Monday, June 30, 2008

...Walk and Not Faint.

Samantha and I have decided to start a new blog entitled, "Walk and not faint." The first post is an article found in this months Ensign, by William T. Stephenson, MD. During this past week I have been thinking a lot about abstaining from meat. I had a discussion with a guy at work about how you can get your protein from vegetables galour. We visited a couple of websites on nutrition and health. The things that I saw were encouraging on how we have no need to eat meat. Although I love the taste of a Super Star with Cheese from Carls Jr., the fact is that meat is on the list of causes of cancer, it kinda scares me. One of the articles that I read stated that the Seventh Day Adventist in LDS terms follow the word of wisdom to the "T" better than us Latter-day Saints. The word of wisdom clearly states that it would be pleasing unto our Heavenly Father if we would only eat meat in times of WINTER, COLD, or FAMINE. We as members of the church do not eat meat sparingly. It is the main dish in breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't see the need to eat meat when we are not in times of famine. I have decide on Friday June 27th to not eat meat anymore unless that is the only thing on the store shelf. I guess I have known for a while that I should eat meat sparingly or not at all, but it is really hard to give up some tasty burgers. The word of wisdom is true and we should follow it. Fruits and vegetables, grains and herbs will give us all that we need to live long healthy lives. I even believe that eating fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs will cleanse, prevent, and possibly even cure cancer and diseases. Therefore we are starting an additional blog to inspire all to eat healthy and live long. We welcome your comments!

This has been a 2 cents message from Nathan Packer

Wall E

We took Caden to he first Movie theater movie! I know what you are thinking, " Are you Crazy?" You can't take a 19 month old to a movie theater!!!" Well calm down! I never thought I would take my kids to the movie till they were like 5 or something, but Caden can sit through Cars, Nemo and his current favorite Ratatouille and he has been watching the preview for Wall E and gets really excited. So, How did it go? Great!! He loved it! He sat through the whole thing occasionally switching laps or booster seat. At one part he got very worried about Wall-E and started shouting out his name! The people around us chuckled so I think they were ok with it! We left Drake with or friend Candice and he slept the whole time:) It was fun to go do something with just Caden!
PS It was a very good movie. Highly recommended! Three thumbs up, Me Nate and Caden!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday to me!

I never posted about my Birthday because I have been having too much fun with my presents form Nate and Mom! I'll talk more about that later :) So for my 23rd B-day Nate Let me spend several hours doing stuff I never get to do like straightening my hair and giving myself a pedicure and getting all gussied up! He took me out and we had a very good time! Here is a pic we took when we got home.

Here I am opening my presents. Yes, Nate did wrap my present in the quilt mom made us! It was the prettiest thing he could find!

So what did I get? And What I have I done with it? So glad you asked...
I got a Sewing Machine from Nate and every little accessory you can think of from Mom and Dad, the cutest of which is this adorable pin cushion that Mom made! I should of taken a picture without the little yellow pins, it's much cuter without them. The next picture is the curtains I made for the boys room. The next picture is the cradle bedding I made before I had the sewing machine and I did it all by hand. I never finished the bag I wanted to make to hang over the side so I finished it! Now when the baby wakes up at night I will have everything I need right there and It looks cute! The last one is a search and find bean bag and I plan on making more for friends who are having babies. I really love sewing! My next project is going to be slip covers for these chairs! Wish me luck! And if you have any tips before I start feel free to comment.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

So sleepy!!

Caden wasn't feeling well on this fathers day. All day he has been whining and crying. It is so hard to figure out what is going on with him. He's pretty good at telling us whats up, but today was really hard for him. He had a really hard time in nursery. After church he was dozing off in the car, but we wanted to keep him awake so we could go to the park and beach after church since the weather is SUNNY AND WARM. Very unusual for what the weather has been like. Before we were going to go to the park we needed to feed Drake. So we started Cadens favorite movie Cars to keep him happy before we left. And he fell asleep watching the movie. It was so adorable.

p.s. here is a picture of me and the boys on fathers day


Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! I have a wonderful father whom I talk to for at least an hour a day and he fills my life with incredible love and advice! I have gone to him so many times searching for answers and he has them every time. He's always there when I need him and I love him dearly!

