July 12, 2017

Potty Trained!

February 11, 2017
Robbie started telling me when he was having bowel movements and asking me to change his diaper for over a month. He also was extremely fascinated with the toilet and wouldn't leave us alone when we went to the bathroom... My mom kept telling me he was ready to be potty trained and even got him to go on the potty at her house a couple of times! I decided to listen to my mom and take this window of opportunity and go for it!

I bought the book Potty and started reading that to him. He's such a boy because he'd always start hysterically laughing at the part that says, "What's that? Tinkle, tinkle, toot!" How can he already find potty humor hilarious before he's two?? We didn't buy a little potty because I didn't want him to have problems going when we were other places. I turned him around so he was facing the toilet, this way he didn't feel like he was falling in and could hold on. We do plenty of washing hands around here, scouts honor.

The first couple days were hard because I never timed it right to have him make it on the potty. I'd put him on and he'd go five to fifteen minutes later on the floor...so frustrating. Even when he went on the floor, I'd say, "We go pee pee on the potty!" and set him on the toilet. I kept pumping him with liquids so we had plenty of practice, and I started to pick up on his potty cues so I could time putting him on the potty with him actually going on the potty. Then he started noticing that he peed a little, stop, and make it to the toilet. He LOVED putting his special stickers--cars, sports, dogs, construction vehicles, and rockets--on the big piece of butcher paper I had taped on the door every time he went. After three days of literally staying inside all day and me watching him like a hawk, we started going out on half hour drives with no accidents. Then after five days, we were good for hour long, even two hour long, excursions like my workout classes, nursery, or his swim lessons! Not too shabby!

He wasn't great about telling me when he had to go when he wasn't home for about another month. I just had to take him every hour or so when we were out, but after a couple months, he was able to climb onto the toilet and go all by himself! I can still remember walking past the bathroom and seeing  him on the toilet going all by himself. He had the biggest smile on his face and was so proud of his newest accomplishment! He's still not potty trained at night, but he goes without diapers during his nap.

People thought I was crazy for potty training him so early, but my mom told me she's convinced there is a window from 18 to 22 months where they're easier to potty train because they're not too set in their ways like they can be when they get older. It worked for Robbie! In general, from what I've read, Americans tend to potty train later so I think it can be more of a cultural thing too. I'm just happy I don't have to change poopy diapers anymore! Proud of you, Robs! Thanks for making this milestone an easy one!
I had to get pictures of Robbie one last time in diapers, and since he won't stand for a picture, he here is taking pictures while I'm taking a picture of him with his camera.
haha this picture makes my day every time!

June 30, 2017


Our family friends offered to let my parents use their rental right on the beach in Newport for a weekend in January. My parents invited us to come along with them, lucky us!
The first time I went to Newport was for senior trip with about 50 of my high school friends! One of my favorite memories from that trip was getting donuts from Peter at Seaside Donuts at all hours of the night. I took Robbie and CJ first thing in the morning.
This picture sums up my life as a mom--trying to keep up with the energizer bunny himself. 
They had bikes in their garage for us to use. The best part of Newport is the boardwalk along the entire beach to ride up and down on! I was especially excited to use their madsen bike with Robbie. Robbie wanted everyone but me riding the bike with him...
Ben and CJ took their kayak out onto the ocean. The biggest obstacle was when their kayak turned sideways right as a wave came and took them out. We were laughing so hard watching them from the beach.
I'd like to direct your attention to the sock on Robbie's left hand. Anytime he finds a sock laying around, he puts it on his left hand. It's never two, just one. Sometimes a glove, but usually a sock. Kyle started calling him OJ, as in OJ Simpson.
Robbie and Ben have too much swag.
We went to Disneyland for a day! It wasn't too packed and we got on most of the rides in under half an hour. Robbie's first ride was Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster. He was a little nervous because I kept getting mad at CJ for trying to sabotage my score. I still beat him though....
We brought our stroller with us for Disneyland so that way he could take a nap at the park. As usual he fought sleep for about an hour. It took my mom singing to him to finally make him fall asleep.... We put on CJ's Bose noise canceling headphones, laid him all the way back, and draped a coat over the canopy so it was completely dark. He slept for three hours like that! The best part of having a little one was the stroller pass! We basically rode every ride twice and didn't have to wait in line the second time.
Ben won an oversized plush Dumbo at the boardwalk games, then CJ won a Mickey, and my Dad topped it off with a Bullseye, all of which went to Robbie. We're a family of winners ;) Robbie was pleased as punch holding onto all three of them as he was being pushed through the park in his stroller. 
This was such a fun quick weekend away to gear us up for the long gloomy months ahead--January through March, the worst!

