Saturday, December 29, 2007

5 Years and Counting



Logan and I celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary last night.  Holy Cow I can't believe it has been 5 years.  We had such a good time together.  First, we went to see the movie "Juno."  It was so good.  That was the first time that I have been to a movie in a theater since before Collin was born.  Second, we went to dinner at a restaurant up Millcreek Canyon called LogHaven.  It was delicious.  We both were a little nervous driving up the canyon in the crazy snow storm we had last night, but it was worth it.  The food and the atmosphere were great. Lastly, we went ice skating at the Gallivan Center.  So Fun!  I have to say that we were pretty good and could keep up with all of the teenagers on the ice.  We were by far the oldest people there.  But, it was a lot of fun. Ice skating is something I haven't done in so long, but something that I would like to do more of.   So here is to 5 great years and many more!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sophie's Big News!

Sophie is potty trained! 

 
Yahoo!  I am so proud of her.  I decided to give this potty training thing another try over her Christmas break.  I did a count down to the day Sophie would only wears panties.  The first day she wouldn't put them on, so I made her just wear pants without a diaper.  She hated that and quickly resorted to wearing her panties.  Anyway, I think she was finally ready.  I gave her a few big rewards in the beginning and then worked down to a chocolate coin every time she went.  Now she doesn't need anything and she is even beginning to tell me when she needs to go.  She still has an accident every now and then, but she is doing so good--we made it through a mall shopping trip without one. What a big accomplishment.  We are so proud of her, and she is pretty proud too.  I love to watch her jump up and down after she goes.  She now says "I am a Big, Big girl!"  We love you Soph. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas

I felt like we took so many great pictures this Christmas and made so many great memories that I wanted to display them in a fun way.  So here are a few scrapbook pages showing some more of our holiday. 




Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Christmas came and went again this year. What a fun, busy day. My kids must have been really good this year, because Santa visited and brought just about everything that they wanted. It was a special Christmas for me because it was really the first year that Sophie understood what was going on. It was magical to watch my children enjoy this amazing day.


It was an all boy Christmas for Collin.  He received trucks of all kids, cars, and his most favorite a basketball hoop.  He has quite the skills.  I just love this picture of him dunking the ball.


Sophie had one Christmas wish and that was for a pair of slippers.  Well Santa listened and she received.  She also got a bunch of princess dress-up stuff, games, and her favorite a kid tough digital camera.  She is quite the photographer.  She walks around our house snapping photos right and left.  


Logan and I enjoyed spending the day with our children and our families.  I feel lucky to have Logan home for the holiday and enjoyed every minute we could spend together.  


We hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas as well.  Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Family Nativity

This year for Christmas Eve we were at Logan's parents house. It was a nice night visiting with family and eating yummy food.


Logan's sister arranged for the all of the kids in the family to put on a Nativity.  It was so fun and cute.  The kids did such a good job and played their parts so well.  Sophie and Collin chose not to participate.  Sophie wanted to be a princess (maybe we haven't taught her the Nativity story so well), and Collin was tired and wanted nothing to do with his costume.  


This is Clarissa our Nativity angel.  Isn't she cute?


After the Nativity we talked about some of the symbols of Christmas.  Each child got to pull a symbol out of Santa's sack.  Sophie pulled out a star.  This is her showing all of her cousins the symbol.


Collin spent most of the evening eating food (or should I say sweets).  He is always hungry and loves food, but he has a real love for candy.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Party


Well, it is that time of year again.  A time for family, friends, food, presents, parties, and fun.  We had our yearly Christmas Party at my parents house today.  It was a lot of fun for everyone.  Sophie especially had a blast playing with her cousins that she doesn't get to see that often.  They are quite a bit older than her, but I think to her that makes it all the better.  There wasn't a dull moment for her.  It is always so fun to get together with family.  This year we were able to have everyone at home, so that made it even better.


My mom always has the kids put on a little performance.  It started when I was little, I would play Christmas music on my violin and then we would all sing Christmas carols together.  Well, I don't play the violin for everyone anymore (in fact I wouldn't even say I could play), but the performance has evolved.  Now the Grandkids sing songs that they have learned, and we still all sing carols as a family.  Sophie was so quick to jump up in front of the group.  She suggested the first song--"Once There Was a Snowman."  She was so stinking cute.  She sang every word and did every action.  I was so proud.


Another hit among the kids was "Jingle Bells."  My mom has a bunch of jingle bells that the kids shake while they sing their hearts out.  Sophie was having a blast!


This year my brother Dennis played the guitar and had some of the grandkids sing to it.  It was fun to hear his musical talent.  The girls did a good job singing too.  Maybe he will play every year!


