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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Our Merry Christmas is Over


Well we did have a really great Christmas - it was just like we thought it would be. Lots of fun and lots of squeals. The 2 boys had a lot of fun - Miles especially. He would play with one toy until it was time for him to open another present and then he would play with that toy until it was time to open another present, and on and on. Jonas mainly watched as Miles "helped" him with opening his toys! And of course Jonas watched Miles playing with all the new toys and wanted to join in, too. But he truly was just as happy playing with the new toys as he was with the wrapping paper and boxes. :)










After a few hours of opening and playing with toys, Ben and I were ready to do something "for us." So we got the kiddos ready and went for a Christmas Day Jog. It was great. But apparently all that hard playing got to the boys since they BOTH fell asleep in the stroller (this is Jonas' second time, but Miles' first time doing that!). So it was a quiet run, but the short nap of Miles' was enough to make him not want to take his real afternoon nap. :( That was a slight bummer.

We got the kids some outdoor playset thing. Miles screamed with delight when he first saw it, then got busy with his trucks and started snow-plowing our deck. Jonas was absolutely thrilled to play in it - and by himself, I'm sure! Jonas would go down the big slide (on his tummy for some reason) over and over and over - he loves it! Once Miles came over to play on it we had to do a lot of coaxing to get Miles to go down the big slide - he finally did and did it maybe once or twice more. Miles is our cautious little boy and Jonas is our little dare-baby. Interesting.

Sadly the day is already passed and we're already back to the same old routines. Only now we've got a lot more toys to play with. Like bulldozers, backhoes, drills, crane trucks, cars, trains, slides, etc., etc. . . .

Sunday, December 24, 2006

And A Merry Christmas. . . Almost


Just a little note on the Eve of Christmas Day. We are all excited - Ben is busy finishing up some last-minute wrapping and I'm doing some cooking.

We did some fun things today - we made some homemade lumanarias and put them on our sidewalk. We delivered some gifts to friends. We also opened up our Christmas Eve Pajamas. I've decided that that will be a new Maxwell tradition - pjs each Christmas. And all from Old Navy, too! Man I love that place. Anyways, I am following after my mother's steps, and, yes, dressing my kids alike - at least for bedtime. But sometimes it's just too cute to resist. (Just wait, Erin, it will happen to you, too!).

We also had some not-so-fun times today. After we put the kids to bed Ben aptly summed up the day by saying, "I think that was the crankiest day for both our kids." And he's right. Hopefully a little of the Santa Magic will cure them - at least for a few hours.

Well, Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Nite. . .

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Birthday Ben

So yesterday was Ben's birthday and it was a very fun day - at least I thought so. We had decided to go skiing last week and was lucky enough to 1. get about 7 inches of new snow the day before, and 2. find a babysitter available in the morning. So Ben and I skied for about 1 1/2 hours just outside of town and had fun in the snow and together. We probably spent about 3/4 of the time skiing up-hill, 1/8 of the time skiing down-hill, and the last 1/8 was spent falling as we attempted to do tele-turns. Ben was way more successful than I was - but he still fell way more than I did, too! Anyways, that was awesome.

Then we came home and after the kids' naps we made gingerbread houses - or, rather, graham cracker houses. It was awesome. Poor Miles was sick all yesterday and had a fever of 103. But an hour after a dose of Ibuprofen and he was doing much better. He didn't really eat anything yesterday - except the candy from making our houses. It was pretty bad timing I guess since an hour after giving him the Ibuprofen we started the gingerbread houses - whatever. We all had fun doing this and I want to make it a yearly tradition of making gingerbread houses on Ben's b-day. Ben and I copied ideas from Martha Stewart for our houses and Miles did his own beautiful thing. :) (you can probably guess who the houses belong to!)





A while later we had dinner - a meal that Ben only gets on his birthday and/or Fathers' Day. Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie from Bisquick. Ben enjoyed it, Jonas ate it, I tolerated it, and Miles didn't touch it (but nor did he touch the chocolate cake). It was quite difficult getting THIRTY-ONE candles on one cake, but I did it. I had to mix-n-match candles and some were these crazy sparklers or something - wild!

