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  1. Elizabeth is 3

    February 4, 2013 by admin

    My sweet little Elizabeth is 3.  It has been the most rewarding 3 years of my life.  It is such a sweet experience being a dad to the sweetest, most beautiful, smartest, craziest little girl there is.  She is a ball of fun.  She keeps me tender and reminds me what is most important in life: my family.

    I cannot believe she is already 3, and at the same time I can’t believe she is only 3.  She is the best little girl ever.  She is an awesome big sister too.  Every day when she hears James wake up, she goes in his room, and climbs in his crib (after throwing some toys in), and she plays with him.  He loves it.  Sometimes she will play pirates with her pirate ship, sometimes she will be the bus driver and his crib is the bus, sometimes she will attempt to read him a book (she memorizes the books she reads him and does a really good job), and sometimes she smothers him with hugs and kisses and cleans his ears.  But he loves her so much.  He lights up any time he sees or hears her.  She is the best big sister.

    Elizabeth is my little sidekick and play pal.  She loves to play.  When we play hide and seek I’ll find a good spot, and she takes a while to find me.  But the next round when I count, she’ll either hide in that exact same spot, or when I get in the same room as her she says “yoo hoo!”  We go out in the snow and run, and she throws snow on me and laughs and laughs.  We play tag, and when it’s my turn to get her, she stops so I can tag her.  She loves to be it and chase me.  She comes and climbs on my lap in my office and tries to work like me.  Sometimes she even comes and sits on my desk, right in front of me, puts her arms out and says “No more working Daddy!”  I have to throw in the towel when that happens.  She makes up funny stories about her and James, how she doesn’t like bad guys, how she wants to go to Disneyland SO bad, and who knows what else.

    Her vocabulary is incredible.  She learns very fast and has been talking in complete sentences for the longest time.  She loves books so much.  Every night we try and read to her, and she wants to read every book she has.  And as we read, she tries to tell the story before we can, and she has it down really well.

    When driving, anytime we see a stop light she tells us what all of the different colors mean, and she is completely right.  Then she goes on to tell us that if we don’t do what the lights tell us, the police will come and get us.  And that we can only go fast on the freeway.  It is such a joy to have her tell me that.

    Some days I an working and try and brush her off, and she tells me I hurt her feelings, and usually gets teary eyed or even cries.  It breaks my heart, and I’m remind how tender and sweet she is, and how important she is.

    I could not imagine life without my sweet little Elizabeth.  Her, James, and Jordan are the lights of my life, and life is not complete without all of them in it.  I am happy and lucky to be the dad of Elizabeth.

    Birthday update:

    For Elizabeth’s birthday, we woke up and she got the breakfast of her choice…IN BED!  She was in heaven.  She chose a Minnie Mouse pancake and chocolate milk, a wise choice.  For Minnie’s bow, I cut up some strawberries and placed them as a bow.

    We went up to SLC to go to Mimi’s house.  Mimi then took Elizabeth to Build a Bear, and she got to pick out everything and anything she wanted.  She got a pink bear with princess everything, a microphone so she could sing, a crown, high heel princess shoes, and an ice cream scented thing that goes inside.  She was in heaven and named her bear Ariel.

    After playing at Mimi’s for a bit, we headed home, and made a surprise stop by Chuck E Cheese.  Elizabeth was asleep by that time, and it’s pretty dangerous to wake her up when she’s just fallen asleep.  She will semi wake up and cry and it’s hard to get her to wake up all the way and calm down.  So we rolled her window down so she could see the Chuck E Cheese sign, and woke her up and pointed to it.  She got so so so happy.  We went and ate and played, and she had the time of her life.  She is all about friends, and since we didn’t go with any she made her own.  She was dancing to the band with another little boy and had the time of her life.  And she got to eat all the tomatoes, carrots, and broccoli she wanted.

    We went home, and there was a package waiting for us.  It was the new double stroller.  We put it together and put James and Elizabeth in, and she was so happy that she could share a stroller with him.  We pushed them around the house for a bit, and they were both really happy to be together.  Then it was bed time, and she got her princess night gown on.  She went to the playroom and fell asleep while watching Scooby Doo.  Can’t ask for a sweeter little girl.

