Thursday, December 22, 2011
Life is busy, life is crazy, but life is oh so good. Tyler is in his LAST year of doctoral school having received his Masters degree this year. Now we are on to internship, which is a one year deal...He has applied here in Phoenix, but also in California, Utah, Texas, and Nebraska. (Basically he has applied all to places that I will agree to move to if need be... Not exactly sure how the Nebraska application slipped by me...haha..) He will hear back soon who will invite him for an interview. Fingers crossed!
I am still teaching private voice, and then our 3 music theater groups we now teach together, which is so very fun! Our little business is called Maxson Music and it pays the bills and I can't complain its just a joy to be able to do what ya love! See what that is all about at http://www.tylerandlinseymaxson.com/
We perform together whenever we can. We find joy in any type of performing we can do. In April we were able to perform Rob Gardner's "Lamb of God" at the Salt Lake Tabrenacle, and to sing in that great historical building was truly marvelous! Ty was again in the Easter Pageant, and this next year, me and the kids will be joining him. We are really looking forward to that experience as a family.
On to the kids....
Cole is now 6 years old. What a kid! He loves first grade. He is reading great, and is especially good at math. In the Spring, Cole was in the school talent show singing "One Last Kiss", dressed in a leather jacket and all, and he stole the show! People were amazed at what that then kindergartener was capable of...While he still LOVES his music, guitars, drums, singing etc, He has found LEGOS to be way awesome and is hoping Santa comes through with all the Ninjago stuff Santa can come up with! He takes Lets Play Music class, participated in Basketball, Baseball and Soccer. Later this year, Cole came up with the idea of doing bake sales, and we quickly started doing "Coles Cookies" ...bake sales once a month. He has become quite known for his sales around the "hood". He is hoping to earn enough money for Disneyland in 2012. We LOVE our Cole Man.
Bowen Troy, what a joy! This sweet boy is 3. He melts our hearts. He is loving preschool, Veggie Tales, Baby and Little Einstein, LEGOS, painting and playdough, soccer and baseball ( which he is quite good at! ) with Dad and Cole in the backyard, and he is mommy's little buddy... on any errand I need to run, he is always the one that wants to come along. Bowen loves the zoo and his favorite animals are the elephants. Bowen learned to swim this summer and had a blast in Grandma Dars pool! All the time people comment on his expressive beautiful eyes. Bowen can work an ipod better than most adults, and can keep himself entertained for hours watching "necklace" (Netflix), with his favorite shows. It is truly a joy to to be this boys mom and dad.
Ridge Tyler Maxson, born earlier in the year, is now 10 months old (gasp. again... Stop, Time!) While throwing a 3rd child to our little mix has really been challenging ( we were warned, people told us that once you are outnumbered its much harder...so. so. true.) Ridge is just the sweetest little guy. He is going to be walking any second now... and he thinks his big brothers are the coolest guys ever! He is constantly trying to "play" with them, climbing all over them. He recently started saying "uh oh", and he "sings" along with us whenever we are doing our little family harmony singing. ( Which is usually our own 3 part version of You are My Sunshine! Ha!) He especially loves Daddys special song for him, which is " If I Were a RIDGE Man" ( think Tevya from Fiddler on the Roof ) Ridge is the perfect addition and we are so thrilled to have him!!
People often comment and say "wow. ALL Boys ?" and ask if we will "try for a girl" next. I am never quite sure how to respond. My feeling is just the same thing we learned in kindergarten, "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit". I believe the Lord really knows what he is doing, and whatever we are sent is wonderful. I don't know any different, so to me, being a "Boy Mom" is delightful. Plus, ( and you can tell this from the picture above ), this way, I will always be the "princess"! Ha! No complaints here.
Tyler and I both want to wish you and your family the very Merriest Christmas. And Happy New Year too of course. We are grateful for our lives together and to get to share this responsibility of raising these wonderful boys with each other. We know without a doubt that the Lord has a hand in all things, and that because of him we are able to be happy in this life. We owe it ALL to Him.
Love, The Maxsons
Tyler Linsey Cole Bowen and Ridge
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
So I was not at all good about doing the daily post on Facebook about my gratitude and what I am thankful for...and it certainly wasn't for a lack of blessings.
So I have come back to this post many times in the last few days trying to figure out what to say and any type of list of what I am thankful for seems so insignificant compared to the blessings I have received because of this amazing family I have .
When I truly think about all I am blessed with, there is absolutely no room for sadness, comparison to others, regret, envy, etc.
Life is good. Thanks to the Lord for all my many amazing blessings.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Well hello world. Happy Thanksgiving. It's been so long since I have blogged, but I think I might blog more if I get used to this phone blogging thing...here are some pics from halloween and our fun fall activities .
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Our first week home with Baby Ridge was so many things. It was so wonderful, but so so hard. Even tho Tyler was home most of the time, and we had a WONDERFUL friend here helping us, cleaning and taking care of all of us. (THANK YOU KATE!) Both Cole and Bowen got sick, and then Tyler got sick. And we all know I am the most co dependent person in the world, so I can't do a thing without Tylers help. It sounds silly to say how hard it was now that its over, but yah it was rough.
Cole: Cole Man seemed to grow up over night. It was so strange. It was like he was doing and saying things that were so grown up, all of a sudden. So independent. So proud of his little baby brother. So NOT needy of me or Ty. For the last few months of my pregnancy, I would say things like, "Cole , can you pick that up off the floor, Mommy can't bend." ( really I just didn't want to bend cause its uncomfortable with a huge belly.) A day or two after we came home from the hospital, Cole said, "Mommy can you bend now???!!". It was such a cute realization for him. It was even better when he realized that " mommy can dance now", and we danced away at Just Dance on the Wii.
Bowen: oh, those sweet big blue eyes with the eye lashes as long as can be just melt me. Even as I sit and type this, I get teary thinking about that sweet boy. I just KNEW he'd have a hard time with baby brother coming in to our world. It was a hard adjustment for him. Its getting better each day. Someone told me that in a few weeks Bo wouldn't be able to remember a time when Ridge wasn't part of our family, and that does seem to be the case now. The cutest thing Bo says now when he needs to be the one that one of us is holding or giving attention to is, "switch!"
Tyler: how in the world did I ever score you? That sounds weird. But thats what came out. Really tho, there are no words to describe how incredible Tyler is as a husband and father. I KNOW for a fact, that many men wouldn't even consider doing the things he does to help around the house. I am spoiled. And I know it.
This morning I put on some pants, well tried to, that I consider a BIG size for me. And they won't button. I really try to not have that whole part of pregnancy/post partum bother me, but its hard. I KNOW I am only 3 weeks out. BUT, I really tried this pregnancy to NOT "eat for two", in fact, I really watched my eating, and yet, pounds still packed on, and I have a lot to lose. I have decided that for some women, me, it just is out of your control. And for this CONTROL FREAK, thats a hard thing to wrap my brain around. I know it will get better. Especially once I am able to start working out again. I just wish it wasn't a side effect of pregnancy. Thats all.
Ridge is about the sweetest thing ever. He is nursing so well, other than the fact that he pretty much wants to be nursed ALL THE TIME. But he is pretty calm, and not a fussy baby at all. I feel so blessed.
Told ya it was going to be a random rambly post.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Born February 5th 2011
8 pounds 6 ounces
Here are the pictures just moments after he was born. More to come soon.
Meeting Cole for the first time
Meeting Bowen for the first time.
Now we are home and feeling so very blessed. What a sweet blessing from heaven! More to come soon.