Sunday, February 26, 2017

The David John and Tobias Show

David John and Tobias are alike in many ways. They look a lot alike, and they are both very quirky characters. When I look through the notes that I keep about my life and my boys, they consistently have the most quotes because they are just funny! I think that maybe they should create a variety show together when they are older. Here are some David John and Tobias stories and then I'll post some comparative pictures at the end. All I can say is, it's a good thing these two are not twins. We'd be in trouble.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Missed Moments

Every time I start a new year of blogging, I look back at my notes and pictures and realize that I missed some things from last year. So, here are a few more pictures from December that I thought should see the light of day as well as some quips and stories from my notes.

My first majorly overlooked event from last year is Marc's birthday. I hang my head in shame as a spouse. The problem is, Marc's birthday is on December 24th. So, he's competing with this Jesus guy whose birthday is celebrated on the 25th. It's a rough spot to be in. Rest assured, we did celebrate on his birthday I just failed to write about it. Here's the picture proof:
These Christmas socks were part of a birthday gift from my Mom and Dad. He loved wearing them to work.

Friday, December 30, 2016

White Christmas

This year Christmas was just beautiful. It was on a Sunday, so I was a little worried about the boys being patient and waiting until after church to open most of their presents but they did amazingly well. In the morning, they all got up early and came down to see what Santa brought. Then we had breakfast, got ready for church and enjoyed a sacrament meeting full of beautiful music about the Savior. One of my friends had a brother in town for Christmas whose name happens to be Tobias and he played the most beautiful viola piece. My Tobias was so tickled to meet a grownup with his same name. After church, we came home and opened the gifts from each other and grandparents. As usual, the boys made out like bandits. And, as usual, I vowed that next year there would be far less. Maybe I need to make a mantra so I can remember that for next  year. Oh well. May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.

This is the winter wonderland we woke up to on Christmas morning.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


As you might remember from last year, our boys LOVE to give each other gifts at Christmas time which results in a number of special looking packages being placed under our tree. This year, the twins spent their hard-earned money and went shopping for gifts for their brothers which I thought was really sweet and very generous. Benjamin made a family gift with random items from around the house which we thought were lost. The writing on the box was especially cute.
"too evrebude in th Rikcs famle frum Binjmin Riks"
Apparently, when he was sounding out all the other words he went ahead and spelled his name phonetically also. I love it when they first are learning to write and spell. So cute.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wishful Thinking

Each  year, we have the boys write a wishlist for Christmas. David John is usually most enthusiastic and serious about these lists. In fact, he makes lists all year long- for birthdays, Easter, even Halloween. He also loves to look through catalogs which our boys call "blogs". Earlier this year, David John went to the dentist and came home with a new toothbrush and a sample of little flossing picks. The picks came with an advertisement. David John read it thoroughly and then made a list of the dental supplies that he really really wanted. He gave me the following list and asked me to buy them ASAP.

-micromint flossers
-twin-line flossers
-right angle flossers
-grind-no-more night protector
-dental brush
-interdental angle brush

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Oh Tobias

Tobias is three. That makes him a character, and it means that he says things incorrectly in an adorable way. Here are some words and pictures from our youngest.

First day of preschool. Don't worry, he finished the sucker before class started.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Benjamin's Buttons

Benjamin has buttons- and his brothers think it's really fun to push them. Benjamin reacts in all the best ways- screaming, dramatic soliloquy, collapsing in despair, the works. Benjamin also likes to push his brother's buttons. He likes to follow people around and repeat the same word over and over or just get in someone's personal space and refuse to move. It would be shame to let this button-pushing ability die out so Benjamin has an understudy. Tobias. Those two are quite the team. They call each other "my best brother" and choose lots of interesting activities to do together. These activities push MY buttons. Here's a few I've witnessed in the last little while: