Sunday, September 30, 2012

Five wrongs get you a passport

We've been preparing for a trip to the Dominican Republic to see Grammy and Grampy on their "smish-sion" and the last step was to get Ward born (and me unpregnant) and get him a passport.

10 short days ago we acquired his birth certificate and headed to Walgreens to get his picture taken for his passport. Long story short, the photo clerk didn't tell me until after the ordeal of getting a picture that met the proper criteria that their printer was broken and the pictures wouldn't be ready until late that afternoon. Since both parents have to be there to apply for minors' passports, Eric and I had a specific window to get it done over his lunch. Waiting for the picture was not going to work.

So, we went to the passport office and got Ward's picture taken there. The woman there broke literally every rule. Literally. We have:

1. Improper framing
2. A tilted head
3. Closed eyes
4. Over exposure
5. Eric's hand!

The woman assured us that it was acceptable and whisked it away. I left just knowing it was never going to pass. Eric even went back to the office the next day to see if we could swap the picture for the "acceptable" one from Walgreens (that did get printed and picked up by me, eventually).

Much to my surprise, yesterday, 9 days since we applied (and 1 day before online application status tracking became available) Ward's official passport arrived.

We're totally going somewhere when he's five, just so we can use that bad boy.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


This month, the kids started playing soccer.  When I signed them up in July, I knew September was likely to be a little crazy, so I snuck them onto the same team so at least we wouldn't have two separate teams to be managing. 

Having Amos and Maggie on the same team is super adorable to me. Their team has 6 kids, 4 boys and 2 girls.  They arbitrarily named themselves the "Tigers."  Their coach is the same coach Amos had for T-ball.

Amos loves soccer.  It's funny how once one kid gets it in his/her head to say, be into slide tackling, then all the kids do it too.  Each game the boys on the team start some sort of less than desirable behavior, and the coach has to coach them out of it (falling on the ball, camping out in the goal, etc.).  Amos is usually first on board with the new playing style.  He definitely likes to score goals too.

Then, there is Maggie.  She likes to lay on the field, opposite game play.  She gets "so tired" and can't do anything but lay down.  It's so funny to me, because she doesn't even try to watch the game.  She is in her own little world.  She does like doing kick-offs and goal kicks.  In their last game, out of nowhere, the ball happened to come to her, and no one was around.  She took off and scored a goal, in her own goal!  She was so excited, everyone was so excited for her and thankfully we don't keep score.  It did prove that she's got it in her somewhere.  Somewhere deep.

The very first play of the very first game the other team kicked off and kicked the ball right into Amos' shins.  He bent right down and grabbed the ball.  It was great, and somehow I managed to catch it on camera:

So far, soccer has been really fun.  I'll be curious to see if it sticks as the kids grow older.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Teeth Dentist

This week I took the kids to the dentist. It did not go well. Amos did, afterall, lose a tooth to his fall in Park City. it died, and will have to be extracted so it doesn't compromise the permanent tooth. Maggie has "close contacts" which led to teeny little cavities between all her teeth. Thankfully, all of it can be fixed.

In spite all the bad news we got, they were awfully cute. In fact, if you ask the kids about the dentist they'll tell you it was great and they got presents (new toothbrushes and floss). I am pretty curious what they'll have to say about their next know, the one that requires sedation.

As a side note, I just got my second crown this year ;)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What's a date?

Last night Amos and I went on a date night that I planned when I found out about the princess tea. A certain restaurant, which shall remain nameless, was hosting a "Mother/Son Date Knight" as a promotion.  It happens to be a restaurant that we really like to eat at, and what boy doesn't like knights? 

It was a really great time, just him and I.  When I told him we were going on a date, he asked,

"What's a date?" 

After I told him, he said,

"I love going on dates with you."

I made him promise he'd always love going on dates with me. 

A 'leaf' hat, per his request.

That knight took a beating all night long.

I'm sure someday he'll figure out dates aren't supposed to be with one's mom, but I am not going to be the one to tell him.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Princess Tea

Yesterday Eric took the girls to a Princess Tea at the Springville Art Museum (which, is totally gorgeous!).  We thought it sounded like a great Daddy/Daughter date, but after I saw the pictures and videos, I was sad to have missed it.

