Friday, October 31, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Trunk Or Treat

Last night was our church Trunk or Treat activity. It was so much fun! I guess I didn't realize all that went into Trunk or Treats. We decorated the back of our car with cobwebs, pumpkins, spiders, and other creepy things. The kids all had fun running around from car to car getting candy with all of their friends and parents just hung out and socialized. Whoever came up with this idea was a GENIUS.
After the candy distribution we went inside and had a huge chili dinner. There were so many different kinds, it was hard to choose! Justin and I's was DELICIOUS. Sadly we did not win the competition- lame. After dinner they had a costume parade. I helped Emily walk around the gym with the other kids. She thought it was really fun. She smiled, squealed, and waved to all of the people. She even did a great job walking with me only holding onto one of her arms. Sadly again Emily did not win the costume contest- lame-o. The final event of the evening was games for the kids. Justin and I ran a bean-bag booth. I have to admit I was a little annoyed when Justin told me he signed us up to run a booth (I just wanted to eat and hang out, not work), but it ended up really funny to watch the kids and Emily loved to play with the bean bags so she was entertained the whole time. All in all it was a great Halloween party!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Festivities

The Halloween festivities have begun! Last Saturday Emily went to her first birthday party!! I don't know why I thought this was so exciting, but I did. It was a costume party for two little boys in our ward who were turning one. I didn't take any pictures that day because Emily decided she was going to be shy and wouldn't leave me for a second to even take a little picture. Anyways, Halloween dress up #1.

Dress up #2 was yesterday and for playgroup a lady in our ward put on a Halloween costume parade!! It was so fun! Here is a little plug for ward play groups. They are WONDERFUL. I can't even express what a blessing it has been. I don't consider myself a shy person, but I'm kind of hesitant to just put myself out there. However, I have no problem going to a park once a week letting Emily crawl around on the grass and meet lots of wonderful women. Anyways, back to the parade. The kids were so fun. There were all sorts of really neat costumes, police men, star wars, Disney princesses, ballerinas, pirates, little red riding hood, the list goes on and on. We had pumpkin cookies and really enjoyed one another's company while the kids played and played and played and took a fantastic nap when we went home. Emily loves being around other kids so she always has a good time. It was a great day to be a mom.
Here is a shot of Emily in her lady bug tutu.
Here is my attempt at getting as many kids in as a could. I would to point the Little Bo Peep and her little sister the Lost Sheep here next to Minnie Mouse- TOO CUTE!

Dress up #3 will be this Saturday at our ward Trunk-or-Treat/chili cook off. Justin is going to make chili for the cookoff! I will take much better pictures of Emily at this event.

Splish Splash I Love Taking A Bath

This is just a little note to express my love for bath time! It is a good 20 minutes where Emily is sure to entertain herself. With a little help from a few little toys the bathtub transfers to this new exciting little world. Every day around 7:15 we head up for the bath tub. Emily knows what is going on as soon as we get into the bathroom. She doesn't cry or fight as I try to take her clothes off, in fact she even helps as much as she can. She loves to be in the tub as the water fills up, running her fingers through the pouring water. Once she has all of the water she is going to get the festivities begin. One of her favorite activities are swimming on her belly. She slides back and forth. She use to do little 360's on her tummy, but she is too long now and gets stuck half way through. She likes to lay on her back and kick- this doesn't really last very long before she flips herself back over. She likes to stand up and sit down and stand up and sit down over and over and over again. I have to remove all of the soap, shampoo, anything or else because she likes to stand up and shimmy herself around knocking whatever she can into the water. Her lastest activity is playing peek-a-boo with me from behind the shower door. She laughes so hard during this game (it is probably my favorite to0). Now that she is getting bigger she tells me she is done by trying to climb out of the tub by herself. She can't do it yet, but it is really cool to watch her try and figure it out. Once she is out of the tub she gets wrapped up tight in a towel. A naked baby wrapped up in a towel is in my opinion the most adorable thing in the entire world. Whether a new born or a 10 month old, it is so sweet. Anyways, I know this is a lot of writing for such a simple thing, but I am trying to journal more about little Em's life and bathing really is a fun time for her, so sorry if it bored you, but we have some good times every night with the rubber duckies, squirty animals, and her glow in the dark dinosaur.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Knotts Berry Farm

