I have been a slacker, not posting every day. I am going to start posting every day again, and attempt to go back and catch us up ! Thanks for sharing in my miracles every day!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Sunday

Today, it was fun to dress up in our matching Halloween church clothes (I know, that is a funny concept, Halloween church clothes!) I made the boys ties, baby girl's dress and headband, and my flower pins out of the same material, and we wore orange and black. We got quite a few compliments, and got to have a little family fun for church. Heard some great speakers at Stake Conference, then got to have some friends and the Elders over for dinner. Dinner was really good and pumpkin themed. Black bean pumpkin chili, and rice and beef pilaf cooked inside a whole pumpkin. The pumpkin is a Halloween tradition for our friends that they shared with us, which we are going to adopt. It was really tasty, and really fun. We only got one little trick or treater though, which was a bummer for the boy; he really wanted to pass out candy.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

We love a theme!

We have fun in our family theme costumes! The boy was A-stinkin'-dorable in his white rabbit costume, and baby girl made a fine Alice. The downtown businesses and the retirement homes did trick or treating today, so we did that, and the carnival at the high school. What a fun Halloweekend!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick or treat, baby's sweet!

I couldn't get over how stinkin' cute baby girl looked in her little outfit today. I bought it last year after Halloween, when I found out I was having a girl, so it was super cheap, but she looks so cute in it! She is such a sweet girl, she sat for a long time for pictures. I have the cutest kids!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Down the rabbit hole

Tonight was the "Harvest festival" at church. It was really clever. Instead of trunk or treat, they decorated all the classrooms like front doors and had people handing out candy. There were games and crafts, as well as a pumpkin carving contest. Unfortunately the only picture someone took of all of us is fuzzy, but I love this one I got of baby girl and daddy. I imagine it is just the way Alice would look at the Mad Hatter!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Costume change

We have our "official" Alice in Wonderland costumes, but I found these animal sweat suits for the kids to wear out and about. The boy picked them out, he fell in love with the giraffe, and insisted baby sister needed a monkey. They are cute, even if they do belong in the zoo!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I found it!

The boy picked out the perfect pumpkin. He was so excited! We had to replace the ones we carved, the weather has been so weird lately, hot cold hot cold, that they just fell apart. The boy is really stoked for Halloween this year. I think this is the first year he really "gets" it. Every day he asks if it is Halloween night yet.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mummy loves me...even when I'm a monster.

Baby girl must be getting ready to grow some teeth and/or going through a growth spurt. She has gone from being the easiest, quietest baby to shrieking like a banshee and demanding food non stop. She has this high pitched scream that makes my eardrums want to bleed. This picture was taken just after one of those shrieks. Her shirt says "Mummy loves me," and even when she is screaming and crying and forcing us to bend to her tyrannical will...it is still true. Momma loves her little monster!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween cuties!

I decided last night that the kids HAD to have matching Halloween outfits, so I whipped out this dress/headband for baby girl, and tie for the boy. They looked so cute, and the boy LOVES when I make him new ties. I think they will wear them again next week!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Battle of the berries!

The boy has been talking about the berry battle since last year's. The berry battle is held at a friend of ours berry farm. At the end of the season, they invite everyone to come play, eat, and have fun on the farm. There is some serious competition amongst the vines, a lot of throwing berries, and eating berries, everyone gets COVERED in smooshed berries. Daddy and the boy went this year, while Momma and baby girl stayed home and snuggled. The boys came home all purple and told us all about the fun!

Friday, October 22, 2010

A very merry unbirthday!

Tonight we had a combined 30th birthday party for Daddy and Mommy. We had people come in their costumes, and we ate and visited and the kids played and watched Halloween movies. It was nice to hang out with our friends and visit. Our family had an "Alice in Wonderland" theme for our costumes. The boy picked what we would all be, and I made all of our costumes. I think they turned out pretty cute!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Glow stick dance party

The boy loves glow sticks. And he loves to dance. And he loves to dance with glow sticks. He puts on a whole show. It is hilarious and sweet. He is such a cute, fun kid. He is very funny and imaginative. Speaking of which, the other day he was looking in his fish tank and said "I need a new crab." I was thinking it had died, but asked "What's wrong with your crab?" To which he said "This one says strange things."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

She flies through the air with the greatest of ease!

What is it about Daddies throwing babies in the air? It terrifies Mommas but the babies seem to love it. it was super difficult to get a good picture of this acrobatic feat in such poor light, but you get the general idea! Baby girl LOVES it! It cracks me up that she kept sucking her thumb throughout the fun. She was giggling and grinning, but that thumb stayed put!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rare beauty

I would estimate that I have actually seen in person about 3 dragonflies in my entire lifetime. So to me, a dragonfly sighting is rare. Normally I hate flying bugs (well, to be honest, all bugs!) but dragonflies fascinate me for some reason. This one let me get practically right on top of it before it flew away. "I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world...Heavenly Father created for me!"

