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This week, Jeff became an official member of the bar.  You can pinpoint the exact moment Jeff became a lawyer in the above video.  As if four years of college, three years of law school, countless hours of studying, mounds of paper work, a background check, an interview, and the bar exam weren’t enough – Jeff now had to appear before the Supreme Court and be admitted on motion.  Then, after everyone was admitted, the new attorneys were sworn in by the Justices with an oath to protect and defend the Constiution.

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Congratulations, Daddy, you’re bona fide!

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And, finally, no post would be complete without a full-sized Lincoln picture.

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Little Frog Man out to get some candy.

Little Frog Man out to get some candy.

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That a pretty big Titan.

That a pretty big Titan.

Chemenn and Lincoln trick-or-treating.

Chemenn and Lincoln trick-or-treating.

Brooklyn and Destry joining in the fun.

Brooklyn and Destry joining in the fun.

Bubblemaker + Smoke machine = Smoke Bubbles.

Bubblemaker + Smoke machine = Smoke Bubbles.

Loading up on candy.

Loading up on candy.

Bonus Pre-Halloween Lincoln pics:

This is what Lincoln will look like when he gets hair.  Assuming he gets hair...

This is what Lincoln will look like when he gets hair. Assuming he gets hair...

Lincoln did not like wearing the wig.

Lincoln did not like wearing the wig.

It’s poll time again…

I'd say that Lincoln has a pretty good life.

I'd say that Lincoln has a pretty good life...

I’m sure many of you have wondered what it is like to spend an entire day with Lincoln.  Well, you’re in luck because I’ve recently followed Lincoln around all day and took pictures of many of his daily activities.  Here is Lincoln’s usual everyday schedule…

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8:00 – wake up and play with Thomas the choo choo while Dad gets ready for work and Mom makes some breakfast.

9:30 – After breakfast, and taking Dad to work, we come home and do a little home repair (Lincoln is such a handy man) then Lincoln takes a bath.

10:00 – We run errands, play at the park, or play at the gym. (whatever the weather is like, and whatever motivation Mom has)

11:30 – Time for lunch!  Today, Lincoln eats at the big boy table.  Getting too big for that high chair.  Mmmm, grilled cheese sandwich…

3:00 – After Lincoln’s nap, we usually make a daily trip to our neighbors, Lincoln is inlove with Brooklyn and laughs hysterically at Brody. They are the sweetest kids and always draw little pictures for Lincoln.

4:45 – Go pick up Dad from work. This is one of Lincoln’s favorite part of the day.

5:30 – Dad is home now, time for some football.  Lincoln just lounges on the couch and watches his favorite team.  I’ve tried learning this game. I’ve tried. What am I going to do if I end up having all boys?

5:45- He didn’t like that call! He literally talks to the t.v.

5:46 – Lincoln gets a little too close to the T.V. set while leaning over the edge (see above picture) and takes a dive.  He’s upset for a bit, but shakes it off like a man.  (Jeff made me put that) He’s a little scraped up though.

6:00 – Dinner. This is why he is shirtless.

6:30 – Time to go crazy!  This is Lincoln pulling his “shocked” face after destroying the house.

6:31  We don’t know what face this is.

6:45 – Getting ready for bed.  He may not be potty trained, but he’s learned to change and dispose of his own diaper.  Way to go, Lincoln.

6:50 – Brush, brush, brush.  Brush, brush, brush.  Brush your teee-eeth!

7:00 – Time to play with Dad before bedtime.  Usually, this is storytime where Mom or Dad reads Lincoln a book.

7:10 – OK, Mom, enough with the camera, I want to go to bed!

7:15 – Good night, Daddy!

Jeff (as MacGuyver), Lincoln (as a frog), Chemenn (as a Spanish Dancer)

Tonight was the ward trunk-or-treat Halloween party.  We didn’t have matching costumes like last year and just all did our own thing.  Jeff is MacGuyver, Lincoln is a frog, and Chemenn is a Spanish Dancer.

Lincoln and Chemenn goofing off.

Lincoln and Chemenn goofing off.

Lincoln and Jeff looking cool.

Mullet power!

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Yep, we're cool.

Yep, we're cool.

Cutest. Frog. Ever.

Cutest. Frog. Ever.

Why stop at the cupcake?

Why stop at the cupcake?

Lincoln trying to hop away.

Lincoln trying to hop away.

