Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ya Ya Night

Once in a while my mom, sisters, nieces and I get together for a girls night. We start out with some yummy food and then we do a craft project of some sort.
This time we had it at the Queen Mother's house. She filled our bellies with yummy soup and we were ready to craft!
My wonderful friend McKell gave me a darling dishtowel for a Christmas present. Then I turned around and made six of them for my mom for Christmas. Everyone loved them and wanted to make their own so that's how this ya ya night came about. Thanks for inspiring us McKell!

Apparently I'm a horrible instructor because I just like to read the instructions and then eyeball things and figure out what looks best as I go... well, that's not how this group of crazy perfectionists operate. They hated me for not have exact step by step instructions with precise measurements. Oh well, they still turned out great!
They are "Stay Put" towels that tie around your oven handle so that your kids and husband can't pull them off and drop them on the floor! Brilliant!
Since Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday I went red and pink fabric, which also just happen to be my favorite colors!

Here it is in action! Fabulous!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Talking (not walking) Toddler

It has been a long time since I've done an update on Griff! He is learning and doing more and more every single day. In the last week his vocabulary has exploded! He jabbers all day, everyday! Here are the words that he's really good at:
hi (says this all day to everyone, including strangers, several times over and over)
bye-bye (while waving)
ruka (sometimes just ka)
no no
go go! (loves to watch Go Deigo Go, mostly just the opening credits with the song)
ba-ba (meaning bottle)
eye (while poking either himself or us in the eye)
down (which means up and down to him)
He will also repeat after me if I tell him to say:
thank you
choo choo
woof woof
Mary (our babysitter)
He is such a blast! He is so funny and keeps me busy all day long!
He goes up and down the stairs at light speed. He has also learned how to climb and is quite proud of himself. He throws the pillows on the floor and stands on them to get himself up there.

Here are a few more pictures of the boy in action.


So, no, he still isn't walking. He stands up on his own all the time but as soon as he realizes it, he sits right down. He actually took about 6 steps today, but again, plopped down when he looked around and noticed he wasn't holding on to anything. So, I think he'll probably be running circles around me by the end of the month!
At his 15 month check up he weighed 20.8 lbs (still in the 5th percentile) and is healthy as a horse!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Baby Love

I had my first doctor's appointment last week and we got to hear the heartbeat. Oh my gosh, I love that sound! It makes everything seem real and it makes me cry everytime. Marc's sister Heidi was nice enough to let us come in for an ultrasound tonight.

It is so fun to be able to spy on this little babe. Everytime there was any movement I got so excited. We just sat and watched for a little while. It was awesome! We are loving this baby so much already!

Friday, January 7, 2011

A New Year!

Ok, well I'm a week late as far as wishing you a happy one, but we're making big plans for 2011. Most of the planning revolves around a new addition that will be joining our family in July! Holy Moley we're excited!

When Marc and I were driving down the road the other night, listening to Griffin jabber his jibberish in the back seat, I said, "Oh my goodness, I love him so much, I can't even imagine having two of them!"

I really can't! We saw a couple at lunch who had two young, little ones. I think we were both staring at them without realizing it, and we watched how things were a little chaotic for them. We just looked at each other with wide eyes knowing that things are about to get crazy around here!

Griffin on the the other hand, isn't so sure about what's going on ...

You can tell by that nervous look on his face.

But we can't wait for it!
So here are the details:
-I'm 3 months along
-Due July 15th
-I'm lucky enough to not be sick at all
-I have two sisters-in-law that are also having babies in July! Jeni-July 4th and Wendi-July 15th! That's right we are due on the Same Day!
P.S. Marc is 2 for 2. Apparently, we're quite fertile. Although, he claims that he was just kidding around and I took him seriously... so I guess this baby is all MY doing! Go ME!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas Day

We started the day with my parents coming over for breakfast. We got the best part of the deal, because they came to our house and brought the breakfast with them!
I love this picture of my mama. She looks beautiful. This is the gift that I gave her. I'm pretty sure that she loved the bow more, than the actual gift.

Watch OUT! Here is my dad in the new coat that we gave him. Safety First! Look for this sweet old guy riding his bike ALL OVER American Fork at the surrounding cities!

Griffin calls both my mom and dad "Papa." So Cute!

Griff didn't quite get what was going on yet, but he still had a good time!




That afternoon, my family got together for dinner at my parents house. Instead of giving each other gifts we all pitch in to buy supplies for humanitarian kits. It's so nice to spend money on something that is actually needed and not have to come up with an idea of what to give a sibling, that doesn't actually need anything. After dinner we all helped put the kits together.


And here we are. Looking like haggard Christmas Elves who are all worn out after a LONG and wonderful day!