Jaxon has loved all the snow we've gotten so far. He would play in it for hours if he didn't get cold. His favorite thing is to kick off the icicles. Still on his list to do are sledding and making a snowman.
We went to our ward Christmas Party last Saturday. After breakfast, the primary did a nativity reenactment and then we waited for Santa to arrive. Jaxon was a little skeptical at first, but wanted to ask Santa for another Christmas tree and where his sleigh was. Jeff and I both thought he wouldn't sit on Santa's lap, but he surprised us both. Apparently, he had so much fun, that he wanted to go straight to the mall after and see Santa again. Claire also did very well--she was fascinated by him and just stared.
Every year for my Mom's Birthday, she takes the girls shopping for a weekend. This year they went to Provo and stayed the night. With Amy gone this meant that it was the first time I was alone with both kids overnight. Thinking that I could not possibly handle this responsibility on my own, she left me a detailed "Dad List". I decided to chronicle by showing what the list told me to do and what I actually did.
The list is in red, what I actually did is in black.
Read stories and play with the kids until bedtime.
Go golfing with Grandpa Dave and then have Kailey "play" with the kids so I can watch the Jazz game.
Get Claire asleep by 8PM and Jaxon hopefully by 10PM
Both kids asleep on the car ride home at 8PM
Change the kid's diapers as soon as they are dirty
Changed their diapers after getting leaked on, twice
Claire will wake up at 8AM Jaxon at around 9AM
Dad woke up at 10AM to the sound of Jaxon ringing the doorbell
Waffles or Pancakes for breakfast for Jax
Marshmallows in a cup
Solids throughout the day for Claire
Eight bottles equals a solid, right?
1/2 teaspoon of Motrin for Claire's cold
Woke the girls up in the morning to ask Amy how much medicine to give Claire
Claire will take a nap in her crib every few hours
Claire took a nap on Dad every couple of hours
This might be a little tough
This was actually a lot of fun
We all managed to survive the weekend thanks to a little help from the "Dad List"!
We decided October would be a perfect time to do our yearly family trip to St. George. We left on Wednesday morning and made it in about 4 hours. Once we got there, we went to Wal-Mart to get groceries for the week. After, as we were driving around trying to decide where to eat, we saw an In-N-Out Burger. We couldn't resist one of our favorite animal style hamburgers. It was as good as we remembered--at least one of us ended up eating there everyday! Jaxon chose to go to the park that night over swimming. It was a great park for him and he had fun driving the motorcycle and digging with the digger. Claire loved the swings and was happy and content because her dad was holding her (she is such a daddy's girl). Jeff and I watched Life later that night. He was quite disappointed that his PS3 didn't work down there--I wish I felt the same disappointment! :)
On Thursday, we decided to go swimming. I ran on the treadmill while Jeff swam with the kids. Claire was not a big fan of the pool--I thought maybe she was just tired the first day, but she never really liked it. Luckily, Jaxon had a blast and loved playing in the kids pool as well as the indoor pool. Of course, fun at the pool for Jaxon is taking off the lids by the side of the pool and trying to figure out how it all works. He did make some friends at the pool and had fun playing catch with them. We continued our tradition of going to the outlet stores but did slightly less damage this time around. We made an In-N-Out run for dinner and listened to the BYU game when we got back. The BYU game was the only bad part of the trip--what a downer! But we were over it fairly quickly.
Friday was another beautiful day--the weather was absolutely perfect while we were there. Since we didn't get enough shopping in at the outlets (Jeff would beg to differ), we went to the mall on Friday. We spent most of our time in our favorite store--Barnes and Noble. Jeff and I enjoy finding new reads and Jaxon could play with the trains for hours. Suprisingly, we didn't come out with any books--I think that is a first for us. We ate dinner at Larsen's and enjoyed some great shakes. Later, we went on a drive around St. George. It is such a great place--I kept thinking that I would not mind living there at all. That night, we relaxed at the condo. Jaxon's favorite things to do in the condo were putting on dog shows for Claire (starring himself as Max) and searching for lizards in the backyard with Dad.
The highlight of Saturday was going to the temple and walking around. In one of the visitor center's, there was the nicest missionary who didn't have any legs. He was still able to walk--Jaxon was fascinated with him. Later that day when we asked him what his favorite part of the trip was, he said, "the man with no legs." Even now he will bring it up and will say "Remember that man with no legs?" It's amazing what they take in and remember. We also went to Spoon Me for yogurt that night. I wish we had one closer to us--it is so yummy! (Thanks Lisa for introducing us to it!)
Sunday we spent the day traveling and then Jeff went back to work. It's always a bummer when Sunday afternoon comes around and he heads back to work--it was especially hard after such a fun vacation. The trip was so great!! I feel blessed to have such a wonderful husband and kids. I love spending time with them and creating so many wonderful memories! I can't wait until next year's trip.
We spent conference weekend in Logan, we had a great time. Most of my family made the trip northward. The men went to the BYU/USU game and watched the Cougars get a sloppy victory. Utah State's stadium has a wonderful atmospheres, it is among the best that I have experienced. It was nice see my friends at the game. Plus, anytime I can spend with my Dad is time well spent.
Saturday was an absolute blast. We went to a bowling/fun center in Logan. We split into teams on the bowling with Brian, Kris, Amy, and Me coming out as the winners. We did Laser Tag where I managed an intimidating score of 0. Most of us went Roller Skating, not me, the funniest part was the skate pickup counter. After waiting a couple of minutes, a long time for any Trimble to wait, we helped ourselves to our own skates. At one point Jaxon wandered into the back and we saw a man come out and we thought, oh no we are going to get in trouble. Luckily the man working in the back turned out to be Grandpa Dave. We finished the night by getting some Aggie Ice Cream and watching the baseball and football games.
