Monday, December 21, 2009

Listening in...

Right now Sam is playing with his friend Ryan in the basement. They were in another room, but came into the playroom for a minute, so I could hear them from upstairs.

Sam: You can't go to the moon!
Ryan: Why not?
Sam: It's dangerous, there's a million decepticons there!
Ryan: I'm kicking them with my bum!

And then they walked back to the other room.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Funny Will

I was just organizing some pictures and found this from back in April. I was vacuuming and Will stopped riding his bike around the living room to plug his ears. He waited until I was done to resume his ride. So silly!

Utah State Fair!

We went to the Utah State Fair back in September (I've been meaning to blog about this for 3 months). We had so much fun! We saw sheep, did lots of rides, had some fair fare, and we even saw some bears!I loved going down this slide when I was little. We'd always go the opening day of the fair, and we always hit the rodeo. Good memories!

The boys loved the rides. Sure, they were ridiculously expensive, but it's still a LOT cheaper than going to Lagoon. :) Sam would have gone on rides all day if we'd let him. He didn't want to do anything else!
Will is such a stinker, but he's so stinkin' cute!

Luckily, parents ride for free when one is required to be with the kids. These are total daddy's boys, so he was on ride duty all day. I stayed with Molly and the strollers, but it was still fun to watch them have fun!

He refused to ride in the stroller, he just wants to be a part of everything that's happening!

Molly conked out and missed pretty much everything.

We got a foot-long corn dog, fries, and dippin' dots! I'd never had dippin' dots before so Mike bought some. It was good, but since that little cup was $6 and just tasted like sherbet, I'll buy a pint of cheap stuff next time I'm at the store. My cheapness is genetic. I can't help it.

The ferris wheel ride took forever, but probably because I was waiting in the hot sun on the black asphalt, and there was nowhere to go for shade. The boys liked it though! That's Will waving.

I think we hit every kid ride they had.

The giant slide was a little scary for the boys, but they were fine when we told them we wouldn't let go of them. It's interesting how your perspective can change with a little assurance. The slide didn't change, but their attitude about it did when they knew they'd be safe. If only it could always be that easy to assure your kids about something scary!

Our Fun Door and Scarecrows

Sam has a very fun preschool teacher. Miss Chris is patient and kind and fun. I don't think it's physically possible for her to raise her voice. Really. She's great. And every October she asks for some old clothes to make a scarecrow that looks like the child. She does it for every kid. I couldn't take apart last year's scarecrow (I'm sentimental, believe it or not), so now we have 3 Sams at our house!
We had a scary monster on our front door! I'm not super crafty, so I was pretty darn proud of myself for copying something I saw in a magazine. The boys LOVED our door. Let's face it, so did I!


I forgot to take pictures of everyone on Thanksgiving, but I got one of Will and a couple of the girls. We had my mom and my sisters and their husbands over for Thanksgiving (the first one I've ever hosted). We had a great dinner (I was excessively proud of my turkey and gravy), and my sisters made some amazing food. We had such a great day! I'm so grateful for my family!

I found these funny little foam hats, and the boys LOVED them. Will called it his "gobble hat" and it stuck. He wore his gobble hat the entire day. Sam had a pilgrim hat, and an Indian headband he made at preschool. But he wasn't in the room when I remembered to take a picture, so we'll have to get one next year.

The Clayton women. I just can't get enough of this baby! She's so sweet and fun, everyone loves her! I think boys may have a hard time when she's older though, she's going to have 3 very protective men watching over her!

Our sisters-in-law both moved out of state this year, so it's just the original Foutz women left.
What a great Thanksgiving!

Big News!

Will slept in a big boy bed last night! Which is kind of sad, he's pretty much left the baby stage. Will begs every night, "Sleep Sam's bed?" (Sam has been sleeping on the top bunk, so there's an open bed) Sometimes we let him get in and be there for a while, but since he won't stay in bed, he always ends up back in his crib. Which always makes him really mad. Last night we decided to see how long it would take him to fall asleep in a big boy bed. The kids were in bed right at 8:00. At 10:47 I realized I hadn't seen Will in about 10 minutes, which meant he had finally passed out. He was out of his room every few minutes just checking things out and seeing how much attention he could get. He was such a stinker, he would crawl down the hall and just wait for Mike or me to look at him. Then he would go straight back to his room and come out a minute later. Sometimes he would sit on the stair until I would look at him, sometimes he would go in the bathroom, and sometimes he would just stand by the door until someone saw him. Sam just informed me that Will went in my room three times to watch tv.

Sam built the "Wall of Mexico" out of bouillon cubes. He told me it's by California.

Will is becoming more independent all the time. Now he insists on peeling his own oranges. And doing his belt. And choosing his own shoes (I really need to hide his flip flops!).
Last night we were eating dinner and Will wouldn't stay in his high chair. He did something naughty and Mike put him in the corner. Will came out and stood by Mike. Mike said, "Are you ready to be nice?" Will said NO! and ran back to the corner. He came back out a minute later and was pleasant as could be! I wonder if I can always get him to put himself in the corner.

We have a little playgroup (which is mostly 2 year olds), but we have older kids too when it's at our house. Brooklyn sat down with her book and 4 of the other kids sat down and she showed them the pictures. It was so funny, they had their own little impromptu story time!