Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Jaden Bader Butter Bug

I could eat this little boy up every single day!  He is definitely MY child!  He is stubborn, full of drama, a screamer, very independent, very loveable, a good sleeper, a breeze at pottytraining, loves to give smooch-a-roos, loves to be held.  In fact he still says, "Hold You", and I can't help but NOT correct him because it's so cute.  He changed from calling Corbin "Bobbill" to finally calling him "Coorbin".  It's sad...  He LOVES to smile and laugh, loves his "high coco" first thing in the morning, loves to wear his jams...ALL DAY and it's a CHORE to try and get him out of them.  As of late, we've had to put his church clothes OVER his jams to make it to church at a reasonable hour! He loves to help me cook (he's constantly pulling his chair up to the counter and helping make smoothies or cookies or anything else that might require his help...and every time he adds something new he says, "And nowwwwww we need...."  He's a HORRIBLE eater!  He loves to wear my lip gloss and usually loses the caps!
He LOVES to try new things.  Today as I was switching out his 2T clothes for his 3T ones, he found some roller blades.  I tried telling him that they were too big...but that didn't stop him from trying it out for himself!  He loves to play in the hose.  He loves to watch Flushed Away, the Sandlot, Little Monsters, Monsters Inc, Monsters Vs. Aliens and Harry Potter.  He loves to sing.  He sings ALL the time.  Some of his favorite songs are "Oh what do you do in the summertime, Popcorn Popping, Lady Gaga's Bad Romance...(I know...don't judge me), I'm Elmo and I know it, LMFAO - Party rock anthem (Everybody's Shuffling), Itsy bitsy spider went up the waterSHOOT, Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, We are YOUNG by Fun.  He loves to workout with me when we're leaving the gym...he tries to get on the ab machines.  He loves older girls and will friend them first before little boys his age. 
He adores his dad and loves to help him do anything...mowing the lawn, fix things with tools (that I break), playing with flashlights and taking them apart and LOSING the pieces!! He LOVES to watch home videos...especially if they include him on them!  (Another trait of mine)  He ALWAYS sticks his tongue out when he concentrates...a definite RICH trait!  It's SO funny though!  He loves to swim and go on fast rides and gets mad if someone tells him that he's too small to ride.  He still loves scary movies BEST...just like me.  (**disclaimer - I don't let him watch scary movies other than Harry Potter...DON'T JUDGE ME**)
He loves to be with Corb above anyone else.  His Nana and Aunt Ambie are a close second!  If Corbin isn't teasing him, he's following Corb around like a little puppy.  Corb's usually pretty good with him.  He loves to listen to Corbin read, play his DS and the WII.  I love that he still put his head on our shoulders and pats our backs.  He's good about taking medicine.  If he thinks he hurt you, he's real fast to say, "I'm sorry Mommy or Daddy."  He loves to help me clean still!  I have to save the toilets for him or he'll get mad.  We take turns vacuuming and mopping the floors and stairs.  He's so good at telling us he loves us. And is always wanting to say the prayer.  It sounds like this, "Heavly Fadder.  Thank you for this Daaaaay.  Please bless the fooooood.  Thank you for it.  Name of Jesus Chwist AMEN."  Then he looks up and SMILES so big that you HAVE to laugh!  he loves to eat eggs for breakfast.  And heaven forbid I make a smoothie without him!  When he gets hurt he clinches his teeth, sucks in air and says, "Ahhhh...." while squinting his cute little face.  He loves taking baths and thinks he has to sit in the front. He still gives GREAT hugs and puts his head on your shoulder and even pats your back.  It's really sweet!  I hope it never ends! He loves Nursery, even though it's like pulling teeth to get him to go into the room.  But once he's there...he's just fine....yet another one of my many hand-me-down traits!  He's definitely got a temper, but gets over things rather quickly!  Every time we are in the car he says, "Dad...whatch-you-doing?!"  "Mom...Whatch-you-doing?" OVER and OVER and OVER again!  He never grows tired of asking us!  He loves to steal sips of mine and Coby's sodas and then tries to drink it all ON PURPOSE just to try and make us mad and then laughs an evil little laugh!
He's recently got potty trained!  And he was a PRO from the beginning!  It literally took a day and we have yet to have more than 1 accident...and it was only pee!  :)  He refused to use a pull up and sometimes we hear him getting up in the middle of the night to pee...he's 3!  We're so proud!  He's turned into a GREAT sleeper and was the ONLY kid we had that we didn't have to Ferberize.  He just figured it out by himself at 6 months. (Corb and Jack had to learn to scream it was AWFUL)  He's a GREAT snuggler and thinks he needs to sneak into mine and Coby's bed in the middle of the night when we're so tired that we don't notice!  But by the morning when he's sleeping sideways and kicking our backs in a QUEEN sized bed...we're on to him...a little too late!  He loves to brush his teeth.  He loves to be chased around the kitchen and livingroom.  He loves to play hide-n-seek.  He loves to come up to you and try to scare you by growling.
I can't believe how much he's he is a few hours old.
His first birthday
2 years...