This is Amy--I have decided to add some posts every now and again. I am new at the blogging thing, but I have so much fun reading everyone else's that I have decided to try it out. This weekend was a ton of fun. It is so nice to have three days to spend together as a family. On Thursday, I went with Jeff down to Orem. While he went to class, I took the kids to visit with my Grandma and Grandpa Greenland. We had a really nice visit with them and are hoping to make this a Thursday tradition.
The highlight of Friday was going out to dinner at the Olive Garden, though we were reminded why we usually opt for take out over going out to eat at nice restaurants. We had been sitting down for no more than five minutes when Jaxon spilled his water all over. That's pretty inevitable, but then the waitress brought me a raspberry lemonade to drink. So I picked it up to take a drink and the glass broke in half. It was the craziest thing. As if I wasn't wet enough before! It was one of those meals that you just try and get out of there as soon as you can. The night did go uphill later when we went to Barnes and Noble (one of our families favorite places to go). Jaxon loves to play with the trains and Jeff and I enjoy looking for new reads.
On Saturday, Jeff took Jaxon to the BYU game while I took Claire to a shower for Kasey's fiance, Amy. Jeff says Jaxon did really well and had fun--he even fell asleep in Jeff's lap for most of the second quarter. BYU beat Wyoming 44-0-go Cougars. This should be a great football season. The shower with Claire was also a lot of fun. We played fun games and had great food!
We had a pretty fun weekend. I am absolutely loving having a three day weekend each week. Thursday we went to the Gateway with my Mom to buy her a new iPhone. We had so much fun spending time with "Faye," as Jaxon calls her. We went to Skybox for lunch and Amy says that she had the best salad that she has ever had there, while I say I had the best raspberry lemonade. I watched "Rounders," thumbs down, and Amy watched the Women's Gymnastics.
Friday was a movie day, Stuart and I took Jaxon to his first Star Wars movie "The Clone Wars." Jaxon was very good and sat through the entire film. He did spend about five minutes smashing Stuart's spilt chips into a million little pieces. Overall the movie was just sub-par, a little long for a kids show. The best thing to come from the movie is Jaxon can now tell us that Yoda was in the movie. We went to my parents for dinner and they ordered Indian food. It was really good, it had been a really long time since I last had it. We played a quick game of salad bowl and then came home to put the kids to bed. Stuart and his brother T came up and wanted to go and see "Tropic Thunder." With Amy's permission I went and saw my second show of the day. It was actually pretty funny though a little on the crude side. On our way out T almost got us into a fight. You reach a certain age where you really feel like you will never get into a fist fight if you haven't been in one before and last night I thought it was all going to happen.
Saturday was a little lazier of a day, spent most of the day setting our network up again. We went out in the backyard and just spent time hanging out and enjoying the beautiful weather. We came in and watched another movie "In the Shadow of the Moon" and it was fantastic. It was about the people who landed on the moon. Most of the clips were being shown for the first time. Now we are watching the third season of "Lost." We have been looking forward to it for quite some time!
This really is the best time of year for me. Now before I tell you why I have to say, its kind of sad. I realized that I'm kind of a big geek this weekend. Never a realization you want to come to at age 26. I've gone through most of my life thinking I was pretty cool and then one five hour fantasy baseball draft and about six hours of PS3 playing I finally decided, yep I'm a nerd. So, it was kind of a weekend that Amy hates being married to a sports fan I'm sure. My time has been split between the aforementioned draft and watching about any other sports related show on television. As we speak I am watching a thrilling game between the Nationals and the Braves. Lets just some this up in the fact that I love Baseball, the Jazz, and three weeks of NCAA basketball. Add them all up with a wonderful dinner with friends and its a great week! So despite the depression that has set in from learning I'm a tremendous nerd, sports and video games has lifted my spirits!
This year is the first year I have been introduced to the idea of Good Friday, I am now a huge fan. A paid holiday in the middle of March, or April depending on the lunar calendar, to go do whatever you like, I'm in! We chose to go bowling and later had a family dinner.We invited my parents to go bowling in the morning, they declined because they were going ice skating later. We had a wonderful time bowling, Jaxon even managed to get two strikes and outscore his Mom. Although, this feet can be accomplished by anybody that has an arm and sight in at least one eye. Later in the day we ran into our brother-in-law Justin, he asked us if we were going bowling later in the day with the family. My family had decided instead of Ice Skating to go bowling, without us. Let me translate this for you. Essentially my parents were saying "we like your ideas, we just don't care for you!"
That night we went for our annual family business dinner. I got to choose the locale for the meeting and decided on Charlie Chow's Dragon Grill. I highly recommend this well kept Salt Lake secret. It is all you can eat, Mongolian barbecue, need I say more. Maybe just a bit more, its reasonably priced. When we got to the point where the business meeting portion was about to happen, a domestic disturbance started somewhere within proximity to the eating establishment. We wouldn't have noticed except for the two police officers eating at Charlie Chow's went bolting out the back door, which we were sitting by. However, this didn't detour the meeting which continued without missing a beat. Finally they at least locked the back door, which you would think would make you feel safer. This was true up to the point where people were banging on it to get in. At last those still listening to the meeting finally realized that it was time to leave. We ended up in the friendly confines of Spoon Me, safe at last!