Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mason's Birthday

 Mason celebrated his 4th birthday on April 23!  This sweet boy brings so much joy to our family.  He was born on a cold and rainy day in Iowa and we fell in love with him. 
He is such a sweet boy and a mommas boy. He never fails to continually give me hugs and tell me he loves me.  He doesn't like to see me sad, and he doesn't like it when Troy is tickling me. He truly gets pretty defensive of me. 
Mason loves people. He is not shy and talks to everyone. He goes up to kids and adults of all ages and says, "My names Mason." 
He reminds me of what maybe Troy would have been like as a kid, they have similar personalities. 
Mason likes to ask questions, and his spirituality surprises me. When I sing him primary songs he asks questions, like "What is the temple like. What does a child of God mean? What does baptize mean?"  Mason prays to not be afraid of monsters at night, and he has pure faith that Heavenly Father will protect him. 
Mason is afraid of the dark and of scary things. He gets that from me. 
He makes us go to the bathroom with him every time because he is scared of the dark. 
Mason is without fail, always the first child up, and is my alarm clock.  He comes straight to our bed and gets some extra alone snuggle time with mom, and sometimes dad. 
This boy likes to have fun and is crazy and silly.
Mason absolutely believes in super heroes and he wears his superhero cape to preschool every single day he has school. And most of the time will wear it to the park and store.
 It is almost impossible to get a picture of Mason with his eyes open! I have to take a million to get one with him looking!

 He got roller blades for his birthday!
 Oh, all these pictures are taken in one day but he has three different outfits throughout them.  That is Mason.  I always let him pick his own clothes and he dresses himself every morning but sometimes he wears the craziest outfits that absolutely don't match at all, or will wear long sleeve warm shirts with shorts. Or like on his birthday will change multiple times a day. I need to start taking pictures of some of his crazy outfit combinations.
 A sandbox! The boys have been spending hours in our garden area playing in the dirt so I thought a sandbox would be great so we can get our garden planted soon!

 Mason wanted a Mario cake this year!  
He loves to play Mario Brothers on the Wii.  One of the rules in our house is that we can only play the wii on Friday nights and Saturday after chores. And that is if he has been good during the week and has done all his chores.  It is something he looks forward to all week and it is his motivation to get done the things I ask him!

 So excited to blow out the candles!

 Practicing Roller Blading!
 He knows I love to have someone brush my hair and will be so sweet and brush it!!
 One of Mason's jobs is to sort laundry every week and he always runs and gets his hat and puts it on because this is a "tough job".
Mason is a good little helper and especially with weeding! I leave him pretty much in charge of weeding the front in the rocks and he loves it and does great.
 As I (and the girls) have been teaching Mason to write this past year, we have discovered that he is left handed!  He does a lot of things with his right but when it comes to writing, he uses his left hand.  Now we have two lefties in this family.

 Life is always a party and adventure with this boy, even at Walmart. 
Happy 4th Birthday Mason! 

What is your Favorite Color?
        Hmm, blue.

What is your Favorite Food?
          Chicken nuggets.
Really? We don't eat them that much.
         At chick-fil-a.

What is your Favorite Sport?
Because I just barely signed you up to play this summer?

Where would you like to go on a vacation?
           I would like to go on a trip to the zoo.
What is your favorite movie or TV Show?
         Wreck it Ralph

Who are your most favorite people?
          Ethan and Cayden and Darren.
 What about me and dad, huh?
          Oh yeah, you guys too.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
           A dad and a doctor.

What is something you are good at?
Yep, you got pretty good today!

If you had a 1000 dollars what would you spend it on?

What is your favorite song? 
        Mothers Kneeling 
 (Love is Spoken Here)

Who is your biggest hero?
          Umm, Mommy sometimes there are bad guys, umm Mom, Dad is my hero because he is so big.

What is something you would like to do or try before your next birthday?
     Umm, I would like drive a car. Mom, am I done?
Not yet, just a few more questions.

If you could meet someone famous, who would it be?
       Umm, Mommy what means famous? Uh, I like spiderman!

 What is your favorite store?
        The grocery store.
What is your favorite thing to do with Mom? 
       Play a game.

What is your favorite thing to do with Dad?
          Fight with him. 
Play fight with him? 
         Yes, he makes me so weird, and I laugh. 

