Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gary's Preschool Program

We went to a fun little party at Gary's preschool last night. They had the kids sing a couple songs, Gary was the most bouncy one of the bunch. He thoroughly expressed his joy through movement! You'd never known that earlier that day when the teacher announced they'd be working on their songs he said, "No, thanks!" But, hey, at least he's polite! Afterwards we decorated gingerbread cookies. The kids took their time and made very handsome little men!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Liv's First Dance Recital

First of all, I want to thank everyone that drove down and those nearby that came to Liv's dance recital. I felt very loved having such a great support group there for her! She did a great job! She started off a little rocky since she got stepped on by a tap shoe right before the show was to start. She was pretty sad, but went on stage and did her best on the tap routine until she got kicked by another tap shoe (on accident of course). She was hurt and wanted to run to me, but she braved through it and finished the routine! I was very proud of her succeeded at her first "the show must go on" experience! She did especially well at the ballet routine (below), she loved that dance and it was easy to see! I'm very happy that we found something that she enjoys and can shine at!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Todd's Birthday

My sweet honey had another birthday! He actually got to celebrate for two days! While we were in Salt Lake we went to see the new Disney princess movie, Tangled. The kids were super excited about the movie when they saw previews, so Todd, being the softy he his, told the kids all he wanted for his birthday was tickets to see Tangled. So we gave him the tickets and invited a bunch of his friends to go with us. I appreciate Todd's friends,they are awesome! Afterwards we went to the nearest ice cream shop for ice cream cake. Unfortunately we weren't the only ones with such an idea, so it was a bit of a wait to purchase the cake. But luckily a restaurant across the way had the BYU/UTAH game on it's big screen TV, so Todd and his guests were able to watch the end of the game. What a close one! (The Y didn't win, but Todd had fun anyways, he's a good sport). We went home to Toquerville that night, so he didn't have to travel on his actual special day. That night we had dinner with a handful of his family! I think he had a good birthday, I sure hope so... he deserves it!

Winder Family Pictures

I haven't been taking as many pictures lately, but I do still enjoy it. Although this little one, even though she's usually my friend, was not happy with me at all. I think it was the big camera I kept pointing at her. But once we got her grandma there we got some smiles, well... at least no more tears, from her! Click here to see more.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great time celebrating in Salt Lake with the Montgomerys. I failed at writing what I was grateful for everyday this month, but that didn't mean I didn't think about it everyday. So here's the bottom line... I am grateful for all of my family members, but especially that my Grandma Norma is recovering well from her heart surgery! I still want her around for several more years! I am grateful for my dear husbandand my sweet children. I am grateful I am pregnant againand I am excited to see what type of personality she develops! I am grateful for all the blessings I have and the great people that are in my life. I know it's more broad then if I had written it daily, but there is so much I am grateful for... just know that I am! I love that my Grandma Norma hosts family parties for the main holidays, it is so fun to have these traditions. I remember sitting at the kids table with my cousins and developing friendships there, and now I get to watch my kids do the same thing with they're cousins. I love Thanksgiving, and now I'm looking forward to Christmas (as are my kids with immense anticipation!)

Salt Lake City Snow Fun

The kids were super excited to see snow when we arrived at my dad's place in Salt Lake City. Me, not so excited. But I love to see my kiddos having fun so while we were up there I bundled them all up and took them out for some quality time with the snow. Liv dove right in and made a snow angel (she's come a long way from the toddler that wouldn't even put a finger near the stuff)! Gary boy started building a tower which turned out to be the mountain with Toquerville Rock on it. They had fun throwing snow. Liv threw it in the air while I was Gary's main target... trouble maker. In the end, all this only lasted five, maybe ten minutes tops, and then they were too cold and ready to go back inside. I guess they're spoiled with the warmer side of Southern Utah living!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Grateful Day #7, 8, 9, & 10

So, I'm really not good at doing this on a daily basis, but oh well, cause I still think about it every day and come up with something new each day... it just takes longer to get on blogger and write them down! Anyways, for day #10 I am grateful for ultrasounds! Today we were able to see our little GIRL! She is already a big tease. When we first started the ultrasound she had her ankles crossed and her hand between her legs, so we were thinking we may not even get a peek! But with a whole lot of poking she moved her hand, but still we'd get her to open her legs for a second then she'd snap them shut. But it because obvious that there weren't any extra appendages and that she did have girly parts! Yay! Both kiddos are happy to be getting a little sister!

Day #9 - I don't have a picture for this one, but I am grateful for the chance to make cookies with Gary boy! He's really becoming such a big helper with the cookie making! I do have to hold him back from eating all the dough (and he gets frustrated cause I make him keep washing his hands every time he eats some) but it's really become a bonding experience for him and me!

Day #8 - I am grateful for Google Maps! It's been fun to easily see where my little brother is physically on his mission. He just got transferred to North Sheilds, so I googled it and was not only to see a map of where he was but also the buildings and streets from their ariel option! I think it is just too cool!

Day #7 - I am grateful for good doctors! I appreciate all the different kinds of doctors, but on this day specifically (Monday) because my sweet Grandma Norma was in for heart surgery. The surgery went smoothly and she's been recovering well. Thank heaven for the medical knowledge we have now and the great men and women that work hard to perfect their trade!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Grateful Day #4, 5, & 6 (catching up)

I was determined not to fall behind on this little project of mine, but I did nonetheless. Oh well! I'm going to do this backwards though, I guess... #6 - I am grateful for Fall Daylight Savings! I know it's hard to adjust every time this comes around, but taking my time getting out of bed because of the extra hour this morning felt wonderful!

#5 - I don't have a picture for this one, but I am grateful for clean floors. I haven't yet mastered uncluttered counters and desktops, but I have to have a clean floor to relax! And now that I'm not working all the time or struggling with morning sickness I have been able to get back in the routine of keeping my floors pretty darn clean!