Lincoln is growing up so fast.  He’s learned how to do a bunch of new stuff.  Sometimes we don’t realize how much he picks up on.  He’s a little camera shy and he won’t do any talking when we are taping.  That’s why he doesn’t tell us what sound the choo choo makes.

Here are some random updates about our little family. We’ll start with Jeff.

(This is a very tired Jeff)

1. Jeff is working still and now studying for the bar which is in a couple of weeks. His bar class ended a couple of weeks ago. They say you should study up to 8 hours a day in preparation for the bar. Which makes me wonder….3 years of law school wasn’t preparation enough?

2. Batman is coming out in less than 2 weeks. I would say it’s safe to say that I’ve never seen Jeff so excited. Except maybe when the first one came out. I’ll admit, I share this excitement! Christian Bale is by far the best actor out there! He’s so underrated.

3. Jeff is learning how to cook. They usually involve some twist to an existing recipe. For example. He grilled fresh pineapple and made pineapple salsa and we rolled it up with our steak fajitas! Amazing! I highly recommend that one.

Me- 

1. I’ve been sitting here for 10 minutes trying to think of something. Not much is coming. The boys are more exciting anyways.

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1. Lincoln is jibber-jabbing away. He has learned a few words and for the most part is a pretty polite kid. He can make a few animal sounds and sings his heart out.

2. Lincoln has become quite attached to his diapers, and not the clean ones. After I change him and roll up his messy diaper, he will grab it and run off. This morning after I threw away his diaper in the kitchen trash, 15 minutes later I went into his room and saw the very same diaper in his bedroom trash can. At least it went back into another trash can.

3. I can’t rock my baby anymore. I used to pace with Lincoln and sing him songs as I got him settled down for bed. Now every time I try and sing, he starts to tickle me.

 ( This is Lincoln tickling me)

4. Lincoln loves shoes! First thing he does when he wakes up is finds a pair of matching shoes and brings them to either me or Jeff. Usually they are his red cowboy boots that Grammy & Popa gave him, or his Teva sandals that Grandma and Grandpa gave him. Sometimes he’ll try for Jeff’s shoes as well.

Happy Birthday hon, why do I love you,  you ask? I suppose i’ll tell you…..

I love how you talk to me, and somehow make it ok.

I love that you listen to 90% I say.

I love that you are smart, when I’m clueless I ask you.

You are my encyclopedia, and my dictionary too.

I love that you always try my foods when it doesn’t turn out so tasty

I love it that I know for sure, when you think i’m crazy

I love that you’re a goofy guy and sing in the shower too,

I’d say not many have seen you this way, only just a few.

I love that you love Lincoln, you are such a silly dad

I love how quickly you make him laugh when he’s just so mad.

I love those days when I just want to veg, I can always count on you,

I give myself credit for this poem, you are sounding too good to be true.

But one last thing that I love about you and would want all to see,

Is how good you are to your family, and how much you mean to me.

 

To our family and friends, here are some more pictures of our little man. He is 16 months old today. Chemenn took these while I was in class this morning.  And yeah, he pretty much never wears clothes anymore.  He just gets them messy anyway.

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Little boy loves him some watermelon.  I took most of these this afternoon at Chemenn’s primary thing in a park downtown.  He did start out with a shirt on I promise.

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As you can see from that last picture, Lincoln went up and hugged his Mom right after eating about seven pieces of watermelon – with all that sticky watermelon juice on his hands.  Good thing Mom wore white shorts, huh.

 

I had planned to post this on Father’s Day as well, but we had a little trouble getting some of these pictures of dad up. Honest. It’s Alysha’s fault dad. Just kidding, no but really we had some trouble.  

I am extremely grateful for my dad. Here are a few reasons.

1. Personality. Dad is pretty darn funny. He’s very sarcastic and very dry, as am I so that’s probably why I appreciate his humor so much. He does laugh a lot easier than I do. I wish I could be more like him in that way. Sometimes it takes alot for me to get going. I’ll give you a courtesy smile though.

2. Clever. My dad is one of the smartest guys I know. He can always see the big picture. He usually has an answer for everything and if he doesn’t, he’ll work hard until he figures it out. Silly story, I remember when I was young, my brothers and sisters would get him puzzles. When he would finish that one, we would get a more complicated one with more pieces. Then in the late 80’s the big 10,000 piece puzzles came out. I think it took him a few hours to do. I thought he was the smartest guy in the world.

3. Loyalty. He has no patience for rude people, but when my dad makes friends he makes them for life. He will do anything he can to help that person out. He is one of the most unselfish men I know. And my mom? Let’s just say he’s a whipped puppy still.