The girls loved it.  When Amos asked Maggie what special treat she got at the party, she said, "bread that looked like a MOUSE!"  Super cute.

I tried to get pictures before they left the house, but it did not work.  Prince Charming was not cooperating.

So, I cropped him out:

And video:

There are many more videos on our youtube channel, if you're of the grandparent persuasion.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mr. Humble

Today Amos and I went on a Mother/Son date while Eric took the girls to a princess tea.  We went to the Woodbury Museum for "family" day.  It was pretty mellow, with coloring activities and an ispy game.  Oh, and about 4 people in attendance.  Including Amos, Ward, and I.

Anyway, as usual, Amos struck up a conversation with a couple of the volunteers.  They eventually asked him how old he was, and when he said, four, they said,

"You're pretty smart for a four-year-old."

Amos' response:

"I'm strong too."

Fast forward an hour, and we're sitting outside waiting for Eric and the girls to join us for lunch.  Again, Amos is talking to a random stranger.  She asks him how old he is, and he says, four, to which she says,

"You're pretty smart for a four-year-old."

Amos' response this time:

"I get that a lot."

I could not make this stuff up.  Watch out Handsome Man, Mr. Humble is taking over.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ward at 4 Weeks

I am totally torn on whether these last 4 weeks have flown by, or if they've been super long.  Is it possible it's felt like both? 

His siblings still totally adore him.  I think Audrey might be taking the lead on the most doting.  She is constantly giving him binkies.  Any time he's been sitting anywhere for a while (like in his swing), I find piles of binkies under him when I pick him up.  She also says, "baby, cry" any time he cries.  The kids fight over who gets to dress him, which has gotten more interesting since he outgrew his single "premie" outfit.

Ward had a check-up on Monday and these were the new stats:
Weight: 6 lbs., 11 oz.
Height: 19.5 in

He is in the 2nd percentile for both height and weight, so we've got some work to do.  The doctor wants to see more do I.  Ward eats all the time, and 'large' amounts, so I couldn't really tell you where its going? 

He is growing though...

Amos' Third First Day of Preschool

Because I started him half a year early, Amos is on his third "year" of preschool.  He loves it, and pretty much acts like he owns the place.

All ready for school:

At school:

Amos, Age 4:
What I want to be when I grow up: hero.
Favorite food: "purple brownie" pizza (i.e. pepperoni pizza).
Favorite color: blue and orange.
Favorite thing to do: art and making the bed.

Maggie's First Day of Preschool!

Last week school started (duh!).  We're getting a small taste of "school" this year with both Amos and Maggie going to preschool in the morning.  They are in separate classes, so Maggie goes on Tuesday/Thursdays and Amos goes Monday/Wednesday/Friday.  It's Maggie's first year, and she is pretty excited about it.  Once we started talking to her about getting to go to preschool, she put her backpack on and wouldn't take it off again.  She goes to the same school Amos went to last year and she still calls it "Amos' school."

Here she is on her first day:

And at school:

And after school:

Maggie, Age 3:
What I want to be when I grow up: a mama.
Favorite food:  peaches, yogurt, and pickles (she actually hates pickles???)
Favorite color: pink and purple
Favorite thing to do: putting shoes away (again, ???)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


What do you think, best friends in the making?

I sure hope so.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Alpine Slides or Bust

Oh my gosh, Eric has been wanting to go to the Alpine Slides in Park City FOREVER.  Ok, since the last time we went.  The man likes a thrill, what can I say?  The trip kept falling through, getting pushed off, etc. and Eric finally put his foot down.  He was going to Park City or bust.  He very cleverly told the kids of his plans to ride a roller coaster in the mountains, and then he had two very powerful allies.

So, Eric, Pop, Nan, Amos and Maggie headed to Park City and rode their little hearts out:

When they left I just knew someone was going to get it came as no surprise when Eric called me on their way home and said, "just so you know, Amos is hurt."  What I wasn't expecting was how...not on the slide, roller coaster, train, carousel, etc.  He tripped while walking.  Unfortunately, his hands were in his pockets and there was no saving his face from the concrete :(

He's just about healed now, and by some miracle didn't knock out any of his teeth.  Now he has a cool story to tell.  And Eric finally got his wish to ride the slides.