Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gingerbread Girls

I'd been itching to make gingerbread cookies all month long, and little did I know, it would be such a perfect activity for 2 year-olds!

Abby and Kaya both loved rolling and cutting the cookies!
And eating them of course!

Afterwards, they thought it's be fun to jump on the bed! 

Thanksgiving 2012

It was so nice and warm that we ate outside at Josh's parents'. 

Ready for food! We brought the mashed potatoes- (I'd never made them before), the peas, and apple pies! 

Afterwards we took some family pictures by the Green Springs golf course.

Here's abby going "pawie". We gotta be ready at a moment's notice or else we get some wet pants. We had a rough potty day that day. Good thing she's so dang cute to even out the frustrations of potty training and tantrums. She refused to get in the car to some to grandma's and then loved being there, of course. I gotta mention how in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, we look over to see Abby with her pants down, peeing on the lawn! Oh goodness...
Here's a shot of the growin belly!
Kinda looks like I have to go potty too :)
We played out at the sand dunes with the cousins the next day.

Then we got to go swimming! I went down a little kiddy slide and bruised my tailbone pretty bad. So- YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED- the volcano slide at the community center is not made for adults! It's almost healed now--- like 3 weeks later!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Random Goodies From the Last Couple Months

This is me at the World Senior Games- I convinced my dad's video production company to do a booth at the Dixie center - we showcased a few of the "life stories/ living journals" they'd produced. They do such an awesome job- I hope it starts the ball rollin for them, and that they'll be able to do more of these for people! I LOVE the one they did for my grandma. click to watch her video.   It makes a great gift if you know of anyone that wants to spend some $ on something really special! 
It was really fun to have my dad come visit for a few days. He got to spend some good quality time with us and got to see Abby's growing personality. 
Abigail likes to help momma wash the car.
It's cooled down to where we can't wash it in short sleeves usually- but we're still washing the car out in the sunshine and it's not too cold lately! Boy I love St. George...
 mmm... soap suds- yummy :)
We've had some EARLY mornings, so we've been known to pop in a veggietales movie and snuggle up.
Have you ever read any of the Little Pookie books? Abby loves them! I love them too.
Here's Abigail, all ready for bed.
Josh turned 30! I don't know how well you can see this, but I thought I was pretty clever with this bday present- "eye"(peeking thru the glasses), heart, U! The duct tape on his current pair wasn't going to last long-term- so I got a few pairs for him and let him try them on so we can get him some new ones. I had to work on his birthday, so after a cafe rio lunch brought to the park (which was preceded by a pumpkin french toast breakfast), I left this on the counter.  Since we'd doubled my hours at Allconnect in October, we don't have much time together (I come home at 10 every night), but we were able to make a little getaway in Las Vegas- a month late celebration, but it was great!
Here we are CHEESE-ing it up at the Dixie State Homecoming football game. I  loved those college days and 've wanted to go to some college activities since we've been married, and we made it happen this year!
Here's Abby just hanging out, watching some Cailou.
Hope your Christmas Season is off to a good start! Hopefully I'll get to posting something more Chritmas-y soon!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Abby and Friends

Is this not the cutest little girl picture you've ever seen? Abby loves this swing Daddy  put up for her on the back patio (he got it in brazil- cool huh?) She loved having Sofie and Katie swing with her! 
When Mckay showed up at our house one day, Abby couldn't help but immediately hug him. And hug him, and hug him. Who could blame her? He's a handsome little dude- plus, they were wearing matching sweatsuits that day!

She made a new friend in our ward- Lyndie. They hit it off right away, but  midway through this trail, they got a case of jealousy and both wanted to be the only one that was holding Lyndie's mommy's hand. We ended up having the girls swap the stroller they rode in and that pacified them. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A is for Avonlea

Lindsey is having her first baby girl just a few weeks before our little girl is due. So fun! It was shower time this past weekend, and I LOVED this theme. On the invites we put "one request we hope won't be too hard, bring a BOOK instead of a card." 
Alisa made this cute book garland.
Hanging books made out of tissue paper and cereal boxes! 
Abby kept saying CHEESE as I was taking pics of the decor, so I had to get a few of her too :)
Lindsey made this amazing book wreath, and the banners'll be hanging in sweet Avonlea's room- made by an aunt of her's. Both soooo cute, huh?
I thought this hot chocolate bar was adorable! My thinking was that you curl up with a book and need a steamy mug of hot chocolate to go with it... But this Saturday happened to be a typical St. George November day complete with sunshine and no-jacket weather...
The name Avonlea comes from the Anne of Avonlea series of books- Linds had  a good collection of them! I'd been wanting this shelf to get put up for like 6 weeks... But we finally had a deadline, and so we got it done!!!
I love baby showers! And I especially love Lindsey :)  So glad she'll be joining the mom club, and so glad our daughters'll be so close. 

Well America,

It's been nice knowing ya.

These years ahead of us will have some change indeed!

Sad news last night. We'll move forward best we can though, right? I am so very behind on my blog, so please pardon the bombardment of posts tonight!


Scarecrow, Dorothy, and the Tin Man. 

 Abby's costume was meant to be. I found her dress at a yard sale for a buck, and thought I'd be able to find some ruby red slippers eventually. Lo and behold about 2 months later at another yard sale, (one I almost didn't stop at) there they were in her size! They had them packed up to go to D.I. 

I had been warned that my scarecrow stuffings would be itchy- which was very accurate :( I was surprised that josh was wiling to go more all-out on his tin... we ran out of time though!

