Monday, January 19, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like... VALENTINE'S!

I won't even get into how much I LOVE VALENTINE'S DAY this year.  See previous years' posts, but sufficeth to say, I love Valentine's Day!

This weekend I did a little decorating!  It's only 4 weeks away and I like to enjoy the hearts for awhile.  This year I finally got around to making a heart paper chain that I've been meaning to make for years.  I love the way it turned out!

And one more for good measure-

Oh, how I adore you, Valentine's Day!

Harrison: I can't believe he's 6 months already!!

It's true.  Somehow my sweetest littlest bug is already 6 months!  I can't believe it!  Each child's life seems to be twice as fast as the child before him.  This precious face is halfway to a year!
**If you look super close you can see his 2 little teeth.  ;)

I never got around to a 5 month post or "official 6 month pictures", but he's doing all sorts of fun stuff now, so I have to write about him!

Awhile back, when he was still really little, I wrote about the older boys only getting out of bed in the morning when they know they can go see Harrison.  The morning's he gets to sleep in is rough.  I have to practically drag them out of bed and Jackson sometimes cries because he knows he probably won't see Harrison until after school.  Well these pictures were taken last week.  This is what happens every morning-

Is there a baby under there??
He looks frightened.

He's much happier here!

They LOVE their little brother.
Austin loves his brother so much he often asks me to take pictures of him with Harrison.
In this picture Austin said, "please take a picture of my littlest brother and me".  So I did.

They always ask to hold Harrison.
Jackson's turn-

Austin's turn-
(Notice Harrison is never without enough kisses from anyone)

At his 6 month well-check, Harrison's pediatrician said, "well, I would normally ask if he gets enough interaction, but I know his brothers".  And she's right!  I think, well, I know, that Harrison wishes for a little more space sometimes, especially from Austin, but most of the time he LOVES the attention!

Harrison has started sleeping in his own room, in his own crib during all naps and at night.  He even puts himself to sleep.  He was the most difficult to sleep train, but that's only because I didn't have to sleep train his brothers.
Here he is on our monitor sleeping in his crib.
Hello, freedom!

He's super helpful now too!  Just look at how helpful he is when it comes to matching and folding socks-

Ok, so he needs a little work with folding, but he's getting the hang of it!
He LOVES the jumpy jump!
Here he is jumpin away while I shower his brothers.

He's rolling over, sparingly, he doesn't like to use his own energy if he doesn't have to.
He's sitting unassisted for longer periods of time.
He's lifting his butt in the air and pushing up with is arms, but not at the same time.  I'm not ready for him to crawl yet, so I'm ok that he's not that coordinated yet.
He's eating all kinds of stuff now.  Mostly pureed stuff, but he LOVES bread.
We gave him garlic cheese bread the other night and he would flip out of anyone came near his bread!  And you better watch out because those 2 little teeth are sharp!

And he's beginning to talk!  He doesn't realize it most of the time, but he's getting there.
Much to Jim's dismay, his first word was "mama" just like his brothers before him.  Although, also just like his brothers, he only says it when he's crying...
But still, I WIN once again!
He also says brother.  Well, he says, "bra-bra", but this seems to be the first word he says intentionally because as soon as his brothers leave him alone he says, "bra-bra" while he looks around for them.  I know rationally that it's probably just coincidental, but it's pretty impressive nonetheless!
Here he is saying crying, "mama".
I took this video because Jim kept denying that he was saying "mama".  So here's the proof!

I can't believe he's 6 months already.  Before know it he'll be a year.
Slow down, my tiny baby!

Austin's first day of Primary!

It's a new year and Austin is 3, so he started Primary this year!  I heard he did really well!  I got to be there while they introduced him to the rest of the primary kids.  It was adorable!  He may have picked his nose the majority of the time he was standing in front of everyone, but whattyagonnado?  I took A LOT of pictures because not only was it Austin's first day of Primary, but also it was the boys' Christmas outfits.  Since we were sick during Christmas we missed church.

