Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Alright then..

Johnny turns on our home phone talks to the "If you would like to make a call..." lady then says thank you as the dial tone commences. He will sit for about 20 minutes straight listening to it. I have tried hanging up the phone and giving back to him among other things, but he loves the sound of that dial tone.

Caity's favorite is her "hart-monica." She plays it constantly. Its the worst when she wants to me to sing along, I can never get it right!

Johnny is struggling with a possession syndrome. Where everything he touches is suddenly his and if another child looks at it Johnny cries hysterically, just kidding- he pummels the other kid. I know a lot two year olds go through this, just not a fan!

Right now they are in the bed "taking naps" in other words, singing happy birthday to each and every toy in their room.  It IS kind of sweet to listen to.

Their favorite songs to listen to in the car are "Call Me Maybe," "Young Homie," and "Just a Dream."

The other night Caity woke up in the middle of the night, so we snuck down stairs and made sandwiches and looked up High School Musical songs. She was enchanted and it was kind of fun.  I know, many people find it obnoxious but I think High School Musical is cute and kid-friendly.

John has some 20 page paper due tomorrow. Soooo, he will likely be a no show tonight. What to do, what to do....brain! Stop repeating laundry over and over I am trying to figure out what to do

It is rainy and stormy outside and I absolutely love it! Rain makes me feel so happy with life. I must be from Washington.

Now, let's just include a picture for sake of doing so:
Johnny was sick in this picture, I love how Caity would hold his little hand.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Johnny's 2nd Birthday

My little man is two, my baby is a toddler.  Johnny's birthday was January 21st. I still consider him my baby, but then people with real life babies are like "No, he is definitely a toddler."  I just ignore them. He is my baby still! 
For Johnny's birthday this year I wanted to everything character-themed, he had just gotten into character recognition and it cracked me up. Right around his birthday, his favorite show was Toy Story and he could watch it all day if I let him. He had all the songs memorized and laughed at all the right parts- he has a very strong sense of humor- maybe just compared to his sister I'm not sure, but he is such a tease and loves being teased back. 
Anyway, on to his birthday:
He was so happy when he saw his table- "Wow, Johnny's Birday!"

His Cake:

 After a breakfast of applesauce and oranges, his favorite, we played with our friend, Owen!

Then we road our bikes with Dad, I love this picture of Johnny:

After naps, he cuddled with his Dad and watched Toy Story 2.

Then the kids played with Play Dough, let me tell you, this more than special occurrence at the Brassell house.

This next sequence of pictures makes me smile!

 Then we opened presents! Johnny got that race car track you can see from the background from us, blocks and spiderman stuff from my mom, and a farmer fisherprice set from John's parents. He was one happy boy.
Then Owen came over again and got Johnny and colorful vibrating, singing ball thing and they played with that forever.

 Johnny is my joy boy. He is always so happy and good humored. Even when he gets in trouble, he just laughs and says- "Ok, mom."  Johnny asks three times for things- the first time he'll ask normal, then he'll ask really sweet, then he'll growl and you and grimace his face and ask in a growled voice. It cracks me up.
Johnny is his sister's sidekick, his mommy's protector and his daddy's mischievous prodigy.
He refuses to eat anything green.  His favorite food is cheese.
He is adventurous and will likely kill himself one of these days our backs are turned. Just a few weeks ago, he grabbed his big wheel and dragged to the top of a SUPER steep hill by our house and as he was speeding to his emanate death, I sprinted down to catch him (I probably looked like a super model mixed with an olympic runner...or a mom overreacting and jiggling every which way.) anyway...right as I caught up to stop him I witnessed the pure joy on his face- he is a lover of thrills. And dirt. And trucks. And "dinoraurs!" And like I said- Toy Story.
He loves singing "Young Homie" by Chris Rene.
He part fish and begs for baths all day long.
His smile melts my heart and every day I thank God for such a sweet boy to be in my life!
Happy Birthday Little Man! 


