Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Tour at welfare square: Aunt Krissy needed to do this for a school assignment and we joined her and we’re so glad we did because it was really interesting!
Shopping: Grandma spoiled the kids and bought them different clothing items, toys, books etc, but that’s what Grandma’s are for right? They loved it!
‘God’s plan for his family’ tour at temple square: This is a new presentation they have available at the north visitors center for families and we all really enjoyed it, even the kids. They have several rooms decorated that look like different rooms in a home- i.e. a nursery, grandma’s room, front porch etc.- and in each room you watch a short video presentation on families. The entire presentation lasted about 20 minutes.
Decorated cake and cookies: A friend of mine who is a wonderful photographer took our family pictures out of the goodness of her heart, so I told her in exchange I’d do a birthday cake for one of her family members. So Friday I decorated a cake for Emerson’s second birthday…Emerson loves horses so this is what I came up with. Then Saturday afternoon we made Thanksgiving sugar cookies(thanks Grandma for those cute Thanksgiving cookie cutters).
Date night with my hubby: Saturday night we put Annabelle to bed before 7pm and then Scott and I went on a date while Grandma played with the kids and got them off to bed(which we later learned was a bit of an ordeal..sorry Grandma). Scott and I did a little Christmas stocking shopping, then we ate dessert at Chili’s and then got a couple of items from home depot. We had a wonderful, and much needed, evening together alone as a couple. As we were walking into our first shopping destination I told Scott that my only rule for the evening was that we hold hands at all times, and we did….we don’t get to hold hands very often because the kids are always requiring them so this was such a nice treat for us both.
Dinners with Aunt Krissy and Kendall: We had them over a couple of times for dinner and enjoyed their company very much. I hope it wasn’t too chaotic for them eating with our noisy and over excited children, but we certainly had a good time. And they stayed late enough to do our nightly routine with the kids so they got to experience Charlie's nightly 'nakey run'...each night before he gets his pajamas on he completely strips down down, goes potty and then runs out the bathroom naked and runs in circles throughout the upstairs making horse noises! It's very cute and funny!
Thanks Grandma Smith for coming to stay with us! We love you and can’t wait to see you again!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Weight: 14 lbs. 12 oz., 2 %
Height: 27.2in., 37%
Head circumference: 42.5cm, 10%
Annabelle is still such a little thing, in fact three months ago she was at 14 lbs. 5oz. for weight, 26.5 inches long, and her head circumference measured at 42cm which are almost identical to her present stats... they had to measure her twice to make sure their readings were accurate, and they were. The Doctor is a little concerned but I think she’ll be okay. She’s very healthy and normal in every other aspect. She crawls, smiles, laughs, says ‘mama’ and ‘dada’, she whines and she can wave, she does the pincer grasp, is a champion sleeper, has normal bowel movements, eats pretty good normally and on and on and on. `All of our kids have been smaller than average though Annabelle is the smallest, but she's also been sick for the past month. She’s had a cold and the last few days hasn’t eaten well because it’s gotten worse, and I explained this to the Doctor but she’s still wary.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Earlier that day the kids and I went to Costco. When we got home I set down a couple of items near the top of the stairs so that I would remember to take them down next time I was headed in that direction. One of those items was 2 large boxes of dryer sheets, held together with a plastic wrap. Anyways, the kids were playing nicely in the living room so I was in the kitchen busily decorating the cake. Something caught my attention. I’m not sure what drew me away from the cake first: Elisabeth repeatedly chanting, “Up the hill, up the hill, stomp, stomp, stomp.” Or the increasingly potent smell of dryer sheets. Either way, I stopped decorating and checked on the kids. Elisabeth and Charles had ripped open the plastic wrap, opened both boxes of dryer sheets, strew them all around the living room and were stomping around in circles on the dryer sheets. I was not happy(which you may be able to observe in the picture below because many times the kids faces mirror my own expressions and they certainly do in this picture). I was already in some what of a rush trying to get the cake done in time since I decided to do it very last minute, and now I’d have to stop to help get these up before our entire house reeked. We did get them cleaned up before it was time to leave for the church but even several hours later our house still carried the sweet and strong aroma of dryer sheets.