  2. Elizabeth and her not-so-teribble twos

    September 22, 2012 by admin

    Elizabeth is now 2 1/2 and is as smart and as cute as ever.  You usually hear the term “terrible twos,” but they’ve actually been pretty great.  It’s been a really fun time with her.  She’s growing so much and is just too smart for her own good.  She is so independent and is a complete joy to have.  This is just a bit about Elizabeth and what she’s been up to in the last year.

    The biggest news is that she is now a big sister (and she’ll let you know she is).  James was born on July 2.  From day 1 she has been so happy to have him.  She never gets jealous (unless he takes one of her blankets).  She is obsessed with him and a bit too eager to help, but we’re happy to have her.  She always wants him to do everything with her, but then she remembers that he’s a little boy right now, but tells him that he’ll be able to play when he gets bigger.  Every time we get ready to go somewhere, she always says that she wants to sit next to James in the car.  We’ve had to put her car seat next to his in each of the cars, and she is actually helpful.  Sometimes she will hold his bottle for us when he needs to eat.  She LOVES her brother, and it is such a relief to have such a good big sister.

    I work from home, and I hate shaving, so I only ever shave twice a week. A nice perk. So I am usually pretty scruffy. I went to give Elizabeth a good night kiss last week, and she grabbed my face in the process (she likes to be a weirdo when giving kisses). After, she said “Dad, you have a cactus on your face!” Who knows where she came up with that, or how she even learned what a cactus is, but it was pretty funny. She hadn’t really said anything until tonight, when I gave her a goodnight kiss. After, she said “Ew Dad, your face is a cactus. When I get bigger and older, I’ll have a cactus like you!” I told her not to worry, that only dads get a cactus on their face, and her face will always be smooth. She was happy about that.

    So I am a Foo Fighters fan.  Anyone that knows me knows this.  I have the best shirt of Dave Grohl (lead singer of the Foo Fighters), thanks to my brother-in-law Elliot.  He got this for me for Christmas 2 years ago.  My favorite shirt ever.  There are no pics of it online so I’ll upload one later.  Anyway, I was wearing it while bathing her a few nights ago.  She pointed to it and asked “What’s that, Dad?”  I told her “It’s Dave Grohl.”  She responded, “No, that’s the Foo Fighters!”  One of the proudest moments of my life.  Parenting done right!

    I’ve really gotten used to spoiling her, but just in the little things.  I try not to go overboard because I don’t want her to think she can have anything she wants at any time.  But I want her to know I will do anything for her and show her I love her.  Every night when it is time for bed and time to go upstairs, I have her get her blankets, pillow, and anything else she wants.  I then get her and carry her upstairs.  She will not go upstairs by herself.  It’s pretty cute, but I love carrying her up because she gets so excited.  She really likes it when I have James in one arm (2 1/2 month old baby right now) and her in the other.  Well tonight it was time to take her up, and she was waiting for me.  I told her to go up 2 steps so I could get her easier.  I told her to keep going.  She was literally at the 2nd to the last step from the top when she realized what I’d done, so she slid all the way to the bottom and waited for me.  Stubborn little girl.

    Elizabeth is a little fish.  She LOVES to swim and is not afraid of the water.  She is pretty dang cute in a bathing suit too.  Well everywhere we go, whether it’s the pool, a splash pad, the tub, the shower, or ANYWHERE with water, she has to drink it.  We’ll even be in Church and she’ll leave to “go potty” 5 times, only to get a drink.  And if we ever get a drink, she HAS to have a drink because, as she says, she is “soooo firsty!”

    Elizabeth at the Alpine Splash Pad

    We’ve given Elizabeth the nickname “Biffy”.  There are a few reasons for this.  She is pretty clumsy, gets that from me, and she biffs it a lot.  Usually it’s because she is walking or running and looking anywhere but where she is going.  Also, one of the first pronunciations of her name was “Yibiff”.  It is now “Yibit”.  But we took that and now we call her Biffy.  Perfect nickname for her.  She and I like to have our own little things we do with each other, and one of them is I’ll say something, then she’ll say something, and it gets louder and more intense as it goes on, until we’re both giggling.  One thing I did recently was say “B-b-b-b-biffy”.  Her immediate response to that was “B-b-b-b-daddy!”  I’ll even say “J-j-j-j-james,” and she’ll say “B-b-b-b-james.”  She’s a cuuuute little girl.

