to their mommy, a little boy has no one to kiss his ouchy and a man I love and respect has no sweet heart to tell "I Love You"
I guess the plan now is to push forward and seek to remember. Remember the good times and the impact that she had on our lives and the lives of others. To remember to tell people that you love them because in the blink of an eye they can leave this life. When we are brought face to face with our mortality we can either respond in fear of the unknown or in hope of a brighter future.
Thank you Heavenly Father for letting Taylia cross my path, letting me know who she was. I look forward to the morning that I can see her again.

Oliver six weeks old.

I can't believe that my little baby is already six weeks old. It has gone by so fast! We have really been enjoying him!

At six weeks old he:

Now smiles! I got my first smile the day he turned five weeks old. 3/28/10

Sleeps much better! Instead of getting up every two hours to eat he usually wakes up once around 1:30 then again around 4:30.

Eats 4oz at a time.

Coos a lot when you talk to him.

Really enjoys when Kamden and Karson talk to him.

Uncle Jade flew in the last weekend in March and was able to meet Oliver for the first time. He bought him his first stuffed animal. I wish I would have got a picture of Jade and Ollie but instead here is a picture of him and his new stuffed pal.

Easter fun.

Sunday Easter morning we were getting ready to head out and pick up my parents at the airport. I told Kamden that we had to get his Easter basket set out in case the Easter bunny came while he was gone. He then ased me if he was going to get to have another Easter Egg hunt. I told him that the Easter bunny might set some eggs out for him to find. He then turned to the cage where we are keeping our new rabbits and pointed at them and asked them "will you set some eggs out for me while we go and get Nana and Pa?" Obviously he thinks the Easter bunny lives in a cage, at his house, and is named Stella.

Well Stella did him good because while we were gone she left some Easter goodies for the boys!

Hoppy Easter

Saturday the boys went down to Pa and Tu Tus and had an Easter egg hunt.

The Hunt!

But Easter Eggs arn't the only things they found.....


Pa and Tu Tu had gotten both boys bunnies. They are so excited!! Kamdens is the lighter one and he named her Stella. Karsons is the black one and her name is Betty.

Hoppy Easter!

Friday, April 2, 2010

My Brother.

There's no other love like the love for a brother. There's no other love like the love from a brother.

Astrid Alauda