Monday, August 18, 2008

And I thought we were already experiencing the terrible twos. Silly me.

Ok. I have been home not going to school for about a week now. It has been lovely. I have been kindly overlooking Ryan's new stint of not listening very well, trying to be patient...until now. I love my silly little boy, as I said in the last post, but I think he is really driving me crazy. See exhibit no. 1.

Exhibit No. 1

If you feel sorry for him because of the really sad face he is making, then he has fooled you too! I suppose this is actually our fault for storing a costco-sized toilet paper package under his bed, but as Michael said earlier "We thought we had an understanding..." HA! That's a good one! Anyways, so he unwrapped almost all of the rolls in the whole pack and then unrolled a few of them, too. I would think it was funny, had it not been for the ENTIRE day of not listening to me and talking back every time I asked him or told him to do something. You know it had to be bad if we took away Cowie and said he couldn't have him for a week. Seriously.

Then, to top it off, he seemed a little hungry before bed, so I took him back to the kitchen to have some apple sauce, only to have the entire bowl end up on the floor. And the table. And the counter. And the dishwasher. I forgot to check the ceiling...

It's not like he hasn't had a fun day, either. A 3-year old friend came over to play today and he had the time of his life! Then he got to make rice krispy treats with me. Then he got to eat said treats. I don't know what to do with this kid. I'm thinking we are just going to have to give him a whole lot of time outs in the next few days. Wow, parenting.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Funny Ryan sayings and a video...

So Ryan has been a funny kid lately--I know, shocking--so I thought I would post a couple of my recent favorites.

We were driving in the car near the Provo City Power complex and Ryan saw the two big smoke stacks. So he says to me "Oh wow! There are two really really big....CONES! I mean, there are two really really big...THINGS! I mean...I don't know WHAT those are!" I was cracking up.

The other day, Calvin was laying on the living room floor and Ryan was running around the living room throwing a kickball. Calvin started crying for some reason and Ryan ran over to him and said, "Oh, are you scared Calvin? It's ok, I am just throwing things."

Lately Ryan has been loving to pretend things. Last night he started saying "pretend prayers" while our friends Brian, Diane and Jared were over. He knelt down and folded his arms and told everyone to close their eyes and said "Dear Heavenly Father, thank thee for this day, thank thee that I could fall down at the hospital and cry two times. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." Then he asked everyone individually if they had closed their eyes for the prayer.

We love our silly little boy!

So here is a random video I found from the end of June.

I ran out of memory halfway through Ryan's song, but this first half is priceless!

Monday, August 11, 2008


So it's been a few weeks (sorry!) but we finally did something blog-worthy, so here it is! So Friday we went up Little Cottonwood Canyon to go camping with our friends Liz and Erik. We had lots of fun. We originally tried to find a campground somewhere close by but didn't reserve far enough in advance, so Michael and I and the boys ended up just hiking up a trail and trying to find a good "back country" place to set up camp. Liz and Erik were at a wedding reception and joined us a little later. It was dark out already when they got there, so we just told them to yodel while they hiked and we would find them. So we heard someone on the trail and we started yodeling. And then some guy called out "Um, are you guys ok? Do you need help?" And I felt dumb. But eventually Liz and Erik found us and we camped out in a nice little meadow. However, I didn't realize that real meadows have grass up to my armpits, so we still kind of had to trample stuff down to make a little clearing. I was pretty much scared to death that we would get eaten by a bear. Especially since we packed the boys' sweatshirts in the same bag as our tin foil dinners and barbecue sauce ended up spilling on them. So I was pretty sure they would attract any bear within 50 miles or so. But the boys went sweatshirt-less at night and we just wrapped them up nice and warm. The sweatshirts spent the night in the bag hanging up in a tree on the other side of the meadow, just in case. But nothing tried to eat any of us. Except Liz, but that was a spider, not a bear. Anyways, we ate s'mores, tin foil dinners, sweet potato dessert and had sunrise spuds and hot cider in the morning. We had lots of fun! Here are some of the pictures:

This one's a little fuzzy, but I asked Ryan to show me his happy camping face and this is what he did:

Here are Liz and Erik and Ryan all doing their happy camping faces!

Michael and Ryan:

Everybody hanging out by the fire:

Liz and Erik with their tent:

Our family:

Me and Calvin in the tent:

Two happy campers!

Nice Ryan...nice.

I love this cute little wide-eyed expression:

Ryan and Michael on the trail:

Me and Ryan:

Calvin eating the backpack...

Ryan enjoying the meadow:

In other news, today was the last day of summer term classes. HALLELUJAH! ONE MORE SEMESTER TO GO!