Monday, October 18, 2010

Family Portraits

We got some great fall family portraits last night at the pumpkin patch. There are a lot more great ones, but I can't fit them all on here! You can see them all on my Facebook page.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's all about balance

Baby girl has gotten to be pretty good about sitting up by herself for long periods of time, but she always holds her arms up for balance. I love it, she looks so dainty and poised.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cutie patootie

Baby girl looks so much like big brother did at her age. She has such a sweet personality to go with her good looks too. I can't get over how much she has grown and how sweet she is. We sure got lucky to have such a good baby!

Friday, October 15, 2010


This is definitely my child! She can pass out anywhere, and sleep through anything. She doesn't care what's happening...she is a good sleeper.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Turtle power!

The boy has discovered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and he LOVES them! He absolutely HAD to have a blue mask like Leo and wore it, while eating pizza, to watch the movie. We have watched all 3 live action movies and the cartoon movie about 10 times this past week. He is so adorable. It cracks me up, because I remember doing the same thing 25 years ago!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Berry careful

The boy cracks me up. He is always asking to hold baby sister. And he tells me funny things like "I'll be berry careful," or "I want to be a good boy." He is such a good big brother. He will talk to baby sister or sing to her. If she is crying, he almost always says "Don't cry..I'm your big brother." He makes me so proud. Oh, and today he told me that he loves being a big brother because he can protect baby sister and beat up the bad guys.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

So small!

Baby girl looks so cute in this outfit. It was big brother's when he was her age. We have lots of picture of him wearing it. It makes me happy and sad to see her wearing it. On a side note, whenever I say "how big is baby? SOOOO big!" Big brother automatically, from wherever he is in the house, says "So small!!" He is very adamant about it. Like it insults him for me to say baby girl is big.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin time!

One of our favorite things to do is carve pumpkins for Halloween. The boy wanted a classic jack o'lantern...the scarier the better. He wanted sharp scary teeth. Daddy and he did that one. Momma and baby girl did a spider and a web. We have a few more pumpkins to carve, but we just did two for tonight. They turned out pretty cute!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saying goodbye

Another Elder is being transferred. I would say another "favorite" but they all come to be our favorites! We will miss Elder T. He has been a frequent guest in our home. The boy was sad to say goodbye to him. We wish him well in his new area, and hope he will be back to visit!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A community of caring

I am the fundraising coordinator for a local non profit that emphasizes the importance of early childhood learning. Tonight was our annual fundraiser, and I really liked this table. One of our banners is in the back, and then there was an edible display of local produce. I just thought it was very elegant and local at the same time. It's amazing how much better food tastes when it was picked just hours earlier! Anyway, we did pretty good at our fundraiser. Not as good as last year, but still impressive.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pretty view from the parking lot

I was leaving Costco when I saw these cool clouds. The picture doesn't really do it justice, but I was again reminded why I love my little town. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for this beautiful reminder of all the blessings in my life.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Get 'er done!

What's a boy to do when he's riding his tricycle and there is a big pile of grass clippings in the way? Up and over, baby!! The boy got up so speed and powered through. He made it and proceeded to do it several times. What a goofball!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Baby girl got this toy from a friend of ours whose daughter had outgrown it. It plays music, lights up, has lots of things to push, sings songs. She is in LOVE. She will sit in front of it for a long time, looking in the mirror and "dancing" to the music. If she's tired she will lie on the floor in front of it and push the buttons with her feet. This is the first toy she's really "played" with. It is adorable to watch and makes me so proud to see her growing and learning. It also makes me sad that every day she is less and less babyish. I am so happy to be a momma!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Momma is 30!

The boy has had the hardest time keeping his presents secret this week. He made me a holder for my glasses and a picture of flowers. He has been trying to tell me the about the flowers for several days. He was so excited that he actually opened the presents....and blew out the candles. Funny kid. Baby girl ate her green beans, but she was eyeing the "up down pine cone cake," as the boy calls it!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Winner winner chicken dinner!

The boy won a free hot dog in a coloring contest at Costco. He was so excited. He hasn't used his certificate yet because he wants to take it to school to show his teacher. He is such a funny guy.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lil' punkin' head

Baby girl looked so cute in a little Halloween outfit and pigtails. I love Halloween, so the entire month of October is full of pumpkins, black cats, and witches around here!