Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Well, I haven't sat on my couch in almost 2 weeks. 
The day of the spider.
(And also, my lips are the size of China in this pic).

Stori is 100%  potty-trained with ZERO accidents.

While my mom was in Oregon with Bridget, we went to her house and put up 3 Christmas trees for her as a surprise. This was Dan's 5th year putting them up and he's getting pretty good at it! :)

We made cookies last night for FHE even though none of us really like cookies all that much

And my girls are still just as cute as ever.

The End.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

a little bit of June bug and Rosie girl

2 things really amazed me today; how fast I forget what it's like to be pregnant, and how fast 3 months goes by with a newborn. :(
 I forget that cool feeling of the baby kicking and squirming. I forget the excitement of each Dr. apt where they listen to the heart beat. I forget the uncomfortable sleeping-situation/clothes-wearing/work-out stage with a giant belly. I forget the labor pains. And I forget what it's like to have just one tiny human.
But I suppose it's all for the best to forget most of those so that we will want to have more children in the future.
As if having these beauties isn't motivation enough!


Here are a few achievements of our little June Bug!
+ ran her first 5k in Logan, UT
+ went to her first movie at the cheap theatre for FHE. She stayed awake the whole time watching Despicable Me 2.
+ smiles all the live long day! She has always been this way. It is very rare that she won't smile at you while you talk to her. She is also very ticklish and giggles lots!
+ eats every 3 hrs during the day and has a very set schedule with naps. she's very predictable.
+ goes to bed at 7:30 or 8 and sleeps through the night (except for this last week-she was sick and I was exhausted).
+ still sleeps in the bassinet next to our bed
+ still loves to be a burrito and loves her binkers
+ hasn't lost any of her hair yet (knock on wood) in fact it's getting longer.
+ wears size 1 diapers and is fitting into 0-3 month clothes
+ she rarely cries, but when she does, Astoria is there to rescue her before I get the chance to. She will give her her binkers, rock her, and whisper sweet words to her. The other day this happened...

She went and got her bunny book from her room and was reading it to her. She said, "Ohhh poor punkin, let's read book together......" 
     "....It's spring and the bunnies jump in puddles. What flowers you see? Orange flowers? blue flowers?" 
Her little voice is so cute! I say this every time, but she is such a good big sister. (and only partially nude part of the time :) ).
 Having Sylvie June in our life just makes sense! Don't know what we ever did without her or her sister. Sure we went on a lot more dates--but the dates we have at home watching a movie with popcorn or ice cream, is kind of hard to beat if you have two beautiful little red heads sleeping in the next room!

and if all those pictures weren't enough, here are ever so many more!
1st Dam Run in Logan UT--- I think this was my 10th year doing this race!
Daddy is a lucky, lucky guy! 
Watching Despicable Me 2 with the Foresters (and popcorn). All the kids did awesome for the whole movie!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

the "spooooky spider"

2 things.
1. I will never sit on my couch again, and
2. We might have to move!

I was using up my precious 'Stori nap time' to cuddle with little miss Sylvie June Bug. Just laying on the couch with her laying on my chest. Best thing ever. Then it happened. In my peripheral vision I spotted a "fly" walking across our blanket. Then it continued to walk up the couch. WALK--- Fly's don't walk people, they FLY! So I hopped up faster than you can say Cotten Eye Joe and took sweet Sylvie and hopped up on the table. Sadly I woke up Stori and she was so scared of the spooky spider crawling on the couch. Let me tell you this---it looked like a crab mixed with a scorpion! With hairy legs! ughlllggg!!!! Well I called dan and he said he wouldn't come home from work to kill it, so I had to improvise. I looked out the window for a stranger to come up and kill it for me. Nothing. Then I looked for my neighbors. All gone for the day. So I called Alicia who helped me find someone that was home. Brian Garcia is the name of the hero. He came over, confirmed my description of the scorpion-crab-spider, killed it with Dan's shoe, and threw it away. After he left, I loaded up my kids and went to Walmart until Dan came home (2 hours later)! It's safe to say I have a pretty big fear of spiders. Especially ones that crawl on me and my little baby! Who knows how long it had been hanging out with us!
P.S. Netflix and Hulu are horrible and awful, and I love them!
Parenthood, New Girl, Psych, Castle, Blacklist, Modern Family, and probably a lot more that I'm forgetting!
Picture taken back before the spider ruined my life. Those were simpler times. 

Monday, November 4, 2013


Halloween 2013
-We usually start planning our halloween costumes about 4 months in advance, and then finish the costumes, the night before. Well, this year is no different.
In August, after much thought for the spooky holiday, we finally decided we would be the cast of 'Tangled.' The one problem we had--Astoria wanted to be Flynn Ryder.
Astoria+Flynn=True Love
We thought it might be a little weird for our 2 year old to dress like a boy, so the brainwashing began. By September we had her sold. Stori would be 'Princess Punzel', Dan would be Flynn, Sylvie as Pascal, and myself as Mother Gothel. 
(Don't think about the creepiness of Stori hooking up with her Dad, cause that would totally ruin everything. So just don't think.) 
All I had to make for Stori's costume was the hair. I just braided golden yarn and hot glued flowers in. (Thanks Ambs for holding Sylvie while I created!) I had already purchased the Punzel dress as a 'dress-up' toy/potty training reward. (oh ya, Stori is potty trained whoop whoop)!!!!

For Pascal, I had to create it all. I used felt for the tail and the eyes. Just put the eyes on a headband and it worked great so that we could still see Sylvie's beautiful hair! :) (Thanks to meg for the green body)!

Mother Gothel's costume was all borrowed from my Mom's stash of old and previous Halloween costumes and Amanda's vampire dress.
Flynn took the most work. My favorite part was that we used my Grandma Lila's wig! haha! I made his boots out of DI brown sweater sleeves, his vest from an old DI henley, the toggles on his vest from the rest of the brown sweater, the brown pants were from DI, the satchel---yep, you guessed it, also from DI, and the crown from the Dollar Store. Dan grew out his facial hair for the role, and put on his best 'smolder' face.

We won "Best Family Costume" at our ward Halloween Party. We LOVE our ward, and Stori especially loves our Bishop!
Bishop with most of the kids
+on actual Halloween, we headed out to Lewisville to Trick or Treat a few houses, and then on to my Mom's house to enjoy pizza dinner with Mom and Josh's fam!
before the carnival
We love almost everything about Halloween: dressing up, the decorations, the candy, the pumpkins/punkins, and the weather. the thing we (mostly me) HATE=all things scary! So no haunted houses or scary movies for us! Can't believe this is our last Halloween in Rexburg! :(