Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Time...please slow down!

We have always tried hard not to wish our boy's life away and enjoy each moment with them. There are some moments when we think ahead with a little bit of longing- like when we're in the midst of tons of tantrums, or in sleep deprived hazes, but mostly we love each day and stage with our boys. But there are some moments when it becomes really clear to me how much I'm going to miss these early days. The other day I had changed Grant's diaper and he had been crying and protesting it. After we were done he crawled over and snuggled in my lap and then Collin crawled over, pulled up on me and was patting my back. As I sat there with my two boys I thought ahead to times when they will be too big to snuggle on my lap and might be too cool to spend a lot of time with their Mom. It makes me sad to think about it, but it also helps me to relish the little moments that I have right now. I love being a Mom. I feel so honored to have been given the opportunity to raise my boys. I make so many mistakes and have so much to learn, but they have unconditional love and endless amounts of forgiveness for me. They teach me so much. These early days can be exhausting and hard, but I'm really, really going to miss them and think back on them with fondness.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

MTM theme this week is orange. We had fun eating and talking about orange food. When I told Scotty that carrots are good for our eyesight he informed me that he has Troodon eyes. He said "When Heavenly Father put me together he gave me Troodon eyes, not regular eyes like you."

We had Cheez Its, oranges, cheese train, orange bell pepper, orange ranch dressing and carrots.

Grant put some blue food coloring in his ranch when I turned my back so he had green ranch. Scotty, of course, wanted a different color so he mixed things up and ended up with gray. He was excited and said it tasted like gray!

Appetizing, huh?

Grant, of course, wouldn't have anything to do with the green ranch! He ate everything except the peppers and carrots and had seconds of oranges. Scotty only ate a few bites of cheese and a couple carrots. They are currently in different stages of eating so right now Grant eats way more than Scotty.

We ended the meal by pretending to shoot each other with stinky feet spray, stinky diaper spray and stinky toot spray. Gotta love boys!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Valentine's Day

My SIL sent me this link for these really cute valentine's and I decided to make them for my boys. We had made Scotty's rockets already, but I really love these and I plan on doing them another year. I, unfortunately, told Scotty we had a surprise for him and so he got really excited....but, paper hearts with M&M's inside did not live up to his expectations! He thought it was funny that the M&M's went flying when he ripped his open, but then he struggled with being disappointed. And then after that he kept saying he doesn't like Valentine's day. Sometimes I just can't win! Grant, of course, loved getting sweet treats. We put those Gerber puffs in Collin's and he absolutely LOVES them and he sat there shoving in handful after handful after we ripped his open.
Scotty drew us volcanoes! Mine was even heart shaped. With "lots and lots of lava"! Then he had us tell him all the letters to write a cute little message. Grant colored us a picture too that was adorable. Miles made a delicious, but very involved, chili for dinner. I saw it made on Cook's Country one day and thought it looked delicious and he was very nice to try it out for me.
We also took some little hearts and Miles, Scotty and I wrote on them things that we love about each family member. That was fun and I think it will be a fun Vday tradition. We like to keep things simple on Vday and be sure to express our love often to each other throughout the day.

I forgot to take pictures before we ripped them open, but here they are after the damage was done.

You can see the M&Ms and puffs all over the floor. They really flew when we ripped them!

Grant was sure to get every single one.

Collin kept showing them to Miles before he ate them. He's so cute!!


I had to throw this one in because you can see his little tooth up there on top!

Here are our little love notes. We hope you had a good Valentine's Day too!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Planning ahead

Scotty is planning for the future:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day party

Scotty has his preschool Valentine's Day party today. I found this really cute vday craft here and I was excited to see a boyish valentine idea. Scotty loves rockets so he was excited to make them. It was fun to make these with him.

He put a foam letter sticker on each one for his own little embellishment.

He wanted to do his teacher's rockets in pink because they are girls!

And then he had to play with a rocket when we were done.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

There was no theme for MTM this week so we decided to do a cereal sampler. We currently have 10 different kinds of cereal open in our pantry. Miles and the kids think we should have more open and I think we should have less! I thought it would be fun to let the kids have a bunch of different kinds in their tins. And it was a good way to get them to try the Apple Jacks that they have refused to taste in the past.

We have Cocoa Krispies, Kix, Corn Pops, Cinnamon Life, Honey Nut Cheerios and Apple Jacks. We didn't have room for the Frosted Mini Wheats, Rice Krispies, Go Lean Crunch or the regular Cheerios. Don't you agree that it's a bit excessive to have this many open packages of cereal??? This was a great way of using them up though!

Grant is a goof! He wasn't thrilled about this when we gave it to him and we finally figured out that he was mad there wasn't a spot open to put his cup! But he eventually calmed down and ate the cereal.

Scotty, on the other hand, wasn't excited about it until we actually gave it to him, then he decided to mix the cereal and ate almost all of it. You just never know what these kids will think!

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

My little robots

Scotty made himself a robot mask and had me pin his magicians cape on backwards so he could be a robot. Then Grant wanted a robot mask too. They are the cutest robots ever!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Boo boos, teeth and colds

A few days ago Collin fell over at the bookshelf and hit his head on the side and then his eye on the shelf. I wish I had taken a picture that day because it looked awful. But, you can kind of see both bruises in this picture. I think this is the worst face injury we've had- we've been lucky!

Collin is getting his first tooth!! His top right one is coming in and will probably pop through tomorrow. Grant is getting his 2 yr old molars. Both of them have colds too, so they have not been happy campers the past few days. Today has been the most miserable. Grant cries and has lots of tantrums and Collin is clingy and wants me to hold him all the time. And both of them were up last night a lot crying. It was quite the day today! Logan also had a runny nose so we went through a lot of tissues. They are so cute though, and just when I think I'm going to go crazy with their crabbiness, one of them will give me a dazzling smile and/or a hug or a kiss and make everything all better!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

We're back to doing Muffin Tins again! The boys were excited. The theme this week is Dr Seuss. I have to admit I'm not a big fan of Dr Seuss. The only ones we have are Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. Out of the two I can tolerate Green Eggs and Ham much better than The Cat in the Hat! I let Scotty choose which one to do a muffin tin with and he wanted Green Eggs and Ham- even though we didn't have any ham!

Besides the green eggs it doesn't have anything to do with the book, but the boys had fun with it anyway. We have green milk, bananas, green eggs and green french toast.

Scotty kept asking if the green stuff would taste the same. I thought he'd balk at eating it, but he tried it right away and announced that it tasted just the same.

Grant, on the other hand, wouldn't have anything to do with the green eggs!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Out of the mouths of babes

For Family Home Evening tonight we had a lesson about being happy. (It was the perfect lesson because today was not a very happy day in the Lawrence household!) After I gave the lesson Scotty said he wanted to give us a lesson. He has done this before and it has been about driving the forklift at the Transcript, aliens, etc etc. Tonight he gave us a lesson about how important the scriptures are and how we should read them everyday. He said that we learn about what Jesus wants us to do in them. It was really cute. We haven't been doing too well about family scripture reading, so it was a good reminder from our 4yr old about what we need to do. So, of course, after FHE we read our scriptures! When it was Scotty's turn he had the word Jerusalem and after he said it he exclaimed- "Yeah, just like Collin drools on some!" Miles and I looked at each other and burst out laughing! Funny boy!

This picture is cute because Scotty wanted me to play trains but I told him that it is too hard for Mommy to walk around the train table driving a train. (Believe me- I've tried! It's not made for adults.) So he came up with the idea of making me my very own train track to play with on the floor. He's so nice to his old Mommy!