Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Week

We had tons of fun Christmas week! Dave got off work half a day Tuesday, and the rest of the week off. It was so nice to have so much time as a family.

Christmas eve we had Dave's parents over to decorate sugar cookies (since it's was my parent's year for Christmas). Logan and I prepped the cookie dough and frosting in advance. Logan had so much fun making stuff. He wanted to sample every ingredient and would tell me if it was yummy (sugar), or yucky (salt, baking powder, etc). He kept sampling the dough and frosting.

He also couldn't keep his tongue off the dough while cutting out the cookies! Papa Bill would start rolling out the dough and Logan would grab little pieces.

He loved picking out which cookie cutter to use and pushing down the cutters.

Frosting was tons of fun too! We asked Logan which color frosting he wanted, then he would eat the sprinkles and bite the arms off all the gingerbread man cookies. I think he ate more cookies than he decorated.

That night I told Logan we needed to clean the house because Santa wanted to bring us presents while we were sleeping, and Santa wouldn't come if our house was dirty. So Logan was obsessed with cleaning up and putting his toys away. We read Christmas books and Logan went to bed.

Christmas day we woke up really late (Logan didn't get up until 9) and we opened presents. Logan had so much fun! He would open up a gift and exclaim "I love this, thanks Santa!" We would play with it for a while and then open the next gift.

That night we went to my parents house for appetizers and desserts. It was fun to try all the different things everyone brought and to chat. The kids had fun reading books with Grandma, and playing with all the toys. It was funny to see them interact with each other. Grandma Sheila would read a page and ask a question like "Do you have a stocking at your house?" and they would all answer. "Yes, mine is red", "Mine has a snowman on it!" etc. And each kid would look at the other and consider the answer.

Saturday my Mom came up and watched Logan and Dustin so we could go see the Hobbit! It was so much fun to go see a movie without the boys. And the movie was great. It was really long though. I wish they would have made it into two movies instead of one. They added a lot of unnecessary stuff to stretch it out to three movies. But they did a great job.

Saturday we took the boys sledding at the golf course down the street. It was warm out, and Logan had so much fun! Dustin thought we were nuts for being out, but we all had fun.

Logan would laugh the entire time he was going down and get so excited we got to take him down again and again.

I made the boys pose with Dave for a picture. They're so cute all together! After about a half hour the wind started up, and I took Dustin to the car to warm up. Logan and Dave sled for a while longer, and we headed home.

Sunday Dustin and I went to church with Dave and Logan, and it went well. It was hard making it by 9, but next week our ward switches to 11, so that should help. Over all it was a fun week!

December Recap

It's been a crazy month! I swear, it's flown by. We've been really busy, but a lot of fun. I don't remember the order we did everything in, but I'll update you on what we did this month.

We had our first away from Dustin date this month. It was for Dave's work Christmas party. It's at the Millcreek Lodge every year, and it's always fun. Our car's clutch broke on the way out, so we had to borrow a car to get up the canyon and go. The party was fun, and the food was fabulous! Since Dave's been with the company for 5 years, we both know all his co-workers and even the spouses well enough that it's always a fun party.

Challenge after challenge happened and we were out the car for a week! But thanks to family, friends, and even the manager of the auto place lending us cars, we were able to stay mobile the entire time. It was a nightmare, but we're glad to have our car back.

Our mortgage company had a free movie day, so we took Logan and Dustin to see the Disney movie Frozen. It was cute and Logan had tons of fun! It was his first in theater movie, and we were surprised how well he did. He was really into the story, and would lean over and ask me why the characters were doing things and what was going on. We splurged on popcorn, and had tons of fun!

Dave and Logan went sledding a few times over the month, and had tons of fun. Logan would laugh as they would head down the little mountain. They love sledding, and Dave said Logan would cry when it was time to go. We'll have to get a second sled for next year, because Dustin will be big enough to really enjoy it too and we won't all fit on one sled next year.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ready for Christmas!

We're officially ready for Christmas! Dave finished the mantle he was working on, so the stockings are hung by the chimney. I'm so happy that we finally have a mantle above our fireplace! It's perfect.

I was able to finish my winter table runner before Dustin was born, so that's on the table making our kitchen more festive. The nativities are out and have been well played with. Logan loves playing with "Mama Mary", "Daddy Joseph", and "Liggle Baby Jesus, Like Dustin".

Logan's been doing a lot better lately. He had an accident free day Monday and Tuesday. I've totally bribed him with a new pair of underwear every day he goes accident free (Spiderman or Thomas the Train), and it's working! He even woke up from nap Monday, took off his diaper and went to the potty. Before he woke me up from my nap. So we're heading in the right direction!

Dustin had his two week doctor's appointment and got his hearing test Tuesday. He passed his hearing test and has gained a lot of weight. The doctors were happy with him. Having the two doctor's appointments was exhausting, but I'm glad they're done.

Wednesday was a fun day! My mom came up and kidnapped Logan and Dustin. Logan had fun decorating the tree and playing with grandma. I had a relaxing morning reading in bed, and walked over to the thrift store to buy some new clothes.

I'm tired of wearing my maternity wardrobe, and since I'm now a size bigger than my normal size, I decided to break down and buy some jeans and a few nursing friendly sweaters. I was happy to get 3 pairs of jeans and 5 sweaters for $40. Not too shabby for name brand stuff! And now I feel a lot better wearing normal clothes.

Friday Logan and Dave both got coughs and by Sunday Logan was all out sick. So we drank a lot of juice and watched a lot of movies. It's so pitiful to see him sick, but hopefully he'll get better soon. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving & December

We survived the first week! It's been fun and exhausting getting used to two little guys. Dustin is similar to Logan in many ways, but different too. Dave went back to work Monday through Wednesday, then he was home with us Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

We spent Thanksgiving with Dave's family. It was fun to see everyone and catch up. Logan had tons of fun playing with his cousins. He talked about going to Grandma & Grandpa's house all week. We also discovered Logan loves pumpkin pie. Dave likes it, but I don't. So I've never made it for them. But he tried some and kept asking for "More please!"

Friday Dave woke up early and went Black Friday shopping at Lowes. He got us a fire pit for $40, and a pre-lit tree also for $40. Then Dave went to see Ender's Games with his Dad and brothers. Logan and I set up the tree while Dave was gone, and Sunday we decorated it together.

 Logan thinks the tree is the best ting in the world! He put on all the bulbs (with help). Logan loves turning the tree on and telling me "Look Mom, the tree glows in the dark!"

We also got out the advent calendar and I told Logan how we get to put on one ornament a day. He just loves picking one out and hanging it up. Dave doesn't believe in decorating before December, so he was a little concerned that I had the tree out on Saturday. But I told him Sunday was the 1st, so we would be ok.

Then Sunday he asked me if it was too early to get out the Christmas movies. I have no problem with that, so we watched Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. Logan LOVED it! He kept pointing out the reindeer and snow man and even "Christmas" (aka. Santa).

I've been buying one Christmas movie every year since we got married, so we have a few to pick from.  Only a few of them are kids movies, but I have another one that we'll get to open up some time this month. It's fun to watch over the holidays, and if I buy them we don't have to worry about when they come on TV.

I still have a lot of decorations to put out, but we're well on our way to starting getting festive! Maybe Wednesday I'll focus on getting everything out and decorated. We'll see how the week goes.