Saturday, November 28, 2009

Yo Gabba Gabba: Party in Dallas!!!!!!!!!!

Today was THE BIG DAY! We've been waiting all month to suprize Briggy with a live Yo Gabba Gabba concert! It was about an hour away at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco. Brigs has been sleeping in a lot later than normal, which really threw off his routine, which led to a slightly sleepy/grumpy Brigs when we first got there-- it only took his Gabba friends a minute to convince to have fun! The show was at 3, we left a little after he didnt get a nap today ;/ needless to say I was worried about him, but he held up was just hard to keep him still! They released balloons out to the crowd and he went wild playing with them, it was hard to keep him contained to a seat! All I have to say is these shows are a nice TREAT but seriously, way too expensive. Maybe once a year we'll do something like this for them, but it really added up....and if we bought all the fun sovenior stuff, it would have been really crazy!

Here are some pics (Oliver slept almost the entire time! But we were able to get a pic of him before he fell asleep in Daddy's arms!)

About 2 minutes after getting into the car, Briggy was all Gabba'd out!

I am so excited to plan Briggy's 2nd Yo Gabba Gabba birthday party!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving at the Tillotsons!

(It tasted a lot better than it looks....)

Brigs seriously DEVOURED the food! I have never seen him eat so much or so willingly!!! Im taking that as the highest compliment, since he has hardly been eating ANYTHING these days!! He loved the pumpkin pie too...but I figured he would, since his favorite breakfast is pumpkin oatmeal!!

Random Cuteness

I havent been taking too many pictures of Ollie lately...which is a little stupid, but he is soooooo scary looking right now (and I mean that in the most loving way, Oliver) His 4 month checkup is on wednesday, so hopefully the doctor can figure out whats going on and give us something to make him better--but he has crazy skin. Briggy had bad red bumps and cradle cap when he was a baby up until 4 months and then it pretty much just vanished one day. Olivers has been bad like Briggy's but he also has these hard calloused feeling bumps on his arms and legs. His facial "issue" was starting to clear up last week and I thought "finally!" it must be the same weird thing as briggy....but then a few days ago it got really thick and icky...and must have been extra itchy because Oliver rubbed his little face raw. I have him wear socks on his hands because its the only thing that covers (and stays on) his little claws. I was clipping his nails EVERYDAY and still the way he would dig in his skin gave him cuts all the time....but even with the socks he managed to make a disaster of his face. It looked so painful. I didn't know what to do, and since it was thanksgiving I couldnt call the doc, so I initially thought to cover it up so it could dry and heal over without him touching it, but that lasted about an hour before the bandages came off (as you can see in the pic) so then we searched for some of briggy's swaddles....all the swaddles up to six months DONT FIT OLLIE! Luckily, I remembered Devon sent us some and it was a little bigger so it JUST BARELY fit him! thank goodness...its the only thing keeping his hands away, and overnight the skin crusted over...and it looks....really bad. Im thinking its maybe eczema? I really have no idea, I havent seen any info or pictures online that look anything like Ollie's. Im just hoping its not some crazy skin disease or anything....I know its SOOO uncomfortable for him, because hes been so fussy, not sleeping well, and extra itchy and wiggly. Poor little guy. So thats my explanation of why I have like 5 new pictures of Ollie and like 20 of Briggy!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Awesome picture

I have been finding so many great photo deals lately, so I have been searching for pictures and having my sis add text to them for me. I've made a few presents....and the Sacred Grove picture that I put as my header I have printed for my living room! Isn't it beautiful!!?
Thanks jessie, for helping me with my photo vision!

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Dreaded Photo-Shoot

I took some pictures of the boys yesterday dressed in cute matching outfits for our christmas cards. I had been postponing it because Briggy has been a little under the weather, (runny nose, cough) but I wanted to make sure I would be able to design the card and get them in the mail by the end of november, so I could send them out the first week in december.
So I waited until after their naps, gave them yummy snacks....and still no love.
briggy is usually so fun loving and smiley, and I could not for the life of me get him to stop making mean, grouchy, bratty faces! then when I would threaten to not give him his "chocolate shake" (kids boost essentials) he really went off his rocker and was crying up a storm, which in turned Oliver into a baby beast!!!
Here are some of the *funny* bratty pictures that will NOT be on the christmas cards (however, the ones that I ended up using arent much better!)

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We are thankful for FHE!

This past week's FHE was starting out our November being THANKFUL!

Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things (D&C 59:7)

I thank thee, dear Father in heaven above,
For thy goodness and mercy, thy kindness and love.
I thank thee for home, friends, and parents so dear,
And for ev’ry blessing that I enjoy here.

