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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ezra's Firsts...

Who doesn't love a sleeping baby picture??


Ezra's favorite thing is bathtime. :) I love the way he smells afterward!


Before his haircut...its getting too long.


After!


He gets cuter everyday!


On to the post!



Well its been a busy couple of weeks for our little man. He has had many awesome experiences and has been growing like crazy.

This past weekend Ezra went on his first airplane ride outside the womb, and visited Arizona for the first time ever. It was a last minute decision, but Cody bought us a plane ticket to visit my sister, her 3 children, my dad, and my mom would be there too.

Fallon, my niece who turned 6, has been telling me for the past 6 months that she "needed to hold and love that baby". So as it turned out, my mom was going to visit them for Fallon's 6th birthday, and to see her & Emery play their last soccer games. So I thought, wouldn't it be fun if I surprised my nieces and nephew and my mom and dad???
So Erin & I conspired and found me a flight that came in only 20 minutes before my mom. She didn't tell the girls, or my dad that Ezra and I too was coming to play, and my mom had NO idea.

So on Thursday, Fallon's birthday, I flew out (Ezra was a champ on the plane, and security and everything turned out to be a breeze).

I had Erin pick me up and then we went to the park & wait. Porter didn't know what hit him. He had been napping in the car and when he woke up Ezra and I were in the car. He kept staring in disbelief, and looking back at me to make sure I was in fact still there.

Then my mom called to tell Erin she had arrived. Here we go!!! So we went to find her, and I hid in the back seat when she opened the front door to greet my sister and Porter. Finally she went to open the hatch to put her stuff in the back and I nearly gave her a heart attack! She seriously shreaked out loud!

Then we went to lunch, and we were off to go pick up the girls from school. They didn't know my mom was coming either, so they thought it was just a regular school day, no surprises. Fallon gets out a little bit before Emery, so Erin walks her to the car. First she sees my mom, and she starts running...then when she tried to get in the car, Ezra's seat is in the way (I was holding him in the 3rd row, so there was no baby in the seat). She was quite confused...she just said..."a baby??", she started walking to the other side of the car to get in, and you hear her put it together and scream "EZRA!!!". Emery did the same thing. Needless to say, it was a fun day. Fallon had an awesome birthday.

We took them to swim lessons, they went to soccer practice, and were so excited to show my mom and I what they could do. Friday we went to Fallon's kindergarten program where they sang lots of cute songs. Saturday was the last soccer games, the girls did great. Emery did some awesome stops as the goaly, and scored a goal when she got out on the field. Fallon showed off her ball handling and team skills and assisted a great goal. :) What talented girls!


We had a fun weekend, spent lots of quality time and just enjoyed eachother's company. (I hadn't seen Erin, Emery, Fallon & Porter since mid-February). The only things missing were my sister Kelly, her husband Randy, and their son, Rhett. Wish you were there. But we called Kelly nearly every day! :)

While we were there, I started noticing how long little E's mohawk was...so Wednesday I decided to cut it. He stayed pretty still, so it turned out pretty good :) (If I do say so myself).

Like I said, its been crazy around here, and lots of first for the little man, with tons more to come.

Glad he could meet 3 of his cousins, his auntie, uncle Jeff, and Papa for the first time. They ate him up almost as much as his mommy does every day. :)

We will look forward to meeting auntie Kelly, uncle Randy and cousin Rhett next week when they are here!

Love you guys!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Manners

I was reading through things today and came across this article, 25 Manners Every Kid Should Know Before Age 9. Hopefully I can teach these to Ezra before he is 9! :) I will copy the list for you, I thought it was interesting.

1. When asking for something, say 'Please'. -most kids know this one pretty early on
2. When receiving something, say 'Thank You ' - also one kids usually know
3. Do not interrupt grown-ups who are talking to eachother unless its an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking. -I don't know many kids that are good at this one....
4. If you need to get someone's attention right away, use the phrase 'excuse me', it is the most polite way to enter a conversation.
5. When you have any doubt about doing something, ask for permission first. It can save many hours of grief later. -so true.
6.The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults. - I have been working on this one myself.
7. Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome. -kids say the darndest things!
8. When people ask how you are, tell them and ask how they are.
9. When you have spent time at a friends house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
10. Knock on closed doors and wait to see if there is a response before entering.
11. When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask to speak with the person you are calling. -most adults don't even do this.
12. Be appreciative and say 'thank you' for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank you note can have a powerful effect.
13. Never use foul language in front of adults. -I would say don't use them at all, they make you sound ignorant and unoriginal.
14. Don't call people mean names. -almost inevitable for kids.
15. Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
16.Even if a play or assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretent you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best. - this is a tough one.
17. If you bump into someone, immediately say 'excuse me'.
18. Cover your mouth with you cough and sneeze, and do not pick your nose in public. -or pick your nose at all....
19. As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
20. If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say 'yes', do so--you may learn something new.
21. When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile. -ugh!
22. When someone helps you, say 'thank you'. That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers! -not sure this is true, but my kids better say thank you! :)
23. Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do. - I would add, chew with your mouth closed to this one...
24. Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
25. Don't reach for things at the table, ask to have them passed.

Some of these obviously are more important than others. But I would agree that people should know these and try to teach their children. I will be trying my best! But I have some time. My little boy is only 3 1/2 weeks old. :)