Monday, November 30, 2009

i ♥ faces- tooshies

The focus this week is off the face (gasp!) and on the tooshie (gasp!) ... because well, tooshies are nice too. And I am surrounded by some cute ones!

We spent some time feeding the ducks at a nearby pond today and it was beautiful. More pics from our outing soon!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Turkey Day

We spent Thanksgiving day with Logan's family this year. There was a huge feast with lots of family around. The kids loved playing with cousins, watching movies, and going on hikes (Collin's favorite part even though he had to come back early because he fell into the pond!). It was so nice to be with family and think about all of our blessings.

Then on Black Friday instead of facing the shopping crowds (I wouldn't have gone anyway) we hosted a small Thanksgiving dinner for my parents.

We had all the fixings and the kids spent just as many hours coloring as I did cooking making turkey centerpieces and place mats. They turned out so cute and I loved being able to have the kids be a part of our big feast. I even tried making a pumpkin cream cheese pie which turned out great! It was fun spending time with my parents and I am glad that we could share Thanksgiving with them too. We are soOOoo blessed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


As I was making my shopping list for the upcoming turkey dinner I couldn't help but get excited for the holiday season that is fast approaching. I seriously can't believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Crazy! But anyway, I love this time of year. The decorations, the music (even though Logan is a major ba hum bug when it comes to Christmas music), being with family, eating, playing, and I even love the snow ... but only until the holidays are over and then I don't want it anymore.

With tomorrow being Thanksgiving I can't help but being thankful for all that I have. I am so blessed. So blessed that it seems impossible to write a list down here ... but I can't help but share just how grateful I am for my family. Both my little family and my big family. I am one lucky girl to be surrounded by such great people.

What are you grateful for?

On a related note:
Sophie came up to me today and said "I am going to tell you one thing I am not grateful for. Skunks!"
Me too sweetie. I am not grateful for them either.
She just makes me laugh!

Monday, November 23, 2009

i ♥ faces- Sun Flare

At i {heart} faces this week the theme is sun flare. I love the look of sun flare in photos but until recently have had no idea of how to purposefully get them. Now I do ... but find it so hard to incorporate a face in them. This is one I took of my husband on our driveway during a little chalk art experience with the kiddos! Oh to have the warm back. I am already sick of the cold.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chuck E. Cheese

Today for lunch we decided to do something a little more fun ... so we headed to Chuck E. Cheese's. We ate pizza (which was surprisingly good) and the kids were in heaven playing games and winning tickets for prizes. It was a lot of fun!

Soph showing her skills at the wack-a-mole

Collin getting his game on

Sophie playing skee ball.
Too bad I don't have a pic of Collin because he LOVED this game. He used almost all of his tokens playing it. He got pretty good too.

Having fun

Monday, November 16, 2009

i ♥ faces- Autumn Beauty

It doesn't feel much like fall anymore ... now that it snowed this past weekend. Although we did enjoy every last bit of the beautiful fall weather.

My entry this week is one of my favorites from our visit to the pumpkin patch. I just love how he looks like he is staking his claim.

Friday, November 13, 2009

We got VAXED

We got vaxed for the H1N1 flu virus ... or at least the kids did. And boy am I ever glad that experience is over. On October 17th the kids and I went to one of Davis County's first flu clinics for the H1N1 virus. We waited in line along with 5,000 other people for 3 hours. It was awful! Then after receiving the shot I was told to come back in 3 weeks for a second dose. WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The thought of having to do this all over again made me want to cry.

We went home and I tried to forget the miserable experience. But I couldn't really. It was looming over me. I would listen to the new about the H1N1 clinics taking place and how people were camping out over night to get a good place in line. And the weather was changing. There were many days were people were waiting in line in the snow. I couldn't even imagine it. There was no way I was going to wait in line over night or make my kids stand outside in a giant line freezing to death. Ya right.

Well my three weeks went by and I decided that it was time I figured out how I was going to get this second dose for my kids. I looked up the flu clinics online only to find that they had changed their system. You now had to wait in a line for a ticket with an appointment date and time on it for the vaccine. Luckily one adult could pick up all the tickets for everyone in the family. So I sent Logan to get our tickets. He waited in a long line but was able to get us a ticket. Later that night I heard on the news that they had 6,000 tickets and all of them were gone in under an hour. I felt so lucky to have gotten one.

