Wednesday, November 14, 2012

George's Second Birthday!

Birthdays are always a big deal, and this year George's birthday was a great success! I spent two days preparing, cooking, and baking for his big party. The day before, as a help to me, Stan took the boys outside and built a HUGE snow fort. The boys loved it, and so did Stan. This also gave me a couple of hours to get some stuff done for George's Birthday.
I could not believe how well the boys did in all that snow, and apparently Achilles loved being outside with the boys as well! After about 4 hours the snow cave was completed. It was fun to climb inside and as the four of us could all fit inside. I cannot wait until we can all sleep in one and go winter camping. We were thinking of trying it this winter, but George is only two, so maybe a touch too young.
Ok, back to George's birthday. We had a great dinner. We had ham, baked potato bar, salad, homemade rolls, cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie, ice cream, and birthday cake.
  I wanted to do a dinosaur theme since my boys are into dinosaurs right now. So I had to do a dino cake. I also grew up on Disney movies, and one of my favorite is Pollyanna. In this film, Pollyanna sneaks out to the community fair and has the time of her life. One thing she loves at the fair are large slices of three layer cakes. So I always like to make three layer cakes when I can. So that is why this dino birthday cake is a three layer cake!

This Dinosaur Birthday Cake took many hours to make. I'm sure a professional could do something a lot better and faster, but regardless I am very happy with my results! George was also lucky to receive some wonderful gifts! He got lots of clothes, some spiderman snow boots, trucks that make a lot of noise and light up, animal hand puppets, books, handmade dinosaur hat and glove set, and an awesome garbage truck, and of course a stuffed dinosaur. We had a big group here, my family, Stan's family, and close friends. A big thank you to everyone who came and remembered my sweet George! Happy Birthday George, hope you had a great day!  

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Magical Halloween Day!

A Happy Pumpkin for a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Today was a perfect Halloween day. Stan was able to work from home so he did not waste the usual two hours commuting. Gregory, George and I carved pumpkins, well it was more like I carved pumpkins and they encouraged my efforts! After they were carved and we lite candles and placed them in the pumpkins, Gregory gave me a big hug and whispered, "I really love my pumpkin Mom" and with his little smile and twinkle in his eye it made for a magical moment.
For dinner we went to Apollo Burger. The boys ate well and were very behaved. Stan kept saying that the boys were doing so well, and Gregory was so pleased with himself that he was making his Daddy proud. Gregory often will ask, "Did I obey?" Just after the moment when he knows that yes he did just obey. Stan or I will quickly tell him that yes, indeed he did, and then he will reply, "YES!" as he clenches his fist.

Gregory is at that precious age, he has begun to understand the importance of obedience and following the rules. He wants to do what's right, and he knows that life is better and easier for everyone when he does. Of course he doesn't always obey, but today he seemed to be on his best behavior!

Gregory and George have had the opportunity to attend many events wearing their costumes this year. We were invited to the Tooele Mom's Group annual Trunk or Treat. This was a blast, the boys went around to all the trunks and received some candy. Then they had a costume contest and George was one of the winners. Gregory thought he won as well, and of course I told him that George and he both won. The next event was Boo at the Zoo! That was a lot of fun, despite the fact that it was super crowded. The kids dressed up again in their costumes and were able to be at the Zoo visiting their favorite animals. And if that wasn't enough, at several areas of the park, the Zoo was also giving away free candy. So my boys were able to trick or treat at the Zoo. At the end of our adventure there, they began to give the boys great big handfuls of candy. Needless to say, the boys came home with plenty of candy! There was another Truck or Treat in our neighborhood that we missed, but we are planning on attending it next year. Then today, the boys again dressed up for HALLOWEEN!

I don't know exactly why trick or treating this year was so magical for me. Maybe because last year was such a disaster. Maybe because my boys enjoyed themselves so much, and maybe because I dressed up too and really had a good time. Stan and I left the house around 6pm with Gregory and George. The boys could hardly wait. Stan was in charge of holding George's treat pumpkin and I held George because he tired easily, we needed to keep up with eager Gregory, and George kept tripping on his costume. Gregory and George raced to the door, and for the most part, took turns ringing the door bell. They couldn't believe that all they had to say was trick or treat and a stranger or neighbor would give them candy. It was awesome! The boys had such a fun time, so excited and just living each moment like it was the best moment of their lives. It was magical, could not have been better!

