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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Dec I

Perry quickly turned to a life of crime. Including stealing legos and eating markers.
Scott's preschool cooking class.
Jonah said, "the cows made LOTS of milk!"
Perry's tongue is feeling those top teeth coming down.
Sweetest snuggle baby
Pulling up to standing happened right after crawling. Then he climbed up the big step into the kitchen.
Coloring at the creche exhibit.
Jonah was very focused. He and Scott sat together through a whole nativity puppet show afterward.
Scott assembling my little lego kits I used to keep on my desk at work. He'd take them apart and redo them every day.
Sweet brothers.
We took our neighbor's dog for a walk in an effort to provide more preschooler-capable service for our community. Bonus that it helped the boys overcome some animal fear that builds up for them over time. Scott held the leash like a champ the whole walk home. Thankfully their dog was extremely well behaved.
Raising another generation of pyromaniacs. Very loving ones, though. Scott held Perry back so he wouldn't crawl in the fire and die. His words.
Pushing Perry at the park.
Bringing in the trash cans for another neighbor while they were out of town. Bonus for us is that now we know Scott can do it himself, so we've added it to his weekly chore list.
The recycling bin is bigger than he is. He can definitely only bring up the empty cans, not put out the full ones.
Perry snuggling with the stuffed animals.
Scott started dressing and pjing himself in the mornings and evenings without being asked. He came out this night and started "reading his bible" to Perry. 
He told him the Christmas story and I tried to record him because it was adorable. He talked about paying taxes and at the end says, "that was a good one."
Scott agreed last minute to participate in his primary nativity reenactment at our ward Christmas dinner. Jonah wanted to join in, of course. Other than a brief rewrapping of Scott's sheet in the beginning, it went perfectly. Near the end, most of the other kids were getting restless, but the boys impressed us by standing still and silent until it was over. They were the youngest participants, too, so we were surprised how well they did.

I was showing Scott something on my phone and Jonah ran over to be in the picture with us. So I turned on the camera and took one.
Jonah set up camp on the floor between their beds.
Big boy in his cutie overalls.
John and I watched my old family videos to decide what to keep before giving away our VCR. I spent the evening thinking of my Grandma and great aunts and uncle who have passed away. It made me miss them and helped me feel grateful for the trips we made to visit. Their love for us as little kids was almost palpable even in old home videos and reminds me exactly of my own kids and their extended family. John kept seeing Jonah in my toddler self. I felt so loved and nostalgic, but also a little sad.
The next day my aunt called to let me know my Grandpa had died the night before, probably as we were watching movies and thinking of him. I'm so glad I took Perry out to see him a few weeks ago so they could meet and I could say goodbye.
I'll really miss him.

Friday, December 30, 2016

November II

Perry loves his cheerios.
I found train sweater vests from the line that Perry's sweater is from and was so excited. What are the odds of finding clothes from 2011 in the right sizes in my neighborhood? Perfection.
Date night! It was my first time trying the nice theater by John's work with the reserved recliner seats. We watched Fantastic Beasts and thought it was fantastic.
More cheerios.
Perry received this cute outfit in the mail from my aunt and promptly pooped in it. He looks pretty pleased with himself.
Scott was coloring and could pick out the names of the colors for the key. He's starting to sound words out on his own. Clever boy.
Jonah picked these out for Thanksgiving at John's parents' house. Then asked about them every day until I hid them then almost forgot to take them over.
Jonah wrote Amanda's name on the tag for her Christmas gift. He complained about her name having too many letters and squiggled the rest of them.
The boys each bought something at Target for our neighbor's canned food drive.
They're big into wrestling.
At Thanksgiving Logan showed a little interest in Perry. Mostly his toys.
Perry pulled himself to his knees to get into mischief. 
The boys helped John put lights up on the house.
We hosted a Gilmore Girls showing for the new episodes. I was really proud of myself for coming up with a brownie-blondie idea.
Conked.
Perry learned to crawl November 30th, around the same time we put our Christmas tree up. Not the best combo.
Scott let the door at church close and it was too heavy for Jonah to open. Instead of trying or asking for help, he just pouted through the window. It was hilarious.
Sleepy Jonah. You know he's tired when he crawls on my lap and crashes.
Jonah found Millie's "bow hair." Obviously not many of those around our house.
Perry and his little buddy hangin out at the park. Perry shared his crackers like a good friend.
Jonah had to join in. He can't stand to see babies and not get involved.
I took Scott's training wheels off before park day and he rode to the park and around the whole time. It took a few tries to get him down the block, then once he felt confident, he picked it up instantly. The balance bike was good prep.
Jonah getting pushed around by his friends. It took two of them to move his chunky self.
Scott on his never-ending quest to catch a squirrel for his preschool teacher per her request.
It was a big month for milestones.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Perry 8 Months

Our big baby is getting some nice chunk.
Perry's bottom two teeth popped through at 6 months and he's been growing those out all month. The top two are bulging ready. He's pulling himself around and scooting, but not crawling yet.
He started waking up occasionally at night, probably from teething, but is still a chipper little guy. He loves cheerios, graham crackers, or anything he can feed himself.
He still loves his jumper and watching his brothers. And we're all still obsessed with him.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Harry Potter World

My long-time friend Miranda wanted to go to Harry Potter World in LA and was looking for a roadtrip buddy.
We met up with our other friend, Shannon, in the park.
We went on all the rides, tried all the butterbeer and shopped in every store.
I bought myself a new sweatshirt so I can give my brother back his Michigan one from high school.
Harry Potter World was magical and our girl's weekend was rejuvenating.