Friday, December 26, 2014


Christmas was even more fun this year, now that Cormac is old enough to get excited about things he knows are coming up.  We counted down every day and when we were in the single digits, he woke up every morning with the same question, "Is it Christmas now?"

The Sunday before Christmas we decorated "trees" out of ice cream cones.  Russell only got to watch, but Cormac did pretty well with his.  He copied mine, which was flattering  ;)  Brahms and Sonia were staying with us, so they got to join in, too.

Christmas Eve we let the boys open one present.  We couldn't keep any presents under the tree, because Russell kept trying to rip at the paper, so during Cormac's nap we put just one under the tree and he was wicked excited when he came downstairs and saw it (immediately).  We all go new PJs, and the boys got a new book (which I won in a raffle on KUED kids facebook page -shout out!).

Christmas morning came early.  Cormac slept in to his normal time, but Russell decided to wake up at 6:30.  About an hour earlier than normal for him... nice, huh?  But we still had fun.  We took turns opening presents so Cormac could see that some things didn't belong to him  :)  And this year we had Cormac get presents for the rest of us, and he really liked watching us open them (he also told us what they were... so we'll work on that next year).  He was especially excited about mine, probably because he wanted to play with it, but Scott told me when they were shopping he was very certain it was perfect for me.  Adorable.  I also picked out something "from Russell" and when Cormac traded with his brother he was so delighted (it was little sharks/dolphins/etc.) he hugged and thanked Russell a couple of times, without prompting.  All in all, lots of fun, and Cormac might have learned a little about the joy of giving.

We also got a white Christmas!  We've only had a couple of light dustings so far this year, so it was really exciting to wake up to snow.  And it snowed all day.  We got about 5 inches by nightfall.

The snow we woke up to... just the beginning!

And here's a picture Scott took, for a contest at Vivint.  He won first place, so obviously I have to share it  :)

We couldn't have asked for a better Christmas.  We are so blessed to have our wonderful boys, a beautiful new home, great families and the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives.  I love celebrating his birth this time of year.  It is a great reminder to try and live our lives like He did, and show love to everyone.

We're looking forward to a great 2015.  Time sure flies when you are blessed beyond measure.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Russell's First Haircut

As much as we loved Russell's curls, his hair was getting a little out of control.  He liked running his fingers through it -during messy meals.  So we decided it was time.  

That adorable face!  He had no idea what we were doing.  We let him watch Nemo on the iPad, gave him his binkie, and he was content.

Here are the before and after shots.  He looks more like a little boy than a big baby now  :)

And I think he looks more like his big brother, too.  He's growing up so fast!  Almost time for his first birthday...  after his first Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Card Woes

I now feel bad for my parents, having to take a family picture every year with small children.  It takes so much patience.  And children who normally take great pictures become restless little beasts!  Here are some pictures we did not choose for our card:


 Like the last one?  They are both all mischievous and Scott and I are both gritting our teeth...  fun times!

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Cormac was wicked excited to be Buzz Lightyear again.  We watched a lot more Toy Story than usual in October, and he wore his costume many times before the big day.

Russell made an adorable owl!  He didn't really like wearing the costume at first, but he forgot about it pretty fast and just played with Cormac/Buzz.

I couldn't get any of Russell smiling, but I promise he did smile a lot!  He loves playing with Cormac.

I took them trick or treating at the mall and Cormac was over the moon.  He ran into a boy his age dressed as Woody, and they were inseparable.  They had so much fun trick or treating together.  And Russell was so happy watching Cormac run around.

We took them around the neighborhood, too, just a few houses.  Cormac did get scared at a couple of houses, but mostly he had a blast.  And he'll have even more fun next year, when Russ is running along behind him.  We sure love our boys!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mobile Russell

Russell started army crawling a couple of weeks ago, which made him even faster.  Now he is starting to crawl on all fours, and he gets across the house very quickly!  We'll have to start being more vigilant about leaving things out -and watching him more carefully.

Could those blue eyes be more beautiful??  Nope.

Cormac must like that Russell can get around better, because lately he has been playing with him more.  He shares his toys and wants Russell to come outside, or in his tunnel, etc.  It makes me even more excited for Russell to be able to walk, so they can really play together.

Cormac also loves to take pictures whenever I pull the camera out.  Here are his latest shots:

Oh and we have a new addition to the family, Wayne the bat.  He lives above our porch.  Fun that he eats the bugs, not fun that his "leavings" cover our front step...

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Scott took some time off and we had a week jam-packed with fun!  Cormac and Russell loved it, but it was also pretty exhausting for them.  We had to slow down after a few days  :)  Settle in, because this is a wicked long post, with a ton of pictures!

Monday we went to the aquarium.  It opened pretty recently and we've been saving it.  And it was pretty great!  We have been to a lot of aquariums, even without the kids, so we feel like it's safe to say it's up there with some of our favorites.  We would have liked more areas where Cormac could touch animals, but other than that it was pretty well done.



