Wednesday, April 29, 2015


We went to the zoo!!
It has been WAY too long since I have gone to a zoo and I forgot how much fun it was!!! It was such a good day :) 

Laurel has been up for a few days taking care of some things and for Women's Conference but she had a free day yesterday so we packed up the van and took the boys to Salt Lake City for the day! 

This zoo was the perfect size and we had a nice relaxing day playing with all the animals! Brian always says the best pictures on Facebook are the ones with people and animals in them haha so we tried to get as many as we could! (Those are the giraffes way in the back, Boss called them tall horses haha)

Boss walked the entire day! He was so good :)

We had a fun little picnic in between animal watching and took a few stops to these AAAmazing water fountains... I mean really, how fun are they!?

The lion!! He was just laying around a bunch.. as they usually do... but right before we left he got up and walked so close to Boss, he was so excited and was growling at him! 

One thing that was so funny, and quite surprising was how scared Boston was of the big statues (he thought they were real and was pretty nervous they weren't behind the fence haha) They also had new dinosaurs placed around the park that were life-sized and mechanical so they looked pretty real too and since they weren't behind bars either Boss was freaked!!! Poor little guy... 

He started to warm up the the animal statues by the end and would sit on them... the dinosaurs not so much haha. 

Most of the animals came right up to us so it was so fun to watch Boston see all these big animals for the first time. This gorilla was watching these two and then turned right around and pressed his butt up to the glass haha. This is Boss patting the gorillas bottom. They are pretty close...

Playing at the splash pad that didn't have the water turned on yet! haha He still loved it... it was actually the perfect time of year to go. It wasn't too hot and there was hardly anybody there. It felt like we had the place to ourselves!! We will definitely be going this time again next year! 

I think his all time favorite part was the sea lions though. They kept coming up for air right under him and splashing him with water, it was actually amazing!! He wanted to jump in and swim around with them.

We went down below which was also cool to see under the water!

Banner was so good and just chilled in his seat the whole time!! Well almost the whole time...

Remember how he got carsick on the way home from Canada and barfed all over in his seat? Well the same thing must have happened up to Salt Lake and half way through the zoo he barfed everywhere again!!! This little dude has tummy issues. Luckily the bathrooms had massive sinks so I just gave him a quick bath and washed out his seat. He was naked and sitting in a wet seat but he was perfect the rest of the time hahah.... His seat will never smell the same again. 

But right before we left to go meet Brian for supper, Laurel took Boss on the train ride which just made his YEAR!!! He is still talking about it... this kids loves, LOVES rides.

A lot of good memories made that day! It was a keeper :) The zoo is literally the best thing ever!

But as far as boy updates go... Banner is officially crawling!!! He is 10 months old now, in 12 month clothes, he's saying "mamma" and "dadda" a lot (though he doesn't know what he's saying yet), weighs 18 lbs, sleeping like a champ (3 has and 12 hrs at night), and although he has tummy issues and is pretty sensitive he is eating a lot! 

Boston is 2.5 now! He just keeps getting bigger and smarter! He amazes me at the things that come out of his mouth sometimes. This is such a fun age! And the eating on his part is going pretty well too.... haha. 

We had started potty training which was going ok (as well as potty training a 2 yr old boy can go lol) but then he got super hot and cranky so we stopped cuz I thought he was getting sick! Then the next day I noticed his gums were really red and bleeding a bit so being the hygienist that I am I started scrubbing his teeth like 4 times a day thinking he just had gingivitis! haha Well then the next day his tongue was white and his gums were SO puffy, so then I thought he had a yeast infection! But it was the weekend so I figured it could wait till Monday... Well then we woke up Sunday and it was TERRIBLE! It was like a horror film! So I took him to the after call doc and turns out it was the herpes virus! haha. I had a cold sore at the time so I passed it along! And I had no idea when you were little the first time could be that bad, I thought it was just a cold sore! So I am a bad mom and a bad hygienist haha. So we got meds and he is all recovered now so we will try potty training here again next week! Wish me luck!

Love these boys, love my hubby and we are just enjoying life right now! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Easter in the Homeland!

We just got back from a glorious trip to Canada! 

We started our week in the great white north with a bang!! we made the long trip up (which went very smoothly actually) and arrived on Easter Eve! So we hung out a bit Sat night then went to sleep and woke up to Easter festivities!!! 
Coming up for the egg hunt! 
Boss had a fun time getting all his eggs! He only had about a million... haha. It took a while because he likes to stop and open each egg before going on to the next, so we were here for a while :) 

The big kid hunt was pretty crazy as usual... no serious injuries! But luckily mom did a colour coded egg hunt this year, so after everyone went wild and we proclaimed a winner we had to divy up the eggs according to colour! Which is great for me because I am usually the loser with like 3 eggs in my basket haha. 

