Life is so good right now. I keep feeling so guilty for not documenting more of it. Radcliff says the cutest dang things all day long, and everything Bear does is too adorable. I wish I could box up all of these precious moments so I could remember them forever! I feel like the first couple months after Bear was born were pretty tricky and getting adjusted to life with two took some time. But now that he is getting a little older, well heck, they're both getting a little older, we have just settled into this fun little time of our lives, I feel like I've timed their bedtimes and naps in such a way that I get to spend a couple hours in the morning with each of them alone, which I love! And when both of them are awake they seriously play together every minute. Bear loves to go into Rad's playroom with him and they'll play in there for a long time. Or we'll go on the deck and eat ice cream sandwiches (Bear gets an apples in his little netty sucker thing) and we'll play with the hose and jump. Sometimes we go for walks to the park or just drives to get drinks and listen to music. I just love being with them all day. They are constantly making me laugh and smile, and if I'm ever having a moment where I'm frustrated or just tired, they quickly bring me back to a happier place. I really could have them be these ages forever. I wish they could be!
Now for a little bit about each of them...
Radcliff. He was seriously born to be an older brother. He is so protective of Bear and always trying to make him happy. He hands him his passy all day, is so good at breaking off tiny bites of his food to give to him, they wrestle and Radcliff is so good at being gentle and sharing his toys with him. Bear started choking a couple days ago and Radcliff started bawling he was so worried about him. He also is constantly saying and doing nice things for his mama too. I made a goal to ride my cycling bike every morning which means Radcliff usually is right by my side watching me. Sometimes it's hard to even finish because I'm laughing so hard at what he says, "Good job Mommy! Wow! Look how FAST you're going!? Are you so tired? I bet you're thirsty. Take a big drink! What's that dripping off your face?" He's hilarious! If he can ever tell I'm bugged he gets a cutest fake smile on his face and says, "I'm so sorry Mommy. Is your face happy? See mine is!" One thing I keep getting more and more grateful for, is how clean he is. He's the cleanest eater and is constantly wiping his hands when he eats. When it feels like all I do all day is feed and clean up, it's so appreciated! He always says, "Mommy. You miss me as a beeby (baby) huh?" I think I've grabbed him one too many times, kissing his cheeks, telling him he needs to always stay my baby. But I have just loved watching him grow up and seeing his sweet little personality develop! He's such a Daddy's guy. He'll say to me sometimes, "Mommy, you can stay in the car with Bearsie, k? And me and Daddy can run in," He loves his one on one time with Wren and helping him take care of and do nice things for Bear and I. He's just good. That's the best way to describe him. He has such good intentions and I'm so so so lucky I got him!
Now onto Everest. My Everest Bear. Oh my gosh, I'm so in love with that baby. And his little body. I swear it was built to mold in to mine, for the perfect hug. Oh, I don't know how I haven't eaten him yet. I really don't. I've heard from so many people that he just has a sparkle in his eye. He's so alert and there's just so much going on in that cute little head of his. He's easy. So easy. He is so busy and the biggest scavenger for food! Oh my, I have to hide what I'm eating and if I don't he'll start shrieking until he gets some. He loves drinking out of our drinks and I swear he'd drink my whole huge smoothie every morning if I let him! He's so different from Rad. Rad just wanted to nurse all day, and wasn't that into food. Bear, not so much into nursing and has wanted to eat real food, since day one, I swear! Ha. His dimples make me weak. He really is too much for me to handle! Can't I just take one bite? He started crawling this week and has the funniest way of getting to and from, he'll kind of slide, then roll over, then sit up and start all over again. He's all over the place and is really into following me from room to room. He's loving his new found freedom! He's obsessed with fans, electronics, dogs, other kids, but mostly just Radcliff. If Rad's in the room, and I'm trying to get his attention, he literally moves his head from side to side, doing his best to dodge me, so he can see what Rad's doing. I love to wrestle him and he laughs and laughs. I love putting my cheek next to his and seeing his cute little mouth and nose and hearing his baby breaths. He can clap and is getting real close to waving. He jabbers mama and dada all day long and I hope he's an early talker like Rad, that was so much fun! He just barely cut his first tooth (one of the vampire ones!) and has gotten through his first round of teething fairly well. Rad got his first at 4 1/2 months and let me just tell you how much easier it's been for Bear getting his a little bit older.