After about 45 minutes, Stan and I looked behind us to find Gregory lying on the sidewalk. He was done. So Stan and he raced home, while George and I tried to keep up. When we arrived home, the boys and I sat out on the porch. The boys loved being the ones now that handed out candy. We had left a bowl filled of candy, and I was happy to find most of it still there. So the boys handed out candy until it was gone. We did refill the bowl once. Stan downloaded Ghost Busters on the PlayStation downstairs while we handed out the goods to trick or treaters, then we all went downstairs to watch. Gregory and George fell asleep within 30 minutes, and we put them to bed after the movie was over.

Such a wonderful day! I love being with my family, and so happy for the magical moments that do happen all the time.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Birthday Party, DI, Parks & Preschool.

This week has been a lot of fun! I have spent my week either at a park, planning and preparing for Stan's party, driving Gregory to preschool, and going once to the DI.

Tooele has some fun parks. On my way to one, I got lost and found many other parks along the way. My boys love to play at the park especially with our new friends in Tooele. One of my favorite days at the park, I had a lot of energy that day for some reason. So we all played duck duck goose, hide and seek, and we ran up and down the big hill. That particular park has a great grassy area, so playing games aside from the park itself was fun. But it's also a newer park, so the trees do not give much if any shade, and so after all the running around on a hot afternoon day we were hot and tired! I love warm fall days, especially when I spend them outside.

The cake was a huge success for me. I always want to create a masterpiece from scratch, and it's not easy. I wouldn't say this was a masterpiece, but it turned out well. It's a homemade white cake, with raspberry filling in between the layers, with a mixture of icing and cream mixed together then whipped inside the middle and on top. It was a little messy, but super yummy! I may need to whip a little longer next time so it holds better. There's not much left of the cake now, but the icing mixture did eventually set well after being in the fridge over night.

We also served homemade scones. We had honey-butter, powder sugar, raspberry toppings etc to go on the scones. With ice cream and brownies, there was definitely enough sugar to go around!

Gregory and George had so much fun decorating for the party. They were motivated to help me sweep, mop, and wash windows so that we could finally decorate for daddy's birthday. They really were great helpers!
When Stan came home from work, Gregory, George and I jumped out and cried HAPPY BIRTHDAY! That was Gregory's favorite part of the day! He thought we had truly surprised daddy on his birthday. He keeps asking me when it's his birthday again. It's not until June, so he will have to wait for a while yet. But George's birthday is coming up in November. That will be fun to celebrate George's second birthday!

Stan's birthday party is always going to be a surprise party. I've tried every year, and I don't think I've ever been able to pull off a surprise. BUT, I don't care too much. My focus is on having a fun party to celebrate Stan. We had some great friends come over with their adorable boys, and we had a blast! I love birthdays! A day to celebrate life, family, and create new happy memories :)

It kills me to send Gregory to preschool, and I would just skip it if he didn't LOVE it. He told me, after I had picked him up Thursday, that he wanted school to be longer. He was a big boy now, and he didn't want a short school! He is so funny. I told him school will get longer and longer until you reach college, then it will take over your life! I always loved school, learning, and having something to do and a way to achieve some level of success. Gregory loves other children, and the preschool that he's in is focused on having fun and learning all at once. I think it's a great thing for Gregory!

Today before heading to the park, we went to DI. This is so much better than Walmart when shopping for books and toys. If you give it a chance, you can find all sorts of fun stuff for cheap! My kids and I act like we are on a treasure hunt for some fun new toys and books. And at the end, it only costs a few dollars and the kids are so happy to have some new treasures!

It may have been a random act that we moved to Tooele, but life is good for us here. We are settling down, finding friends, and discovering fun things to do in our new hometown. I love spending time with my boys and Stan. This move has been a good one for our family!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

 My Favorite Holiday,

The Fourth of July!

Why is the fourth of July my favorite holiday? Well, let me tell you what we did, and it may help you understand.

