Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dress Up Day #2....

As I mentioned before, the Incredible's Suits were retired after the ward party on Friday. Although Hallie looked "Dashing" in her Incredibles suit, it just wasn't the same if you didn't have Momma and Papa Incredible to complete the set. So...Hallie wore her original costume for Trick-or-Treating tonight. The funny thing about Milwaukee is they assign the time you will be trick-or-treating. What's odd is the fact that it's never on Halloween...instead it's the Sunday before Halloween 1-4 p.m. What fun is that?? How can you possibly go trick-or-treating in the middle of the day. There's no jack-o-lanterns lit up. No cars following their kids with the headlights shining on them. No kidnapping kids, or poisoning them with the candy they hand out...they really take the fun out of it. So, we head over to Steve's brothers house, whose neighborhood decided on their own they will celebrate Halloween the night of. (So as to have all the kidnapping and poisoning they can handle!) Hallie sported a lovely creamy white plush bunny jumpsuit, complete with paws that cover the hands and ears that for the most part stood up the whole night, and not to mention the Easter basket to top it off. We've been practicing the whole "trick-or-treating" phrase, and she was just a show off tonight. In fact the first house we went to besides Bob and Gins was an older lady who thought she was the cutest thing, and gave her (more or less Steve and myself) two king size candy bars...who does that! We hit the jackpot on that one. After that, Hallie went on auto pilot. She'd knock the door, say Trick-or-Treat, flash her cutesy smile, candy would come pouring into her bucket, she'd kindly say thank you, and we'd be off. Five houses into it we were walking on the street and she says, "I'm cold". So we attempt to put her little paws over her hands to help out a bit. But she absolutely refuses to let go of her coveted basket. So instead she has frostbite fingers, but she's still holding her basket. She thought getting all this candy was the coolest thing, she could probably have gone on for an hour or two, but Steve and I were done. Besides, how much candy does a two year old need? We stopped by another family we know in the same subdivision and stayed for a while before we walked back to Bob's house. In that short amount of time she managed to eat half her basket of candy...probably not the best idea, but I figure it's only Halloween once a year right! We got back to Bob's where her cousin Cameron went through his loot and gave her a ton more. She'll be bouncing off the walls for days!

Hallie taking a break, sitting on Dad's shoulders



*Note- this is Cameron's candy...Hallie did not come away with the much candy, but he was very kind to share all that Hallie wanted to put in her basket!

Lets dress up...

It took a lot of coaxing (for Steve that is, Hallie could care less) but the Incredibles are back!! We had a ward party last Friday and I convinced Steve we should bring the Incredibles back for one last year. For those that don't know, we were the Incredibles last year for a small Halloween party, so there were only about 4 couples who saw us...so we gave it another shot at the ward party. We've been here in Wisconsin a little bit longer, we have our callings, we could be a little more comfortable and confident with our underwear on the outside. So it only made sense that Hallie should dress up as an Incredible as well, even though I already had a costume for her. Steve didn't see the logic in this, but it worked out in my mind, which sometimes is the only place it works out! Anyway, we had a great time as the Incredible family, and had a blast. As the night came to a close we were putting the costumes away and Steve said, "For the record, I will never wear this again, I'm retiring the Mr. Incredible suit!" Sad! So I've already started thinking what we can come up with for next year!


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Happy Birthday Hallie...