I feel like I always talk about the little boys, and never Wren. But he deserves to be talked about for the wonderful husband and father he is. The three of us are so lucky to have that guy. He is constantly doing nice gestures for all of us throughout the entire day. Whether it's getting up with Bear in the morning and letting him hang out with him while he gets ready for work so I can sleep for thirty extra minutes, sending nice texts throughout the day, bringing us surprises, making me a smoothie in the morning, taking the boys for "guy time" so mama can get a break, leaving work early to see us. making us good snacks, and just spending all of his spare time with us, he's just so lovable! I love him more and more everyday and am so happy we are building this little family of ours together. He makes it all so much more fun! Plus he's pretty sexy too. I want to take a bite outta him sometimes! ;)
It was our big boy, Radcliff's, 3rd birthday yesterday! What??? How can he be 3? I can't believe how fast it's gone. Sheesh. It was just the funnest of days, and days like these are the days I always want to remember!
We woke up to a Whole Foods breakfast that Wren brought home and a Lego firetruck! We built and ate and Rad was being so adorable saying the cutest, gratuitous things. After, we headed down to City Creek to let Rad pick out a couple toys from his favorite place, the Disney Store! I swear he just likes looking at everything more than actually getting something. It's so fun to watch his little face light up as he looks at all the stuff. We went to Kneaders for lunch and Bear had a big blowout, and Wren changed it on the booth bench, among the busy restaurant of people eating. There were people in both adjoining booths who probably wanted to kill us, but it was too bad to even make the long jaunt to the bathroom. And then we ran out of wipes half way through and had to start dipping napkins in our cups of water. It was one of our finer moments and Radcliff was trying his best not to gag. Life with kids, man. We came home and somehow everyone was able to take a family nap! Heaven!
When we woke up, it was party time! We invited our families and close friends over, and it was so much fun hanging with everyone!
Who's that photo bomber!?
The kids decorated their toy planes...
...and even got their faces painted by the one and only artist, JJ!
That bunny!? I die!
Rad was a little nervous to get his face painted so he just watched and finally relented to having a clover painted on his arm.
Mustache man, Jamison!
Radcliff, buddy. I love every inch of you. You have been the biggest joy to us over the last three years. We love your witty comments, your sweetness, and your zest for life. Everything is exciting with you and we hope you know how much we love you!
4th of July this year was seriously one of the best days yet! It was jam packed to the brim, and it was so nice and refreshing getting the heck outta the house, away from laundry, dishes, and more laundry, and spending every second having fun with my guys.
First, we woke up early and rode/walked in our neighborhood parade. Rad was a tough guy and almost made it the whole way on his push bike!
Who are those handsome guys???
Meet our new neighbor Grey.
She's Rad's little lady. Seriously? I want to cry when I see the two of them. Grey is so super sweet to my sensitive boy and he's so in love with her. I just adore her to the moon and back!
Best playmates ever!
The parade ended in the park, where we were met with a big breakfast. We ate while the kids played (and took bites in between slide runs).
After the morning festivities, we headed out to another fun park where we met Rad's cousins and had water fights with squirt guns! Boo ya! When everyone had enough of being shot, we headed for pizza!
Bear loves him some Hoo Hoo and cousin Lilly!
We came home for a quick re-group...
My silly buddy!
Then we went over to my Aunt's house for a BBQ and swimming! I don't know if there's anything I like more than sitting by a pool, listening to music, enjoying a hamburger and watching my boys play in the pool! It felt so 4th of July of us!
It brought Rad so much joy to push Wren in the pool!
Then of course all the guys had to compete doing tricks off the diving board.
Even Cha Cha had herself a little fun!
But the fun didn't stop there...
We then headed to Rad's girlfriend's house for some driveway fireworks.
I just can't get over their little love affair!
And we were shocked that the boys were still hanging on, so we thought, what the hay. Let's take them to watch some big fireworks!
And let me tell you what, watching fireworks from the back of our truck bed, with ice cream (and a baba for Bear), was like, bomb. Easy set up, easy exit, lots of snuggling. In true form, Rad was scared and may have said things like, "That firework reminds me of food that makes me gag." And, "That one reminds me of a dead moose." Mhh. So we put him in the back of the truck bed. And of course, Bear didn't even flinch with the first one. How can siblings be so different?!
So in love with my little family.
I'm also so in love with our country and the way it lets us raise our boys. When I think of our country, I often think of all of the families in different countries with children that go hungry or don't have an education or don't even have a family, and it really just sickens me. It's not fair. We are so blessed to be able to raise our families in this amazing country. Thank you to all who have fought for everything we have here.