How Do You Spell …

Posted by Thomas October 21st, 2010

I was in Georgia last week and noticed this sign at a movie theater:

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(Hint to Movie Theater: I think Expendles is missing an ‘A’ and a ‘B’.) I got a nice laugh out of that.

Here’s a fun picture of Jacob. Is it just me, or does it look like he is posing? He must have a relative somewhere that’s a model.

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October: The Great Pumpkin

Posted by Thomas October 17th, 2010

Jacob picked out his first pumpkin yesterday:

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We visited the great pumpkin patch, and let Jacob find his own pumpkin. He enjoyed the cart ride so much, he didn’t want to walk around the patch. We placed him in the patch, he found the biggest pumpkin he could lift, and wouldn’t let go. We also visited some nearby horses and walked through a kiddie maze. Jacob’s Grandma Charlotta also came along. It was a lot of fun!

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Thomas was out of town in Georgia this week, so Erin took Jacob up to the Treehouse Children’s Museum in Ogden. They put on a Halloween activity each year where the kids dress up in costumes and go on a quest.

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Speaking of October, I have recently reconnected with my favorite music group, U2. It’s been a long time since I have listened to only them for an extended period, but I found myself doing just that over the past couple of weeks. Lots of my memories are etched into their music. “One,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You,” “Bad,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “October,” “40,” “Pride,” … the list could go on and on. Have you ever “rediscovered” something you have loved: a meal, a book, a TV show, or something else?

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Three Short Stories

Posted by Thomas October 10th, 2010

Story One (from Erin’s perspective): I have a hard time getting a shower in the morning while Jacob is awake and active.  One morning this past week I had a brilliant idea.  I blocked off the kitchen, blocked off the bathroom door (but left it open so I could hear what was going on), and made sure the barricaded area was safe.  Then I jumped in the shower while Jacob played in the living room area.  At first he whined by the bathroom door but after a short while I started hearing happy sounds from the living room and congratulated myself on such a great idea.  When I got out of the shower I saw Jacob in the living room with an entire package of  goldfish crackers scattered on the floor around him.  I had accidentally left the package within his reach on the couch.  He was having a great time pouring them out, eating some, and pretending to put them back in the container.  I caught him red handed as you can tell by the following picture.  The picture doesn’t show his delight at being surrounded by his favorite snack and he gave me a big grin when he saw me.  It was a small price to pay for a few quiet minutes in the shower.

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Story Two: Jacob loves wearing Dad’s hats.

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Jacob loves wearing Dad’s hats while sitting in a big person chair reading the paper and pointing out all the things he wants for Halloween.

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Story Three (from Thomas’ perspective): During the third hour of Church today, I took Jacob with me to visit the Teacher’s Quorum. Jacob was reverent and attentive the entire time (seriously). Then, during the closing prayer with everyone kneeling in a circle, Jacob passed gas so loud it rattled his diaper. Everyone in the room heard it and could barely contain themselves. On cue, Jacob let off another diaper rattler. That’s my boy!

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Jump then Walk

Posted by Thomas October 3rd, 2010

Jacob is growing and learning so much right now! We went outside this afternoon for the last warm day of the year and Jacob got his groove on, walking around the yard and “jumping,” all while refusing to take Dad’s hat off:

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And more walking:

Mobility from Thomas on Vimeo.