Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Visitors

We may have celebrated Thanksgiving Day on our own, but our weekend was jam packed with fun because my parents and brother came down to visit.  Kylie had been anticipating their arrival the entire week prior and was absolutely beside herself when she opened the door and they were standing there.  How fun!

They arrived Friday evening just in time for dinner and it was so fun to have face-to-face conversations again!  The girls absolutely loved showing my parents their toys and books (like they haven't seen them before).


We live about 20 minutes away from Butler University and when a certain sports fan learned about this, it became necessary that we make a trip to see the campus.  It was a gorgeous morning-- perfect for walking around and getting some fresh air.






We spent plenty of time driving around, talking, laughing, EATING, and exploring the town, but it was over all too soon.  (These pictures are from an afternoon at the park).

Fortunately we'll see them again in just a few short weeks when we go to Michigan for Christmas.  We miss them already!

Thanksgiving

This is the first year in a long time... maybe ever... that we celebrated Thanksgiving on our own.  We didn't do anything super special that day, but it was still so fun to prepare our own delicious meal.  Note: Josh is the KING of making turkey.  Seriously.  I prepared other side dishes, but the turkey was all him.

We have so much to be grateful for.  Kylie and I made a turkey out of construction paper and recorded our blessings on each feather, but I totally forgot to take a picture of it!  Some of the things she mentioned were: her blankie, the blue playground, nursery (at church), and prayer.  How cool is that?
I could make a VERY long list of things I'm thankful for, but ultimately I'm most thankful for a wonderful family, friends who care about me, good health, the gospel, and endless opportunities to grow.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Love/Hate Relationship

I have a love/hate relationship with fall.  I love busting out the sweaters and boots again.  I love that it gets darker earlier because that means my kids go to bed at 7pm without a fuss.  I love the crisp autumn air, the colorful leaves, the smell of grass being cut for the last time.  I love celebrating the holidays and all of the preparations that come with them.

However, I hate that it takes twice as long to buckle my kids into their carseats because of their gigantic winter coats.  I hate being cooped up inside all day everyday... for months.  I hate getting all bundled up to play in the snow.  Or worse yet, telling my three-year-old day in and day out that I really don't feel like going outside to freeze.  I know, I'm such a killjoy.
I have been trying to take full advantage of the few moderately warm, sunny days remaining.  Last week the girls and I ventured out to a park.  This park is awesome!



 But I think it will be 10 times more enjoyable in the summer when we won't have to worry about seeing our breath.  On both occasions, we lasted only 30 minutes before we all started having coughing fits and runny noses.  Don't be fooled by the blue sky.  It was a whopping 37 degrees that day.  BRRR!!!
 This is the time of year when I begin to dread the coming months.  I get so stinking bored being cooped up inside with the kids all day, and if I'm bored, I can only imagine how they feel.  I absolutely have to  branch out to different places during the week so we can have a change of scenery, but you can only go to the library or grocery store so many times.  I'd like to think that we're pretty creative: we blow bubbles, have water play in the sink, have dance parties, build forts, make art projects, make play-doh, read books, etc.



 To my fellow stay-at-home moms out there, what do you do to keep sane during the winter months???

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oh, to be Three!

 During Summer's naps, Kylie and I have an opportunity to spend quality time together-- just the two of us.  She is at a very funny stage right now and I am so amused by the things that come out of her mouth.  Here are some of her latest.
  •  Kylie has always been a picky eater but lately she's been really good about eating however many bites we tell her to.  Tonight after eating most of her lasagna, Josh told her to eat 2 more bites.  As she took the first bite, she gagged on it  and we had her spit it back out on her plate so she wouldn't lose all of her dinner.  After she spit it out, she said, "One..."
  • The other day I was trying to explain to Kylie that her birthday is coming up soon and she will turn 4.  I then asked her how old she is right now, and after a short pause she said, "A clown."  I don't think we were on the same page.
  • Kylie has her own way of speaking.  Lately she has been overusing the word "for."  She gave me this run-on sentence the other day: "For I have a body, for I have germs, for I sick, for I cough!  I go [insert fake cough here].  For I need medicine!"  She also started saying the phrase "I forgot" but not in the traditional sense.  The other morning she was calling out for me and said, "Oh... I forgot!  I'm awake again!"  Finally, she has been telling me what to say when she asks me a question.  Today she said, "Hey, Mommy... can I play with play-do?  Say 'sure, Ky-yee!'"
Trust me, there are MANY examples I could include here, but these are just a few of the latest that I find most amusing.  She's at an interesting stage in other ways too.  She has finally started taking an interest in dressing herself, and most of the time she does a pretty good job.  However, she insists on picking out her own socks and they almost always look like this.
I'm hardly fazed by mismatched socks.  I'm just thankful she's not insisting on wearing her Halloween costume everywhere or something, although we came close the other day... (We went to the grocery store and she wore her Dora the Explorer backpack, yellow sunglasses, and a cowboy hat that's been stepped on one too many times).  Oh, to be three again!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Recipe for Disaster

Kylie loves to help me in the kitchen and I equally love her company. Sometimes, though, we run into a situation like this:

Today as I was pouring my homemade Teriyaki sauce over the chicken, Kylie slipped on her stool and knocked over the bottle of soy sauce. It mostly poured out right on her face, but it got the front of her clothes too. A bath suddenly became very necessary and she dripped soy sauce all the way from the kitchen to the bathroom where I was running her bath water. Ugh. What's really frustrating is that this is the second time she made a huge mess this week. (She spilled enchilada sauce and I had to start that recipe completely over).
I will say, though, that after she was in the tub and I had some quiet time to clean up the kitchen, the situation became very humorous to me-- the way she said, "My eyes!!!" when the soy sauce ran down her face; the way she repeatedly said "BLECH!" as she tried to get the mess off her clothes; the way she was SO grossed out that soy sauce ended up in her belly button. Daily tasks wouldn't be nearly as interesting without her!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Festivities

Halloween
I realize I'm a little late, but it's been kind of chaotic around here! Kylie dressed up as a witch for Halloween. We started out the day by going to her preschool Halloween party. She was super excited!
She got to decorate Halloween sugar cookies...
...and she got to bring home some fun little treats. She loved playing Halloween games and singing Halloween songs with her friends. It was a fun last day of preschool for her.
Summer dressed up as an itsy bitsy spider. She's the cutest spider I've ever seen!
That evening we went to my parents' house. Grandma was perfectly happy hanging out at home with Summer...
...while we took Kylie trick-or-treating. She had been looking forward to it for weeks! I was impressed with her understanding of Trick-or-Treating. She went up to the first door, knocked, said "trick-or-treat," and even said "thank you" when she got her candy. By the fourth house, she was DONE. Four houses?!? She's actually very wise. She knew she could get as much candy as she wanted in Grandma and Granddad's house.
Dad's Birthday
My dad's birthday is on the 2nd but since we were moving that day, we celebrated it early. We had a meal together, gave him a few gifts, then let him relax. The boys attempted to wash the dishes for him, but it turns out it's a little harder to stack dishes than it looks! It's the thought that counts, right?
I think he enjoyed spending an evening with the whole family.
Since then, things have been nothing short of crazy! Last week Tuesday, we loaded up our 24' moving truck and said goodbye to our family and friends. The following morning we made the trip to Indiana. Everything went SO smoothly and we've enjoyed getting to know people and becoming familiar with the area. We've unpacked all but 5 boxes and are almost completely settled in our new apartment. I'll post more soon!