What is your favorite season?
          What is season?
 Summer, winter, spring, or fall?
         Fall, I know what fall mean, that means the leaves come off the trees.

What is your favorite animal?
(Hmm, I wonder where he got that from).

Who is the coolest person on earth?
        I don't know, who is it?  Daddy, because he is huge.

Who is your best friend?
           Gabe, and Ethan, and Cayden

What is your best memory:
           I don't know, uh mommy, am I done now?

What is your favorite treat?

If you could have a wish, what would it be?
        I would wish for a cow.
         Because I pet a baby cow today and it was cute.
Umm, ok.

What is your favorite thing to do?
        Play the wii and play outside and ride my scooter.  And I like to play the wii with Uncle Cody.

Where is your favorite place to go?
         To the zoo, or wait, wait, wait, I like to go on a trip.


We had such a great time as a family Easter weekend!

 On Saturday we got together with some friends and had a big picnic and Easter egg hunt. 
 All the kids were waiting so patiently for the Dad's to hide the eggs.
And they are off!
 Tyson's first Easter egg hunt was a success!

 Looking for a golden ticket!  Both Katelyn and Kylie got one.

 So proud!

The kids had fun playing after the egg hunt!
Tyson was being the usual crazy dare devil. 


 Showing off their hats they got in their Easter baskets. 

Spring Break!

The girls were looking forward to spring break like crazy! They were really excited for a break from school.  We had a good week going to the zoo, the sea aquarium, park, library, and lots of other fun things. It was nice to have them home and I am looking forward to summer!  I don't realize it until they are home but they are such a big help with their brothers.  They are awesome at getting their brothers breakfast, and helping and playing with them.

Mason had fun feeding the sting rays.

They even got to stay up late to go to one of Dad's basketball games.

We didn't see much of Troy that week. It was probably one of the busiest weeks since he has started residency!! He worked a ton of hours, we didn't eat with him once, he was up early and gone before the kids woke up and wasn't home until after they were sleeping, had 2 a.m surgery, and he even had to be gone for General Conference weekend. He was pretty tired and Tyson didn't want to leave his side when he saw him so he just fell asleep with him!

Katelyn wasn't feeling very good, it had been a long day with the kids, and we hadn't seen Troy so I decided to take the kids to the hospital late one night. Katelyn just wanted her Dad to hold her and after a little while she was fine! Just needed her Daddy.

Sister's Trip!

 The last weekend in March I flew to Salt Lake City to meet my sisters and parents for my Mom's 60 birthday!  It was a beautiful weekend to be there and all the trees had blossoms on them .

 We had a good time together and ate a lot of good food! 

My mom's birthday lunch!
Most beautiful 60 year old ever!

We were able to go the Women's Conference. It was so great being there with some of my favorite women! 

My Mom, most of my sisters, and my niece, Hannah. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tyson's Birthday

 We celebrated Tyson's Birthday on February 20th.
Tyson is such a sweet little boy and we are so blessed to have him as part of our family. 
We just can't get enough of him!
His older sisters and brother just love him so much and take such good care of him and are so nice and loving to their brother. 
Tyson melts our hearts and is so sweet and loves to give hugs and kisses. He is also a goof and loves to be silly and to make people laugh. 

 Tyson loves anything that goes.  
 And he especially loves trains right now so I had fun making this train cake for the little man!

 I set the cake down by him to take some pictures and he wasn't quite sure what to do.
The next few pictures of him by the cake happened within a matter of a few seconds.

 Not sure what to think of me putting the cake on the floor.

Slowly checking it out.
 Mom, its really ok for me to touch it?
 Ok, I think he might like it. I love the little smile on his face.
 He loves it! 

Those big eyes get me every time. 


 Ok Mom, are we done taking pictures yet?

 Tyson had to wait all day for cake and presents.  Troy left before the kids were up and didn't get home until 8, Tyson's bed time. So this lucky kid got to stay up way past his bedtime. 
He was really excited to blow out the candles and we kept lighting them over and over again so he could blow them out. 

Tyson and I stayed up playing with his new train while Troy put the rest of the kids to bed. 
Tyson eventually had trains in both hands when he went to bed that night.

Happy Birthday Tyson!!