Watch out for this little man - before long he'll be asking for your number...he love's being on the phone, and he can spot a fake phone a mile away! I love how this little device keeps him so entertained. In fact we keep a couple old cell phones charged just so he can push the buttons and feel like he's keeping in touch with his peeps!
I forgot to post any pictures from trick-or-treat 2009. We had a frigid day. Painful to be outside in fact. Hunter went to four houses before Steve took him home. Hallie wanted to keep going. So with leggings, jeans, gloves, vest and a winter jacket, Hallie was armed to get candy. I was cold and wanted to go home but Hallie had endurance. The great thing about Milwaukee is that you trick-or-treat at designated times. Ours was 1-4pm. This was ideal considering the weather conditions. For the first time, Hallie understood the concept. And as she saw that candy piling into her little bucket, her eyes kept getting bigger and bigger. It was fun. I would've enjoyed it a little more had the weather cooperated but there's always next year.
Another year older and wiser too...Happy birthday to you!
Hallie got a bike for her birthday which she thought was the coolest thing ever. We nailed the gift, which I understand is relatively easy when you're talking about a four year old. But we did. She rode it around the basement for the first night. At first it was a little hard to get the hang of it, but by the next morning she was riding around the circle time and time again.
Her grandparents gave her a leapster which she has yet to put down, and it causes a fight every time Hunter even comes close to touching it! I would highly recommend one!
As she went to bed that night, she gave me a hug and told me how much she loved her bike. I will put that tally on things I did right when at 16 she charges me with the accusation of ruining her life!
A couple weeks before Hallie's birthday I decided we would throw her first real birthday party, and with a birthday close to Halloween it only seemed appropriate to have a costume party. (Plus, decorations for a holiday party are easy...we already had everything!) As soon as I told Hallie about an idea for a party she couldn't start talking about it. In fact we would be hanging out and she would say, "Mom lets talk." "Okay, what do you want to talk about?" "Lets talk about my birthday party." It cracked me up every time, but even so, we would talk about her birthday and she would get so excited.
So we had a party, and boy did we have fun.
We invited her little preschool girlfriends and they all came dressed so cute. We read Halloween stories, dressed Halloween dolls, ate Halloween themed food and played "spider toss". Hallie was on cloud nine. Her grin spread from ear to ear. Even for days following the party she was so happy. And as happy as it made her, there is no way I can do that every year. We will definitely have to be an every other year birthday kind of family!
2.5 years living in a condo in Rexburg. 3.5 years living in a home in Milwaukee.
I feel so blessed. I married one amazing man. We've had a great year. And tomorrow starts another year.
Steve surprised me with a trip to Chicago for the weekend, sans children. (Thanks to my sister, Kate) We had a great time, beautiful hotel, great food. Good times, even better conversation, and the ability to sleep in! I love that man.
A couple of months ago while we were in Idaho, Steve came out for a four day visit. It just so happen that Hunter started to walk the day before Steve had to return home. Good timing. He had been walking along things forever, and had even started to climb up things, but lacked the interest to walk anywhere. I'm sure Hallie knocking him down every time he stood up in the middle of the room was a large factor. Who knows!
But he started walking, and a week later he started running. And now that little guy is everywhere and he thinks he's so big. I love the look he gives me when he staands up in the middle of a room, looks around for a second and then makes a run for it. Funny kid.
I like this new found talent. I like that I can set him on his feet in the middle of a room and he can get to wherever he needs to by himself. The only thing I don't like is the climbing. More times than not I will walk into a room and he's sitting on the kitchen table, crawling around on the counters, or sitting on my computer desk. He's a crack up!
Every year, our little family goes to the pumpkin patch. I'm not sure where this tradition came from, we usually don't even carve pumpkins. But nonetheless, it's tradition. So I was a little disappointed when I realized that we would be out of town when pumpkin time rolled around. I tried my hardest to get there before I left, but that would have left us going at the beginning of September which doesn't seem right...
So while we were in Idaho I suggested we go to the local pumpkin patch and I'm so glad we didn't miss out on it this year. The weather we beautiful, even a little warm. There was a trailer that took us out to the pumpkin patch, we made our selections from a wide variety of pumpkins and colors. I love the colors. So bright and vibrant. What's even better than the color is the texture. I love the pumpkins with really deep grooves, the pumpkins with warts, pumpkins with really curly, thick stems. I love it all...that is besides carving them. Call me crazy but I'm not a fan of carving. I would rather take a can of paint and go to town on it. But for some reason it seems highly un-American if you don't carve. So out of tradition and obligation we spent the next morning carving. I give Steve serious props for his very creative idea for his pumpkin. Until next year...
Once upon a time...a long time ago...(If this is sounding like a previous post, you would be correct. Yes, I'm that far behind!) I took a trip to Idaho to see family. Being so far from family, and with two small children in tow, we make it home once a year. It would be too much work to do it any other way, besides it would get real expensive real quick.
So I made my annual trek to Idaho and it was everything I imagined it would be and more. Most of you are probably wondering if there is anything to do in Idaho, and rest assured there is plenty. The majority of it revolves around family and friends, but that alone keeps me busy for two weeks. This time around I flew out with the kids by myself for a week, then Steve flew out to join us for a few days, I stayed a couple more days and then came home.
My favorite part about going home is spending time with my parents. My mom so kindly allowed me to sleep in, day after day. And my kids kept getting up earlier, and earlier. With that kind of treatment, I'm tempted to stay for a month! I love being with them and having them spend time with my kids.
My brother and his family also came down from northern Idaho so we were able to spend some good time with them which Hallie loves because they have a girl just 11 days older than her.
I'm not sure why Idaho gets the best sunrises, but they sure take the cake on that. I've yet to see a sunrise or sunset in Wisconsin that even comes close to the beauty I see day in and day out there.
I also met two sweet new babies (my best friend from high school and her sister) and photographed them one day. The one baby was just two days old and had so much hair, they were both so sweet and lovely.