Hallie turned two years old today; this is definitely a landmark. It seems like up until two years old you say how old your child is by months, but not today my friends, she is not 24 months anymore, we've moved up to counting in years, she's two years old!! And what a fun two year old she is. She's got the talking thing down. She loves singing in the car and right before she falls asleep at night. It makes my heart melt as we're driving along the highway and she breaks out in song...I am a child of God. She kills me with how funny she is. Her new favorite thing to say is, "I broke it". She has this directors chair in the living room and she likes to take off the back of it and bring it to me. "I broke it Mom, I broke it." This weekend we were babysitting for a family and all the sudden she started talking about other things she broke. Like when she hit her head on something. She would come find me in the house and tell me that she "broke" her head. She's always just cracking me up. She started to throw a fit today with full blown tears (she's a very passionate child; passionate about everything, absolutely everything!) and I asked her how old she was, she says two triumphantly and holds up one finger (we're still working on that). I tell her that because she's two years old she's no longer a baby, but a big girl. She repeats "big girl". I then tell her that big girls down cry like that. In her cutest voice, most innocent voice she says, "No cry Mommy, No cry Hallie" and takes the sleeve on her shirt and wipes away the crocodile tears. I just scooped her up and kissed her face off!! Here are some pictures from today.



Thursday, October 25, 2007

Stars Hollow of Wisconsin...

I went to Cedarburg with a group of girlfriends last week. Cedarburg is this historic little town with one main street with several quaint shops and eateries. I like to think of it as the Stars Hollow of Wisconsin (Gilmore Girls for those of you who aren't familiar with the best show ever!!) Anyway we walked along the street, four moms with five kids in tow, all of them being loud and obnoxious at different times. Anyway we hit my favorite store, I believe it's called Cookie Dough. Not only do they sell cookie dough (which is scrumptious!) but they have walls of cookie cutters. Everything under the sun including the sun. It's amazing the things you can do with cookies or a cake! It makes me think for just a second that I could be domestic like that...and then I'm reminded that it's too much work for the actual pleasure at the end. So I just marvel at the creativity and move on to the next store. Here's some pics of Hallie from our adventure.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Infant shoot

Not too long ago I was talking with a friend and she was wondering if she could see some of the pictures I took of Hallie when she was an infant. I went through all my photos and had nothing of the sort. We had some pictures done when she was a week old, but that was it. You'd think being a photographer it would be pretty high on the priority list of things to do for your infant...but thinking back I'm not sure if she would have cooperated. In fact I'm nearly positive had we tried doing more shoots we would have had 200 pictures of her crying. Instead we have the usual candid shots everyone takes of their baby. I recently took these photos of a sweet baby girl...I could always claim this to be Hallie...would anybody really notice a difference? Something to think about anyway!!



Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fall Weather...

We got home from church today and it was just beautiful. 70 degrees and soaking in every minute of it! Hallie has this fascination with leaves these days. A pile of them always blow up to our porch area. Never failing, Hallie picks up a big arm full of leaves and throws them as she chuckles at the sight. So we ventured to the backyard to play around a little bit before nap time...she had a blast. I had to run back inside to grab the camera because she was being so funny. I'm going to miss when all these leaves turn brown and dry out losing all life like features, as the street sweeper whisks them away. But for now Hallie loves her new "toys".




Pumpkin Farm...

Annual trip to the pumpkin farm. Its one of those trips that always sound like a good idea in theory...however the reality is we have a two-year-old, in a muddy, viney (if that's a word) pumpkin patch. It's a mess...Hallie keeps tripping over the vines which means her jeans and shoes are muddy, which means she's going to make a mess in the car, which doesn't go over well with Steve. The selection is not great at all (last year was much better, but from what I've been hearing, there's a shortage of pumpkins in Wisconsin this year due to the weather.) It's one of those activities you remember going better than they really did. Last year was great because Hallie couldn't walk. However this year she wanted to run around everywhere which led to a lot of falls, and then she'd cry because her hand was dirty and would want to wipe it off before going forward; only to fall again just a few feet away. It didn't help that it was getting close to nap time and she had a mind of her own. We were supposed to pick some apples as well, but that didn't happen. Instead we skipped the pumpkins and the apples and just bought a caramel apple from the stand. After both Steve and I were quite frustrated with the situation, we head home empty handed. As I'm reflecting our experience just moments later in the car, I made the comment in all seriousness, "I love the pumpkin farm, I love this time of year." Steve shot me the look of death knowing just moments ago I was yelling at our daughter because she wouldn't cooperate! Here are some pics.



