February 17, 2002

Posted by Ryan on Sunday, February 17, 2002

Fun Stuff

Tamie had a HUGE accomplishment yesterday. She finally cut her hair for the first time in her entire life. The decision has been coming slowly for awhile. She was finally was just too sick of her hair being heavy and wanted to prove she could handle the change. On top of that she could have consolation by donating 10 inches to cancer patients. She was freaking out all day before we went it. She ended up loving it though and was glad she finally did it.

Las Vegas

Two weeks ago we went to Las Vegas temple to go through with Great Grandma Hansen for her first time ever. What an incredible experience to be in the celestial room with so many family members-on both sides of the veil.

Saint George

That same weekend we were also able to visit with Grandma and Grandpa Hall for a whole morning asking questions about their families.

I loved the story Grandpa told about visiting his own Grandpa. What I love about it is that is shows a personality trait that can be seen in us sometimes. It's fun to think about it being a generational thing. Anyway, Grandpa (Bob) still remembers his first drive into town with his Grandpa. His Grandpa ran right through a red light. Bob panicked, pointing at the light and telling his Grandpa that it was red. Soon thereafter one of the horse cops was blowing his whistle for them to stop. Grandpa looked straight forward as if he was totally oblivious. "Grandpa-they're blowing their whistle at you" Bob said. Grandpa's nonchalant response as he continued to drive was "I ain't no damn dog!" They then made it to the office building where Grandpa proceeded to park on the red curb. Again, Bob pointed it out thinking he hadn't noticed. Grandpa just said he knew the cop on that corner and he would never dare give him a ticket. Apparently, Grandpa just did what he wanted sometimes.

One of the best parts about talking with grandma and grandpa Hall is watching them interact with each other to make sure the story gets told right. It's also touching to watch them remember good times and see grandpa pause every so often choking back tears. What wonderful people-they have so much to teach us from their lives.

The Suburban

We all rode in mom and dads new suburban. Robert was nice enough to come along just to watch Ty while we were in the temple-what a cool brother! It was so cool to just talk with mom and dad-they are also very wise people who we continue to learn a great deal from. I realize more all the time how much my values reflect their own. Two particular values I can think of are the commitment to community service and certain methods of child rearing. Sometimes I do something as a mom that I think is instinct just to find out later that it's exactly what my mom did. Maybe I could attribute it to instinct for both of us except that other people do things differently than us.

Anyway, We will never forget the many reminders that weekend of the reality of families being bound in love and sealed forever.


Tyran has a whole list of accomplishments this last month. One night a few weeks ago he went to bed as a baby then woke up the next day as a toddler. He's walking everywhere and giving the word "mess" a whole new meaning. We've seen all kinds of things spread across the kitchen floor: sugar, oil, cheerios, marker and cream of wheat most recently. Now, for those of you who haven't had kids you may be thinking that we're very neglectful parents to leave our child alone long enough to do such things. Those of you with children are laughing because you know that it can happen faster than you would ever think. Most of the time my back is simply turned. I suppose I could try harder to prevent it but it is usually pretty cute. He just has so many textures, tastes and things to explore. What a blast!

Besides his big messes Tyran also has made a list of "daily chores" for himself. He just feels like it's his duty to do some things every day:

  1. Pull everything off the table under the phone (including the other phone, the answering machine, letters, and pencil box)

  2. Pull everything out of the bottom drawer in the bathroom and put it in the garbage.

  3. Sit in the sink while mom gets ready and pull everything into the sink with me.

  4. Empty the kitchen drawer contents onto the floor.

He also loves pushing anything-especially the vacuum and broom. Let's hope to keep this love instilled in him!

Warning: Skip this part of you don't like too much information.

Ty has also accomplished having stinkier poopies than ever. He's down to only nursing about once a day-sometimes not at all. All the extra real food has taken its toll on the diaper pale. The Heaton's tried to tactfully tell us yesterday that the smell was floating upstairs pretty strongly. We decided to get a heavier duty one yesterday to make everyone's life a little more pleasant.

Ryan and I feel like we've accomplished almost nothing because we've been spread so thin. In fact, I had a little bit of a break down a couple days ago. I tell you this not for pity (I've done it to myself) but because both Tyran and Ryan were so sweet. Tyran wouldn't go to anyone but me. He just laid his head on my shoulder for the longest time. When Ryan would come join the hug, Tyran would push him away. He wanted all the credit for making me feel better! I love my "boys" so much.

We love you all!


Ryan and Tamie and Tyran