The family is always grateful that my Grandpa is able to make it each year. We love having him there to enjoy the holiday with us.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Through The Eyes of a Child


Tonight we had a big snow storm that started off with some pretty intense hail.  Sophie was looking out the window and yelled at me "Mommy, that popcorn is making a big mess!"  She then continued to yell at the window, "Stop popcorn, stop!"  To her the hail looked just like popcorn.

Later on we were driving home from my parents house and the snow/slush was spaying up from beneath the tires of the car and Sophie said, "Mommy we need a sled."

I just love seeing and experiencing things through the eyes of a child.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Beautiful People. Beautiful Art?


I remember my friend Jacob the art student lamenting to me about his fellow artists.  He'd get so frustrated with illustration artists who would draw a sappy picture of a model looking girl. He'd say that just because the subject is a beautiful person that doesn't make it beautiful art.

I also think about a commentator I heard on the radio who was talking about the end of experts.  He was demonizing the internet as a source of free information that makes everyone feel they can be an expert overnight if they just do the right Google searches or check Wikipedia.  His claim was that it was destroying the lively hood of the real experts out there who truly studied and learned their craft.

Well, I know I'm not likely to create an artistic masterpiece or be an expert photographer, but I really like some of the pictures we have taken of these little guys.  I guess that's the wonder of digital cameras.  You can take hundreds of photos and never run out of film.  If you give someone enough tries, even the worst athlete could sink a basketball shot that a pro wouldn't even consider trying in a game.  When I get complemented on my landings at work sometimes I like to reply by saying "Well if you bowl enough frames you're bound to get a few strikes. Right?"

Thursday, December 13, 2007

E-I-E-I-O

video

Collin loves to sing.  His favorite songs are "Old McDonald" and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."  He is so fun to watch and listen to. I thought I would post a video clip of his talent for all of you to see.  He usually sings more than this, perhaps he is a little camera shy!  He is so cute--I love him to death!

Winter Show

We had a big milestone in our house this week.  We were able to attend Sophie's first ever public performance.  It was so much fun.  Her gymnastics put on a "Winter Show."  She was so dang stinkin' cute.  I was filled with so much pride.  I sort of got teary--I was so proud of her.  She did such a good job and wasn't the least bit intimated by all of the people that filled the building, she just went right out there and did her best.  I will never forget her standing with her arms up in the air shouting "Ta Da Ta Da!"  Well lets hope I don't, because I of course forgot my camera, so you will just have to use your imagination and visualize how dang cute she was!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A little Spice in Our Life

Lately Sophie has been kind of a "spicy" girl.  She has a shirt that says "More Spice than Sugar"--this perfectly describes our dear little girl.  She is going through this phase where she is grumpy about everything that we do.  We took her sledding yesterday--no fun at all!  We went to Temple Square--wanted to go home!  A play date at a friends house--not what she had in mind!  She is such a silly girl.  I can't quite figure her out.  I love her to death, "spicy" and all! This picture was taken earlier in the year, but I thought it was a perfect depiction of her "spicy" side!:)

Temple Square

One thing that I love about Utah in the winter months, is the lights at Temple Square.  They are so beautiful.  Logan and I decided to bundle the kids up for family night yesterday and visit the lights.  It is so fun to walk around in the crisp, cold air while you experience the beautiful scenery.  It is neat to see the kids get excited about the Nativity scene and the baby Jesus. Sophie really enjoyed the muti-cultural Nativity scenes, and Collin liked pointing out Jesus in the pictures in the Visitors Center.  It was a lot of fun and a good time spent as a family--I just can't seem to get enough of these people that I love like crazy! 

 I wanted to get a picture of the family in front of the lights, but once we were there I had second thoughts.  Too cold, and too much work to get the kids out of the stroller to pose for a picture where neither child would be looking at the camera!  So, I have to settle for this picture that I got off of Wikipedia.  But, it captures the Temple better than I could have I am sure.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Elf Yourself

Our good friends the McReavy's e-mailed us this.  It is always fun to see our girls together:)!

Enchanted--not so enchanting!

The rain has been pouring down all day today.  It is cold and wet outside.  It seemed like the perfect day for a movie.  So I loaded up the kids and off we went--to the kids first ever movie in a theater.  Was I crazy?  Sophie was excited and couldn't wait to watch the big screen or the "big TV" as she called it.  I chose the movie.  I wanted to see a kids movie, but also one that I thought I was going to enjoy as well.  I had heard that Enchanted was really good and Sophie's cousin that is 4 really liked it.  So that was the one.  We got to the theater and got our seats.  The kids were ready.  We made it through the previews and some portion of the animated part of the film.  Then I heard the binky drop--I tried not to panic:)  Collin was being really good, but was getting upset that he had lost his binky.  So I pulled out the fruit snacks.  While all this was going on, the movie had gone from being animated to real life.  I looked up just in time to see Sophie turn to me, burst out crying, and say, "I want to go home."  Ohh!  I felt so bad.  How could she have liked this less.  I quickly tried to calm her down as we grabbed our coats and things and tried to make it out of the theater without being too much of a disturbance to others watching the movie.  I think that I made a poor movie choice.  Sophie is scared easily, and I think that it was just a little too much for her--she couldn't bare to see a princess go through so much!  So to Sophie Enchanted was not all too enchanting!  We'll try again another time with a different movie, if I can ever get her to go back:) 

