Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ode to Fall

Fall is my FAVORITE time of year. I love leaves turning, all things pumpkin, harvest of yummy fruits and veggies, cool autumn air, getting out the new sweaters, and pretty much every aspect of fall. I have been hard at work on Halloween costumes since early August. Let's just say many of our weekends have been full of felt, feathers, pleather, and spandex! I made them all without patterns and I have to admit that I am impressed with my sewing skills. Now if I just had a better machine.

This is a random picture of Emily before a birthday party this weekend. This is my favorite of her dresses. I guess the 80's are back and I am warming up to them again :-)
Below are some pix of the girls showing off their pumpkins that they made with Grandma. They are wearing skirts that I made for them :-)




These are photos from Emily's class trip to This is the Place. They had a really good time, and I was glad that Chloe got to go too.





See I LOVE sweaters!

Below are some pics from our attempt to see Little Mermaid in St. George a couple of weeks ago. It was raining, but we thought that there may be a CHANCE that the show wouldn't be cancelled, it is supposed to be under the sea after all. But alas, too much rain and the show was cancelled. At least we got to experience all the "fun" parts like parking, walking in the rain, sitting in the rain, and then sitting in traffic in our wet clothes. Oh well we now have tickets to Aladdin next year.
Two very wet cousins.


Friday, October 7, 2011

I Don't Feel Bad

I really haven't given up on this blog it just seems like it. I am working on finding balance in my life. I have never had very good balance (or rhythm for that matter). Since starting to work full time I think that I may have taken 100 pictures (an all time low for me). Generally, I miss things. I missed Emily's last day of joy school (I was in Vegas for work), I missed swim lessons (I was at work), I missed play group (I was at work), I missed more than one bedtime (I was at work) and I can't even remember what else I missed. Some times it makes me sad, but I also love it when Emily says "that's not the way that daddy does it" or "I like daddy the best." I love that my girls are developing a relationship with their dad. I love that Ryan knows how to do their hair. I love that I better understand Ryan and he better understands me. Would I stop working and move to a warm tropical island if money was not an issue? You bet, but I don't regret my life. I am fulfilled, I am happy, I am intellectually challenged, I am loved by my family! Overall, I don't think that I could ask for much more, except for maybe 3 day weekends to spend with the girlies, more caffeine, less bureaucracy, and more SCUBA diving.

That's ok though Ryan and I have developed a plan. We are going to pay EVERYTHING off by the time Chloe is in 5th grade, then spend the next 10 years saving as much as we can so that we can open a dive shop and Tiki bar/grill on a tropical island. I am totally NOT kidding. I have less than 20 years to pick out my island, so I better get started soon. A girl has gotta have a plan. My plan involved compressed air and grouper!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Big Event

Below are pics from the big event. The party was super fun. I can't believe that Em is already 4. Where does the time go?













Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Princess Emily

To kick off Emily's birthday we went to see Cinderella with two of Emily's best friends. So far the birthday festivities have been going strong for 2 weeks, we just keep telling her all the fun stuff we are doing is for her birthday (fireworks, cabin trip, Cinderella play, hanging out with Aunt Lisa, and birthday party). Poor Chloe will be so disappointed when she doesn't get two weeks of nightly fireworks and three cakes to celebrate her birthday.


Anyway... Here are some photos from our Mommy daughter day when we went to see Cinderella and a few other random photos from the last couple of weeks.


Who said it was ok for this little bug to grow up? I can't believe she is two and a half. I keep telling her she is still a baby, but even I can't convince myself anymore.

She does LOVE her blankey and her thumb. And I still think they are pretty cute habits.



Such a big girl. Like the skirt? I made it. It was super easy. I think I might make a bunch more.



First attempt at the birthday cake. Ya it was a disaster. Good thing I did a trial run well in advance. Attempt #2 at least came out of the pan, it just tasted like crap. Here's to attempt #3.


Emily's ensemble for her friend Mikell's birthday party. It includes three necklaces, three bracelets, a crown, high heels, a purse, sun glasses and a Snow White dress. She was so excited to go she even sat on the steps outside our house in all her princess glory holding Mikell's present for 10 minutes, asking every minute or so if it was time to go yet.


The king crowning her and trying on the glass slipper before the play started.

The prince dancing with her, she LOVED the prince.

Sitting with Cinderella in her carriage.


Announcing Princess Emily.


Me and my favorite princess.



Hinckley and Tiffany, Mikell and Melinda, Emily and I.


The girls with our adorable princess guide. She was SOOOO nice to the girls.


Princess tea!



