Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mom Make Max Happy

Oh the things that must be recorded for posterity.

I'm singing songs as we drive to the YMCA today and I start singing a children's song from church, "I am Like a Star". Max says, "Mom Make Max Happy". Hey that's a lot better then when he says, "No song, Mom! No song!"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thank You Max

for running over to read me a story when I have to use the potty, just like I read you stories when you go potty on the toilet. What a sweetie!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Two Rites of Passage

On January 16th, 2010, the young males in the Epperson household successfully celebrated two rites of passage most common in the American culture. Firstly, the youngest male, Ryan, went "swimming" at the YMCA. The young male ventured into the water in the hands of his mother and appeared to enjoy floating and splashing.

Secondly, the oldest child in the Epperson family successfully planned a full frontal attack on his sibling. He waited until his closest parent was occupied, then he climbed and obtained his weapon. After the attack, he ventured into the enclosed area where said parent was occupied and displayed his weapon of war. The parent surveyed the damages and then enclosed the oldest male in his room for several minutes while the youngest was tended to. This rite of passage in common in young humans and has been displayed on blogs across America. Here is the footage that one of our photographers was able to get close enough to obtain while observing these wild children in their native habitat.

From January 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

We Love to See the Temple

Spontaneity is one of my favorite things and since it's harder to be spontaneous with two littles, I truly truly appreciate when we are spur of the moment, fly by the seat of our pants, kind of wild. We haven't gone to the temple with the boys to actually get out, look around and talk about the importance of the temple so on the 9th, that's exactly what we did. Max had a swimming lesson and on the way home, I had the idea, ran it by Tony and 30 minutes later we were out the door (30 minutes is very much flying by the seat of our pants by the way) :)
Here's us:
I wish my photography didn't make the temple look crooked ;)
From January 2010

We had a good time-capturing it in a photo is difficult and Tony's jaw is wired shut
From January 2010

Ryan is the king of slobber attacks
From January 2010

On the way home Max said, "Go away sun". We were heading due west at 4ish; pretty bright. Since Max is too young to know that in the pacific northwest we embrace every moment of sunshine that we get, we just gave him these funky sun glasses. Someday he will appreciate Vitamin D as much as we do. Until then, he was pretty happy going the I-90 way home (floating bridges and tunnels)!
From January 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Our Ninja in Training

Ryan started "crawling" just after he turned 7 months. I use the term crawling loosely because it's more like he gets himself to his target in a variety of ninja moves. He'll start with a couple "steps" of crawling, followed by a quick drop to the tummy and roll, then an scootch on the tummy, then add the arms to an army crawl. He's pretty funny to watch. Check out some of his sweet action:
From January 2010

This ninja is more powerful than this penguin
From January 2010

Take that and that
From January 2010

From January 2010

This video is from the very beginning of his mobility, probably the 29th or 30th of December when he's still not too sure of himself.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Plans changed for us last minute but we were able to celebrate a fun anniversary. We basically recreated a couple of our first "dates". We differ on what we consider our first dates to be because we became good friends first. So we went out to eat at the first place we ate "as friends", the Powerhouse in Puyallup. They made their own root beer and it was quite good--different because it didn't have sugar. I think since Tony couldn't really eat he was glad to at least sample root beer. That was the beginning. I guess it doesn't matter if we have the same opinion of when our first "date" was, it just matters that it "was". I can still remember the day Tony picked me up at work in Puyallup to go to lunch at the Powerhouse. Seriously, was it six years ago? It doesn't seem possible.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

5 Years is Not Enough

Time to spend with your best friend and the man you're completely in love with.
I look forward to eternity with Tony who means more to me than words can begin to explain. We've been so blessed throughout our marriage. His happy, calm, easy-going personality has helped me see the world through different eyes. Seeing how calm and strong he is when going through adversity just makes me love him more. Seeing how he loves our Savior and quietly follows His example and serves makes me excited for our boys to learn from him. We are definitely a match and balance each other out in so many ways. I'm so grateful for him and I want my children to know how in love we are in every way. Here are a few songs that make me think of Tony and smile:

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