June 19, 2017

Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve, we spent the night at my parents' house to have Christmas morning with my family. Kyle was home for Christmas before being deployed for a year with the Marines; we only bought Robbie a couple of presents, and CJ and I have yet to buy each other presents, so our Christmas morning would last five minutes if it was just the three of us. 
When we woke up, Robbie realized where he was and yelled, "Mimi's house!" He was so excited to wake up at Mimi's.
It was the most memorable Christmas morning because of the fresh blanket of snow, and it continued to snow all morning.
Santa brought Robbie a Little People Race Track. He immediately ran over to it and started racing the cars over and over. I'm sure he could've kept going for fifteen minutes! In his stocking, he got some soft practice golf balls, a toy camera, sunglasses, and a basketball book!
My mom bought him Jordans for Christmas, his very own "gahbahketball shoes". Ben helped my mom pick them out. Robbie is always commenting about Kyle's and Ben's basketball shoes, but none of us, anticipated how much he'd love them! When he opened them, he let out a long, audible gasp. We put them on him, and he couldn't stop checking them out. He was especially excited because Ben and Kyle got some basketball shoes so he was just like his uncles. She also bought him a Salt Lake Bees hat and a Jazz jersey. He's all decked out!
We bought Robbie a Little People farm, Brio train set, mega blocks, and a broom set from Melissa and Doug. He played with his train set all morning!
After opening presents, we had our traditional Christmas breakfast and continued to watch the snow fall! The snows hadn't been plowed at all so we were wondering if church was going to be canceled, but when you have an apostle coming to speak to you, there's nothing stopping church! Elder Ballard used to be in our ward before moving downtown. He still comes up every year for a Christmas Devotional. This year he brought David Archuleta for his musical numbers. I wish Christmas was always on Sunday just because the message and music made that Christmas one I'll never forget.
My parents' house was made for Christmas! This was taken at night on Christmas with all of the beautiful snow we had. I really couldn't have imagined a more picturesque Christmas.

June 16, 2017

Christmas Eve

We started out our Christmas Eve at the Hunter's! CJ and I brought our pot from Switzerland for their fondue tradition. Unfortunately, we kind of blew it because we didn't anticipate how long the fondue would take to heat up... We hadn't made that much at once! It was perfect by the time everyone was done eating and sitting down for the nativity.... whoops. I just learned that CJ's Grandpa Hunter gave a red fondue pot to all of his referring dentists as a Christmas present. They kept one for their family and used it every Christmas. It makes our red fondue pot even more special to us now to have our own Hunter tradition that we'll continue on. Wendy had us play Christmas carols with chimes and then we had the nativity. Robbie lasted a quarter of a second, and the one picture I took of that quarter second didn't save because, "Memory card full!" I have yet to get a picture of Robbie in a Hunter nativity picture.
After a quick stop at our house to grab an empty memory card, we did another nativity at my Mom's because, "It's not the same without little kids!" and we're the only ones with a child. Robbie miraculously stayed up for pictures in costume! Probably because it was just his blankie on his head and also because both Zach and Will had a grip on him.
 We opened up Christmas pj's and took our traditional picture with, my cousins, the Petersen's. 
 My Grandma and Grandpa Zinn and Grandpa Bergeson were both there! How fun to be with three of your grandparents and great grandparents at the same time!
Robbie was really showing off for the group. He was sprinting around after Zach and Will and falling on the ground, rolling around laughing hysterically.
Had to throw this one in haha
Eagerly anticipating Christmas morning with Robbie! 

June 14, 2017

Mary Alice is Home!

December 16, 2016

We were so excited to welcome home Mary Alice from her mission in Atlanta, Georgia! Mary Alice is as good as they come. She is the most easy going, kind, and fun person with a real love and gift for serving and thinking of others. She'll be missed in Georgia, but we're ecstatic to have her back! 
Please excuse Robbie's hair. I had to wake him up from a nap and rush downtown to meet CJ to take the trax to the airport. 

I stole this picture from Mary Alice, who I think got it from Holly, of the whole group! It was so sweet because a couple of the older nieces and nephews were crying they were so happy to see her. I think all of us were a little teary eyed seeing her come down that escalator. She is beloved by all and such a great example to us and our kiddos!

We love you Mares!

June 8, 2017


A few things I want to remember about Robbie at this time:

He prefers to have the entire couch to himself. If he spots me taking a moment on the couch, he immediately runs over and demands it in its entirety. Mama gets ousted to the small chair. No sharing with this little gremlin.

I cannot keep enough puzzles around! Puzzles are his favorite thing to do right now. My favorite is when he'll put one down in the wrong place, "No, no, no, no," and then he'll set it down in the correct place, "Yeah!" He also loves to do his shape sorter all on his own.

