Friday, October 30, 2009

Carter's Sleeping Habits

It seems like I was just doing a post about Mason being transitioned to a big boy bed...and already it's Carter's turn! We have moved them to their own beds at about the same age-just after 18 months, so maybe that is why they both fall asleep in similar positions.

I thought that Carter might have an easier time because for a while now, whenever I would put him in down in his crib-he would see Mason's Sponge Bob bed and get so excited and want to lie in it for a while. We found a bed on that was the same model of bed that Mason had, except in the Cars theme that had never been used. Of course we had to have it for Carter.

Mason really wanted the Cars bed, and since Carter doesn't really care, we let Mason have the Cars bed and Carter gets the Sponge Bob bed. Carter has done well! He does some of the same things that Mason did. It is just too much of a temptation not to get out of bed when we walk out of the room, so we have to make sure the door is shut tightly or else he'll just come wandering out.

We usually hear some cries and complaints when he realizes he isn't getting out. Sometimes he'll bang things against the door. But, he almost always now ends up back in his...or Mason's bed.

A few times we have been treated to scenes like these when we hear that the noises have stopped and go in to check on him:

I like this picture because if you look close, you can see him cuddling with a toy tiger. I had given it to him to play with when I put him down...and then I heard him by the door for at least 10 minutes banging and playing and reading books. I was surprised to see that he had carried it back to bed and cuddled with it and some books.

I love this picture...Mason had fallen asleep way before him. This was one of the first nights that Carter was in his new bed. I think it's so sweet how he climbed up on Mason's bed to read and fell asleep leaned over his book.

How can you not love this picture? Since I've been working, sometimes the boys have a harder time falling asleep so David let them go to sleep on our bed. This is how we found them a little later.

I just had to include this picture because it sort of fits with the theme. Mason has been potty trained and doing so well for a long time now. One time he was really tired and this is how we found him. :)

Click here to see pictures of Mason in similar positions, minus the big brother. Looking at my post of Mason, I have a lot more of Mason...I guess I will just try to capture more of Carter to make it even!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Our big 3-year-old

Some of you know that Mason's birthday was over 4 months ago. I can't believe that I let myself take that long of a break from blogging, but it seems that I have. Well, I am going to try to catch up and blog at least once a week. Probably on Sundays 'cuz that's the only day that I don't have to work so when the boys go to bed, I will be able to blog. There are lots of pictures, but I couldn't leave any of them out. They are a little bit out of order, but I better just post this so that I don't end up waiting another 4 months....

Anyways, Mason is so important and I don't want his birthday to go unrecognized. Mason was born on June 6, 2006 and our family has been enjoying his sweet influence ever since. One of the hardest things about moving to Utah is that we are away from so much of our family. This especially has been hard on Mason.

He LOVES his cousins and grandparents and uncles that live in Colorado. Each of his other birthdays has been celebrated with lots of family, so it was so nice that Aunt Cindy could come to the zoo with us on his special day. Later that night, Uncle Aaron and his other Aunt Cindy came to celebrate with cake and ice cream.

Here are some pictures from his special day:

Opening a card from Tori.

Mason received some water guns for his birthday. Carter immediately took to them and would not put them down. He loved sucking the water out of them.

Here is Mason coloring with the fun Disney coloring book and crayons that his cousins sent. He felt very special to receive packages from our family in Colorado.

Mason loves animals and going to the zoo, so we figured this would be a perfect activity for his birthday. This was the first time that we went to Salt Lake City's Hogle zoo. It was a fun day, and we were especially lucky and happy that Aunt Cindy was able to meet us there.

The elephants are always a favorite of both Mason and Carter. Mason always remember that Aunt Cindy 'helped him catch bugs.' :)

Who wouldn't

want to drink out of a lion's mouth? :)

Mason was so excited for his Bolt cake that Daddy made especially for him.

Trying out his new scooter.

The next morning,

Carter was wandering around before the rest of us got up. We heard him in the kitchen and upon further investigation, this is what we found:(See the last two pictures of this post)

He had gotten into the leftovers of Mason's cake and was having the best time finishing it off. Food in our kitchen is not ever safe. :)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

What our boys are up to

Well...since I've been AWOL from the blogging world for so long, I'm kind of at a loss of where to start.

I finally decided to give little updates on my angels and hopefully do a synopsis of our summer fun soon.

