Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Disneyland 2015

We celebrated this land mark in our family by taking ourselves all to Disneyland! Here are some notes I took about our trip.

Gage's first time on an airplane!  It was memorable for  so many reasons. He loved "blasting off."   Our flight attendant  was awesome. Helene was Tongan and brought Gage a handful of treats and airplane trinkets every 2 minutes. Finally she just brought him a giant garbage bag of treats! Polynesians love to feed! I loved Helene. She said she was going to send Gage to BYU Hawaii because he would fit right in with his personality. That is not the first time I've been told that about him.  Helene  showed us all the dancing from her Tongan ward and Naomi knew all the dances. Helene  loved Naomi so much. She said "You need to move by me and I can be your Auntie!"   She also gave me some motherly advice on not being afraid to be a bold mother to my children. I hope I never forget. Naomi has told me a time or two since "Mom, I want to visit Auntie Helene." 

*Naomi sprints everywhere all over the airports. Then collapses. Nay is very concerned about measles.  Also on the plane she followed the safety instruction card and studied it intently. 
As we rove above the clouds she was overwhelmed by the beauty. " Whoa! It's sooo beautiful!! It's so amazing!" Over and over. "It's like I don't know.. Oh I sea of clouds!"

Disneyland Day 1.
First Disney magical moment.
Naomi spotted  Elsa down the street on a float. I grabbed her hand and the chase began!  We ran down the side walk following Elsa along the parade route for a very long while it felt. We lost the boys, and were just always a step behind Elsa. When we came to a road block and couldn't follow Elsa any further, out of breath, Naomi stood there with her hand on her heart and said: 
"Oh I so want to meet her!!!"
Then she gasped and looked down at her clothes.
"But I'm not dressed!" 
We both cried a little from emotion of the chase, the let down of aaaalmost seeing Elsa's face and the magic of it all. Little magical memory. Then we had to go track the boys. Poor Gage had tripped and scraped his knee trying keep up with all of us. So he joined us in crying. Devin was a bit upset that we had just bolted with no explanation.  Love that memory. We watched the parade and the Disney magic really took hold then. 
The next day we made sure Naomi was dressed properly to meet Elsa.

 Another fun moment was taking Naomi on space mountain. She absolutely loved it!  Cache was horrified and so ticked. So scared.  Naomi was hooping and hollering and laughing so hard saying, "Oh my gosh this is sooo awesome!! "  Gage liked it too, but said he didn't after he saw Cache so upset.  They all loved Star Tours, especially because their Mom was the rebel spy.  I gained new respect from them.

More princess time.

Belle and Naomi discussing their favorite books.  

On the Snow White ride an alligator popped up and Nay grabbed Gage trying to protect him from the alligator! He wasn't scared at all. Just laughing like a crazy man.

The boys had to complete Jedi training to receive their own custom light saber. (My rules, but they thought it was some Jedi rule).  They did it and Naomi got picked to come on stage too. Incredible memory.

Cache was very pleased that Darth Vader had sensed "The force was strong with him."
There was the cutest down syndrome man that did the final fight and defeated the dark side! I loved that boy. It was an awesome fight!

Darth Vader looked at Naomi and said : "Oh no Not in THAT dress!"

First thing in the morning, we were walking in a crowd of adults and no one was evening noticing Lightening McQueen, but he noticed Gage and called him to come over. Gage was star struck, but McQueen talked him down. It was so cool.
We visited Mickey and Minnie's house on the last day.

Thanks so much Mickey! 
We had the most magical time. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gage as an almost 4 year old.

Gage has been saying hilarious things lately.