My big Primary boy first!
He was sooo excited!

And Jackson-
He was pretty excited to have his brother with him in primary finally.

The big boys-

All 3 boys-
Harrison was pretty sick of pictures, but he looked so darn cute!

Daddy and his boys-

And me with all 3 of my sweet babies.
I am so so grateful for each one of these little people.  I could not love them more!

New Years Eve 2015

The last couple New Years I have made balloons with special times on them and each balloon/time has a fun activity or treat or game etc., but this year since Harrison is so little and his schedule is a little watery I didn't want to have certain plans set in stone and then Harrison throw a fit because it's not what he wanted to do.  And I wanted a less stressful night, so we just kind of went with the flow of the night.  We were still getting over the flu that Jackson brought home for Christmas, so we stayed in.

A couple times a year I let the boys eat whatever they want for dinner, even if it's pure junk food.  New Years Eve is one of those nights.  I told them it was a special party night so they got to choose whatever food they wanted for dinner.  This was well received by all (including daddy).  They both requested cream cheese and crackers, and Jackson wanted peanut butter cups and Fruit By The Foot and Austin wanted Starbursts and Fruit Loop fruit snacks.  Jim bought about 5 different salsas to try.  I was ok with cheese and crackers.  ;)
So we started the night with "dinner"-

Harrison wasn't interested in party food, but he had something yummy and pureed, no doubt.
His favorite table past-time is gumming down his bibs, so he was very content.

Then we took some fun family pictures because Harrison was ready for bed.

One last one with daddy before bedtime!

We did recreate a couple pictures to compare Harrison and Jackson at this age since they look so much alike (Jackson was 4 months and Harrison was 5 months)

With Harrison in bed we took a couple more pictures of the bigger boys and started PLAYING!

The rest of the night was filled with board games and Just Dance 2015!  My boys LOVE to dance, so this game is one of their favoirte things to do.  It's pretty hilarious watching them dance too.  Though, they would probably tell you the same about Jim and me.  ;)
They made it the latest this year, 10pm.  They could have kept partying, but Jim and I were so tired we called 10 our midnight, counted down, and went to bed.
It was a good night.

 Happy New Year from the Nuffers!

Christmas 2014

Soooo, I have A LOT of catching up to do on the blog since it's the tail end of January and I haven't posted since my birthday in mid November...  I'll just say Thanksgiving was really nice.  I always love when my family gets together.  We missed having my little brother there, but it was a good day.

Now, Christmas!  We had a lot of fun this Christmas!  I really wanted to fill Christmas to the rim with fun since last Christmas I was so sick and feeling terrible.  I'm so glad Harrison is on the outside this year because I really really loath being pregnant!  Like every year we followed comfessionsofaslackermom's 24 days of Christmas.  The boys are always sad when it's over, but this is the first year there were no tears when we told them Christmas is here, so we get to go back to reading our Book of Mormon stories.  Actually, I think it helped that their great grandma and grandpa Nuffer sent them a new book about Temples that we've been reading.
To add to all our fun and activities we also did some service and made treats for family and friends, Here is what else we did for Christmas this year-

The first activity that kicked off the season was Jackson's school Winter Fest.  It was fun!  More fun than I envisioned as I thought it was going to be overly crowded and our time would be spent in lines, but that wasn't how it was at all.  It wasn't too crowded!  The boys went from room to room playing games and winning prizes.

We did have to wait in line to get inside, but it wasn't long at all.
The boys showing off their wrist bands to get in.
Austin was so excited "to go to school"!

Austin held the door for people.
Jim has done an excellent job being a good example for how the boys should treat women and others.  Here's a little proof.
They even fight over who gets to hold the door open for strangers. ;)
He's so handsome!

The boys wanted to get their face painted first.  It took the poor lady 4 tries to get Jackson's right and I never got a picture.  Then he ended up having a skin reaction.  You'd think I'd/he'd learn, every time he gets his face painted he gets a rash.

