Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rolling Over

Last night Emily made a breakthrough and was on the verge of rolling over. She figured out that she could tuck into a ball and roll to her side. Then this morning when I went to get her out of bed I found her crying and laying on her tummy...It appears that some how during the night she figured out how to complete the process. The problem is, once she is on her tummy she is super angry about it and wants to be put on her back. I guess the next step will be to learn to roll from her tummy to her back. I thought that the rolling over this morning may have just been a fluke, but while she was playing under her play gym this morning it seems she did it again. She was super quiet but very I could hear her moving around and then I heard the crying and looked over to see her laying on her tummy. It seems it took all of her concentration to get to her tummy. After that she was pretty worn out and decided it was time for a nap. It seems that every phase is more fun than the last and she gets cuter and cuter every day. I adore this little girl.

St. George Visit

This weekend we went to St. George. It was Emily's first visit to Grandma and Grandpa Hales' house. They loved to see how much she had changed in the last 6 weeks. She was on her very best behavior and only had a few crying spells. She slept through the car ride there and back, which was a major relief. We went down for Kevin and Stacey's wedding, which turned out very nice. Pat and I did the decorating. We pulled out some stuff we had, rented a backdrop, and bought some fall foliage. It was really pretty and incredibly affordable. On Saturday I started feeling kind of sick, by Sunday I was knocked out and missed Stacy's baptism :-( Also on Saturday the Trojans lost their second game to Oregon. It was actually a pretty good game, but didn't end up the way we had hoped. Oh well I guess you can't win every game (although we were getting used to that). Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Halloween Trial Run

So last night we had a ward Halloween party. It was pretty fun and we got a chance to dress Emily up in her costume. My mom and I made it, and I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. She is a vole (originally she was supposed to be a mouse, but I couldn't find grey faux fur so I used brown). I am all about improvisation, when I was 8 I was a blue dog and when I was 12 I was a purple M&M (this was before they actually had purple M&Ms). My mom is the master costume maker. I was a bit surprised by how much I actually enjoyed making Emily's costume. I may even attempt to make some other article of clothing, but NOT red nickers. When I was in elementary school my mom made me a pair if red nickers...this was definitely not cool in the 80s and I had to wear them to school. Let's just say I was seriously emotionally scarred. To this day I still bring up the red nickers. My mom wonders how long it will be until I let it go. I wonder what I will do to Emily to emotionally scar her...maybe I shouldn't start sewing after all :-)

Anyway back to the Halloween party. As you can see from the photos Emily was not super hip on the hood, so after about 20 minutes we abandoned it. Shortly thereafter she passed out for the evening. She is so cute as a sleepy vole.

She is getting so big! She wears anywhere from 3 months to 9 months. What is with kids clothing? None of the sizes are consistent. She has two pairs of pants that are the exact same size one says it is 3-6 months the other says it is 9 months. I think there should be some international accord on children's clothing sizes, sort of like the Geneva Convention...well maybe that is a little extreme. Emily seems to have a VERY long torso and normal length legs. I also think she may be part monkey because I cannot find any long sleeve shirts or pajamas that actually fit in the arms. She is getting so strong. Yesterday I was super freaked out when I looked over and she was trying to sit up in her swing and almost fell out. Apparently that is why they install safety straps :-) She seems to want to sit up, but rolling over holds no appeal. She is also starting to be interested in toys and touching things, it is very fun and cute.

This weekend we are going to St. George for Ryan's brother's wedding, so I better go and get ready.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New Tricks

So Emily and I have been learning some new tricks. As pictured below, Emily has learned to suck on her hand (it is now a source of perpetual comfort and entertainment) she has also learned how to rub her ankles together to kick off her socks (this is fantastic considering that it is now getting cold and every time I pick her up her poor little feet are like ice cubes), also I have learned some fun photo editing techniques in photoshop (in these pictures I used the spotlight filter and reduced the saturation). Although, it seems I still need to work on not writing run-on sentences. I never was very good with grammar.

