Monday, March 2, 2015


Ryan played tackle football this year for the first time.  He was a little nervous to be aggressive at first and didn't want to hit or be hit.  He is so sweet and kind, I kinda had a hard time imagining him being aggressive and was nervous for him.

It is SUPER intense: practices 5 days a week until school starts, then 3 days a week.  Games are every Saturday.  Nate was one of the assistant coaches, so they got to spend a lot of time together on the football field.  Theo and I went to all but one game and cheered our Vikes on.

After a few practices they assigned positions, and Ry was chosen to be the starting quarterback!  I was so proud of my little Troll and the leadership qualities Coach Bangeter saw in him.  He worked so hard to learn all the terms, memorize plays, and even make up a few plays.  He is the 2nd fastest runner on the team, and has a dang good arm.

Watching Ryan learn, grow, and succeed at this was such an amazing experience.  He played so hard every game.  He got his share of hard hits and usually was in tears at least once.  But he always put his helmet back on and went right back in for more.  I loved hearing him call out plays--my quiet little guy has such a loud voice when he needs to!  I loved watching him get a comraderie with the boys on the team.  The joked and played and tackled, and they had each other's backs.  He would get frustrated when he felt they weren't trying or doing their best, but he encouraged and helped them all do their best.

We had an amazing head coach who was tough on these boys but always positive.  He used good language and made sure the guys knew he loved them.  He tried to give all the guys a chance to shine and find the right position for them all.  At the end of the game they would point out all the great things the boys had done, and he often complemented "Bones Jones" for his great passes, plays, and touchdowns.

We lost our first game, but then came out fighting and won all but 1 the rest of the season.  We made it to the playoffs and lost in the coldest game in history.  At the end of the game Ry couldn't contain his emotions and he cried and cried.  I asked him why he was crying, and he said he was sad it was over and he was happy it was over.  His coach pulled him aside and thanked him for being such a good leader, and told him he was proud of him and knew from the beginning that Ry would be his QB.

Ryan, I'm so proud of you for learning and embracing this sport!  Every second of time and every dollar spent was worth it to see you accomplish so much.  I love you little man!



For Halloween Ryan wanted to be a Viewmont Football player.  I was a huge fan of that easy costume!!

3 Months

Time goes WAY TOO FAST!!!

Three month Theodore is still the center of attention at our house and keeping us smiling and so in love!

- he is OBSESSED with his tongue and is constantly rolling it around, sticking it out, and playing with it.
- he grabs his toys and brings them up to his mouth
- sleeps through the night!!  We decided it was time to let him cry it out when he woke up after 5-6 hours.  It took about 3 nights and he has done great ever since!
- he loves Ryan.  They are such cute brothers and Ryan is so sweet and happy to entertain Theo.  He always wants to give him hugs goodnight and hates to hear him cry.
- still has his fuzzy hair that everyone just loves
- people are starting to say he is looking more like me, which I love.
- We didn't have a doctor appointment for stats, but he is still on the small end but is starting to grow out of his 0-3 clothes
- he eats about 5oz per feeding
- can roll from front to back, which solves the problem of him hating tummy time.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2 Months

Our happy little man is already 2 months old!  The time has gone so quickly and he is such a huge addition to our family.
Height: 21.5"  (2%)
Weight: 10lbs 5oz  (7%)
Head Circumference: 15" (16%)
He is just a small little guy but eats about 4oz. each feeding so his Dr. isn't worried and says he is a strong, healthy boy!

He is sleeping 6-7 hours most nights, and if he sleeps with mom or dad he will go 8-9 hours.
He is really smiley and gives us big gummy grins
He still has really long eyelashes and gets lots of complements on them
He still hates tummy time but is getting strong and tolerating it more
He is starting to make new noises and little coos
He hasn't lost much of his baby hair and new hair is growing in on the top of his head
He started going to Miss Lilia's for daycare on Monday and both he and mom did good.  Nate takes him when he goes to work around 10 and I pick him up when I get off at 4.  He plays with 4 other little boys age 1-4 all day and she says he is really good.

We love him so much!   I never want to forget his chubby little arms and cute tiny toes and all the million faces he makes!!!
One month comparison here

Thursday, October 9, 2014


We have had so much fun with our friends and family who have all come to visit and cuddle Theo.  Since we spent 4 days in the hospital we got to see a lot of people there, and then some more at home.

Because he was in the NICU, the Stokes kids and Asher couldn't go see him, but we still were happy they visited!

The Webbs were visiting when Theo was released from the NICU and got to come to my room, so Asher got to meet him.  He was so cute and sweet, talking to him in the tiniest high pitched voice.

A week after he was born Cathy, Jasmine, and Patience came to visit

Amie stopped by in the hospital, and Jennilyn and her family came when he got home but I didn't snap a picture.

 Granny brought lots of dinners and helped us out tons--we are so thankful for her!

Sweet cousin Isla Sue was born 3 weeks after Theo and she is such a doll.  It is so fun seeing the differences between the 2 of them!

The Stokes kids were so excited to meet the little bug!

On my birthday my mom, Chelsea, Asher & Isla, and Katie and Stella met us at the Ogden Dino Park.  Theo didn't care much about the dinosaurs, but he liked being outside and with so many fun people!