I don't even know what to say about Nate!! He is the perfect father for the boys. They love him so much! No one can make drake smile like Nate does! Every time, Drake sees him he coos and smiles and you can see the love he has for his daddy. When we got back from Az I knew that Caden would be happy to see his Daddy but I wasn't prepared for just how excited he would be! He saw Nate before Nate even noticed us! He started laughing so hard and trying to get out of the stroller. He just kept saying Dada over and over. It really showed me what a strong bond he has built with his sons! When Nate comes home Caden yells "Dada" and then patiently waits at his feet until he takes off his greasy work clothes so that he can get a hug! Nate works so hard all day and then still comes home and changes diapers and plays with the boys and gives baths and stories and songs and giggles! He's incredible! Nate, I love you so much! I want the world to know how much you mean to this family! You our the king of the house and couldn't be happier! I hope we give you a wonderful father's Day!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Early Birthday Celebration!

Grandpa Came to Visit! Dad was on business and stopped by to celebrate a little early (My birthday is Saturday). He took us out to olive garden and brought cake. He also brought presents that I'm not aloud to open :( It's so hard for me to wait because I loooooovvve opening presents. Even packages that come in the mail and I already know what they are I still love opening them!!! I promised Nate that I wouldn't peek because he says that peeking at one would give away the rest! I'll let you know what they are on Saturday when I turn... drum roll please... 23 I can't believe I am 23 and I'm already married with 2 children! Crazy! Here are some pics from our early celebration! P.S. Grandpa isn't smile because he has a cold sore and it hurts to smile :( I'm sure he was smiling on the inside!

Just the Boys!

Me and the Boys at Olive Garden!

Blowing out my candles! Caden helped :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

100th Post!!

Isn't that exciting! The reason I'm writing today is even more exciting!! Drake is finally eating solids!! He's been eating from his munchie and some toast and cheerios but he refused to eat from a spoon! I was even giving him the sweet stuff (bananas). Well apparently Drake is not a banana boy like his brother, who could live on bananas and bread alone! So what got Drake eating like a champ...Squash!!

P.S. Grandma picked out this chair for Caden and it is great! You can attach it to a chair or it can sit on the ground. It also folds up and it has a lid to keep the tray clean while you travel! Caden loves his and doesn't like that Drake is using it so we are going to go get Drake his very own! So, thanks Grandma!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Beach Fun!

We've decided that we might never see the sun in Washington so we we went to the beach despite the clouds! I wasn't to cold but it got colder later which is why Caden is wearing my coat in the last picture! Nate thought it was funny and Caden did too! Caden's favorite thing to do at the beach is to throw rocks into the water! Surprised huh? He's all boy!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Grow Drake Grow!!!

My Little boy has grown so much in the last month!!
  • His first two teeth broke through when we were in AZ
  • He can sit up
  • He is scooting but mostly backwards
  • He Can get up on all fours but no crawling yet!
  • He said Dada, more accurately " Da da da da da da da" But still so cute
  • He still refuses to eat from a spoon but he did pick up a cheerio all by himself and ate it. Maybe he will just skip the spoon and go strait to finger foods. He also eats a lot of fruit from his Munchie and eats toast.

Those are just a few of the things he is up to. Here is a picture of him and Caden on the chairs my sister Misty got for them! Caden loves them. He sits in them to watch tv or movies.

Here he is, so proud of himself for scooting and rolling to the basket of toys. He started under the little play gym on the car rug!

Monday, June 2, 2008

We are Home!

We had so much fun in AZ! Caden got to play with his Aunts, Uncles, and cousins and be spoiled rotten by his Grandpa. Drake absolutely adores his grandpa. Drake slept in my dads room and slept better then he does at home! Every time Grandpa looked at drake he would smile and get all excited! It was very sweet!Here Caden is with his Twin Cousins, Patricia and Leora at the mall play area.

Grandpa bought Caden a pool and he loved it! The palm tree sprayed water and he would point it at met so that I would run and scream!
He snuggled up on the couch and watched Cars, his favorite movie! Grandpa bought it for him on Blu-Ray and we watch it literally 20 times on grandpa's beautiful new TV! We were seeing the movie in our sleep!

We went to a splash park which was really fun! We went with Aunt Chanda and Caden's cousins Rayden, Aislee and Kord.
Girls night out!!! We put all of the kids to bed and and me and my three sisters went out to dinner and then back to Jante's house to play pool.

We did all kinds other fun stuff but this is all I have the energy to type right now! More updates later!