Caity's 4th Birthday- September 3, 2012

Last year, Caity turned 4.  I never blogged about because I don't know why. Since we have a tendency of busting hard drives, I thought it would be a smart idea to throw some pictures up!
Besides all of those reasons, and most of all, I just wished to talk about my favorite girl in the whole world, Caity. 
This was one of the funnest birthdays ever. I was more excited for hers than I have ever been for mine! 
Since I didn't get much of a break away from the kids to sneak presents and decorations for Caity, I tricked her and told her everything was for her friend in Rexburg and I needed Caity's help to make sure her friend had a good birthday.  Caity's chosen theme this year was, "Pink! I want EVERYTHING pink." (She claimed that when she turned four her favorite color would have to change to white- 5 months later, she is still a pink lover.) So pink it was.  You should have seen her face when she ran downstairs and saw all the decorations she picked out for "her friend." Oh wait, you can below!
She was so surprised and excited, it was so sweet.  For breakfast we had strawberries and pink pancakes.  She got to wear her favorite dress and we played board games AAAAAAALLLLLL morning. Yes, all morning.  Then we played outside.
 John surprised Caity with a scooter, we made a picture scavenger hunt for her to find it. Although she still can't ride it effectively, it was cute seeing her all excited and seeing John all excited to get it for her.
 Since we just moved here, Caity didn't know any friends to invite to a birthday party, so she just made treats for her new-soon-to-be- friends, she was VERY very very VERY excited about. 
They "love" sharing....haha.
I don't know why the picture below makes me laugh so much, but it really does- I think it is the crazy eyes. Yes, she is wearing a cape and crown.  She wished for more stars in the sky so she can make more wishes- smart girl- EXCEPT it doesn't even come true if you tell people! Silly, Caity. 

 Caity got books and a couple of My Little Ponies for her birthday, she also got legos and a baking set from her grandparents. 

I just love my Caity girl. She inspires me to be better. She constantly surprises with me with her wisdom, how much she really does pay attention and how intelligent that little mind of hers is.
Caity and I share the most random quirks  and I can't believe how much her odd logic reminds me of me. When John calls her "crazy," I'm like- what are you talking about, that makes perfect sense, and then I explain it to him and he's like- "Ok, you're crazy."
 I like that Caity is conscientious  eager to learn, quick to forgive, motherly to her brother (and the rest of us, who am I kidding!), loves making others happy, is funny.
Caity is a singer, she learns lyrics her first time through a song and almost always has perfect pitch.
She is competitive- this cracks me up because John and I are probably the least competitive people in the world.
Caity is so honest, she always comes clean if she makes a mistake- even if it is a day later and she can get away with it.
She likes riding her bike, playing with friends, helping mom cook, playing with ponies, coloring, bossing her brother and engaging in pillow fights with her dad.
She is a fashionista and looooooves accessorizing her outfits.
She is shy and gets nervous trying new things.
Her closest friends are in their 20's.
Caity is learning how to take a joke- and it is so fun, she is notorious for her disdain in being teased-she is getting it though.
She has a great memory and is my walking day planner.
Caity is a mediator, if she senses John and I are at odds about something- she steps in to coach us through it, "Ok- mom- how does this make you feel? Just tell Dad and then Dad you listen and tell her exactly what you feel too."
Caity is such blessing in our home and is many times the glue that keeps us together. She puts others first and is such a good example to me of what a light you can be in the world.
So glad she is in our life.
(The following video is let you all know how obnoxious my voice is, even to myself- I swear voices mutate over recordings- actually, I just wanted to archive it, since this blog seems to be our family's event journal- I just want to be able to look back on this day and remember Caity's face when she exclaims, "Four!" and then Johnny copies her and says, "Four!"  So, the following video is the sort that I will likely be the only one finding enjoyment- no obligation to watch! Now THAT was a long explanation.)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Right now.

Living with Caity is like living in a Musical. Every time she says something like, "It's ok, I'll get it."  We are suddenly entertained by an original piece about how she is going to 'get it' and how it 'is ok, ok, ok, yeah!'

Johnny has been into puzzles, he doesn't really know how to do them, but oh, how he wants to! It is fun watching him push himself and get smarter and smarter. 

The kids sleep together at night, and they cuddle and it just melts this mom's heart. 

Caity just came down stairs and said, "Mom, I am almost ready for bed, I just have to finish putting my jewelry." 

Johnny is lining up all his cars on a pillow upside down so they can go "night-night." 

John is studying. 

The Sister Missionaries just left and I get to go do a lesson with them tomorrow! I am very excited!

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