Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Festivities, part II

As always, I'm a little late in blogging our holiday activities.

Since we got together with family a week earlier than usual, our Christmas Eve was free so we got together with my dad's brother's family. For some reason, Kylie suddenly took to Uncle Corey and found him to be hilarious. Who needs gifts when you have an armrest??

Christmas morning was a lot of fun, even though Kylie really didn't grasp what was going on. She had more gifts than she really knew what to do with, but she enjoyed taking off everyone's bows. She played with a few toys right when she opened them, but then she would completely forget all about the other gifts she had yet to open. It was still so much fun.
One of Kylie's favorite things to do is to pour water from one container to another. Josh and I quickly decided that the girl needed a tea set. She loves putting water in her cups and dumping it back and forth.
As you can imagine, an almost-2-year-old doesn't have the best coordination when it comes to pouring water, so we got her a "Kylie-sized" table that will allow us to clean up spills easily. She also received some winter gear, including this stocking cap.

As I've mentioned before, Kylie will sit on the weirdest things when watching TV, so my parents got her this cute little Tinkerbell chair. She went right to it immediately after church yesterday :)
We had a wonderful Christmas. We feel that we have been really blessed this year and are so glad that we could share this wonderful holiday with family. Enjoy the New Year!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Festivities

My favorite part of the Christmas season (aside from the true meaning of Christmas itself) is the time spent with family. I LOVE getting together with family and celebrating this wonderful holiday season together. Every year we get together with my dad's side of the family. This year, we met at my Aunt and Uncle's house. Kylie was fascinated with the train going around the track under the Christmas tree.
Having a great time just being together (this picture shows about 1/4 of the people there. Everyone else was dispersed throughout the house).
Me and my cousin. I love that she's 12 and taller than me :)
The family sometimes likes to joke that Kylie is not really mine because she is a spitting image of her dad, with blonde hair and blue eyes. As if giving birth to her wasn't reason enough to believe that she is indeed mine, her hair is just as convincing. Every morning when I get ready to brush it, I think to myself Oh yeah, she's definitely mine!
I made this stocking for Kylie with some scraps I had lying around. All of our stockings hang facing left, which apparently goes against the norm because you can't find left-facing stockings anywhere. So, I made her one.
Kylie wearing her Christmas dress. I have been really sick with a cold and couldn't even stick it out through sacrament meeting, so she didn't get to wear it for very long. But it's still cute. Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'll Miss This Someday

Life with a toddler can be really difficult sometimes. I experience exhaustion, frustration, and lack of patience on a daily basis. BUT... I also feel a tremendous amount of love for this little girl. I know that when she's older and I look back on these times, I'll remember the happy moments the most and I'll want them back. She's at such a FUN age and I'm learning a lot from her --the energy, excitement, and wonder that makes toddlers so unique.
Dressing up
Getting into things
Wanting independence
Making choices
Almost ALWAYS seen with a smile

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Snow Day!

There has been a blizzard warning in effect for West Michigan since last night, and will continue to be in effect until Friday morning. It's only 14 degrees right now! This is what the deck looked like when we woke up this morning.
The plows haven't made it to our street yet, so the yards, driveways, and street all have about the same amount of snow.
The piles of snow on either side of the driveway after we shoveled.
Our rapidly disappearing mailbox.
They really were excited to be out there, I promise. They tried to look all manly and tough for the picture :)
See? I didn't mind.
Josh has been in Rhode Island for work for the past week. He just flew home last night and, fortunately, didn't experience any delays. Good thing he wasn't traveling today! It's STILL snowing.
And here's a picture of Kylie, for good measure

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Kylie just learned a new word this week: mess. Boy, is that fitting! She also recognized that we often put salt and pepper on our food during dinner, so she will request "popo" any chance she gets, and this is what she'll do with it.


Chocolate cake... right after bathtime

I think I'll keep her, messes and all.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Bring on the Christmas Season!

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday full of great food, family, and plenty of relaxation. As much as I love Thanksgiving, there is something so special about the Christmas season. However, December can often seem like a chaotic rat race (Black Friday anyone?) so we spent the remainder of Thanksgiving weekend spending quality time together as a family... playing the wii. I have never really enjoyed video games very much, but I can easily lose track of time playing the wii for some reason. Kylie loves to watch us when we play, although the picture below may lead you believe otherwise.
Yes, the house was a disaster for most of the weekend, but that's not because we neglected it. That's just life with a toddler.
I love my husband very much, but he just doesn't share my passion for holidays. He's not a Scrooge or a Grinch by any means, but he doesn't get as excited as I do. Fortunately, this year I had Kramer to share the excitement with. Together we set up the Christmas tree and put out the decorations.

