Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Easter!!!

This is the first year we have really celebrated Easter with Mark, and I think Mark had a pretty great year. We were invited to 4 different Easter egg hunts a neighborhood hunt, the YM/YW put a hunt together, our city hunt, and a family Easter egg hunt, which were a lot of fun. We also colored eggs which made for a fun Mark and mom project.

Mark using the 'magic crayon' on an egg.

Mark finding an easter egg in our flower bed.

This is how James enjoyed most of the Easter egg hunts. It was pretty cold for 2 of the 4 hunts and he is still to small to eat the candy in the eggs. Isn't he so cute!

While hunting for eggs around our neighborhood Mark fell he got a little owwie. Just the war wounds that come with having fun I guess.

Easter egg hunt at Grandma Schwieder's house.

"I found another one mom!"

After dinner and the Easter egg hunts Brett took the cousins on a go-cart ride. I think that was the biggest hit of the entire day. I am glad it was a nice day so the kids could enjoy the go-cart.

The Easter Bunny came to our house on Friday night/Saturday morning. When Mark woke up there was some string out side his door. I told him that the Easter bunny left a present for him and that he needed to follow the string in order to find his present. He didn't want to find it until Brett came home from soccer later that night.

Mark got the scripture readers as an Easter present. Brett thought since Easter was a more spiritual holiday it would be better to give the kids a more spiritual type gift. I thought that was a neat idea and a fun tradition to start. I hope we can remember and continue it.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Definitely Brothers

James's 1st bath

Mark's 1st bath

James @ 3 months Mark @ 3 months

James @ 7 months Mark @ 7 months

James @ Christmas Mark @ Christmas

James @ 10 months Mark @ 10 months

They have their own look yet you can still see that they are brothers.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Markie!!

Three years ago, on April 3rd, I was blessed with one of the greatest blessings of my life. I was given the opportunity to be the mother of this adorable little baby boy...

Now see how he's grown!!!

Super Hero Mark
The newest cub scout
Holding baby James
Pioneer Day Primary Parade
Am I as big as an Eagle yet?
Enjoying summer
Mother-Son date (and yes we caught a fish)
Practicing artist
Cookies anyone?
I made it taller than me!
Fun with dad
My first pinewood derby car
Nap time for bear
I love computer games
Markie, I love you this much and so much more.

Markie, you have grown and changed so much this past year. You have your own way of doing things and you like to do things on your time, which can sometimes be a source of frustration for dad and I. You are such a great helper with James and the older he gets the more you enjoy him. You have watched me rocking or bouncing James as I have tried to put him to sleep, and I have caught you wrapping your bear in a blankie and doing the same. There have been many times when you have shushed me and told me bear is sleeping. You enjoy singing, playing computer games, cooking, spending time with dad, reading, playing soccer or basketball, and building/crashing towers. You have really started to love watching movies; your favorites are Cars, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Mulan. You also really love to watch the short Jack Jack Attacks from The Incredibles because the baby starts on fire, you are only three and you are already a piro, I am in trouble. You really enjoy nursery and are getting better at sitting quietly during church. You love the temple and will often wrap one of dad's ties around your neck and tell me you are going to the temple. You are very good at reminding dad and I about Family Home Evening and you always want to say the prayer, and you do pretty well without help (especially when we are blessing the food). You still are a daddies boy and you are dad's shadow when he is around, yet when it comes to reading a bedtime story or rocking you to sleep you still choose me. As I said last year, that time with you is something I will always treasure. I love you Markie, Happy Birthday!