Thursday, September 30, 2010


Jay Alvin is an incredibly happy baby. He'll laugh at just about anything, except the camera. We've been trying to get his little laugh on tape for ages now and this morning we finally did it.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I did laundry this morning. When I went to put a dryer sheet in the dryer I found this:
Also, Jay Alvin likes beans.
That's all.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


*When you comb Jay Alvin's hair straight back after a shower it naturally goes into a little faux hawk. It's pretty cute.

*This is Leo's new favorite spot in our house:
From here he can watch TV, oversee everything that his brother is doing and jump to me when he can get my attention.

*The construction in front of our house is finally coming to an end. Everyone is excited about this except for Leo. He's going to miss those trucks.

*Jay is really trying to figure out how to crawl. He mostly does it on the bed since he doesn't like the feel of his face against the carpet. 

*We decided to try the 3 day potty training method. I didn't even last a day. Leo is perfectly capable of, but totally unwilling to go in the toilet. It made me angry.
Ever since we gave up (after one day) Ty and I have made a big deal of going potty, getting a treat and eating it in front of Leo in a gloating manner. We enjoy it way too much and Leo still refuses to use the toilet.

*Even though he stinks at potty training he's getting better and better at playing with his brother. I love it!

*We've been taking advantage of the last bits of good weather.

*And last night I found Leo singing a made-up song and dancing by himself on the kitchen table.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fun at the Fair

Today we made our annual trip to the Utah State Fair.
It was tons of fun.
Maybe the best year ever.
We started by taking Leo through this little demonstration they had set up to show little kids what it would be like to be a farmer. He got to go from building to building doing things like milking a cow, harvesting apples, driving a tractor, gardening etc. Each place had an item that he got to put in his basket. At the end he went to the "farmer's market" and turned it all in. Then he used his money from that to go to the market and get a treat. (He picked strawberry milk.) At first he was a little hesitant, but by the end he was all for it. Here he is sorting through his items at the farmer's market:

After that we went to the big, yellow slide. I was so excited for Leo to love this. He didn't. In fact, he hated it. When we got to the top I set him down and he wouldn't even stand up until I held his hand. Then when we sat down he kept saying, "No, no, please, no." We made him go down it twice. (Because we bought 6 tickets in advance.) This is his second time down. You can't tell, but he's screaming the whole way.
I know, we're mean. We like it.

Next we introduced Leo to the joys of the Beef Feast. (Thank you Cattlemen's Association of Utah.) This is the real reason we go to the State Fair.

After that we went to the sea lion show and then to the animals.
I'm pretty sure this chicken was bigger than Jay Alvin:

And this turkey for sure weighed more than Leo:

Here's the yearly goat picture:

Around this time Jay Alvin pooped out.

So we let Leo spend some more time at his favorite part of the fair.

And then we left. Leo, of course, fell asleep as soon as he got buckled in.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Goodbye summer!

We're gonna miss you!!!

(It's officially cold here. We pulled out the winter clothes today.)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

In case you don't know, this is Buzz Lightyear:
Leo is Obsessed.
We watched Toy Story round the clock until I thought I would scream.
Then I bought Toy Story 2 just for a little variation.
I'm pretty sure we've watched it at least 3 times a day.
This morning (after watching it yet again) I decided I was done with Toy Story.
I pulled out a selection of other movies that Leo likes and asked him to choose one.
He carefully considered all of the choices then said,
"More Buzz, mom."