Our Family

Our Family

Welcome to my blog!

Every day is a new adventure, and though this blog won't capture it all at least you might get a glimpse of our crazy life...


A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for

Babies are a link between angels and man.

Children are a handful sometimes, A heartfull all the time.

Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give the more you get and the more you get the more you feel like giving.
Penelope Leach

While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.
Angela Schwindt

Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it.
Not your average dictionary

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.
John W. Whitehead

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.
William D. Tammeus
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

summer fun!!!

We've been having so much fun this summer so far. We've been doing a lot of swimming. Janeane invited us to the racket ball club in Yuba City the other day and the kids loved it. We were there for three hours and lets just say that even though I put sunscreen on them both we all ended up a little sunburned. The weather is definitely heating up and this is a perfect way for us to keep cool. Derek and I bought the kids a little pool for the back patio and we've been spending time out there too...

It seems like the older Jax gets the more he starts to look like Peyton. Seeing them side by side in pictures is kinda crazy because I still feel like there's no way I already have two kids.

They love to play. Sometimes they get in each other's way, but they are usually pretty good about playing together. Peyton found out that she can bug Jax and at times she thinks it is the funniest thing to make him upset. Then Jax has mastered the art of whining to tattle on Peyton for messing with him. I told her one day he'll be bugging her and all I'm gonna say is that it's payback... She doesn't get it, yet!

Even though I don't think she really looks like me I've been seeing myself in her reactions and her facial expressions. It's a little weird because I sometimes think I know what she's feeling because I remember feeling the same way when I was little. Like for example when she gets into trouble for doing something she shouldn't be doing she gets this embarrassed look on her face and I remember feeling the same embarrassment whenever I would get into trouble as a kid. I almost think that this will help me in my parenting venture because remembering how I felt as a child will help me determine which parenting methods will work best for my family.

Jax on the other hand thinks it's funny to get into trouble. He laughs at the word no and I have absolutely no clue how I'm going to deal with him when he's older. I guess I will just learn as I go. He's such a boy though and it kinda freaks me out because if he was a girl I would already know what to do. I don't know how to raise a boy...

I totally love him though. I can't help it. He's my little man and he makes me laugh a hundred times a day or more. Lately whenever he hears music he just starts clapping and dancing it's soo funny...

Peyton loves the baby swing. She could sit in this thing for hours. Well, this is just the start of our summer and we are having so much fun! Hope you are staying cool and spending time doing the things that you love!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Peyton and I picked up a song from a commercial on Nickjr. that teaches kids to wash their hands so we started singing it every time we washed. Here it is:

Top and bottom, top and bottom
In between, in between
rub them both together, rub them both together
their all clean, squeaky clean!

It caught on quick with her and it's now something fun that she loves to sing EVERY time she washes her hands. Just recently we were at Derek's Aunts house with the family and she was singing the song for them, but when the song was over she mumbled something at the end and we couldn't figure it out until we made her sing the song about 4 more times and every time she would mumble the same thing at the end. Finally we realized that she was saying, "This Nickjr. nugget is brought to you by Lysol" lol apparently she thought it was part of the song. She's soo funny! I love her! Moments like these I wish I could remember forever, but there are soo many funny things that she does that it's hard to remember everything. Even things from when she was younger that I never wanted to forget are starting to fade in my mind. So I'm going to list a few in this post because I eventually want to print my blog into a book since it really is the only record that I've been keeping of our family. So here it is. The list of some of the things Peyton did that I don't want to forget:

*Her scrunchy face that she would make to ruin any picture
*Her pulling out all the DVDs and stringing them across the living room in our apartment EVERY day!
*the soothie pacifiers (green and pink) that we kept buying and then five of them would turn up all at once in the most random places
*Her bald head and how long it took her to get hair. I wasn't able to put it up in a pony until she was at least 2 and a half
*the way my heart would break as I shut the front door to go to work and I could hear her crying inside, but also the way it felt coming home and seeing that big smile as I walked in the door
*the finger! Her pointer, to be exact, that she would use to point at everything all the time
*the way she would shut the door in my face when I dropped her off at audge's
*how it took her forever to learn how to sit up/crawl/walk and do any other new physical thing
*how smart she was even as a baby and could memorize all her body parts before she was one
*putting laundry away in my bedroom and hearing her picking up speed while running down the hallway in our apartment because there was a slope in the floor
*feeding the ducks on the back patio of our apartment and naming them "Willard and Willamina"
*how when she started to crawl she kept disappearing and then we would find her in our bedroom playing with the blinds
*her first trip to the ocean and how she didn't like the sand
*how she never liked being dirty or messy
*how she was always a people watcher
*her fear of the vacuum

There is soo much more, but those were the things I really don't want to forget. It's kind of sad because she is almost 3, but it's also exciting because this list of things is short compared to the list I will be able to make in a few years. Even though it is sad that she's over the baby stage and even almost out of the toddler stage where she will then be a kid I know that there are soo many more memories to make. I know that there's soo many things that she is going to surprise me with and make me laugh about. I guess it's all a part of getting older. She is turning into such a beautiful little girl and an awesome big sister. Right now I'm going through all these fun stages with Jax and it's so cool to compare him to how Peyton was at his age. I suppose that's probably what inspired this whole post and looking back on my posts I realize how much time I spend blogging about how fast time is flying and the past when I probably should be focusing more on being excited about the future. I promise to attempt that in the future! :)