Below is a photo that I took at the cabin this weekend. Friday morning I got a call from my mom asking me to come to the cabin. It seems Amy and my dad were in the process of pulling down the old back deck and my mom was afraid they were going to kill themselves. By the time I got there they were mostly done. There was a large gash in the pine tree they were standing behind when the deck came down, but neither Amy or my dad were worse for wear. The three of us finished off the part of the deck that was still hanging from the cabin. This involved my dad perched on a ladder with a chainsaw cutting the deck above his head. It was a little sketchy. After we were done with the deck we took the kids down to the river for a game of pooh sticks (the game where you drop sticks on one side of the bridge and then see whose stick comes out first on the other side of the bridge, the name refers to the Whinny the Pooh episode where they play the game). The photo below shows everyone looking for their sticks. My stick never did win. Overall it was an excellent day at the cabin. The weather was brisk but not cold, perfect fall weather. The leaves were changing color and everything was beautiful. Emily and I went on a walk to the lake. I strapped her in the snuggli and discovered that she loves to go for walks as long as she is facing forward so she can look around.

In other Emily news, it seems she is growing like a weed. She just started sitting in her bumbo chair, but only sits for a few minutes before she decides she is done. She loves staring at faces and is easily entertained by singing and talking. She loves her daddy. Ryan sits and has little talks with her that are usually pretty funny. She still HATES tummy time. She is not quite sure what to think about the binky. Sometimes it comforts her, other times it just annoys her. I also am not sure what to think about the binky. I don't want to push it on her because then I just have to take it away later. However, sometimes I just want to stick something in her mouth to make her stop crying. When I took her to her 2 month doctor appointment she was 24 inches long and in the 94th percentile for height. Since then I think she has grown even more. Yesterday I put her in a 6 month outfit...what is happening to my little girl! I think that she may be out of her infant car seat by about 4 months. She pretty much just gets more adorable every day. I have to take some pictures of her in her denim dress. The denim is the exact color of her eyes and the pink shirt brings out her rosy cheeks.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Enjoy the Little Things

Yesterday I saw this awesome saying that said "Enjoy the little things, for one day you will realize that the little things are the big things." I thought that quote was totally right on. Actually there have been lots of reminders of this sentiment. In conference last weekend President Eyring reminded us to daily look for the hand of God in our lives and a post on a friend's blog reminded me to remember the things that I love about my husband. So I broke out the engagement photos and couldn't help but laugh. We look so young (and I have to say that Ryan looks adorable). One of my most favorite things about Ryan is that he has never grown up. In all the important ways he is grown up (he has a job, he finished college, ...) But he is still a big kid in all the fun ways. He LOVES to play games, he loves to laugh, he is a little bit silly, and he is very cuddly. Ryan really is my best friend. I would rather spend time with him than anyone else. I can't believe that more than 7 years have gone by. I love him so much more now than the day we were married.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Holy Projects Batman!

Ok as i previously stated my sister and mom and I have been working on loads of projects. So far Emily's Halloween costume is coming along nicely, the photo books are well under way, and yesterday we went to the Wood Connection. Holy cow it is project Mecca. We found supplies for several more very cute projects. Fortunately they were about to close when we got there, so we didn't have a lot of time to shop. It is such an awesome place that Amy said "maybe I should move to Utah." A statement that I never thought I would hear. She also said "no more taking me to awesome places." For those of you living in Utah, who have the crafty bug I seriously suggesting making a stop, but I would do it near closing time or you may end up with more projects than you can possibly do :-)

Pumpkin Carving the Bassett Way

When Amy and I were little my mom decided to make gingerbread houses for family home evening. We made some really stiff royal icing and all sat down to begin the activity. My dad lasted about 15 minutes, and decided that royal icing is not structurally sound. That is when he busted out the hot glue gun, carpenter square, and exacto knife. Those were the most perfect and seismically sound gingerbread houses ever.

