This is just a cute picture of Beth hugging her baby. And another one of her happy amid her toys.
This is one of Eric playing with a new train that he got for . . .
. . . being potty trained! Hallelujah! Now, to defend myself, I asked him to show me his big boy pants and below is the pose he choose. He was so excited. He has now not worn a diaper since Monday morning. Good job Eric!
Jeff and Suzi are now the proud parents of five! The twins came last night even though they were not due till March 26th. After being in labor for some time, poor Suzi had to have an emergency c-section because the babies were breach. All went well and baby A, the boy, was born at 2:47 AM and weighs 4 lbs 2 oz and is 17.75 inches long. Baby B, the girl, was born at 2:48 AM and weighs 4 lbs 6 oz and is 18 inches long. Suzi will be in the hospital for a few more days and the twins will stay in the NICU until they can eat and breathe on their own. Congratulations Jeff and Suzi! Our prayers and love go out to you.
Eric has been asking to wear his Thomas underpants for a few hours during the day. He is so proud of them and often asks me to take his picture.
What is this book?! It is still too cold to go out in the stroller, but last week Mom insisted and we all just about froze. "I've got the whole wide world, under my bum. I've got the whole wide world, under my bum."
Hanging out with the boys. Sometimes she doesn't care if she is on the outskirts, as long as she is involved.
We went out and played in the snow a few days ago. Because Beth doesn’t have any snow gear we put many layers on her, so many that she could hardly move. Eric and I built a snowman while Beth watched and laughed, that is, until she fell face first in the snow. She didn’t like that at all. After awhile she was too cold to stay out anymore but Eric was nowhere near ready to come in; so we transferred our play to the back yard where Beth played on the mat inside the door and Eric entertained her from outside. Even throwing snowballs at the glass door, to her great delight. As you can see in the last picture he would open the door to kiss her hand every time she asked him to. He now even introduces her as “Dis is Baby Beff” to everyone that comes near. Because Beth is mainly interested in the toys that Eric is playing with we have found it necessary to create a play area behind one of the couches for him to play in without interference. I took this video when I caught Eric distracting Beth from trying to get in.
Now for a blog dedicated to Eric. We took down and packed up all the Christmas stuff last week. When Eric saw that the tree was gone he went and knelt down in the spot where it had been and pretended to cry. He continued to sit there and look morose for the next 10 minutes or so. It was very sad, just look at that face. If our lives were a Disney show this is when everyone would break into a touching song and an overly choreographed dance scene. Yesterday Eric was getting himself dressed while watching TV. So you might be able to guess that only half his mind was engaged in the dressing process. I tried to not laugh at his frustration when he put his pants on upside down. Impossible you say! Not for our boy! Just watch.
I know that I mostly just post pictures here on the blog, but that's okay with me. So for those of you who want to know what I'm thinking or feeling... call me. If not, just enjoy the pictures.
Here is one of Dad and Mom reading the annual Christmas Chronicle. We made Dad laugh harder this year then any other year I can remember. I think it was due to this cartoon depicting an unfortunate encounter between Santa's sleigh and a helicopter. Sorry Mom.
This is one of Dad and Eric playing with one of Eric's new Christmas toys. We were very careful to put all the marbles in a bag so they wouldn't fall into Beth's hands. We still can't find the bag of marbles. While all the Allemans were here a friend of one of Ryan's uncles let us go up and "play" in his barn. I know that doesn't sound all that fun, but just wait till you see this barn. It's about a 30 minute drive up toward Heber.
Here is a view inside. There is a basket ball court when you first walk in the door, a ping-pong table, and huge chess board. A little further in there's a loft with 6 or so beds, 3 bathrooms, a walk-in closet full of tennis racquets (for the outdoor courts), balls of every kind, Frisbees and any other toy you think would belong in a place like this. There's also a huge kitchen, a tool room, living room, piano... you get the idea.
Here is a view of the living room. The fire was so warm and the couches were so soft.
Here is a view of the kitchen. I would love an island like this some day in my kitchen. I have never seen one bigger.
Here is the upstairs loft. These beds were so soft and comfortable
Here is Beth playing chess. Okay, she's really just playing "on" the giant chess board.
For those who like the outdoors better, there is this huge playground, 2 or 3 playhouses, double tennis courts, 2 zip lines (one dumps you in the lake), a lake with paddle boats, and a huge hill for sledding.
It was a fun afternoon, a great way to bring in the new year.