It seems like I skip over pictures sometimes. Not for any reason except that they don't really fit in with whatever I happen to be posting about. Over four months, that ends up being hundreds of pictures. So it is time for another miscellaneous post. The only theme is that my kids are darn cute.

I was at a church activity and Sam found a way to get the boys to eat their dinner: Baby Einstein on their own personal screens. This never happens when Mommy's home!

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Alex: Daddy, what are you doing?
Sam: Playing a game with Mommy.
Alex: What are you playing?
Sam: Yahtzee.
Alex: I want to play Nazi!

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I don't know the dates of these pictures, but they are in order. I guess I need to remember to not complain next winter because it just keeps getting worse. Williston is an interesting place. When we tell people how long we have lived her (nine months!) they react like it is a long time! Notice: -22 degrees, feels like -40.

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Sam watched a lot of March Madness this year and Alex and Edison would occasionally watch with him. Alex filled out a bracket. Sam would ask him to choose between two teams. After he completed filling his bracket, Alex asked, "Did I win?" The picture on the right is how he reacted when we told him the team he had winning the championship had actually been eliminated early on in the rounds.

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Sam built this Bobcat puzzle toy for the boys and they are allowed to carefully play with it for a few minutes at a time. It was the highlight of their day when we had a Bobcat right outside our windows!

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Alex is amazing about letting us brush and floss his teeth. Edison puts up with it occasionally.

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We got a nail in our tire one day. I called emergency roadside assistance to have someone come change it even though it was parked outside of our apartment. It was cold. I am pregnant. It was free.

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The boys really love each other. In the last few days, Alex has been smothering Edison with kisses.

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Alex: Mom, will you close the windows so I don't get bright eyes?

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I love my little chefs.

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Some friends in our ward own a Mexican restaurant in Noonan. It is an hour and a half away (and they are in our ward!). A group of us made the trip there on a Friday night for dinner. It was really fun!

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Alex: What is this one?
Emily: I don't know.
Alex: I think it's a coyote. I ate its head off.

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When it's freezing cold outside, what better way to pass time than to eat popsicles?

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Alex is so funny. I guess he would rather build towers with his food than eat it.

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Alex was totally potty trained (day and night) and then suddenly started wetting the bed every night so we put him back in a diaper at bedtime. The other day, I walked by the bathroom and saw him standing up just like daddy. Neither of us knew he had figured that out. We didn't teach him. He just saw Sam doing it.

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Edison loves shoes. I want to smooch his lips every time they pucker up to say, "Shoes."

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Edison is finally old enough for his carseat to be forward-facing. He loves it and is so happy to be the right way now.

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The boys usually love when I take them to gymnastics but they were tired and hungry this time. They played for a little and then both decided to take naps.

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We go to this frozen yogurt place as often as possible.

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Our good friends Tanner and Carissa invited us over for dinner. After dinner, the boys needed to burn some calories on the rowing machine. Edison sticking out his little tongue makes me laugh.

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I don't know when Alex became so smart. I told him what letters to write and he wrote Happy Birthday to his cousin Nora. It pained me a little to mail it away. People make comments to us all the time about how Alex talks like an adult. We have very entertaining conversations with him...
Daddy: Did you know you have a dinosaur on your shirt? It's a stegosaurus.
Alex: Nooo! It's a triceratops.
Daddy: So it is.
Alex: Yeah. Stegosaurus has plates on its tail. This one has a three-horned face.
Emily: Whaaaaa?!

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Silly Nuggie.

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One day Edison and I were giving each other funny faces and then this happened...
Alex: How does he look?
Emily: He's giving me a stink face.
Alex: Then give him a diaper change.

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Edison has learned how to open the fridge by himself. Bad news.

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Tanner and Carissa got a new fishtank. The boys were so excited to see all the fishies and Alex still talks about going over to see their crabs. I haven't had the heart to tell him that the crabs died.

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Right around noon, Edison starts getting sleepy. If he finishes lunch early, sometimes he will disappear while I wait for Alex to finish lunch. Then I will find Edison snuggled with his blanket and pacifier (no pacifier anymore!) on the floor somewhere.

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Ever since Edison has put away his pacifier, he stays awake for a lot longer after we put him in bed. That makes for some entertaining conversations between Alex and Edison.
Alex: Are you still awake?
Edison: No.
Alex: But your eyes are still open.
Edison: Oh.

Or this one...
Alex: What are we going to do after we take naps, Nuggie?
Edison: Ummm. Ball.

