Monday, November 28, 2011

Hide n' seek?

Nope, she crawled under there and went to sleep. We can't figure out how to get her out.

Best hide n' seeker ever

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Our 6th Anniversary

I realized tonight that with blogging comes a certain responsibility.  For example, yesterday was our 6th wedding anniversary.  I didn't blog it.  That's sort of crummy of me.  Eric didn't blog it.  He doesn't have a blog, so no crumminess on him.  Seems unfair, huh?

Blogging inequities aside, I am grateful for 6 years with Eric.  It's been all flowers and sunshine.  Seriously. 

This isn't really a post about "us" though, cause that'll come when we go to Seattle sans kids next month.  Hallelujah!  Instead, a post about what we did on our 6th anniversary...

It was a great day.  We picked Eric and Amos up from the airport about 10 this morning, made a stop for lunch, and then came home and got to the Christmas decorating.  It's always been one of my favorite things to do, but having the kids get into it made it even better.  They were so anxious to help, it was awesome.  Eric trained them that Mama's the boss when it comes to ornaments and we didn't have any problems.

I should also mention we took a field trip to the best tree lot in Spanish Fork.  Their trees are seriously awesome.

My two favorite things from decorating:

1. I am super picky about balance on the Christmas tree.  Amos put two red ornaments on the same branch (huge no no).  Then he said, "I am putting these two red ones together so they can be best friends."  They're BFF+E in my book now.

2. Maggie worked so hard hanging her ornaments.  She put them all on the lowest branches.  Not the branches at a natural height for her reach, but the ones she had to crawl to get to.  When we told her she could try other locations she very politely said, "No, thank you."  Tonight when I was re-balancing a bit, I found this:

A little gaggle of ornaments all together tucked under the tree.  I am still smiling thinking about it now. 

It was a pretty good day if you asked me.  No romantic dinner necessary.

P.S. This seems like a good place for this memory:  Eric and I got married on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Every year my mom calls us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to wish us a happy anniversary (like, regardless of the date).  Bless her, this year she would have been right =)

A Tad More of 'Girlscation' Thanksgiving

It's a little hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone, except that I think I am still full from it.  The girls and I were very lucky to have an invitation to the Prusak's house for Thanksgiving (neighbors, friends, and "church" co-workers).  The Prusak's were so nice and invited us for Thanksgiving in 2008 when we first moved into the ward.  Maggie was just out of the NICU, I had an undiagnosed kidney infection, and it was sort of a disaster (on our part, not theirs). 

This year, I am happy to say, that it was awesome.  Eric still maintains that the food in '08 was the best he's ever had, and I am happy to say that '11 did not disappoint.

I managed to photograph the girls before we left.  I thought they looked quite nice:

It's easy to dress your kids when you don't have to cook anything.  I tried to get a picture of all three of us.  No such luck:

Oh, cause the mirror is filthy?  Too lazy to clean it, just try it without the flash:

Still no?

Nope.  Didn't work.  Some people might try using a timer.  Not this dumb bunny.

I wish I had taken some pictures at dinner, cause that would have been smart.  Duh.  I did, however, taunt Eric with pictures of my leftovers.  Let's just say I had Thanksgiving three times =)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

We here on Girlscation have much to be thankful for.  Including, but not limited to: chocolate chips, pajamas, watching the Macy's T-day parade, and not folding the laundry.

We hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving full of stomach pains from overeating and food comas.  We know we will.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Conference Applied-Alonso's "Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time, Without Delay"

I was browsing titles of conference talks tonight looking for one about gratitude, you know, to be themey and all, but this one jumped out at me.  After reading it, I can see why.

Elder Alonso starts by saying this:
In our day many people are living in the midst of sadness and great confusion.  They are not finding answers to their questions and are unable to meet their needs. Some have lost a sense of happiness and joy.
Later he continues on to tell a story about losing his son in Mexico City while on a shopping trip.  He points out that when their son was lost, they didn't need a planning meeting, they needed to simple get out and act.  Elder Alonso's other point was that his son never even realized he was lost.  About this, he said:
Brothers and sisters, there may be many who, for some reason, are lost from our sight and who do not know that they are lost.  If we delay, we could lose them forever.

