Monday, February 25, 2013

my february

Is it just me, or does it feel like this month went by really quickly?

I've only got a few posts this month, less than I've had in over a year...

I've been feeling really worn out lately, and blogging hasn't seemed as interesting as it usually is. Hopefully the vacation I have planned in a few weeks will bump me out of this funk...

...but in the mean time, here are a few pictures from my phone and ipod this month...

During our girls weekend (which was actually in January) I built my very first successful house of cards...and I got it to be even bigger than this, but I wasn't able to take a picture before it collapsed...

mmmm...stormy weather...

Wyatt woke up from his nap one day with only half his head looking like it went through a was pretty hilarious...

My inner-Target-clearance-maniac found these adorable pillows for...$4. Yes, I am amazing.
The boys LOVE them.

that face is the most adorable thing ever.

...except for maybe this face...
{will you be my valentine?}

I love being a mom.

No, seriously, I love it.  
My boys are the craziest, funniest, most lovable bunch of monkeys.

little devil is hungry....
(he will literally keep his mouth open for forever if you hold the spoon out in front of him like's kind of torturous,'s so funny...)

Wyatt always complains about the sun in his eyes, and would always ask for my sunglasses... I bought him a pair of his own.
He looks really cute in them, and he'll wear them occasionally, but...
...he still prefers mine? 

Logan has had some amazing rosy cheeks lately...
...too bad it's because they're dry :(

Random as usual.

Hope you all had a wonderful love month!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Downs Family pictures 2013

So it'd been a while (make that 2 1/2 years) since the last Downs Family photoshoot, and I guess it was decided we needed an update :)

These were taken about a month ago, by this guy...he's pretty dang hilarious, and a family friend, so it made the whole experience really fun (even though our kids were being total crazies and refused to smile on if that's surprising...)

The pictures turned out really cute, and I got to explore a new part of the Valley that I'd never been too...hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Monday, February 18, 2013

he's done!

So I mentioned a while ago that Jeff graduated with his Bachelor's degree...
Being excited is an understatement--we are beyond THRILLED. Jeff has worked so hard to achieve this goal, and I am incredibly proud of him. I'm so thankful for the effort and concentration he has placed into his schooling and for the responsibility he took to complete his degrees. He is amazing. 

Congratulations Jeffrey!

...and I guess it's not really official until he gets his diploma, which he just received!!

(showing off both degrees)

The most expensive piece of paper EVER.
The boys were excited for Daddy too...?

Both boys were being CRAZY rambunctious for pictures...I attribute it to their lack of nap-time...
 ...but I couldn't help and post their silly little faces...
(I'm sorry mine got in the way!!)

Anyway, we've got a graduate in the house and we're super anxious for what's ahead. Jeff is currently creating his resume (because he's only ever worked at one place) and eventually will start applying at different places...he's a little torn about where or what he should apply for, but I think I'll just tell him to apply to them all ;) We'll keep you updated!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Wyatt's Words

 I absolutely LOVE that Wyatt has started talking more. can be a little overwhelming when he asks the same question "What is that?" every two seconds to every single thing he sees, least he's curious, right? Haha!
It's also becoming more fun because I can understand almost everything he says, even though some of his words are still a little jumbled...but we're working on it. 
And it's especially fun to have conversations with him, to hear him talk about how he perceives the world. 
I've posted some of these on facebook already (so, sorry if you've already read it) but some of the others were a little too lengthy, but I still wanted to share...
Welcome to my life with Wyatt...

Wyatt has these enormous fits when I try to get him to dress himself, and I can't figure out why. He stresses himself out and says he can't do it, when I know he can...I'm there helping him the whole time, but I make him do it on his own. This was the conversation this morning when we tried putting on his pants:
Wyatt: (while crying like the world was ending) My shirt doesn't like my pants!!!
Me: Come on Wyatt, I know you can do it.
Wyatt: Nooooooooo, I can't!
Me: Well, that's okay then, you don't have to wear pants.
Wyatt: (instantly goes into panic-mode [he can't STAND being clothe-less]) NO!!!
Me: Well then put your pants on! It's not hard, here (I lean him against me with his back towards me, open his pants so he can step into them, and then place his hands on the sides of the open jeans)
Wyatt: (whining and crying, and whining some more) I can't do it (while doing it)
Me: See? You can!
Wyatt: (down to a whimper after he successfully got both legs in) Hey mama...I don't want to cry anymore.
Me: ::sigh::

Wyatt: Mama, I'm sick, I need candy! (referring to the ONE time we gave him a Tums because he said his tummy hurt...)
Me: Hmmm, you think so, huh?
Wyatt: Yeah. I need candy for my back. My back is sick.
Me: ...

One day Wyatt was playing with his Toy Story toys, and had Woody in one hand and Jesse in the other...and this is what they said:
Woody: I love you.
Jesse: Awww, I love you too!
Woody: Okay... (as if to ignore her response) Bullseye, what is Buzz Lightyear doing?

Jeff had left out our step ladder one night after doing something around the house, and the next morning when Wyatt came upon it, this was our conversation:
Me: Wyatt, what is that?
Wyatt: I don't know what that is.
Me: Wyatt you know what that is...tell me, what is it?
Wyatt: I don't know.
Me: Well what do you think it is?
Wyatt: (thinks for a second) It's black....
Me: It's a ladder.
Wyatt: (as if he'd already known) Yeah that's right.
....a little while later, Wyatt starts playing with the ladder...
Me: Wyatt stop playing with the ladder please...
Wyatt: Is that daddy's?
Me: Yes, it's daddy's.
Wyatt: I like it (a brief pause, and more quietly) I love it too... 