    I am a really big BYU fan, and college football just picked back up. On game day we always dress in our BYU shirts and say “B-Y-U!” or “Go Cougars!”  So randomly throughout the week she’ll come up and start chanting “BYU, BYU!”  Parenting done right.

    BYU Game Day with Elizabeth

    Elizabeth is just growing up too fast.  She is extremely independent and already potty trained (been for some time).  She has her little girl potties, but she insists on going in the regular toilet, which is great for me so I don’t have to pour it out and wash it out.  Only problem is once she takes her pants and underwear off, they usually stay off, or she’ll just put her underwear back on.  We have the house locked down pretty good, except for the back door.  It’s a sliding door, and she’s figured out how to unlock it and open it.  Well after going potty one day, she put her underwear back on (thankfully), went out the back door, and out in the front.  It just so happened that most of our neighbors were driving by during the 2 minute period, and pretty much everyone saw her.

    There are just too many funny things she’s done.  Some of the other things she’s said and done in the past, in no specific order, are below:

    • To  Uncle Henry: “Henry, you’re ridiculous!”
    • To Hank, Mimi’s and Papa’s dog: “Dammit Hank!” (I need to watch my mouth around her)
    • To Mimi: “Mimi, you want to go to Disneyland with me?”  She asks her that pretty much every time she sees her.
    • When you say “Who’s girl are you?”, she always answers “Mimi’s girl.”  I’ve tried and tried to get her to say “Daddy’s girl” but that doesn’t happen.
    • She’s independent, and when she does something that a big kid does, she never says “I’m a big girl.”  Instead, she always says “I’m a big sister.”  She is really happy about this.
    • I have a pair of mocassin-type slippers.  I was wearing them, so they were out.  She got them and brought them to me and asked if Grandpa gave them to me.
    • She is OBSESSED with SpongeBob Square Pants (and rightly so.  I’m glad for an excuse to watch it!)  Anyway, she has these little plastic burger pieces for her kitchen.  She piled all the stuff up and brought it to me and asked if I wanted a Krabby Patty.  I will never turn down a Krabby Patty.
    • In the morning she wakes up, takes off her pull up and PJs, and gets herself dressed.  Usually involving a skirt.  She then goes downstairs, turns on the TV, and gets a snack.  She then insists that I make her some eggs, and when we’re all out she demands I go to the store to get eggs.  For that matter, any time I or Jordan go to the store, she tells us to get eggs.
    I know there are some things I”m missing, but she really is the sweetest, cutest, and happiest little girl there is.  Sure she has her little tantrums, but we’ve learned how to talk to her and calm her down and make her laugh and be happy.  I can’t imagine life without her, or without James.  My kids are one of the biggest blessings of my life, next to my wife Jordan.  And I”m glad to have her by my side to teach me how to be a great parent.  She’s a natural and a pro.  More to come about the kids, we’ll be using this to document everything about them.

  3. The Easter Bunny says, “Hop Hop Hop”

    July 15, 2012 by admin

    This was Elizabeth’s first real Easter where she was able to understand that the Easter Bunny hid eggs all over her backyard and filled them with candy. She was in absolute heaven. She loved running from egg to egg collecting and of course eating along the way. She wasn’t shy about sitting on the Easter Bunny’s lap either. She was very excited with all of the candy and toys she received from her grandparents as well. She is definitely a spoiled and loved little girl.

  4. Elizabeth on her “My Bike”

    April 3, 2012 by admin

    It’s finally been warm enough for Elizabeth to ride her 4-wheeler outside. She rips on and off the grass, off the curb and crashes into anything that is in her way. One problem that she has had is that she will be driving but not looking where she is going and has had some bad spills. But that hasn’t seem to slow her down.