Look we have tickets!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pre-Party Neuroticism

So it is well documented that when it comes to birthday parties I loose my mind. I always over do. The good news is that I accept this about myself. The better news is that my husband accepts this about me. Emily's birthday is rapidly approaching, so I have been asking her for months what type of party she wanted. After a million different answers I finally settled on a "under the sea" theme. Emily is still informing me of the other ideas she has for the party, the latest of which included a dog party and a "boys only" party. I put the kibosh on the "boys only" party by telling her that if she had a "boys only" party she would not be able to come. I haven't quite been able to talk her out of the dog party yet, but I'm sure her mood will change and she will want some other type of obscure party.


Thanks to Pinterest, the best website in the whole world, I have more ideas than even I can implement. The first phase of the party insanity involved invitations...

The invitation is a message in a bottle with seashells and gummy fish in the bottom. I always get anxious about the party list. Am I leaving anyone out, will anyone be offended? So I have implemented a firm "ask the child for the invitation list and go with it" policy. So if I have offended you, I'm sorry...speak to the child about it :-)





In other news things have been busy and fun around here. We have been to Seven Peaks water park several times (as an act of mercy I have not included photos of me in a swimsuit). The girls LOVE being in the water. Ry and I have enjoyed it too.





A new cousin was born last month, and she is a darling little monkey that ALMOST makes me want another little peanut....Almost but not quite.





Someone sprinkled magic fairy dust on Emily and she the amazing temper tantrums have nearly ceased. Her imagination is AMAZING. She is always making up the funniest stories and alter egos, I love it. Below is a photo of one of her kitchen creations from this weekend. It is a peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich. Where does this kid come up with this stuff.






Another fairy seems to be responsible for the devout friendship that my two girls seemed to have developed lately. There is nothing better than hearing these two girls giggle and play together. Em is becoming a very good big sister. Chloe has such a sweet and funny personality. She is a pretty easy going kid, but definitely likes mom over everyone else in the world.



See what I mean about the pretend and creation phase?



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Never Enough Time

As usual things have been crazy. I have been working, crafting, mommy-ing, planting, and generally enjoying the warm weather. I have NOT been taking photos though. So I have been trying to correct that over the last several weeks. Below are some of my favorite Emily-isms

Emily: " Mom I brought these fries back for my pet seagull."
She then goes into the back yard and yells "Here Shrinky Dinky Boom Ray, come get your fries."
Yep she named her "pet" seagull Shrinky Dinky Boom Ray.

Emily: "Mom I don't want you to go to work"
Me: "I have to go to work or my boss will get mad at me."
Emily: "Mom let's call the police and have him go to jail 'cause he is mean!"

Me: Emily, don't climb on the furniture, only monkeys climb on the furniture. Do you want to go live with the monkey's at the zoo?"
Emily: YES!
Me: You have to sleep outside.
Emily: Ok
Me: Monkey's fling poo (yep I said that).
Emily: I will give them spankins and tell them no.
Me: Ok tomorrow you can move to the zoo.

Text from Ryan at about 10:00 am. "Emily has packed two bags and says she is moving to the zoo."

Lesson: Don't make idle threats.

Oh there are so many more, I wish I could remember them all. She is so smart and stubborn and cute. Half the time I feel like I am negotiating with a terrorist, the other half the time I can't believe how kind and funny she is. She is starting to be so much more helpful.

Chloe is in the not so terrible two stage. Generally she is happy and easy going. She has recently taken to throwing fits, but can usually be dissuaded pretty easily (unlike her sister who has no problem with a two hour screaming and crying jag).

Chloe is so chatty and loves to sing songs from TV (maybe that should be a message to me but whatever). She LOVES to dance and is always grooving when the music is on.

The girls just finished a dance class and had a little recital up the canyon (pics below). I have to say it was clear they are MY girls. Emily was always one step behind and just opposite of everyone else. Chloe would not stand on the stage, instead she stood directly in front of the teacher and did all the little moves. They were so stinkin cute.

We started swimming lessons, the first lesson was a DISASTER, but we have been talking about next week and I hope that things will go better this time.


Chloe is all smiles!
My Darling Girlies. Em really is not trying to choke her.
My nothing bunt cake. MMMMMM it was so good. I can't believe how easy it was to make.
Ry got seeds for the garden and left them on the counter. A few day's later Emily came in from outside and informed us that she had planted the garden (it was February). A few months later we started getting little patches of veggies. Here is a patch of carrots and beans. I thought it was so funny I couldn't even be mad.

One of my favorite things about spring is the giant blooms on my lilac and snowball bush that I get to bring in the house and enjoy.
The dance recital. Yep Em is the blur on the left not doing anything resembling the moves the rest of the class is doing.


Here is Chloe standing 1 foot in front of her teacher.




Little Chlo Buggy.


Emmy pre show.



Me and my girlies. Chloe is not really one for posing for photos.



Em however, loves to pose :-)