Friday, June 29, 2012

Brad received a book for his birthday entitled Llama Llama Misses Mama.  He LOVES the book, and he asks everyone to read it to him.  I think he listened to it four times yesterday, and he's listened to it twice today.  So far.  Janet mentioned that a family in Burlington owns some alpacas and llamas, so we thought we would go take a look after reading the llama book to Brad. 

Gotta love the fake giraffes in the background. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

 Brad "talking" on my phone.  He often picks up my phone and pretends he's talking to Abby. 
 The school had a story time today.  The librarian read a cute story about snakes and then provided some factual information about snakes and reptiles.  After the story, we went into the cafeteria where Brad was able to color and cut out his own snake.  I think he had fun. 

Brad thought it necessary to take a quick break on the floor. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 Diana, Anne, Bradford, Stella, and I went to the Powell Aquatic Center today.  Brad had so much fun.  When we went inside the pool, Brad looked at all the toys in the water, and he got the funniest expression on his face.  He kind of smirked as if he was really pleased but didn't want anyone to know how excited he was. 
 Stella also loved the water. 

Of course Brad wouldn't smile when I asked him to.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

 I have had this orchid plant for about two years.  This is the first time it has bloomed in about 1 & 1/2 years, so I thought I should document it. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 Brad found this funnel and decided to put some pine cones in it to make an ice cream cone.  He thought he was pretty funny as he pretended to lick it. 

 On the road to Billings, Montana.  Brad was excited to go on a road trip with Grandma, Stella, and me. 
 We had to go to the distribution center at the Billings temple.  Brad sang the temple song while we were there and I took a quick picture. 
We love Stella. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Substituting Experience

 Grandpa Davidson with the grand kids.
I substituted for Phillip's Aunt Susan in primary today.  The lesson was about reverence, and I put together these little reverence books for the kids.  My idea was that the kids could bring the books to church and draw or write things that remind them about Jesus during sacrament meeting.  

Unfortunately, primary was a disaster.  We really needed to have two teachers in the class.  Two of the kids, brother and sister, were a nightmare.  I was kicked, and the little boy tried to scratch, bite, and punch me in the face while his little sister encouraged him. I tried everything I could think of, and I wasn't quite sure what to do because I didn't know if it would be safe to leave the other kids while I tried to find a parent.  I didn't know the kids, so I wasn't sure who to look for as a parent.  I should have realized sooner that a member of the primary presidency might be out and about making sure everything was going smoothly.  When I had reached my limit, I asked the other kids to sit reverently while I took the two offenders out.  Luckily, I ran into the primary president and explained the situation.  Wow.  That was quite the experience.  Also, I can sleep well knowing that Kennedy's dad has a pocket knife.  According to Kennedy, she knows where I live and her dad is going to come get me.  All this from a little girl that's three and a little boy that's five.  After the lesson was over, another little kid handed me back her reverence book and said she didn't want it.  Classic.  A perfect ending to a great day.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Around the House

 Stella is our smiley baby.  She is a lot of fun, and I think she is loving all the attention she is getting up here from Grandma and Grandpa Davidson, Aunt Janet, and Aunt Diana. 

 Brad wearing the hat Aunt Diana gave him for his birthday plus Grandma Davidson's hat she wears to do yard work.  On Thursday, Brad helped Diana and me put a border around the strawberry patch.

 Aunt Diana and Stella sitting in Grandpa Davidson's chair
 Here's the completed strawberry patch.
 Sometimes Brad can be really cheesy. 
 Brad found a big "dan-yi-on" when we went on a walk this morning. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Burlington and Birthdays

 Since we have been in Burlington, Brad has started taking naps again.  We have been able to spend a lot of time outside, and there are a lot of things to do up here that would appeal to a typical little boy.  I think he's just exhausted by all his options.  I love it.  Brad woke up from his nap a little early a few days ago, and when I brought him into the living room, he promptly fell asleep on a soccer ball.  

 Stella is a very happy little girl.  She smiles all the time.

 Brad turned two on Saturday.  Hard to believe.  We invited Phillip's aunts and uncles to come up for cheesecake, ice cream, and cookies.  A lot of them came, and it was so good to see everyone.  Brad wasn't sure what to do with so many unfamiliar faces, but he warmed up pretty quickly.  He wouldn't blow out the candles on his birthday cheesecake.  We usually have to keep him a safe distance away from others' birthday cakes because he likes to try to blow out their candles.

 Some of Brad's birthday accessories. 

 We got Brad a little camp chair, and he liked sitting in it during a movie we watched on Saturday night.  Brad had a lot of birthday fun and he fell asleep on Grandma Davidson while the moving was playing.