I LOVE this song. I listen to it all year round. Makes me cry every time.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 2:15 PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 1:32 PM
Monday, December 13, 2010
So, remember how our camera stopped working on the day of the boys' birthday? That really stunk. We ordered a new one with some Christmas money. And guess what? Our old camera started working again 2 days after we bought the new one...like nothing had ever happened. C'mon!!! Why does stuff work like that? Anyway, at least we have a working camera. And if anyone is looking, we have a spare!
We had our Ward Christmas party over the weekend. It was awesome...for multiple reasons.
- We spent the day at home together. We didn't have much on our "to do" list and had some good play time.
- Before the dinner, there was a special visitor (aka Santa). He came in on an old fashioned fire truck, all lit up in lights.
- Families and kids were given rides aboard the engine. Santa was the driver. The boys loved it (even though it was raining and cold).
- After the rides, they had the chance to sit on Santa's lap. They went right up without any hesitation and plopped down on his lap.
- Carson's conversation with the Big Man went like this: "Hi. I Carson. I a good boy!"
- Cade's conversation went like this: (after sitting down) "Trains." Santa said, "What?" Cade answered him again with, "Trains." I just started laughing and explained to Santa that he loves trains. Santa caught on quick and started a more detailed conversation about trains. It was awesome.
- They both looked at the camera and we were able to get a great picture.
- The dinner was YUMMY!
- My boys sat at the table, on their chairs for the entire dinner. I am still in shock. I couldn't have been prouder and made sure they got plenty of praise.
- We got to visit with fun friends.
- Afterward, we drove around and looked at Christmas lights. One of my most favorite things to do during this month of December.
Here are some pics that documented the event.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 1:42 PM
Saturday, December 4, 2010
One week ago today, my boys turned THREE! Man that sounds old. They'll practically be full-time missionaries by the end of next year! That's how fast time seems to be moving these days.
We had quite the celebration, which unfortunately took place without a camera. Of all days for our camera to stop working. I'm still mourning over it. So, I'm going to do my best to paint the picture.
This was the first of their birthdays spent at home. Each previous year, we've been in Twin for Thanksgiving and were too stuffed with pie to really celebrate much. Not this year! I wanted it to be different. They are now old enough to recognize the magic of it all and I wanted them to feel special. And they did.
My amazingly talented, birthday-loving, generous friend made them individual cakes...the week of Thanksgiving...with lots of family at her place to be entertained. And still, she did it. Did I mention generous? I'm still amazed at her kindness. They. Were. AwSOmE!!! The most darling trains you've ever seen. And if my camera wouldn't have died, you would now be viewing the darling trains! Believe me...cutest ever. The boys loved them and admired them for a few hours before devouring them. They were so excited to be sung to and took forever to blow out all three of their candles. Like the trains, they were darling.
We had family in town and had some friends over, after celebrating with the Tucker cousins the night before. It was a party-filled weekend. Just the way I wanted. They were spoiled big time and are having a really hard time sharing their loot. Carson is still walking around the house singing "Happy Birthday" daily. They say "thank you Grandma Tucker" every time they pull out their Buzz Computer and Dinasour Train friends. And they say "thank you Grandma Lori" every time they play with Gordan and Henry and eat from their ginormous box of Goldfish. Yep...they get it...and they still feel special.
I've been thinking about all the years of birthdays ahead of us. It felt like Christmas at our house...over the top. But then I remind myself that we were celebrating TWO birthdays...TWO precious lives. We were showering BOTH boys with love and gifts to last them another year. So often, they are lumped together and I feel bad about it. They are such individuals...who just happen to share a birthday. I hope they don't grow up feeling jipped. I mean, this is the day that all kids wait for all year round. The day that their parents, their entire family, and their friends focus only on them. That one special day to be selfish and spoiled. And they have to SHARE it. As an adult you get over it (kind of!). But as a kid, it's a big deal. We are just going to have to party extra hard on that one day, since it's two parties in one. As a Mother, you just want your children to feel of your love. And you certainly don't want one to feel it more than another.
I'm grateful for a Mom who always makes me feel special and loved on my birthdays. I'm doing my best to do the same for Carson and for Cade.
Thanks to all of our loved ones who helped me do just that this year.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 2:55 PM
Friday, November 26, 2010
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 10:19 PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This year things don't seem to have changed much.
This is where he hung out for most of our outing. I asked him a couple of times to go run and play with Cade, but he just politely said "no." I didn't push it...he was happy.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 11:56 AM
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I am so eager to report our successful Sunday. Complete night and day difference from the before written about experience. We made it through the ENTIRE Sacrament Meeting with ZERO yelling or screaming or crying. All four of us sat through it all. Together. and Happy. (we sort of deserve a standing ovation right now!!) At one point, I even reached over to hold my husband's hand. Yes, it was THAT good. All I can say is, it's about fReaKInG TImE!
