My little Jett is turning into such a stud. He has recently fallen in love with Basketball. Last week I bought him a basketball and he has been dribbling (in the kitchen) ever since. I can't believe how good he's gotten in just a few days. He's such a little stud!
She's TWO! She loves Dora, cheetos (that hasn't changed) and to sing. You can often hear her singing a tune, ABC's or Head Shoulders Knees and Toes quietly to herself. She loves to count anything (the stairs as we go up them, the cheeots on her plate, etc.) and holds out her fingers for me to count them while she's on my lap. She loves being on my lap and would sit there all day if I would let her. She's so stinkin' cute and she's talking up a storm now. I love asking her to say certain things and listening to her version of the word. It's priceless. She copies Sky and Jett and thinks she's just as big as they are. She LOVES to be outside or to go in the car. From the second she wakes up she wants to go... anywhere. She thinks as long as she's got her shoes on we can go. She will go over to the shoe basket, bring me her shoes and insist I put them on so we can "go bye bye." I love her to death! She is an absolute doll! Yesterday, we got up, got dressed and headed over to my dear friend Suzanne's house to take pictures. What would I do without Suzanne. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have these pictures of my little girl on her actual bday. She's so great to me and is always so willing to help me accomplish my tasks in life. Happy Birthday Sweet girl. I love you Brookey-Brooke.
This week (Wednesday) my little Brookey-Brooke turns two! I can hardly believe it! This is something new for me to have a two year old and not another baby or one on the way. I've been able to thoroughly enjoy everything about her. She has a love of outside! She will go to the backdoor and say outside over and over until I answer her with an, "okay." When it was Sky I was a bit psycho. I did her hair twice a day, once in the morning and then again after her nap. I didn't let her out of the house unless she looked perfect, not even the backyard. Things have changed. I let Brooke go outside even if she doesn't look perfect. Here is a perfect example. I don't think I even did her hair once on this day, this is what it looked like when she woke up. There is breakfast still on her face and I'm pretty sure she doesn't even have her shoes on. I wouldn't say I'm a bad mom now, just not as psycho. I am a bit more laid back and let her go outside even if it's just for five minutes cause she LOVES it so much. It's going to be a fun summer with my two year old!!! She's my little doll and I don't think I could love her any more than I do. She's the best!
So as you know, Neils has the opportunity to earn a trip each year. This year it was to Hawaii. I had never been so it was a special treat for me. I was excited to not be prego or nursing for once (actually it's the first month in 6+ years that I haven't). So off we went just the two of us to a place they call paradise. I can see why. We stayed at the owner of Neils' company's hotel, The Mauiian. He recently remodeled the whole thing and let's just say it was a fabulous, quaint little place. It's only a two story place, which adds to the peacefulness of Hawaii. Everyone is so laid back and on a completely different schedule. When we first arrived, Neils always being in a hurry knew it was important to be the first in line at the car rental place. He went running with both pieces of our luggage around to the front. The nice Hawaiian lady at the check in location watch Neils in awe. When she asked him for his name, he whipped out his copy of the reservation with all the information and slammed it down on the counter. When she found his name the first thing she said, was "Sllllooooowwww down Neils." He smiled and took a deep breath and that was the beginning of our perfect trip. Well, it could have been a tad longer but other than that, perfect! The first day we slept in, that right there made the trip worth it. We took our time and eventually made it down to the beach we were on. For those of you who don't know, I am deathly afraid of water. The thought of drowning, or the thought of not having control is what scares me. Neils wanted to snorkel but knew I didn't want to. He has never let me live down the fact that he had to snorkel all by himself in the Bahamas. I agreed to give it a try, not sure if I could handle it or not. I told him I could probably do it if I had a floatation device to hold onto just in case I got tired. He came back with the gear and helped me figure out how to put it all on. The flippers