For many who have need of our help, it is not necessary to create new programs or take actions which are complicated or costly.  They only need our determination to serve--to do the right thing at the right time, without delay.
As I was reading this talk, an experience from college stood out in my mind.  I'd had my heart broken and was literally on my knees praying to my Heavenly Father for help knowing I was loved.  A knock at the door interrupted my prayer, and true peace entered my soul through the friendship of a faithful friend who simply did the right thing at the right time, without delay.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Finally/This one is for Aunt Anna.

Remember years ago when I blogged about wanting TOMS for the kids?  I totally called that one.  I have been wanting pink sparkly TOMS for Maggie since I first laid eyes on them.  I could never bring myself to do it though.  Or, when I did get up the guts to spend the money, they would be out of stock in her size.  Grr.  Finally, they changed the style of the sparkly TOMS and discontinued the "sequined-style."  Grr.  Not wanting to miss another boat, I ordered the fabric glitter TOMS immediately.  Sadly, they tore through in exactly one minute (ok, like 45 minutes, but one wearing).  Grr.  TOMS were great to replace them and make it right, but we had to choose a plain canvas style to avoid the same problem all over again.  Grr.

So, where am I going with all this???  SEQUINED STYLE SPARKLY TOMS ARE BACK!  And "I" am the proud owner of a pair.  Er, two pairs.  Because now I have two daughters.

Aunt Anna wanted to see a picture, so here it is.  Mags rocking the pink sparkly TOMS:

Pretty sure they're on the wrong feet.

Princess Party

I've been a bit MIA lately, but in all the best ways.  I got back from a girls' weekend to Vegas (AWESOME!), just in time to send Eric and Amos off to Pennsylvania to see Nan and Pop Horne for Thanksgiving.

While explaining to Maggie that she didn't get to go see Nan and Pop, I told her,

"It's ok, we're going to have fun here.  It'll be a princess party."

Well, she took me at my word, and insisted on a princess party.  We're lucky to have good friends who were up for a princess party.  The Browns totally made the party and the girls had a great time.

We dressed them up in their princess outfits, pulled out the special table, and served them tiny sandwiches with fancy toothpicks and the crusts cut off.  There was twirling and disney princess movie music.  It was so cute to see them sitting and eating and enjoying each other's company. 

The highlight might have been when Brecklynn said,

"Princesses don't throw food!"

She doesn't know Princess Maggie I guess ;)

Another highlight was the addition of a new princess:

Audrey sat at the table with the big girls and had the best time.  It was adorable.

We might not be on "boycation," but we know how to party.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Burned to the Second Degree

Grammies, you're going to want to quit reading now. 

Today we had an accident =(  Our first one that required an emergency trip to the doctor's office (not the hospital, THANKFULLY).  Before today, I would have bet you a good amount of money that our first disaster would have involved Amos...but it didn't. 

This afternoon Audrey learned that fire is hot.  The hard way.  Sweetie baby pulled up on our gas fireplace, which unfortunately, was on. =(  She cried and cried.  She cried so long I couldn't help but join her.  I held it together while I called Eric and asked him to call the doctor for me, but I lost it when I called a friend to watch the kids while we went to the doctor.  I don't think I have ever called a friend crying before.  It was horrible.

During all of this crying, I knew she was fine, but to see her in so much pain was really hard.  Blisters quickly formed on each of her finger tips and the palm of her hand.  Second degree burns.  The doctor said that they were shallow, and none of them opened, so she should heal just fine.  We just need to be very careful to prevent infection.

By tonight Audrey was back to her normal self, happy and silly, plus a trendsetting "mitten."  Amos and Maggie were so lucky to get to hang out with Stephanie and Sydney during all of this, and they thought it was a fun adventure.  They were pretty worried about their little sister though.  They couldn't wait to see her when they got home.   

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba Go!