P.S. April just sent me a picture of me and Grandma duking it out(not with our fists just with our lips on ice :)) at her baby shower so I added it to the baby shower blog on here. If you want to check it out scroll down several blogs.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Yesterday while I was making dinner the kids sat at the table and colored pictures with their crayons. Well Elisabeth colored pictures, Charles colored the floor. Naughty, naughty. I gave Charles a damp rag and told him that before he ate dinner the tile needed to be crayon-free and lucky for him it came up super easy and fast.
Yesterday I finished the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The previous week I read her sister’s novel(Emily Bronte), Wuthering Heights. Wuthering Heights was interesting, to say the least, filled with crazy characters who thrived on revenge, cruelty and jealousy. I didn’t like it much. Jane Eyre was wonderful! Here are my 3 favorite quotes from that book, they are excellent and thought provoking:
“It is far better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you; and, besides, the Bible bids us return good for evil” pg. 55 (Helen Burns speaking to Jane Eyre)
“How minutely you remember all she has done and said to you! What a singularly deep impression her injustice seems to have made on your heart! No ill-usage so brands it’s record on my feelings. Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.”pg. 58 (Helen Burns speaking to Jane Eyre)
“You said you were not as good as you should like to be, and that you regretted your own imperfection; one thing I can comprehend: you intimated that to have a sullied memory was a perpetual bane. It seems to me, that if you tried hard, you would in time find it possible to become what you yourself would approve; and that if from this day you began with resolution to correct your thoughts and actions, you would in a few years have laid up a new and stainless store of recollections, to which you might revert with pleasure.” Pg. 140(Jane speaking to Mr. Rochester)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Charles and Elisabeth got all bundled up, took their snow shovels out of the garage and shoveled away! They were outside for at least an hour probably more. Our neighbor Jaron was out shoveling snow too and all three came over and shoveled our driveway for us, the sweethearts! Annabelle and I stayed inside to clean the kitchen and then Maren and Brigham and Benji (j/k! I know you hate that name Maren, I had to do it though) I mean Benjamin came by to play in the snow as well. We had a great time! Once the kids got cold and tired they came inside for some Hot Cocoa.
And yes that’s Charles in the yellow jacket and pink striped boots! He’s wearing Elisabeth’s old rain boots because his snow boots from last year are way too small and we haven’t had a chance to find new ones yet.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1. Book club (we have this every month but it’s always something I look forward to with delight)
2. Ward dinner and talent show
3. Decorating a couple of cakes for different occasions
4. Grandma Smith coming to visit from NC
5. Our big enrichment and dinner
6. Twilight, the movie, comes out (and I already have my ticket purchased from fandango!)
7. Granny and Grandpa Garnica and Becca and Bella (my sister and niece) will be visiting and staying with us for Thanksgiving
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I do take part of the blame: if I had been in the kitchen helping my dear friend with the dinner, I probably would have smelled the burning cornbread and could have saved the day, or at least the dish. Oh well. The rest of dinner turned out beautifully and all tasted wonderful.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Chili in a pumpkin bread bowl
Pasta ‘crack’ salad (thanks April for the recipe!). They call it 'crack' salad because it's addicting like crack :)
Macaroni for the kids
Mummy dogs(hot dogs wrapped in a croissant)
Candy corn sugar cookies
Most of us are sick with colds(minus Scott…and Elisabeth’s is very minor) but we still ate a lot of sugar(which I know made us worse) and had a nice time with our guests, Krissy and Kendall. They stayed at home with Annabelle and handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters while Scott and I, hand in hand(it felt just like a date) took Elisabeth and Charles out. After about half an hour it started to drizzle, but it wasn’t too unpleasant because the weather was warm, so we stayed out about a half hour more. Afterwards we came home, ate some more candy, put the kids to bed and then the adults visited and played a game. Thanks Krissy and Kendall for spending some time with us!