It was an awesome day to celebrate an awesome guy's birthday!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Just for Fun



i just thought i would write a little on what's happening here with the kiddos. not much is going on with ben and me - although we both have gotten new callings. ben is the busy stake executive secretary - he's excited about it. and i just got called yesterday as the compassionate service leader - i'm excited about it, too. that's enough about us boring folk.

miles is getting more and more, ummmm (trying to think of a "nice" term) WILD. i've heard it usually is not the terrible 2s to be worried about, but rather the terrible 3s. only time will tell. but if the last week is telling me anything, it ain't so good. just kidding - kind of. miles is tons of fun and tons of work. i need to figure out how to better discipline him. but he is full of energy and is so fun to watch at play. he's really into making up words, such as: "i need to find my bonkaburlact." he says stuff like that all the time. he's not having any trouble in nursery anymore. i was so elated 2 weeks ago when the nursery leaders told me how sweet miles is and that he listens really well to them. that was deflated this week as i was told he was trying to push over cooper the entire time - too bad for miles that cooper is like a year older and way bigger! this morning was cute as he decided he wanted to carry his bunny in his "packpack." so i got one out for him, strapped it on, placed bunny in the back, and off miles went "hiking in the 'no." ('no - for snow). miles likes to not say the first letter of a lot of words - is that bad rachelle?????? such as: "reat" for "treat." i try to politely correct him and so sometimes he will OVER-correct and say something like "tAAAreat."

jonas is jonas. a little cranky and a lot of fun. he's so great to have around. he can say a few words - "bub" for bubble, "bal" for balloon, "boo" for peek-a-boo, etc. i love it! he really likes bubbles and balloons. santa terrifies him - well only if i make him sit on santa's lap i guess. he learn to love the jolly old gift-giving man someday!

the most exciting thing happening with the kids (in ben's and my opinion) is that they are now sharing a room! WAHHOOOOO. it's been about 10 or so days and it has gone soooooo well. the first nite we did it i had to go to YW, but ben heard miles say after a few minutes: "Jonas peeking!" (we put a sheet over the crib area so jonas can have some "privacy." or whatever you want to call it. bascially so the kids don't get too distracted by each other. when they are older i'll remove the sheet!). so ben went in the jonas was peeking out of the sheet - and absolutey LOVING it! he is so funny. jonas peeks like every nite - as soon as we put him in the crib and tuck miles in bed, jonas is already peeking out. so then we'll go over to him and jonas will turn around, start "running away" and flop down in his crib,and, yes, laugh - like he knows he shouldn't be doing what he's doing. it cracks me up every time - i love it! another nite miles was singing "jingle bells" in his bed - to the delight of his one-baby audience. hilarious! one morning as jonas had been crying for about 15-20 minutes (i am now refusing to get him up if it's before 6am and it was 5:30-5:50), we heard miles plead, "take the baby out." haha!

so anyways it has been delightful for us, for many reasons i suppose - 1. to have our bedroom baby-free (we haven't had that in a year), 2. to hear all the funny things the kiddos say and do, and 3. to have the boys start bonding and becoming more a part of each other's life.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Happy Birthday Jonas

6:58 EST. One year ago this mommy and boy finally got to meet each other face to face - after hanging out "in the dark" for 9 months. It was a joyous encounter - one of them was happy to have Jonas in the world, the other wasn't quite so sure he wanted to leave his waterworld. But a year later we are all glad to have Jonas in our world. So we had to celebrate this one-year mark.


We started the celebrations with some yummy cupcakes. Unlike his big brother at his first birthday, Jonas was not too shy about getting his hands in it and eating it - good for him!










Then we started opening the presents. Luckily Big Brother Miles was there to help Jonas out. I definitely know who was more excited about the gifts: hands down Miles. It was cute. But Jonas enjoyed the new gifts - Miles just enjoyed them more.
