 Chocolate for days.....

I have the cutest little Easter bunnies :) 

Now I feel a little silly posting this right after some popular articles about how ridiculous Easter has become have been circulating Facebook... but let me just say this is how it has ALWAYS been at my house. So its my moms fault really... haha. 

All our easter baskets! Can you eye spy the baskets? haha. Now, the boys gifts are from both parents and grandparents... but you know what? I'm not going to feel bad! I have always felt like Easter is a more important holiday than Christmas because it is about the resurrection, so why not celebrate it the same way? Granted I didn't spend near the money I do on Christmas but still... a decent amount haha. But I love celebrating holidays and they have always been a big outrageous deal at my house! My mom claims it was only like that because I lived there so I guess I have just been born with this crazy need to have a big celebration every month haha. 

But I mean look at this kids face!! haha it is so worth it! It is so fun seeing him get so excited about his easter basket... he was spoiled, spoiled!! 

My favorite thing in the basket was the Wubble Bubble! It is actually really cool! It is a big ball that feels like a big bubble but they have a lifetime guarantee because they are supposed to be unpopable! Granted, my crazy brothers popped 2 in a matter of 20 min haha. (I think it was still too cold outside to play with them outdoors) But they were replaced and they were a HUGE hit with Boston! He loves his :)

His little cousin Aubrey came to visit and they had a blast with it too! They are hilarious...

So long story short Easter was SO FUN! But that was only one day of our week up in Canada. 
We got lots of visits from family! This is Aubrey's little brother Taysom! I love getting together with the Kay's because our kids are the same age and they have so much fun together! My mom had to work one night so they came over and we have a pizza (props to Angela for the delicious homemade pizzas) and wings (props to Dallin for the best wings I have ever had!) night and had a blast! 

Uncle Brigham was a good babysitter while we were all making the food and the kids sat and watched Frozen together... cuties :) 

But sadly a lot of the things we did while up there were places I couldn't really bring the camera. We went to the West Ed waterslide park, Swimming at the Rec center, Galaxy land, intense Go Karts, and lots of other fun filled things! I think Boston thought he was in Disneyland haha. He keeps asking to go back to the pool! 

But my favorite thing about going home is just being HOME!! I really, REALLY miss my family and I hate living so far away, so I treasure all the time I get with them the best I can. These boys love their Grandma Shari! She thinks they are ok.... :) 

We played tons of games together, my favorite is playing Settlers with my brothers. They are turds and Brigham cheats every chance he gets but it is so funny! haha. This is us posing for the game... we expect this picture to make the next box cover. 

Boss loves his uncles... and they are the best babysitters! 

Look at Boss laughing haha.... he thinks Brigham is hilarious. 

He also LOVED going to sit in grandma's car and "drive". We would just leave him in the garage (with the doors open of course) and he would seriously sit out in that car for hours. He is weird....

The week went by WAY too fast. But on my last night we had a big crab dinner! It was delicious....

And for some reason mom always buys these crackers when we have a crab dinner haha. It's usually a Christmas tradition but I guess it's an Easter one now too! 

Boss wasn't a huge fan of his paper hat but the toys inside were pretty cool! 

Last night at Grandmas :( Mom trying to soak in all the Boss while she can haha. We sure miss her! 

This time leaving to come back to Utah was especially hard for me... You think after 5 years (8 counting college) I would be used to it by now haha. But I think it was because it had been 7 months since I had seen my family which is the longest I have ever gone. But mom and dad get to come down in July so I don't have to go quite as long this time thank goodness! 

I am still hoping to go back someday but life doesn't usually go the way I always plan it haha so we will see! Just have to focus on Brian going back to BYU for an MBA first! 

But we made the trip home and it didn't go quite as smoothly at all haha. The boys were still great but poor little Banner got car sick!! After about 5 hours he completely FILLED his carseat with puke. The poor little guy.... this happened about 4 more times on our journey haha. So it basically was the best 16 hour drive ever! Let's just say you might wanna stay at least 100 ft away from my van at the moment...   

We were gonna split up the drive in 2 days again but Brent and Rachel were blessing Paisley that Sunday! So we decided to bite the dust and did the whole 16 hrs on Sat! We got home around 1am, woke up and left for St. George in the morning, made it there for the blessing, and drove back after being in St. George for a couple hours!! Our poor boys! haha. They did amazing. They took the extra 8 hours better then I did thats for sure! 

But the blessing was really great and we were glad we could be there :) I am not in the picture with Banner because someone wasn't quite over his car sickness and puked all over me in church... haha. 

But we are officially home now and I get to enjoy my Canadian bounty and count down the days until July!