Monday, March 18, 2013

Saucony Giveaway!

I have to share this giveaway for a chance to win a FREE pair of Saucony Kinvara 3's! These shoes are AMAZING!! Lightweight and durable are a runners dream come true!!! Training for a marathon, you end up burning through shoes fast, so a free pair will save me from having to convince the hubs to buy me a new pair! Cross your fingers for me and if you want to enter go to!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Westley Cole

i feel like i need a post just for my sweet west wee. i feel like i'm really getting to know him lately. i notice differences between him and cohen now. west is a very easy happy baby as was cohen. W lights up when he gets attention and will almost always welcome you with a toothless grin (still at 9 months no teeth!) he is a mama boy. i remember as a newborn he would calm when i would sing to him or hold him. i loved that. now when i come in the room and someone else is holding him he nearly jumps towards me!he is a very hands on baby. he likes to grab for everything... he is a lot of work to hold as well because he is very wiggly! he always puts things in his mouth and seems to really love toys... much more than cohen ever did. west likes that kind of stimulation which is interesting. he always sticks out his tongue too. its adorable! he LOVES food. he seems not as interested in baby food anymore. he wants the real thing. he'll still eat it but he lunges for food off my plate or anyone elses. he likes to pull himself up on things now but seems to not have very good balance. he has fallen and hit his head soooo many times. basically since he started rolling over and sitting up he's been hitting his head. so sad! i think he kinda milks it too. when he gets hurt i obviously comfort him but i think he lets his cry linger a little longer just for that reason. pretty cute right?!! he loves cohen too. he gets really happy to see him and squeals with delight at his big bro! cohen always covers west with pillows or blankets too and he just laughs hysterically. cohen is very possessive over his "baby buddy" lately he doesn't seem to want to share him. westwee is a fairly quiet baby too. he only has moments where he starts "talking" and making noises. his thing lately is to scrunch up his nose and breathe in and out through it! he loves it when i do it with him. well... thats all i can think of at the moment. we love our boys and i'm so in love with both of them i can't even describe it!!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

i have a lot of summer to catch up on...

BUT instead i'm just going to post pictures for now. i have so much to tell you so check back later!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We're in "tut tee"!!!

i can NOT believe how big toe ee is getting!

one day i just glanced over and saw west staring at cohen putting cheese on his crackers with the look of " i really wanna put that in my mouth!!!!!"

"palleeeease toe-ey?!!! just a little""

looks like he's going to swoop in on those crackers.

almost there...

mom... help me out here!

so here we are in "tut tee". thats how cohen says kentucky! but we aren't even there anymore... we're currently in indiana for the time being and who knows where we'll be next week... but i'll save that for another post! at this very moment as i'm typing cohen is making west laugh hysterically and it is my favorite thing EVER! they are what this post is about. i'm able to experience what i had hoped to when i got pregnant with west. i was so looking forward to seeing that friendship and fun that comes with having siblings!!!! i know it wont always be that way but i definitely appreciate the times when it is! sometimes if west is getting more attention than him cohen will act out and get crazy and aggressive... sometimes he just wants to be playful with west and doesn't realize that west can't tackle like him and daddy do! other times he just wants to be helpful and hold his bottle or give him toys. i think they're relationship is pretty typical. i am looking forward to a time soon to come when they will really play more together even though that will probably come with "mom, he hit me!" "moooommmmm he took my toy"... but i'll enjoy that too :)

i just heard laughter coming from cohen and looked over to find him throwing plastic forks at my brother in laws dog. aye. boys.

sooooo... lately i have been savoring every moment with these two little ones because more than ever i realize that they won't stay little for long!!!! especially west... i cannot believe he is 6 months already!!!!! i love love love this age! i love when i hear him making noises in his bed and when i peak my head in his little face lights up with his chunky cheek smile!!! he loves to grab his toes and gets so loud with his little voice. i've learned how easy kids are the first year now... because cohen is definitely more straining on my patience these days! i think he needs a shirt like his friend myles that says "this is my timeout shirt, i wear it all day long" ha! he really only acts up when he is tired but since we are currently living in hotels it is nearly impossible to get him to bed at a reasonable time and even harder to get him to nap unless we're in the car. so i have a very emotionally unstable 2 and a half year old! i'm really proud of him at the same time... he surprises me daily with how much he knows. he talks so well.... i think really well for his age. he also picks up things i didn't realize he was hearing... like "touch me babe" and "let me see you boobies"... i had a little chat with marcel after he said those!!!!!! oh man.
along with that he is recognizes numbers and can count to 10!!! although he always skips 5! ha!
he still calls jeeps and other vehicles that have tires on the back "beep beeps" which i love! he thinks they're steering wheels! he's getting better at the abc's and still asks me to sing it evvery night... he knows twinkle twinkle little star, you are my sunshine, i am a child of God, and the itsy bitsy spider songs too! randomy throughtout the day cohen will say i love you mom and gimme a tiss :) he is so loving and affectionate... at this moment he is yelling at me "MOM I NEED to hold you... i miss you!!!!" what a little sweetie right?!!!! he always says "mom i neeeeeeedddd ____ " insert whatever he wants at that moment. usually candy or toys.

