My Boys

My Boys

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Festivities

This was the first Easter that I can recall where I haven't celebrated at least partially with some of my siblings/parents (or extended family when I was at BYU). Instead it was just us this year.

Dyeing eggs

On the hunt...




Bryson figured out real quick that there is something yummy in those eggs!

I made our traditional Easter dinner all alone this year! Ham, funeral potatoes, deviled eggs, veggie, and rolls. We enjoyed spending the day together and discussing the special, real reason we celebrate Easter: because our Savior, Jesus Christ was resurrected and lives!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Garden

Matt is the gardner in our family; I love reaping the benefits. Last year, we weren't able to do much of a garden because we were moving. We planted some tomatoes, and as we feared, didn't get to eat any of them as they were ready to pick a few weeks after we moved. Matt's been working hard this year, experimenting with different variables to see what yields the best results. We have room for a bigger garden now. Yay!

Tomatoes on the left, peppers on the right

Corn up top and herbs at the bottom

spinach, onions, carrots

Entire garden

We have some strawberry plants growing well so far too that you can't see well in any of the pictures. Just as in the past, Caleb loves going out to check the progress of the garden each day. He gives us a count daily of what's growing...so far 8 tomatoes and 2 strawberries.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Piano Progress

Caleb really wanted me to post a video of him playing his latest piano piece. His piano teacher asked Caleb to learn the right hand of the first two lines this week since it's a difficult song. That only served as a challenge to Caleb. He learned the entire song in two days (both hands) and had it memorized after four days. He can be quite determined.

video

Birthday Boy!

Carter's 4th birthday was last Sunday, March 30th. The poor kid had to wait till after church to open presents because I had early-morning meetings. (I was just called a month ago as the ward Primary President.)

He requested an Incredible Hulk birthday cake. It was a team effort between Matt and I...we just did the best we could. Of course Carter was ecstatic!

Carter requested an Incredible Hulk cake last year as well. (Still an obsession a year later?) But I convinced him to have a Captain America cake instead since making the shield was going to be a lot easier than Incredible Hulk. So when he asked for Incredible Hulk again this year, we had to make it happen.

Later that night we got together with my family to eat cake, and Carter got to open a few more presents.

(I forgot to turn my phone sideways while videoing.)
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Matt and I also celebrated birthdays this past week. Mine was also Sunday, the 30th, and Matt's was Wed. April 2nd. Another year older and wiser too...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gone Fishin'

Saturday after Caleb and I finished our 5K, Matt took Caleb and Carter to the neighborhood pond for a fishing tournament. Caleb caught two fish (7 and 8 in.), which wasn't enough to qualify for any prizes. They sure had fun though!

Caleb is trying to get the attention of one of the judges to come measure the fish.

Bryson and I were getting bored at home (it was a 3 hour tournament!), so we ran over to the pond to watch for a while. Bryson has just started giving kisses, so Matt told him to give the fish a kiss. Not very nice!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

5K Fun Run

So Caleb has been begging to do a race with me ever since my marathon. I heard about a 5K that was free pretty close by and asked Caleb if he'd like to run it with me. He was very excited about it.

Before the race

I let Caleb start out setting the pace. He tried to start out pretty fast, and I encouraged him to slow down a little bit to save his energy. He was very motivated by the people around him, especially if he saw another kid running. I was very surprised that we finished the first mile in 9:08! After we finished the first loop (it was 2 loops), he seemed a little discouraged that we still had a whole other loop to do. I fully expected that we would have to stop and walk at some point so I kept asking Caleb if he was doing alright and needed to walk. He just kept saying he was okay. Anytime he could hear footsteps coming up behind him, he sped up. He was determined not to let anyone pass him! He was also determined to beat any other kid that was out running the race. If he passed another kid, a little race ensued between the two kids for about a minute, but Caleb always held his ground.

He finished in about 28 min. (I forgot to look at our "official" finishing time and there were no timing chips.) But my Garmin clocked him at averaging 9:13 miles. Not bad for a 6-year-old. He came in first place among the kids, and I'm pretty sure he was the youngest of all the kids in the race! He far exceeded my expectations. (I actually got a decent run in for the morning!)

After he finished and I told him how proud I was of him, he said, "Now do you believe me mom when I say that I want to run a marathon with you?" It was so cute to see him feeling so great after the race. He told me, "Mom, 6 years old is the best time of my life!"

After the race

Grandpa ran the race as well. Caleb's holding 1 finger because he got first place and Grandpa got 2nd place. We beat my dad by less than 2 minutes.

Capturing Moments

First time licking the beater

He was a fan!

I've got to capture the moments when they're actually being nice to each other! I have to remind myself some days that they really do love each other.