Last Saturday we went to Knotts Berry Farm. Kathy's (Justin's mom) work had their annual picnic there. The day started out with a delicious picnic- unbelievably good fried chicken. Then we went into the park. We had so much fun on all of the rides- except one. It was called Perilous Plunge! It was one of those 'get wet' rides. Well our cart goes straight down (so scary) and hits the bottom leaving us dry at first. I had a millisecond where I thought "wow, I had the best seat-not even wet" then all of a sudden WHOOSH this huge wave overtakes my entire body. I was drenched. More drenched than a full on shower. No joke. I tell this story for several reasons- 1. don't go on it. even if you are tempted, it is kind of fun, but not worth the soakingness of it. 2. it explains why I look soaking and disgusting in the above picture. Oh, the other bummer is "The Excellerator" was closed all day which is the most fun rollercoaster- maybe next time.

Cute Emily Story: So we took her to see Snoopy. She was really excited when we first saw him and started to pet him like she pets the dogs. It was really cute. Also, in all of the lines we waited in, Emily passed the time by waving at all of the people. She is such a social butterfly!

Here is the tribute to Ghost Busters. Next year they are going to do a whole ghost busters theme I guess. It should be pretty interesting.

Here is Emily getting ready for her first amusement park ride. It was a snoopy bus that took you in circles. I have to be honest when I say this was the only ride all day that made me sick. Poor kids!

Since it is Halloween time they have these scary monster guys walking around. They really are scary! As much as Emily loved Snoopy, she wanted nothing to do with this guy or the vampire.
It was a very fun, long, hot, tiring day. Emily took the liberty of snuggling up and rejuvenating. We all slept well that night!

Monday, October 13, 2008

June Lake

Last weekend we went to June Lake for Justin's sister Jessica's wedding. It was a beautiful wedding. I was kind of lame and didn't really take any pictures on the wedding day. However, for pictures of the bride and groom check out Matt and Christi's pictures. Someday soon I will have a cute little family picture of us up here. Well here are some I do have.
Here's Justin, Emily and I at the waterfall. I love that this beautiful little spot is only about a 15 minute walk from the house.

Setting up for the wedding- this was the hoody club.
Here's Emily with Justin's cousin's little boy Caleb. They kept each other entertained.

Emily and her Kitty

At Grandma Connie's house there are two kitty's- Maggie and Reba. You would have thought Emily had died and gone to heaven. She would light up whenever she saw one of the cats. She would squeal, kick her legs, clap her hands, and army man crawl to them as fast as she could. They didn't find her quite as amusing, but they were good sports to let her pet them. One day the cats would lay on their backs and stretch their arms and legs completely exposing their bellies. Emily would lay down next to them and mimic them by stretching her arms and legs. It was quite possibly one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen. I am so sad that I did not get a picture of it.

Sadly we had to leave the kitty's at Grandma's house. When we returned home we realized Emily's stuffed BYU Idaho bear (from Aunt Kati) was fuzzy just like the cats. Emily would hold the bear and say "kit-ty" no joke. So the bear is her kitty. Watch the video to see how excited she gets and how she devours the poor thing.


A Day On The Golf Course

When we were in June Lake we went golfing. The golf course even let us bring Emily along. I didn't golf all that great, but we had a fun time!

Ice Cream, Ice Cream GIVE ME MY ICE CREAM!!!!!

Emily LOVES ice cream :) She does become quite a little grouch if we don't get her a bite fast enough. It's pretty funny to hear her grunt.


So You Think You Can Dance


I don't think I really need to comment on this, because her moves speak for themselves. If she keeps this up I think she will be a serious contestant for So You Think You Can Dance 2025!

The Tornado

Emily is at the stage where her favorite activity is making a mess. Here are before and after pictures of her favorite mess to make. This change happened in about 2 minutes.