Monday, December 3, 2007

Playing in the Snow

Sophie has been asking to make a snowman for days now, and so today I thought, "Why not?" So we got bundled up and went out together.  The snow was perfect for making a snowman. Sophie thought it was fun rolling the giant balls and made sure we had every part of the snowman (eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, and a hat).  We didn't have the usual snowman parts, so we had to improvise but it still looks cute.  



Collin loved the snow as long as it was on the sidewalk.  I think he felt a little unsteady in such deep snow, or maybe it had something to do with the fact that he was wearing boots that were 2 sizes too big!  Along with making snowmen, Sophie discovered how fun it is to make snow angels.  She ran around the yard making angel after angel.  What a great time of year.  The kids also discovered the joy of eating snow.  When it was time to come in Sophie wouldn't leave her snow treat outside, so we put it in a bowl and she ate it inside! HaHa!



'Tis the Season

What a great time of year it is!  We finally have snow on the ground, which I don't love too much, but it wouldn't be Christmas without the snow.  It really is beautiful though.  Sophie thinks it is wonderful!  She is so impressed by it and loves to see all of the tracks that have been made in it.  She also loves to play in it.  She came in from shoveling with her daddy the other day and said "Mommy, I need some hot cocoa!"  I felt so bad that we didn't have any, but she settled for chocolate milk, and said that "it made it all better!"  She is so stinking cute!:)  


Along with the snow, we have the lights, the tree, the decorations, and the music all making it such a fun time of year.  At our house we have one of those Hallmark signature holiday animals--ours is a snowman, that plays music--that of course brings the party to life (or so they want you to think from the commercials).   Anyway the kids love it.  They fight over who gets to turn it on, and then they both dance up a storm until it stops--and then they do it all over again.    Sophie really enjoyed herself when we decorated the house.  She loved playing with the nativity and putting the "Sophie" pictures on the tree.  Collin is loving the decorations as well, however is has no idea what they are about.  I just love sharing this magical time with my little ones.

Friday, November 23, 2007

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

This year for the very first time I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner.  Logan and I decided to have my parents over the day before for an early feast.  It was small and quiet, but still a good time, and of course, a lot of yummy food!  It was fun planning and preparing the big meal, and surprisingly enough, everything worked out just as planned (oh, except the turkey was done earlier that expected--but not a big deal!).  

Even the kids enjoyed the Thanksgiving meal--well they enjoyed the whip cream:)  they weren't too impressed with the other stuff!



On Thanksgiving day we saw the opposite of small and quiet.   We went to Logan's family's house for a feast for 30.  It was a good time and the kids had a lot of fun hanging out with cousins.  We were stuffed again!  And I didn't think I was ever going to eat again after the first meal, but somehow I managed to eat way more than I needed.

I am so blessed and have much to be thankful for this year.  I am so grateful for all that I have. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sophie-isms

Here are a few Sophie-isms from the past week:
  • Ready, Set, Eat!  Logan and I were eating a late dinner one night.  The kids had eaten earlier and were now chasing each other around the table screaming when Sophie took a time out to say this.
  • Mommy I broke the cuter (computer) and I did it all by myself!  Logan came home one day from work to find Sophie and Collin sitting on the counter next to the laptop.  Sophie had a pen and was prying the keys off one by one.  I was upstairs folding laundry--I swear I left them alone for only 2 minutes.  Anyways, when I came downstairs she was so proud of herself.
  • No no no Collin, Halloween is over--it's Christmas!  One of Collin's favorite words is Halloween.  Anytime he sees a pumpkin he shouts "Hawoween"  We have been trying to explain to Sophie that Halloween is over (she continually wants to go trick or treating) and that Christmas will be coming soon.  She loves seeing the lights as they are starting to be put up through the neighborhood.  However, people still have their Fall decorations up and Collin keeps shouting Halloween.  Sophie just can't stand it that Collin hasn't gotten his holidays straight.  

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Silly Feet!



Lately when I get out of the shower, I find Sophie like this--stripped down to her diaper, in mismatched shoes. Apparently these are dancing shoes. She is always so proud.

Our Little Gymnast

At the beginning of the summer we put Sophie in a gymnastics class. She started out in a "mommy and me" class and then graduated into the 3-year-old class. It is so much fun for her. She loves "nastics"! She learns a lot also. She is gaining many gym skills, but also a lot of self discipline skills. Anyway, I took a few pictures of her last class--doesn't it look like fun!

