Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas 2006!

We wish all of you a happy and healthy Christmas this year! We love all of you and pray for God's blessings for you. Merry Christmas!

-Paul, Maria & Jared

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Next, Tour de France

Despite our cold Saturday morning, Jared wanted (and pleaded) to go outside to ride his bike. He is a die-hard biker :) He is SO good at riding around. He knows to bike only in our cul-de-sac. He has a biking path he takes every time...rides to the corner, turns around, rides to his "big bump" (a.k.a. the blue reflector in the middle of the road), perfectly lines up his front bike wheel and rides right over the bump, turns towards the house, gives me a big smile and then does the whole route over again. Sometimes, he will ride up onto the sidewalk and ride on it, to the corner of the road and back.

He is so proud of himself and we are so proud of him. Now, Paul is itchin' to purchase a "big bike" for Jared, a two-wheeler with training wheels. Maybe for his 3rd birthday ;)

There are more pics of Jared riding around at our website, under "Jared" and "The Twos." I also have video of him riding around that I will get up on our website soon.

Jared's motto, "Born to Ride" :)

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

Yes, even in Arizona the weather can be frightful. Okay, maybe not TOO frightful ;) This morning, we woke up to see fog everywhere. We figure visibility was about 1/4 of a mile. Everything was covered in dew from the fog. The temperature was about 35 degrees at 7AM. Brrrr! That's cold for us Natives ;)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Cookie Monster!

Jared helped me bake cookies for Christmas this morning. His first time ever! He was an awesome helper...helping me count out the ingredients, adding the sugars to the bowls and pouring in the chocolate chips. We made two kinds of cookies, big and chewy chocolate chip cookies and Christmas sugar cookies. He also chose his favorite cookie cutters and cut out some of the sugar cookies.

We just decorated the sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles this evening. Jared had fun watching all of the sprinkles come out. Paul and I were able to enjoy some decorating too. Now, if we can just save a few cookies so that we can bring them to Grammy Guzman's Christmas know what happens to cookies when the Carlson boys are around ;)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Lions, Tigers and Lights! Oh my!

Last evening we went on a trip to the Phoenix Zoo to see the Zoo Lights. Jared had fun looking at all of the different animal lights. He also got to enjoy a carousel ride and some kettle corn. Yum! Check out more pictures at our website, under "Holidays" and "2006 Christmas."

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Jared made this card in Sunday school this morning. Too cute! Happy Birthday Jesus!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

More Catch Phrases

Here are some more cute phrases Jared likes to say...

- "I'd like some Coke" Well, he's not asking for Coke, the drink, but actually asking for ice. Somehow, he thinks "Coke" is "ice." I tell him "Coke? Or do you mean ice?" Crazy boy.
- "I do it" Yup, the big, independent boy.
- "Momma, talk!" or "Dada, talk!" He says this when we're being quiet and not talking and he wants us to talk with him. Or he says this when he is asking us a question and wants us to reply.
- "Momma, guess what?" I will then ask him "What?" Then, he replies with "What're doing?" I think he's trying to say "Guess what I am doing?" but is breaking up the sentence ;)
- And his favorite phrase lately..."Christmas!" He usually says this when we're looking at outdoor lights or Christmas trees. Oh!, and he loves to then sing "O Christmas Tree" or "Jingle Bells." He usually says to me "Momma, sing O Christmas" or "Momma, sing Jingle Bells." Then, he will sing with me. Awe!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


We just got our Christmas cards out in the mail. Yay! We took our picture for the card and had some funny outtakes...

1) Jared trying to lay across our laps. Silly boy ;)

2) Jared playing with a rock and being squished

3) A serious-looking Jared P

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Jared loves to talk

Jared is such a talker! He definitely knows what and how to say things. Some phrases he says a lot...

-- "what is / are the 'fill in the blank' doing?" For example, "what are you doing mommy?" or "what is the boy doing?" or "what is that man doing?" He usually asks what someone is doing. Then, when we say "I don't know. Tell me what he or she is doing." He replies with what that person is doing. So smart!!
-- "it's yummy and tastey," usually a reply when we ask him how something tastes. Too cute!
-- "be careful mama." I guess he picked up this one from me ;)
-- "I'll be right back" and then "bye bye." He likes to say this when he remembers he wants to bring something out to play with or remembers he wants to go grab something to show us. He says it with a very serious face too - HA!

In addition to all of his talking, he LOVES to sing. He can sing through the ABC song. He will ask us to "sing the ABCs" and he gets all of the letters and words. Very smart! He also loves to sing "The B-I-B-L-E," "Oh Happy Day," "Happy Birthday to You" and "Jesus Love Me" songs. Plus, he will make up his own songs, with loud and soft parts of the song too. I think I've sung through the "La La La" song before :)

It is so fun hearing him talk and sing! He is so smart!
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