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Usually he wakes up happy. Sometimes he is not so happy.

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I had to take them to the doctor with me one week. When we walked in, they squealed and ran over to the fire. Then I noticed they were trying to blow it out. Good luck, boys.

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Edison is a sensitive kid. He has watched Finding Nemo so many times but one day it really got to him and he started crying when "Mo" got hurt.

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Their first wishbone. Edison's wish, whatever that little boy wishes for, is going to come true.

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Come on, North Dakota. Just when I was starting to think I could handle you, I see this sign.

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Cute boy in the pillows. Always.

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Alex's first time drawing a car.
"Mommy, you vacuum right now! I'll color."

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We went bowling for Family Home Evening this week. Alex bowled a strike in the first frame. He was devastated when we told him he wouldn't get to bowl his second ball. He thought he was being gypped. We only played one game, and he got three strikes!

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I was so awkward. It is hard to throw a bowling ball when you have a bowling ball attached to your body. I saw a woman at the bowling alley stuff a ball up her shirt to make fun of me. So that was cool.

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We went to gymnastics again this week. The boys have decided to like it again.

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Fake sleeping.

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Edison wants to grow up so fast. No! Slow down! Every time he asks to wear underwear, it ends in a puddle. No potty training anytime soon.

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February was a little gloomy so I made a little sunshine for my friends.

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Edison really loves reading books but he doesn't like me to read to him because I don't let him skip pages. I guess he decided to sit in a bucket and do his own thing.

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Sam took this picture. I am not sure what is going on. Helping with dishes?

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Alex doesn't take a nap on Sundays because of the time we go to church. He didn't quite make it through dinner one week.

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Cute boys.

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Carissa is so good with the boys.
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Edison is a weirdo.

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Yes, the boys are cute, but mostly our cars are so dirty!

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When Alex watches Cars, he has to line up some Cars characters for the show.

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Alex has started telling long, elaborate stories about "when [he] was a baby/little." These are mostly things that have never happened. One day he told us a story about Carissa and a yellow sucker. So she brought him one. Now it's a true story!

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Family grocery shopping trips!

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Sam hid a toy for the boys in his drawer. We planned to save it for a while until there was a reason that warranted a gift. Edison decided that it would be a good time to pile up the pillows and open a drawer. He had never done that before!

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Edison has finally stopped eating and/or breaking crayons. It has made coloring time so much better.

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We went to visit a friend and the boys jumped in the toy box. So odd.

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We went on a walk on Sunday after watching the final session of General Conference. It was not as warm as we thought it was. We definitely still needed coats! The boys were just happy to be out though.

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Other things:
- Edison cries if we even pretend to pull on his toes. One day, I was pretending to pull on his toes and Alex said, "Daddy does this sometimes to my piggies."
- We have been talking to Alex a lot about telling the truth and choosing the right. One day, he said, "I hit Edison! Did I choose the right?" I think something got confused.
- I might be a little too long-winded. I had to split our 2012 blog book into two books because it was over 440 pages. Way over.
- Edison gets a rash around his mouth after eating ranch dressing. Not sure what he is allergic to in it. Maybe soy?
- The boys play well together most of the time but they play the best when they are building towers with Duplos. They will play together in silence and in one spot for an hour.
- Edison was telling us he was two years old for months. The day after his second birthday, I asked him how old he was and he responded, "Three." Punk.
- Alex acts like he is hard of hearing. Some days I just can't handle it anymore.
Emily: All you do is complain, complain, complain.
Alex: I only do three complains.
Emily: I only said three.
Alex: Oh. I don't do that.
 - Edison is really scared about sharks eating him. If we say, "Then the sharks eat the Nuggie" he will start tearing up. It is so sad. And funny. We like to tease him by saying it sometimes. We also have varied it to the sharks eating different people or saying, "Then the Mommy kisses the Nuggie." Alex came up with his own.
Alex: The sharks are going to eat Mommy and then we will be all alone here.
Emily: That's how you like it?
Alex: Yeah, we will just take a nap and eat something.


Janelle said...

Did those bowling games actually cost $40 per person??

Merkley Jiating said...

No way! I think that was an ad for six hours of bowling or something. Do you think we are made of money, mom? $40 per person? Yikes.

Jershelly said...

I love these miscellaneous posts! Alex and Edison are so funny. I am really impressed with Alex's writing!

Paxton said...

The conversations between your kids are hilarious! "we'll just take a nap and eat something" :-)
I wish I remembered to write down all of the funny things my kids say to each other

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