Sadly, my Aunt Alice passed away today at 96. She was an amazing woman. When my mom was a teenager she took her into her loving home and made my mom feel like she was finally part of a family. In college we would visit her in Cottonwood, where she patiently taught me how to quilt and I thank her for getting me started in that hobby. She was always easy to talk to and was pretty funny. Last month we were able to go visit her and knowing her condition we were afraid she would only be able to handle 5 minutes. Luck was on our side and we were able to visit for more than an hour and a half! She was such a sweet woman and I'm glad that she was in our life. She will be missed. Thank you Aunt Alice for being such a great, strong woman!
Grandma Donna, Little Freeman, and Aunt Alice
Nadia, Freeman, Tiff and Aunt Alice
Tiff, Nate, Freeman, Alice
Freeman and Alice Freeman was such a good boy sitting on her lap. I think this meant a lot to my Aunt and loved cuddling with him.
This past weekend Grandma Stillman took us all to see, "The Lion King" broadway musical at ASU Gammage. It was a great experience and we enjoyed the costumes and the music. It was a nice family outing and the kids enjoyed it.
Little Freeman's comments on it: "It got really, really dark. Keizer shared his fruit snacks with me. There were drums! "( acts out the drummer and shows how the drummer put down his head phones)
About a month ago our friends Ronnie and Richard and us decided to be spontaneous and go to Flagstaff for the day. We had a very adventurous trip up. We hit traffic on the I-10 and I-17, stopped for the kids to eat, then got off on an exit where we went down this one lane plowed road, where someone's car broke down, so to get out we had to go in reverse for 1/2 mile until we can turn around. But we went to the county fairgrounds and everyone was leaving so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The boys came up with a great idea which was to tie the sled to the quad and be dragged around. (first I thought, "I don't think so... but then it was totally fun) So here is pictures from our fun day in the snow!
Here is Freeman who tried to fight his way through the snow.
The snow won. Free and Freeman enjoying the quad. Little Freeman always has so much fun with Dad.
Freeman, Free, Tiff and Nate.
I was trying to get a picture of Freeman next to this snowman, but the snow was deep and Freeman sunk down into the snow. At first he thought it was funny, but then when he tried to get out and his hands got sooooo cold. This was the start of his first tantrum. I think after this he doesn't like touching snow.
And of course there is Nate. The first time I put him down he fell (think Christmas Story movie) so after that he just wanted to be held. So for this picture he was pretty upset that I had put him down.
About 5 1/2 years ago, Freeman took me to my favorite spot at the Temple and proposed. Every time we go to the temple, I just love to stand in front of the reflection pool. Anyways, here is Freeman and I 5 1/2 years later of where he proposed to me and we have our two beautiful sons with us. (Hopefully more to come!) I am so happy being married and that Freeman is my best friend. Growing up I never imagined how much fun marriage can be. I am grateful to have the knowledge of the gospel and to know that families can be together forever. I truly believe that living the gospel strengthens our marriage and our family. I am so proud of how far I have come and that when Free and I were married that we were blessed to be sealed to each other in a temple.
Freeman always cracks me up with some of his comments and questions. Here are some that make me laugh.
I have attempted to make a garden and there is still no sign of life. Little Freeman was helping me water it and Freeman turns to me and says.
"Mom, the garden not working?" "The garden is sad"
It's been a few weeks, and the garden is finally growing. Well Freeman went outside with me and yelled enthusiastically, "The garden is working now!" We were walking out of the store today and Freeman is trying to stop me and tell me something,
"Mom, you look tired"
While Freeman was pretending he was talking on the phone, I asked him to put something away. He acknowledged me and then went back to the phone so he can actually end his pretend conversation,
"I Pick up toys, All right, Bye"
I turned on the television this morning and ESPN was on, and Little Freeman says,
"Yeah! Football, Go Cardinals!" I so know where he picked that up from!
I told Freeman,
"I need you to get dressed," and he looked at me offended, "Mom, I don't wear dress!"
We were leaving the playground and Freeman says...
"Bye Bye Playground!... Mom, the playground is sad." Why is the playground sad?
"Because I'm going bye bye"
1/24/09 "Mom, you're a child of God"
I caught Freeman coloring on his new Christmas bike with a marker, and I told him that "dad would be very upset because he put a lot of thought into getting you a bike," and Freeman corrected me and sounded a little upset, "Mom, Santa gave me that bike!' Whoops....
Freeman was jumping off the bed and grabbing onto the rim of his basketball hoop. It kept tipping the hoop over so I told him he needed to stop and be safe. His explanation was,"Mom, I play like the Suns!" March 2009
Parts of Freeman's prayer:
"Dear Heavenly Father, thankful for Daddy and his boo-boo and that he dusted it off, thankful for his other elbow, two elbows... thanksful for the Suns game and basketball... Goodnight.. in the name of Jesus Christ Amen." May 2009 Little Freeman is really big on saying his own prayers. Here are some things he includes in them that I think are cute.
