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!