Friday, February 20, 2009

Temple Open House

On Valentine's Day, all of my extended family got together for a brunch at the clubhouse.  We celebrated everyone's birthdays for the quarter which included my Grandpa who turned 85.  My grandparents are amazing people and I am grateful for the the times we get to spend with them. After the brunch, we all went to the Draper Temple Open House.   Jaxon and Claire did surprisingly well. The highlights for Jaxon were the bus ride, the elevators, and the cookie at the end.  

More Birthday Fun!


Since my parents were in town, we had a big combined birthday party for Jaxon and Claire on Friday.  The only thing Jaxon wanted for his birthday was a cake with little carrots on top and chocolate at the bottom.  He saw one at Costco and couldn't stop talking about it.  It ended up being a big hit and all the kids loved the carrots.  Claire wasn't shy with her cake and went for it face first.  We opened gifts, ate cake and ice cream, and enjoyed being together.  Thanks to our families for coming and always supporting us!

Valentine's Day

Jeff and I celebrated Valentine's day early and of all days on Jaxon's Birthday. But he was able to spend it with my mom which I'm sure was more fun for him anyway.  Jeff's work was sponsoring the dinner and the ballet Madame Butterfly.  It was fun to get dressed up and go out.  The dinner was at the Wells Fargo Building which had an incredible view.   We had fun at dinner-mainly making fun of the variety of people that were there.  There was a silent auction and I still regret not bidding on the Wells Fargo cookie jar.  Not really--it was really ugly.  On the way to the ballet, Jeff and I were walking out the revolving door.  He thought it would be funny to push it really fast and it was funny until I managed to pull the handle off the door. Oops!   

The ballet was incredible.   It was amazing how well you could follow the story with the dancing and the music.  We had excellent seats and I enjoyed every minute of it!  We had a wonderful early Valentine's Day!  

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Jaxon's Birthday



Jaxon's birthday was last Thursday.  It's fun that he is at the age where he can now pick what he wants to do.  He chose Gymcats for our activity.  There were only a few other kids so Jaxon was able to do whatever he wanted.  He loved the rope and was laughing his head off because Claire was afraid of it.   

For lunch, he originally wanted to go to the telephone place (aka the Training Table).  But knowing how much he loves water fountains and waterfalls, I thought he would love the Mayan. So I spent the whole day on Wednesday talking up the restaurant and convincing him that's where he wanted to go--which wasn't hard to do--he was sold when I mentioned waterfall. Anyway, after Gymcats we drove to the Mayan and realized it isn't open until 4 p.m.  Normally, we could have just gone later, but Jeff and I had evening plans.  At first I thought he was ok, but he just got more and more sad and I could tell he was trying not to cry.  Way to go Mom--ruin his birthday!  I felt so bad.  He eventually did break down and acted completely heartbroken.   After some hugs and a promise to go there soon, we ended up at the Training Table and all was forgotten with his fries and ice cream sundae.  Phew!  

My mom was in town for his birthday, so he was excited to spend the evening with "Suzanne".   Jeff and I had tickets to the ballet since his work was sponsoring it (post to follow).  He had a great time playing with his toys and even though I told him not too--tackling Grandma!  He is an unbelievable kid and I am amazed everyday by the things he knows and learns.  He cracks me up all the time and I feel lucky to be his mom.  We all love Jaxon and the energy and love he brings to our family!!  

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Claire's 1st Birthday!


I can't believe that Claire turned one last month.  It seems like yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital.  She has been such a blessing in our family!  We love her so much! 

We took the kids to the mall to celebrate her birthday.  Jaxon and Claire had a blast together in dino town.  They also loved the carousel and eating at Hot Dog on a Stick.   Jeff and I wanted to get Claire's ears pierced for her birthday.  I'm sure that's what she always wanted!  She did great and hardly cried.   The earrings look adorable.   She loved sharing her cake with Jaxon.  It's a toss up who ended up with more cake on their face by the end!