Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Is This Heaven?

We just returned from a long weekend in Oak City. It feels good to be there. Time slows down and we can just relax and enjoy ourselves and our family. The boys love it. Grandma and Grandpa Fin spoil them and they get to play with all their cool cousins. It's paradise for little boys, they have sheep, pigs, cows, birds, a horse, puppies and a school bus right outside and when they come in Grandma gives them chocolate milk and reads them books and lets them do whatever they want. Here are some of my favorite pictures from this weekend...

Wade, Lafe, and Ford had a good wrestle in Grandma's living room. Wade would pin Lafe then Ford would count to ten. Lafe always managed to get away before time was up. Dock in his fire hat with Grandpa just watching as the other kids play, taking it all in. Pat and Mel's dog had puppies so they brought them over for the kids to cuddle. Ford thought they were great, he helped them wag their little tails, but he didn't like being licked in the face.

Here are the cousins with the puppies. 10 out of 14 made it in this picture. We tried to take a family shot after this but it was a mess. From left to rightish - Lexa, Rylee, Myia, Kaetly, Millie, Sage, Raynee, Kaige, Lafe, Ford, and Wade. You can see that cool school bus in the background, Ford was very into it, we sang a lot of wheels on the bus this weekend and Grandma even let him get on and look around.
And here are my boys just relaxing in the grass. The weather was perfect and it was nice to be outside enjoying the sunshine.

Monday, May 3, 2010

CA to CO

Here are some pictures from our recent trip to California. I wish I would have pulled the camera out more while we were there. We had a great visit. Here are the boys (Dodge, Cash, Ford and Dock) getting geared up to head into the Zoo.

The weather was perfect for us. Ford especially liked the giraffes.

He also thought this spider thing was pretty cool. He would climb up and slide down again and again.

After our California trip we headed straight on to Colorado where we stayed with our friends Teri, Ryan, and Isabel. Here is a picture of the kids (p)laying around. Ford and Isabel both wanted to lay by Dock. Isabel liked Dock a lot. She wanted to hold him every day and when we went on long car rides she would hold his hand if he was crying to make him feel better. Dock liked the attention. Isabel and Ford also played pretty well together, they had fun wrestling and giggling.

Teri taught Ford about funny faces.

As soon as I feel like we're catching up after a vacation we head off again. This last weekend was spent in Salt Lake. Ford had a doctors appointment but while we were there we also got to see my grandma and we stayed in a hotel so the boys got to go for their first swim of the year. They both loved it. This weekend we are off to Oak City so the boys can see their Grandma and Grandpa Fin and all their cousins. After we get back maybe we'll finally get some time to work on our house and our garden.

This is our latest attempt at a Family picture. Not great, but it was the best of the bunch. Dock wasn't very happy but he's cute even when he's mad so it's okay. His bottom two teeth have broken through, we just started him on solid foods both of which are helping him sleep through the night more often. He is also sitting up and rolling over really well. He's right on track with his gross and fine motor skills and will be catching up to his brother in no time. He is such a smiley and happy baby. He is great at going down for naps all by himself without fussing. He is also a screamer. If I'm doing dishes or some other noisy task and he doesn't feel like he's getting enough attention he will start screaming really loud. It usually works, both Ford and I look at him and Ford says "TOP CREAMS" which means stop screaming. But the screaming doesn't stop until I get down and play.

Ford is still counting really well and now he knows his ABC's. He read is first sight word today "BOOM". I couldn't believe it! He has a lot of his books memorized and he knows BOOM from Mr Brown Can Moo, but when he read it in one of his new books today I was shocked so I wrote it on a piece of paper and showed it to him a few minutes later and sure enough he could read it. My little guy may be behind with his gross motor skills but he is a smarty! He also melted my heart when he said I love you for the first time tonight. Besides his books Ford also loves his stuffed animals, balls and sesame street. He is also recently into somersaults.

Both Ford and Dock are at such fun stages. I really like my two little boys.