Friday, December 19, 2014

Fall Photo Dump: November

I finally have part 3 of the Fall Photo Dump ready to share! (Part 1 and Part 2

November was a busy month. Really, once we hit Halloween life stays fairly busy until the new year. Hailey's birthday is a week after Halloween, Kyle's is a week after Hailey's and Thanksgiving is just two weeks after Kyle's. Of course after Thanksgiving it's all about Christmas and then we relax. :) 

Hailey's birthday fell on a Saturday this year. She had a busy day. Her partying started Friday night when my parent's took her via the train to Salt Lake City to make her own bear at Build-A-Bear. Saturday morning we hosted a birthday party, then Hailey was wisked away to lunch with her fabulous Aunts and Uncle, after which Kyle took Hailey out to the movie theater to see How to Train Your Dragon 2, and then it was dinner and opening family gifts. Whew! That is a lot to do for a 5 year old! She had a blast of a birthday.

We don't do birthday parties every year- too much work and money (and she gets way too spoiled with presents)! But, turning 5 is a big deal, so it merited a birthday party. Not just any birthday party, a Batgirl birthday party. We had masks and capes for all of the attendees, a photo booth, and Kyle set up a batcave in the family room with bats hanging from the ceiling. The girls practiced their Batgirl skills by tossing bat-a-rang bean bags, and by playing pin the bat-a-rang on the robber. Of course we finished up with cupcakes and presents. I was a little unsure how the Batgirl party would be received, it's not the traditional princess party most of the girls her age have. The girls loved it! They all wore the masks and capes and were super excited about entering the batcave. A big part of this party wouldn't have happened without Kyle. Like most of it. I did the masks and capes, cupcakes and invitations. Kyle did the rest. He is awesome, boy am I lucky!

And then came Thanksgiving. We drove to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with Kyle's family at his aunt's house. It was the perfect weekend. We had a blast. There was a Turkey Table Tennis Tournament complete with brackets (both winning and losing), a night of Bingo with Target dollar spot item prizes, a fun run (2 miles, 4 miles, and a kids 100 yard dash), the girls watched enough movies to last them an entire year, we ate amazing amounts of delicious food, mostly not the healthiest-and loved it, did some shopping, and just relaxed. It was great. We were sad to come back home to real life again.

Admittedly, I didn't even bring the camera. We were packing so much stuff already I didn't want to add another thing to our load, and I just felt like enjoying the week and not feeling any pressure to document it. Luckily Kyle's mom snapped pictures on her phone and shared them with me!

Ok. Now we're all caught up. Bring on Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Keira is 2!

Keira is 2 today! It feels like this day has taken forever to come. It seems like this girl has acted two for the past 4 months or so. And now we are officially here! 2 years old!

She is a funny, funny girl. She is just naturally goofy. She loves to have a good time.  

Keira is a smarty pants. She doesn't miss a thing. I feel like I can tell her just about anything and she gets it. Hailey went to play at Cate's house last week. I told Keira I would take her over to Rara's while Hailey played. Keira put the pieces together, "Hailey, Cate. Rara, me." I love that she understands. That means I can potentially prevent a breakdown by explaining what is happening, or will happen, and what we can do afterwards. She gets it and is patient to wait until we're done with whatever we need to do before we can do what she wants.

Keira has picked up a bit of counting... by 2's. Her counting goes 2, 4, 6, 8. Playing hide-and-seek with Hailey she covers her eyes, quickly counts 2,4,6,8 and runs to find her. No matter how hard I try, she will not repeat 1, 3, 5, or 7 with me. I say one, she says two. Oh well, she's starting to get it.

Everything is the color blue. She will repeat back to me the colors I tell her, but when asked what color something is it is always blue.

Keira is a little mimic. She repeats everything she hears immediately after it has been said, with no hesitation. She jabbers all day long. Non-stop talking. She gets a lot of practice in, which is why I feel like she is a pretty good little talker. She is starting to put together her own creative sentences. They are short, and often incomplete, but she is able to fully get her point across. Just the other night Kyle was sitting at the kitchen table. Keira was underneath his chair and let out a toot. She said, "Dad... Dad... Dad..." finally Kyle responded, "What?" she poked her head out from the chair and looked up at him, "I toot."