were a challenge for me. I was already scared of the water but then to have those tripping me up as I was trying to get in, I kept having little panic attacks. I'm sure I was the best of entertainment as I was walking into the water. The water was about thigh high and as I took a couple steps forward it dropped off a bit to about chest height. I began to panic, waiving and breathing as if the ocean was about to swallow me up whole. Neils said I was quite the site. He figured at that point there was no way I would be able to breathe through the tube and swim out. But guess what, I did it. I eventually was able to calm down and as I took my time I got the hang of things. Thank goodness for the big yellow tube that held me up so I didn't have to worry so much and I could enjoy the fish and even the turtle we saw. It was great! We even went again a second time to an incredible little cove down the way. That was quite the accomplishment for me and I know Neils is proud I kept at it and did it. The rest of the time we laid by the pool, ate yummy food, shopped in Lahaina, at Whalers Village and went to the company Luau and awards ceremony. Here are some pictures. I found myself taking lots of pictures of just flowers and scenery which is not like me. I like people, but when you are in Hawaii it's all about the flowers and scenery. We saw two rainbows and when the sun sets and you see the shadows of the palm trees and the glow out on the ocean, you feel something you don't ever feel here in Utah. It's beauty and peaceful and what they call paradise! Neils is a rubix cube master, he doesn't need a book to solve one. Neils saw this guys stacks of rubix's and asked if he could fix it. He was kind and Neils went to town. He later told us his secret, he found a type of cube that is much smoother and better quality than a rubix. Neils was able to whip it around and solve it in no time. The first place we went to eat was BJ's for pizza. It was delicious and overlooked the ocean. The view from our seat at BJ's. And the live music was fabulous! He was really good!!!! The view from our room. Neils just outside the breakfast area. Flowers around the hotel... The view of the pool from our room... One of the rainbows we saw... Me and Neils at the Luau dinner and awards ceremony... The dinner... The sun was setting... The Luau The second rainbow we saw on the way to the airport to come home... The sun was setting and it was hard to say goodbye...
I love that Sky is learning to read/spell. Except for the fact that every two seconds she is asking me, "how do you spell...?" It's great though when she attempts to spell words on her own. For instance today on her drawing board she had written, "DIR DIRE" I asked her what it spelled and of course, Dear Diary ("cause that is what Stephanie says on Lazy Town"). Another favorite was how she spelled Puppy, her version is PUB... (you might have to think hard about this one. But the way she says it is Pu-Bee so it makes sense that's how she would try and spell it.) I love it!!!!
My little "jabber jaws" says the cutest things all the time. So now that Christmas is over and we don't get to hear him say he wants a blue motorcycle, I have a new favorite phrase he says all the time... He will pick something big up and try and move it. When I say something to the likes of "Whoa Jett what are you doing?" He returns with a smile and as he's managing to put it down with out killing himself says, "See I told ya, I have big muscles."
Brookeys latest likes. She likes to get into the cupboards and get out the sippy cups. She'll watch them roll across the kitchen floor. She still loves to watch Super Why. She likes listening to kid songs. Her favorite songs are Wheels on the Bus and If You're Happy and You Know It. She knows the motions. Eating Cheetos. She's psycho if she sees me eating them and will scream until I give her one. She LOVES Mac and Cheese! LOVES, LOVES, LOVES it. I can't believe how much she'll eat in one sitting. I think she likes anything with a cheese flavor. She loves her Grandpa and gives him the biggest hugs. She loves watching their dog Zeus run around. She tries to chase after him and isn't quite sure what to do when she catches up to him. She is such a fun, easygoing kid. I can't believe she's almost a year old. I love watching her grow and wish she'd stay this age forever.
Goofballs in Mexico
My Neils-C found me online (with the help of an old girlfriend) on LDSsingles.com in October of 1999. We've been married alomst 7 years and have 3 beautiful children, Sky, Jett and Brooke. We live the life I have always dreamed of... oh wait, I didn't dream about potty training.