I can't believe he's 3!!!  He tells everyone that he's 5!  He's a riot and I can't get enough of him!  I feel so blessed that this little boy came when he did.  He and Corb saved us.  They are our whole world and we are so lucky to have them sealed to us for eternity!  LOVE you little nugget!  Happy 3rd Birthday!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Swim Lessons

It's that time again...SWIM LESSONS!!  We LOVE going to Mrs. Lorie's class.  She was Corbin's preschool teacher and has been teaching him swim lessons for the past 3 years.  To say that we just adore her is an understatement!
This year was Jaden's first time going.  He was SO excited the first day...and then we struggled keeping him in the pool for the next few days!  He's a little stinker!
But then he really got the hang of it and starting have FUN!
Here he is popping his head up making sure that we're ALWAYS watching!
Corbin did AWESOME!!  He's turned into quite a good little swimmer!  We're so proud of him!
Corb, diving off the diving board.
And Jaden couldn't WAIT for Mrs. Lorie to catch him as he FEARLESSLY jumped into the deep end.  That fearless trait scares me ALOT!  Which is why he's learning NOW to swim!
At the end of the 2 weeks, Mrs. Lorie rewards everyone with otter pops.
They are always a BIG hit with EVERYONE!  Especially these two little fishies!! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Camping in Preston, ID with the Stevensons

This weekend we got the chance to meet up with our dear friends The Stevensons and and do a little camping.  I say camping...but my kind of camping! 
A cabin is just my style!  It was a SWEET little cabin.  We slept on cots, had no electricity, but had the BEST time ever! 
This is the view from the cabin!  Can you say  GORGEOUS??!!  We had an enormous firepit, large tables to eat on, TONS of firewood (that Cobe and Lance took turns showing who was more "manly"), a sweet little stream for fishing and all the fresh air you could ever want! 
We went for hikes...Callista and Jaden became good little buddies.  He's always liked the pretty older girls!  :)
I'm pretty sure Jack was some form anyway.  (Forget-me-not flowers) EVERYWHERE!
Here's a shot of their cute little family:  Callista, Bettie, Lance and Nelson
Coby loved fishing and Jadesy loved scaring the fish away by throwing big rocks into the water.  It never got old!
But more than anything, they just loved being with their daddy!
I love this shot of Bettie, carting both her kids across the water.  She's super mom I SWEAR!!
Lance brought a bb gun and taught Corb to shoot.  He got to be pretty good!
We roasted 'mallows.  And sometimes they didn't work out like we wanted....OBVIOUSLY!
But that didn't stop "some" people....
...who would probably eat 'mallows in his sleep if he could!!
Love our talks around the campfire.  If you've ever been around Lance and Bettie, you know that there is NEVER and I mean NEVER a dull moment!  Conversations NEVER lack and half the time you are thinking..."Did he really just say that?!!"  SO funny!  We did miss the Archibalds this trip and they BETTER be there next time!  **(THAT IS NOT A REQUEST ARCHIBALDS)**
But by the end of our little adventure...this is how we pretty much felt! 
Ready for a good night's sleep in our own beds!

Thanks for inviting us Lance and Bettie!  We had a blast!  As usual!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Dirty Dash 2012

This is our second year doing the Dirty Dash.  
 Here's our BEFORE picture.  Lanae (gotta LOVE her style), my dad (who couldn't have been MORE excited to get down and dirty in the mud), me and my handsome, not to mention STRONG lover!  Don't you love the tatoos Lanae drew on us??!!  CLASSIC!
And here we are AFTER it was all said and done.  He came...we got muddy (some more than others), and we had a BLAST!!!  Can't wait for next year and neither can our kids!  I think we'll bring Corb along for the next one!  He'd LOVE IT!

And here's a fun video that Coby put together.  He's one talented duck!   Enjoy...we sure did!

The Dash 2012

If the video doesn't play in your browser you can view it here.