Monday, July 23, 2012

New callings

Well we did get new callings at church, but that's just an excuse to post more pictures!  Jim is now the 2nd counselor in the Sunday school presidency and I am an assistant to the Activity Days coordinator.  I think it'll be a lot of fun!  I can't wait to work with the girls.  Anyway, the boys wore my favorite outfits of the season on Sunday, so it was picture time at our house on Sunday.

How cute are these boys?!  I can't believe how big Jackson is these days.  In my mind he's still Austin's size.

Notice the socks with sandals that Jackson is sporting?  That was Daddy's idea.  Thank goodness I realized that he had socks on with sandals before Sacrament even started.  I promptly took them off.  Men.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Proud mommy moment

Jackson is at Grandma's house for his first ever sleepover right now (I'll post about this later), and I was cleaning up when I found this paper of "drawings" that Jackson made.  I had nothing to do with this, I thought he was drawing pictures of his friend, Maggie.  I looked at this piece of paper and just started to cry.  My little boy is only 3 years old and he is reading and writing.  WHAT!?!?  Where does the time go??

Now, this isn't a "what an amzing mom I am" moment because I did not teach him how to read or write or even recognize letters for that matter, Jackson did ALL OF THIS on his own.  He pointed at letters on Sesame Street when he was Austin's age (15 months), correctly naming each letter.  I was amazed!  Then I started working with him on letters.  By the time he was 2 he recognized most of the letters, both lower case and upper case.  I did work with him on letter sounds, and by 3 he knew all letters, both lower and upper case, he knew all the sounds each letter made, and he could write about half of the letters.  Again, I did not teach him to write letters.  He had a toy that taught him how to write letters and one day he wrote a bunch of letters in sidewalk chalk outside and that's when I started working with him on writing letters, but I've been really lazy about this so I haven't been much help.  A month or two ago he read words that he didn't know and had never seen.  I was sleeping in that morning and when I woke up Jim showed me that Jackson was reading.  Again, it was nothing I (or Jim) did, Jackson taught himself to read words.  After realizing the boy could read words that's when I started teaching him to read.  He now reads books all by himself.  Mind you, they are 1st grade level BOB Books, but still he is reading on his own.  So this isn't a post to brag about what an amazing mom I am, on the contrary, actually; my amazing little guy taught himself how to read and write at the age of 3.  I'm just so proud and blessed to have Jackson in my life.  He is such a blessing and he brings me joy every day.  ...And every day I pray I don't ruin him, but that I am able to help him become even more amazing than he already is.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Birthday countdown cupcake!

Jackson knows that he gets to start school after his birthday this year and because he knows this little piece of information he asks me every day if today is his birthday.  Sometimes he'll even ask me a couple times a day just in case I wasn't sure the first time, I guess.  Anyway, he did the same thing last Christmas and the solution at Christmas was an advent calendar.  Well, that made me come up with the idea of a birthday advent calendar.  I googled the idea and checked Pinterest (of course), but I didn't find anything that wasn't ornate and time consuming.  I just wanted something simple so that Jackson could count down the days till his birthday himself.  So here's my creation, a cupcake with star stickers as sprinkles.  It took me about 5 minutes to make and he's going to LOVE it!  I think I'm going to make a fancier-shmancier cupcake and make it a general birthday countdown that we can use over and over again for anyone's birthday, so stay tuned!

I had to add a picture of Jackson with his birthday countdown which I gave him after he woke up from nap today.  Notice the countdown has begun!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Where Are They Now: Jackson and Austin

So there used to be a show, and maybe it's still around, called "Where Are They Now", and basically the whole premise of the show was to give updates on actors that were famous (or infamous) back in the day.  Anyway, it's time again for the Nuffer rendition of "Where Are They Now" featuring my favorite little bugs, Jackson and Austin!  If you want to see the last Nuffer rendition of "Where Are They Now" you can find it here.

First up, Jackson!  Jackson is 3, but he'll be 4 next month!
**Fresh from the horses mouth!
Favorite toy:  "Uh, blocks."
Favorite past-time:  "Um... read books."
Favorite color:  "GREEN!"
Favorite clothes:  "Hot dog shirt!"  And sure enough he asked to wear his hot dog shirt today, how appropriate!  PS  I bought him this shirt because last summer his favorite shirt had a hot dog on it and it said, "What's up dog".  He loved that shirt, so when I found this shirt I just knew he would love it as well.
What do you want to be when you grow up?  "I want to be Daddy."  I love this answer!
Favorite food:  "Hot dogs."  Of course.
Favorite thing to do with Daddy:  "Play with him."
Favorite thing to do with Mommy:  "To be nice with her."  hahahahahaha!!!  And read.  I hear, "can we read my books to read all by myself, please?" all day long.
Favorite thing to do with Austin:  "To play with blocks with him."  They do play blocks a lot.

PS this is his "smile for the camera" face...