my kids are having a breakdown without my attention right now so i am going to wrap it up. i love my boys. with the coming of a new baby in our family (i am NOT pregnant just to clarify) its got me thinking. i've already been wanting another baby since west is just growing too fast!!! but then i remind myself of the insanity of the newborn stage and how i barely made it through that i can wait but in the coming years i feel ready for a GIRL! i really wanted boys my whole life and was really happy that west was a boy so cohen could have a brother to pal around with and the transition financially was easier since i had everything "boy" already and the pregnancy totally caught us by surprise!!! a couple months back though i was laying in bed and just had this thought that if we had a girl next our family would be complete BUT if we had another boy we would try ONE more time and no matter what be done! marcel thought that sounded good to him too. (after i said this i thought "CRAP! of course Heavenly Father is going to have it be a boy again next so i'll have another one!!! :) i didn't realize it until this conversation that marcel really wants a girl too. i think it would be good for us to have a little girl too to soften things up a bit. i know Heavenly Father knows what is best for us so we will see!!!! i have an iud now so there won't be any more surprises but i am looking forward to the day when we'll experience the joy of a new baby again! for now i'll just snuggle with the ones i already have and am currently neglecting to finish this post.... so the end.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

{my sweet life}

4 months 12 days! that's how old my sweet West-wee is!!! my happy little guy is officially 17.1 lbs (81st percentile) and 26.4 inches (88th percentile). i know he looks chubby but he really is just a big kid all around! i can't believe how happy he is! his smile lights up my life!!!! his little giggles too! i can't get through the day without feeling so incredibly blessed in my life.
i recently taught a lesson about eternal families to my young women (my last lesson i might add) in the process of preparing i learned so much! which i have throughout my entire time in young womens. marcel and i have had a hard time fitting in in this ward and have never really felt part of it. we hardly know anyone and no one really attempts to get to know us. kinda sad, but i feel having my calling helped a little bit as far as helping me understand my purpose in being in this ward. anyway, back to what i was saying. in preparing this lesson i learned a lot about what is necessary for us to accomplish in this life in order to able to reach our highest potential in the next. some of which i didn't know. it put a lot into perspective. i realized i am NOT celestial material at this very moment and in order for me to be with my husband and babies forever.... i need to be! it made me recognize i need to step it up. be a little (or a lot!) better, honest, more vigilant with my tithing, kinder and much less set upon the things of this world. the last is probably my biggest struggle. i like to shop and have nice things around me. i'm not a big spender and am always on a budget so i usually bargain shop and look for sales, but nonetheless, it's still stuff... stuff that won't get me where i more than anything want to be, with my Father in Heaven and my family. i know its something that i can't really measure as far as my progress but will be more of a change of heart. it will take time, prayer, faith and discipline but i hope to get to a much better place. like i was when i first joined the church. so willing to sacrifice EVERYTHING for what i believed. that's what this life is all about right? being tested and growing through those experiences.... anyway, i didn't intend for this post to become what it just did. but i'm glad i shared it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

ABC's & Santa Twaus

I need to remember the cute things cohen is doing lately! just now as we were doing our bedtime routine of stories, songs and prayer, Cohen did what he normally does which is he asks to sing the ABC's...over and over. he even says "mom, yast time". i' quite impressed because tonight i'm pretty sure he said every letter of the alphabet! i think he smushed a couple together with the tune of the song but still!!!! then as we said prayer he actually took over and did it all on his own! he said something along the lines of "thank you for this day" then mumbled something "santa twaus tome home shoon... jesus tome home too" and then he paused awhile and said "done". i was so proud of him!!!! its funny how one day they wake up and seem so much smarter!!! i have been feeling guilty that i have to share time between both kids. i have been making more effort to hold west because he gets left out so much while he's playing on his activity mat. he is such a happy easy baby we almost forget he's there! he get so happy when he sees us (or himself in a mirror) i feel so incredibly blessed!!!! they make me so happy! happier than anything in this whole world. (well them and my husband) it took me some time to get back to church after west and i was feeling a little spiritually distant and this month i have put forth extra effort to draw nearer to Heavenly Father and I have felt such a difference. I'm so thankful that with the small steps we take he recognizes those efforts and definitely blesses us for it! anyway, i wanted this to be a quick post about little Toe-ee (who is beginning to call himself Tohen :( he is getting to close to saying it correctly!!! he is growing up and i love him and west so so very much!

just pics!

... in case you didn't notice the last 3 were a trick!!!! those are Cohen as a baby! He and west kinda look alike, huh?!!