Friday, September 26, 2008


Ethan's latest craze is brushing his teeth. I have to keep the bathroom door closed because he's constanly trying to get his toothbrush. This morning he discovered that Daddy's toothbrush is even cooler. It vibrates!

4th and 4th

So, My sister In-Law Sara did this thing on her blog where she opened the 4th folder in her pictures, downloaded the 4th picture and then had to describe it on the blog. Then she tagged me. This is what the picture turned out to be. I know it's really strange. It is a long standing tradition that any time a man going to school at BYU has a break of any kind, he starts to grow a beard because BYU doesn't allow beards in the honor code. This was Matt's beard during summer break. He wanted to take plenty of pictures of it before he had to shave it off when school started. I guess he wanted it for stage makeup reference.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Musical Kitchen!

Ethan Discovered that Pan lids make noise when you bang them together. Unfortunately, Matt was trying to talk to his mother on the phone at the time. Sorry Grandma Leavitt.

Sorry Ethan

I know if Ethan ever finds this picture when he's older, he'll probably hate me for the rest of his life. It was just so darn cute that I couldn't resist.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


So, the Shelves above the toilet have bamboo table placemats on them, which gave our bottles a solid surface to sit on so the bottles don't fall off anymore. I found the cocnut bowls at a party store whish is where I found the lai's too. The shower curtain and mat were a lucky find at Walmart. I absolutely love our new bathroom and I'm so happy it didn't cost much at all.

Don't tell Martha Stewart

So, we've been having a bit of a problem with our bathroom decor lately. Our theme was a rubber duckie theme and it really was a cute idea, but several things happened that made it not so nice any more. First of all, Ethan wanted to play with the rubber ducks in his bath and I was glad to let him since they are bath toys, after all. The only problem with rubber ducks is that you can NEVER get all of the water out of them at the end of the bath, so all of them were growing mold on the inside, so we we had to throw most of them away. Then the Trash can got cracked down the side, so it was no good any more. Then Ethan decided that he wanted to play with the soap dish and the toothbrush holder, which were not meant to be played with and he broke both of them.On top of everything else, the shelf we have for holding various things had metal bars going across for the shelves instead of a solid surface so any time the shelf was bumped in any way, all of the bottles and such would come crashing down, which was pretty frustrating. It was becoming clear to me that I needed to re-do the bathroom to be not as breakable. The big problem is that Matt is Student Teaching this semester and not working, so we are living on a very tight budget. I started looking around and I finally decided on a Hawaiin themed bathroom. I know Martha Stewart would just faint away dead if she saw it, but I think it turned out really nice, Matt loves it, and it is pretty well unbreakable. I found most of the stuff at Party stores since people like to do luau themed parties and the rest I found on clearance at Walmart, since they were clearing out the summer stuff for the new fall stuff.


ethan's favorite part of the whole Portland zoo was getting to go in the goat pen and touch the goats. He was giggling uncontrolably the whole time. Unforunately, Matt's shirt looked a little tasty to one of the goats and the goat kept chewing on him. It also appears that there is a goat dying in the background of this picture.

Portland Zoo

Here are some more pictures of our trip to Portland. We went to the Zoo on our visit and I have to say it was the best zoo I've ever been to. Since Portland is so rainy, there is tree cover everywhere in the zoo, which means that we didn't have to worry about overexposure to the sun. Ethan loved the petting zoo and the kid play areas the best.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Ball modeling

While we were in the Science museum in Oregon, we found a kids activity area that Ethan just loved. There were water tables that he just couldn't get enough of and he adored the ball pit. Here he is modeling one of the little plastic balls in the pit for us. The funny thing is that his favorite thing in the whole museum was in the bathroom. They had a sink that was just at his level and turned off automatically when you waved your hands under it. He could have stayed there for hours. I guess that's little kids for you. You spend the money to take them to a science museum, show them all of the cool displays, and their favorite part is the sink in the bathroom. Sigh!


Earlier on this Summer, we took a trip to Portland and we finally got the film developed just this week. Her we are with Grandpa Adams having fun at the Oregon Museum of Scienc and Industry. Matt really likes the picture of Ethan in the Space shuttle because he remembers a picture of himself in the same shuttle from when he was a kid. Pretty cool, huh?

Positive Reinforcement

Ethan figured out how to get into the flour the other day and while it was a rather frazzling experience, I felt like it really need to be documented just the same. The funny thing about these pictures is that I was trying to watch something about discipline on TV. If you look in the background of the first picture you can see "Positive reinforcement" on the TV screen.