Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Christmas Miracle

It took two-and-a-half years to reach this moment: all of us are smiling and looking--with open eyes--at the camera.

We hadn't planned on taking a picture. We only took one shot. We look forward to another moment like this in 2012.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Last Few Weeks

I'm too lazy to think of a theme or anything much clever to say ... so, here are some of the things we've been up to the last few weeks.

We went to some Christmas celebration thing at Sea World. The special Shamu show was scary for Joseph and awkward for me and Todd. But Joseph enjoyed sitting on a fake manatee.

Joseph's buddy Ashton turned two. While all of other kids were watching Ashton open presents, Joseph managed to escape and climb halfway up a very, very steep hill until he lost his shoe and had to give up. It is a good thing that Todd stays home with him and not me, because he can outrun and otherwise out-maneuver me any day.

Joseph did manage to stick around for the cake, though.

We went to a Christmas party at our church. I thought Joseph would be terrified of Santa but he ended up being okay with the whole thing.

Joseph's cousin Asher visited which was great fun. They are the cutest little guys, and Joseph is (generally) really kind and nurturing with Asher, so we are hoping he keeps it up for the new baby.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cross-town Rivals

On December 22, the BYU Cougars are scheduled to face the Oregon State Beavers in the Las Vegas Bowl.

There are a number of factors that make this a good match-up, but our house is fired up for this game for one reason above all others: Joseph's closest buddy Ashton just happens to be a HUGE Oregon State fan (and maybe Ashton's parents graduated from OSU too).

Joseph prepared a little message for Ashton (who incidentally happens to be turning 2 today):

(Joseph came up with the "knock 'em over" line himself--I'm not sure how he came up with that; his line was supposed to be "stomp on them")

Hopefully, Ashton has had a very happy birthday, because he won't be smiling come December 22!

Go Cougars!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Don't want to spend a lot of time on this post since it's totally outdated anyway, but we still need to display Joseph's cute little Halloween costume before the New Year.

After our trip to Disneyland (more on that later) we decided Tigger would make a great Halloween costume for Joseph. (After all, Joseph had waited dutifully in line for quite some time to meet Tigger.) He was definitely adorable.

The day of, we had a "pumpkin party" at our place with Joseph's cousins and buddy Ashton. We decorated cookies and ate popcorn balls.

That night we went Trick-or-Treating with Ashton. It was really cute seeing the two of them go up to doors by themselves, knock, and say "trick or treat." Joseph was pretty good at saying "thank you" at first, but eventually he decided he'd rather eat candy right away than put it in his bucket, so he started telling people, "open it" as soon as they'd give him anything.

Halloween was definitely a hit and it took him a long time to get over it. We just never could get him particularly excited about Thanksgiving, try as we might. We're hoping we'll do a better job with Christmas, since that, too, involves candy.