Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday LOGAN!

This morning at 7:07AM Logan turned one year old! We no longer have a baby in this house....we have a TODDLER and a PRESCHOOLER. Logan was serenaded as he woke up this morning by Jen signing the 'Happy Birthday' song. He was then able to play with Zach and Grandma and Grandpa Twogood for a bit before we all headed out to get some formal portraits (earlier post). After pictures we all went out to lunch and on the drive back home Logan fell asleep for his nap.

In the evening we had Logan's party.

We decided to start with presents, when he was clean :) If you have been reading our blog for a while you know Zach's red cozy coupe car has become quite the commodity in our house. We decided Logan was getting his OWN CAR for this birthday - a black police car!

The boys loved driving around in each others car. We had to remind them there were more presents to open! Logan started opening the presents on his own...

....then Zach wanted to help.... the end all the presents were opened and the kids were begging for us to get them out of the packing material.

Since we did his cake smash photo shoot earlier in the morning we weren't quite sure if Logan would want more cake.....what do you think?

Yes - cake #2 devoured. Towards the end he was getting whiny and cranky. Turns out this one year old does have a sugar limit :) Next up - a warm bath to wash off all that CAKE!

Happy FIRST Birthday Logan! You are our happy, easy going kid with a killer smile! We love you!

Formal Portraits

It is that time again....portraits! Today was Logan's 1st birthday so we decided to get his pictures and Zach's 3 year old portraits done (since his birthday is only in a few short weeks). This time we went to a new place - Portrait Works in Orem. They give you all the high resolution images on CD and the rights to print them off where ever you want! Jen likes this of course, because then she can edit them as she likes and take her time deciding what pictures to hang in the house and not have a ton of prints left over! Here were some of our favorites......

Logan's first cake smash was AWESOME! The kid didn't hold back at all....I think he ended up devouring a fourth of the 10 inch cake!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Presents - Extended!

Jen's parents flew into town today - and we decided to open their Christmas gifts when they arrived instead of on Christmas day. Also - remember the left over un-opened gifts from yesterday? Those finally got opened today!

Zach enjoyed his firetruck and ambulance from Grandma and Grandpa Twogood

Logan loved it all!

We laughed at this photo - Jen's dad had just finished telling us a story of how he ordered a DVD from Amazon and two arrived...he said he accidentally must have had two in his online Amazon cart when he checked out. Jen then opened this gift from her parents and said, "there are TWO" and had a confused look on her face:

This was one purchase where there was SUPPOSE to be TWO! Portable DVD players for the kids! Now we can take long road/plane trips in STYLE!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Santa made his STOP!

I am not sure who was more excited for Christmas morning this year....the parents or the kids! Zach is old enough to understand what a wrapped present is and this is the first year he understands the concept of Santa. Logan surprisingly is interested wrapping paper and actually tries to tear it off....something Zach didn't do at one year of age. So who do you think woke up FIRST this Christmas morning? The parents! Zach slept in until 8:30am and Logan finally woke up about 9:15am.

Once Zach woke up we quickly showed him the present stash under the tree...and the present Santa left him by the fireplace...

Our Tree....
Zach's Santa gift - a huge remote controlled JEEP!

Then we decided to make breakfast. By this time Logan was awake with a full tummy and was super excited to see his Santa gift - a Lightning McQueen car!

Now Zach and Logan were really getting into it. They helped Dustin open our adult Santa gift - another PS3! I say another because we actually already have one.....Santa knew we were looking for another blu-ray player for upstairs...and being able to stream netflix was an added plus! I guess we were extra "good" this past year!

Then we made our way to the presents under the tree. We learned that with small kids you don't ever actually unwrap all your presents under the tree. The kids would open one gift and then want to get it out of the package to play with it...and could care less about the other ten left to unwrap. So we actually didn't open all our gifts on Christmas day...why force your kids to unwrap gifts when they don't want to?

The hit gifts for the day were the yellow submarine for Zach and the loving Elmo for Logan:

The rest of Christmas day was spent like this.....PERFECT!

Friday, December 24, 2010

fishy time - AGAIN!

We realized our 1 year membership to the Living Planet Aquarium was going to expire 12/27/2010 - so we decided to hit the place up right before Christmas to make sure we got in one last visit with those passes. We have been coming to this place in Sandy, Utah for about 2.5 years now and they have expanded and upgraded the place so much in those 2.5 years. The latest addition is about ten penguins. Every time we have visited, those penguins have so much energy and are swimming around and jumping about. I think the parents enjoy it just as much as the kids. This was the first visit Logan was really getting into it too...her really enjoyed all the hands on exhibits!

