Sunday, July 20, 2014

Act 4; Scene 46: No More Baby About this Baby

As if turning two wasn't enough.

My baby is no longer a baby.

On Friday, we went to the American Fork Carnival, and Tommy rode all of the rides by. him.self.

If you couldn't tell, he takes his ride-riding very seriously. You couldn't tell how much fun he was having until you tried to get him off of the ride.

And then we got an ice cream to share....and he wanted to hold and eat it by.him.self. He didn't even make a mess or get any ice cream on his shirt!

Today he got to wear his new tie and belt to church. And if nothing else sealed the deal, this outfit did:

the "smile tommy!" face

This baby is no longer a baby.

Oh...and he can play the piano by himself, too.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Act 4; Scene 45: Age Two

At age two....

Favorite drink is milk
Favorite person is Grandpa (both of them)
Favorite morning activities: running laps from the kitchen to the living room, and brushing his teeth a million times BY HIMSELF.
Loves dinosaurs, trains, trucks, and Uncle Luke's motorcycle.
Says "me! me!" with a pat on the chest after everything accomplished.
Demands that we acknowledge with words what he is pointing out at the time.
Favorite song is Wheels on the Bus.
Favorite movie is Finding Nemo.
Loves sitting in his "special spot" (on top of the giant family size tub of laundry detergent) and helping with laundry.
Hates when things are hot.
Very good at unloading the dishwasher, even when the dishes are dirty.
Favorite food: olives, pizza, ketchup, strawberries, BelVita crackers, watermelon, and toast with jam.
Favorite games are hide and seek and red light green light.
LOVES puppets.
Likes to jump from the top of the stairs into our arms a few stairs down.
Sleeps with his Lamby, Rufus, and Blue Bear.
Favorite word is "big"--and he says it with flourish.
Favorite book is I Spy.
Points out Dad's broken toenail every single morning with an "uh oh."
Gives kisses for any owies.
Favorite activity is swimming.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Act 4: Scene 44: The 4th of July 2014

First of all, I have to point out how serendipitous the timing on this post was. I mean, Act 4...scene 44....all about July 4th.....in the year 2014. Love it.

Anyhow, we started our day out with a hike to Stewart Falls up Provo Canyon (along with everyone else and their dogs. Truly--lots of dogs!)

What could be better than a stream and rocks to throw in it?

Beautiful view in front of the falls

The waterfall

Father and son, contemplating trekking to the top

Family pic!

They did it! Can you see the tiny specs of my dad and brother on the ledge up there?

And that evening we headed to the annual 4th of July block party.

I made the yummy star sugar cookies
Enjoying the picnic BBQ

After Thomas went to bed, we stood out on our porch and watched the plethora of firework shows in our neighborhood and community. I cannot believe how many people buy those HUGE fireworks! It is really quite a show around here, just standing on the porch!

Hope you all had a great holiday.

Happy Independence Day!

Act 4; Scene 43: Thomas Turns Two!!!

I am really not sure who has more fun with birthdays. The kids opening and playing with their gifts, or the parents buying and wrapping and anticipating the excitement. It's a win-win!

With help from gifts from Grandmas, Grandpas, and Aunt K we put together this surprise for him to walk into when he woke up on the big day:

In the morning, he came downstairs begging for breakfast, then saw this loot! He straight-faced walked right over to the bike, asked us to put the helmet on him, and climbed onto it to ride--like he had done that every morning. So funny!

 Then he realized he could open presents, and decided it would be ok to put the bike down for a minute

And man, oh man has he had fun with all of his new toys and books! It has been so fun to see him search them out every morning and play with each of them. It's also helping him be much less grumpy (at least for the time being!)

Then on Saturday we hosted a little birthday party for a few friends. I had lots of fun planning a few activities for the kiddos to enjoy.
And the husbands all enjoyed the end (double over-time and shoot-outs, or it would have been over before the party started!) of the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica world cup game.

The guys watching the game 

Dinosaur sticker boards

Miss Lizzie finds an egg in our dinosaur egg hunt!

After the dinosaur egg hunt, we decorated sugar cookies. Or...ate a lot of candy :-)

Jayna definitely understood the decorating part. She loaded that cookie! Then ate all of the candy off of it, and left the cookie on her napkin. Atta girl!

Then we all sang to Tommy. He didn't quite know what to make of that. I just love this series of pictures!

He did love blowing out the candles!
After serving up cake, we went outside for a water balloon fight!

Trying to splash Dad
Jayna chasing Steven

Steven chasing Jayna!
Sawyer is not a huge fan of water balloons

Kevin, Jack, and Jayne
And of course then there was wrestling time with Grandpa

As Tommy would say, "Oh Boy!" we had fun. Can't wait for another fun-filled year with this two year old!

