Dec 21, 2009

Weddings

My sister, Lindsay, got married on Friday to Disraeli Rangel in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. The sealing was very sweet. We all had lots of fun hanging out and celebrating their marriage. The reception was especially fun thanks to all the food and dancing. Congratulations, Linds & Dis!

Dec 1, 2009

Temple Lights

We went to see the Temple lights last night for Family Home Evening and they were beautiful. It was even kind of cold, so I'm starting to feel like it's Christmastime. We saw the nativity displays they have from around the world, which are awesome. We also saw the Christus presentation. There were quite a few people there last night and we had to wait to see the presentation, but Cooper wouldn't go home until we saw Jesus. :) I'm not sure if that was my favorite part of the night or when we walked by a young missionary talking to this woman about our Prophet. He was so excited as he explained to her that we have a living Prophet here on this earth today. His enthusiasm and sweet spirit made me smile. How great would it be if everyone had that attitude about the gospel? It reminded me of how lucky I am to have the gospel in my life.

When we got to the Temple, I'll admit I wasn't in the best mood. Hudson was crying, Cooper kept running off and getting lost and people kept bumping into me. One kid in a stroller even shouted at me to "Move!" Seriously.
By the time we left though, I felt peaceful and happy. Much more in the Christmas Spirit than when we arrived. The Temple is such a blessing and I am so grateful for it.

Merry Christmas!

Nov 23, 2009

Quick Update

As I'm writing this I suddenly remember that our family is joining another family from our ward for dinner and FHE tonight, so this will be quick.

Randy and I celebrated our 5th anniversary on the 20th. Crazy, I know. The boys slept at my parent's house for the night, so Randy and I were able to go to dinner and sleep in a little the next morning. Although, Randy had to work a few hours on Saturday morning and my internal alarm clock is set at 6am for Hudson's morning feeding, but it was nice to wake up and not have to worry about the boys.

My sister Lindsay's bridal shower was on the 14th. My sister Brooke, Anna Mae and I threw it for her. It was a lot of fun and Anna Mae went all out with the food. Yum! Thanks to everyone for coming! I can't believe the wedding is in less than 4 weeks. I'm so excited for Linds and Dis! With their wedding in December and my other sister, Bre, getting married in January I'm going to be busy every weekend for the rest of the year. Yipes!

The boys are doing well. Coop is a fireball of energy. He never stops. He would give the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. Hudson is 8 months old now and scooting around the floor on his tummy. I'm just waiting for him to figure out he can move around on all fours. Then I'll have 2 boys to chase after. I wouldn't have it any other way, though. :)

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I can hardly believe it! That means Christmas is just around the corner, also. Time flies! Anyway, sorry this post has no pictures and is so rushed. Hopefully, my next post will be better. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Nov 2, 2009

Happy Halloween

Cooper was Wolverine this year


and for Hudson's first Halloween he was a dalmation puppy dog (he was too big for the pea in a pod costume that Coop wore his first Halloween)





Oct 14, 2009

He gave me my ears . . .

that I might hear the magical sounds of things

video

Oct 7, 2009

one year older & wiser too

My birthday was on the 5th and my mom's was on the 4th, so my whole family went to Carlos O'Brien's to celebrate. (Check out Coop's face in the picture on the right - hilarious).


Oct 1, 2009

Happy Birthday, Cooper!

Cooper turned 3 the other day . . .






We had a Mickey Mouse party and his big present was a Wolverine action figure, which he has not put down since he opened it. After we sang him Happy Birthday he told all of us to stand back and then he blew out all 3 candles in one breath. He spent most of the day singing the birthday song, telling everyone he was 3 now and asking me when we could go pick up his cake. He was so sweet - he thanked everyone for his gifts and cake.
Happy Birthday, Coop! We love you! :)


Sep 20, 2009

Best Buds

Hudson loves his Daddy . . .







They are pretty good buds. It's pretty cute. Randy can always get Hudson to sleep by rocking him and singing "I am a child of God". If he hears Randy's voice while I'm nursing, he'll stop eating and look around until he finds his dad. Once he finds him he smiles and then goes back to eating. So sweet.

Sep 10, 2009

A few of my favorite things . . .

In no particular order -


Hudson's happy dance when he knows he's about to eat





Cooper's silly songs (He's an expert on Weezer's Sweater Song)






The Temple







Cooper taking care of his little brother









Rainstorms



My husband's laugh







Dr. Pepper







Jul 8, 2009

Oh, what do you do in the summertime?

