Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sienna's Photoshoot

So, I realized the past three posts are only pictures of Ethan - we do take pictures of Sienna too - we promise! Here are a few of our little angel.

This picture made Jeff and I laugh because we first thought it was a perfect picture until we saw Sienna's scrunched up face and a big blob of spit running down my arm. Well, it was realistic anyway.

She is such a dream of a baby. She is so content and has such a peaceful, happy disposition. She is such a blessing in our family. I can't seem to get enough of her. I can't even seem to get frustrated with her, even when she wakes up in the middle of the night (which she often does). I'm just so happy to hold her in my arms and just love her. I look at Ethan and realize how fast these kids grow up and I just want to soak up Sienna's time as a baby and enjoy them while they are here.
This is a picture of Ethan singing "I am a Child of God" to Sienna - she is obviously enjoying big brother's attention.

Peaches? Not so much.

Ethan goes GQ

One Sunday morning, Ethan was dressed up and acting strangely cooperative, so we took a few pictures of our handsome little dude. By the way, yes, that is gift wrapping ribbon around his neck. He really wanted to wear a tie (just like daddy) and that was the best we could do. He seemed to like it, although in case you're wondering, we didn't let him wear it to church.

Incidentally, he's become quite a little flirt. I think he enjoys my calling with the YW more than I do. Every week he's surrounded by a bunch of teenage girls who shower him with hugs, kisses and candy. He recently kissed a little 3 year old girl in our ward right on the lips.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Bubble Bath

What kid doesn't love a bubble bath? Ethan's no exception. Here are a few snap shots from Ethan's fun in the suds.

Christmas Morning

This was such a fun Christmas with Ethan. He's 2 and a half, so he is old enough to look forward to opening presents and some of the other things that make Christmas special. We had so much fun picking out a few presents for him. We bought him a mat that rolls out on the floor that is a big picture of a city which he can drive his cars on. We also got him a basketball hoop for his room. We try to stay away from huge toys, but we broke our own rule when we imagined how much fun Ethan would have with it. As you can tell from the picture, he was pretty happy about it.

What made us even happier, was how much he enjoyed playing with a nativity set my parents got for him last year. He carefully set it up and brought each of the figurines forward to see "baby Jesus in the manger." We read the scriptures with him on Christmas Day and helped him act out the Nativity story. He continued playing with it everyday until we packed it up with the Christmas stuff. I honestly believe that there are few greater joys in life than seeing your children learn the gospel. A few months ago, Ethan and I were playing and looked up at me and clearly said, "Jesus loves me." Surprised, I said "That's right, Ethan! Jesus loves you!" We have a few gospel related books for young children which we read to him often and I sometimes wonder how much of it sinks in. I guess more than I realize. He sometimes sings "I am a Child of God" and other Primary hymns to Sienna, and he can pray on his own. In one prayer, he asked Heavenly Father to bless his stuffed animal "snake". Okay, I realize I could go on and on about how wonderful I think Ethan is. Anyway, all of us had a great Christmas.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Christmas Eve

We spent a wonderful Christmas Eve with the Horsley's. We always love getting together with them and Ethan especially did this time. He particularly chased Issac around a lot, and Issac, in turn tickled him! It's so much fun seeing the cousins enjoy each other. We also we able to show off our darling Sienna. All of the boys enjoyed holding her (except for Austin - but he certainly made a really cute scrunched up face while he was sitting next to her). We think she liked her first Christmas (I gave her some fudge - don't tell!).

Sunday, January 13, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Toddler Style

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. This was very special for us for a number of reasons. First, Ethan is old enough to understand a little more about Christmas, baby Jesus in a manger, opening presents on Christmas morning, and of course, Santa. Second, this is Sienna's first Christmas, and she is truly an angel. Third, Jeff had a wonderful two weeks off work - I was in heaven!

Ethan was very excited to help decorate the tree, so we opened up the box of tree trimmings and let him have at it (supervised of course). He carefully and painstakingly grouped a majority of the red balls on one spot on the tree (we later redistributed them). I love how his little mind works.

Sienna Starts Solid Foods

Well, we have some catching up to do...we admit it, we've been lame bloggers, but we have some really great pictures to make up for it! We started Sienna on solid foods on December 3rd, 2007, her 4 month birthday. She was one hungry little lady. Ethan was eager to help (as if feeding a baby wasn't already messy enough). He is balancing the lens cap on her head. In case you're wondering what is on the high chair tray, it's Play-Doh. But don't worry, we weren't feeding it to Sienna; Ethan is the Play-Doh eater in the house.