Now it's Austin's turn!  Austin is 15 months.
Favorite toy:  His blanket.  He carries his blanket with him everywhere!  And if anyone (even Mommy) touches his blanket then there will be immediate repercussions.
Favorite past-time:  Climbing!  He tries to climb everything and it's about to give me a heart attack!
Favorite color:  It seems to be Green, also.
Favorite clothes:  NONE!  He hates getting dressed and getting his diaper changed.  It's such a struggle.  For a little guy he sure is strong!
What do you want to be when you grow up:  I'm guessing a gymnast because he loves to climb so much, and hid in small places.
Favorite food:  Fruit!  Any fruit, except melons of any kind.  Last night I don't even think he chewed the peaches and nectarines Daddy gave him.
Favorite thing to do with Daddy:  Wrestle.
Favorite thing to do with Mommy:  Snuggle.
Favorite thing to do with Jackson:  Rub his head.  I don't know why Austin likes to rub Jackson's head, but he does it all. the. time.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gardening, take 2

So awhile back I let the boys plant some grass in cups because it went along with an FHE lesson one night. Well, that grass never grew.  My fault.  Anyway, we finally got around to planting new grass, this time it should work, and I planted a few veggies and one little white flowering plant that I don't remember the name of.  Anyway, this was our "Make Something Monday" project that didn't get done until Tuesday.  ;)

Hopefully, we'll get some yummy tomatoes out of this!

Oh, Jackson...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jackson is very fashion forward.  The other day Jim called me from the store to tell me that Jackson put on two different shoes.  Neither of us had noticed, and this is the result of not paying attention.  I think it's adorable!!  ...and even if I had noticed, I would have let him do it anyway.  ;)

Movie Night

The other night Jackson kept asking over and over again to watch "Chubaka" (I loathe Star Wars and I pride myself on not knowing how to spell Chubaka) so we finally gave in and let him have a movie night with "Chubaka".

This is Jackson's "smile for the camera" face.  It always looks more like he's in pain than happy, but I find it hilarious.

Much to my dismay, Jim introduced Austin to Star Wars at a VERY young age and he loved it.  Austin is only 3 months in this picture and he is sucked into watching Star Wars.

Apparently, he still loves it.  As soon as the music started he raced over to the TV and was sucked in once again...

Their movie treat is usually popcorn.  Austin very wobbly walked around holding his bowl of popcorn proudly.  Every once in awhile he would stop to dump the popcorn out just so he could pick it all up and put it back in his bowl.

It was a good night.  And for once, I didn't mind watching "Chubaka" so much, but I will never admit to this again.  Ever.

Jim's smoker

Part of Jim's Father's Day/birthday gift was a smoker.  I was just going to buy him one, but a good friend of ours offered to help him make his own (apparently it's better quality).  Anyway, we tried it out for the first time last weekend and it was DELICIOUS!!  The steaks tasted just like Texas Land and Cattle's smoked sirloin steak (my favorite).  Mmmm, good!  Honestly, the thing is kind of an eye sore (which fits right in with our backyard right now), but it sure does make some good food.  Good job Jim!  And thanks Mike!

4th of July 2012

The 4th of July is such a fun holiday!  This year we started the celebration a day early by making fun hats and holiday treats.  We were lucky because we got to share our fun with our friends Maggie and her mom, Sarah.  It's always more fun when friends can join us!  We made cupcakes and cake batter rice krispy treats with fun 4th of July sprinkles.  FYI, the cake batter rice krispy treats taste no different from regular rice krispy treats. They just have more calories.  The kids had fun decorating the cupcakes.  I didn't get a good picture of the cupcakes, but you can see them in the picture with Jackson and Maggie.

Then the kids decorated the bags that we gave our treats away in.  They had a good time with star stickers!

You can see the hats we made in the picture with Jackson.  Jackson LOVED this hat.  He wore it for 3 days straight.  I actually had to get rid of it because it was falling apart and Austin was eating the pieces.  Jackson literally loved that hat to death.  ;)  The next picture is Jackson playing in that hat July 5th.  He wanted to wear it all the time!  The hat met it's end that night.  But, luckily, Jackson hasn't asked for it yet.  Phew!

I wasn't ready to disrupt Austin's sleep schedule to go see fireworks, plus I didn't want to expose his ears to the popping just yet, so we lit a few sparklers at home.  I was so shocked that Jackson held a sparkler without any misgivings, but then he realized that it was fire and decided to be scared of them after he held a couple.  Oh well, at least he tried!  Austin was tired and did not care for the sparklers AT ALL.  He also did not appreciate the patriotic glow stick necklaces, and refused to let me put one on him.  He even tried to rip mine off.  Apparently he didn't like them on me either.  You can see just how "happy" he was in the picture with Daddy.

This was probably my most favorite 4th of July to date!  It was a fun and relaxing day.  And I think the boys had fun too!

George Albert Smith Challenge- JUNE

"I would live with the masses and help to solve their problems that their Earth life may be happy
Well, June's challenge was super easy only because I hope I am making life a little easier for at least one person in the world.  It's the least I can do.  I won't go into detail about what I've done for others because I don't think it's appropriate, but I have tried to be thoughtful of others.  And for every act of kindness I've given I've always had many many more in return.

July's challenge:  "I would avoid the publicity of high positions and discourage the flattery of thoughtless friends"  -This is why I'm a stay at home mom.  I'm just trying to avoid the paparazzi.  ;)