Monday, September 29, 2008

Pregnancy Update

30 weeks pregnant and feeling good.
Some aches and pains, but I know that I am lucky as far as pregnancies go.
I wanted something to remember this amazing time in my life.
I don't have much from my pregnancies with Sophie and Collin other than 2 beautiful children
I snapped some photos of myself prego
and made up a fun little Wordle!
To get yours go here

The kids are excited to meet their new baby sister and talk about her all of the time!

Looking at this picture
I am not as big as I feel
I am sure that I still have some growing left to do!

Sweet new baby GiRl coming soon!

Already I am sooOOo in love with this little lady.
I love to feel her move and kick inside of me.
Being pregnant is truly an amazing and incredible experience!

I can't believe that I only have 10 weeks left.
I am a little nervous for my life to change,
but know that it will be a good change
bring on the crazy life with a newborn!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tinkerbelle Blankie

Before Sophie was born I made her a flannel receiving blanket.  I used it almost everyday, except on the occasional wash day, to swaddle her and keep her warm.  When I took her binky away at 10 months, it became her comforter.  She would suck on it to soothe herself to sleep.  Later it became her constant companion.  She calls it blankie and has loved it to pieces, quite literally.  It has completely fallen apart.  She has been asking for me to make her a new blanket, but I have been hesitant thinking that she would still only love the original one.  But, I was making a blanket for the new baby and Sophie really wanted one so a new blanket was just around the corner. 

 I took her to the fabric store for her to choose the material to ensure she would love it.  She arrived wanting a pink Sleeping Beauty one, but quickly fell in love with a purple Tinkerbelle material that was near impossible to match to any other fabric.  But we did. 

And after a late night, her Tinkerbelle blanket is finished.  
She LOVES it.  She calls it blankie.
It just might be the replacement for the old blankie.
She hasn't put it down since I gave it to her.

I had my doubts, but it turned out really cute!  Not the material that I would have chosen, but cute and PERFECT for my sweet girl!

All cuddled up in Tinkerbelle blankie!


For weeks now, Logan has been wanting an RC Airplane.  He has been spending a good deal of time researching and choosing the particular airplane that he would get.  We finally decided that it was time that he get it.  He chose the one that was best for him skill wise (which is none!) but wasn't too impressed with the way it looked, so he has spent the past couple of day painting and designing new stickers for it.  He did a great job and it looks great.

Here he is with his new plane ready for its first flight.  For the sake of Logan's pride, I won't tell you how it ended, but I will tell you that he had a good time and that he should practice some more!  It is a good thing none of his passengers were watching!

The kids love it.  They think it is sooOOo neat.  Unfortunately, they aren't quite as gentle with it as Logan would like.  They think it is a lot of fun to chase it from the ground while dad is flying it over head.

Logan knew the kids would be totally into his airplane, so he bought each of them their own small balsa wood airplane to paint and fly just like dad.  The kids loved it and are very proud of their planes.  I love this picture of Collin flying his airplane.

Sophie did such a good job painting hers.  She was very thorough and made sure that every inch was covered with paint before she would stop.

Sophie with her airplane on its first flight.  Lets just say that it turned out better than Logan's did, but her plane IS easier to fly!

Friday, September 19, 2008

A little Fishing

I am blogging about this for my dear, sweet husband who doesn't quite share the same love for blogging that I do!  But he took some good pictures and I wanted to share.

Logan took Sophie fishing last Saturday at Farmington pond with his friend Nate and his two kids, Sam and Natalie.  Sophie was really excited to go and couldn't stop talking about it for the days leading up to their fishing adventure.  She had a really good time, but was disappointed that she didn't catch a fish--sorry Sophie, maybe next time!

Thanks babe for being such a great dad and always taking the time to have these special experiences with the kids.  I know that they love it and will always remember the time you shared with them on-on-one.  Love you!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

State Fair Extravaganza!

It's that time of year--good times at the State Fair!  We had a ton of fun and time went by far too quickly.  The kids enjoyed a pony ride, and saw all of the animals.  Sophie and Collin were totally afraid of the animals and wanted us to walk through each barn as quickly as possible until we reached the pigs.  Sophie fell in LOOOOVE with the baby pigs and was insistent that she needed to bring one home to live in her room and sleep in her bed.  She was so cute petting them and practically plowing any kid down that was in the path of the piglet she was petting.  The kids also enjoyed the kids section of where they get to be a farmer, and of course the rides.  I Love the fair!

Horse! Kitty!

The other night Logan and I had Logan's mom watch the kids so that we could go out and get a much needed and anticipated break.  She took the kids to the local Farmer's Market.  The kids had an absolute blast and couldn't stop talking about it for days.  They already have talked grandma into taking them again this week.  When Logan and I came home we found that we had a pink kitty and a blue horse.  The kids were so proud of their face paintings and were totally bummed that we had to wash their faces before they could go to bed.  Thanks grandma for the great time!  We LOVED it!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Saying Goodbye

From the time Collin was about 6 months or so he has been deeply in love with his binky--aka the "B".  It literally has been his constant companion.  On Wednesday my baby boy said goodbye.

