Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Goodbye to a Fun Summer

We love living here, because Hazen has so much fun with his friends. This summer has meant endless hours playing outside in the yard, imagination building fun, the occasional fight, and of course, ice cream and Shave Ice. We're so lucky to live next to two kids that are exactly the same age. We love summer!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back to School!

The end of August meant the end of summer and the beginning of school. This was both awful and awesome, all in one. Awful, because I seriously had one of the best summers of my life playing with my little buddy, and awesome, because Hazen's back in school! We get a few hours a week to either catch up on housework, nap, or Jason and I go to lunch a lot, which is really fun, too. Heather was really sad to be saying goodbye to her little buddy, because she's a really good mom. Meanwhile, I skipped right out the door while singing happy little songs of joy. Hazen loves school, though, and he always gets along so well with his teachers. His teachers have told me what a joy he is to have in class, and how he always brightens their days. I've had some pretty long conversations with both Ms. Kathy and Ms. Holly, and they both have nothing but good things to say about my little buddy. It makes me feel like we're definitely doing something right, because he brings so much joy to those around him. I love that baby.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Family Day at Sandy Fire

Shortly after Jason got on with Sandy Fire, they hosted a Family Day at their training facility. Other than the fact that it was held on one of the hottest days of the summer, we had a great time! Hazen got to work a fire hose to put out a fire that they had. It was fun to see both Haz and Jason being so excited about all things fire! My quest to have Hazen become a doctor isn't going very well as long as Jason's around. It looks like the boy is full on board with following in Daddy's footsteps! In fact, a statement that is pretty common around here these days is, "No Mommy, I can't be little. I have to grow bigger, like Daddy, so I can go to the fire station with him". Sigh.

It's really neat that Sandy would put together a day like this. I'm really impressed with the many trainings that they do already, and I think that it's a good move for us to have made.

Summer Fun at the Lindon Pool

This year, one of our "big" purchases was a season pass to the Lindon Pool. It stole my soul a little at the beginning, because it was EXPENSIVE, but at the end of the day, it's been worth every penny! Pretty much every day that I'm not at work, Haz and I go to the pool and have tons of fun in the sun. It's been so awesome seeing how much Hazen has grown up this summer. The first few days at the pool, he was super timid, and didn't like going down the lazy river, or down the water slides. Even being in floaties would make him nervous. That is SO different from how he is now! He's brave, and adventurous, and loves to splash and even put his head under water. It's amazing. I can bring my kindle, and hang out by the poolside, and he just plays for hours. Don't get me wrong, I swim with him too, and we have such a great time! Going to the pool has truly been one of the highlights of my summer. I love seeing Hazen's little tan body compared to his white white white bum bum. Next year, we'll probably put him in swimming lessons, but it's been great just going to the pool to play. I'm seriously a little depressed that summer is ending soon, I don't know how I'm going to wait until it returns to us next year. Thanks Lindon Pool for the most epic summer ever!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hazen boy Turns 4!! Pt Three

After the fun of the birthday party, Hazen's next request was to go to the pool, and to take "lunch in a bag". So, we headed over to Wendy's, and got Hazen his requisite chicken nuggets and fries and a "hangerbur", and went to the pool with our contraband food. Our time at the pool was a blast! Hazen of course loved having the undivided attention of BOTH of his parents the entire day. He has gotten so brave at the pool, and buying a floaty was seriously the best decision that we made all summer!

After the pool, it was time for naps, and we all took a pretty hardcore nap. After naps, it was time for dinner! Now, most kids that I know traditionally request "kid food" for their birthdays. Not my boy. For his birthday dinner, all he wanted was sushi, or to go to "the silly meat place with chickens and tongs"; ie, Tucanos. Seeing that we had gone to sushi for Jason's birthday only 2 weeks prior, Tucanos it was! We invited Grandma and Grandpa to join us, and we all had a great time! Hazen definitely ate his money's worth of meat, and we all enjoyed a great meal together! With how busy we've all been, we haven't been able to go out to eat with grandma and grandpa much, and it was a lot of fun.

After dinner, we headed home and opened presents from Mommy and Daddy. This year little buddy sure scored! He got a soccer goal, a baseball tee, and a robot that helps Hazen learn letters and numbers. He sure has a lot of fun playing with all of his toys, and he's got quite the swing on him!

We sure love our big four year old boy. He's the highlight of our lives, and it was so much fun having a day solely dedicated to celebrating him. There's nothing more that makes our days bright than his funny little personality and smile. We love you Hazen. We've loved these past 4 years, and can't wait for a million more with you, little buddy!

Hazen boy Turns 4!! Pt Two

If you remember, Hazen requested a Robot birthday party for his 3rd birthday. It is pretty much impossible to find good robot stuff just in the store, and his "awesome" robot party ended up not being so awesome. In fact, it was kind of lame. I'm thinking my all too smart child caught on to the fact that he kind of got jipped, so, for literally a year, he's been requesting another robot party. I was hell bent on making sure that it was a good one, and it was!

They started the party off by getting robot antennae to wear throughout the celebration. While we waited for everyone to get there, they were able to color in their special robot coloring books that I ordered. Online, because, you know, you can't get robot stuff in the stores.... Next on the docket was another craft of making space themed picture with foam stickers and letters. The kids seemed to really enjoy it, and the results were darling! After that, we did yet another crafting activity, and made robot necklaces. I was a little worried that the holes that they needed to thread the string through might be too small, but everyone did great, and no one even needes any help.

Finally, it was time for presents and cupcakes. Hazen really lucked out and got some great presents, especially a ton of squirt guns from his friends. I made robot cupcakes for his "cake" and the kids loved eating those and cheetos. Just doing my part to perpetuate childhood obesity.....

Hazen had a wonderful birthday party, and we were so grateful to all of our great friends for coming and helping us celebrate his special day!