Monday, February 4, 2013

Back to School, Back to School...

Our little man is growing up so quickly!  He recently started attending the toddler lab at BYU-Idaho.  It's basically preschool for him, but the instructors are students working on their degrees in things like Child Development or Early Childhood Education. We knew going into it he would probably struggle, since I have been attending Nursery with him for the last seven months, but after going three times, he is managing it and seems to be having fun.  He has, however, managed to poop every time he has been at school, which is unfortunate for the workers.  Especially for Mr. Kevin, who had the wonderful opportunity of changing a diaper for the first time!  15 minutes or so later, Eli came out in a completely new outfit!  Anyway, here are a few shots of Eli modeling his new backpack tonight.


We are trying to do better this year at having Family Home Evening.  And by saying we, I mostly mean Jess.  She is taking the time and effort to initiate things for us and most weeks does all of the lesson planning, too.  Tonight we had a lesson on missionary work.  Jess was recently called as a Ward Missionary and is maybe a little reluctantly excited to get to work.  Having grown up in Rexburg, ID, where the population is some 98%+/- LDS, she has not had much opportunity to do missionary work, so this will be her first real taste.  When the Bishop called her, he mentioned that she will likely have the opportunity to teach lessons to some individuals, which I think is where the reluctance comes in, but she will do an amazing job!  Here are a few shots from the evening.

Also, we are trying to include my sweet mother in our FHE activities via Skype or phone.  Mom, thanks for letting us interrupt your regularly-scheduled Monday evening routine.  Sisters, if you'd like a turn with her, we can schedule accordingly.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


How cute are these kids?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Good Brownie!

This morning while I was getting ready for work and Jess was getting Lizzy dressed for the day, Eli went downstairs.  He came back a few minutes later and exclaimed, "good brownie!"  When we went down stairs, sure enough, he had pushed a chair over to the stove and found the pan of brownies that I had made after he went to bed last night.  

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Another First

Miss Lizzy's first taste of rice cereal.  She actually like it a lot more than this video suggests.

A Couple Firsts

This boy is just so cute.  He brings so much happiness (and frustration) into our home.

A little Nerf skirmish 

Trying Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce for the first time.  He loved it.  He ended up eating it with his fingers, as opposed to the carrots he's dipping in the photo.

Na na na na...EliMan!
Another first.  This time it's carbonation.  Perhaps the flavor was too strong, but ultimately he didn't like it.  You can see him trying to scrape it off his tongue with his teeth.

Mr. Helpful

Eli absolutely loves his little sister.  Sometimes he loves her too much.  Here he is working very hard to help her get a drink.   She might be little, but its obvious to tell she adores her big brother...most of the time.  Don't judge us for putting the Bumbo on the table.

Here he is loving on the poor little helpless girl.  Thanks for the blanket, Aunt Missy!