This Halloween we decided we wanted to carve pumpkins with Abby and Peter. My dad said "oh I bet my dremmel tool would work wonders on a pumpkin." That is when we busted out the power tools. We discovered that the pumpkins were too thick for the dremmel, so the jig saw came out. It was pretty fun carving pumpkins with grandpa!
When asked what Peter wanted on his pumpkin it should come a no surprise, he wanted a train. After grandpa was done we said "Peter does that look like a train?" He looked at it for about 15 seconds and said "no." We all started laughing and I think he realized that was not the correct answer, so he diplomatically said "oh, it does look like a train." He is a very funny boy. Abby was mostly into cleaning the pumpkins, I think because it was messy. Once she was done cleaning the pumpkins she sat down for a little snack. Amy was SOOO grossed out. I reminded her that pumpkins are a vegetable :-)

Pumpkin carving the Bassett way. We don't mess with flimsy knifes!

Abby preparing for her pumpkin gut snack...yum!
Peter found a big box of bolts in the garage. Then he found strategic places to put the bolts...on top of my mom's car tire, in the spokes of my dad's bike, and I'm sure other places that are yet to be discovered.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

So Emily was the best baby in the whole world. Ryan and I never even really heard her cry until she was weeks old. Generally she still is a very good baby; however, there have been several days when she turned into Dr. Jekyll! The photos below are of her sleeping very soundly after wearing herself out crying ALL DAY. It's a good thing we love her so much :-)

This photo is of "tummy time." The experts all say that you are supposed to give your baby tummy time every day. Emily HATES tummy time. She will go from happy smiley baby to Dr. Jekyll in no time if you put her on her tummy. I have to admit, it is still pretty cute :-)

Oh no I better go, I think I hear Dr. Jekyll coming out.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

New Blog Template

For me the best part of blogging is not sharing what is going on with us, so much as finding out what is going on with everyone else. Tonight as I was checking a friend's blog I found a link to the following blog (www.matiekay.blogspot.com) that has super cute and free blog templates. So you can see I took advantage of the templates and gave the old blog a face lift! Since it is football season, I thought that I would show my trojan pride by picking USC colors. The USC theme is not just for the Christmas tree anymore :-)

Monday, October 1, 2007

Projects, Projects, Projects

The past two weeks have been madness! My sister came into town for a month and we have been trying to get a year's worth of projects done in 30 days :-) We have been working on Halloween costumes (Emily's pattern is WAY too big, so my mom is trying to cut it down to a point that it will fit her), we have been scanning 40 years of family photos to make Christmas gifts, we have been painting blocks for Emily's room, making vinyl sayings for our houses, watching three kids under 3 years old, and I had to get an administrative draft of the Red Hills Parkway document out for work. So blogging, grocery shopping, and house work has been on the back burner. I think this week grocery shopping and house work must become a priority :-(

Below are some of my favorite photos from the past two weeks.

Emily LOVES her swing. She will stare at the mirror and the mobile that goes around for hours. I love the look on her face as she watches it. It is the happiest I have ever seen her. So far I think this is the best investment I have made in baby entertainment.

Abby seems to be a big fan of her cousin Emily. She says "baby, baby" and wants to touch, rock and hold her. It is pretty cute, but you have to watch her because she seems to really want to touch her face and eyes.

So USC has now played 4 games. The first three were pretty uneventful, but this week's was a real nail biter. I have a feeling that the Arizona State, Oregon, and Cal games are going to be pretty scarry.

Ok so what is happening in the rest of the football world. This weekend like 10 of the top 25 went down, mostly to unranked teams. This weekend was supposed to be boring, but ended up in total chaos. Here are a couple of photos of Emily and I before the game in our Trojan gear.

Speaking of crazy days it snowed on Saturday...It was still September, I don't think that bodes well for the winter. Ryan definately is not looking forward to more snow.

As I have mentioned before, I love dressing Emily. She is so cute. The outfit below is one of my favorites. She just woke up from a nap and was pretty happy when I took these photos. I love her funny faces.

I figured while she was in such a good mood I would dress her in her blessing dress and take some photos, since I didn't get any of just her on the actual day. That is when she decided that she was not actually very happy at all. She had just had shots that morning and my normally mellow daughter turned into a monster for about 24 hours. The photos below are the best I could come up with.

That pretty much sums up the past 2 weeks. Now I need to get going for the day...I have projects to finish :-)