Wednesday, July 30, 2008

All grown up.......?

So the other day Benjamin was having some yogurt and Austin decided he wanted to some too. I put him in his highchair and did not put a bib on him because I was going to feed him. But he decided he was way too big for his mommy to be feeding him. So after a few minutes of whining I let him have the spoon.......this is the end result. He is getting to be such a big boy these days. He no longer wants to be my baby. :( Although he is still fine with me carrying him everywhere (he is 30+ lbs). One step at a time, right?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Our Future Olympian

Last Wednesday was Benjamin's first swim lesson. He is taking them at a local indoor pool. It has been a strange summer here in CA. It started out really hot (In May!!!) and since has been in the 80's. Which is not hot enough for me or my children to get in an outdoor pool. So I found a place that is indoor and warm all year round. One of the rules is that the students have to wear goggles. So Ben picked these red one's out. I tried to convince him blue or green would look better, but he wanted red. His favorite color is red, much to his father's dismay (BYU is Blue and U of Utah is Red). This has been hard for Brian, but he has finally let it go and love him anyways :). He was so excited about swim class. There were three other kids in his class. All whom screamed their heads off the entire time. Ben did not even hesitate to get in.
Here he is "swimming".
At the end of class he received two ribbons. A pink one for waiting his turn and making the bubble face (holding his breath) and a rainbow one for not crying. He thinks he is ready to swim on his own now. The other day he said to me "Mama, I'm a big boy. I don't need a swim teacher anymore."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Still Alive.

It has been 3 weeks since the big move and we are all still alive. This move has really been the worst so far. I have moved quite a few times since we have been married, 5 times in almost 6 years to be exact. So one would think I would be a pro at it. But I still find it hard. I hate the chaos of the pre-post move. Boxes, disorganization. And it was hard on the boys because they did not like the chaos or my disposition. And this time we complicated things by selling all of our old furniture before we moved because my motto for our new place is "No Ugly". So that meant nothing could come. And we were so lucky because our place came partially furnished with new furniture. We moved in and discovered that most of the furniture that came with the place was not going to work. So we had to sell it too. The "bar height" kitchen table-very cute in our space but not functional for us shorties. The entertainment center was so low that every time Austin walked past it he would smash his hands on the screen of our new plasma TV. Had to go. And lastly the above couch. I did not like it that much (hard leather, modern design) but we were hoping it would work because it fit so well in our space. Well after living with it for 2 weeks we decided it was not working either. It is the most uncomfortable couch I have ever sat on! So we posted it on Craigslist and sold it in less than 24 hours for a ridiculous amount of money. I really did not think we would sell it for what we were asking and certainly not so fast. So here we are without a couch again. And yesterday we bought another couch (that should arrive in 2 to 3 weeks) that I am very excited about. We found a store that makes custom furniture. So we got a couch that is the same proportions but in a different style. I hope it turns out how it looks in my head. So this is where we are. We painted the family room, kitchen and all the halls. And Brian put closet organizers into the closets (fabulous). There were some days I would just go into the closet, because it was the only organized room in our house, to feel a little peace. Life is getting back to normal. We have been going to the neighborhood pool down the street and enjoying being so close to our family. Next week Benjamin starts swim lessons which should be fun. One day soon I will take better pictures and post them too.