This was one of my favorite gifts (I loved them all, though) - a new outfit for Jonas. I thought he looked soooo adorable in it. And it was just real fun to see Jonas in his own clothes - not hand-me-downs. Now do not get me wrong - I absolutely LOVE hand-me-downs and it is super fun to see Jonas is Miles' clothes and it has saved me a ton of money. None the less, it is one of only a handful of actual Jonas-clothes and it was just cute. He's just cute, what can I say????

Finally we ended the day in our birthday suits - luckily that only applied to Miles and Jonas. And it wasn't truly a full birthday suit, but to Miles he considered himself and Jonas as "NAAAAKEDDDDDDD" (they did have pants on). (I actually just took their shirts off since we were eating BBQ pizza.)















Anyways, it was a great day one year ago and a great day today. The most amazing thing that happened in the past year: a mama's heart that was completely full to the brim with love for Miles became overflowing with Jonas.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Built Ford Tough


so the weather here has been delightful - we got a huge snowstorm (huge for montrose) about 2 weeks ago. we maybe had about 10-12 inches in our front yard. we were all in snow-heaven. usually in colorado, though, the snow goes away pretty fast because it is so sunny here. however it's been record-breaking cold here the past 2 weeks and so the snow has stuck around. in fact, we're even getting more of it today. but the weather has gotten quite warmer - no more waking up to 0 degrees outside.

anyways, i really like running and really like it when i can get out every day. ben leaves for work between 6:30-6:45 and it's still pretty dark then - thus i don't like running by myself in the dark mornings. so miles and jonas get to come with me just about every day.

well i was real worried when it was cold outside because i wasn't sure i'd be able to take the kiddos. i knew i would be fine because, hey, i ran for months and months in NY - and that is what you call COLD WINTERS. but one day i decided i would try to take the kiddos in the stroller. so after about 30 minutes, literally, of getting everybody bundled up we headed out. i kept asking miles is he was cold and he kept replying, "no." i believed him - partly because i just believed him and partly because i wanted to believe him. but when we got home and i took their mittens off, their hands were totally warm (probably even warmer then they are when we are in our cool home!). so i was happy. luckily the double stroller has a "shield" thing i can put down and i think that is key - it really blocks the cool air from hitting them.

last week i dropped miles off at playgroup and really wanted to take jonas running - one less body to lug around. :) it was a beautiful, sunny day and slightly warmer. since the double jogger had several flat tires i decided i would go in the single jogger. the only prob with this one is that there is no shield thing. so i was a little worried about jonas getting cold - but apparently not worried enough to not go!

so we headed out and the poor little tyke. . . fell asleep. that's right. he fell completely, totally asleep. so i laughed to myself for worrying about him getting cold - these kids are much tougher than we think. and, true enough, they are also very fragile in some ways. but dang they can handle a lot more than we sometimes expect. and jonas was out - we were running over loud chunks of snow/ice, etc. and he slept the entire time. it was my first peaceful run in quite a while. i missed my "mommy can we go home" boy, though; and my "bubbbubbbub" boy, too. :) but i did relish in my quiet time.

so the next time some old lady that does not know me comes up to me and tells me my little Jonas needs a hat on, or a scarf, or socks, or shoes, or mittens - i'll simply tell them: His name is Jonas Ford Maxwell and he is Built Ford Tough.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Our Charlie Brown Adventure

so every year (this is our 3rd) that we have lived near the Grand Mesa, we go up and hunt down a christmas tree. and evey year the tree looks more and more like a charlie brown christmas tree - we love it! as we were driving home - with our homemade sled and our tree on top of the car - we got a lot of looks, smiles, and laughs. i kept wondering why people were laughing - until we got home and i saw what they saw. it does look pretty funny. most people were probably thinking that we forgot our tree and just took a branch instead.

but we love it.