I was making some returns at Walmart, and Abby needed to make a phone call, I guess!
And I am loving this singing time we get to do every Monday! Here is little Dorothy with some of her fellow singing time kiddos.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

What is it with toddlers and hating clothes?

It's been cold outside in the mornings, so if we go out, I've got my sweatshirt, pants, and shoes on (of course). Abby likes to run out with no shoes or pants, but she strongly prefers her jammy top and diaper. The diaper will eventually come off several times each morning, even out in our front yard in the cold... Crazy girl!

As you can see- she loves her bath-time! (the one time her preferred outfit is
preferred by her mama too)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Takin' out the ol' Boat

We took the boat out to Sand Hollow on Friday. I hadn't been on it in over a year til just recently, and it's been fun!
Abby's 1st time holding a fishing pole
Out of our 3 fisherman, we caught 4 fish this time!
She was really scared last time we took her out a few weeks ago, but this time she remembered how much fun she had, so she wanted to jump in almost the whole time. 
Annie pulling her dad and brother's in.
This is my nephew Jack. He is the most fearless kid I can think of- he finds swinging from his parent's chandelier fun, and has even broken a few bones from his climbing habits. For some reason he is TERRIFIED of the lake water and he happened to fall in twice this trip. It was almost funny to see this tough guy get such a look of terror in his eyes. What a cutie. 

Grandpa and the girls.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time-outs and "the nap whisperer"

We've been implementing a time-out for a few months now. We have her stand facing the corner for about a minute and then sternly tell her why she was in time-out and then we let her go play. She seems to understand a little what's going on... but problem is, she seems to like it for some reason!

Josh was watching Abby while I was at work one day and he told her "if you hit Daddy again, you go in Time Out". She got up right then (not even giving herself a chance to hit him again) and faced her corner and just stared at the wall til Dad came and got her. She's almost always smiling when she turns around. What the heck?!

Nap-times look like this lately...

just hangin out on the outskirts of her bed
then she'll finally fall asleep!
So some of you may know that Abby doesn't like to stay in her crib, so we figured since she's going to climb right out anyway, might as well convert to the toddler bed. This way, when she gets out, she can play in her room til she gets tired enough to crawl back in and go to sleep.

We tried a week of that, and NO NAPS. I was getting desperate, and luckily I tried this lovely technique and she naps pretty easily most days. I actually decided to blog about this right now (even though it's kinda "old news"), because we're having a rough day going to sleep this afternoon. I'm finding I have to be totally consistent everyday!

"The Nap Whisperer..."

1) Keep to the tired window (right now it's 12:30-1pm) otherwise it's WAY harder.

2) Give her a cup of milk and rock her, and lay her in bed with her blankies (which, bytheway, she loves all day now, but we always have her throw it in her crib so she looks forward to going to bed).

3)Watch on the monitor for her to step out of the bed. As soon as she does, I grab her, no eye contact, and put her back in.
***I did this about 10 times one day and had heard that you have to keep going until they fall asleep, otherwise, they learn that eventually you give in... That sounded so exhausting- seeing that Abby didn't seem to be getting any closer to wanting to stay in her crib. So, my trick was that I had to make me coming in as unpleasant as possible (Sad). I made sure when I picked her up that she wouldn't find that fun or nice in anyway, but I'd lay her down and hold her firmly on the bed til she let out a little pout and then leave without saying anything and close the door. (I really hate doing it, but we-gotta-do-what-we-gotta-do to get that needed toddler sleep!)
Repeat this until she finally falls asleep!

If I remember right, it took about an hour and a half the first day, less than an hour the second, and within a few days, we'd only have to put her back in once or twice and she just plays in there til she falls asleep. YAY!

Today I put her down after 1:00 and didn't watch the monitor at all (don't usually need to, lately) and I paid for it. Once I realized she'd been playing out of her crib, I tried to put her down and it reminded me of our first day. Long, sad process- eventually I took her out, put her in a time-out and took her for a ride in the car! She was dozing within a couple of minutes (until we passed some cows in our neighborhood, which perked her up- "oooh!" she exclaimed, and then she was out a minute or two later.)

Feel free to share any thoughts with this new(ish) momma!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pear Sauce

I show this picture twice because I did fill up 2 of these "sleds" full of a total of about 50 lbs of pears. My friend Ashley told me they were selling at a lady's house a few minutes away from me and that they were so tasty and only $0.44/lb. I looked for boxes around my house to bring em home in, and this is what I could find!
 This is cute Abby the day I said* I was starting my pear excursion... we got distracted and went for a walk instead and got soaked to the bone from a flash rainstorm. *I kept putting off starting anything with these. I'm new to preserving fruit and I was intimidated for sure.

I show this picture 3 times because we'd ate a bunch of the "fruits of our labors" by the time I thought that I may want a pic! But from left to right we have Pear Juice, Pear Sauce, and Dried Pear Slices. This is about what we got out of a lot of hours of work. 7 cans and 3-4 bags. I love the sauce and the dried pears about the same, and the pear juice was a biproduct we might as well use :)

Luckily I had some good helpers that made the whole thing a really fun experience. My mom-in-law came over (3 different times, I think) and helped peel and let me use all her supplies; and Ashley and her family of 4 came and had a sleepover Friday night! It was super fun! We put the kids to bed and made pear sauce til we were exhausted. The men ran to Walmart to get a strainer and came home with lots of candy and popcorn :)

Note- I cheated and dated this posting closer to the time we actually did it!