 Holy cow.  Yesterday we took the kids to Yo Gabba Gabba Live! and the kids loved it.  They were so amped up to go, it was really cute.  Thankfully, we were able to leave Audrey home with Dave.  It was so fun to go out with just the "big" kids (and no diaper bag!). 

The kids before the show.  I tried to get a picture with the big Gabba Gabba sign behind them, but that clearly didn't work (side note: my apologies that all of the pictures are terrible.  They are taken on my phone, it didn't even occur to me that cameras would be allowed):

Watching the show:

A "canon" shot out streamers and confetti (very unexpectedly, I might add) at the very beginning and Maggie was a little startled.  It took her about half way through to get comfortable again:

At intermission Mags had a great time picking up all of the streamers that were so scary just 30 minutes before:

The show was good, but the best part was just getting to spend some quality time with Amos and Maggie.  They're pretty fun kids.

Monday, November 7, 2011

She Walks and Talks

I am terribly behind on this one.  Yikes.  Someday maybe Audrey will have three kids of her own and she'll forgive me. 

Anyway, Audrey has started to walk and talk.  The talking came first, right around her first birthday.  Her first words were perfectly fitting: "mama" and "uh-oh."  She's only heard those words about a billion times, it's no wonder they stuck.

The walking started a little more recently, probably two weeks ago.  She's getting pretty good, and seems to be choosing walking over crawling most of the time now.  I had forgotten the "I need to do it every second of every day" mentality that comes with walking.  She doesn't sit still for a second anymore =)

Here's a video of our tiny walker: 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Conference Applied-Bednar's "The Hearts of Children Shall Turn"

Our copy of the November Ensign just showed up in our mailbox a couple days ago.  Every time the general conference edition comes I vow to read it and study it diligently.  I do ok, but I'd like to do better.  So, in an effort to hold myself a little more accountable, I am going to start a "Conference Applied" series, in which I blog about the different conference talks and what I learned from them.  I also have super envy for those people who, on the spot, can recall "well, so and so said, such and such in April 2010 conference in their talk."  I am hoping this might help with my recall.  Not just so I can show off in Sunday school, but so I can have answers when I need them.  I am thinking having a record of a bunch of mini-testimonies will be pretty neat too.

To start, we have Elder Bednar's "The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn" from the Saturday Afternoon session. 

Best quote (you know, to me):
It is no coincidence that FamilySearch and other tools have come forth at a time when young people are so familiar with a wide range of information and communication technologies. Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends. The skills and aptitude evident among many young people today are a preparation to contribute to the work of salvation.
When I was in middle school, I was in a so-called "gifted" program.  The "gifted" kids were separated from the "regular" kids (I know, it's horrible, but that's what we called them) in all of our classes.  One semester the "gifted" kids were taking art, and the "regular" kids were taking computer class.  A scheduling mix-up landed me in the computer class.  Although devastated at first, I have long since realized my place in that class was a huge blessing.  I loved the computer class and I took it all of the rest of my years in middle school...gifted or regular.  I know it's no coincidence that I have taken such an interest in technology at a time when there is so much good to use it for.

Sidenote: Ever wonder where my Dad's screenname "gopherdad" came from?  That's what happens when your ten-year old sets up AOL for you =)

This talk has a great video to go along with it too, for your viewing pleasure:

Final thought from the talk:
[Parents and leaders] You also will count your many blessings as young people devote more time to family history work and temple service and less time to video games, surfing the Internet, and Facebooking.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nan and Pop Do Springville

You probably noticed Nan and Pop "popping" up in the pictures from the kids' birthday party.  We were so lucky that we were able to time the party with their visit.  Their visit was much too short in my opinion, but we managed to squeeze a lot of other stuff in too.

We played at the park...

We had a grandparents' birthday party with the kids...

We went to the pumpkin patch...

and they climbed the dirt hill across the street from our house (it just occurred to me where the dirt was coming from)...

Some things we didn't get pictures of: gymnastics class, registering cars, breakfasts at iHop, date night for Eric and I, and all kinds of Amos/Pop invented games.  We're so grateful that Nan and Pop are able to come see us as much as they do.  Their visits are always so fun.