Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Happiest Place on Earth, Part 1

Ever since we moved from SoCal, I have wanted to go back. Steve even had a job interview in LA when the babies were 2 months old (obviously, it didn’t work out), and I was really hoping we would move back.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being in Utah: Close to family, affordable housing, no traffic, among other good things.  But I miss the beach, the weather, the people, the character, and especially Disneyland. 

William opted to do a flu shot study in which they would pay him enough for us to go to Disneyland.  Steve opted to stay home with the babies (even though he would be in Rancho for work the next week) so it was just me and Silly Billy.  It was a blast!

We flew out Saturday morning, and met my friend Kyle (from Progressive) for lunch at the Counter. It’s my favorite burger place in SoCal and I’m bummed there isn’t one here. William refused to speak to Kyle, so that was a bummer, but I did get a sweet Progressive tote as a parting gift.

After lunch, we drove down to Santa Monica Beach to spend the afternoon in the sun and sand.

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Our William is a total beach bum.  I even got him to jump in the waves. He could spend all day in the sand and water.  Guess we need to come back this summer.  Or build a sandbox.  One of the two.2014-02-22 Beach Day 010

2014-02-22 Beach Day 017 2014-02-22 Beach Day 018 After the beach, we went to Westwood for Diddy Riese and to drive by UCLA.  William was tired and not feeling well, so we just shared an ice cream sandwich and hit up the grocery store for supplies…like Disneyland tickets.

We stayed with Steven’s Uncle Dave in Reseda that night. William was a huge fan of Dave and Mary Lou.  I think the toys helped, lol.

The next morning was our tour of SoCal.  We drove from Reseda out to church in Rancho Cucamonga to see some old friends. I don’t think a lot of people knew I was coming even though I announced it on FB, because I got a ton of shocked (but pleasantly surprised) faces and so many hugs. I’ve never been so warmly received in my life.  Makes me want to move back.

After church, we visited my 89-year-old Grandpa in West Covina. William is into rockets and space right now and was really excited to meet a real rocket scientist. It didn’t hurt that he gave us some lemons and limes to bring home. My grandpa has Celiac disease and between that and his age, can’t travel much, so this was the first time we had seen him since the move.

2014-02-23 SoCal Tour 002 Next stop was Irvine with the Bouslogs. William and Macey picked up right where they left off. They had a great time together.

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He even drew her a picture. He said it was Daddy and Caleb and Lily and William and Mommy with a baby in her tummy. 2014-02-23 SoCal Tour 006Not an announcement, though I did get a little baby hungry at church after a day without mine.  I had to borrow babies from friends. :)

The other side was a dog and William and Macey, I think.2014-02-23 SoCal Tour 007 

After dinner, we were off to the Bode’s place in Grand Terrace.  It was 3 hours of driving that day.  Ick.

William LOVED Gwen and Audrey. They weren’t entirely sure how to combine bad guys and princesses, but they still had a lot of fun and we were sad to leave.

2014-02-23 SoCal Tour 008 2014-02-23 SoCal Tour 010 And I would have been sad to miss out on seeing Rebecca (and little Nolan!). After someone cooks you dinner and drives 20 miles to clean your house multiple times, it really cements a friendship, I think.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Potty Talk

At 22 months, Caleb decided he was so over diapers (at the worst possible time...I'm going out of town this weekend). 



So this is happening. Lots of potty talk at our house. I'm sure Lily won't be far behind.


When did my babies get so big!?!?!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Trying to be Like Jesus

Silly Billy is as funny as ever.  Though we have our battles (like being nice to babies, taking a “nap”, and of course, clean-up issues), he is overall a very sweet kid. We often have discussions about whether something is choosing the right or wrong.

William has a great moral compass. He often talks about how he will get married to Stella in the temple after he goes on a mission. I love that he already has a good life plan.  But today took the cake. We had the missionaries over for dinner, so William wanted to play “Stake Conference.”   

Because we go to stake conference with multiple babies, we usually sit in the overflow with a video feed.  So Liam set up his own little monitor, and sang a song about Noah, complete with hosannas.  The first verse was better, but we didn’t get it on camera…It was about Noah building a boat, a big flood (the typical Noah story)…but ended with the bad guys killing Noah.  Wrong Noah, buddy.

If he grows up to be a Stake President, I am so using these videos to embarrass him.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Caleb---singing sensation

Caleb LOVES to sing! His current favorite are Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Wise Man built his house upon a rock, Popcorn Popping, Let it Go (from Frozen) and anything about food or animals. We love hearing him sing and look at his little hands doing actions. 

Without further ado, the musical stylings of Caleb A. Garff:


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

William and his Masterpieces

William has been very creative the last few months. I love seeing his "creations". 

A playdough guy:

A spider turkey

A Banana Guy

An "email" to Dad.

And a portrait of Baby Puppy

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy 4th!

Liam

My sweet little William is 4 years old today.  I can hardly believe it.  The kid just keeps growing.  He’s only gained a pound and a half over the last year, but he has outgrown almost all his 3T clothes and is just over 40 inches---that means he is tall enough for a lot of the big kid rides at Disneyland---Yay! I see a Disney visit in our near future.

I’ve decided to continue our yearly survey.

