Friday, January 9, 2015


Started "posing" for pictures like this.
I loved it, so he only did it for a few days.

Sometimes gets tired in between naps.
Instead of crying he just plays horizontally.

LOVES to be naughty.
Some of his favorite naughty things are:
climbing in cupboards,
turning off the computer while you're using it,
stealing your phone/book and running away,
and escaping out the front door
(which happens to be the only door in the house he can open).

ALWAYS wants his shoes on,
but NEVER wants his pants.

LOVES to be in the middle of things.

And is learning to use utensils.
(He definitely doesn't want you to help him.)


We had a pretty quiet celebration at our house this year.
Grandma Reber and Uncle Dan joined us for dinner.
Poor, pregnant Aunt Krystal had to work all day,
but she made it for second dinner.

We cooked, played games and ate all day.

Jaxon liked the pie part best.

Some things we're thankful for:
Mama - Leo
Candy - Jay
Pie - Jaxon
Family (especially the ones who come and visit, hint, hint) - Kristen
Guns - Ty

This is the face Leo makes when you tell him to smile:

This is the face he makes when you make fun of his "smiling" face:

Merry Christmas!

Jaxon was less than thrilled about meeting Santa.
The funny thing is that he ran right up to him,
bypassing everyone else in line,
and the freaked out when Santa picked him up.
It was kind of hilarious.
Not even a candy cane would console him.

This year was the first time that Leo was willing to sit on Santa's lap.
It was also the first year he expressed doubts about whether or not Santa is real.
He said, several times,
"Well, I believe, but I kind of don't believe."
We'll see how next year goes.

Jay has always been pretty uninterested in seeing Santa.
He asks about him a lot, but doesn't ever want to see him.
We pretty much had to force him to participate in this picture.

Pre-Christmas Festivities

A few weeks before Christmas we decorated gingerbread houses with our friends.
(They were actually Halloween houses bought on clearance.)
I was surprised at how well the kids handled the icing bags.

And Jay Alvin was in candy heaven.
I'm pretty sure he ate as many pieces as he put on his house.

They were pretty happy with the end result.

And the frosting was hard enough that it even took them a few days to get the whole thing eaten.

 I'm so glad we bought the boys a bunk bed so that they could 
sleep squished together 
on half of the bottom mattress.

I mean, it really is pretty cute.

And convenient too.
Because now we have a well-used
"napping bed"
in the dark space behind the couch.
It's a win-win really.

This boy thinks any drink with a straw should be his.

 And if you don't give it to him he will take it for himself.

And he smiles so cutely that you don't even mind.