Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FHEs 2015: Articles of Faith

This year I want the boys to learn the Articles of Faith (the basic beliefs of our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).  January is all about AofF 1:  "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in his son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost".  It was a lot of fun!

The first week we talked about Heavenly father.  I didn't get a whole lot in pictures of week 1.
Week 2 was all about Jesus Christ.  We made fun books about Christ and the boys colored them.  They're still floating around the house too.

The 3rd week was all about the Holy Ghost.  I have made several attempts to teach the boys about the Holy Ghost, but it's a very hard concept to understand.  We made paper bag puppets and we used a flashlight/flashing ring to light up our puppets to try to explain that the Holy Ghost lives within our bodies.  I think this actually came the closest to helping the boys understand.  Here's a little video of them practicing this little object lesson-

They kept making up scenarios (both good and bad) and the Holy Ghost would whisper and light up and tell them whether their choice was good or bad.

For the last week, this week's FHE, we discussed the Godhead and the boys took turns choosing characteristics of all 3 members and deciding which characteristic belongs to which member.  They did really well with this activity!  Austin needed a little help trying to decide between Heavenly Father and Christ, but I was still really impressed!
We then talked about how to serve like Christ.  How can we be "His hands"-

Jackson's says, he can be Christ's hands "by hugging people when they're hurt".

Austin said he could "be Christ's hands by helping others clean their room".

I found some Article of Faith cards that I laminated for the boys to have as they memorize them.

I also found a card that they can mark off as they memorize each AofF.
They memorized #1 within days.  Pretty impressive for Austin!
Jackson's a goofball.  all.  the.  time.  :)

I'm hoping to get both AofF 2 and 3 done in February.  Wish us luck!

Lovely winter days

It has been absolutely gorgeous the last couple of days in Lubbock!  We've taken advantage of the beautiful January weather by spending some time at the park.  Monday we decided to surprise the boys with a picnic at the park, and then letting them play and have fun!  Of course, they LOVED it!  All night the kept saying, "thank you for taking us the play today!".  The park is not something we usually do in the winter, especially not on school nights.  School nights are busy!  But I couldn't resist the wonderful weather!

Picnic time!
Daddy and Jackson
Jackson wanted to make funny faces!

Mommy and Austin
Austin wanted to smile.

Harrison was gumming down some bread too, but I didn't get pictures of him at the picnic.
Next, we got to feed the ducks!
We fed the ducks 2 days in a row.  The boys were stoked!
All my loves feeding the ducks (sort of)-

All 3 boys, Harrison laughed and yelled at the ducks!  ;)

More bread.  More ducks.

On the second day, Harrison needed a hat to protect his snow white practically bald head.
He wasn't too happy about it at first-

But he warmed up to it and even kept it on the whole time!  We just had to convince him that he looked absolutely adorable in it.  ;)
Fun fact:  This Boston hat has been worn by all 3 boys.

And, of course, there was LOTS OF PLAYING!

They might have been a little annoyed that I kept stopping them to take pictures though...

Harrison had a great time too!  I wanted to take him down the slide a couple times before we left last night, but it got late without us realizing it so in our hurry to leave I forgot to take him on the slide.  But today is supposed to beautiful again, so maybe today...

I love this next picture- Harrison was looking up at daddy and you can just see the adoration he has for his daddy!

And after 2 fun afternoons full of playing and laughing, Harrison sums up how we all felt-

Exhausted!  But happy.

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!