Wednesday, November 23, 2011


My friend recently wrote about a post she found where the person took things she was ungrateful for, and turned them into things she could be grateful. I decided to give it a try this year!

~I am grateful for so many diaper changes since it gives me a few seconds of individual quality time with my children

~I am grateful that Jared has to work late so that I am reminded that we are lucky he has a job.

~I am grateful for toys littering the house because it means Addie was enjoying being a kid and wasn't glued to the TV

~I am grateful to get up in the night with Dallin since it means he is alive and well

~I a grateful to make dinner every night because it teaches me to serve my family

~I am grateful for a snoring husband because I have my love to share a bed with

~I am grateful that sick Addie is giving Dallin kisses because she is learning to care for her brother (though I wish she could hold off until she didn't have the cold anymore)

~I am grateful for my talk this Sunday so I have an excuse to research a gospel topic

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

When They're Silent, You Go Searching

I think that Adelyn has hit that mischievous stage, where she'll go off and do things really quietly. Which always seems so nice- until you discover what it was they were up to. Some are harmless- others not so much.
~On one occasion, I left her on the toilet to go tend to Dallin. I come back to find that she'd wrapped herself in toilet paper. How she managed to become a mummy in that margin of a time- I will never know!
~Lately, when she decides she wants to use the bathroom, or wants to take a bath, I find a scene similar to the one below:
~ Addie also likes to color on things she's not supposed to or get into things she knows she's not allowed to have- so when I come over, she very innocently says, "Look what I found, Mommy!" or "Here ya go Mommy!".....just like when she figured out how to open my mascara....

Friday, November 4, 2011


I just can't get over how bubbly Dallin is already! He loves to smile (even in the middle of the night) and laughs easily. With Adelyn, you basically had to hire a comedian, bring in a circus, and exert all the energy you had just to make her laugh (little bit of exaggeration, but you get the point). It shocks me daily how different they are! Dallin sure loves to listen and watch Addie wherever she goes- he can point out her voice to perfection, and pays more attention to her than an of the rest of us. Addie loves him too, she'll share her blankets and dolls with him, and continually tries to give him water from her sippie, but other than that he's still not as exciting as a playmate for her. In some ways I wish he'd hurry and grow up so they could play together, but then I don't want him to get any bigger- i love the stage he's in! I actually caught myself thinking up ways to prevent him from growing up....pathetic, right??

Adelyn is singing like crazy lately! Her favorite songs are usually Christmas ones but in addition to Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman she sings Mickey Mouse, I am a Pizza, and Barney song. It's pretty cute! I love to hear her cute little voice.

Dallin is three months and just rolled over for the first time this week! He also loves to sit in the bumbo now. We tried rice cereal yesterday, but he wasn't a fan. I'll have to mix it with breast milk and maybe he'll like that better. He also enjoys the daily walks we've been going on, as does Addie. She's usually jabbering the whole time about every little thing she sees or has ever seen. We've been talking about picnics whenever we see benches, so yesterday I decided to just take them there to have dinner. Addie could barely contain her excitement and she ate like a champ! Maybe we'll have to start eating there regularly so that she'll eat more! :)
And don't mind Adelyn appearing to pick her nose in this least she's not feeding that to Dallin!

Halloween 2011

This year was a lot of fun since it was Adelyn's first year really getting excited about the holidays and also because we decided to do a family theme for our costumes. Adelyn was Tinkerbell, Dallin was Peter Pan, I was Wendy and Jared was John. I'm not too big on spending a ton of money for 1 or 2 uses, so I bought Addie's fairy costume at TJ Maxx for $10, Dallin's was a clearance shirt from Walmart, and I got Jared and my nightgowns at Goodwill. Top hats are hard to come by, so we created it from foam. Maybe I should have spent more money on the costumes- rarely anybody understood what we were (Does nobody watch Peter Pan 14 billion times like we have?!?!'s one of Addie's favorites)- but as I mentioned above, I am cheap!
Adelyn was pretty freaked out with anything to do with spiders, skeletons, or flashing lights, but did okay as long as we held her. She just clung on for dear life, poor thing! The trunk or treat was really fun to see all our friends there dressed up, and it helped Addie get the gist of trick or treating. In fact, yesterday the door was closed to the bathroom so Addie tried to get it open first, then simply knocked and said, "trick or treat!". Haha she cracks me up sometimes!
We also went trick or treating around our neighborhood, but that turned out uneventful since there were hardly any trick or treaters besides us and our LDS neighbors. Plus, didn't seem like the neighbors really wanted to get into it either. There were a scarce amount of houses that even had their lights on! Next year we might just go somewhere else. It seems to me that the Halloween tradition of trick or treating is kinda dwindling- is that everyone else's experiences too?
Well we had fun, and it was good getting to know some of our neighbors. Plus, Addie had fun (Dallin just liked being held and getting to look around) and that's all that matters, right?