Thursday, February 16, 2017

Smith Chicks

We got our first two baby Chicks yesterday! Am I crazy or 'out of my mind' as my mother asked? Nope! I've secretly - or not so secretly - been wanting to get chicks for almost a year now. I started thinking about it seriously last fall right after having Graham, but since I had a brand new baby I decided it probably wasn't the best timing. Plus with winter right around the corner they wouldn't have done well outside and would have had to be kept inside for a couple months until they were fully feathered.

This all came about because Grandma and Grandpa Smith's neighbor has two chickens and Hilton BEGS to go see them and feed them every time we have gone to visit them for probably the past year or so. I also have a neighbor and a couple coworkers who talked me into them as being easy to care for, low maintenance, and many benefits (eggs). I figured this would be a great life lesson about where food comes from for Hilton and to teach him to learn about caring for creatures from a young age.

Well it's easy to expect but Hilton is in LOVE with these little guys!

And I have to admit they're pretty stinking cute! Although one did poop on Hilton within the first 30 minutes of having them home so that was pretty funny. Hilton then proceeded to tell me that we need to teach them how to poop on the toilet. I got a kick out of that since we've been ingraining into Hilton how we're all supposed to poop on the toilet.

So the two baby chicks we got are Buff Orpington's and we plan on getting two Wyandotte's next Friday so I will post more photos and adventure's on chick keeping then. Also our baby chicks are still unnamed! Hilton's suggestions are 'Bucket' because I keep telling him to stop knocking on their bucket because it scares them (he's very enthusiastic about making sure they're still alive so he has to get confirmation by making them cheep or move around), and Jared's suggestions are Breast and Drumstick (hardy har har). Any ideas? I'm open to them!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Graham Robert: 6 months

Our sweet little Graham is halfway to one year old! He is becoming more and more giggly, and recognizes my voice and will turn towards me smiling if I coo at him. He has been fighting naps, and breaking swaddles more and more. It's only a matter of time until we have to break him of being swaddled but of late he actually refuses to eat unless he is swaddled. Graham is still not sleeping through the night so sleep training is on the horizon (again). Hopefully it works. Graham knows what he wants and has figured out to get our attention he has to be louder than Hilton. He is definitely infatuated with Hilton and loves to 'play' with him as much as he can. He watches in his jumper as Hilton plays lego's or pushes around his tractors. They have also had the most adorable laughing fits where Hilton starts and Graham then starts giggling back. He always looks to see if Hilton is in the car when I put his car seat into the car. I am very excited to see how they become friends. We love this sweet little addition to our family.
  • Weighs 19.5 lbs
  • Wearing size 12 month clothes
  • Wearing size 3 diapers - needs to be moved to size 4
  • Takes about three 1.5 hour naps each day if we're lucky since napping is still a fight
  • Still eats about 5-6 oz. every 3 hours
  • Still hates solid foods
  • Now has two bottom teeth!
  • His hair is getting longer and thicker, I love it
  • Either has to be held or in the jumper - still doesn't love tummy time
  • He can roll from back to front and is trying to sit up which he's getting better at
  • Has the biggest grins when I coo at him and responds to the sound of my voice

  • Such a sweet smiley baby!

    Look how I can roll mom!

    Come here bear, I want to give you lovin's

    Sunday, January 08, 2017

    Graham Robert: 5 months

    Our sweet little Graham's personality is coming out so much more this past month. He is a quiet watchful baby, but wants to be part of the action. He loves to snuggle so much more than Hilton ever did which we love. He knows what he wants and has figured out to get our attention he has to be louder than Hilton. He loves to people watch already, and is highly entranced by male voices and grandpa type faces. We had him evaluated this past month for plagiocephaly (flat head) because many people have noticed and pointed out the definite flat spot on the back right side of his head. Thank goodness the doctor said it's very mild and should resolve on it's own without a helmet. We love this sweet little addition to our family.