the adventure to catch the tree was quite, ummmm, an adventure. it was a cold day - probably somewhere around 15. now getting 2 kids ready usually takes a while, but getting 2 kids ready for the cold takes foorrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrr. seriously. but we got them all bundled up and cozy-warm.

ben built the "avalanche" sled over the thanksgiving break and man does that thing fly! we took it out while in utah and that thing just cruises. it could probably get up to 100mph or something. ben rigged up something to tow it behind him while he skied. it worked pretty well, but miles wasn't a big fan of being in it that day. i think all he wanted to do was play in the snow - but the snow was so deep that he literally would have sunk up to his eyeballs. so miles whined the entire time. but jonas did awesome and didn't scream until the last 5 mintues. ben and i had a great time on our "new" (new to us, but used) cross-country skis. awesome!

so we found a tree that we liked, skied back to the car, and unloaded the kids. then i got to stay in the car and feed the boys some lunch while ben skied back to the tree, chopped it down (we bought a permit to do this, mind you), and carried it back on our trusty "avalanche."

and, as i have already mentioned, we tied it up to our car and drove home - apparently to the delight of many others passing by us.

when we got home we realized it was really too scanty to put the lights on the branches, so we just strung the lights up the trunk. i think it looks really great! :) FHE tonite was putting up our ornaments - hopefully they won't topple over our tree.

we did apologize for miles and told him we thought he'd enjoy the day - being up in the snow. etc. then on our drive home he said, "miles DID have fun today." well he really didn't (as plainly manifested by a chronic whine the entire time), but at least he THINKS he did. :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Polar Express

Thanksgiving was great - it always is, right? Especially when I didn't have to cook a single thing - thanks to a great Mom and great Aunts. YUM. The "big event" for the holiday weekend was our trek on the Polar Express (offered by the Heber Creeper).




We've been listening to the soundtrack of the movie version of the Polar Express for the past couple of weeks and on our drive out Miles got to watch it. He liked it for the most part, but didn't like "the funny man." Tom Hanks. He talks weird in it.

Anyways, we all had a great time - my mom was able to come with us and so that was fun. We enjoyed the elves, Hot Cocoa, cookies, and for Miles - a bright blue candy cane. We made it to the "north pole" and Santa came in our train car and gave each kid a jingle bell. It twas loads of fun.

Monday, November 27, 2006

out of the mouth of babes

so last nite we were getting ready to pray with miles and tuck him in for bed. i was talking to ben about how i didn't really feel that good - driving 6 hours can make me feel blah. anyways, i guess miles was listening and so he started telling me: "mom, go out of the room" several times. i finally asked him why he wanted me to leave and he said it was because i was sick. so, again, he told me: "mom, go out and cook." WHAT???? i was DYING when he said this to me! it was like the funniest thing i've heard since. . . forever.

now i know I didn't teach miles to think this up. BEN must have a lot of explaining to do. . .

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgivings

Why I am Thankful for my Day Job:

* It doesn’t require that I shower every day, or even every other day (!)
* I can sing real loud and real bad whenever I want to
* I don’t have to spend money on alarm clocks - although mine seem to be malfunctioning. One goes off at 5, but luckily I know how to get that to stop for a little while longer. The other goes off at 5:45-6am and doesn’t stop making noise until 7pm that nite - I need to get that one fixed.
* I get to be excited about airplanes flying over the house and the garbage truck coming in our backyard and the street sweeper coming down our road - I can even jump up and down when these events occur and I don’t get any funny looks
* I get to, ummm, stretch the truth about certain things in life - such as Santa really does has a list and checks it twice
* I get to be Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc.
* I get to act like I know A LOT of stuff - and to a 2-year old and 1-year old, I probably do!
* I get to catch rolly-pollies again and play with them
* I get to play dress up with real-life baby dolls
* I can put a CD in and dance in the kitchen - all before 7am
* I have great running partners - although I need to remind one of them that to support me better on my runs he should stop saying, “Mommy can we go home now?” over and over and over and over. .
* I get to teach good, healthy habits and be reminded of them for myself
* I get to/have to stop and literally smell the roses
* I get to hear little baby-giggles and toddler-squeals throughout the day
* I get to play in the rain, the snow, the mud, the dirt, the fall leaves - and all in one day
* Even if I tell my “employers” that I quit, they take me back with open arms
* In every sentence I can throw in made-up-words and my kids won’t even know
* I get to read some of the best books ever written (and I get to read them over and over and over and over) - such as “Tacky the Penguin,” “Cowboy bunnies,” and “If you give a Moose a Muffin.”
* I get to give hugs and kisses all day long - even though my 2-year old has to “wipe off” all the kisses I give him
* I get to slide down slides again and swing on swings
* I have assistants on hand at all times: assistant chefs, assistant launderer, assistant dish washers, assistant pasta-maker - I mean pasta-eater, assistant walk around the house with a thing in your hand for hours, assistant mess-makers, etc. - and I don’t even have to pay them
* I can wear pajamas all day long
* Finally, nothing beats being called “Mommy" by Miles and "Mama" by Jonas. Nothing.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Snow Bears

so last thursday we went up to the mountains to play in the snow. it was a lot of fun - until one of the boys would actually get snow in their faces or something. but they survived.
















we don't have a sled - ben is working on building one from my old skis - and so we took a plastic storage bin. it worked out okay. miles' favorite part about the snow, however, is just . . .eating it. what a weirdo.


we had fun making snow angels, too. miles referred to himself and jonas as "snow bears" - the title of a book we got from the library. but by the way miles and jonas acted when a particle of snow touched their bare faces, i think a more apt name for them (for 2 reasons, i guess) is "snow babies." either way, they're SnOOOOw cute.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Last Meal


so I just thought it might be interesting for people to comment on 2 things here: 1. what your last meal was, and 2. if it really was your last meal, what would you choose?

so i'll go first.

1. my last meal was lunch and it consisted of a bowl of yogurt with sliced bananas in it, a strawberry nutrigrain, and 3 honey-wheat pretzel sticks. yum.

2. hmmmm, if i knew my meal was going to be my last, what would i do? hmmmm. would i choose something totally fattening b/c i don't really eat REALLY fattening things now? i wouldn't have to really worry about gaining weight or looking fat. that would be nice. hmmmm, still thinking. this is what i think it would be: a fresh, warm Rich's bagel; an ENTIRE bowl full of fresh, warm, gooey rice krispie treats; and A LOT of really good chocolate. yes, i think that would satisfy me. dang that sounds good. . .

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

getting some serious ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzs


so, yeah, i know i'm posting lots of blogs and they are really only photos of my kids, but i can't help it. i don't do anything exciting - except play with my kids. so that's what you're going to get! someday i'll post some witty and intellectual blogs, but i'm still waiting for those witty and intellectual moments to come my way. anyways, these pictures were just too funny for me to not put them on the blog.

miles' newest thing at bedtime is to ask: "mommy please close the door another way." interpretation: leave the door slightly opened. which is fine since it is so darn quiet once the kids go to sleep anyhow. but i ask ben to close it all the way when we go to bed so perhaps ben won't wake miles up in the morning with ben's walking on our squeaky floors. so ben went to close the door and, of course, stole a peek at our little boy. and this is what is came upon - he told me to come and check it out. i did and then ran and got the camera and took these 3 pictures - he didn't even stir when i took the pictures. i told ben to move him back to a normal position and i guessed miles twitched a little, but that was it. how cute. i was dying - it was pretty funny to me!

p.s. just for clarification for those of you who don't know - miles' head is smashed up against his little railing - put there so he doesn't fall out of bed. and, judging from the pics, he definitely needs it! (and, yes, the railing is torn, i need to fix it or buy a new one)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Johnny Jump-Up-Date


yeah, confusing title. but i thought i would post some funny pics of the boys on the johnny jump-up and give an update. we found the jump-up as we were cleaning out our hall closet. jonas really loved it - and of course miles had to have his turn, too! it's fun. only we wish we had a better spot for it since the boys both get a little wild and crazy on it and tend to bonk their heads. oh well. it's not their first bonks and is far from their last.