4. The example he is to me. When I am going through tough times, they are so trivial when I think of what my dad has gone through. Yet, he still gives me all the support I need.  Not to get too personal, dad did not have the best childhood growing up. I feel very spoiled compared to what my dad had. He joined the church in his early twenties and because of that, I was able to grow up in the church. He worked hard and never gave up on supporting his family, and yet still found time to take us fishing, camping and to BYU football games. The lessons I’ve learned and am still learning I hope to pass along to my son.

5. He is such a great grandpa. Lincoln adores him.

…you won’t like him when he’s angry.

 

Here is my baby brother Brigon and his wife Stephanie. Welcome to the family Stephanie. We’re crazy. The Reception was held in my parent’s backyard. So for about 3 or 4 months everyone pitched in to do yard work. Oh wait…..Except me, I was in Nashville. But good job guys! Seriously though, I’ve never seen the yard look that good. My mom and dad need a much deserved vacation…..to Nashville.

 I know i’ve mentioned this before, but my kid loves his grandpa! I think he went to him more than me.

I’m glad Lincoln turned out to look like his dad. So cute. No but really, I was kind of a funny looking kid.

 Here are all the boys and Adelle trying to get ready for pictures.

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This is one of my favorite pictures! Keaton and Kaleb. I have the coolest nephews!

Lincoln is at that age, the house is no longer fun anymore.

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After graduation last weekend, we ventured up to Kentucky with Jeff’s parents to visit the extended family and to see Jen (Jeff’s sister) and Ethan (Jen’s son) who flew into town from New York.  While in Kentucky, we had lots of fun hanging out with the great-grandparents and the uncles, aunts, and cousins.  Above is a picture of Lincoln with Pa (great-grandfather) on his tractor. 

 

Above:  Lincoln and Ethan on the tractor with Pa.

 

Above:  Lincoln and Ethan playing with Popa and Emily.

  Ethan, caught with his pants down. 

 

 Jeff & Lincoln playing around.

And these are just shots of us hanging out at Granny’s house and at Nana’s house. Lincoln went through 3 shirts that day. The big gray one is Austin’s. I ran out by that time.

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Above:  Austin displaying his strength.

When I called my mom on Mothers’ Day, I told her “Happy Mother’s Day!”, she said “You Too!”…… What? Oh right, I am a mother. It’s not that I forget that I have a child or anything. It’s just that it’s always been my mom’s day. Not mine. But now it is, it’s every woman’s day. Every mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, etc.

So today’s thoughts are to express how grateful I am for my mother. All of the pictures are of my mom and Lincoln, cause those are the ones I think are most precious.

1. I am grateful for my mom’s patience. I did not inherit that. I am more like my dad. I do think I am patient with my son, and I am like that because of how my mother is patient with me.

2. I am grateful that my mom listens. I am far away from my mom, so I call often. Through the ups and downs she is always there for me. She let’s me vent. Which I probably do way too often.

3. I am grateful for my mom’s eyes.  Because my mom has beautiful eyes, my son has beautiful eyes, and I love people telling me how gorgeous his eyes are.

4. I am grateful for my mom’s talents. I still remember my mom playing the piano for us, making cloths, making dolls, crafts, she made EVERYTHING. She has impeccable style and taste and I’d like to think a small percentage rubbed off on me. Just a small one. I can color coordinate, although I still can’t tell the difference between 20 colors of white like she can.

5. I am so grateful for the memories I have of the small things. The way I smile at Lincoln, I think of my mom smiling at me when I was young. The way I get Lincoln ready for bed, I think of mom. When I feed, bathe, snuggle and tickle my son, I know that’s how my mom was with me.

6. Above all, I’m grateful for my mom’s love. Never in my life, no matter how many times I heard “you’ll understand when you have a kid”, did I realize the kind of love you have for your child. Overwhelming enough that you would do anything for him, you would do anything just to see him smile. You would do anything to protect him. When I think of this indescribable love for my son, I understand how my mom felt about me and all my brothers and sisters.

Thanks for being the mom you are that allows me to be the mom I am. Which I don’t think is half bad. I love you with all that I am.

Phew…on a lighter note…. here is a funny picture of my mom on a camel.

Congrats to Jeff. 3 years of Law school. 19 years of school? That wasn’t so bad now was it? I’m proud of you honey.

Here we all are at Graduation. Jeff’s parents and sister drove up from El Paso to support him.

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 I admit when I saw him at this point, I cried. What an accomplishment. I just can’t say it enough how proud I am.

