Sunday, May 23, 2010

First Birthday



Does whatever a SPIDER PIG does
Can he swing
From a web
No he cant
He's a pig
He is a SPIDER PIG!!

Landon Loves Piggies. So I thought it was appropriate I make him a pig birthday cake. I didn't purposely try to fashion it in the form of Spider Pig- but there you have it.

I can't believe he's a year old already. It's hard to believe really. A year ago at this time he was an hour old and getting ready to go to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. Today he is home in his bed snuggled up with his piggy. We are so blessed to have Landon in our family. Come to think of it this was probably about the time (maybe a little later) that Sean and Richard gave him a priesthood blessing. We hadn't decided on a name yet so they had to say Baby Boy Hurst. But as soon as they said that I had this urge to say "No his name is Landon." But I held my peace--it's not for me to interrupt a blessing and Heavenly Father knows who he's blessing anyway. Those first few days were a rollercoaster of emotions and I'm grateful things happened the way they did. God knows what is best for us. There's no way I could have planned to have Landon where I did but we were blessed to have so much love and support. Isn't that why we come to earth anyway? To join a family and learn to love and support one another? For a look back you can click HERE.

Happy Birthday Landon! 

(We needed another cake picture just for fun)

Big Brother enjoyed the festivities too. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

Grandma and Grandpa Greenhouse

My silly wonderful grandma sent Landon a birthday card yesterday and then today I went to the mail and found a card for Ian too so he won't feel left out.  What a sweet lady my grandma is.  "Grandma and grandpa green house" is what my brother used to call them.  Their house is green and they can grow yummy cucumbers and tomatoes in tires in the backyard.  Grandpa built a shed to house the telescope he built.  The roof slides back.  Pretty sweet.

I need to write more about them.  But this is mostly just a post so I don't forget to.  Hug your grandparents or a least tell them you love them.  (Even if they're not alive anymore I'm sure they'll hear you.) Thanks grandma and grandpa.  I love you. (Too bad you don't use the internet)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Little lessons

I learned a valuable lesson this morning.  Don't be concerned about form when doing yoga with a 2 1/2 year old.   In fact- don't be concerned about anything- except maybe getting kicked in the face...  Ian loves exercising but I likes me space.... that doesn't mesh too well with the chillin's.  So tomorrow I will be doing it before they wake up.

Currently listening to AOL. Radio (Kidz stuff) and what should pop up but the Chipmunk version of Single Ladies.... I still vote the Pomplamoose version.  Check it out HERE

Monday, May 17, 2010

DraDram and Drampuh's house

Nothing like a little Duet with DraDram

Landon was bring so cute on the motorcycle until I got the camera--as soon as he saw me he wanted OFF! 

Getting the 4Wheelers ready to go out for a ride.

Landon wasn't so sure...

After the 4Wheeling escapade the boys wanted to play some more.  So Sean took them for a ride around the yard:

(note the beautimus deck!)

We tried to get Roxie to ride too but she jumped out (see her hind legs at the front of this shot?) Roxie is the cutest boarder collie pup with LOTS of energy.  

On the road again..

So my posts seem to be a bit backwards but that's okay.  These are shots of the boys on our road trip to see Grandma and Grandpa Hurst.

Wilson's Arch

On our drive back to Blanding we stopped at Wilson's arch.  We see this every time we head down (or back) but I have never hiked it and Sean hadn't in at least 10 years.  So we took a little jaunt up the hill.  It's a good workout that's for sure :)

A view looking up at it.

Look Nena! We made it!

I love that you can see for miles on end out here!

