Friday, October 29, 2010

Kylie Funnies, Part II

Kylie had a few more funny moments since I last posted about her.

-Lately, almost everything Kylie requests is a piece. For instance, she will ask me for a piece of milk or a piece of buttons.

-The other day Summer was sitting in her swing while I got dinner ready and she happened to spit up. Kylie noticed and exclaimed, "Oh, goodness!"

-While Kylie and I shared a bowl of popcorn she noticed the kernels at the bottom of the bowl. She promptly ate one and said, "That's amazing!"

-On another occasion when Kylie and I were sharing a bowl of popcorn we were practicing answering the question "What's your name?" After identifying all of the members of the family, she pointed to the bowl of popcorn and said, "What's your name? Popcorn? Oh, hi, Popcorn!"

-Kylie and I were sitting next to each other on the couch when my stomach growled loudly. She looked at me with a very confused expression on her face and said, "Mommy go stinkies?"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Trunk or Treat

Yesterday we attended our ward Trunk or Treat and had a blast! It has been insanely windy here the past few days, so we weren't really able to decorate our trunk very well. However, we did have a theme: FOOTBALL.

Ever since Summer was born I have often thought of her as my "linebacker baby" so that's what she got to be for Halloween. Hopefully she doesn't develop a complex about it later :)
I made sure to give her a nice big flower bow and pink socks so nobody would mistake her for being a boy. (The pink socks actually work out quite well considering that October is breast cancer awareness month and all the real football players are playing in pink anyway!) I love how in this picture it looks like Summer is saying "Time out!"
Kylie was our cheerleader. She only went to a few cars to collect candy during the Trunk or Treat and that seemed to satisfy her. I'm not sure if it was because of the wind or if she has a hard time delaying gratification and just couldn't stand having uneaten candy in her bucket.
The rest of us went as football fans!
It wouldn't be a true fall activity without having donuts and cider. Kylie loved the powdered donuts... can ya tell?
Since Dad is in the bishopric he got volunteered to participate in a mummy wrapping contest.
Despite the windy Trunk or Treat part, we had a great time getting dressed up, eating great food, playing fun games, and socializing with friends.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Girl

Summer is a very happy little girl! She has started to smile, which is just about the cutest thing ever. She is usually the happiest when we put her on the changing table after a feeding (which usually consists of about 4-6 ounces of formula).

She is also pretty happy in her new swing. Josh and I are happy too, as the swing saves us from having to walk her around to get her to sleep. Actually, most of the time I don't mind because she usually falls asleep pretty quickly, but my arms could use a break from time to time.
One little side note about Summer: she is LOUD. She is constantly stretching noisily and grunting, even in her sleep. I think she gets it from Josh. Just kidding (sort of). Here is Exhibit A.

Kylie Funnies

To be very honest, Kylie has been a bit of a challenge lately. Naptimes and bedtimes are daily battles for us, as well as mealtimes. So what's left in a day???

Playtime. And Kylie is VERY good at this. Meet Mr. Head (Mr. Potato Head). She's very good at putting the parts in the proper places, except for the tongue-- that always goes on the very top of his head for some reason.
I appreciate her ability to make a toy out of pretty much anything. In addition to boxes, she will also play endlessly with magnets, dry erase markers, loose change, buttons, and an inflated balloon.
Did I mention that she is also very good at playing with things she is not supposed to? Such items include toothpaste, my camera, dirty utensils from the dishwasher, the remote, and our rollerblades. (We don't care too much about the rollerblades. It's just that she gets frustrated because they are too heavy for her... although I admire her persistence to put them on and actually stand up).
Despite the many challenges we have had with our pistol of a toddler lately, she can be really funny.
As we stepped outside one evening, Kylie noticed the moon and said, "Mommy, moon! Hi Moon!" (brief pause) "You ok, moon?"

As I greeted Kylie after a nap one day, she greeted me back with, "Hi Mommy! It's good to see you!"

One night as Kylie was trying to fall asleep, I heard her repeat this little monologue for about 30 minutes: "Hey, Mommy? Open door! 1, 2, 3 go!"

Brown Bear, Brown Bear is Kylie's favorite book right now. The rhythm of the book made it easy for her to memorize the words, and now she will create her own version of this book throughout the day based on conversations we have throughout the day. For instance...
After I told her to sit in her purple Tinkerbell chair so she could watch a show, she said, "Purple chair, purple chair, what do you see?"

After I asked her if she wanted some crackers, she said, "Crackers, crackers, what do you see?"

As you can imagine, she can work with anything that has the right number of syllables.

Her favorite song is "Where is Thumbkin?" and she will do a similar thing with the song that she does with the Brown Bear book. An example: "Baby Summer, baby Summer, here I am, here I am..."

I'm glad that she can keep us laughing throughout the day :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday it was a BEAUTIFUL October day so we headed to the pumpkin patch. I have been dying to take Kylie and it was the perfect day to go.
She was so excited to see "goats, and horsies, and punkins." We started with the goats. She loved petting and feeding them.
However, she wasn't quite sure exactly what to feed them...

Summer enjoyed the goats too :) Actually, she slept the whole time we were at the pumpkin patch!

After seeing the goats we went on a hayride to a corn maze. We were actually going to skip the maze and go straight to the pumpkin patch, but Kylie wasn't a fan of the hayride so we got off early. She actually enjoyed walking around and exploring.
The corn maze ended up at the pumpkin patch, which was huge! I believe in this picture Kylie is saying "Ooh, PUNKINS!"
I thought she would really like picking out her very own pumpkin and taking it home with her, so I was excited when she grabbed this cute little one.
But then she put it back down and picked up another little one. Then she found another, and another, and another.
This is what we ended up with! And, of course, she didn't want to take a single one home.
I even pointed out a bigger pumpkin to her to pique her interest. She appeared interested...until I realized she was actually paying attention to the little spider chillin' on it. She's so funny sometimes!
She really did have a great time. She enjoyed seeing the animals, exploring the corn maze, and randomly selecting pumpkins (then putting them back). But the day would not be complete without spending some quality time in the dirt, as usual.