1. What is your favorite color? Dark Green

2. What is your favorite toy? Farmer Tractor

3. What is your favorite fruit? Oranges

4. What is your favorite tv show? Jake and The Neverland Pirates, Superwhy
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut Butter Sandwiches

6. What is your favorite outfit? Farmer ClothesGarff Family Photos 2013-11-02 150
7. What is your favorite game? Driiving the Tractor/Farmer Game (I have no idea what that is…)

8. What is your favorite snack? Cheese Sticks

9. What is your favorite animal? Spiders

10. What is your favorite song? The Farmer in the Dell

11. What is your favorite book? The Farmer in the Dell

12. Who is your best friend? Cousins Daniel, Nate, and Kyrie. Linkon and Lyla (from school)

13. What is your favorite cereal? Raisin Bran and Honey Nut Cheerios

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Playing in the dirt/sand

15. What is your favorite drink? Hot Cocoa

16. What is your favorite holiday? The 4th of July

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Baby Puppy

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal

19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Waffles (we’re actually going to have those for breakfast). Pizza (Hawaiian).

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a big kid.

We are so happy to have William in our family.  His silliness adds just the right touch to our family.  Happy Birthday Billy Boy!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Pinterest Projects, part 2


Things have been really crazy here, so I haven't been blogging much, I'm sorry.

Steve has been working long hours, we reseeded and landscaped the backyard (still in progress), and a kitchen remodel is in the works. But I have had time to do a few things that I have found on Pinterest.

Like, a command center:
http://yourmodernfamily.com/home-command-center/command-center-idea/

And Papa's "Stache" of trail mix. 
http://www.artsyfartsymama.com/2012/06/fathers-day-stache-jar.html?m=1

A Dad Star Wars kit (for my dad):
http://www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com/celebrate/holidays/fathers-day-star-wars-kit/

And the back rub shirt:
http://thebluebasket.blogspot.com/2011/09/tutorial-car-shirt.html?m=1

I am really horribly awful at finishing projects (I have at least 10 half projects at any given time), so the fact that I did 4 in a month is pretty amazing for me.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Double One

We did it! Sometimes we had to take it a day (or hour) at a time, but we made it through the first year with twins. I can hardly believe it. It seemed like we would never get here, but now it feels like the year has flown by.

It's been a rough year, but we finished strong. The babies have grown by leaps and bounds. I remember when they were so tiny and scrawny that their heads would easily fit in my hand and their little limbs looked like they would snap if you held them too tight. And now Caleb is a chunky monkey weighing close to 22 lbs, and weighing more than 2 lbs more than his baby sister. He and Lily can out eat William (who has a hearty appetite, mind you).

They are cruising and crawling around, and should be walking before too long. They have been a bit behind, which is typical with twins, but I'm ok with it. Its hard enough chasing them down without two little babies running around.

Our first birthday tradition is a bike helmet and a bike ride, so after a 10-mile run, Steve and I took the kid on a 5 mile bike ride. The babies weren't fond of helmets, but we all had a good ride.



We also celebrated with a Dr Suess-themed party, complete with a Suessical performance by my brother Arthur ( who had the lead in high school) and cupcakes.


We even had a ball pit.


I have loved watching them grow from the tiny skinny things with crazy hair that they were into the mobile chunky munchins with crazy hair that they have become.

Day One

 

1 week

One Week

 

1 month

One Month

 

2 months

2 Months

 

3 months

3 Months

 

4 months

Thing 1 and Thing 2, 4 months

4 Months

 

Ute fans

5 Months

 

6 months

6 months

 

7 months

 

8 months

 

9 months

 

10 Months

 

11 Months

 

One Year

Happy Birthday, Babies!!!

 


 


 


 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Milestones and Memories

It's been a week of milestones at our house; Caleb got his first tooth (gotta love late teething nursers!!!), learned to crawl (That kid will do anything for food or drink!),

and also figured out how to get into a sitting position from his belly (once or twice, anyway).



Lily is a little motor, pulling up, crawling around at lightening speeds, and taking what she wants from anybody.

Lily is particularly fond of pulling books of the shelf and taking things out of boxes and bags.

She is getting her two top teeth in, putting our grand total at 11 months at 5 teeth.



William is a pro at going potty all by himself, and even remembers to wash his hands and flush. He knows most of the letters and is working on the sounds. And of course, he is still as silly as can be.

William has always (once we got to 6 months old, anyway) been a decent sleeper, and we have had minimal problems, even with weaning his binky or transitioning him to a big bed. Now, unfortunately, he had a couple of weeks where he insisted sleeping with mom and dad since there were "flies in his room".  Yeah, I know. Of all the things to be afraid of, our kid picks flies. Due to the bribe of cartoons and a Superwhy shirt if he stayed in his room until the sun came up (I can't be Mom until at least 6 am), he finally has gotten back into his own room, 5/6 times. It wouldn't be such a big deal if we didn't get kicked all night and if William's room was downstairs, but I think we will sleep better with the prior arrangements of one to any beds smaller than twin-size. William can also put away the silverware and is (albeit slowly) learning to dress and undress himself, making my load a bit easier.

My kids are getting so big I can hardly stand it! They have even started exercising to be more like Mom:

One of these days I won't have babies at all anymore. While I will appreciate not bring so demanded depended upon, it definitely makes me understand why people keep having babies.