Sunday, June 6, 2010

Good Times

We spent the last month and a half before we moved in Utah. Summer is great in Utah, the kids run throughout the neighborhood, the temperature is perfect (besides the few snow storms that occurred while we were there), and there is super company. Here are some of the best times.

We rarely see rainbows like this in California.
Christian was playing under my dad's desk and next thing I knew...
My mom and I were doing stuff when we realized we didn't know where the B man was. We walked into the kitchen to find him sitting on the counter, pointing at my mom's coke saying, "Dat" as if to inform us of what he just drank.

I am pretty confident that some of Christian's favorite times were "working with papa". Every Saturday he would work with papa. He went with him to the nursery to buy plants, went to the store with him, but I think his favorite was working in the yard with him. He chose "working with papa" over a lot of other fun activities. Once Ava and Bennett saw how much fun he was having, they wanted to join in.

I finally got to meet baby Stephen. I have been best of friends with Emily for 25 years. We now both have kids. My kids loved Stephen.

He is super cute and I loved seeing Em!
We miss our time in Utah already!

A while back...

We came to visit our area in NJ (before the move). So went into the city.

We brought Grandma Nancy to help us out. It was great.

The kids thought the big buildings were the coolest thing in the world.

I thought these kids were the cutest thing in the world.

The end.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Twins are 30!

Ty is doing all these things to do with 30 to go along with his new age. So here are 30 of my favorite things about Ty.
1. He's anal. "Did you check this, did you call her..." Although this can be incredibly annoying at times, it has save us more times than not.
2. He is very self motivated.
3. He is a lover of cheese and is convinced he would also be a lover of wine, if he ever tasted it. So he substitutes with Newman's Own grape juice.
4. He prides himself on being a good driver, which he is (except for the time he made my mom so carsick she threw up upon arrival :)).
5. He is a great dad and has the sweetest relationship with each of his kids.
6. He is genuinely excited to get Bennett out of his crib after every nap or every morning.
7. He used to sleep lying flat on his back with no pillow, until he claims that Jon and I ridiculed him enough to make him change. Every bad night of him sleeping on his side is blamed on us :) He is trying to return to his old ways.
8. He talks to his twin everyday. At least they did when they were in the same country and I believe they still would. They are best friends.
9. He doesn't LOVE his job, but still works really hard to be good at it.
10. He is very creative and usually is the genius behind my products.
11. He aspires to be a handy man and fix up his house or maybe just finish the basement of that house (the house that we will own one day).
12. He is not very prideful, but VERY prideful about his kids.
13. And maybe his title as winner of the dance-off at the 80's Prom we went to a few years back.
14. Tyler would prefer a steak at my dad's over going to almost any restaurant.
15. He thinks one of the funniest words in the English language is "Bastard".
16. He doesn't say it a whole lot...only on special occasions.
17. He cuts our boys hair, and is pretty good at it. I let him cut mine once. He was not good at it.
18. Tyler is a very committed person.
19. He loves to cook out, particularly in a dutch oven.
20. He loves a good game of cards and resents that the last two trips to Utah cards have not been played.
21. He loves to shop at Costco. He'll even take the kids with him if it means he'll get to Costco.
22. He played the clarinet as a kid. He once practiced so much for his recital and when his performance time came he would try to blow no sound came out.
23. He loves me.
24. He is solid in his beliefs.
25. He is not judgemental, but rather very respectful and intrigued by others views, opinions, beliefs.
26. Tyler is a wonderful teacher and enjoys doing it. I think he should be a professor. He favorite job was teaching in the MTC.
27. Of all the bodily fluids and what not that children release, he hate boogers the worst.
28. He will watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette with me. He only comments on how stupid the show is for the first half of the season AND during the finale.
29. He is so supportive to me. He allows me to grow and develop, doing the things that I want to.
30. He is a rock star dad. Our kids love him.
I asked the kids their favorites things about daddy:
He loves us
He makes us special birthday parties
He takes us to the park
His kisses. I second that one ;)
He saves us from bad guys.

Happy 30th Birthday Ty! We love you!

Ode to the twin
Jon is pretty great, too. So here's to you.
Uncle Gog, Uncle Dog (depending on the child you ask)
He is not anal.
He is equally as prideful about his daughter.
He also loves us (in a very brother-in-law/uncle sort of way) and has worked as a "stand-in husband/father" for us.
He understands Ty and helps him a lot and visa-versa.
He plays name calling with my kids and they love it. (Christian favorite thing about gog is that he calls him pumpkin head. Ava's is that he says funny things.)
Christian still wonders why he has two dads.
When he comes to visit he spends all his time focusing on the kids.
We would be perfectly happy living next to them our whole lives.
We are glad to have uncle dog.

Happy Birthday Uncle Gog!