Then it was time for games.  I won't fill this entry with tons of pictures of them playing games (though I could), here are just a couple-

And the puzzle room-

All in all Winter Fest was fun and we can't wait to go back next year!
We also did A LOT of crafts this year because I LOVE CRAFTS!  I didn't get too many pictures though, but here are a couple.

We want to start the tradition of going on the Polar Express every other year and going to Santa Land on the Nuffer Express during the in-between years.  We went on the real Polar Express last year, so this year was time for the Nuffer Family Polar Express!
I made them golden tickets.

And then we loaded everyone up in the Nuffer Express, better known as mommy's van (treat bags in tow- my boys don't like hot chocolate, so we didn't have any).
While daddy waited in line to see the Big Guy the boys and I checked out all the lights and displays.
...apparently I didn't clean up these photos first.

Harrison was so so good while we walked around, but he was especially good the entire time we waited in line to see Santa.  I was so impressed!
Doesn't he look like a Who from Whoville? So cute!

Waiting in line...

And finally it was time!

We also attended a live Nativity.
We missed our own churches Nativity event because 2 of our 3 boys were sick, and can you believe the well one was Austin!?
This was the only picture I got of the live Nativity though.
And it's just of Harrison and me.
We were going so slow that he was screaming (Harrison doesn't like it when the car stops), so he got to be held by mommy.  Up front.
Talk about VIP.

We even ventured to the mall (dang you, Children's Place, for your enticing "monster sales"!  But thank you for the $5 slippers!).  Surprisingly it wasn't crowded and it was super close to Christmas.

I almost forgot St Nick day!  It was probably the first activity we did/celebrated since it's Dec 5th.
The boys made their lists for Santa.  I wish I had a picture of Jackson's list.  It was comical.  He wanted and I quote, "toys, candy, food, drinks, clothes, and more food".
Apparently, we don't feed him enough...?

Here they are with their letters in their stockings ready for Santa!

And one more because this one is just so sweet!
Austin's such a little love bug!

Just the big boys-
I love their faces in this picture- it's exactly their personalities!

And our tiny jolly Santa-

We did some other fun things, but I really need to move on, sooo
Christmas Eve!
They opened their Christmas Eve gift to find new Star Wars jammies and new slippers!
A Mo Willems (Pigeon) activity book and reindeer food.
They still haven't caught on that they get pajamas and books every year on Christmas Eve.
Austin got new outer space jammes (it's as close to Star Wars as I could get in his size), but they were still too big.  He's so much smaller than his brothers were, I'm still adjusting.
Then, it was time for bed!

And then it was time for Santa to show!

So believe it or not, we cut our Christmas budget by A LOT!  Santa was unaware how much smaller the new stockings are compared to their old stockings.  ...oops.
This year (and from now on) Jim and I have decided to do a big family gift (this year it was a PS4) and then each child gets 4 gifts (something to wear, something they need, something they want, and something to read).  It was really hard not to go crazy like I have every year until this one, but we want the boys to know the real reason for Christmas and cut back on the commercial end of it.
But they have quite a few grandparents and ALL of their grandparents and great grandparents go all out for Christmas, so they still had WAY TOO MUCH stuff!
And I should add, Jackson got the flu the week before Christmas and so the rest of us had the flu the week of Christmas.  Awesome.  BUT it wasn't nearly as bad as a couple years ago when we all got the flu together and for that I am grateful!

Here they are opening a few things-

Quickly, quickly- a few little things that explain life in this house (read Harrison's clothing):

He had a few variations of this shirt/bib.
Guess how bought them all?
And it's so true.  Grandma Marlow spoils these boys like crazy!  But they sure love their grandma!

And last Christmas picture that I think is kinda funny.
I woke up one morning and this is what I found-  it looks like Hermie is trying to save the ginormous penguin from falling over.
Maybe Toy Story is right... Maybe our toys do come alive when we're gone??
It made me giggle a little.

Merry (late) Christmas from the Nuffers!