We started off the day sleeping in, we rolled out of bed around 8 or 8:30. Gregory already had his swimsuit on and was excited to begin our day at Seven Peaks in Salt Lake City. It's on the west side of the city, so from Tooele it was only 30 minutes from our home. Since we arrived early, the park wasn't too crowed yet, and they have lots of fun going down waterslides which we all enjoyed. I absolutely love being outside, swimming, getting some color and vitamin D with my husband and two little boys. Gregory loves to swim, and George is right there trying his best. They even tried a few big slides or tube runs. Stan did all the really scary slides, and we watched and cheered him on from the sidelines.

We tried out the wave pool, and George and I were on one tube, and Gregory was on the other, while Stan was keeping an eye on us all so no one went down under the waves. One wave did get George and I, and we flipped backwards into the water. It was like we both did a backwards roll with the help of the wave. George did not think it was very funny, so we did not last long in the wave pool. The boys will like that pool a lot more in a few years.

After Seven Peaks we went home and had our own BBQ. We roasted hot dogs, had salad, chips, pop, you know...just the typical summer BBQ stuff. Then we took naps and watched movies until it was time to go back to SLC and watch a HUGE fireworks display at Sugar House Park. I definitely would love to go back next year, the fireworks were awesome! Plus we saw the Jets as they circled around a few times before heading down to Provo for the Stadium of Fire. Next year, I want to bring more stuff for the kids to do while at the park waiting for the fireworks to begin. I don't know why, but I love nothing more than being outside when it's dark and warm, watching the night sky sparkle as I sing with the music songs about America! I am proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free...etc!

So back to the original thought, why is the 4th of July my favorite holiday? It is warm, not cold, I'm usually tan or have some sun, rather than pale. It's low stress and cheap, rather than high stress and expensive. I mean what's better than a hot summer day, swimming and going down waterslides, having a BBQ, and watching amazing fireworks? I cannot imagine a better, happy, fun day!

I love America, and I love celebrating the 4th of July each year!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My boys are growing up!

Why do they have to grow up so fast...?

It seems like a few days ago that I was bringing home Gregory from the hospital, then George, and now my two baby boys are growing up so fast! It breaks my heart, but I am so happy for them. They love growing up, becoming more and more independent, and being able to do more on their own. Time is such a weird thing, and it's moments like today when I'm home alone with my boys, not doing much, not in the mood to clean or delve into a new project, or finish unpacking the last few boxes still in the garage, that I realize how fast it all goes by. I'm not going to do much today other than just play with my boys. After George and Gregory woke me up this morning, we went downstairs and made breakfast. It was a weird breakfast, because being boys they wanted Mac and Cheese and hot dogs...whatever. So they ate that, and of course chocolate milk to top it off. I had my Yoplait vanilla light yogurt which I thought was yummy. Then we went to the basement, and all three of us fell asleep on the rocking chair as we were watching Phineas and Ferb.

This is a photo of George and I yesterday hanging outside our house. I was so stupid, we wanted to go on a walk, so I put them in the double stroller and we went for a LONG walk. After being out in the hot sun for over an hour we made it home...but I had locked us out of the house so we just sat there. Luckily, we only had to wait outside for another 30 minutes. Stan came home and rescued us!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Way Out in Tooele!

Growing up it was always the family joke that Tooele represented any place that was far far away, in the middle of nowhere. I never thought that this distant land would someday be the place I call home! I've now lived in Tooele for 1 week, 7 days. That's probably about how many times I've visited Tooele in my entire life. So why Tooele? Everyone seems to ask us why Tooele. I usually tell people it's because Stan started a new hobby, public transit/biking. Tooele forces him to ride his bike and take the bus to work. On days he goes to school, he has to get up at 4A.M. so he can ride his bike to the bus stop, go into Salt Lake City, bike from the bus stop to the Tracks Station, and take the Tracks to the end of the line, where he then again bikes to work. Then after work he has to bike back to the station, take another bus to Provo and attend his classes at BYU. He has his midterm tomorrow--Good Luck!

I've decided that some decisions are not logical. You cannot make sense of them except for the fact that the decision is right. Tooele is the right place for us at this time. We are lucky to have bought such a beautiful home, and it will be really nice once we get rid of all the boxes and find places for all our things.

This past weekend was our first here in Tooele. So we decided to get some food at Cafe Rio, yes they have all sorts of yummy restaurants out here in Tooele. Then we went to a Drive In Movie. I have not been to one for a long time. It was fun. We took our Jeep, and we folded down the back seats, and we had lots of pillows and blankets, and we watched two movies. The first I did not care for, it was called Lucky One. It was just OK. But then we saw Sherlock Holmes II and it was fantastic. Surprisingly our children did well, and fell asleep, and we all had a great time in the old fashion drive in movies!

