Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bubba and B

ok so it's been a little over a week since my last post but I am trying. The days go by so quick around here and the nights seem to go by even faster. Even though both kids have technically been sleeping through the night now for over a year it seems like they are now at the stage where they are having nightmares. So i wake up at least once maybe twice a night to screaming kids looking for Mommy! I always wonder why the yell for me in the middle of the night when all day they would much rather be hanging with dad. The joys of mommy duty! They go back to bed quickly but after being waken from a deep sleep to a screaming baby it always takes me awhile to fall back to sleep. It's amazing what a mom can do on only a few hours of sleep. Side tracked for a minute.... back to my original post now. Bubba and B are the nicknames that my kids have given each other. Its so cute when Brooklyn wakes up in the morning and runs straight to Bakers room yelling Bubba Bubba. Baker usually replies with "I am not Bubba I am Baker" but I think he has started to give in to the nickname and just excepts that to Brooklyn he will always be her Bubba. I find myself calling him Bubba more and more these days, he isnt as excepting to me calling him Bubba though. He really loves his name and talks about him self in third person a lot. Im not sure how Brooklyn got her nickname but I'm pretty sure she is stuck with it. Everyone calls her that not just Baker. I think it started because when B was born Baker was only 2 1/2 and his speech wasn't the best. He would try to call her baby but ended up leaving off the ba part and just calling her B. He would tell everyone that that was his B. Lucky for him her name started with a B and it caught on. Now she usually only hears her real name when she is in trouble which lately is about 50% of the day.
They are best friends and I hope they stay that way forever. Baker is very protective over B and is always making sure she is safe and never gets left behind. I hope that's a quality he keeps going into High School and College. Nothing would please me more then sending off Bubba and B to WSU together. We would be very pleased parents!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A new comitment!

I am so sad when I look back at my previous blogs and realize I really droped the ball on this blog when Brooklyn was born. I have let the past 2 years go by without really blogging at all. We have done so much and came so far and non of it really documented. So starting today I am making a new comitment to my blog. I think its something the kids will look back at years from now and really appreciate all that it has to offer. Now the big question, do I try and go back and make up for lost time or start fresh. Ive been thinking about this for awhile which then leads me to put this off even longer. So Im just going to jump in, start typing and see where this leads. Hoping to be able to sit down and write at least once a week is my goal. I guess Ill do a little make up info in each one. Today I decided Id write a little bit about each kid, where they are now and what they are up to.
he is 41/2 and is a complete video game nut. He loves playing x-box and is actually really good at it. I do have to usually fight him to get off and do other activites though. Its always a battle at our house of how much technology is to much. Tyson is always into the latest gadgets like ipads, iphones and anything else starting with an i. Which gives our kids access to all types of fun games. Some are learning some are for fun but Baker is usually realy good at all of them. Other fun things he likes to do is swim. He is in swim class at the Y and really loves being underwater and doing the starfish on his back. If he could just learn to float he would really be swiming. He is more like a rock and sinks to the bottom. He has a lot of energy but is so easy. I couldnt ask for a better boy at home. He has a little trouble foucsing at school but he is very smart. He knows most of his letters and the sounds they make. He loves his sister very much and lets her get away with taking his toys or stealing his food. She is lucky to have him.
She is hilarious. She is very vocal and tells us exactly what she wants, or doesnt want. We have started potty training which has been an adventrure. She does pretty good most of the time and then she will just decide she is going to pee her pants. I know she is more than capable of telling us when she needs to go potty but she will not be forced to do anything. She is so full of love. She is always giving us lots of kisses and hugs and telling us how she loves us. The problem is she wants to be the center of attention and sometimes gets angry when we have to give attention to other kids. she is in a gymnastics and really does good. They work on the balance beam, the bars and the floor. She looks so cute in her leaotard and tights. We are signing her up for another session and really think this is something she will enjoy later in life as well.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


So many things to be thankful for this last year! I don't want to forget one single day of it. Here are a few of my best memories of 2010......
1. Brooklyn Riley was born
2. Baker became potty trained and said goodbye to his binki
3. Brooklyn took her first and second trip to Seattle this year
4. Brooklyn got to watch her first nascar race on Valentines Day
5. Spent lots of time BBQing with amazing friends
6. Mommy went to seattle for her first night away to celebrate Nicoles upcoming Marriage
7. Baker had his first day at R-Kidz and loved it
8.Took an amazing trip to Maui with the Jones family
9. Daddy took Mommy to Quest Casino for her birthday
10. Celebrated our first Christmas as a complete family right here at home!

This list could go on and on. It was a wonderful year and its going to be tough for 2011 to compete!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hawaii and Halloween