We tried to get Kylie in a festive mood but I think she may take after her father. She very politely took the antlers off immediately after the picture was taken :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

So Thankful

I have really been thinking about the things that I'm thankful for, and I have learned that the small things add up in a hurry. Here are just a few:

My beautiful, amazing family. the gospel. freedom. a reliable car. free time. music. showers. great health. education. the library. date nights. grandparents/babysitters. DVR... and so much more.

After an eventful day with my extended family, these 4 things completed the day nicely. A great movie...

my all-time favorite snack...
my all-time favorite "dessert"...

and my all-time favorite person
Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I Think She Missed

As I've mentioned before, Kylie loves to write. However, lately I keep catching her writing on herself more than the paper. This was today's masterpiece.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Are We In Michigan??

The weather in Michigan has been BEAUTIFUL lately! Normally by mid-November we have already had our first snowfall. For the past couple of weeks, we've been enjoying temperatures in the upper 50s, low 60s. I love it because it gives me a chance to get Kylie out in the fresh air.

Whenever we have unseasonably warm weather in Michigan, we put out the Christmas decorations so we don't have to do it in the snow. It looks kinda funny to have a huge Christmas wreath on our house on such a beautiful day, but it will totally pay off later.

Kylie... just being herself.

The guys went out and played a little football. I grew up doing this with my brothers and my dad, so this particular activity makes me feel right at home. I love that Josh fits in so well with my family.

Skittle Bowling

A couple weeks ago, Josh and I went bowling with some friends. I can bowl a perfect game on the Nintendo Wii, but I am terrible in real life. We decided to make things a little more interesting by "skittle bowling" instead. For each flavor of skittle, you have to bowl a different way. For instance, red = bowl regularly, orange = opposite hand, green = granny style, etc. Plus, you get to eat the skittles you draw :)

Here is Josh bowling backwards (blue skittle).

You probably can't see this very well, but these are our scores. Mine is very sad. During skittle bowling, I bowled a 48. My cumulative score for the 3 games we bowled that night was 168. I think I'll stick with the wii...

New Hobbies

My brother busted out his snare drum the other day and Kylie LOVED it. She can often be found drumming on random containers anyway, so this was heaven for her.
Is it possible to share too much? She would drum for about 3 second intervals and then give Kramer a turn...

The other thing she loves to do is write. She will hoard any markers, pens, pencils, crayons, chalk, etc., if they are in her reach. Her favorite thing to do is to take off each marker cap and put them all in the mug. (This video isn't super exciting, but this is what happens at our house on a typical day).

Monday, November 2, 2009

First Name Basis

Josh and Kylie have always had such a cute relationship. They absolutely adore each other and it's just fun to watch them interact together. Kylie has put her own little twist on the relationship during the past couple of weeks. She began calling Josh by his first name. She hears me say it all the time so she just picked up on it.

For instance:
-- If I'm ever talking on the phone, she'll assume it's him and say, "Josh?"

-- If Josh and I are on separate floors of the house, she will go to the stairs and call his name. I have done this myself plenty of times...

-- Over the weekend we took Kylie to a med center. In my haste, I completely forgot to put more diapers in my purse and, of course, she needed a diaper change. Josh went home to grab some diapers and as soon as he left she said, "Josh go?" (Where did Josh go?)

-- Grandma Steorts made a little quiet book for Kylie that has pictures of family members, bible stories, etc. She found a group shot of Josh's whole family, pointed to him, and identified him by his first name.

-- Josh left early this morning to go to Richmond, VA and it didn't occur to Kylie that he was missing until later this evening. Out of nowhere she started calling, "Josh! Josh!" and began searching throughout the house for him.

I think it's hilarious! Josh... not so much, haha. I'm sure this little phase will pass (let's hope). Whenever she says his first name I make sure to tell her that his name is Daddy. Maybe in the near future it will stick :)

Kylie and Kyle

My older brother, Kyle, just returned home from a 4-month deployment in Afghanistan. Kylie was a little shy at first, but she definitely remembered him. It was fun watching them interact with each other.
Watching Sesame Street "Kylie style"

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Poor Thing

This about sums it up
Kylie has been really sick the past couple of days. She is slowly recovering and, surprisingly, in fairly good spirits. I just feel bad for her when she's so miserable. Unfortunately, this means that our plans for Halloween are pretty much shot, but I'm ok with spending time together as a family too.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


I put Kylie's hair in a ponytail for the first time the other day.
Her hair is so curly it can hardly stay for longer than 5 minutes... and it didn't. But it was cute while it lasted!
Guess what? I MADE THIS DRESS :) I have been wanting to learn how to sew for quite a while now, but I never had the time to learn because I was in school. Now I have plenty of time and a very willing teacher, my grandma. We get together every Thursday afternoon and sew for a few hours.
Kylie's not the most photogenic in this picture (sorry- I took this picture right after church). But that's what it looks like! Now that I know some of the basics, I have all sorts of things I'm ready to try! The dress definitely isn't perfect, but I think it's pretty good considering it's the very first thing I've ever done.