  • Beavers 
"Mom I have a beaver in my armpit."
Me: Oh?
"And Grandma stuck a pokey thing in it to take my beaver out.  She was trying to take my                     beaver out of my bones and it hurt."
Pretty sure he was referring to when he had a fever while staying with Grandma Colette. She had mentioned that he screamed like crazy when she tried to take his temperature under his arm. :) Well no wonder he screamed, he thought a beaver was being pulled out of his bones from under his arm! I would probably scream too.
  • Freckles
 Yesterday I took him grocery shopping and we picked out some yogurt covered pretzels for a lunch treat.  He was so excited because "Freckles are so yummy!"  And each day at lunch he says: "I ate my sammich and carrot.  Now you need to give me a freckle Mamma." I never correct him.
  • Mexican Bingo 
When Naomi leaves for school after lunch, I make it a point to play with Gage for 5 minutes very first thing. I let him pick. Usually he picks wrestling, but the last two days he insisted on "Mexican Bingo!  He corrects my Spanish of all the items I read.  And when a card is drawn that is on his card, he does a little dance in a circle while singing: "Oh ya, Oh ya! boooyah!."  He asks me to play all afternoon. So I set a timer and he has to let me work for 30 minutes in between Mexican Bingo games.
  • De-baby-fying is hard.
Gage is a pretty big baby, but we are trying to help him overcome that by following through more when we ask him to help out around the house. Its pretty funny to watch him wail and cry and act like a single sock weighs 100lbs and "It's too heaby for me."  He is dead serious.
  • Baths.
So never has a child loved water so much I do believe EVER.  He is always always wanting to take a bath. Then he plays in the tub for about an hour each time. Sometimes more.  Every once in awhile he'll  get away with taking 3 baths in a day. Today, one of his siblings wet the bed and Gage woke up to discover someone was bathing without him! ( betrayed)   But we were trying to get family scriptures and breakfast started, so we told him he couldn't take a bath. Next thing we know, he was back in our room, claiming he  "Peeded da bed." Yep he had.  He had gone back to bed, pretended to be asleep and peed, just so he could take a bath! He's crazy!
  •  He asks me often: "When do I get my own phone?"
Finally, Gage takes a lot about "humans."  If you ask him about a movie he'll say: "Aaand there was a lot of humans in this one." Or if you ask him what he is playing: "I'm playing humans and horsey's."

When Gage is hungry which is often. He comes and dramatically lays by me and then proclaims: "Oh my tummy is rumbly."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Faith of a child

Tonight after singing lots of primary songs to put Naomi to sleep, I thought she was asleep but then she cracked her eyes open and asked me a question that has never cross my mind ever: "Mom does Jesus like to sing?"

Not sure how to put it to words exactly why this was a special moment. It surprised me. Maybe because the absolute pure faith of a child. She is not even questioning the reality of Jesus Christ, he is simply alive and real. No question. Or maybe it was because it's her wanting to know him better.

Well anyway, I told her I think he does. Or at least I am sure he loves music. Which she stated: "Yes he loves it best when the children sing."

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Easter 2014

 I took our traditional white rocking chair pictures before church and you know me, I can't choose. So here's a bunch. I love them all for each different expression.

 So without realizing, it this the the 3rd year I've purchased almost the exact same ties for the boys.
Maybe next year I'll step out of my box a bit. 

Cache got his first real non-clip on tie.

Pre-Easter happenings.

 Cache colored this egg for me! Here are the 3 sides with his message...

 Blueberry dyed egg.. pretty cool.

We had a really sweet Easter this year. Its beginning to be my favorite holiday.  Maybe its' coming off a dark cold winter and arriving at spring and Easter. Maybe it's as I get older and experience a bit more the sting of death and the hope that Easter symbolizes. I don't know but it's just got a sweetness  that no other holiday has for me. On Easter morning, when I wake up to the sun, I feel so happy and I want to whisper because it feels like such a special morning. haha! Anyway...
 The day before we went to our neighborhood Easter egg hunt. We had our friends (The Hunts) little girls with us that morning. So we marched five little kids down to the park for the hunt. It was awesome. Gage was in the 0-3 year old group so he was a giant among literally babies. He got tons and tons of candy since all the little babies didn't even know what was going on. Hilarious. I love having a park right in the middle of our neighborhood. Everyone we go to school with and church or live next to was there. Just a fun gathering place. I call it our "neighborhood living room." 

Sunday we had early church so we had an even earlier Easter egg hunt Sunday morning. The bunny hid all the candy in the basement. We ate boiled eggs and chocolate bunnies for breakfast. After church we ate all the chocolate in the house and napped. Then we headed over to the Whilkensen's,  our neighbors for Easter dinner. Melissa and Brett Peirce and kids also. (Another friend of ours who are house sitting for parents that are in Japan on a mission.)   Combined we had 11 kids at dinner and they played the entire time and didn't even fuss. Easter miracle. Us adults sat and talked for over 4 hours at the table. Love evenings that turn out like that! Beautiful day and evening. Love me some Easter