Saturday we spent bringing in our furniture and assembling everything. We did have some fun visitors. Stan's parents came, and that was fun to see them. Then later in the day my family came over. We had dinner and they brought Blue Bunny ice cream. Sooooo good. Bunny Tracks is now one of my favorites!

For family night we went swimming at the Tooele City Pool. It was great fun and super cheap! It has a fun waterslide and a lazy river, so Gregory and George swam their hearts out! Stan was a good sport and watched us swim as he tried to study for his midterm tomorrow.

I guess life is full of surprises, and so far this one is turning out well! Tooele I think you're okay :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

A month before George was born, I wrote a story as if I were Gregory. I want to share it on my blog. It's called:

Who’s in Mommy’s Tummy?

By Brooke A. Nelson

Mommy and I are best friends. We do everything together. In the summer, we love to go on long walks, play at the park, and go swimming.


 In the fall, Mommy loves to dress me up for Halloween, we go trick-or-treating, eat soup in bread bowls, and jump in the leaves.


In the winter, Mommy dresses me warm and snug; we build snowmen, go sledding, and drink hot chocolate.

In the spring, Mommy and I clean our home, play in the rain puddles, ride bikes, and plan summer vacations.

But this year something is different…but what could it be?

In the summer, we started to go on a long walk, but Mommy said her tummy felt funny so we had to go home. At the park, usually Mommy pushes me on the swing and catches me on the slides, but not this summer. She sits on the bench and cheers me on. Daddy says there’s something in Mommy’s tummy.

As the leaves begin to fall, Mommy becomes more and more tired…what could be in Mommy’s tummy? This year, Daddy dressed me in my Halloween costume and we went trick-or-treating, while Mommy stayed home and passed out candy. She must have eaten a lot of candy because her tummy began to grow!

By Christmas time, something definitely was in Mommy’s tummy. She sat at the end of the hill while Daddy and I went sledding. Mommy looked like a snowman as she clapped her hands and had hot chocolate waiting for us to finished. 

One night as Mommy and I were rocking back and forth she asked me, “Do you know who’s in Mommy’s tummy?” 
I had many ideas of who could be in Mommy’s tummy. It could be a dinosaur, a  grizzly bear, or maybe my favorite toy train? Mommy smiled as I fell asleep in her arms.

 In the middle of the night, Daddy woke me up. He helped me get my slippers on and my warm winter jacket. Mommy was already in the car, they drove me to Grandma’s house.

Mommy gave me a big hug, she said that she loved me and would see me soon. It was a while before I could fall asleep again. I wondered now, really hard who was in mommy’s tummy?

 The next morning Daddy was there to pick me up. We ate banana pancakes and orange juice before heading to the hospital. I held Daddy’s hand while we walked through big revolving doors, up an elevator, and down many hallways.
We came to a room where Mommy was in a bed, she was smiling and very happy to see me. She was holding something.“Come in Gregory” she said to me. “Come look who has been in Mommy’s tummy!”  I crawled up in bed, right next to her. She put her arm around me, gave me a kiss, and handed me my new baby brother!

Gregory and George LOVE eachother soooo much. I am glad they are such great friends even at this young age. We love you George, and we are all so happy and grateful that you are in our lives!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Moving On...

In June Stan and I will celebrate our 5 year anniversary. I cannot believe it's been almost five years. For the majority of that time we have lived in our adorable Orem home. It has been a great place to live and be with Stan, and my two boys. Life here has been wonderful.

Stan and I had a goal when we first married. We read books about buying and renting homes, and we decided that we wanted to purchase homes, live in them, then rent them. It would be awesome if we could eventually own 5-10 homes. By the time we retired it would be a great source of income. Well, as many of us do, I thought this dream would only be a hope...but we are in contract to purchase our second home! We are going to rent out our current Orem home. I'm really excited and hope that this adventure will be a good one :)

Wish us luck as we move to TOOELE! Our new home is going to be adorable, it gives us some more space and it's only 15-20 minutes from SLC. I'm excited not to live in SLC but to be so close to shopping and discover the city. It's going to be fun...well I hope!