Here is Sophie about to do a summersault.



Walking on the beam all by herself--a tricky task!



My personal favorite is this picture of Sophie jumping in each colored ring. She was supposed to be jumping on one foot, but she doesn't know how to jump on one foot. She was however, very careful to only have one foot inside each ring. Haha!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Fun Things

So for my birthday I received Photoshop from Logan's parents. It was something that I really wanted. I think it would be so neat to be able to do all of the fun, tricky things to my photos to spice things up a little. So I was so excited. However, when we put it on our computer, it was so hard to use. I was way bummed out, but kept trying. Finally after some online tutorials and some one-one-one help from a friend (thanks sooo much Cindy!) I am finally able to figure some things out. I still have a lot to learn, but wanted to post some dig scap pages that I put together. Sorry, you have probably seen the pictures before, but I am just trying things out.



OOPS! I noticed that I have spelling errors on that page, but have no clue how to go back and fix them--we'll have to work on that. But you get the jist!



I'll keep you updated as I learn more tricks. The one downside is that I find I am spending WAY too much time on the computer. I may need to slow my learning pace down a little. I think my sleep is suffering!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

All Aboard!



All Aboard the Choo Choo Train...Chugga Chugga Toot Toot! Today we visited the S&S Train Park in Framington. The kids had a blast riding on the miniture train. Sophie was so excited to go through the tunnel and seemed thrilled with the ride and Collin kept saying "choo choo" for the entire 15 minutes. Afterwards we spent some time playing on the trex train and swinging. It was a fun outing, probably one of the last few before the really cold weather hits. I don't know what I am going to do when we can't go outside to play during the day. I am worried we are going to go stir crazy. I am sure we will manage somehow though, we always do!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween



Our Halloween activities were many. We had a lot of fun, especially Sophie. She has had a hard time going to sleep because she is so excited for the activites that we have planned for the next day. Our activities included carving pumpkins, a neighborhood costume parade, a carnival at Great Grandpa Wise's house, trick-or-treating at Great Grandma Moss' house, visiting Grandma and Grandpa, and making the rounds in our neighborhood. All of these activities were a lot of fun, but the kids probably enjoyed opening the door for the trick-or-treaters at our house the most. Sophie even started making door bell noises hoping to trick us into opening the door. It was a fun few days!

Carving pumpkins was a good time. Sophie worked hard on her "cat" pumpkin that she created and Logan and I enjoyed carving some too. These are a few of the good ones!







The kids at the costume parade. Both kids were a little overwhelmed by the amount of kids but thought it was neat to be around so many costumed friends. It was amazing how many kids came--it was a big event!



Happy "Howoween" as Collin would say!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Something Funny

I pulled the car into the garage tonight and turned off the car--

Sophie: "Hey I was watching that!" (talking about the radio)

Mom: "You are a funny girl Soph."

Sophie: "No mommy. I was watching that, put it back."


That's my girl!

BOO at the Zoo!

Yesterday we went to Boo at the Zoo. This totally busy and wacky experience at the zoo where everyone dresses up in their Halloween costumes and waits in line for candy at various tables set up throughout the park. It really is a ton of fun. Sophie had a blast. She is so into Halloween this year. She was thrilled at the fact that she was able to leave the house in her costume. It was so fun to see her excitement and to check out all of the cute costumes that the kids (and their parents) were sporting this year.

Here are two cute kids having fun at the zoo. Don't they look cute in their costumes?





Good times!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

One Of Those Days

Do you ever have "one of those days?" One of those days that feels llike it goes on and on forever. One of those days where nothing goes really wrong, but nothing goes really right either. Do you ever have one of those days where tantrums are occuring on a regular basis and crying can be heard all through out your house at all times (or so it seems to you!). One of those days where you are totally worn out and you wonder where your kids get all that energy, and why you can't seem to find any of it for yourself. Do you ever have one of those days where this is your favorite time of the day?





For me today was one of those days.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream!

As many of you know Sophie is not the best eater in the world. We have been battling meal time and losing badly for almost a year. However, after months of feeding therapy and some good family changes (who knew that eating dinner as a family would make such a difference) Sophie is almost a new girl-- in the eating area that is. She now sits at the table for every meal--you guys don't know what a HUGE accomplishment that is. She is also feeding herself much of her meals, and trying new foods. Yahoo! One thing that Sophie loves with all of her heart is ice cream. She just can't get enough, and asks for it after every meal. This has now become our bribe. You can almost always find us saying, "If you want ice cream, you need to eat your dinner!" It doesn't always work, but most of the time it does.

We all look forward to Sophie eating a good meal. Then we can all enjoy in the screaming for ice cream.