(“I Thank Thee, Dear Father,” Children’s Songbook, 7)

Did you know that being thankful is a commandment? In Doctrine and Covenants 59:7 we read, “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.” One of the ways you can show your love for Heavenly Father is to thank Him for the blessings He has given you.

Our lesson was loosely based on the Friend article, "Every Blessing that I enjoy here"

on they offered the idea of making a thankful memory game--which will be fun in a couple years...but for Briggy's age we decided to make a THANKFUL JAR
We can write what we are thankful for everyday and slip it into the jar. We also made another TURKEY! from cut-outs of Brigham's hands and feet! He really loves to color and likes helping mommy with projects. So far, Briggy is thankful for:
Juice, Snacks, having a baby brother, and having a mommy and daddy that love him!
Mommy is thankful she gets to be a momma! and Daddy is thankful for two sons!!
(The thankful jar is an empty oats container that Briggy colored!)

Ben&Jerry aint got nothin on my Chunky Monkey!!!

Oliver is such a rollie pollie-chunky monkey!!!!

Its so funny having this chubby little guy--Briggy was so skinny compared to Ollie! He grows and grows and grows--in the blink of an eye he's another pound!! His four month appointment isnt until Dec. 2nd--I can't even imagine how much he weighs...He's gotta be pushin' 16 plus pounds---CRAZY!!!!!!!! Their personalities are so different too. Briggy was a very screechy baby, but he slept a lot during the day...I may not have thought it at the time, but he did sleep alot!! Oliver on the other hand doesnt sleep very often--hes OKAY during the night (not great, but getting better) but during the day his eyes are WIDE OPEN, taking it all in. But if im not right there with him, he is NOT happy!!!!! He is very very clingy and always wants mommy to hold him---Briggy was just NOT like that. I always wanted to hold Briggy and he wanted to chill in his bouncey or lay around on his own....maybe things will change in the next couple months--I keep forgetting how YOUNG ollie still is...he just reminds me of a 6 month sized Briggy!!! I planned on starting Ollie on cereal right around Christmas-time, but he's already eyeing food and ALWAYS ALWAYS hungry and holding his head up sooooo good---I wonder if he's ready? I'm still feeding him every 2 hours....when I'm lucky he'll make it to 3....honestly, I'm a little worn out over it! I really thought his feeding would be spaced out a little further now since he's so BIG! We'll have to wait and see what the doctor says early decemeber! He has the same rashy/acne/cradle cap like Briggy did...same thing! its weird---it most likely has something to do with my hormones....Oliver's is a little worse than Briggys--because its clustered on his arms and legs---He has super dry skin...I know it bothers him, because hes always trying to scratch and itch--I have to keep gloves (or socks!) on his little paws---but he always manages to break free from them and gives himself little nicks here and there...poor guy. Briggy's cleared up by 5 months, so I'm sure Oliver's will too (I hope!)
Anyway, thats the late breaking scoop on my Chunky Monkey, Oliver!!!

PS--In Briggy news, his developmental and speech therapists are really nice and will be meeting with Briggy each week to work on his communication skills. He is pretty far ahead in phsycial things (about 6 months ahead) but hes about 6 months behind in his speech/ there is a lot of work/playing/learning to be done! Pray for my little guy that he'll get the hang of it!! I know hes a smarty-pants....but his busy-body takes over!!!

Messy Briggy--Church Briggy

My little dude can get messy real quick, but he sure cleans up nice :)
Here he is digging into some fries and ketchup--I'm not sure he got any ketchup in his mouth--I think he used it more like finger paint!!!

Lookin' Sharp!!!
Seriously, my boys are crazy handsome!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween at the Tillotsons....

means GABBA GABBA! and GOODIES!!!!!

Briggy had so much fun dressing up as his favorite guy, DJ Lance Rock! (Thanks so much Grandma Tina and Granddad for the costume!!)
Earlier in the week we worked hard during craft time to make his Gabba Gourds!! He has been very careful playing them all week--I only had to re-glue Toodee's ear twice ;)

Oliver looked so snuggly and cozy as a sweet pea. I strolled him around the block while daddy and briggy went trick-or-treating. I was hoping Briggy would bust out talking with "TRICK OR TREAT" and suprize us...but no such luck. Tomorrow (Nov 2nd) we are having speech/child development specialists come over the house to meet and evaluate Briggy...just to rule out any problems and get to the bottom of him not saying any words. If there is anything wrong we want to nip it in the bud asap!

Briggy was allowed to take a couple bites of candy (from our own stash..we re-handed out the candy he got!) and was a fan of the 3 musketeer bar! But he only ate a tiny bite because he learned on the Yo Gabba Gabba halloween special that...
(We have been watching that one show ALL WEEK...that song is fried into my brain!!)