Sunday, October 31, 2010

Where's the Beef?

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Happy Halloween!

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On Thursday we went trick-or-treating with my mom. We took K to a "trunk-or-treat" where they set up cars in a row and kids can trick-or-treat out of people's trunks. It is a great idea for little kids so they don't have to walk really far and get treats. Sadly, the one we went to only had about 7 cars. We spent 10 minutes in line and maybe 5 minutes tops to get candy. We headed back to the car and I sort of felt bad that it was over so quickly. So when we got home I took K up and down my parents street to trick-or treat some more. She kept looking in her candy bucket and saying, "Oh My!" She didn't really say trick-or-treat but she said thank you which made me happy.

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I sort of caught it in the image above but Kensley did this move almost every time she got candy. She leaned in and handed them her bucket while sticking out her leg behind her. She looks like she is trying an ice skating move. It cracked us up.

Uncle Colton helped us carve a little pumpkin and then we headed home.

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On Saturday we went trick-or-treating with Dave's mom. The neighborhood they live in is really hilly and we had to walk up these steep driveways to get to a lot of the houses. I think K was wore out about 20 minutes into it and I carried her for awhile. She kept asking for Ro Ro who stayed home with Great Grandma. By this time she had the whole thing down. She ran up, grabbed the candy, threw it in her bucket and turned away yelling, "THANK YOU!" ha!

On Saturday daddy helped us carve our pumpkin that we got a few weeks ago at the pumpkin patch.

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Kensley helped him get out all of the seeds!

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We got a ton of them but sadly I baked them in the oven and they came out kind of soggy? I don't know what happened. I've made them plenty of times before and they were really good. We ate a few and threw the rest in the trash.

Our finished pumpkin!

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We had such a fun Halloween! Kensley is finally starting to understand what is going on and we made so many good memories that I will never forget.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Trick-or-Treat!

Last night we took Kensley to our mall for some in-door trick or treating. Good thing we got there right at 6 because it was PACKED! I can't believe how many people showed up. She had an absolute blast going from store to store collecting candy.

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She started doing this really weird ice skater move where she leaned into hand them her basket while lifting up her back leg. She did it every time she was handed candy. Strange girl. ;)

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I thought this was a great idea for little kids because sometimes it is just too cold to trick-or-treat outside.

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Tonight we are headed to my parents to take K to trunk or treat. This will be our 3rd trick-or-treating adventure and we still have Saturday! I am sure K will have plenty of candy to share this year!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Feeling Very Blah

I seem to have caught a cold (which I am pretty sure I get every time the weather changes) and it hit me really hard yesterday. We pretty much laid around and watched tv and snuggled. Tonight we are supposed to take K trick-or-treating at the mall so I am trying to save up my energy for that. If I didn't have such a raging headache and could breathe this wouldn't be so bad. My back is killing me too? Or maybe if I took something for it, but since I am breastfeeding I am too scared to take anything. So for now I am just going to drink a big amount of hot tea and rest ;)

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I caught them laying together the other day. Melt my heart.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I Kinda Like Him Too

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Boo at the Zoo

This weekend we went to the 2010 annual Boo at the Zoo. We went with our friends Matt and Ashley and their two boys. I was a little worried about the weather because it was supposed to be around 70 degrees, but it ended up being cloudy and perfectly cool. It did start to rain but not until the very end when we were just about ready to go anyway.

Here is Kensley in front of the penguin exhibit. She absolutely refused to wear the hood of her costume till the very end and since it was raining I had my camera packed up. Hopefully I can get one of her with it on when we go trick-or-treating later this week!

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Sadly, this is the only pic I got of Rowan. Dave wore him in the Moby sling and he pretty much slept through his first visit to Boo at the Zoo.

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K really enjoyed it this year, she wanted to stop and eat each treat after they put it in her pumpkin.

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I never thought to take pictures of this, but every treat stop had a theme. There were people from the 50's, old fashioned movie theatre workers, indians, wizard and witches and more.

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Here she is with Brett the elephant.

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Here she is with Kyle as Wolverine.

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And we found another dragon at the zoo!

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We had so much fun and it is perfect for little kids. She walked the whole thing and got plenty of treats all while getting to see animals at the zoo as well. We can't wait to go back next year with Rowan and see how much he enjoys it too!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rowan's Favorite Song

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Last night was rough. Dave got paid yesterday and a lot of his pay was missing from his check. He had PTO that he didn't receive and there were some other things wrong with it as well. I started to stress about it and cry thinking about how we were going to get all of our bills paid in the next two weeks. For those that know me they know I am a worrier. I stress over things that I have no control over until I become sick. Its something I work on and luckily, I have a husband who is very understanding with this trait that I possess. Anyway, I left in a big huff and went to the gym to work out. Working out has become such a great way for me to relieve some stress. I was on my way home when I got a text message from a very sweet friend that said-

"Hey I can't post online, but I thought I could tell you that I miscarried the baby. Kaden Matthew was 17 weeks."

That message just instantly floored me. I sat at the stop sign and instantly started to cry. My heart ached for my sweet friend. For the friend who has tried so hard, prayed so hard for that baby. I wanted to drive my car the 3+ hours to her house just so I could hug her and cry along with her. I know that pain all too well. The excitement of a positive test and the talks about hopes and dreams and then its over as quickly as it started. I wanted to fix it for her and I knew I couldn't.

And then I started to think. Here I am stressing out over bills and money. Things that always seem to work out in the end. Things that I can not control. But I have two amazing, healthy kids. My husband is not ill, and he is here with me everyday in this crazy little game called life. My family is thriving. Yes, there are things that are not perfect but nothing ever is and as I like to remind myself - things could always be so much worse and in the grand scheme of things I am blessed beyond what I deserve.

I came home and hugged my husband. I apollogized for the way I acted. And then I sat and talked to my friend for a good hour. She is in a very dark place right now and I know that right now she could use all the prayers she can get. She has an amazing husband and a sweet little boy just about Kensley's age that is helping her through this but as today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day I thought I could spread the word and see if all of you could think of her today and all the other women and men who have gone through this. There is some comfort in knowing you are not alone.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Recent Developments

Rowan has been doing a lot of tummy time lately.

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He has started to kick his bum up pretty high in the air!
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Especially when he pushes off daddy's hand.

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As soon as he figures out how to use his arms along with his legs to move I think we are in trouble...

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He has also started sitting up in his Bumbo

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She was just going in for a kiss I swear! haha

And just yesterday he started holding on to his toys, bringing them up to his mouth to chew on them and swinging them in the air!
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We are so proud of our big boy and excited about all of these new developments!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bill and Sally's 50th Wedding Anniversary

My grandparents on my dad's side will be married 50 years in December. I have been thinking and thinking about what I could do for them as a gift and then I started to think that I don't really have many pictures of them together. So I offered to take their pictures at the park. I think I got a lot of really nice ones and I am going to frame a few for them to have and also to give to my parents and my uncle. It is just going to be tough which ones I choose!

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I am really, really hoping to get photoshop for Christmas and then I will be able to tweak these a little more and really make them something special. I am just so glad my grandparents were such good sports and allowed me to photograph them. My grandpa told me I took his picture more than he had ever been photographed in his life! I know I will always treasure these.