Rafting down the Colorado

Sean and I took a trip to Moab to do the touristy thing and raft the Colorado River.  It was fun :) I *LOVED* having a whole day with just Sean--Thanks Aunt Nikki and Aunt Cat for watching the boys! We did a whole day raft trip and in the morning it was just us and 3 guides.  So much fun.  One of the guides was training so it was fun to hear the tricks of "this rapid is better on the right in low water" Or "Don't let your group go that way or you'll miss the pick up" stuff like that.  It was cold in Moab which meant I didn't get near as much sun as I would have liked but I also didn't get sunburned so there ya go.  Mixed blessings.  The morning was way more fun than the afternoon.  We told our guide, Amy, we wanted to take the wet fun route- so we did.  In the afternoon we picked up the rest of our group and a couple of other boats.  Our boat had us, Amy, an old couple from Portland Oregon who just couldn't seem to leave Moab they loved it that much, an old guy from Chicago named Ted who kept hitting on the lady from Oregon right in front of her husband (it was so gross) and his son and his friend.  The last two were privilaged boys (freshman in college) who had a bit of an attitude and probably wanted to be in Melina's boat because she was the young hot guide.... plus rafting was nothing to them since they were going sky diving in the morning.  Lunch was AWESOME. The river was fun.  It wasn't like the Nantahala River in North Carolina that I went on in 2004 but it was definitely a good time.  

This is where we picked up the rest of our group.  Right before we came up there was a lovely big rapid that totally soaked me (so I'm FREEZING in these shots).  I didn't even see it coming but it was awesome!

The above picture was at lunch.  A cool ranch resort place... don't remember the name sorry. 

I didn't take pictures when we were on the water because I was enjoying the stories and the view.  

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

We should rename it the "Lando Table"

We rearranged the living room (again). This time there is a cool toy area behind the couch. I love it. 

Disclaimer: These pictures ARE connected....they're all on our camera and are moments from our lives- thus despite them being random and not seeming to have connection- they do.  Us. We're the connection. (Which makes me think of Kermit: "Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.  The lovers, the dreamers and me."  Plinky planky planky plinky plank- that's the banjo of course)

So here's a close up of two very special people in our lives:

Tina Amy and Danny Boy
(If you look in the previous picture they're sitting in the corner by the bookshelves)

Tina is mine.  I got her for my third birthday (though her birthday is October 1st- it says so on her birth certificate.)  Which would make her 22 and a half years old.  I'm assuming Danny Boy is roughly the same age though I don't know for sure.  (I don't know that Sean ever had a birth certificate for him).  Over the years they have each sported many different styles.  Currently Tina is wearing her wedding dress.  It was cleverly made by my lovely cousin Rachel from my wedding dress.  Tina loved it so much she has worn it ever since.  Danny Boy is pictured here sporting one of Lando's onesies (and a diaper).  Tina used to have a long pony tail in the back but one day I got it in my head to give her a hair cut.  I was a bit sad to realize it wouldn't grow back.  Oh well.  She looks cute with a short pony (I know you can't see it you'll just have to trust me).  My favorite little tidbit about these two is their eyes.  Tina has green eyes and so does Sean.  Danny Boy has brown eyes and so do I.  Just fun.  

I just heard a thud and I can tell you what it was.  Landon.  "Getting down"  From here:

He has discovered that he can climb up on the coffee table and thinks it is the coolest spot ever.  The table belonged to my great grandmother (my namesake) and was passed to my grandma and then to me.  I love this table.  I love this little boy.  Though I think it is safe to say that small children and nice wood tables don't go together very well.  I may have to refinish it when the kids are teenagers (because you know, I won't have enough to keep me busy).  

He likes to talk on the phone.  And chew on it.  He especially likes it when big brother is napping so he gets both the attention AND the phone.   
(PS- he's totally fine.  He's gotten on and off the coffee table about 10 times in the time I've been typing.  He's a happy boy.)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm excited about....

  • This cool bunkbed/futon we found on 

(they separate into two beds too!)
  • And a rafting adventure coming up
  • And babies in the family (not ours-this is NOT an announcement thankyouverymuch)
  • Family Reunion 
  • Biggest Loser online (we don't have TV)
  • Sister-girl coming to Utah
  • Rain NOT snow :)
  • Relief society and Sunday School at church now
  • Our new "kid area" behind the couches due to rearranging the furniture 
Though it's rather dreary outside right now I'm enjoying my time indoors with the boys and figuring out how to rearrange the house.  Oh and get a wee bit of laundry done...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

So good to be OHM

Look at what we accomplished this morning: 