  • Weighs 18 lbs!
  • Wearing size 9 month onesies and size 9-12 month pants - we can barely keep up
  • Wearing size 3 diapers
  • Went through a sleep regression right after he turned 4 months and now wakes up one time every night never at the same time. We tried crying it out but it didn't work so I'm desperate for sleep advice!
  • Takes about three 1.5 hour naps each day if we're lucky since napping is still a fight
  • Still eats about 4-4.5 oz. every 2 hours
  • We have tried pureed bananas, peaches, sweet potatoes, and green beans and he hates all of them
  • Acts like he is teething but I don't see anything coming out quite yet
  • Definitely going to be a blonde although we think he's looking pretty strawberry blond, almost red!
  • Loves his Baby Einstein jumper toy now that his feet can touch and is happy playing in it as long as you are in the room
  • Always wants to be carried facing outwards if he's being held
  • Has the biggest little grins and smiles for me when I coo at him and tell him I love him
  • Getting better at sitting although he's still inclined to topple forward
  • Still hasn't rolled over but it getting much better with tummy time and doesn't suck on his hands quite as much
  • Loves watching his big brother Hilton play toys in the front room, always checks in the backseat of the car to see if Hilton is there too

  • Graham's crying face

    Graham's 'what was that noise' face

    Graham's 'eh I don't think so' face

    Graham's two favorite things in one photo: mirrors and being held

    Thursday, December 29, 2016

    Christmas 2016

    We had such a great holiday season this year. This is the first year since we got married that we got tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert since they changed the way you get tickets from raffle to first-come-first-serve. No pictures of that unfortunately but it snowed/sleeted that night so it made for a cold walk. 

    Below is the night we made it to temple square to see lights, it was about 15 degrees that night so after only twenty minutes on temple square we retreated inside for warmth, good food, and fun company with our friends from Las Vegas who were up visiting. 

    Hilton's last day in nursery (I may or may not have wept when I dropped him off knowing it was the last time). Also his second year of refusing to dress as a character for the manger scene. He was an assistant :).

    We took Hilton to see Santa at Station Park in Farmington as everyone says 'he's the real Santa'. As we were walking back to the car after meeting him, Hilton very thoughtfully asked me, 'Mom that Santa is different then the Santa that came to Preschool. Why are there two Santa's?' My jaw about dropped at how a three year old has already got suspicions. Either we're not very sneaky or he's incredibly wise. I responded as carefully as I could that, 'the Santa's we see aren't the real Santa, they're his elves who come down from the North Pole so that all the boys and girls can tell them what they'd like for Christmas'. Hopefully we get a couple more years at least before we have to tell him about the Magic of Santa in place of the literal Santa. 

    We also took Hilton to see the Christmas in Color light show in Kearns and while it was very pretty for about five minutes, it was unfortunately an uncomfortable experience in my opinion for the money. It was a dirt road that had a ton of pot holes in it, the cars were very crowded and you were forced to go at the speed of the traffic. Hilton enjoyed it at least, but mom was very carsick by the time we got out.

    Our Christmas eve tradition of making homemade pizza and then watching a movie at home. This year's movie was Toy Story (Hilton's choice of course).

    After Hilton went to bed Santa's elves went to work putting together his mini trampoline and tricycle.

    Christmas morning was very magical and exciting watching Hilton see what Santa had brought and be so excited that he had come. I think what comes he really loves though is not so much getting gifts but opening them. He helped open Graham's as well as Adi and Aspen's gifts. Hopefully next year it will be just that much more fun to see his reaction.

    His tricycle bell was probably the biggest hit of it all, we're still working on the actual cycling aspect of it.

    We had a white Christmas indeed! It snowed 15-16 inches (!) Christmas morning, Jared had to snowblow our driveway TWICE. Hilton was more than happy to help and go play in all this new snow after the excitement of opening presents. After snowblowing we got pulled together and went to my parents for Christmas at their house.

    After nap for Christmas evening the Smith crew came over and we had a wonderful Italian dinner with Pasta Carbonara, pear and brie caprese slices, breadsticks, salad and tons of pie and martinelli's. So yummy and fun to be with family and cousins. I was the odd man out in my choice of clothing color though.

    All the men wore red so we had to get a group picture although all the kids were squirming so this is the best we could do.

    The day after Christmas we went sledding to enjoy in all the new snow and let's just say that the rest of Bountiful and North Salt Lake did as well. Pretty much we had a great time but it didn't end well so we'll just leave it at that. Love my husband and his refusal to take photos.

    But Hilton had a great time and that's what matters. Love my little man and his enthusiasm for fun activities.

    Last but not least we went to the Smith Fiesta Christmas party with all the extended Smith family. Unfortunately this is the only photo I got but my little nacho burrito munchkin is pretty darn cute so it's all good. Merry Christmas everyone!

    Wednesday, December 28, 2016

    Hilton Says #2

    So I had to document some of the cute things Hilton has said of late, it's so fun having such a precocious toddler who sees the world so differently then we do!