The kids enjoy playing on this big frog every visit:

And finally the snail....this is the snail our kids are always trying to EAT! We have a picture of Zach when he was a baby trying to eat the ears of the Logan wants to do the same thing! Wonder how many other kids have partaken of the snail since it was last cleaned....

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Birthday JEN!

Last night Dustin came home with some "things" to help celebrate Jen's birthday! First was two dozen rose for year since Jen's birth (hah hah hah!!)

Some balloons (okay so these are for more for the enjoyment of the kids...but Jen did love the kitty mylar!)
and lastly....something YUMMY from the Cheesecake Factory!

Both Dustin and Jen took the day of work. We all slept in, even the kids until 8:30am! Then we had breakfast got ready and then hit the road. The kids were still going to the babysitters so mom and dad could enjoy a day on the town. We had planned to finally go see the 7th Harry Potter movie but they changed the movie schedule on us today due to new movie releases and we had massages scheduled later in the afternoon so we couldn't see Harry Potter because it started too late and we would have missed our massage appointment. So the next best movie? Little Fockers! We actually enjoyed the movie...nothing better than sneaking in your own soda and candy bars to the movie theater. Then later we did enjoy those massages....Jen had a 1.5 hour hot stone massage. Next, time to pick up the kids and a take and bake pizza (Papa Murphy's Stuffed Chicago is Jen's favorite). We enjoyed the company of Grandpa Gray and his sister Sally and her husband Phil (they just returned from an LDS mission in Vermont) for dinner. Later in the evening, sadly after Logan had already fallen asleep, we busted out that Red Velvet Cheesecake!

...and opened some PRESENTS!

Happy Birthday JEN!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Visit from Grandpa Gray

Today Dustin's dad came to town for a visit. We had just given the kids a bath and got them dressed in their pajamas and explained to Zach that Grandpa Gray was coming to visit. Then there was a knock at the door...Zach sprinted as fast as he could to see who it was...and it was Grandpa Gray! He was soooooooo excited...

Here was a picture we took of the boys with Grandpa Gray - Zach wasn't cooperating very well for this Kodak moment....

Funny story to share with the world though....while Grandpa Gray was visiting Zach wouldn't leave his side. When Grandpa would go downstairs to take a nap, Zach would follow him and lay down and try to take a nap with him. Most the time they ended up playing a game instead of taking a nap. One day while they were down in Grandpa's room, Grandma had called for him. So Grandpa Gray went upstairs to talk to Grandma on the phone and left Zach in his bedroom. Ten minutes or so passed and still no Zach - he was still downstairs and it was quiet in the house. Jen goes downstairs to investigate and finds Zach in Grandpa's closet going through his dirty laundry finding things to wear. Check this out....

Zach had put on Grandpa's socks, shoes and t-shirt! He was SO PROUD OF HIMSELF!

While Grandpa was in town he helped us with a project. We added extra insulation in the storage room on the ceiling and then covered it with plastic. Zach didn't want to be left out of this fun....he brought his stool down to the storage room and made sure he had his tools handy to help out the best he could!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Dustin was the proud recipient of these lovely "HD Sunglasses" (as seen on TV!) from a white elephant gift exchange at work. Zach LOVES them....he thinks he is a STUD.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Logan and Daddy TIME!

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Could it be? Have our children mastered the art of sharing? We thought so with this today....

...uh, maybe NOT....

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixon

Tonight we visited a couple of Santa's reindeer at Thanksgiving Point! Hey swing by to see the locals every year around this time - the kids always like to say hello!

Afterwards we hit up the ice cream parlor. Kids 2 and under get a free soft serve ice cream....that was our plan...until we got to the front of the line and Zach heard some other kid say "bubblegum ice cream"...and that is all Zach wanted....BUBBLEGUM ICE CREAM!

Logan had to take a taste too!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dustin's little helper

This year while Dustin was up on the ladder putting up the last strand of lights on the house Zach decided it was time he stepped up and started helping Dad out with the family tradition. He found a bag of extra lights and said "Dad I'm bringing you lights!".. And he proceeded to climb up the other side of our 10' ladder.

Dustin had his cell phone on him and took these pictures.. probably a good thing too, because Jen would have never taken these pictures.. she would have made him come down the very second she saw him. Dustin was proud of his little helper.