  5. Elizabeth turns 2!

    April 3, 2012 by admin

    To celebrate Elizabeth turning two years old we had a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party. Minnie Mouse is her favorite character right now along with anything from Toy Story. So it is fitting that she received tons of Toy Story gifts. Like last year, she was too fond of her huge cupcake (she doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth as of yet) but she LOVES to blow out candles. She had a good time seeing all of her big uncles in Minnie Mouse ears as well as taking swings at her Minnie Mouse pinata.
    It is so weird to think that our little girl was born two years ago. It really does just seem like yesterday but I also cannot remember what life was like without her. She’s an interesting combination of being very curious and not afraid to climb the biggest slide but is also a very sensitive and caring child. She is quick to share her “blanky and pillow” to anyone that she thinks may be hurt.
    I have never seen a more social and out going child with her “friends” which is anyone that she thinks is a kid. This can be a one year old or a seven year old. She lives for nursery when she gets to play for two hours and sing songs. There is nothing more cute than her singing the songs she has learned to her baby doll that she totes around with her.
    We’ve had the BEST two years with you E and wouldn’t change anything about you! We can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

  6. Santa says, “Ho Ho Ho”

    April 3, 2012 by admin

    Elizabeth definlty was not afraid to sit on Santa’s lap this year. She actually wanted to do it over and over again. We love the Christmas season and have had such a good time spending it with family.
    We stayed true to our traditions such as sitting on Santa’s lap at the Country Club Christmas party. Elizabeth waited patently behind other children and she was lucky enough to get a teddy bear from Santa. I’m not sure that she fully understands that Santa Claus brings her presents and leaves them at her house while she is sleeping but when you ask her what Santa says she yells, “Ho Ho Ho”!
    We also kept with our traditions and looked at the lights on the famous “Christmas Street” before heading to the Joseph Smith Memorial building that overlooks the Salt Lake temple for dinner.
    Santa came and brought lots and lots and too many gifts! It was almost overwhelming to her but after a few minutes all she wanted to do was to open everyone’s presents from under the tree. She was definetly spoiled from Santa, grandparents, cousins, and her uncles this year. The hot item this year was a baby that she can tote around in it’s own car seat and a bottle that fits into the babies mouth. We can’t leave the house without the baby being strapped in her car seat and a bottle to feed her.

  7. It’s a…………………..

    April 3, 2012 by admin

    The time has finally come for us to take a sneak peak at our newest sweet baby. And man this baby is WILD! It took over an hour for the tech to get a good look at both hands and feet because they were all over the place. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. We were able to get a good look at the legs and are 100% sure that it is a little baby……BOY! We couldn’t be happier! Our sweet baby James is expected to arrive on July 2nd but we will be thrilled if he decides to surprise us before then.
    One of the really great things about having a baby is the face that Elizabeth is very very sweet and loves babies. I know she will be such a good little helper (maybe even a little too much) but she can’t wait.

  8. A Minnie Mouse Halloween

    April 3, 2012 by admin

    Right now the obsession is on Minnie Mouse so for Halloween, Elizabeth dressed up as none other then Minnie herself. She love the idea of getting candy and enjoyed most of it as she walked. Lucky for us, our neighborhood does their trunk-or-treat right in our cult-da-sac so we didn’t have to go very far. She ended up eating way too much candy by night time and threw up on her dad.
    She did not enjoy carving pumpkins however, she didn’t like the feeling of the seeds and how slimy the insides were. She’s like her mom and wanted someone else to clean out the pumpkin!

  9. Splash Pads

    November 26, 2011 by admin

    This summer we spent at least one day a week playing at a Splash Pad. Splash Pads are water parks without slides and large bodies of water. The water shoots up from spouts on the ground and play equipment. So this is perfect for younger children who are too young to be in a pool by themselves. She has such a great time running around, playing and splashing in the water. It is a great thing to do to get her nice and worn out for her afternoon nap.  We went a few times with our friends Cooper and Miles Hickman. She loves those boys and they all play really well together.

  10. The Utah State Fair

    November 26, 2011 by admin

    This September we took our annual trip to the Utah State Fair.  Elizabeth was in awe with all that was going on.  Lots of people, food, music, lights and rides. To try and keep track of her we brought her red wagon (which she loves to ride in).  I guess there was too much fun that she felt that she was missing out on because we couldn’t get her to stay in it. She wanted to walk/run all over the place.  She went on rides with her dad and loved walking through all of the livestock.  And as always, she enjoyed lots of treats!