So yesterday we set out on our adventure to get our second dose. We waited in line for 15 minutes and were done! Yeah! I am so glad that the kids got the vaccine and that I no longer need to worry about it any more.

fix it friday #36


the original SOOC

What a cute little guy to work with and such beautiful bokeh.

my edit

Happy Friday! I am so glad that it is the weekend.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

You Capture - Real Life

Real life is often glamorized in the blogging world ... mine included. But not today. When I saw Beth's theme for this week I knew I had to participate. So here is a glimpse into my "real" life.

In real life I don't spend enough time here. With a baby that wakes up at 5:45 everyday I find myself always wanting to crawl back into bed. And yes, in real life my bed is rarely made.

On most days we are really good about unloading the dishwasher first thing in the morning and then loading the dishes right after we use them ... but often times when Logan is away (because life is more "real" when he is out of town) I choose to not unload the dishwasher until after lunch. And by then the dishes are piled up.

And when I do decide to unload/load the dishwasher I have a little helper. But I wouldn't have it any other way!

In real life at any given moment my floor is covered with all matter of shoes, diapers, toys, snack crumbs, etc. I try to keep my house clean, but it never fails to be covered with the above mentioned items.

In real life you can always find a child running, skipping, chasing, riding bikes, crawling, or scooting themselves around my kitchen floor. Sometimes I feel as if I am constantly dodging them in order to make my way around the kitchen.

In real life I spend too much time on this. As Logan says, "The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem!"

In real life I ALWAYS have this stack of papers staring me in the face. Anything from school work to kids art projects to important papers that need to be signed and returned. I know, it needs help ... but I just don't know how to fix it. Kids create sooOOoo many papers. I go through it about once a week and file or throw things away, but obviously that is not often enough. Sigh!

In real life my kitchen table is always turned into an artists work station. There is always some form of coloring, cutting, painting, gluing, and drawing taking place there. I love it!

Well that is enough about my "real" life. Now show me a little about yours!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

He's Got It Down!

He's got it down! He's potty trained.

3 years and 4 months is the magical age. Both my kids potty trained really quickly once they were 3 years and 4 months. I don't know why I even try before then. It just causes me stress and a lot of clean-up.

He did it! He did it! He really, really did it! (Can you sense my happy dance?)

And look how happy he is about it ... and I am pretty happy too! (Hence the happy dance above!)
Yeah Collin!
You did it buddy! You've got it down!

Friday, November 6, 2009

fix It friday #35


I was hoping to have the new elements 8.0 for this fix-it friday ... but it hasn't arrived yet. Oh well! Hopefully by next week. This weeks fix was a great one. I am really starting to love editing photos ... until there is one that I can't seem to get right, and then I hate it. Ha Ha!

the original SOOC

Isn't she such a cute girl?

my edit

Thursday, November 5, 2009

11 months

My little lady is now 11 months. So close to 1 year. I can't believe that she is almost a year. Only 25 more days ... I am not really counting. I love the sweet girl that she is growing into, but on many occasions I miss the tiny baby that she once was. But she is so much fun. She is the happiest little miss around, always laughing and smiling. She now stands up to everything and is gradually making her way around the furniture. I think it will still be a while before she is walking, but you never know! Her favorite thing to do is unload the silverware from the dishwasher all over my kitchen floor. That can seriously keep her entertained for a good while. She has snubbed all matter of baby food and now wants to only eat table food ... oh and her bottle which she loves. I don't know how I will ever take it away from her next month. She waves and says bye (when she wants to), says mama, and loves to just jabber and blow raspberries. She can't get enough of Sophie and Collin (except for when they are giving her a little too much love!) and they can't get enough of her (except for when she comes after the toys they are playing with!). We love Miss Ruby to pieces. What a joy she is.

look at that girl stand!

I love this pic because that is the face that I see looking up at me any time she wants me to pick her up! What a sweetheart!