Computer is dead...

My computer just up and died on me. It started doing funky things recently but I wasn't too concerned. That is until it wouldn't turn on...panic mode set it and I quickly realized how much I depended on it: Paying bills, preparing lessons, Sesame Street games for Hallie (keeps her entertained for a while, I have to stay there with her, who knows what websites she'll go to if I'm not around!) Anyway- I took it in to Apple to get fixed, luckily under warranty, but it'll take two weeks. Fortunate for me, work provided a computer, I'm trying to be less dependent, but they make it so easy to rely on...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Garage...

We have lived in our house for a little over a year and in that time we have done some major improvements. First and foremost it doesn't smell like old people anymore, which is quite the accomplishment, not to mention a number of other things we've improved. And because we spent so much time in and around the house, our poor little one car garage was very neglected. It had everything mismatched. The previous owner, (having died while owner of the home, I usually say, dying in the home, but that gives people creepy feelings when they come to visit!) left a lot of stuff, obviously the valuable things his family took, and left us a bunch of junk. We just used the garage as a catch all for things we found in the home, including a shower chair, vacuum, suit jacket, and much more, not to mention some of our own stuff including a rather large couch. Last fall Steve and a friend installed a nifty garage door opener. But a lot of good a garage door opener does when you can't use the garage. We attempted to clean it in February but after an hour of work, our limbs were completely frozen so we gave up. It became the running joke with us. You'd think with the winters in Wisconsin we'd make it a priority to get this cleaned. I'm hear to say, it's been over a year, and we just barely pulled a car into the garage. Sad but true, it was a really special experience for us. Steve made me promise that I would pull the car in every single time...his theory is if I have to pull the car in every time we won't accidentally leave the stroller in the middle of the garage, and then the wagon, rake, extension cord, and who knows what else. I'm confident I can take his challenge!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Chicago with the Scot and Amy...

We had some friends, Amy and Scot Gregory, come to visit us from Arizona. They left there son in Arizona, and we left Hallie in Milwaukee so we could really enjoy some uninterrupted time in Chicago. Steve and I have been to Chicago a number of times, but nothing compares to a great time without worrying your daughter will drop the coveted blanket in the street as you're crossing a busy intersection, or having to worry about nap time, or snack time, or diaper time. It's amazing the feeling of freedom a person can feel just through a day on the town! What was so fun was the fact that Amy and Scot had already been there two days and spent some time doing what they wanted to do. So really we were able to take our time walking around Millenium Park, Navy Pier, and shopping the Magnificent Mile! Steve and Scot spent some time miniature golfing on the pier and they hit up a White Sox game as well. Amy and I walked around and just enjoyed our time together without children to worry about which for me was quite the treat. Hanging out on the Pier


The "Mirror Bean" in Millenium Park, this thing is just huge.

(Chicago Sun-Times building which has a number of different fragments or bricks from notable areas inlayed throughout the base, this is from the Craters of the Moon from Idaho. Right next to it was stone from the original tabernacle in Salt Lake. Some more prominent fragments (not that Craters of the Moon isn't super cool, but I'm guessing not a whole lot of people are aware of it) include Taj Mahal (India), Parthenon (Athens), Bunker Hill (Boston), Colosseum (Rome) Great Wall of China, Berlin Wall, the list could go on and on, but my guess is you probably don't care!)

We had such a great time, and we're so grateful for amazing friends near and far. We were able to see quite a few friends in the last couple months; the SSZS gathering for Whitney's wedding in Arizona, Sam & Gina in D.C., Jeni & James in D.C., Roger & Mandy came from Utah, Jared from Arizona and lastly Scot & Amy from Arizona. Thanks guys for making the effort to come and see us, or host us in your home! We have enjoyed every minute! Love you-
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