Saturday, November 19, 2011

Our First Snow in Utah

Well, there was a light spattering of snow about a week and a half ago, but that didn't really count. Last night, we got some real snow. Now, I absolutely hate snow, but you all knew that right? It's fine and dandy when you drive up to the mountains, go sledding, make snow angels and snowmen, and all that, but living in it is awful. The cold, the wet, the ice, shoveling snow and scraping windshields and not being able to go out whenever I want to. . . it's awful!
Ok, enough of my rant. Despite my dislike for the weather, I don't want to keep Katie away from all the fun experiences with snow. We've stocked up on some winter clothes for her (everything from last Winter in Rexburg is too small) and headed out to play today! She had a good time, although she mostly enjoyed eating the snow. Haha!

There's the playground momma!
Can you see the excitement?

See her little boogers? She's had a runny nose for a while now, but it was really acting up outside. I think she gets that from me. If I spend more than 3 or 4 minutes out in the cold, my nose runs like crazy!
Brad kept throwing snowballs at her. Poor girl. Lol. And then he plopped a huge thing of snow on her head! She didn't really notice it was there though. :)
See? She loved just eating the snow. No worries. We made sure she only ate the clean top layer.
I tried to make a snowman, but it broke. So I made a mini one. :)
Hope everyone else is out enjoying their weather today!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Experimentation in Home Decoration

Over the past few years, I have become less and less crafty. Sad, but true. I can never think of cute ideas, or when I do, they never seem to be. . . complete. Take the wall in my dining room for example. I thought I was being super creative when I put 6 pictures up there in a somewhat asymmetrical way. Then, I put a vinyl of the word family next to one of the pictures. It looked good to me and I didn't really think anything of it, until my mom came up a couple months ago. She brought some home decor items from her house, put a few more things up on that wall and a bookshelf underneath and made everything look a million times better. I just don't have that kind of eye anymore. Oh well. I do try sometimes though, when I see good inspiration from somewhere else. Like this "pin" on pinterest that I saw.
http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Crafting/Project-Gallery/Guest-Designers/Mark-Montano/Paper-Flower-Key-Holder
How cute is that?
Well, I decided to attempt my own. We needed a designated place for keys anyway, since they always seem to end up all over the place. I didn't follow the directions to a "T" because I didn't have a stapler, or clear coat spray paint or whatever, but I think they look pretty cute. What do you think?

My cooking blog has inspired me to be more creative and crafty, so you may see more posts like this in the future. I've also decided that I sit at the computer WAY too much during the day, so being up and moving or even just sitting at the kitchen table to work on something instead will be way more beneficial.



In Katie news:
Still not much talking. I'm not really worried, but it would make it easier for her to express herself. She does say a few words- Yeah, hot, ouch, hat, bubble, dad, up, no, juice, shoe, cheese, water, go, and she actually said the word book yesterday rather than just signing it. Speaking of which, she seems to enjoy sign language way more than English. Lol.
She loves Yo Gabba Gabba, which we are seeing live next week, and Kipper.
She LOVES books!
She loves to drag her blankets and pillows all over the apartment and cuddle up on the floor, or tuck her toys into bed. When she is ready for a nap, she puts her pillow and blankets in my lap, climbs up, cuddles, and then falls asleep.
She likes to feed her snacks to her baby and her barbies.
Her hair is growing! And she has the cutest little curls in the back.
She is so great at playing independently and using her imagination.
She is also a huge troublemaker! The terrible twos have hit early here and she has become a pro at throwing tantrums. Covering her face with her hands, falling to the floor with fake tears, the whole bit. It's hard for Brad and I not to crack up laughing when she does this.
Teething is a killer.
She loves to dance to any music, any where, and time.
Bedtime is still a challenge (she has never really been a good sleeper), but I SO appreciate my wonderful hubby who gets up with her in the middle of the night.
He favorite beverage is water. Like mother, like daughter!
Oh, and our ward is letting her into nursery early! Her first full Sunday in nursery was last week and of course she did great. No fear or worries at all about leaving momma and daddy behind to play with other little kids and toys! Although apparently, she did pass out at some point while eating a crayon. Haha!
I put most recent pictures on Facebook, but i'll try and get some on here later today or tomorrow. :)