Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Fall Fall!

I love fall!! It is just the greatest season there is, in my opinion. The sweaters, scarves, toques (or beanies for those silly Americans that don't know there is a much cooler term ;), hot chocolate, Thanksgiving- Canadian and American!, Halloween, my birthday, school starting- back when I was a student and still liked school, warm enough that you can go outside but not so hot you get worried about melting, changing colors that make for such beautiful pictures, *sigh* I love it all. I am even willing to put up with the sniffles that I am sure my kids will get every year at this time because I love the rest so much. Don't get me wrong, all seasons are beautiful in their own special way but man oh man do I ever love this one.
Last year I got so excited for fall and I told Jake all these fun things that I wanted to do but we didn't do any. Wanna know why? Because Mikey was barely one, I was pregnant and not doing so hot and we were both still in school. Now I know that there are people out there that can do 70 million things at once and love it but Jake and I, not so much. We are more the let's enjoy the chill and we'll get around to the other fun stuff later. Later in this case being 2013. 
We haven't done a ton of stuff but we did go to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point because it is across the street from Jake's office. Jake was sick and the boys were just getting over their colds and I was having some serious prego pains but I demanded. I know, maybe not the most responsible but in years to come, we won't remember the pain and the sick, just the memories.
We got our friends to come with us and it was so great. Here, I'll let the pictures tell the story!

(but before that, a big part of wanting to go was that I had a coupon. Would hate to see that go to waste)
Mikey and his little friend Elsie sitting on the giant rocking chair at Cornbellys. They are a crazy pair and it's pretty amazing that we got this picture of them at all.

Mikey staring off at the tractors. That boy loves big trucks and tractors. I guess that he got some Merrill blood in him after all. He also loves Batman. Like doesn't want to wear anything besides one of his Batman outfits everyday. Awesome. (My favorite it when he tells me about how Pop-pop is Batman. My dad (aka Pop-pop) must be so thrilled but maybe a little sad that his secret is out?)

Mikey loved these. He wasn't tall enough so Jake had to hold him up but I think that it still counted.

I married a seriously cool man. Enough said.

The John Deere tractor. With, I kid you not, the brattiest kids ever in it. They were in there for like 15 minutes and there was a line of all these little kids wanting to play but these little punks wouldn't let anyone in. Like hitting and screaming not letting anyone in. I was unimpressed. But don't worry, Mikey eventually got a turn when Jake took him up instead. He can pretty intimidating to a 5 year old I imagine.

Mikey in the wheel. Awesome.

They had all these little wooden trains and trucks that were also playground situations. Mikey and Elsie loved it.

Adam was such a little champ. He just sat in his stroller most of the time and clapped and pointed, yelling out dada or mama when something was very exciting.

Family picture! Mikey wanted to play and was pretty upset that we made him take a picture. Adam was staring at some guy with food. That guy.

Adam was good to stay in the stroller but once we let him out he was crawling over to anything he thought might be food. We feed this kid but geez, he's a bottomless pit I think

Our friends! Elsie, Ryan, and Haley. Thanks for coming team!

Adam in the corn maze. Our stroller is not really made for the off-roading we did at times but Adam handled it like a champ.

Mikey and Elsie led us through the maze. Turns out the 5 minute kiddie maze we went through has a hole in it that connects to the big maze. Yeah, we went through there and all of a sudden it was much more complicated and longer than 5 minutes. But a nice employee helped us find our way back out.

They had this cool cow train ride thing and Jake, being the champ dad he is, squeezed into one of the carts and rode it with the babies.
 It was such a fun night, topped off with some jumping at a little jumpyard at the Cornbellys for the kids and JCW for dinner.

I hope that we get to do something else fun soon but who knows. I do have a list though, number 1 being the Norman Rockwell Scouting exhibit at the Church History Museum. I think it'll be awesome.

Well for those of you who care, the next post will be about my new house, with pictures included. And if you're really lucky, it'll be before the end of November haha.

This picture is not related to the post at all but seriously how cute is this kid? We had lasagna for dinner on Friday during the football game and this is Adam after I had already used 3 baby wipes to do a "pre-clean" before his bath. Hilarious.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Bad Day Turned Around

Today started out not great. I had terrible nightmares last night, the boys were crabby and I had to drive down to Orem which is not that big of a deal except that I got lost about 5 times this morning, driving around Orem. American Fork, Saratoga Springs, and Eagle Mountain. Awesome. But then. on the way home from picking up Jake, we decided to stop at Smiths and chicken was on sale for 69 cents a pound! Not going to lie, chicken sales put me a good mood for a few days. Then we got home and someone cut our grass! So nice of them. We really needed to but we don't have a lawn mower and Jake was going to try to borrow one this week but someone beat us to it! We are so grateful to whoever did this for us. I hope we find out who so we can somehow return the favor.

Since the day turned around, I decided to blog. When I'm crabby and I blog, I don't normally publish them- my mood is too strong in the writing. There aren't pictures of the house yet but when stuff is put together a little more I will post about that too I am sure.

So we moved to Eagle Mountain September 12th and we are so glad. We love it! Our house is nice and big, we have a great yard. The two best things about our house- the dishwasher and the toyroom. Yeah, you read it right. We have a room in our house dedicated just to the boys toys. They don't take toys downstairs (we have 4 downstairs toys) and it's so great to not have to chase those silly little toys all over the house. Plus our ward is so excellent. The first Sunday we went we met so many people and they are so friendly. Jake really likes the Elder's Quorum president and the Relief Society president made me feel so welcome and I am so grateful that we decided to go to this ward instead of our other options. 
I included a few random pictures documenting what we have been doing since we moved- which is mostly nothing- except I have unpacked a ton.

watching Ratatouille. I had never seen it before but it was on ABC Family so I recorded it for Mikey and now he won't stop watching it. And it turns out, I don't think it holds up. But Mikey, Jake, and Adam like it so I am outnumbered.

My little ham.

Adam is always eating. Seriously. He eats everything. And now he was 2 teeth and has 3 coming in. Poor guy is a terrible teether.

Adam at his cousins 1st birthday party- which was so fun. Way to go Abby. I think that you might have not made enough food though haha.

Mikey was throwing a fit- one of those charming terrible two ones they talk about so I asked him to help me make brownies. He was so  good- he held the cup measures and stirred it for me. What a good help. (I promise he had fun, he is just very serious about his jobs)

Isn't he just adorable? And huge? He is like 24 lbs. Way to go buddy.

A picture showing us at our finest. Can you see my baby belly? I am 23 weeks along... I think. Turns out when you have been pregnant 3 times in three years you lose track of weeks.
Here are two pictures of my latest project. It is a little pillow seat for the boys. I am going to make another one, I just ran out of time during naps today. It has a little handle and Mikey has already taken to dragging it around the playroom.

I am proud of it. Yay for PInterest. And thanks to Aunt Cheri for pinning all those sewing projects- that's how I find just about all of them.