** A note to the reader: the following post is more entertaining if you sing it along to the melody of the primary song, "Oh, what do you do in the summertime".

O what do you do in the summertime
when all the world is green?
Do you think it's a dream
or suddenly scream
when your bathroom starts to flood?
Is that what you do?
Me, too
O what do you do in the summertime
when it is oh so hot?
Does your TV go pop
and suddenly stop
and leave you wondering why?
Is that what you do?
So do I
O what do you do in the summertime
that helps you to unwind?
Are you losing your mind
when you suddenly find
your two-year-old down the street?
Is that what you do?
Me, too

Jun 8, 2009

Potty trained!

Cooper is finally potty trained! Woo-hoo! The below picture is of him sporting his new Thomas the Train underwear. He's been going to the potty for about 2 weeks now and hasn't worn a diaper since then. We got home from the grocery store one day and I was getting after him for putting extra groceries in the cart (of which I was unaware of until I got to my car) when all of a sudden he tells me he has to go pee. We hurried to the bathroom and sure enough he went potty in the toilet. He's been going ever since and surprisingly, he hasn't had too many accidents. It's funny - it's like he knew how to use the potty the entire time we've been trying to get him to go on it, but he just now decided that he was ready to use it. The transition from diapers to underwear has been pretty smooth, of which I am very grateful. Here I thought potty training was going to be this horrible, never-ending nightmare and instead it turned out be be fairly uneventful.

May 31, 2009

Graduation

On Friday, my youngest sister, Brooke, graduated from high school. It's weird to think that my parents no longer have teenagers, but adult children. It's just weird to think of Brooke as an adult, period. :) The graduation was held at the Phoenix First Assembly church, which was really nice. I made it there just as my fuel light came on, which was nerve wracking with two little boys asleep in the backseat. It was weird not to have graduation at the Sun Dome in Surprise, which is where Apollo normally has their graduation and where I and my other 2 sisters graduated. But, hey, as long as there is air conditioning I don't care where they hold graduation. The graduation speakers all did a really nice job and the ceremony went very smoothly aside from the noisy guests. I'm so proud of my sister and I'm going to miss her when she goes off to Utah in a few weeks. I've already told her she can expect me to come visit her soon after she gets there. :)


May 5, 2009

Baby blessing

On Sunday we blessed Hudson in my parent's ward in Glendale. Randy did a great job on the blessing and Hudson was such a good little guy. He hardly made a peep the entire time - mostly due to the fact that he was up at 4am, I think. It was a nice bonding moment for him and me. :) I tried to explain to him that it was a special day and that his daddy was going to give him a special blessing. He looked at me the whole time I was talking like he understood. It was so sweet.

Most of our friends and family were able to be there and participate in the blessing, which was really nice. Hudson got to wear the same blessing outfit that Cooper wore. My neighbor and friend made it for me and it's the cutest little thing! After the blessing we had a little luncheon at my parents house and got to spend time with family. It was fun to see everyone take turns holding Hudson. Overall, it was a very nice day.

Apr 28, 2009

Update

Here's what's new with the Conrads --

Cooper got a haircut:

Before










During

After
And Hudson is starting to hold his own head up

video

Earth shattering, I know. We're also attempting potty training Cooper. Today he went pee on the toilet for the first time and I was literally jumping up and down with joy. Of course, there hasn't been a recurrence yet. Cooper thinks he's pretty hot stuff in his pull-ups, though. The pull-ups have a picture of a truck on the front of them and if he pees in his pull-ups, the wheels on the truck disappear. He runs to show me every time his wheels disappear (Mom, my wees gone!) which means it's too late to use the potty. I'm thinking about laying newspaper out all over my living room . . .

Hudson is growing like a weed. He had his one month check up yesterday (yes, he's a month old already!) and he was just shy of 10 lbs. He's more alert during the day, which is fun and time consuming - my laundry basket has reached a hazardous height. He's a sweet little thing, though. :)

Apr 13, 2009

Easter



We had a very nice Easter. We went to church with my parents and spent the day over at their house afterward. The Easter Sacrament meeting program was very nice - the choir did an awesome job and Joey Bingham rocks on the violin. :)

The Easter bunny visited Grandma and Grandpa's house and we even had an Easter egg hunt after the nice dinner my mom prepared. Thanks, Mom! :)

However, the funniest part of the day was right before we were leaving to go home. First of all, Cooper absolutely loves this "Dashmat" t-shirt he's wearing in the video below. One day I could not get him to take it off - he wore it all day after sleeping in it the night before. The funny thing is that I probably wore the same t-shirt when I was his age. Anyway, Cooper's Easter basket consisted of a whole bunch of pirate toys (his latest craze). One of the items was a hook and when someone would throw the hook at him he would act as if he had just been stabbed and would proceed to die. The following video is of just that. Enjoy.

video

Apr 4, 2009

Yes or No?

