Monday, December 31, 2012


I have plenty of Christmas videos and pictures to post but for now I just want to write down a few stories before I forget them.
We have been looking at F150s. We are thinking it might be our next car. We have taken test drives, and looked up a lot of info on them. Caleb loves trucks and the fact that we have been looking at them makes him super excited. Once when we were leaving a dealership he said, "Let's come back tomorrow and get it." Derrick explained that we still have to save up a little more money before we can get it.
While in San Diego, Caleb was in the car with my parents. They drove by Christmas display of Santa driving a tow truck with his sleigh in the back. Caleb said something to the effect of, "Santa is driving a truck. Daddy is saving his money so he can buy a truck. Maybe Santa lost his reindeer. Maybe he is using his delivery truck to find the reindeer." Later they saw some reindeer and Caleb said, "There's his reindeer."
Last night we had dinner with Derrick's family. We told them the above story. Julie asked Caleb, "Are you going to get a truck." Caleb said, "Yes. I've never had a truck before." Julie said, "Neither have I." Caleb said with a confused look on his face, "You haven't?" His face relaxed and he continued, "You should get one."
Here's a funny Brynn story: My mom had some trail mix in her hands, Brynn was eating out of it. She ate the M&Ms first, then yogurt raisins, then pretzels. She put a sesame seed stick in her mouth and spit it out. Someone told her to go put it in the trash and she did. She looked at the 4 raisins left in my mom's hand and my mom asked her if she liked raisins as Brynn grabbed them all out of my mom's hand. Brynn answered her by turning around and walking away saying, "Trash."

Friday, December 21, 2012

To remember

I think I've mentioned before that Caleb always says to us: "Tell me a talking scripture story." A more recent one is Moroni hiding the golden plates and Joseph Smith finding them. The Friend this month had paper puppets of this story. We did it with him last night, then today he was doing it all on his own. Later I heard him say in a powerful, superhero-type voice, "Angel Moroni, go to the top of the temple!"
I also heard him say yesterday, "I'm Captain Moroni!" I thought he was going to say Captain America. I love that he plays scripture characters instead of superheros. They should be the people we admire anyways right?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Pre-school Christmas Performance

Caleb had his pre-school Christmas performance this morning. He was sitting next to his 3 other friends from the playgroup we do. They totally bring out the silliness in each other, as I am sure you will see in the videos. Caleb is usually the one to start it too. He does the same thing with Brynn. At one point three of them started scooting their chairs toward the front of the stage. A few times they were kicking their feet and saying silly words. All the other kids were so well behaved. I don't know what to think of his behavior yet, hopefully it is just that he is still so young. Time will tell.
Also, Grandma, Aunt Lisa and Uncle Kent came to support Caleb. Brynn had fun sitting on their laps and clapping for Caleb. She loved his performance!

I took a lot of video, if you only want to watch a little, watch this first one. it is Caleb saying his part: H is for holly and Santa's red hat.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Songs and Happiness

In music class we sing the C scale with, "Do, rey, me..." We also sing a song that goes, "So, me, so, me" and Brynn sings it every once in a while. I have caught her a few times now, on the piano, playing and singing, "so, me, so, me." When I showed up with the camera here she stopped singing but I got her to do it again. She was doing it all by herself though.

This week was the last week of music class for the semester. All of the kids brought an instrument. We brought Derrick's snare drum and maracas. While the drum was still out at our home, Caleb would play it and sing, "I am a Child of God." I didn't film that but today he got his guitar out and started singing and playing that song again. It's a little blurry but still cute:
We bought some Christmas candy for the kids, Reeses peanut butter trees, Brynn was so cute, I just had to take a video:
When Caleb saw me filming Brynn he had to get his picture taken too:
Also this week we went to a play place called Jungle Jim's. Caleb had been there twice before and was so excited to go. As we pulled out of our driveway to go there Caleb said, "Tonight we will have to pray that we went to Jungle Jim's." I love that! Before he prays at night we always ask him, "What made you happy today?" He knew right away that would be something that would make him happy.
Friday the kids and I went to pick up Jenna so she could stay with us for the weekend and we could give her a ride to the airport. As we drove up to BYU Caleb started chanting, "BYU, BYU, BYU, BYU."

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Before I Forget...

We went to Home Depot tonight. Caleb saw a couple get out of their car and said:
"Look a mommy and a daddy. They did not bring their kids though. He must be home with his grandma."
Grandma is always the one that watches him. His observations are really funny.

Kids and New Job!

 Brynn is just as sweet as that picture looks! Sorry, it's been over a week since I've blogged. I've been working on a quiet book for sacrament meeting for Caleb and that has consumed a lot of my time but I know it will be worth it. I brought a few almost finished pages to church on Sunday and Caleb was so focused on it. I'm trying to make it high quality so it will last through all of our kids!
This past week Caleb was sick on Monday and a little on Tuesday with a fever and a little throwing up right after meals. He seems all better now though.
In that past week we have driven around to look at Christmas lights 5 nights. The kids love it and how can you say no to such a simple request? Brynn is obsessed with Santa. Whenever she sees one she points it out immediately. We have also been practicing the song "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" because it is one of the songs in Caleb's pre-school Christmas performance this month. Brynn is even learning it. She sings, "Santa, coming, town." I tried to video it here but she was a little silly and wouldn't say the word "town."
On Saturday night we had gyoza (pot stickers) for dinner and Caleb loved them! The next morning he was jabbing about how he wanted them for breakfast. I told him we were having waffles but he could have them for lunch, which he was totally fine with. He started talking about how we have waffles and pancakes and cereal for breakfast and gyoza for lunch. I tried to get him to keep talking but I asked poor questions for that so this video is mostly him saying "yes" but it's all I took of Caleb so here it is:
And other big news is that Derrick handed in his 2 week notice on Monday. He will be starting a new job at a profitable start up called Lucid Chart. He is going to be paid a little less but he will get to do what he has always wanted to with his skills. He will get to be a manager where he will help junior engineers and he is even heading up the recruiting committee. If, within the year, he does well in his position he will be the director of engineering! We are so excited for Derrick to have better opportunities.