so jonas is doing dandy. he started walking a couple of weeks ago - well taking steps. he's now really good at walking and tries to do it all the time without prompting. he can walk across a room now - but usually it's about 7-8 steps and then he plops on his bum and then crawls. it's so cute to see him walking! he would have weaned himself probably 2 months ago if he had his way - but, despite all my moaning and groaning about nursing, i wasn't ready. but now i've really started the weaning process and am down to only 3 feedings a day -it's nice. soon we'll be able to give him cow's milk and that will be fun - he's had sips of miles' and i think he'll like it. we'll see.

miles loves his halloween candy and does very well with the rule: one candy anytime before nap and one candy anytime after nap. "anytime" usually means within 5 minutes of waking up in the morning and from his nap! :) he gets soooo excited about choosing what piece of candy he wants. i brought a tootsie pop for him to suck on during sacrament (it took him like the whole time to eat it - my idea exactly!). there are 2 rules with suckers/lollipops: 1. you sit when you eat it and 2. no biting until it's real tiny. he probably asked me 2 dozen times during sacrament: "mom, is it tiny yet?" cute, cute. ben got some costumes from a gal at work and so miles dressed up in one of them this morning. what was he - i have no idea? but it was fun and i thought he looked hilarious. miles' favorite words: "really," "probably," and "actually." he uses them all the time and it is so hilarious. he tells jonas about all sorts of things: "jonas that's a chair," "jonas that's the moon." i love it!

now for the boring update: ben and me. ben actually (hmmmm, i wonder where miles gets his habits?) got a really good raise at work - cuz he's such a good nurse, much to his chagrin. (is that how you spell it? i'm not sure i even know what it means, but it sounds good, right?!). but he is enjoying his job as a nurse and is now even more motivated to do a good job. i think the surgery center realized how lucky they are to have him around - he really does a great job in the OR and the docs like him lots. plus, he's just a "nice guy." as for me? nothing really new. i mowed the lawn on saturday and that was quite enjoyable - it was my "break" from the kids - although miles watched me the whole time. i love how all my "breaks" include work: houseWORK, yardWORK, nurse-WORK. someday i hope to have a real break. i like real breaks. but, you know, i also like my non-kid work-breaks too. i'll take what i can get.

well that's it for now.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

the Pumpkin Patch

so we had a good halloween. it was a big, long day - but a good day, i think, for everyone. miles had playgroup in the morning - and when i picked him up from it he was teary and i was told he was pretty much teary/crying the whole time. he's afraid of another playmate, luke, who is quite fond of hitting - especially miles. poor miles.

while the kids were napping i got to/had to make about 3 dozen donuts that my husband had signed-up for in priesthood meeting. i was fine with it - but, really, sign-up sheets in priesthood should be called "signing-up my wife" sheets. really. so that took me like 1 1/2 - 2 hours to do.

then i took the kids to get to get the flu shots. the nurse/frog was great - neither kid cried at all!miles was actually in denial that he had received the shot. i was asking him about it on the way home and he kept replying, "i didn't get the shot." whatever you want to think kid. he DID NOT let the nurse put a bandaid on him afterwards - maybe that's why he thinks he didn't get one???

then we got ready and headed over to the church for a halloween party - they had little carnival-like games, food, and finally trunk-or-treating. it was a lot of fun, but with a ward of 700 people it's kind of crazy to combine with another ward! so it was a little hectic, but fun. i sat with jonas during the trunk-or-treat and ben took miles around. i guess miles LOVED it and would belt out "RICK or REAT." (he does not say his "t.") the kids were SO cute, in my opinion. fun day.

p.s. i think i made it possible for "non-registered" people to post comments. so i was wondering if a non-registered person would post a comment so i could see if it works or not. thanks!