Wednesday, May 10, 2017

18 Month facts for Seth

1. Little ones change so much the first couple years, I love remembering how they are at these different stages. So this blog is all about Seth now that he's 18 months old.

2. Seth is 25.8 pounds and is in the 72nd percentile for weight.

3. He is 32 and a half inches tall and in the 53rd percentile for height.

4. He's got 8 teeth, four on top and four on bottom.

5. Seth doesn't say very many words yet. He can say "no" pretty well. :) And he may say "mama" occasionally, but we're still not certain he knows what he's saying. He says "ba" for a few things like ball, bottle, and banana. He understands a lot, most everything we say to him, but he doesn't seem to be interested in talking much yet.

6. Scott got a calling as a nursery leader, so about a month before Seth turned 18 months, he was able to go to nursery early with him. He's been having fun playing with the toys and having daddy with him.

7. Seth is very active. He's climbing, crawling, walking, running, anything to get around. He also loves playing with balls and has a pretty decent arm. He can throw a ball pretty far for a toddler. :) I think he stresses me a little more than the other kids did with his attempts to climb things and his curiosity. He's the first kid I've had to call Poison Control for.

8. I'm still working on the sleep training thing with Seth. I've gotten lazy though, and he always ends up sleeping with us in our bed.

9. Seth loves hats. He loves to put things on his head, including bowls, tupperware, boxes, helmets, and anything he finds that fits. He's always getting into the lower kitchen cabinets and pulling out bowls and tupperware to play with. I'm constantly having to remember to rewash things before using them just in case Seth has gotten to it first. :)

10. Seth gives the absolute best hugs ever. He wraps his arms around our necks and gives us the cutest hugs that just make us melt. He's a very cuddly little toddler and we love him so much. Claire and Everett love trying to teach him new things and find so much joy in everything new he learns to do. :)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Free Hogle Zoo Day

So the last Wednesday of the months in winter are free zoo days. We decided to attempt going this year and chose the last month in February. We had some family visiting and decided to join us along with my parents who had recently returned from their mission. We took Claire out of school just a tiny bit early and headed to the zoo. With rain in the forecast we were hesitant but decided to just go for it. It was definitely cold, but worth it. We saw a lot of the animals and spent the time with family and made it out of the park just in time for it to start pouring. :)

Oh, and a lion got right in Seth's face and gave us a little surprise...

Thursday, April 27, 2017


During Christmas break we made it to the Spanish Fork Golf Course for some sledding fun. It started snowing on us and got so cold my phone stopped working so I only got a few pictures and video. It was fun though and kids wanted to go down the hill all on their own, they're growing up! :)

Friday, March 10, 2017


Christmas Eve day was spent playing together at home and giving the boys haircuts. Seth got his first haircut. :) We visited with the Spanish Fork Brysons that afternoon and opened some presents with them then we headed home for our own Christmas Eve plans. We let the kids open their one pajama present, read the Polar Express and read through the Christmas story while letting the kids act it out with the nativity set. We loved having Scott with us this year and I think he was extra excited and happy to be here after last year's experience. :)

Christmas morning was fun. We opened stockings and presents and Seth wandered around playing and trying a little bit of everything. :) It was sweet seeing our children give each other their gifts and cards. We went to church for an hour and sang songs and listened to a speaker. Then, the rest of the day was spent visiting Spanish Fork again. The kids brought and played with their toys and we celebrated another family birthday. Such a fun day. :)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Christmas Activities

During the Christmas season we tried to do a few of our favorite things to create fun memories for our kids. Some have become traditions and some it depends on the year, but we had some fun times.

I experimented with some Christmas magical photos...

We went to the Riverwoods and enjoyed looking at lights, eating Bajio's, and visiting Santa...

We went to the festival of lights in Spanish Fork and drove through the display of Christmas lights. Kids were allowed to get out of their seats so they could see better and that might have been one of their favorite parts.

And we made graham cracker houses. Claire is getting a lot more meticulous with her decorating while Everett just wanted to throw the candy on his house so he could eat it. And Seth just wandered around the table grabbing candy wherever he could. :)

We had some fun times, one of the best parts being that daddy was able to join us this year. :) Claire also participated in a couple Christmas programs which will be our next blog.

Friday, December 16, 2016

FHE in the Snow

It snowed pretty well on a Monday and the kids wanted to go play in it, so we had an early dinner and decided to make that our Family Home Evening activity. We have a very small hill in the backyard which was just perfect for sledding down a few times with our little ones. Seth even loved it. :) We had a little snow ball fight and daddy and the kids built a snowman. We had a little cat friend following us around as well. It was a great activity. :) 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend

So this was a fun holiday for us. This was the first Thanksgiving we've had since getting married that Scott did not have to get to sleep before working that night or hurrying off to work like last year. He played football in the morning and then together we all headed down to Spanish Fork for a yummy dinner with Scott's family. I didn't get many pictures, but kids really enjoyed spending time with cousins. After dinner, we headed back to our place where we invited all my family for dessert. It was a pretty good turn out and we enjoyed eating lots of pie and playing games. :)

April's family was able to join us for the weekend.  Scott took the 4 older kids to go see the new Disney movie on Friday and that evening we bundled them all up as best we could and went to see the light parade down in Spanish Fork. I think the kids liked it, but it was FREEZING. We warmed up afterwards with warm cookies and hot chocolate. :)