Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Growing up

My kids are growing up so fast and I am SO overdue for an update on them. Blogging is one of the many things that got pushed to the back burner. Now that I am back at home I hope to get back in the habit. There are so many things I could say about my sweet kids, but there is no way I would ever have time or be able to remember it all while sitting here, so I will just share some fun tidbits that come to mind about the crazy things they are doing right now.

Maybrie Rae- 4 1/2 years old

Maybrie is curious, smart, shy, dramatic, and all girl! Since Maybrie attended preschool this past winter/spring, she has had a thirst for knowledge that continues to grow by leaps and bounds. She absolutely loved going to preschool and for a long while after it ended would continue to play school with us, forcing us to be Mrs. Brodhacker and Mrs. Swindle, her beloved teachers. Downsizing her mass amount of artwork was something that had to be done while she was sleeping, though we still have many pieces displayed. She loves to read books, draw, color, and write. We have been going to the weekly story time at the public library to help fill her structured learning void, which her and Thomas always look forward to. I am going to continue teaching her at home this year and I know she will miss the socialization of actually going to school. I hope we will be busy enough with outings and play dates to keep her interest. 

Maybrie's imagination is through the roof! A day doesn't go by that we don't play house or dress up. Usually there is an ongoing game throughout the day with me struggling to repeat the lines she dictates to me or call her by the correct name! She loves to play with friends, though she struggles when they don't want to play what she wants to play... she can be pretty bossy! She loves to sing and dance and is often making up songs on the fly about whatever she is doing. She does have a good voice, and loves learning new songs in primary and singing along with the radio. Her favorite songs to sing along too are Taylor Swift's "Never Getting Back Together" and Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire." 

Maybrie is a typical 4 year old girl with the most gorgeous straight hair and dark brown eyes. She can melt your heart and make you want to scream within the same five minutes! She is so excited to have another baby in our home and I'm sure she is going to be a big helper this time around. She is getting more independent all the time. It is fun to have her company and someone to talk to at home all day. I love my Maybrie Rae so much!

Thomas Lee- 2 years old

Thomas is our sweet little chunk who is definitely a toddler now. He weighs a whopping 36 pounds now (more than Maybrie) and always gets told he looks like a little football player. He loves everything boy... cars, trains, trucks, sticks, animals, etc. He has his motor and gun sounds down too. I can't get enough of how cute he looks when he walks/runs with his chubby little body and back rolls. He has a super sweet temperament and is just barely starting to throw minor fits. He has a ridiculously cute belly laugh that can put a smile on anyone's face. Maybrie and Brian are the best at really getting him laughing hard... it is one of my favorite sounds! He is starting to talk a lot, learning a new word or two each day and beginning to repeat what we tell him to say. Many of the words he knows are animals and transportation. He is constantly pointing out cars, trucks, airplanes, and "cycles." He loves elephants right now and calls them "Li Li's." I keep checking out elephant books at the library and he still asks to watch the movie Dumbo, which we rented last week. He loves to go to the zoo and gets so excited to see the animals. I love watching him growl at the lions and bears! He gets super excited anytime we run in to a dog or cat, and always wants to go visit Michael and Maddie's "kitty cat." 

Thomas is getting super busy. I thought we managed to avoid the "get into everything" phase, but now I think we've just begun it. He knows how to open doors now, which includes the front door! I have to keep it locked if I want to keep him from running outside. In fact, he just escaped while I was writing that! haha Oh man! He is keeping me on my toes! He loves to go outside and go on walks. He brings his shoes to us when he wants to go somewhere. It's hilarious. He loves to sweep and is always getting the broom and Swiffer out. I think I need to get a lock on the laundry room door too! He is definitely busy and curious. He is a good little eater and could live off of fruit (much like his daddy). He has discovered that he likes to watch movies, or maybe he just likes to turn the blu-ray player on and take movies out (probably the latter since he rarely sits still longer than 15-20 minutes). He loves books and will look at them for a long time. He always has a lot to say even though only a few words are understandable. He is starting to say short sentences, the most popular is "Want see ____." He loves to sing and dance like Maybrie and looks so funny when he twirls (as I'm sure you can imagine a little thick boy like him would)! He doesn't really understand that he has a little brother coming soon, but I hope he will be thrilled to have a new playmate (eventually anyway). He does love babies and is actually good at being soft with them. Honestly my biggest fear is that he will squash the baby with his weight trying to hug him too much! I love my chunky Thomas and can't wait to have another one like him running around!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Vacation- Washington & Utah

On Tuesday morning we flew from LA to Portland. Brian's sister Emily picked us up and we stayed at her house in Vancouver. It was a low-key rest and recover day for us. On Wednesday we met our dear friends the Gillespie's (who just graduated from dental school in Indiana and moved to WA) at a park, had playtime with cousins, and went out for ice cream. On Thursday we went to the Portland zoo where we met up with Christy, Darin's fiance, and her daughter Makeala. It was great to finally meet them. We are glad they are part of our family now (The wedding was two weeks ago). 

On Friday Brian's dad drove us to their house in Grandview. All of Brian's siblings spent the night for the Naylor reunion on Saturday. The theme was Country Living. Brian's sister Lisa headed up the decorations and did such a great job. It was super cute! Grandma even made matching skirts and shorts for all of the grandkids to wear. The day was filled with great food: a big breakfast, hamburger/hot dogs for lunch, a cookie bar, and BBQ ribs/ brisket. We also had drawings throughout the day, games including: three-legged race, bean bag toss, bow/arrow, stick pull, needle in the haystack, and a pinata. It was a lot of fun!

On Monday we went to Pasco to visit with Lisa and Jaime and my sister Jessica's family who live next door to them. The cousins played all day and that night we went out on the Christensen's boat. It was a longer trip than we expected because the boat died out on the water and we had to wait for a friend to tow us back! But we got to see a beautiful sunset on the water and have a good laugh about it! On Tuesday we just hung out and went to Costco for fun.  

We spent the rest of the week hanging out in Grandview. Brian and his dad did some yard work to prepare for Darin and Christy's open house, we went swimming, played on the playground, rode the riding lawn mower or "tractor" as Thomas calls it, went shooting (my first time), watched movies, and visited. We also celebrated Thomas' 2nd birthday. I made a Mater ice cream cake. He got all cars, trucks, and trains... he definitely has a motor on him! Jessica and Lisa and their kids were able to come for the party. 

On Wednesday, June 19th we flew from Portland to Salt Lake for the last week of our trip. I honestly am kind of embarrassed and sad about how few pictures I have of this part. It is obvious I was getting tired and lazy at this point. The lack of pictures isn't a reflection of the amount of fun we had there. We had a really great BBQ and pool party with some of my cousins. We visited BYU campus, went to Burgers Supreme and Rodizio Grill, sent to Bridal Veil Falls up Provo canyon, and mostly hung out giving Maybrie and Thomas plenty of time to play with their cousins. I think being with cousins was the highlight of the whole trip for Maybrie. She talks about them all the time and every few days she tells me that she misses them. That is probably the hardest part of living far away from family right now. It was the longest trip I've ever been on, and was a little long to be away from home for me. But only being able to visit once a year, I'm glad we got to spend so much time there. We love our family and the trip was a great way to spend our last month together as a family before Brian started dental school.