We all got naps after church, cozy in our beds while the snow came down. Once we were up, I couldn't resist pulling out something I couldn't resist from buying...a gingerbread train kit. I love that these boys are old enough to do little projects. They were super excited about it and were good little helpers. Well, Carson kind of just sat and ate chocolate chips the entire time. But he was a giddy and happy Carson. It was awesome.
We ended the night with hot chocolate and The Polar Express.
I am one happy Mommy tonight.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I love this song. So fitting for this time of year and always.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 2:45 PM
Friday, November 19, 2010
Recently, Cade has started talking along with or echoing what's being said in a movie. Last night, we were watching a little of Toy Story 2. When Buzz sees his fellow Space Rangers in their sleek boxes, he says "Do I really look that fat?". Cade said it right along with Buzz. I just started chuckling. He's been doing it with any dialogue in songs too. A couple of the Veggie Tales songs have dialogue and he knows it word for word. Pretty cute. Cute is also Cade's singing. He has a low, way off pitch, froggy-type voice. Always makes me smile. But it reminded me about how careful I have to be about what they are watching and listening to, since it is obvious that they are paying attention.
Speaking of listening, Cade impressed me with another little thing the other day. I was playing the piano...going through some Christmas music for my students. Cade was eager to come join me on my lap. He played along for a minute and then just looked up and stopped. He then got super excited, pointed to the music and said, "Mommy, is a half-note!!!" "And Mommy, is a shark (pointing to the sharp symbol)!!" "Mommy, is music cwass!" I was so proud of my little sponge...soaking it all in. He's a genius, you know...in case you were wondering.
Carson is also a learning machine. He pays attention to EVERYTHING while we are driving around town. He knows to watch the colors of the lights and what each colors mean. He's always eager to tell me to "get going" since the light is green. He is also very quick to notice stop signs. And he always knows where we are and which direction our house is...or stores. He gets super upset when I don't go in his requested direction.
So, the other day we were on our way out to Nampa. We passed the Meridian exit and Carson said, "Bye bye Austin's house." Meaning...we aren't going to cousin Austin's house. I was shocked but repeated...bye bye Austin's house. Austin's house is off the Meridian exit, but not that close off the exit. His house isn't even in Meridian! But Carson knew that was the exit we take to get to his cousins. Crazy!
Carson is also quick to help me out as a Mom. He's excited for "clean-up time" and is a good little helper. Cade has picked up on this and is already trying to pass his own responsibilites on to Carson. "Hey Carson, you go put Cade's cup in a fridge?" Carson jumps at the chance! Anyway, here's what he's been doing recently.
Cade will ask for something...for example...to listen to a song over again.
Carson then says, "Cade, what you say?"
Carson..."Okay, good job Cade!"
Thanks for making sure he says please Carson!
He's a genius, you know...in case you were wondering.
They are turning THREE in a week. What?! THREE??? And next week is Thanksgiving. What?! This month is going too fast.
So, we'll be doing some major party-ing next weekend. I'm excited. I even have a sweet friend who has offered to make them a fun cake...and since I'm a lame mom who has yet to be cool like that...I happily obliged. The boys are going to love it.
This next year is certain to come with more trying times for me and my favorite twins. You can already tell. They have become increasingly defiant and...well...naughty! Fighting over toys. Pushing, hitting, yelling. Lots of it. I just feel like whatever stage we are in...we are in complete overload of...whatever it is. A lot of any one thing is sure to take a toll. I'm trying to just buckle myself in, hold on tight, and ask my Heavenly Father for LOTS of help.
Sometimes I feel at a loss and completely clueless when it comes to discipline. Hard stuff. In fact, on Sunday at about 12:15pm I was ready to find a cave to hide in for a few years. It was a hard Sacrament hour and I know that I let it get to me too much. I had tears waiting to spill over...I was frustrated. Carson's yelling and screaming reaches a certain decibel that just causes my blood to boil. BUT, then we have great moments that I have to do my best to bottle-up. AND, we've started watching some Super Nanny. It's been theraputic to say the least! It's like she's right in my home helping me take control of my home. Shane has been watching with me. It really has been good. We are making progress, little by little.
On a lighter note, I've been busy with some projects that I'll have to document later. Talk about therapy! Projects are exactly that for me.
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 1:07 PM
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Posted by Shane and Amy Jo at 10:55 PM