    On of the main roads we drive on almost every day was having the sewer line replaced so it was all ripped up in the middle so they could replace the pipes. Hilton say it and said, 'Mommy, the street is broken...let's get it a bandaid'.

    On our neighborhood walks to wear him out before bed we go past our neighbor's house who has this adorable little wooden dog on their front lawn. Hilton always has to stop and 'pet it'. He even likes to give it hugs and tells it, 'I'll see you later doggy'.

    Hilton loves having his picture taken and whenever I say, 'Hilton smile' he automatically responds with the biggest 'Cheese!' for me which I love. I hope he never outgrows wanting to have his photos taken!

    We went to visit Wheeler farm right before I went back to work and Hilton made friends with the chickens. He was OBSESSED with them. I had to tear him away from their pen after 30 minutes of watching them. I think it's safe to say we might be getting some chickens this next summer.

    Hilton loves to harass play with the dogs and throw Aspen's tennis ball for her. He also helpfully hides them for me in the laundry basket which I find every week I sort the laundry when I'm getting ready to wash it. Usually I find anywhere from 8-10 balls in there.

    One of Hilton's favorite activities to do is to go the Station Park in Farmington and see the 'mountains' (fountains). We're working on it with him but his cute little lisp is endearing and I know he'll grow out of it sooner or later so I enjoy quizzing him on how to say things. Below is his alligator drink which he kept calling his 'elevator' drink.

    Seeing the 'mountains' at City Creek Mall. He loves to see them and their light/water shows they do every hour.

    Hilton HATES wearing hats of any kind but Jared couldn't resist buying him this hat. I got him to wear it by bribing him with three starburst's. What that kid won't do for a starburst! It's the only way I get him to get in his carseat without a fight.
    Sure love this little man of mine, three has so far proven to be really hard and I'm already wishing he was two again since he was infinitely easier to compromise with but we're trying to find a happy medium so that mom gets some cooperation and Hilton gets to do fun things still. 

    Sunday, December 18, 2016

    Birthday Boy: Hilton turned THREE!

    Hilton turned three! How is this possible?! My sweet precocious first born is officially into his toddlerhood and boy is he showing it. The threenager period hit early for Hilton so we've been battling that for a while now. He is so smart for his age and such a loving sweet little guy who is curious and just wants to be involved in everything. Which can be so frustrating as it involves breaking things that he wants to look at on accident and making messes all over the house. We love him so much though and hope that his 'listening to mom' will get better with time...right. Anyways, we started off his birthday week month with a fun dinner with the Smith gang. He loves playing with his cousins Isis and Aiden and they were so great to come and sing happy birthday to him at our sunday dinner. He helped make his requested 'banilla (vanilla) cake with sprinkles' that he decorated himself! 
    His first ever friend birthday party went great! We did a movie with lunch at our house and it was perfect and low-key and just a fun play-date with friends which was just what he wanted. He requested to watch Elsa (Frozen) for his party which was perfect to fit the snowy weather outside. His little friends that were able to come were (left to right) Anna, Riley, Hilton, Beck, and Caleb. We did pizza and glowsticks as party favors and everyone had a great time. Hilton talked about it for weeks afterwards so I know he enjoyed himself. We love all our little friends!


    Blowing out his candles on his ice-cream 'cake'. I already made two cakes to celebrate his birthday so I decided that since kids all like ice cream to make it easy and just be simple in my 'cake' for this party.


    Grandma and Grandpa Mills spoiled him with dominoes and a Sesame Street alphabet puzzle. We also did cake at Grandma and Grandpa's but I can't find the picture so just know we had lots of cake this week!

    Hilton was so excited to take sugar cookies to Preschool to celebrate his birthday. He helped 'decorate' them with sprinkles as well and even got sung to again at Preschool.

    My birthday boy on his birthday morning woke up to a decorate doorway and a room filled with balloons. He was so excited to see the balloons and streamers so I think this will be a birthday tradition for years to come.

     Not pictured was his birthday treat with mom and dad going to see Disney's new Moana in the movie theater. We had a great time and he loved the movie and all the yummy popcorn. Such a great birthday, I think he felt it was really special and separate from Christmas celebrations which is really important to me. I want him to know how special he is and I think we made sure everything was special. He's already talking about his birthday next year. Happy Birthday my three year old! Stop growing up!