The faces I see

December 28, 2007 on 11:02 pm | In The Boys | By Kevin | No Comments | Add a comment

After getting us all healthy (finally–knock on wood), I played catch-up with my long Christmas To Do List.  That took me right through Christmas Eve and I’ve just been chillin’ since then.  I’ll do a real post soon, but here are a few of the faces that have been grining at me the last couple of weeks.

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In between sick days

December 12, 2007 on 3:00 pm | In The Boys | By Cindy | No Comments | Add a comment

Last week was my turn to be quite sick. My sister was great and watched the boys one afternoon so that I could sleep. She just HAD to take this shot of Billy. My dad had no hips and was rarely without a belt or suspenders, so “plumber’s crack” was common at home. Perhaps Billy is going to take after his grandpop.

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Above he is imitating my dad’s low pants. Below, when my dad would neglect to put his teeth in . . .

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Years ago I got these antlers and have just stashed them with my decorations all this time. Ricky found them while I was decorating this year and loves wearing them. When Kevin pulled out the Santa hat, Ricky was thrilled!

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Uncle David, Aunt Amber, and Jackson came to visit this weekend.

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Jackson was not so crazy about our cats (they make him scream), but he was very excited about seeing our dogs through the door.

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What did he say?

December 6, 2007 on 5:16 pm | In The Boys | By Cindy | 1 Comment | Add a comment

“Scooby Duke” – Ricky enjoys the show Scooby Doo, even though each show is “scary” and the name is probably due to my mom’s dog named Duke (who passed away this summer).

“Follow, follow me” – This is what Ricky sings to you when he wants you to follow him (duh). Often it is followed by “Do as I’m doing.” The first time he said it to Kevin and Kevin tried to relay the story to me, he told me that Ricky sang “Come follow me” and I was dumbfounded at where Ricky would have learned that hymn. Then Kevin realized his error! 🙂

“Somethin’ else” – In an attempt to stop meltdowns when Ricky would not get his way, his father taught him this phrase. It works! When we ask Ricky if he’d like a glass of water and he doesn’t, he calmly says, “somethin’ else.” Unfortunately, during a recent bout with various illnesses, he tried using the phrase to get out of taking his medicine. Here is your medicine, Ricky. “No, somethin’ else! Somethin’ else!!”

“I love you” – He has never been one to just drop this phrase, but recently he has started to climb into my lap or Kevin’s lap or Grandmama’s lap and say, “I love you.” It just about melts your heart right on the spot!

“Uncle Suzy” – This one makes me laugh every time. I’m not sure that my sister appreciates it so much, but despite us constantly referring to her as Aunt Suzy, if you point to her and ask Ricky “who’s that?” he will reply “Uncle Suzy.” Hee hee!!

Thanksgiving

November 28, 2007 on 10:27 pm | In The Boys | By Cindy | 1 Comment | Add a comment

Our house has been full of germs for the last week and a half. Enough said.

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Just before Thanksgiving, Billy got his first hair cut (trim really). Those newborn hairs had just gotten too long. He wiggled and squirmed and I was glad it didn’t have to be a great hair cut!

Pre-Cut

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Mid-Cut

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Post-Cut

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We celebrated Cousin Danny’s first birthday that Sunday. Ricky loved pushing Danny on his new car.

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Aunt Kym taught Billy how to break the pickle (swat the fingers apart and then get tickled). Billy gives you a sheepish look before he hits your hands and nose dives into his lap giggling before you even tickle him.

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Billy adores Kevin!

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We spent the night before and the day of Thanksgiving at Tim and Kym’s home in Cottonwood Heights. The whole fam came for dinner and games and it was a great holiday.

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Ricky playing blocks with Uncle Tony.

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With cousins, Shaelynn and Talon.

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Ricky has learned how to spell truck. He takes magnet letters and spells it perfectly (okay, so the letters may be turned backwards, but they are in the right order).

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Tonight we were singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” while fixing dinner. When we got to the line, “Santa came to say . . .” Ricky let loose, “Ho ho ho ho. Ho ho ho ho hoho hoho. Ho hoho ho ho hoho ho hoho.” On and on he went and I just had to patiently wait for Santa to be done before the song could go on. Eventually, it was time to finish the song! He cracks us up . . . and he has regained ALL of his energy after being sick on and off for a week and a half. Too bad I haven’t!

Sleepless Nights

November 15, 2007 on 8:37 am | In The Boys | By Cindy | 1 Comment | Add a comment

I don’t know if it is because they miss their father or if Billy’s teething (I swear those top teeth will never break through) or growth spurts or what, but I do not have good sleepers this week.  Tuesday night, Billy was up every 2 hours and Ricky was up twice.  So, since we were all a bit tired, yesterday was interesting.  To top it off, neither boy took a good afternoon nap.  We went over to Grandmama’s for dinner and Ricky was singing along with the cd of Primary songs that I had playing.  Mom wasn’t home yet, but I let Ricky in and went back to get Billy, telling Ricky to take off his shoes and jacket.  By the time I got back into the house, Ricky looked like this . . . ricky-sleeping.jpg

So Ricky took a little nap before dinner.  There was a not so little drool puddle on the arm of the chair when I woke him up!  And while he slept, Billy played nicely in his play pen, creating a not little drool puddle on his shirt!

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FYI, last night was a little better . . . after Billy woke up at 11:45 and screamed for an hour, he slept much better.  I miss having a tag team partner at times like that.

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