One night Freeman pointed out that Tohbi had a boo boo on his leg. So later when it was prayer he said, "Thankful for Tohbi and his boo boo, pray that it gets better." "Pray that no bad guys come into our house." "Pray that Daddy does good at his training" "Thankful for Nate and that he copies me." (He says this when Nate immitates saying a prayer)
5/20/09 It was time for bed and Freeman kept leaving his room and coming into mine. I told him he had to go back to his room and he responded, "Stop, I need to think, Let me figure this out."
Our dog Tohbi was in the car with us and he kept trying to climb onto my lap. I kept pushing him away and saying, "No!" and Freeman interrupted and said, "Mom don't do that, that is going to frusturate him!"
6/13/09 It was naptime so it was pretty quiet in the house. Freeman woke up and went potty, and then he came out scared and tiptoed over to me. He whispers, "Mom, what is that noise?"So, I'm listening and all I hear is motorcycles or a lawn mower sound outside, so I told him that's all I hear. He let's out his breath and is relieved. "Mom, I thought there was a lion and tiger in our house!" 7/15/09 I was on a ladder looking into the attic and Freeman asks, "Is Heavenly Father up there? Do you see him." So I told him no he isn't in our attic, he is farther above us. "And then he said, "Dad said that he is up there" and points above his head."
I love how kids have questions that you just aren't sure how to answer. This is one of my favorite questions of all times.
Freeman likes to question who made things and this is our conversation the other day.
Freeman: Mom, who made the trees? Me: Heavenly Father Freeman: Who made the clouds? Me: Heavenly Father Freeman: Mom, who made Heavenly Father? Me: That's a great question... ask your dad. 7/21/09
Freeman and I were playing together and all of the sudden he stops and looks at me seriously..
"Mom, the baby needs to come out of your belly so I can play with it." Sept.2010
Freeman just asked me, "Mom, how do you get a girl to marry you?"
Nathan 11 months Nate started taking his first steps! He loves to walk back and forth between mom and dad. He also is a little goofball. He likes to breathe in and out of his nose really fast as he is walking, he will raise his face up and yell, "Ahhh", and make a goofy, whiny face to make me laugh. His little personality is just shining through, and I think he is going to be our little clown. He also likes to clap, and he tries to do the fingerplays to, "Itsy Bitsy Spider," and "Patty-Cake." Then if you say, "Where's Nathan?" or "Are you hiding?" He will put his hands to his ears and that's his way of hiding.
Nathan 15.5 months Nate has been a late bloomer with his talking but I think he is finally picking up on it. He now says, "Juice," "Dada," "Broom Broom" "Ah da (All done)" Momma, and for some other things he just makes sound effects. He is quite a character and loves to make us laugh. He likes to stomp his feet really fast, or he has this goofy walk where he hunches over and shuffles his feet. He loves to race garbage trucks with his brother and do anything he is doing. He is our little sweetheart and goofball.
Nathan 18 months Nate gets so excited when he sees birds. He has come up with many facial expressions and our favorite his "oh" look. It's like making a fishy face with your mouth. He loves to give kisses and hugs. The first thing he does in the morning is get a book and reads in his crib. As soon as you walk in he repeats, "Book! book" and wants you to read to him. He likes pictures of ducks, cows, dogs, cats, and trucks. He has his own "Puppy Monster Truck" that he makes the sound effects for. It looks like Nate is going to be our climber. He has figured out how to move a chair to his high chair, climb up and get into his high chair. We have also found him on our table to dancing around. Another thing I just love about Nate is when he gets the chance to walk around, he has to wave to EVERYONE, and he keeps waving until they wave back or smile. So, then of course with the positive attention he gets, Big Brother Freeman will start to wave to, so I have this little parade of boys waving to every stranger walking by. Embarrasing, but I love it!
Nathan 19 months SUPER HEROES!!! Nate is such a boy. He has picked up the web throwing from his big brother so he chases after you pretending he is Spiderman. He also likes batman, and even though he doesn't say much, he says, "Ba Man!" and makes him fly around. He also loves monster trucks and makes some pretty great sound effects.
Nathan 22 months FINALLY TALKING!!! These past 2 weeks Nate's vocabulary has finally arrived! He would say basic words and sounds, but was really behind on communicating. We've been reading more, breaking down words, using flash cards and just working non stop and finally it kicked in. It all started when we went to see Nadia and when Nate saw her dog Rowdie, he said "Puppy" for the first time. Now he can say so much more and I know he isn't as frusturated because someone understands him. Some of my favorite words he says are, Doggy, Baby, No Wa Wa (Water), Connor, Outside/Inside.
We're the Carney's! We have three boys and then there is us, Tiff and Free. We have been happily married for 9 years and enjoy having a blog to keep our family and friends up to date about what we have been up to.
A little about me, Little Free. One of my favorite things to do is go outside. Mom and Dad will tell me we are going out and I'll run and find my socks and shoes to put on. While outside I love to look and listen for birds and airplanes and will even make a sign for each one when I spot them. I can dance to Ring A Round the Rosie, Do as I'm Doing and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. I love reading, and when I want to read with Mom or Dad I start repeating, Read, Read, Read until I get my way. I enjoy acting like animals, especially a gorilla, monkey, or alligator. Here are some things about me at 15 months. I'll update you next month!