I remember making cars out of boxes with my older brother when I was a kid. To be more precise I think they were usually motor homes.  I wanted the best of both worlds- a car and a house.  And the cardboard Winnebego was born.  I would spend hours drawing curtains (thanks Amelia Bedilia) and tires and paper plate steering wheels. It was magical.  So we recreated a bit of the magic this morning.  To my boys it is of course a TRUCK not a motor home because to Ian everything good comes in truck form.  Notice TWO steering wheels- one for each- no fighting.  Thus far it has worked and they are sharing nicely.  It also is pretty deluxe with a windshild (including see through plastic for glass) and doors.  Lando knows the necessity of road trip munchies and thus brought his apple.  After returning from our road trip yesterday Ian is repeatedly saying "We're OHM!" and getting out of the truck.  Oh it's so good to be OHM.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sometimes I look like a Raccoon :)

This is in response to my friend's blog.  I decided my comment would be far too long so I'd blog it instead:
The makeup thing made me laugh- because that is EXACTLY how it is for me- at least right now.  There are the few exception days where I get all dressed up to feel cute (they're getting more frequent as I decide to let other things slide).  But for the most part- I usually have my hair back with mascara making black circles under my eyes (to hide the other ones from sleep deprivation that WON'T wash off even if I bothered to try) Concealer goes a long way my friend :)  And if you should unexpectedly show up at my house you will find that it is a mess and I'm still in my jammies (though it's probably LONG after 3:30 in the afternoon)

Travelling: Do it. It's worth it.  You learn tricks for keeping the kids quiet (like turkey baby food for the little one and singing "5 little ducks" so many times you think it's 5000 little ducks that went out to play over the hill and far away...)  and learn to tune out the crying.  Though you'll want to have Excedrin and your favorite caffeinated drink of choice on hand for the moments you can't tune out the crying.  Oh and Chocolate- though I haven't figured out how to keep chocolate for emergencies before it A-Melts in the Car or B-I decide today is an "emergency" and eat it... So good luck on that one.  (PS I have a Moby wrap and/or a hiking pack you are more than welcome to borrow for the NM trip-as long as you don't mind wearing Tie-Dye)

One of the things that I had to adjust to was the feeling of "I have no idea what I'm doing!" but I have to remind myself that I do kinda know some stuff.  The rest of it I make up as I go along.  Though I would definitely say the hardest thing for me being a new mom was postpartum depression.  I don't know how that would factor in as mom that adopts but I'm sure there are related issues.  I have dealt with PPD with both of my boys and it's hard.  Hard to hide (though sometimes I think I am pretty good at it) and hard to accept- hard to ask for help.  With my first I felt a sense of disconnect.  I was sad.  I was grateful for the miraculous bundle of baby in my arms but I was feeling a strange disconnect that I wasn't expecting.  Especially for first time moms- they don't tell you it can happen. At least they figure it won't.  They'll tell you it's a possibility but don't give you any idea of what to feel like.  It's expected after a few kids (at least the chance gets higher) but as a new mom everything is expected to be bliss.  It's not.  You learn to deal and cope and having a good partner helps IMMENSELY!! But that still doesn't FIX it-- it's a day to day- minute to minute sometimes, thing.  With my second I was beating myself up over every stupid little thing.  I held out longer before I talked to my doctor but I don't necessarily think that was wise.  I just saw it coming this time and tried to dodge it.  Not that you can dodge and 8 foot snowball but you can't say I didn't try :)

Other than that I didn't expect the ways I learn to laugh.  Like poop cannons.  It's gross.  That's what we called it when our first born decided to poo when we were changing his diaper and it went EVERYWHERE; crib bumpers, our clothes, floor, even the wall.  Holy nastiness.  But we laughed.  Sometimes you have to or you'll just cry.   Just like the random comments in Primary that make you smile and shake your head they happen when you least expect it (but usually most need it) Yet another tender mercy.   I've learned to go with the flow and trust that things will somehow work out.  Faith is what some call it.  :)  I'm an overly paranoid worry wart and being a mom has helped me to chill a bit.  Of course now I have new worries but I think that's normal.

I'm sure there's other "wisdom" to dispense--but I can't think of it now.  Oh yeah and your brain melts sometimes and you can't remember what you're doing- what you came in here for- or what you were going to say- or what it was you were supposed to write on the list for the store.  Maybe that's just me.  But I pretend it's not.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL MOTHERS with children and without :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Row, Row, Row Your Boat....

Just booked an all day adventure on the Colorado River.... I'm stoaked.