This year we went to Maui for our family vacation. We have been planning this trip since Brooklyn was born and we were more then ready 9 months later when we finally got to go. The Jones Family went with us so that was great for Baker because they have a 3 year old boy, Kevin. Those two always have a great time together.
We left on a Sunday to Portland so that we could fly out early Monday morning. The plane ride was good and Brooklyn was way better than I expected and Baker slept on the floor of the plane for at least half the trip! We got to Maui around 2 pm Monday and Brooklyn was throwing-up by 3pm. The trip didn't start off the best since Brooklyn had the flu but 24 hours later she was feeling back to normal and our vacation could really start.
Baker loved the beach and we were lucky it was only a short 3 minute walk away. He spent as much time as he could running in the waves. Baker was not scared one little bit, which was scary at times. He would run into the water get hit by a wave, fall down, and then get right back up and do it again. Brooklyn liked the water the last day we were there and we wished we could have stayed another week. We really didn't do any activities with 3 small children planning anything was out of the question. So our vacation consisted of Beach, Pool, and Tommy Bahamas, which is where the Adults took turns going for drinks while the kids were napping. If you ask me it was a perfect vacation. The flight back was a complete disaster but I'm trying to forget that so that I will want to travel again with my children! We are seriously already planning our next trip to Maui!
We got back from our trip
just in time for Halloween. I love Halloween and am so happy that Baker shares the same love. He has been talking about pumpkins and trick or treating since we went to the pumpkin patch and still to this day tries to hunt down all the pumpkins while we drive around. He was Spiderman this year which seems to be a popular choice for 3 year old boys since we had a few friends with little spiderman's too. Brooklyn was a Pig which my mom wasn't to happy about at first but then she had to admit that Brooklyn made the cutest little pig ever. We had a great day with the Gisi's doing Halloween games and decorating cookies and finished up the night with some Trick-or-Treating. Baker carried around his trick-or-treat bag for a couple days after until it finally ripped. He was happy to trade all his candy in for some toys around the house. He didn't really care what was in the bag as long as it was FULL! I wonder how long I can pull that off? Overall a great month of October and I'm already looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I figure the only way to do a blog this month is to title it for the month and sum it all up in one quick blog. October has been very busy for us. With Baker in school and speech therapy it really feels like our time to do things as a family is cut in half. We go to bed early to make up for the early mornings, mommy is still trying to get use to, so it feels like we do less with friends as well. We did squeeze in time this month to do some of our favorite October traditions though. The month started off with a trip to the corn maze. We went with our good friends the Gisi's and enjoyed the maze for the first 30 minutes and then we were all tired and more then happy to find a group of people getting led out. We followed the pack and were out of there in no time. After the maze we decided to shoot corn out of cannons. This ended up being the highlight of the afternoon for both the kids and the dads. I'm pretty sure Baker got the closest to the target. Another fun activity we do as a family in October is the Pumpkin Patch at Klickers. This was Brooklyn's first year and she loved riding in the wagon with her big brother. Baker picked out pumpkins for each person in the family including Emiliano his cousin. So with 5 perfect pumpkins we called it a day. We decided not to carve the pumpkins this year since we will be leaving for Hawaii the last week of October anyway. Baker is happy with them all lined up perfectly on our porch. Today he decided to take the pumpkin he named "Brooklyn" to school for show and tell. He has become some what pumpkin crazy.
Brooklyn also turned 9 months on the 15th. Were did the time go? I know I say that every month but she really has turned into a little girl out of no where. She is moving around like crazy. Crawling on her hands and knees, walking around the furniture and even trying to take a step or two. She follows her brother everywhere and he seems to enjoy her at this point. I love the interaction between the two of them. He sometimes gets to rough but she holds her own for a little girl. She is just a shorty like her mom. She goes to the Dr. in 2 days and I cant wait to see her stats. She is waving good bye and saying Dadda and Momma every once in a while. She loves people just not holding her. She has become a mama's girl and if mommy's in the room then that's who she would prefer to be holding her. I have to admit it feels good to be loved. She is as sweet as candy and has a temper as hot as fire and we love her so much!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Our Kid to R-Kidz

Preschool for Baker
Sept.1, Baker had his very first day of Preschool. He is going to the preschool that I use to work out before we had kids of our own. It is such an amazing place with lots of fun things for the kids to do. I have been looking forward to the day that Baker could go here since the day he was born. He had to be 2 1/2 and potty trained. We knew he would be ready to go on the first day of September. He was so excited when we woke him up that morning and explained to him that he was now old enough to go to the same school that Emiliano, his cousin, got to go to. I'm pretty sure he thought Emo still went there, but we didn't have the heart to tell him that Emiliano is now even older and gets to go to a even bigger school. We figured he would forget about that once he saw all the kids playing and all the new toys to explore and lucky enough we were right. Baker opened the door to the dino's room and started playing like he had been going there his whole life. I kept telling him "Good Bye Baker we are leaving" and got no reaction from him at all. So we walked over to him, gave him a quick kiss and left. I think he looked up for about one second said' "Bye" and went on with his day. I was a nervous wreck all day wondering if he was going to be able to use the bathroom by himself, if he was going to be able to explain what he needed from the teacher, or if he was going to hit another kid. Finally after a very quiet morning at home it was time to pick him up. I was so excited to see how he did. Tyson, Brooklyn and I went and spyed through the window and saw a very happy boy playing with some other kids and enjoying every minute of it. I went into the classroom knowing by the look on his face that he had had an awesome day. When I walked in I expected for have him run up to me give me a big hug and tell me about all the fun things he did that day. Instead I got a 3 year old who decided to throw a huge temper tantrum because he didn't want me there! "No Mommy, No Mommy!" I looked at the teacher and asked if he had been like this all day and she said, "No he has been great" So we exited quickly with a screaming 3 year old and decided to feel lucky that he liked it so much instead of totally embarrassed. After we got to the truck the tears stopped and all the stories of the day began. ahhhhh I made it through his first ever day at school and I'm hoping it gets easier and easier with each day to come, on me, since he is obviously fine with the whole thing!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Weekend with the Hintons

We are so lucky to have great friends like Joe and Gina Hinton. I could go on and on about how amazing they are but this video pretty much sums it up. Gina you are the video Queen. Thank you so much for putting this together.