Today the dump truck came before his nap, so I opened the front door so Wyatt could watch:
Wyatt: Mama, what's the firetruck doing?
Me: It's not a firetruck Wyatt, it's a dump truck. 
Wyatt: Oh. Dump truck.What's it doing?
Me: It's picking up the garbage.
Wyatt: (after it had left and turned down the next street) Where the firetruck going, Mama?
Me: It's not a firetruck, Wyatt. It's a dump truck. And it's going to pick up the other people's garbage.
Wyatt: Can I go get it?
Me: Nope, sorry sweetheart. It's too fast.
Wyatt: Where's the firetruck going?
Me: ::facepalm::

At naptime, Wyatt cuddles up with me and his blanket and bear. I accidentally left his favorite blanket, his "polka-dot" blanket, at Opa's house one day and had to use a substitute...he wasn't very happy about it, so we had this conversation:
Wyatt: (frustrated) I want my polka-dot blanket.
Me: You know what? Buzz Lightyear's favorite color is green, and I bet he'd LOVE this green blanket. You'll be fine, now go to sleep.

As I covered his face with the blanket he was not upset anymore and was smiling...a few minutes later (when he was supposed to be asleep), he pulled the blanket down off his face, smiled and whispered:
Wyatt: Buzz Lightyear likes polka dots too.

Every day is something different, and he constantly keeps our house full of laughter (not that he doesn't cause any stress or hair-pulling moments, because he's full of those too)...but he's so cute and so little and so fun and SO talkative.
And we love him SO much.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

{valentines day}

Hey guess what?!

I figured since it was a holiday, and a love holiday at that, I should probably blog...'s a good excuse, right??

I know I've kinda been MIA lately, but that's pretty much how I've been feeling. My brain has had a hard time functioning lately--I blame it on the lack of sleep and the constant sickness that has been passing through our family. And really, the more I talk to people, it seems like this year's cold/flu or-whatever-it-is has had this reputation of "making the rounds."

Someone will get sick, who then will get someone else sick, until EVERYONE has been sick...and THEN, just when we've all recovered, the process starts ALL over again.
I thought being a mother to a newborn was hard, but this takes it to a new level...
...I'm so tired.


So to sum up recent activities: Wyatt and Logan both had horrible coughs and runny noses for about a week...then Wyatt got a fever, who gave it to Logan, who gave it to Jeff, who gave it to me. We got better. My runny/stuffed up nose never really went away though, so the boys got it again. We got better. Then Wyatt threw up in our bed one night, and I got another fever. And now we're better again.
I've got to say this has been one of the worst winters I've experienced, and I don't want to say I'm ready for the summer, but I'm definitely ready to move on from the illness.

And speaking of moving on...
...let's discuss some of the few pictures I've been able to take lately...

Church this year starts at noon.
It's the absolute WORST time to start church.
Noon is naptime.
No naptime equals cranky babies.
And we all know cranky babies do not meld with a 3 hour church schedule.

SO...we've tried putting them down before church, but only Logan will actually fall asleep...
...and Logan isn't really the one we're worried about since we can put him to sleep during church at any time...'s my poor, poor sunbeam...little Wyatt.
And honestly, I actually feel worse for his teachers...
The first week was a little rough in Primary, not because he screamed or cried when we left, but because, "OH, by the way, he hasn't napped."
And a Wyatt who hasn't napped makes life just a little extra difficult.
But thankfully his teachers are incredibly patient and understanding, and he really does well with them, so he's been getting much better as he's learned what he needs to do (like sitting still, and listening, and being nice...)

So this picture was supposed to show off their new Sunday clothes...but we were all a little sick, and a lot tired, and not in the mood for cooperating.
Hence the faces:
(this is the best and last shot of, like, 10)

This picture was from the other day...
While I was doing a load of laundry downstairs, I left Logan with a bottle on the bed, and Wyatt with his toys on the floor...when i came back up a few minutes later, Wyatt was curled up next to Logan and reading a book to him. It melted my heart.

I sure do love being a mom...
...and I love loving them...

...even if they are crazy little monkeys...

And then of course, since it is LOVE day... could I possibly forget my LOVE?!

...this is what our faces look like most of the time we try to take a picture together...

Jeff has been so cute while I've been sick these last couple of weeks...
...I'll never EVER forget the text he sent me that said:
"Rachael, you need your rest. Take a nap while the boys are napping and I'll do you chores when I get home."
Ladies, be jealous.
He totally took care of my every need and was selfless in every way.
(It almost made being sick desirable, but...naaaaah.)
He is seriously the cutest, funniest, bestest friend ever.
And I'm glad he's mine.
I love you Jeffy-poo.

And now loves, it's time for me to end this novel.
 Enjoy your sweethearts and sweetbabes this Valentine's Day, and be sure to share the LOVE!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


 I've been in one of those moods again.
...not really into the whole blogging thing...

Probably because there hasn't been much going on...
...and probably because we've all been sick.
(you know, for the umpteenth time...)

...if you're ever looking for us...
...we'll be over here, watching Toy Story...
(you know, for the umpteenth time, haha)