Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Summertime

I like to take the boys out in the early evening when there is shade in the backyard We are enjoying the summer. We just wish the Dad/Husband was able to be around a little more.
Here's Vance putting some air in his ball. He was able to do it all by himself.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Just for fun...

I'm trying to make up for being a lazy blogger by posting some pictures of the boys I took tonight. I wish they would hold still, look at me, and smile long enough for me to take their picture and to get a picture of the both of them doing that... At least I got a good silly one of them together.

Friday, June 26, 2009

I know I've been a lazy blogger lately. Sorry. I just haven't had any post worthy things to blog about I guess. My kids keep me busy and they are cute and fun and sometimes a little less fun than other times, but this is all normal.
Vance has been very into playing Mario Kart on the Wii or "exercising" using the Sports Active on the Wii. He also has fallen in love with a Zelda game that Stephen has on the DS. He loves Link. He loves to pretend to be Link too which as long as he isn't hitting anyone or anything I'm okay with. I definitely have to do some monitoring of how much I let him play on this stuff. He must have gotten this love from his dad because I know it didn't come from me.

Tanner loves to have us put him up on the counter so he can check out what is in the cupboard for himself. He LOVES books. He will pick out book after book for me to read and there are plenty he makes me read a dozen times before putting them down. Vance will sit through a book (maybe two around bedtime) and he is good, but Tanner never seems to tire of being read to. He is entering a phase where he is becoming scared of certain things- parts of movies, strangers, normal things like that. He is currently scared of a couple of puppets of Vance's. When Vance discovered this he thought it was great entertainment to chase Tanner around with a puppet on his hand. Brothers, what can I say? Vance really is a sweet, caring boy but I guess he has that older brother mean streak in him too.

I've found that I am having to reorganize closets, cupboards, and other areas of our place now that we've been here for five months. Why don't these things stay organized on there own? I also decided to try out some homemade laundry detergent (which I've used a few times and really like so far). I also tried out some homemade dishwasher detergent. The first time I used it I thought I was going to like it, but after that it all went downhill so I am back to the store bought stuff.

You saw what was new with Stephen in my last post- new glasses, getting old, and a bad haircut. He is working away, very busy with the summer months.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stephen is officially old...

and BLIND! A couple of weeks ago Stephen went in to get his new license (yes, we are way past the 30 days you are suppose to get a license in a
new state... thanks for bringing it up). Anyway, he didn't have all the proper id he needed (his birth certificate-thanks Mabel for sending it so promptly), but he also failed the vision exam at the dmv as well. Thankfully our vision insurance started in May so Stephen got himself an eye exam and confirmed that he did indeed need glasses. He got the optometrist to sign a form for him so that he could get his license while he awaited his glasses which arrived today. So now he can probably see much better than me! Here's a look at his new glasses. Please overlook the bad haircut if you can. It was not given by me, I want to make that clear. In fact, I had to fix it after he came home from getting it cut- it did look much worse than this. I'll take another picture of him with a better haircut, shaved face, and gelled hair another time.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Strange to think about...

Tanner is two days away from officially being 21 months old. Why is that noteworthy, you may wonder. Well, because the day Vance was two days away from his 21 month mark I gave birth to Tanner.It's kind of weird to think about trying to place myself in the shoes of having a brand new baby right now. Tanner is definitely a toddler and not a "baby" but it still hard to picture having another little one right now, but I did it before. I've never regretted having them less than two years apart, however that doesn't mean that I plan on having anymore less than two years apart either. :) I guess we'll see what the future holds for us.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Stephen!

It's Stephen's birthday today. Of course he is working away, but I'm hoping he'll get off at a decent hour so we can celebrate with him. I don't know if Stephen is excited for it to be his birthday, but the boys are...or maybe they are just excited for cake... I couldn't get them to do a video together so here are two videos.