Happy Birthday, Tommy!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Act 4; Scene 42: The Parable of the Long Spoons--And My Opinion About Cultural Disputes of Late

Adapted by Elisa Pearmain from a Japanese and Chinese folk tale

Long ago there lived an old woman who had a wish. She wished more than anything to see for herself the difference between heaven and hell. The monks in the temple agreed to grant her request. They put a blindfold around her eyes, and said, "First you shall see hell."

When the blindfold was removed, the old woman was standing at the entrance to a great dining hall. The hall was full of round tables, each piled high with the most delicious foods — meats, vegetables, fruits, breads, and desserts of all kinds! The smells that reached her nose were wonderful.
The old woman noticed that, in hell, there were people seated around those round tables. She saw that their bodies were thin, and their faces were gaunt, and creased with frustration. Each person held a spoon. The spoons must have been three feet long! They were so long that the people in hell could reach the food on those platters, but they could not get the food back to their mouths. As the old woman watched, she heard their hungry desperate cries. "I've seen enough," she cried. "Please let me see heaven."

And so again the blindfold was put around her eyes, and the old woman heard, "Now you shall see heaven." When the blindfold was removed, the old woman was confused. For there she stood again, at the entrance to a great dining hall, filled with round tables piled high with the same lavish feast. And again, she saw that there were people sitting just out of arm's reach of the food with those three-foot long spoons. But as the old woman looked closer, she noticed that the people in heaven were plump and had rosy, happy faces. As she watched, a joyous sound of laughter filled the air. 

The people in heaven were using those long spoons to feed each other.

We need to be able to rely on each other. We need to serve others, and we need to be able to accept service from others. Every part of the Gospel plan revolves around this--God asks us to ask Him for help; He tells us we cannot make it without the Atonement of Christ; He tells us we cannot make it without help from those around us; He tells us we cannot make it without helping those around us. We are each given special ways to share with those around us, and we are each denied special ways so that we can ask others for help.

Let us not forget that learning to serve others and have the capability to do so is not the only task we need in order to feast at the Heavenly Banquet. We must also be able to ask for help from others, and receive it gracefully.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Act 4; Scene 41: On Healing Kisses

About a week ago, I was feeling awfully sick. It’s hard to feel sick when you have an active, needy, almost-two-year-old hanging around all day.

Occasionally I would let out a little whimper or moan or something, and Tommy would look at me with his eyes wide, and run over and give me a hug and a kiss. This was a big surprise for me. I mean, I always kiss his owies better, but I’ve never seen him figure something out like that and decide to take his own action. He registered a pained sound, and realized he needed to give me kisses.

AND it didn’t matter what he was doing. If he was into a fun game, or coloring, or eating, or anything—he would drop everything like that and run to give me a kiss. In fact, he was adamant about getting the kiss administered right away.

I might have let out a few more moans and whimpers than was absolutely necessary.

I really enjoyed seeing this act of charity from my little guy. It reminded me how important it is to put people first (over whatever it is you are caught up in doing). And by putting them first, I mean right away in the moment of need.
I don’t think there are any actual medical remedies from toddler kisses, but they sure made me feel better.

And this series of pictures just makes me laugh. He's fixing his truck....in his jammies...with his donkey toy from the nativity set. Go figure!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Act 4; Scene 40: A Lovely Spring Sunday

Last Sunday we decided to jump ship from our normal routine and take Tommy on his first visit to temple square.

And I really wanted to see all of the tulips.

It was such a nice early morning on temple square. It smells SO GOOD. All those blossoms! And Thomas looked adorable, if I say so myself. Everyone we walked past commented, "Oh, he's so cute!"--either to us, or to themselves. :-)

Thomas enjoyed looking at the flowers--especially touching them, which we had to watch out for. He loved the water fountains. But most of all, he loved pushing his stroller. He pushed that thing all over temple square--running most of the time. The only thing that got him away from the stroller was the water fountains. 

I watched him running up to the fountains, flailing his little arms behind him, laughing once he got to the water, and turning around to tell me that there was indeed water in that big granite pool. I just wanted to freeze time right there--to remember every detail of his cute little face and his perfect, chunky little body making the most of the Spring morning. I tried to ingrain it all into my memory--every detail. I am so happy I get to share in his learning and growing experiences, for the short time that he will be this darling little toddler. 

And of course, we took lots of pictures.

That afternoon we went to church with my parents, and enjoyed a lovely Welcome Home, Sam! dinner as a family. We even finally managed to get in a family picture, since we forgot to on Easter.

Tommy loves hats, and he loves shoes. He found Grandpa's work boots and Uncle Sam's hat, and this is what we got:

gangsta Tommy!
Another weekend is quickly approaching. Enjoy the last little bit of Spring!