Mason is now 3 years and 4 months old. He is our big boy and constantly amazing us at how smart he is. Some things about him are:
  • He still loves animals.
  • He is a pro at choosing his own clothes. He sometimes changes outfits (complete with a new set of underwear) 3 to 4 times a day. He enjoys helping me with the laundry and "spreading" his clothes. Which to him, means laying them out nicely and stacking them in his drawers.
  • He remembers much better than I do where all of the animals at the zoo are and often asks when we are really close "I want to see the red panda" or "let's look at the turtle"..s.and then I am surprised to see that that is indeed the exhibit that is just around the corner.
  • He is a great big brother to Carter. Sometimes I hear him saying things like "no, it's like this, you little cutie!" or "Don't leave me alone in there, it's dark!" Now that I'm working from home, sometimes I ask him to "be in charge" while I am on the computer, a responsibility he takes very seriously. He does not like it when I come in and try to take care of Carter because that is his job!
  • He has quite the vocabulary and uses words such as "otherwise" "actually" and "perhaps" frequently and correctly.
  • He knows which shows David and I like or dislike. Whenever Phineas and Ferb is on, he comes up and says "Phineas and Ferb is on; you like it a little bit." Like that makes it okay for him to continue watching it. Yesterday, he said to David, "Charlie and Lola is on, but don't worry it will be over soon." Haha.
  • He is learning about stop signs and stop lights and is very concerned when he thinks we have run a red light (don't worry, we don't run lights; he just sees the red light from the other direction.)
  • He loves to play outside and go on walks and make friends with other kids that are playing at the playgrounds that we go to.
  • He is learning to write his name.
  • He loves to point out President Monson and loved listening to him at conference. Every sacrament meeting, he looks on the stand and asks if President Monson is there. He is starting to retain more about the scriptures and is especially good at the story of Nephi, and pointing out that Laman and Lemuel are complaining (we have a really cute picture book version of this story)

Carter is 18 months old and such a joy to us. Some things about him are:
  • He has mastered the use of the word "please." Whenever we pass the snack cupboard or he sees some sort of food on the counter that he wants, he will point and say "please! please!" and he says it so confidentally that it is hard to tell him no.
  • One of the cutest things that he has just learned to say is "yeah, yeah!" Whenever you guess correctly what he wants (often it is marshmallows or to watch Robots) he will excitedly say "yeah, yeah!!"
  • He has gone to nursery three times. Each time, he has gone in with no problems, and not even noticing that we leave him. Today in Sacrament, he was sharing his cheerios with a girl in front of us, and I asked him if she was in his class. He misunderstood and immediately said "class!" and started trying to escape down the aisle and go to nursery right then. Whenever I ask him what he did in nursery, even a whole week later, he will reply, "bubbles!" and they are always playing with bubbles when we pick him up.
  • He loves babies and will point them out wherever we are. He knows that there is a baby in mommy's tummy and will give her kisses.
  • He, like Mason, loves to be outside and go for walks. As soon as he sees me get the stroller or wagon out, he will get the hugest grin and just plop himself in it, waiting for the walk to begin.
  • He LOVES to swing on swings at the park.
  • His favorite foods include hotdogs and noodles and of course, anything sweet.
  • He loves to be read to, especially books about animals and will always point to the ones that are eating and say "eat, eat!"
  • He loves seeing pictures of family members on the internet...he will always point out pictures of his grandpa and grandma and get the hugest grin on his face. Sometimes when he sees old pictures of me that I have in our office, he will point and say "Katie!"
  • He will always point out pictures of Jesus.
  • He loves to give hugs and kisses.
  • The other day, he lugged a big tub of wipes across the house and brought it to me. Sure enough, he needed his diaper changed. Whenever he sees Mason using the bathroom, he points to his diaper and wants to try too. No success yet, but it's a start!

We love Mason and Carter so much! It seems like they are becoming such individuals and I am honored to be their mother. I want them to stay little forever...but each new stage is so fun that I can't complain.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Do I seem a little outnumbered? Well...our little girl is going to do her best to change that! Though we will still be outnumbered, it won't be quite so much. :) The doctor said that he isn't 100% sure...but he did another ultrasound last week and it still looks like we are having...


We are so excited! All along, whenever we asked Mason what he thought we were having, he would always say, "a girl baby!" I'm so excited to see what good big brothers Mason and Carter will be!