Thursday, December 30, 2010


Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We were able to spend Christmas with Stephen's family this year.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vance's Fifth Birthday

It is Vance's fifth birthday!  He is growing up so quickly.  This year he has gotten to be tall and skinny.  All of his baby chub is gone and he is a boy.  Vance has been a big helper to me especially with being a big brother to Porter.  He is almost always willing to play with Porter and bring me things that I need to take care of him.  When I asked Vance who his best friend was the other day he told me that it is Tanner.  They are great friends, but still brothers and don't always getting along. :)  Vance continues to improve with his speech and we love to listen to all of the things he has to tell us.  He loves puzzles, maps, blocks, and things of that nature.  He has really enjoyed having preschool this fall and winter at home with me and Tanner.  We love having Vance as part of our family.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vance's Birthday party and early Christmas

We celebrated Vance's birthday yesterday with my parents and sister even though his birthday isn't until tomorrow.  We also did a little opening of Christmas gifts as well. 
I made Vance a "boy castle cake".  This was my attempt. He seemed happy with it.
 Vance let us sing to him and he blew out his candles.  At which point Tanner started to cry because he wanted to blow out some candles as well so we lit a candle for him. 
 My parents gave Vance a globe and a little quilt with a map of the world.  He loves to look at maps and globes!
 Porter wanted in on the unwrapping fun too!
 Vance got these magnetic tangrams for Christmas from my parents. 
 Tanner got this Leapfrog Laptop.  He loves anything with letters!
 Porter got this super cute Jack-In-The-Box  (that was a monkey in a box).

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Once there was a Snowman

Last week it felt like Spring was around the corner (I wasn't fooled).  Today, however we woke up to more snow.  Not as much as last time, but enough that the boys wanted to play in it. 
The last snow we had was very powdery and not good for snowman building.  This time it was nice and wet so Stephen was kind enough to go out and help the boys make a snowman.  In other words, Stephen made a snowman.

 Porter was having a good time watching through the window.  He had an even better time licking the window.  It must have tasted good because he kept doing it.  (I posted a video on facebook for some reason I have an easier time posted videos on facebook over blogger).

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Porter is 9 months old

Porter turned 9 months old on Saturday!  He is growing up so quickly.  All of a sudden I have an older baby who is into anything and everything.

This past month has been full of lots of things for Porter.  He got two new teeth, mastered crawling, learned to pull himself to standing, and he's started moving along furniture.  He LOVES to play with his older brothers.  He wants to be in on all of the action.  He also enjoys having us hold his hands and let him walk around.  I pulled out this little lion that was Tanner's yesterday so that he can start practicing on his own.  He wants to be like his older brothers.
He had a check up this morning.  He is doing well.  He weighs 27 pounds 13 oz. which is off the charts.  In fact the dr told us that Porter weighs more than any other nine month old he's ever seen.  He is 29 1/4 inches tall which puts him around the 86% for his height.  His head is 19 3/4 around which is also off the charts.  Chunky boy.  Vance and Tanner both thinned out by a year so we'll see if Porter does as well.  He is a lot of fun to have around.  He has lots of energy and loves to get into everything so I am constantly having to remind the other boys not to leave things out if they don't want Porter to get a hold of it.

I just can't believe how fast babies grow and change.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Time is Here

First off, I just wanted to mention that Mommy's Little Helper is being featured on ABC and 123 today if you are interested in checking that out here is the link.

Last night we went to our ward's Christmas party.  I forgot to take my camera, but I snapped a picture of the boys before we left since I made them get in festive looking clothes.  They all sat on Santa's lap at the same time and Porter bawled.  Poor kid.  :)  The was a rough minute for him.  It was the first time for them all to sit on Santa's lap and they did a great job.  They were both a little tentative about the whole thing so I suggested that they do it together.  That seemed like a good idea to them. 
On a side note, I wore two completely different socks to the event, got home walked around without shoes on for about an hour before I noticed they weren't mates.   Good thing I was wearing boots that covered my socks up!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Merry Christmas Uncle Glen!

My brother, Glen is on a mission for our church and so I thought I would take a picture of the boys with signs that say "Merry Christmas Uncle Glen".  I was not naive enough to believe that it would be an easy task, but I guess I like to give myself a challenge.  Let's just say that I sent Glen more than one picture so since I could not master getting a picture where you could read all three signs, see all three faces, and have those faces looking somewhat pleasant.  Here are some (not all, believe it or not) of my attempts.
 Vance is looking down.  Where's Tanner?  Porter looks super cute, but is covering his sign a little.
 Vance has part of his face covered.  Tanner looks like he's in pain.  Porter is waving to Glen.
 Vance still has his face partially covered.  Tanner looks half asleep.  Porter is waving and squishing his sign.
 Vance is smiling, but looks bored.  Tanner is wearing a plastered smile. Porter is looking down at his squished sign contemplating an early lunch...
I thought this one turned out the best.  Vance only has his chin covered and although Porter is squishing his sign a little I think you can tell what it is suppose to say.  Anyway, I sent Glen the first and last picture along with some other pictures that we've taken since he's been on his mission. 

P.S.  Anyone notice how Porter is the most willing to pose for a picture?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Advent Calendar

We have three advent calendars going on.  :)  One of them was made by Grandma Jeppson last year.  Each day has a little gift for each of the boys to open.  I thought it'd be a great idea to take a picture everyday with the boys and what they got since their grandma lives so far away.  Well, I've actually only taken a picture for the first day so far but, hey we are only on day 3 and today isn't over yet!  The first day Vance and Tanner got these adorable penguin pillowcases and Porter got a cute tag penguin.  I wish you could see if a little better because it is a VERY cute penguin.  I believe that Aunt Kimberly made the template for it (correct me if I am wrong)  Anyway, they are having a lot of fun opening each gift.