Saturday, October 31, 2009


We just got home from trick-or-treating! We went with a few families in our ward. All girls, except Baby Ezra. They are Minnie Mouse (she still wouldn't wear any form of ears), dinosaur Ezra, Ariel, Tooth Fairy, and a couple of very scary witches. Here is our group shot before the madness began.
My cute little mouse with her rubbed off nose.

Here she is walking before the "carry ya" started and Justin carried her all night.
No ears, but I had to show off her really cute curls!

Below are the kiddos all waiting in line to get their treats. At first it was a huge rush to see who could get there first. It even almost resulted in Emily nearly getting shoved off of a porch. Eventually they got a good little system down. It was especially fun going with a few little older girls- they would attempt to open the door if the owner didn't get there quick enough. Oh, and Emily did great at actually saying, "trick-or-treat." Pretty dang cute.
These were some of my favorite decorations. This was a fun neighborhood to trick-or-treat in for the natural decorations alone. There were so many leaves on the sidewalk that you could heard them crunching as the kids ran over them. It was a warm windy night that added an additional natural spook. All around it was just fun to experience Halloween New England style.
First is the laying down pumpkin man.
Then the scary pumpkin man.
Then the ensemble of intricately carved pumpkins.
Here is Emily checking out her loot. She got some good stuff that Justin and I will enjoy later. However, I think I will report that her favorite Halloween candy are the mini lollipop suckers.
Last, but not least, an interview with our little trick-or-treater.

The Unforgettable Forgettable Birthday

Yesterday was Justin's birthday!!! Yay!!!! No we didn't go to Disneyland, I just thought that was cute picture of Justin with his biggest fan. So Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!

Bummer for Justin, he had class ALL day yesterday so really we had nothing all that exciting on the books to celebrate. We even had an adult Stake Conference meeting to go to that evening. (I even got a babysitter!). Anyways, we decided instead to go to dinner. Bad, I know. But we knew we'd have a good time and Emily would be home having fun with the cute girl from the ward.

We decided to go to P.F. Changs because randomly in the mail we received a buy-one-get-one-free dinner (not even birthday related). So we made our reservation and headed off. About halfway there we realized we forgot the mailer. Oops. We went anyways and had a DELICIOUS dinner. We left and went to an ATM to get cash for the babysitter. We realized Justin forgot his debit card at the restaurant so he went back and got it while I used my debit card to get cash. We reunited and started walking toward our car only to realize we (I) forgot our food at the ATM. We went back and got it. We walked all the way to our car, got in the car, and drove to the attendant to realize we had forgotten to get our parking ticket validated. Without the validation parking cost $35, with $12. We re-parked, walked back to the restaurant (about 10 minute walk) got the ticket validated and finally went home. That was the end of forgetting, but we still felt like we would have left our heads at home if they weren't attached to our bodies! Oh- and of course Emily forgot that when it is dark outside you are suppose to sleep and instead wanted to play between 1 and 4 in the morning.

Things we didn't forget-
1. To say Happy Birthday
2. To have a good time
3. To be grateful I have an amazing husband who I love SO SO SO much!!

Happy Birthday Justin!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I Think We All Knew This Would Happen

While Emily sleeps in her high chair, Justin finds comfort in a low back chair during Anatomy. A special thanks goes out to his classmates for posting this beauty of a picture on facebook. There is an album where they post pictures of people sleeping in their classes. I personally find it hilarious. In case you thought this was a one time occurrence.. nope.

(He told me later he was leaning forward so he wouldn't fall asleep. Worked like a charm.)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Never Thought It Would Happen

I really didn't think Emily had it in her to fall asleep at the table. Today she proved me wrong.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Minnie Mouse Photo Shoot

Here's my cute little Minnie Mouse.

p.s. Yes I am kind of morbid and we took our Halloween pictures at the cemetery. It did have the largest selection of cool colored leaves though. :)

Halloween Party

Last night was our ward Halloween party. I would be lying if I told you everything went smoothly. Emily didn't take a nap during normal times so when she woke up from her makeshift nap about a half hour before the party she was GRUMPY. We couldn't get her to stop crying let alone put on a costume. So we were a half an hour late. Once we there it was much more fun. She was excited when she saw all of the other kids in their costumes. She would get all giddy when she saw a character she recognized (Buzz Lightyear, Tinkerbell, etc.) That was fun. They had a cupcake making station which was fun and cute. There was lots of stuff more geared toward the older kids. However, once the trunk-or-treat started, Emily thought she had died and gone to heaven. Unfortunately now we have oodles of candy that I personally don't want to eat and don't necessarily want Emily to eat so maybe that is what our trick or treaters will get...

"Trick or treat"
Anxiously going to the next car

Family picture. We couldn't get her to wear her ears very much. It was really hot inside the church so I don't blame her.
Eating her cupcake she made with Daddy

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween Preview

Here's a little preview of Emily's super cute Halloween costume for our ward party tonight :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Grandpa Ron

In the past few years our family has celebrated many joyous occassions. We have celebrated, and I've blogged, about weddings, births, moves, academic accomplishments, and many other things. Recently we had another occassion. Our Grandpa Ron has passed away. While this certainly is not joyous, in fact it is very sad (I'm crying), I think everyone who knew Ron would agree his life is worth remembering and celebrating.

Before I knew Ron he was a Los Angeles Sheriff. He loved to tell us stories about raids and adventures he had from this career. You couldn't help but feel excitement as he recounted these times and it showed you that although he retired from the force, he was always a Sheriff at heart.

Ron was also a recipient of a heart transplant. I had never been familiar with anyone who had gone through that sort of procedure. He shared with me once the story of him going into the operating room and having all of his family lined up in the hallway giving him high fives as he went to the operating room. The mental image of that moment is so beautiful to me. I am so grateful for that procedure because it prolonged his life to be a part of so many wonderful times. If you are not an organ donor, please become one. It really does save lives.

I first met Ron the Thanksgiving I was dating Justin. We went to Ron's home in June Lake. As overwhelmed as I was by being around so many new people I felt completely comfortable in Ron and Connie's home. They made anyone around them feel like family. The love those two show to all around them is indescribable.

Justin and I lived with Ron and Connie the summer after we got married and worked at their resort. It was such a wonderful time to get to know them. To hear their stories about shooting bears, fishing trips, and travels was so much fun. We also learned a valuable lesson. To be successful in life, you have to work hard. Working hard is just that- hard, but it does pay off in the end. Since then we have celebrated Christmas's, Thanksgivings, 4th of July's, random weekends, and many other fun times with Ron and Connie. They have been a part of all of the memorable times in our lives. The first few days of Emily's life, our graduation, and even our leaving to Boston.

I truly loved Ron and will miss his laughter, stories, beautiful salads, hugs, and smile.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Enjoying Sunshine and Cute Babies

We are in California for a few days, which I will blog more about later, but in the meantime Emily and I (Allison) were able to spend a few days with our newest family members! Here are pictures of Emily with Baby Westin. She loves to play/terrorize him. He will sit in his little infant chair and she will try to bounce it like crazy saying "wee wee." Poor kid goes through an earthquake before we get to her. But really she loves him. She give him sweet little kisses and just loves him. We already can't wait to see them again at Christmas!