Then we went to lunch at Chuck E Cheese.  Cormac had never been anywhere like that before, and he was over the moon about it all -he even liked the animatronic show, which creeped me out as a kid!

After the boys took their naps, we went to the park for a bit.  Cormac was ecstatic about having both his parents there.  He always wants someone to watch him climb or slide or whatever, and my attention is divided between him and Russell.  So this was a fun treat for him!  And as usual, Russell was just happy to be along for the ride.  He also loves being outside, so he's usually happy for quite a while if he can be outdoors.  Such a good baby!

Yep, Monday was great.  Tuesday we went to This is the Place Heritage Park.  It was a little hard to get Cormac to do anything besides ride the train over and over.  He's still pretty obsessed, if you couldn't tell from my post about his birthday party...  But there were plenty of other things to do and see there.

(Cormac's first ice cream cone!)

Notice how I'm usually with Cormac, and Russell is usually with his dad?  These days, Russell is so adamant about that.  He is just crazy about his dad -which works out well, since Cormac is such a mama's boy!

Wednesday we went to the Museum of Curiosity, also something we've been saving for this week.  It started out a little weak, with some rooms that Cormac had little interest in.  But then he loved the "movement" room, and the outdoor stuff.  I was impressed he was brave enough to try the zip line!  He's usually such a little chicken.  But he loved it and wanted to stay there for a while.  The indoor pictures aren't great, because of the lighting, and we're not professional photographers  :)

(The circle on the table is spinning.)

(You're supposed to push on the table and smoke will come out of the circle in the middle, in a big puff, but Cormac was really annoyed because he couldn't push the table himself.)

(You can't see it, but wind is rushing down on them at 80+ mph.)

(You can kind of see the air pushing around his shirt -he was scared at first, then thought it was hilarious!)

For lunch, we went to Buffalo Wild Wings.  Mmmm, delicious (to quote Cormac... who had mac and cheese).  Then we walked over to Scheels to explore.  They have a ton of stuff, and a bowling alley, shooting games, a huge fish tank and a ferris wheel.

Thursday morning we went hiking in Payson on the Nebo Scenic Loop.  We did a short hike to a small waterfall, on the Grotto Trail, and then did part of the Blackhawk Trail.  Cormac didn't last as long as we thought (lots of whining to be picked up), but he really enjoyed all the little log bridges along the way, and he liked singing with us and picking up sticks.  Russell was completely content in the hiking pack.  Best of both worlds for him -outdoors and stuck to his dad!  It was really pretty up there, too.  A few signs of the coming autumn season already...  So here's Grotto:

(Cormac kept running ahead, so we'd yell to him, and he'd turn and yell back, "Huh?!" -Like he had no idea why we'd be calling to him to stop and come back...)

And here's Blackhawk:

For dinner that night, we had pizza from one of our favorite places, Malawi's.  Then we went bowling (Cormac's first time!) at the Provo Beach Resort and got ice cream.

Cormac had a lot of fun and kept asking if we could go back again.  We definitely need to.  Scott and I haven't bowled in a while and we were pretty rusty!  Embarrassing for former BYUI Intramural Champs!

Friday morning we went to the Provo Rec Center and went swimming.  I don't have any pictures, for obvious reasons, but it was fun, and an impressive Rec Center.  The pool area has a kid spot with slides and water jets and buckets all over.  There is also a lap pool, and a pool under a rock-climbing wall.  But our favorite was the lazy river.  And once we got a life jacket on Cormac, and gave him some time to warm up to it, he was cruising all around that river on his own pretty much.  Our little "chicken boy" is growing up!  Russell got a jacket, too, and was completely content to lie back and stare at his dad  :) 

Saturday we rode the Heber Creeper!  Cormac was excited to ride a train, of course, but I don't think he understood it was going to be a real train.  Once we got there, and he saw it, it was hard to keep him from just running on without us.  Someone's dog distracted him for a while, but once it was time to board he just grinned and laughed and grinned some more as we found our seats.  Cute boy.

(This guy robbed our train...  Scott's old English teacher from high school!)

(Cormac was wicked excited to say hi to a real conductor!)

(Cormac took this picture.)

(And this one.)

(Cormac was not happy when he realized we were headed back.)

Saturday night we kind of camped...  we roasted hot dogs over our fire pit, and then slept in the tent, in our living room.  It was pretty cool this weekend, so we didn't want Cormac to get too cold outside.  And we really didn't expect him to last all night.  But he did!  We put Russell to bed, watched a movie, and Cormac really only wiggled around for about 15 minutes.  And then he slept through the whole night.  Scott and I woke up a few times...  Even five comforters underneath you doesn't make for a very soft bed...

We're glad we get a bonus day with Dad tomorrow, but the boys will really miss having him around all the time -especially Russell.  Whenever we're all together, he is constantly trying to get to his dad.  He gives me looks that say, "Why are you holding me, when Dad is right there?"  Guess we'll need another vacation again soon!