Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Oops... forgot the "O"

Damon loves spelling his name now that he knows how. He will spell it outloud to Joe and I, or to grandparents and family. He will tell us how to write it on his magna-doodle. While taking a bath, he will spell his name on the side of the tub with his foam letters. And we recently got a new leap frog toy for our fridge with all the letters of the alphabet. Damon will constantly run to the fridge, and spell out D-A-M-O-N on it. So it was nothing new as he yelled to me the other day to come see the fridge, because he had just spelled his name on it again. To appease him, I ran into the fridge all excited, getting ready to praise him and let him know how proud I am of him when I saw this...Looks like he forgot the "O" this time. Better not let that regularly happen.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

UPDATES... honestly nothing too interesting...SORRY!

Update #1:

I took Halle to the doctor due to me being a worried little mommy. Her legs don't seem right to Joe and I. She walks funny, and rather slowly, still falling quite a bit. The good doctor examined her, and she has a rather significant case of Varum Deformity. He said it is a common deformity in kids, but that Halle's is more severe than any he has seen in quite the while. What is this you ask...? Well in Lamen's Terms: Halle is extremely Bowlegged. Nothing is done until a child is two for belief they will grow out of it by then. After which, braces and surgery are the methods for correcting it. Until Halle's legs decide to correct themselves or until help is used, I guess Halle will continue to walk through the house looking stiff and silly like Frankenstein. She is still the cutest little lady even if she has a funny signature walk!

Update #2:
I am attempting to quit drinking soda pop. Particularly Mountain Dew. I don't know that I will ever be able to stop completely, but I need to simmer down a little bit my intake of caffeine and carbonation on a daily basis. Today is day three of having nothing. Days one and two were so simple.... Today however, I am craving the bubbly goodness oh so much. I really need to do this in an effort to become more healthy, and to get rid of the post pregnancy pooch that just is never going to go away as long as I am downing 44 oz. of Mountain Dew a day. Wish me luck!

Update #3:

In case you didn't read the last post... Damon is potty trained. YEAH! It is so exciting and nice to only have to buy one size of diapers, and to not be going through the wipes quite as quickly. I just pray that before I decide to have baby #3, Halle will be potty trained too. Changing one kid at a time is enough. It just took Damon some really good motivation (toys and stickers up on a shelf in the bathroom) to get him using the potty regularly, and now he thinks he is a pro, and makes fun of Halle for still using a diaper... Oh the humor. I am excited and proud of him. He can even wear underwear through the night... Knock on wood now, I know!

And that is all of my updating. Like I said, nothing too earth shattering... but updates nonetheless.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Birthday Pictures

Damon had a very happy birthday. I feel bad because Joe and I had promised him a Chuck E Cheese party, but both came down with the stomach bug that day, and couldn't stand the thought of going there, so we had just a small party at our house instead. Damon got a new hat, a truck and trailer, horses, and a farm cake. Pretty much everything this little kid has been wanting! Happy 3rd Damon!

At the end of the day, Damon asked Joe and I if he got these presents because he did a "poop" in the big boy potty? Laughing, we let him know that no... he got these because it was his birthday! Yes we did bribe Damon to use the toilet, and I am happy to announce, he is potty trained, and accident free for two weeks!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I cannot even believe my baby boy is turning 3 today. I remember all to well the night my water broke, and we rushed to the hospital to have him... 11 hours later. It took the entire two days of hospital time for us to come up with what to name him, but Damon Jack Anderson has fit him perfectly, and Jack as his middle name was only appropriate considering he was born two weeks early on his Grandpa Jack's birthday!!!

Damon, I love you so much. You have brought me more happiness (and frustration) than a person can comprehend over the past three years. You are the silliest, cutest, most lively little boy in the world. You have a light and love about you, and can make anyone giggle. I can't believe how much you have grown up right before my eyes. I almost wish you could stay this age forever... not a dull moment goes by with you in my life. From wanting to stay up till midnight playing trucks and trailers, to wearing nothing but church shoes and snow boots. I love you more than life itself, and am so greatful that I was chosen to be your mom.

Happy Birthday Damon! Here's to you

(Happy Birthday Grandpa Anderson too! We love you!)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Damon's Random Sleeping Spots

Here are some new random pictures of Damon and his silly sleeping habits. I tell ya, this kid, if tired enough can fall asleep just about anywhere, and in any position! It is a crack up. Did I mention that during September, while playing out in the driveway and sidewalk with the neighbor kids, Damon got a little bit tired, and fell asleep right there in the gutter?! Yep, it looked as if he had been hit by a car and swept into the gutter. I didn't get pictures of that for fear of keeping him there as I ran inside to get my camera... but it is a memory I will not forget. These are the latest of him... what looks like an extremely uncomfortable position on the couch...
And this one is of him, on my bed, after finding Halle's baby dolls and putting them to sleep, he fell asleep too. I thought he was in the basement playing, and was sick to my stomach when I couldn't find him down there... I started screaming his name, went running outside... ready to start calling all the neighbors and searching the neighborhoods. When I walked into my room to grab a hoodie, I saw Damon curled up all snug on my bed. What a cute little guy... I think I will keep him!

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Red Hills Ranch Thanksgiving...

This year we had a "Better Homes and Garden" Thanksgiving. We went to visit Joe's sister and brother in law in Wyoming at the ranch they manage. It is about 45 minutes past Jackson Hole, towards Yellowstone, then down a dirt road for about 10 miles. It was absolutely breathtaking... just like in the magazines. We pulled up to the Ranch on Wednesday night around seven P.M. to a beautiful cabin covered in lights, fireplace roaring... all set in the valley below the Tetons. We went to the Ranch by way of Idaho Falls. We were able to stop and take a look at the temple, and play in the park with the ducks. That alone could have been an awesome vacation for the kids... but upon getting to Red Hills Ranch, were days more of food, fun, activities, riding the horses, games of football, four wheelers, online shopping the day after Thanksgiving since there are no close stores, and would you believe... zero snow!
It was a spectacular trip minus the fact it threw off Damon's potty training a bit... Thanks so much Brian and Jodi. I would come back in a heart-beat! In fact, if you'd let me, I would move right in... kick it in front of the fireplace!

To Eric and Tara...

Eric and Tara ~ We went via Idaho Falls to get to our Thanksgiving destination. As we were driving through town, we saw this store...
We were driving and trying to take the picture before we completely passed the place, and just missed the [ ' s] at the end of the Catmull store. We thought of you guys! Maybe you're related to some mattress/furniture guru out of Idaho Falls! LUCKY!