#4 - I am grateful for my husbands friends! He had a very close group of friends in high school whom we still try to get together with. They are very fun people and I'm grateful they accepted me! He has a
close group of friends that he's made since we got married that he gets together with every other Friday night. And a couple of those friends and him had a getaway this last weekend. Something I love about all these friends is that they are my friends too, I know their wives and their families and it makes it special! Thanks to Todd's friends for being so awesome!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grateful Day #3 - Tiny Miracles

I guess a miracle shouldn't be called "tiny" but the reason I call them "tiny" is because you have to look harder to see them and recognize them for what they are. But in my life I have experienced lots of these types of miracles. I think I started noticing them when my mom was fighting breast cancer but even in every day life it is such a blessing to see the ways that Heavenly Father watches out for us and to give Him credit for it is a gift from Him. So keep your eyes open for "tiny miracles"!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Grateful Day #2 - Holidays

I wanted to make sure I posted about Halloween, so I decided to express my gratitude for holidays. I love them, all of them! They give us a chance to break from the every day routine and have some fun! Halloween is one of my favorites... it's fun to dress up and be someone or thing different, you get candy, and it's like the kick off of the winter holidays! I love Thanksgiving cause you can get together with all of you family and eat yummy food... it's like Christmas, but without the stress of getting the right present for everyone! And then there's Christmas, which is special for so many reasons! But I especially enjoy Halloween in southern Utah because I don't have to pile on layers of clothing to keep my kids warm while trick-or-treating! All we've needed is a light jacket & this year we had gloves too. It's nice! I hope all of your holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are awesome!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Grateful Day #1 - Family

What can I say, my family is my #1! I am so grateful that I have two wonderful children (and one on the way). Liv is an angel (most of the time), she loves school and learning. She's not very talkative in class but she absorbs everything. She loves to write her own stories and play with her dolls. She's got a close group of friends at school that the counselor calls the "Tea Party Girls" cause their quiet and keep to themselves. I'm so happy to see her being social! Gary boy is anything but shy! He is a ball full of energy... ALL of the time! So he's a bit more of a handful, especially for his teachers, but I'm happy for it because he has so much personality! He has this extreme imagination that it's hard to keep up with hat he's got going on in his mind. He's always making gun and car sounds, I'm impressed by what sounds he can make! He is his daddy & grandpa's shadow... I can't wait to see what he ends up doing when he "grows up"! This little baby that has yet to arrive, I am so grateful that we will be blessed with another angel! I'm excited to see what this child will be like and how he/she will fit into our family! And them, most importantly, I am very very grateful for my sweet husband! Todd and I have been married for over 7 years now! We have had our ups and downs and I feel like we are doing better now then ever! I can honestly say he is my better half! He keeps my head on straight and is incredibly patient with me! I think he deserves a medal for being my husband! I am grateful for his hard work at school and providing for our family all these years!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Recent Creations

Sorry I've been away for so long. I ended up getting two jobs and pregnant all at the same time! But things are calming down now so hopefully I'll be around more again! Here are some of the blankets I have finished while away... making a circle blanket went really fast and was totally different. I'm not totally in love with this one (except the color) but I'm excited to try some of the other circle blanket patterns I have! The white one was a ton of work, but I loved how it turned out! It's thick and soft, very neat combination! I hope to be posting some more soon.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Ewell Family

This last weekend I was able to take pictures of my good friends little family! Hunter, her little one, wasn't so sure about me since normally when he sees me it's cause I'm babysitting him while his momma is at work. So he didn't warm up to me until the end, but we were able to get some fun shots anyways! Click here for more of their pictures.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Liv's 6th Super Birthday

A couple weeks ago (on July 14th) we celebrated Liv's 6th birthday! It's hard to imagine it's been six years since my princess arrived, but she sure acts like a 6-year-old! For her birthday she chose a Mario theme since she LOVES the Mario Party games and the new Super Mario Bros on the Wii! Since in Mario Party they play mini games that are a lot like carnival games we decided to do the same! We had Bean Bag Toss, Balloon Pop, Ring Toss,Bottle Knock Down, and a couple other fun games! The kids earned stars for their accomplishments (just like in Mario Party)and kept track of them on a score card around their neck. The cake I was especially proud of, and thoroughly enjoyed making since Todd was able to stay home and take care of the kids while I made it! (And a special thanks to Allison Smith for the inspiration!) Liv was blessed with several gifts, but she especially loved her new purple horse! Thanks to all the kiddos that came (and parents for bringing them), the party was a success... Liv said it was her favorite one!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Independence Day

I know that this is super duper belated, but I feel funny that it's been so long since I posted something so I chose to post this nonetheless! The events keep happening and leaving me little time to sit and edit then post... it's been an insanely busy month! But I love it, July is, BY FAR, my favorite month! So for Independence Day (since I'm trying not to just call it "The Fourth of July" cause if you think about it it really does sounds kinda silly) we had a little barbeque with the Christensens. I cooked uplots of yumminess in patriotic colors which also made them fun to eat! The kids especially loved the blue star shaped ice cubes! The weather was wonderful (this was before the insane heat wave hit) so we were able to sit outside and play games mostly! When the sun had set we started fireworks. Lonnie and Todd were able to put on a great show with our $25 bunch of fireworks. In-between choosing which fountain to do Lonnie would throw out some flowers then Todd would like another firework or two... it was fun! I am very grateful for our country, and for those who fight for our freedom!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Olivia's 6-Year-Old Pictures

I can't believe my sweet girl will be six in a week! She has grown so much, and I am so proud of her! Last weekend we took her out to take pictures, she was all smiles!