My Boys

My Boys

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Carter's 6th Birthday

This little boy turned 6! He counted down to his birthday and couldn't wait.

Showing off some presents--new movie, gum, new helmet (2 other kids borrowed and broke his other one :-/), chalk, new shoes.

We've never thrown Carter a party for his birthday. That was his request this year. He wanted a volcano cake, so we decided on a dinosaur theme.

Baking soda dinosaur eggs for the kids to crack open and spray with vinegar

Matt's the designer of this volcano cake

Dinosaur jello



Scared Carter

A few relay games we did outside
(I've never posted about our new basketball court! We put it in at the beginning of March. With 4 boys--5 counting Matt, we knew it would be put to good use. Caleb is out there all. the. time.)

Pizza, jello, and apples

Opening some presents

Dry ice in the cake made it super cool and exciting

Paleontologists cracking open dinosaur eggs

The kids also did a scavenger hunt at the end with dinosaur footprints in order to find their goody bags to take home. 
Carter had an exciting birthday!

My birthday was low-key this year, which I was fine with. The most excitement from my day came from trying to do a nice thing for Carter to eat lunch with him at school on our shared day and bring cookies for him to pass out to his class. They have to be store-bought per school policy, and it turned out there were just enough cookies for his class and not an extra one for Bryson. Things quickly escalated to the hugest meltdown Bryson has ever had in public and one of my most embarrassing moments! It's impossible to pick up a screaming and kicking toddler when you're also trying to hold and manage a baby. :-/

Matt's birthday is today!!  34 looks good on you Sweetie!

Easter 2016

Dying Easter eggs

Carter's eggs

We hosted Easter dinner this year. My parents were visiting my little sister who had just had a baby. After a yummy dinner, we went outside to do an egg hunt. We let the littlest kids go first followed by the eldest kids.

Bryson won the prize for gathering the most eggs! It was all strictly business to him whereas the other kids his age that got a head start only looked for a certain color or opened and ate while they hunted. Matt had to grab him another bag for his mission. Bryson only cared about winning, however, and was very happy to share once it was over.

Baby Austin was there too!


Since we missed camping with my family over Spring Break, we went over Good Friday.

Roasting marshmallows

We survived the night, but it wasn't pleasant. My warm-blooded husband who never gets cold brought ONE blanket for the two of us to share for the night. It got down to 43 and our tent had windows without covers to zip over them. I FROZE all night long! Caleb and Carter had warm sleeping bags and did just fine. I had brought warm bedding for the baby and Bryson. Lesson learned for next time my husband says he has our bedding covered = grab a few extra blankets.

We camped near a railroad track and who would have guessed that 9 trains go by in the night tooting their horns? Between the trains and the cold, I got very little sleep. Why do we go camping again? It's so much work and the lack of sleep hardly makes it worth it, except for the memories for the kids. :)

Breakfast the next morning: Matt made hash browns, eggs, and sausage.

Kara and Clayton also made pancakes

Bryson refusing to give me a smile

We also did some fishing and Ellery caught her first fish!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Break 2016

Our big plan for the week was camping Thursday, Friday, and Saturday though we were concerned that the weather forecasted rain.

Monday: We went to my sister's house for a birthday lunch and dessert. It happened to be pi day, so our favorite peanut butter pie was appropriate.

Tuesday: I was asked to play the piano at a baptism. I may or may not have bribed my boys with ice cream if they would be on their best behavior since I was going to be on my own with 3 kids and a baby. (The main struggle is Carter and Bryson fighting over silly things.)

Then we went to the temple as part of a Duty to God requirement for Cub Scouts.

Wednesday: My attempt at being "fun" that day was a Redbox movie (Hotel Transylvania 2) and a Sonic ice cream

**After watching the weather all week and seeing a 60-80% chance of rain Thursday night and Friday day, we decided to cancel camping. Carter especially was very upset.

Thursday: We went to the library and rode the trolley, then got together that night for hamburgers and hot dogs with my family.

St. Patrick's day!
We all wore lots of green and had a green banana/peanut butter smoothie for breakfast.

Friday we had some friends over to play in the morning. As a way to make up for not going camping, we promised the older boys we would take them to an America Ninja Warrior gym. All the younger cousins got together to dye Easter eggs...

While older cousins had a blast doing this...

Caleb made it up the [kid] warped wall and paused to flex his muscles!

Taking pictures with some warriors who have actually been on the show!

Because it did not rain at all that weekend, Matt decided to take the 3 older boys on an impromptu camping trip at a friend's property in the area. They roasted marshmallows and had the experience they wanted!

Saturday: Neighborhood Easter egg hunt and seeing the movie Zootopia. (I stayed home with the baby.)

I think the boys enjoyed their week off of school!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Austin at 6 months

Austin just had his 6-month check-up. He's meeting all his milestones and doing well. He's 25.5" long (9th percentile), 17 lb. 3oz (43rd percentile), and head measurement is 45.8 cm (93rd percentile). Translation: He is a short, fat baby with a huge head. Of all the boys, his measurements are spot on with Bryson's so he will have a very similar build. (And Bryson does have a huge head!)

The pediatrician mentioned that he is a very expressive, passionate baby. Most babies get excited just with their arms, but Austin gets excited with his whole body: shaking and leg kicking. Tonight while giving Austin a bath, Carter and I discussed together how Austin is just like a frog. We thought he was going to jump right out of his bath tub with how much frog kicking he was doing! Austin generally loves his Jumper toy and can really get going bouncing up and down--more so than any of my other boys!

He did well with his vaccinations, always the part that I detest.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

1st Place

Carter had a single elimination soccer tournament last weekend. His team has done well all season only losing one game. 

Carter's team with their coach. I believe they started the season with 5 players.

The fields and goals are smaller, so they only play 3 on 3. Whenever it was Carter's turn to sit out, he did sit-ups, jumping jacks, and push-ups on the sidelines. It was hilarious! He wanted to stay "warmed up" while sitting out. He took these games very seriously and gave it his all!

 Although Carter is a very good player, there is one boy on his team who was the main reason their team did so well. Due to their record over the season, Carter's team only had to play twice in the tournament. The first game they won 12-0, Carter scored 4 goals. In the championship game, they won 8 to 2, Carter scored 1 goal.

Carter was so happy and wore his medal all day!