Keira is getting quite imaginative in her pretend play. She totes Monkey around with her and pretends to wipe his bum, or feed him food. She likes to get him dressed in doll clothes and put him to bed to sleep. She also enjoys cooking in the play kitchen and occasionally brings me food to eat. 

She is a non-stop eater. Need to motivate Keira? Just mention food and she'll come running. "Yay! Snack!" There isn't anything she doesn't like, besides refried beans. Though just last week we had a bit of a breakthrough. She ate refried beans, all on her own. Sometimes Keira devours her food so fast, she doesn't know what happened. One day Keira ate her clementine orange so quickly she was genuinely confused where it went. "Where'd orange go?" I had to explain to her that she had already eaten it. She wasn't so happy about that answer. 

Keira loves to read books. The second I sit down on the couch I have two little girls racing to the books to get back to me with the first one. Keira is always patient when it's Hailey's turn. As soon as Hailey's book is finished she sprints back to me (I don't know why she never wants to sit and listen to it too) with a new book, "My turn!

Keira is the most polite toddler ever. She is quick to apologize, even to inanimate objects, like the couch. I love her "Sorry, Mommy." Her thank you's are adorable. She always mentions the person she is thanking by name, "Thank you Hey (Hailey)." Keira is also very good at sharing. She's never happy if you take from her, but if you ask nicely she is nearly always willing to share.

Keira is a pure delight and wins me over daily. Happy Birthday Keira!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Fall Photo Dump- October

Part 2 of my Fall Photo Dump surrounds October. (Here's part 1, if you missed it.) October was a good, but busy month with my birthday, a surprise stay at Sundance for Kyle and I, a visit from Kyle's parents, and of course it was topped off by Halloween.

Mid-October Kyle's parents traveled down to Utah for a weekend visit. We enjoyed an afternoon at Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point, a BYU football game, and an easy going Sunday walk around Lagoon up to Farmington Pond.

In an attempt to document a little bit more of everyday life, one morning I pulled out the camera during breakfast. Keira is the biggest mess maker, maybe that's why all of the pictures ended up being of her. (Notice the size of her spoon. Cracks me up!)

I love the sequence in the last three pictures. Typically the girls will make this face at each other (it's Keira's where's my dinner face) and then they bust up laughing.

Next up: November.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fall Photo Dump- September

Boy am I behind. On the blog. In my house. In life in general. Seriously, the month of November wiped me out. I'm finally feeling back on my feet and productive again.

Since it's nearing Christmas and I have pictures dating back to September I have yet to share, I'm just going to do it all in one place and dump 'em. I have a pretty good number of pictures to share, and since a long post is well... a long post, I'm splitting it into three parts, September, October and November. Here is installment numero uno.  

Hailey played a season of fall soccer. She played when she was 3, but that didn't go over so well. She just wasn't ready. 1 1/2 years later she was ready! She had a blast and was quite physical. She threw some bows and dug her way into the pack to snag the ball. She had quite a few nice breakaways, but couldn't ever finish it off with a goal. We need to work on redirecting the ball, instead of just kicking it in a straight line. :)

Hailey also played with her friend Cate, which made it extra fun. It was pretty awesome to have a friend on her team this year!

At the beginning of the school year I started watching Cate twice a week for a total of 4 hours. It is fun to have a friend pre-scheduled to come over twice during week. Hailey and Cate have a lot of fun together. The two of them are only a month apart in birthdays, so they're a pretty perfect age to play together.

One afternoon the girls asked to play princess pirates and wanted eye patches. I made them eye patches, rolled up mail ads for spyglasses, and gave them a large piece of paper and crayons. They drew themselves a fancy treasure map and then went outside to follow the path they had drawn. We topped the afternoon off with Otter Pops. I love having a backyard!

Stay tuned for October! It's coming, I promise. :)


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