Vance singing his version of the"Happy Birthday" song.

video

Tanner enjoying the birthday song.

video

I told you they were excited for cake, didn't I? Anyway, we hope you have a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY STEPHEN/DAD! We love you so much!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

We Just Got a Letter

Yesterday when we checked the mailbox Vance was in for surprise. There was something for him and Tanner from Grandma and Grandpa Jeppson. They were happy to get letters and love the Cars chipboard pieces. They've already worn them out pretty good. In the picture with the letters Vance is reading his to me. Thanks for sending them something in the mail.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Eagle Scout

Despite that Tanner was not feeling 100% yesterday we packed him and Vance in the car for a quick trip to my parents so that we could go to Glen's Court of Honor. Here he is with my Mom. Way to go Glen! We are very impressed. Although I've had a lot of posts featuring Glen lately that will end shortly because he is going to college next week. (Vance won't let me forget it either)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tired Tanner

Blogging is a one way communication kind of thing. I say what I have to say and that's it. Sometimes I get some comments and it is great, but otherwise I don't know who is looking and what you are thinking although I'd like to. :) I try to leave comments for people on their blogs and I know I'm not always very good at it so I guess I need to make a better effort.

Anyway, this was Tanner at 6:00 this evening. He was one TIRED bug. Seriously those eyes were about to roll into the back of his head not to be seen again for hours. I actually don't think he felt very well tonight. I really hope he isn't actually sick. Hopefully a good night's rest and he'll be his perky happy self once again.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Namesake

We had to take advantage of a unique photo op this past weekend. Pictured above is my Grandpa Tanner, cousin Clayson, brother Glen, and son Tanner. In other words in this picture we have Glen Clayson Tanner and Glen, Clayson, and Tanner. Pretty cool, huh!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Conversations with Vance

Me- Vance say "Grand"
Vance- "Grand"

Me- say "Ma"

Vance- "Ma"

Me- Say "Grandma"

Vance- "Magra"
Repeat.
Me- Vance, say "mom"
Vance- "mom"
Me- Say "muffin"
Vance- "huffin"
Me- Say "mmmmm."
Vance- "mmmm."
Me- Now say "mmmmmuffin"
Vance- "mmmmm...huffin"
Repeat.
Vance- Go to Magra's (grandma's) house"
Me- Not today
Vance- Go to Magra's house later maybe.
Me- We will go to Grandma's house later, another day.
Vance- Go to Magra's house. Eric, Glen, Rose, Papa, Magra.
Me- Yes, you can go to Grandma's house and see them all another day.
Vance- No Magra's house.
This has been his favorite thing to say since Glen's graduation:
Vance- "fun at school" (meaning Glen's high school) "get wet. have fun. (remembering that it rained on us) "Glen's going to college. Mom, Blues Clues." (which means I am suppose to do the chant they do on a Blue's Clues episode where Steve goes to college)
Me- "Glen is going to college. Glen is going to college."
Vance- "Go to school have fun"
Me- Not today, sorry.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Glen's Graduation

My youngest brother, Glen graduated last night and we were all there to celebrate with him. We did have a a rainstorm shortly before the ceremony (which was held outside) began. Thankfully, although it came down hard it didn't last long and some of us were lucky enough to use an umbrella so we didn't get too wet. It must have been the highlight of the trip for Vance because after we got home tonight he mentioned a couple of times how he had fun at the school getting wet. Glen is off to BYU in about a week and a half! Congratulations Glen and good luck at school. We all love you! :) Here are some pictures...
Glen is the stud in the middle.
This is one way that Tanner entertained himself during the ceremony. He had a good time swaying back and forth to Pomp and Circumstance as the gradutates walked.
Vance watching kids walk up. He didn't really know what to think of it. I told him to watch for Glen, but I don't think he recongized Glen with a black robe and funny cap on.

Here is a picture of Glen with my boys today after he opened some graduation gifts.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Ohhh....

The boys and I ventured out to the mall yesterday with Holly and her crew. When Holly pointed out Edward I knew I had to get my picture taken with him for the sole purpose of getting a reaction out of my husband.
It was worth it. I got an "Oh....(mumble, muble.)" and then he just started to laugh. Holly and I decided after the fact I should have tried to have a more serious look to match Edward's or maybe I should have tried to kiss him... Oh well, maybe next time.