Monday, January 24, 2011

A Random Look into Our Lives

I'm sick. Greg's sick. Luckily Brighton's not sick this week. I don't think Noel's sick either (sick of pathology and tests, but not the other kind of sick). It's just been a cycle of sickness this month in the Dickens house. So it's been a stay in my pjs and not do very much kind of day. Perfect day to put some pictures on the blog.

I have definitely neglected our family blog for a LONG time. Luckily Noel has done some posts. But anyway...being a stay at home mom is the best job I've ever had. It has been such a blessing to have Brighton join our family. He is getting the hang of sleeping; he sleeps through the night about 2 or 3 times a week. It's great! It's also getting much easier to get him to sleep at night, which is also great. What used to take a couple hours each night is down to about 45 minutes. Brighton is such a content baby (as long as he is being held or somebody is right by him). His smile is adorable! He is almost three months old and is growing like a weed. Last time he was weighed, he was over 17 lbs. Definitely a big fella; my arms are getting pretty defined from holding him all the time. :)
The loves of my life! I liked the sequence of these pictures. 1. Greg smiling, Brighton not looking and spitting up on Noel. 2. Brighton looking, Greg yelling to see the first picture. 3. Noel getting spit up on again by Brighton, Greg squirming to get down. It makes me laugh.

On Saturday afternoon, the boys and I went to pick Noel up from a long day of studying on campus. On the way home, we stopped at the grocery store to pick up a couple of things that we would need before Monday. I stayed in the car, and Noel ran into the store. When he came out, he had the necessities and this...

Yep...that's right, 35 oz. of cheese balls! Look at the size of that thing next to Greg! Greg was in 7th heaven!

On a completely unrelated note, I re-read a General Conference talk given by President Eyring this week. He gave the talk, "Rise to Your Call," in October of 2002, my first semester at BYU. I'm not quite sure why it made such an impression on me as an 18 year old kid. Maybe because Heavenly Father knew I would need it later on in life. It is a great talk and definitely worth a read.

Also, for those that read our blog (I know that's not a ton of people) that are serving in primary or other organizations in the church, if you haven't already checked out, I highly recommend it. It has TONS of ideas for sharing time and FHE, lots of clipart and stories, etc. I love sugardoodle!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Season Full of Pictures

2010 was a wonderful year. Amber and I were so excited to watch Greg's development, welcome Brighton into our family, finish the first year of dental school, and enjoy some much needed R&R this summer. Because I am lazy, the majority of this post is pictures.

The first three pictures are some of our favorite Greg pictures of the year. 

Go cougs!

Future President of the Chamber of Commerce!

Monkey's from Space lead guitarist and pretty boy.

Papa and Grandma Dickens were able to visit for Brighton's blessing. That Saturday evening we had snow and Greg loved dressing up in his winter gear.

How handsome...we particularly like the Cars boots.

What a handsome toddler.

Look at that handsome man. Who could that be? beautiful!

Doing what every kid loves to do best...make sweets and eat them.

Before Christmas, Greg decided to wake up early, sneak out of his room, and finish off the leftover mint brownies. 

Pretending we are dinosaurs at the Point of the Mountain Dinosaur Museum. Julia looks particularly fierce. Wouldn't have wanted to mess with her prehistorically.

Christmas morning. The two boys look so handsome with their matching outfits. Thanks Jennilyn!

Amber got the best Christmas present...a baby that slept through the night (8 hours of pure bliss). Makes it hard on the husband to beat that present :)

Bubba Chubba - Brighton's nickname, snuggling up on his mother.

Bubba chubs smiling and cute.

Greg enjoying his Christmas presents.

Brighton and I enjoying Christmas morning.

Cousin Dallin showing off what he learned about proper Christmas present unwrapping safety.

Brighton and Mom

That is how I wish I spent Christmas...sleeping.

Of all our Christmas pictures, this is our favorite. Greg, Mater, and Mac...what a trio!

Papa Aston and Greg playing before church.

Handsome church attire.