Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cow Boys?

We were invited for a cattle-branding last weekend at a friend's ranch. Even though I spent time on a cattle ranch as a kid visiting my grandparents and uncles in Arkansas, branding was a new experience for me and the boys. When we got there, things weren't quite ready to roll so we had some time to explore the amazing barn built in the 1930s. It was so cool and beautiful. I want to renovate that barn and live in it. The top floor had these high ceilings and natural light. I could just picture barn dances and socials going on up there.
Don't you want to live in the big red barn too?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

My family gave me a beautiful Mother's Day with breakfast-in-bed and many kind words and gifts. This year was a little bit tender for me because it's the first year that I've been working an all-day job and going to school since becoming a mother so I've been carrying some serious mom-guilt. Marc and the boys helped me to realize that I'm doing okay. It isn't perfect. I'm not there as often as I used to be and the cooking has definitely slipped but apparently I'm still doing something right which is comforting. I wanted a picture of myself to post since it is Mother's Day and, let's be honest, because I got my haircut and that should definitely be documented. The boys all wanted to the take the picture so I let them each take one and I took their suggestions on where to stand and how to pose for the picture. The results certainly reflect the personalities and interests of my boys.
Tobias took this one. He is definitely into silly faces right now.

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

Gifted

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