Do you think the boys look alike? I can't decide . . .


Cooper












Hudson

Mar 31, 2009

He's here!



Name: Hudson Lee Conrad

Birthdate: March 25th, 2009

Weight: 8lbs 6oz (a whole pound bigger than his brother!)

Nickname: Ox (due to his strength and size)


Everything went really smoothly. I started having contractions Tuesday evening, but they were pretty sporadic. Around 1:30am they started to get pretty regular and intense and then my water broke at 2am. My labor went pretty fast and I delivered Hudson at 7am Wednesday morning.


Cooper has been really good with his brother and he's been my big helper. So far he hasn't shown any signs of jealousy. Instead he's been very sweet with Hudson - giving him kisses and getting his Binky when he cries. The pic below is of Cooper holding Hudson for the first time.


Mar 20, 2009

Wishing and hoping

and thinking and praying that this baby comes soon. I'm ready! Hopefully, my next post will be about the baby boy we've just had. :)

Mar 11, 2009

Adventures in Wonderland

In the 3rd grade my class put on a small production of "Alice in Wonderland" and I was chosen to play the part of Alice. For those of you laughing because you know I have no acting ability whatsoever I'll tell you the truth: they cast me as Alice because they thought my hair looked like hers. Go figure. Anyway, after yesterday I can relate a lot more to the character.

It started as an ordinary day. I took Cooper and the little boy I baby-sit to the park to play. When we got back I realized the garbage needed to be taken out, so I gathered it up and told Cooper to wait while I threw the garbage into the bin in the garage. Big mistake. I had thrown the garbage away and was headed back to the garage door that leads into the house when I heard a noise at the door. It took me half a second before I realized that it was Cooper on the other side sliding the deadbolt into place. I ran to the door and grabbed the handle yelling "noooooooo!" at the top of my lungs. Too late. I was locked out of the house with no way in. No keys. No phone. In the hot garage. Both boys in the house. I felt like Alice being dropped down the rabbit hole. I started banging on the door and yelling for Cooper to let me in. I mean, if he locked the deadbolt surely he can unlock it right? Nope. My hollering scared him and he ran off to some other part of the house.

Now, there was a part of my brain that told me to stop yelling and talk to Cooper. That part of my brain realized I was scaring him and that he wouldn't come to the door until I calmed down. However, that part of my brain was the much smaller part somewhere in the back of my head. The much larger front part of my brain was busy chanting: I'm locked in the garage. I'm locked in the garage. So, when the rational part of my brain realized I wasn't going to calm down anytime soon (by the way I blame my freak out on the pregnancy hormones - those things are wicked) it told me to say a prayer. Once I was able to do that I suddenly remembered the living room window around the back of the house was most likely unlocked. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I've been locked out of the house. It is, however, the first time I was locked out by my two-year-old. Anyway, the last time we were locked out our friend broke in through our living room window and let us in. (Thanks, Josh!)

So, being 9 months pregnant I ran around to the back of the house and managed to get the living room window open and crawl inside. The picture to the left is an old one, but it shows the window I crawled through (it's the one closest to the door). When I got inside Cooper was hiding under our dining room table and Andrew was looking at me like I was crazy. They were both completely fine and the whole ordeal lasted less than 10 minutes. I just wish someone could have taped me crawling through the window with my belly bump, because I must have looked absolutely ridiculous.

Mar 4, 2009

Tiger Woods . . .

ain't got nothin' on this kid . . . (the top one is my favorite)









Jan 9, 2009

Home Stretch

It's official! I am now in my 3rd trimester. Yea! Not that I have anything to complain about - this pregnancy has been about as good as I could ask for. The little guy is kicking up a storm, which makes me a little nervous because when Cooper got that active my water broke. We still haven't decided on a name, but that's not surprising since we didn't name Cooper until he was 2 days old. He was Baby Boy Conrad for the first two days of his life, poor guy. His brother may follow in his footsteps. I'm eager to meet this little one and see how his personality differs from his brothers, but I'm also glad I have a couple more months to prepare. I have to psych myself up for those 2am feedings. :)