 Here is Robin walking with Lincoln.

 How do I look? Jeff called it his chef boyardee hat.

 Congrats to Peter as well!!

 After the ceremony we asked Jeff what he wanted to do. He said all he wanted was to have a burger and shake with his family. Easy enough.

Later that night, Jeff’s parents took us to a really nice dinner to celebrate.

Today i’m doing my Thursday thoughts because yesterday our internet was being goofy. Honest. So by the time it was too late to do my “Thursday thoughts” on Thursday, it was Friday and I was pretty torked at the internet.

                        

Jeff is done with Law school!! woohoo.  He finished his last final yesterday afternoon. 3 years sounded like a long time when we started, but for me I guess it kind of went fast. Maybe not for Jeff.  [Jeff’s Comment:  it was the longest three years of my life].  So for the next few weeks before he has to start studying for the bar he is all MINE!

 

Neil Diamond. Neil Diamond makes me happy. I grew up listening to him, doing parachute dances in elementary school to his songs. I’ve had a good week with him being on American Idol and on the Today Show this morning. Back in college a friend brought me along with his family to see Neil Diamond in concert. He coundn’t get over how I knew every song and cried along with all the middle aged woman swooing over him. Love it.

Twix. I looooooove Twix, and my friend Becca gave me a big pack of them yesterday for my b-day. Which was back in February. Truth is, she loves me more than I thought because they sat in her house for 2 months without being eaten. True friendship right there.

Here is little man walking. Enjoy!

 

Recently at Jeff’s school, they had a guest speaker come in and talk about Law school and depression. They had a few examples of people and thier stories. Jeff came home and told me about the class and what they told these student they should do to prevent getting depressed. One of the things were to write 3 things a day that made them happy or made them grateful. coincedently I was reading a friends blog, What Would Martha Do, by Renee, and she had reserved Thursdays to write things she was grateful for. HA! Of course I told her I was going to copy her and give it a go. Jeff and I have done this on paper for a few days now and believe it or not, it works. Sometimes you usually end up saying the same things so you have to get creative.

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1. My husband makes me happy! No, i’m not just putting him down first because I would look like a jerk if I didn’t, he truly, truly does. He listens, He loves, He makes funny faces, he smells good, he looks good, he is smart, he is patient, he all around puts up with ME! Bless his heart, he even takes out the garbage without being asked. (actually only a few times, but it really, really, really makes me happy).

2. My son, Lincoln. Cliche or not, I don’t care, that kid is freaking awesome! There have been some real downer days and the innosence of a 14 month old little boy trying his hardest to put on his socks and shoes, and comb his nearly bald head is enough to make you laugh and cry. I am truly blessed with such a huge ray of sunshine in my life.

3. Springtime. It’s warming up, the trees are sprouting and flowers are growing. Time to spring clean the house and declutter. The air is still dry, crisp and fresh. I get to let Lincoln roam the parks. I really love Springtime in Nashville. Summer not so much. But it’s not about what I don’t like. So Spring, stick around for awhile.

 

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Jeff’s famiy is moving to El Paso, TX, so we decided we wanted to go up to Kentucky before they left. We just weren’t sure when we would be back up. Grammy & Popa decided to throw Lincoln a b-day party. Sadly, most of Jeff’s extended family had the flu, so we didn’t have a huge bash. But it was really fun anyways. Granny made the cake and goodies, but she got a bit tied up as well. She got in a car wreck! Luckily she’s ok, and now she’s got a shiny, hot, new car! It was the first time Lincoln has had any cake and much to my surprise wouldn’t touch the dang thing. So….I had to mess up his face for him. (pictures of course). We then stuck him in the tub, cleaned him up and opened presents.

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It’s the first time it’s really snowed in Nashville all winter. So I took this oportunity to take a picture of Lincoln discovering it. I don’t think he thought much of it.  Yes he is in socks, but he’s in 3 layers of socks! I don’t have snow shoes for the poor kid who lives in a non-snowy climate. Man….can you believe we got hit with all this snow? crazy! What’s that you say? You can hardly see the snow? rubbish……why else would they close almost every school in Tennesee today? ( I love this state)  I bet we could almost make a snowman’s head with all that snow.

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Welcome to the Chugg blog, started by Jeff, written by Jeff & Chemenn and mostly decorated by pictures of Lincoln & Emmett. This was created for an easy way to keep in touch with friends and family from the coast of Seattle all the way to the Big Apple and everyone in between, right here in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee!

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