It was time really.
But it was hard.  Hard for him, and hard for me.  
It still is hard, but with a new baby coming shortly, I just knew that if it didn't happen now it probably wouldn't happen until he was 4 or older.  He has shed many tears, as have I over this loss.  It has been incredibly difficult for me to see my little boy longing so much for his constant companion that is no longer with him.  I just want him to be happy.

I got an idea on helping Collin give up his "B" from a blog (blogstalking does have its benefits!) and tweaked it a little.  On Tuesday night while Collin was sleeping some magic little friends (Leprechauns really) came to visit.  They left him a present and a note.   

Here is the little guy excited about the present his special visitors had left him.

Inside were some little Sesame Street cars.  

The note asked Collin to put his "B" in the bag that his present was in and take it outside for the Leprechauns to come and collect.  He happily met the challenge.  He took it outside and said, "Bye "B"!"  and came back inside to play with his newly acquired cars.  I quickly snuck outside and threw the "B" in the garbage.  A little while later, he told me "My "B" is on the sidewalk--have to get more at the store!"  What a smart kiddo!   He has too much logic for this plan to be fool proof. 

Night time sleeping has gotten better in the past few days.  He doesn't even cry anymore.  Naps on the other hand are almost non existent and involve a lot of tears.  I am just not ready for him to give up those naps yet!  And he has become a super momma's boy.  He ONLY wants me. 

Three days down!  
I hope we have made it through the worst of this situation.  I look forward to a happier little boy whose eyes aren't quite so tired throughout the day!

Hill Air Force Base Museum

While Sophie and Jenn were away at school Collin and I headed out to the Air Force Base museum.  It had been a while since I had been there and was surprised at how good it was for young kids.  Collin enjoyed getting up close to every airplane and especially liked the kids area with toys, simulators, and cockpit trainers to climb into.  It was a good time.  I've found I enjoy the kids a lot more when its one-on-one.  

It was cheap too, free actually.  Only draw back is that they have retarded hours, they close at 4:30pm.  

Sunday, September 7, 2008

These are the Moments

Collin shouted "sandwich!" when I took this picture instead of "cheese!"  He seriously cracks me up.

These are the moments that make my day brighter, put a smile on my face, and make every challenging moment of motherhood worth it.  Today when I went to tell Collin that it was time for a nap I couldn't help but smile.  Sophie and Collin were "having lunch" together.  It was so cute.  They had their table and chairs set up and they were enjoying a lovely meal that they had prepared for themselves.  I just love it when my kids play together.  They are such good friends, and it totally melts my heart to see them together.   Needles to say, Collin ended up staying up an extra half hour, and I sill had to break up their play session.  Neither of them were ready to end.  This was just what I needed after an especially hard and stressful day as a single mom in church!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sophie's 1st day of School

Today was Sophie's 1st day of preschool.  She goes to the local elementary school and she calls it "The Tree School" because there are a lot of trees in the front.  She was really excited; especially because her best friend Naiih is in her class this year.  Her teachers seem really nice and I think it is going to be a great year.  It almost seemed like she never left school.  She just kind of picked up where she left off, even though she is in a new school with new teachers this year.  She knew just what to do when she came in and got right to work.  I am looking forward to this year.  I hope that she has a successful year with lots of learning and growing.  She wouldn't say much about her first day, but it must have been fun because she came home and fell asleep and has been sleeping for the past several hours--which is soooo not like her.  

Collin was really disappointed that he couldn't go too.  Last year he was so young, he didn't understand what was going on, but this year he was eager to go into the classroom right along with Sophie.  He had a hard morning without his best buddy around and was so excited when I told him it was time to go get her.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Labor Day

Over the labor day weekend, Logan talked me into going on one of his overnights with him again.  It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of stress.  We took a quick trip to Phoenix and back.  The kids did great on the flights:) but not so great being woken up afterwards.  I think we managed to wake up the entire hotel as we arrived.  While we were there, we met up with some friends--Len and Amber and their two cute kids.  They took us to Amazing Jakes, which is like a Chuckie Cheese.  It was a lot of fun and the kids had a blast.  Thanks for meeting up with us guys!

Air hockey was a favorite!  The kids were actually really good at it.

Sophie on a train ride--she was the conductor.

Sophie and Owen together on the Merry Go Round.  (It seems like we have a million pictures of our kids on merry go rounds, but you can never have enough fun on these things I guess!)  

The Fruits Of My Labor

Early in the spring, I am totally excited to plant my garden and get working in the yard.  However, by mid-summer I dread the fact that I have to go out and water the garden and flowers each evening.  It seriously can be such a pain in my side:)  Well, now is the time where I am beginning to enjoy it again.  We have gotten so much from our yard this year.  It is fun to be able to go outside and get a fresh cucumber for a salad, or always have a fresh vegetable on hand.  

Sophie chose and planted these sunflower seeds.  I LOOOVE the way they look.

I am especially proud of my watermelon plant.  I am not sure why, but I think it is because I thought it wouldn't amount to anything.

My pumpkin.  We only got one this year, but it is a good one!

We also had a TON of peas earlier in the year...they are my favorite, zucchini, strawberries (the kids all time favorite), and we have managed to share some of our yummy tomatoes with the ants:)!