This past month I have had some pretty amazing encounters with Charles. At 15 months he is well on his way of proving his manhood! For example: he found a shard of glass in his room so what does he do with it? He pops it in his mouth and chews on it until Grandma notices it and gets it removed. Very Manly. Then, when Dad wasn't looking he stole his tools and replaced them with his own toy tools. And finally to secure his independence he decided to quit nursing cold turkey. The last one was particularly hard for me. I was not prepared when he turned away mid-nurse and refused to continue. Oh well, we were weening anyway, he just decided to get it over with a little earlier then I. I am eagerly waiting the next manly development! Click on the video below to catch him in action.
PS: just yesterday Charles climbed up in a chair and when Daniel sat down in the other chair he nonchalantly said, I kid you not, "Hey Dad." To which Daniel replied, just as nonchalantly, "Hey Charles." After which Charles neatly removed his diaper without removing his pants. Because that's how we roll.
It's the seasons of holidays and family get togethers. We had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with my sister. And her famous Christmas Cookie Exchange! It was fun and small, but we had a blast. We played a few games and had Italian sodas. Yum! Christmas eve we made cookies and went caroling in the rain. I love Washington! I find less and less people venture out to carol each year, but it is a favorite tradition of mine. We go 2 or 3 times in the month and everyone loves it. I love seeing the people's faces light up when they realize we are caroling! Last year we added a few more houses and one lady about cried she was so happy to get carolers. She hadn't had anyone come by in years. We made sure to keep her on the permanent list.
But I digress, After caroling we put the kids to bed and finished the last minute wrapping. This is fun too. Christmas was on Sunday so we went to church before opening any presents. It was hard on the kids, but it made for a smooth morning.…
My Grandma turned 90 this Aug. So naturally we had a party! My Aunt Cheryl headed up the event and it was so much fun. We floated in the famous Great Salt Lake. I lived in Utah for 8 years and never once ventured near it's fabled shores. I had heard the horror stories of yore! Fortunately the tales were a bit exaggerated. While not the most pleasant of places it was worth the experience.
Aunt Erma was the MC and she sang "Ain't She Sweet" to Grandma to kick off the festivities.
Uncle Matt had us each make a memory book page for Grandma. We each presented our page. I admit I got quite emotional as I recalled our adventures.
The Birthday Girl!
We visited the Beehive house and the Joseph Smith memorial. Yes, those are my boys fighting to see who can stand next to Joseph!