Friday, April 27, 2012

Thomas 9 months

My little boy is 9 months old now and we love him more than ever. He weighs over 18 pounds, crawls everywhere, eats lots of food, sleeps 12.5 hours every night (usually), and LOVES to jump in his bouncer.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jane and Tom-bo

Tom-bo is a nickname we have for Thomas. Jane prefers to use "Tom-bo" when she talks to him.

Tonight, Andrew and Zoey went on a Daddy daughter date to the Kansas City Temple open house. We went through as a family last week but thought it would be neat for Zoey to get to go again with just Andrew. Jane was pretty emotional about not being able to go to the temple on a "daddy date" so I gave her and Thomas extra cuddles tonight. Those two are so cute together. Lately I've been thinking about their relationship. We easily group Zoey and Jane together because they are the first two kids, only 18 months apart, and both girls. However, Thomas and Jane are also 18 months apart and as I catch little glimpses of their interactions it makes me smile. I really think they'll grow up to be good friends.

I was feeling an overwhelming love for these two little kiddos tonight as we spent some time together. We had fun taking pictures and I couldn't just pick one to show so I posted them all. Each one makes me smile. As you can see in a couple of them, Thomas is already being a little bully to Jane. Her reaction is adorable. I'm sure he'll soon find enjoyment in watching that reaction as he teases her (maybe he already does).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Two Teefers!

Look who's got teefers!

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Booger Song

This just might be the funniest video I've ever taken of my girls. Sorry for the angle, I had to be conspicuous as they were both sitting right next to me on the couch. Some background before you watch it...Jane had just come from a short time out in her room and was sad. She sat down next to me and Zoey came over and started comforting her with a song something like this "Don't cry, don't be sad, it's ok". Zoey has done this before and when I heard her starting to sing to Jane I immediately got my phone recording because I didn't want to miss such a sweet moment. Little did I know, the course of the song would soon change...
It's pretty quiet so turn your volume up and if you still can't hear, I put the lyrics below. You can read as you watch. Enjoy!

dont be sad...let me see you nose, does it have any boogers, boogers, does it have any boogers. No, No, it doesn't have, doesn't have any boogers....a booger, do I have any boogers say YES! I do, it's ok. Don't cry, don't be sad. Don't be sad, hmmmmm. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Just some cute pictures of the kids on Easter Sunday and today (the week after). We had a wonderful Easter with lots of family including Andrew's sister Alisa and her family who came to visit us for their Spring break. It was fun to have such a large group of Olsen's running around in Independence. I am so grateful for my Savior and the sacrifices he made so that I can live again.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I really love my kids!

I know my posts have really been lacking here and I apologize. Life has been busy, but wonderful. I have been making some much needed improvement to my life and it's been a neat experience. It feels good to see improvement, even if it's something small. I'm not sure what exactly to post right now other than some cute pictures of the kiddos. They really are cute kids, can't say that enough! I am so blessed to have such loveable children. SO easy to love.

A few of my favorite things about my kids....

Zoey: She was a very early talker with perfect pronunciation from day 1. I am proud of this but haven't gotten to experience much of the cute toddler talk/gibber that most toddlers have. Consequently when she does slip up on a word/phrase I hardly ever correct her. I think it's cute to hear the last of her toddler days still lingering. Here are the few she is still saying. Breakfast=Bregbrist
Fold your arms=Fol-jarms
Tornado=Tormado (both her and Jane say this)
When she sneezes she says "bless you" instead of "excuse me"
She calls sneezes "bless you's"

Picture: She is showing off her belt looping skills...who needs pinterest?

There are a couple more that I can't recall. Pretty soon she will be a kid with no toddler left in her. I'm feeling a little apprehensive about that but excited at the same time. She's such a good little girl despite her persistent fights with Jane.
Jane: She is my cuddle buddy! She loves to melt into your arms and give hugs, lay her head down, or just smother her head into your belly for no reason at all. I love it. She comes into my bed in the morning and cuddles with me. Those are always special moments. She still asks to be held...doesn't NEED to be held, but would prefer it. Not for laziness sake, just to be close to someone. I also love how she isn't particular about who is cuddling her. It could be mom or dad or some random nice stranger. She warms up pretty fast and gives her love so willingly. What a special quality to have. I am excited to see how this quality is expressed as she gets older. Hopefully she will always be willing to give her momma a nice big hug.

Picture: Jane thought it was pretty neat that she could fit into her dolls pants...I was cracking up,
this girl is funny!

Picture: LOVE the outfit Jane
Thomas: This kid is crazy. He's so funny and is really starting to show his personality. He has found his vocal chords, boy has he found them! He starts yelling, not screaming, it's a deep LOUD yell when he wants attention. SO different from my girlies. Andrew asked the other day if our girls ever yelled like him and I had to remind him that "no, remember the girls screamed in high pitch shrill voices? This is just the boy version of that". I have to say, I much prefer the boy version. It may be loud, but it does not physically hurt my ears. He also started doing this cute thing recently that I'll try to describe. When I'm holding him and not looking at him (usually looking at my phone or something) he cranes his head around and under where my face is so he is looking straight at my face. When we make eye contact he gets a huge grin. I set him back in normal position on my hip and he'll start over leaning in to see my face like it's a game. It's SO cute. I just love that little boy. He just started crawling which is fun. He also got his first tooth! We sure do love having this little spirit blessing our home each day.