When we were in the airport about to come home from Carlsbad in the summer, I bought some new toys for the flight in the airport because he was a little rough on the way to Carlsbad. One of the toys being a beginning lego rocket set. This is another toy he absolutely loves! He'll spend fifteen minutes building and tearing apart the legos.

Taking a shower has increased in level of difficulty because this is when little man is free to roam without my watchful eye. Everything is usually out of his reach, but one morning he happened to find the container of granola and spill it all over the floor while I was in the shower. Getting ready is overrated?

Ben was visiting from Snow one weekend and we were going to get Chick-fil-a for lunch. The entire drive down, Robbie kept trying to get his attention with a relentless, "Biiiiiin! Bin! Bin! Bin! Bin! Biiiin!" Ben thought it was hilarious and wouldn't turn around so he'd keep saying his name over and over. I just love how Ben is "Bin".

My mom has these really fuzzy blankets at her house that Robbie always wants to pull out and lay in. Recently she had a big empty box sitting out so she put draped one of the blankets inside and tucked him in with the other. This is now his favorite place to be and keeps him occupied for at ten minutes at a time which is incredible.

One of Robbie's favorite books right now is "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" He loves telling the Pigeon, "No, no!" He gets a little nervous though on the page where the pigeon is visibly upset and has lost his temper. I've had to tone it down on that page.

Kyle was with Robbie down in the weight room at my parents' house with Robbie. He caught a video of Robbie squatting down and lifting an eight pound medicine ball with perfect form. In the video, Kyle says, "Gainz cuh, show me your muscles," and Robbie tries to flex his arms. One of my favorite videos!

We've been telling Robbie to do "high knees, high knees!" and it's hilarious watching him run trying to make his knees go as high as they can. After watching his uncle Ben's mad hops, he also tries to jump as high as he can. He can actually clear the ground which is impressive!

A few of my favorite words Robbie says are "mana mana" for banana and "meats" for Chick-fil-a. He heard my dad say meat one time at dinner and now uses it to references nuggets from Chick-fil-a. We go with my mom every Monday for lunch so he's always asking me, "Meats?" Or we'll drive by Chick-fil-a and he'll start yelling, "Meats! Meats!" The church is basketball. Yes, he refers to our church building as basketball because of the basketball gym.

Emily loves to give Robbie cookies whenever he desires, even if it's literally right as we're sitting down for dinner.... When I ask him who loves him, he'll say, "Boo boo," shortly followed with "coo coos" (cookies). I've really tried to limit the cookie giving so now Robbie will walk quietly up to Emily and whisper, "Coo coo," like I have no idea what he's trying.

Anytime Robbie pretends to talk on the phone, I ask him who he is talking to, and it is always Nana! he loves his Nana! We have pry Robbie away from Nana's house. He especially loves the sports court. Go figure.

This child is well photographed because he'll pick up the camera or phone and say, "Cheese!" while pretending to take a picture. He'll usually walk closer and with each step continue saying, "Cheese! Cheese! Cheese!"

May 22, 2017

Cutting Down Our Christmas Tree

November 25, 2016
Our first Christmas tree, we cut down with the Hunters. This year we decided to go to another tree farm in Alpine with the Hunters to cut one down again so it we our tree wouldn't die halfway through December. We've found it does make a huge difference when it's freshly cut. 
And somehow we managed to drive that tree all the way home to Salt Lake in the corolla! 
Every year I find myself pleading with CJ to put the lights on the tree, yet somehow I'm the one that ends up doing them.... Might be because of my high expectations of having every branch stranded, but we'll never know ;) The only problem with cutting down our Christmas tree is that we somehow always pick the sharpest ones. I double layered a long sleeve shirt with a sweatshirt and wore CJ's yard work gloves to get 'er done. CJ turned on a Christmas movie and was on duty of passing me lights around the tree and getting the strands untangled. Proud of him for chipping in, but I'll hold on to my high hopes that he'll take it on next year.
Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love setting out all of our Christmas decorations. They make me so happy! This year, for Robbie's ornament, I picked out the cutest felt tiger because of the very intense, strenuous, deep and serious tiger sound he makes that is just one of my favorite things about him right now.
I've been working on completing my Nutcracker Suite collection with all of the characters from the ballet. I just need the Mouse King, Spanish dancer, and Chinese dancer. The nativity on the table is perfect for little kids. The figurines are actually made of plastic, but are intricately painted. I loved finding the different set ups Robbie would lay out after playing with them. Sometimes the goats and camel would be on the fire place or a chicken would be in the manger. I wish I snapped a picture! 
And our favorite Christmas pyramid from when CJ and I went and visited his mission. One of our favorite purchases ever. If only our house was this decorated year round!