Saturday, January 27, 2007

Carson Turns 5!

It has been a week of festivities for a 5 year old boy in the house. He has had quite the week despite fighting a little cough the last few days. He took "C" and "P" sugar cookies to preschool on Wednesday and got to be the special helper all day (hold the flag during the pledge of allegiance, stand at the beginning of the line, pass out the treats, etc). On his birthday (the 25th) we had his favorite spaghetti dinner and his requested 'tall chocolate cake' for his birthday cake. He enjoyed opening his family presents and cards and had fun talking to everyone on the phone. Addy kept saying she wanted an "Elmo" party (which was what we did when she turned two) ... so it was a little tough to see big brother with so many presents and none of her own. But Carson let her 'help' him open a few presents. His friend birthday party was today...the Superman party! We borrowed a costume from a friend, invited 7 kids over, and it was a mad house in a matter of minutes. What is it with little boys and wrestling? In between the chaos they made their own Superman capes, ate pizza and kryptonite punch, played 'Superman Says' and 'Kryptonite Keep-Away', opened presents, sang happy birthday, and ate kryptonite cupcakes....and that was all in the first hour. Then we had 30 minutes to kill before the parents came back. We managed to replay a few of the games to avoid having someone injured in the group wrestling match. We had it all cleaned up by 2:30. I can't believe my baby is 5! We register him for Kindergarten next month! Here's a few pictures from the past few days!


Soccer goal from Grandma Dalley



T-ball bat...Uncle Chris will be so proud!












Kyptonite Keep Away



Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Who's got the eggs?

About a year ago, my mom gave us a little tin bucket with wooden eggs in it. The kids love it...I don't know if it is because of the noise it makes when they drop them in, how much they enjoy spilling them out all over, or counting them. Anyway, they have provided entertainment. After New Years and all our company left, I couldn't find the eggs anywhere. I kept asking the kids: "Who's got the eggs?" After a few days I was resolved that they must have sadly been put in the garbage by a certain 2 year old. But then, a couple days ago, Addy started talking about the eggs...so I said, "where'd they go?"...and she promptly took me over to where she finally remembered where she put them:




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She happily put all 10 eggs in the subwoofer. She was so proud to have found them. Only her hand could fit through the narrow hole. She keeps us laughing, that's for sure :-)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Happy New Year

We had a great time over New Years with Chinese food, extra sleep, football, and playing games. We loved having Reese, Chris, and Paige spend the night on New Years Eve. We 'counted down' around 10pm for the kiddos so they could go to bed. Carson loved the noise makers and poppers, but Paige...not so much. Milly and Bryce came over New Years day, and we were so glad they could stay a couple days too....even if they did voluntarily sleep in the same twin bed because they didn't want to be apart --as in, the far away place of the other twin bed right next to it (ah, newlyweds :-) We got in plenty of game time...mostly juggling Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Blokus Trigon (all excellent games if you don't have them already).




Don't worry---just sparkling apple cider :-)





In other news....Addy went on the big potty! We have had 3 successful attempts (and many unsuccessful ones). She loves getting treats and 'soda' when she goes. We basically have a mini-party every time it happens. She already likes her privacy, and then she yells from the bathroom, "I did it mommy!" We haven't started the full blown potty training yet, I just need to do it now that she seems ready...which is such a relief. Life without diapers will be strange!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Christmas 2006

We had a blast over Christmas in Utah. My Mom & Dad were excellent hosts, and I hope their house survived our visit. Here's a few pictures from our 10-day stay....


Christmas Eve---ready for church!


Christmas Eve PJs! (Addy, Caden, Carson, Ty)


Making a Gingerbread house


Carson's Doodle 'pop' monster from Santa

Addy's Tickle Me Elmo

Baby Caden

We finally got to see our new nephew over Christmas. Caden Rex Dalley (Bryce and Becca's baby) was born in November. Addy was so intrigued by the little guy...wanting to hold, cuddle, kiss and 'pet' his forehead. She definitely thought he was a fun toy to play with. He is sweet as can be, and we miss him already. My kids love babies....but we don't want them getting any ideas of having a new one in our family....we're not ready yet! So, it is nice to enjoy a new baby cousin, without all the newborn-work that comes along with it :-)

Anne & Dan Grange

Trevor's sister (Anne) got married on December 22nd. We really enjoyed our trip to Utah for the wedding. Everything went perfectly, and they even had beautiful snow falling in their pictures at the temple. Anne was an amazingly gorgeous bride! Such a fun day to be a part of.... We are so happy for them!



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