I’m really going to start updating regularly. I’m so sad that I haven’t been documenting all the funny things Ava says and the new words Nixon is saying, but there’s no better possible time to start than now.
Here’s a small update on the lot of us:
Nixon: Saying/ slurring lots of new words all the time. My favorite is yes, pronounced “a-syess!” Last night I made (frozen) orange chicken for dinner and he demolished the rice. He’s a pretty picky eater and it always pulling me off the couch, grabbing my hand and saying “‘mere, Mama” and taking me to the fridge, where he stares and doesn’t seem to want much. Food-wise he can at least say “apple,” “‘nana,” “cackars,” and “cake” (which usually either means bread or ice cream). A few weeks ago he discovered where the ice cream was and was constantly starting by the freezer and pulling on the handle crying “caaaaake!” Nixon has also liked tagging along with Ava to joy school lately. The other moms all have 2-year olds so we just decided to let them be part of school so we get a break when it’s not our turn to teach. The first time he went he got really excited to get ready to go and then just walked in the door as soon as it opened. You can bet I bolted immediately before he could change his mind. The next time he actually turned around and waved, pointed at me, and said, “No. Bye Mama.” and waved goodbye. He also has loved playing at his friend Claire’s house when I have had doctor appointments. Nursery is still a big no-go though. Usually we just bring him home early from church to nap. He is a big copycat and if his sister is getting into trouble, you can bet he’s close behind. He is a huge tantrum thrower and can usually be seen with his bottom lip out, whimpering. Ah, Nixon, good thing you’re so dang cute, Buddy. Nixon is OBSESSED with cars and sometimes takes Lightening McQueen or Thomas the Train to bed with him. He also loves going outside to play in the dirt, and he loves playing in the water. Can’t wait for summer so we can go to the pool every day!
Ava is a sassy little smarty pants as usual. She is growing like a weed and is just about out of toddler clothes (sob). I just ordered some size 11 sandals from Old Navy from her and when they came I was like, crap, these are gigantic, maybe they’ll fit next summer. Then I went to put them on her and they were almost too small. Her shoes all look so enormous to me and while it makes me a little sad it’s sure fun to see her learning and growing. She has an ever-growing list of toys she wants and that she asks for in her prayers. We have certainly learned our lesson about spoiling our children with too many toys and gifts. I’m trying to think of jobs she can do around the house to earn money. Having her put clothes on hangers for me was not as successful as I’d hoped, but she did help me load the dishwasher the other night. I remember that a general authority of the church once said that even though jobs usually take much longer when you have the children help, it’s so important to have them working around the house so they can have a habit of cleanliness and hard work as they grow older. Ava is very strong-willed and I’m a pretty big pushover so we are having to work at being stricter with her. She is starting to write letters and surprised my mom and me when she suddenly wrote her name for Grandma at church a couple of weeks ago. I had never even seen her do it really! Little kid letters are so cute. I’m trying to use time on the TV or playing games on my phone as bribery for doing learning time. I love getting to sit down with her a few minutes every day to draw or paint. She draws the most adorable monster families. I love that they always have to be families. A few weeks ago we were having some dinner table battles and suddenly Ava said, “Guys. What do baby corns call their Dads?” to which we said, “Huh? What?” and she said, “Popcorn!” I don’t know where she heard that one but man we laughed. Ava cut her lip open on the coffee table in January and had to go to the ER. She was so, so tough and held still while they gave her a numbing shot and stiched her up. I think she thought it was kind of cool. She likes going to the dentist and the doctor, thanks to me brainwashing her with plenty of shows like “Daniel Tiger Goes to the Doctor” and getting her a doctor kit. She always remembers that she gets a prize after the dentist and that they have cool toys in the waiting room. That girl can probably remember every toy she has played with at every place she has been to in her life. Toys are her love language.
Nick turned 30 on February 23. Unfortunately the other three of us were sick so we didn’t celebrate until last night, a week later. We really just took the cake out of the freezer and he blew out his candles. Poor guy. I got him the new Imagine Dragons CD and told him he can buy himself the rest of his birthday presents since he wants very specific golf-related items. Nick has been a champ at dealing with a lot of changes at work and man does he work hard. He is one of the top sales reps on the floor and I’m just so dang proud of him for being a hard worker and not complaining about the demands of supporting a family. It’s a big load to bear but he is such a great provider. We are so lucky to have him. Nixon has really been warming up to him more and more lately and likes to watch him drive away to work in his truck. Nixon lights up when Nick gets home from work. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Nick be a good dad with the kids. Seeing him chase and tickle them or read to them and help them get ready for bed makes everything OK in my world and I feel so much joy. Nick took me to a BYU basketball game the other night and it was really fun. I love my dates with that guy, even if they typically end up at the car dealership by the end of the evening. I wonder where Nixon gets his car obsession.
I crocheted a blanket for my sweet friend Rachel who lives down the street. She just had her baby boy five weeks early and just two days after her baby shower, so I finished that sucker just in time! I forgot to take a picture of it. Oh well. It’s fun to be creative and learn how to do new things. I really want to deck out a doll house for Ava but I can’t convince Nick to build me one yet. I’m writing weekly posts for Instafluence, which I like doing. Other than that, I’m struggling a bit with motherhood but I know I just need to take a little more time for myself so I can have the energy to give my kids and husband what they need. I can’t seem to keep up with the house and the organizing projects are never-ending and overwhelming. Typically I open a closet to organize, and I take one look at it and go, nope, and close the door before I start having a panic attack. It’s hard to be a good mom when you don’t feel good, and I haven’t felt great health-wise lately but hopefully I’ll start feeling better soon. I need to shower, wear cute clothes instead of pajamas, exercise, and get out and do things I like from time to time. Sometimes just going to the grocery store by myself is a nice little vacation. I want to start reading again, too. I have a nice stack of unfinished books I need to get back to. I’m still not hating my haircut that Cailie gave me in October! It’s so much more manageable at it has already grown a lot! It’s fun to do it kind of wavy and it’s still long enough for a top knot.
We’re so excited for spring to come so we can start working on our landscaping! Nick has wanted to build a fire pit for so long and I’m looking forward to a sand box for the kids. We may even do a putting green along the side of the house in the back yard. The other day at the golf store Ava was loving hitting balls around with a pink putter so I think it will be a smashing success!
I’m so grateful for the good people in out neighborhood. They have been such great examples to me and their willingness to serve is remarkable. I’ve learned a lot from my sweet neighbors and I’m so grateful for the gospel and how Christ has taught us to serve so selflessly and tirelessly. I’m so lucky to have so many great examples in my life, especially in Nick, who never stops serving and doesn’t complain about all the hard work he does for us.