She was checking out the chickens; I was checking out how dirty her pants were.
Just as we were getting ready to head home Summer woke up-- go figure. I highly doubt she would have enjoyed the pumpkin patch anyway.
As we were heading back to the car I noticed this GORGEOUS little area.
My future backyard :)
It was a very eventful day. We actually went during Kylie's naptime because we didn't want to miss any of the activities offered during the day. Needless to say she was wiped out, but we all had the best day!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Life As We Know It

I'm beginning to realize that life is not going to slow down anytime soon! I'm usually pretty good at journaling, but I've been working on the same entry for about 2 weeks now. This blog is slowly taking over my journal. Since that's the case (at least for now) I plan to be a little more thorough in my entries on here. Years from now I want to be able to remember, in detail, what my life was like during this time.

This phase of our lives--having young children-- is really special. There are moments when it's absolutely chaotic and crazy, but there are other times when it truly feels like heaven on earth. This picture sums up what's it like to have a toddler: a sippy cup tipped on its side, cereal strewn about the floor, a wadded up blankie, and random toys everywhere. Not many people my age could claim these items as a part of everyday life, but I can...and I LOVE it.
Kylie is a very sweet girl. I've been so pleasantly surprised by how well she has adjusted to having a sibling hog all the attention. Here are some other fun facts about her:

- Favorite food: any kind of plain cooked pasta
- Favorite book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear
- Favorite TV show: Curious George
- Favorite article of clothing: hats of any kind
- Favorite sayings: "Are you ok?"--- "Wait there, k? Be right back!"--- "Oops, sorry!"
- Favorite animal: cats, but she is really fascinated with any kind of animal
- Favorite songs: The ABCs, Where is Thumbkin, and The Itsy, Bitsy Spider
- Favorite outdoor activity: playing in the dirt! We'll just say she enjoys gardening :)
- Favorite indoor activity: it's a toss up between playing with her teacups in the bath and brushing her teeth (seriously!)
- She pronounces her r's like w's and her l's like y's (it's so sweet to hear her say "yuv you, Mommy.")
- There are certain words that she says that are just...funny. Such as: sah-creen (ice cream) and peapot (teapot)
- She can tear it up on her bike!
- If she knows she should not be doing something, she'll do it anyway and then correct herself afterward, such as, "No, get down! No play with blinds."
- I think she's incapable of coloring without breaking the crayons. She doesn't color hard, she just chooses to color with broken crayons.
- She calls everybody a friend, which is funny because she's shy and actually ignores a lot of people
Some parents have a really easy time adjusting to the birth of a baby. They embrace the chaos and lack of sleep without even hesitating. Josh and I are NOT those people! We both need sleep. The first week Summer was home, it was a breeze because she slept all the time. Weeks 2-4 were really difficult because she had her days and nights mixed up. Now that she is 5 weeks old, I think we're making some headway! Last night she slept a total of 8 1/2 hours, only waking up to eat and then falling asleep immediately afterward.

In some ways Summer has been quite challenging. In addition to her backwards sleep schedule, she also eats a lot. I'm already having a hard time keeping up with her so we have already started supplementing with formula and she is now a MUCH happier baby. She actually smiled at me for the first time on Monday! Baths and tummy time will usually calm her down when she's fussy.

She was blessed on Sunday, September 26 and I completely forgot to get pictures of her! So here she is (a week later) in her blessing dress. I am kicking myself for not getting pictures of her with all of the people that came to the blessing: the Fegel's, the Pandl's, my Uncle and cousins.

This is what she did during the blessing :) And wouldn't you know it, as soon as Josh sat down after the blessing she fell right to sleep.
Most of Josh's time is consumed by work, unfortunately, but he still manages to help out with the kids throughout the day. I honestly don't know how I would function as a mother if he weren't home to help me during those really crazy moments when both kids are crying and I'm exhausted. He's always more than happy to take Summer for a while when she's fussy, even during the peak of his work day. As much as I hate his job (there, I said it) I do appreciate the fact that during the slow times of the day he's able to come to the park or run errands with us. Softball is what keeps him sane. Even though the season is ending today, I'm pretty sure football season will do the job just fine!
As I thought about myself, I realized that much of what I had to say might give people the impression that I'm super stressed out! For instance,

- If I can get in the shower before 10am, I feel like I'm doing pretty well
- Since I was a kid I've had a terrible habit of twisting my hair so tight around my finger that I have no choice but to pull it out. Let's just say that now that I have 2 children I'm finding more and more chunks of hair on the floor.
- I have a long list of things I need to do, each one taking only about 5 minutes, but I'm running out of minutes and the list continues to grow.
- The song I crank up on the radio is "I'm pretty good at drinkin' beer" by Billy Currington
- If my kids are not dressed at a decent time and Kylie's hair isn't done, I feel like the day is a complete bust, no matter what else I got accomplished that day (unfortunately, this has been happening a lot)

Despite my inability to adjust quickly to my role as a mother of two, I'm hangin' in there! I am pretty tired a lot of the time, but I am still incredibly excited to start running and working out again. I LOVE to read and I often read multiple books at one time. One of the books I'm currently reading is this one... let's hope it works!

Fall is my favorite season so I'm in heaven right now! I love the cooler temperatures, the leaves changing colors, football games, marching band, pumpkin patches, and fall fashion.
I feel like this quote pretty much sums everything up: "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all!"