Friday, January 30, 2009

Piggy tails

Leah has enough hair for piggies! YAY! I don't think her hair will be as thick as Monica's, especially since Monica was ready for a hair cut the day she was born, but I'm excited for piggies!
And I had to brag for a minute because I told Monica that after Women's Chorus, I would need her help cleaning up the toy room. I'm not even kidding you, she picked up 90% of the mess to get it this clean. BIG GIRL!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Come Inside, It's Fun Inside

We took Monica to the Playhouse Disney Tour and she LOVED it!

Mickey Mouse sending the invitations to his music party.

Monica stood up next to Daddy the whole time. He had drill since Thursday, so she was missing him pretty bad.

Flash photos weren't allowed, so this was the best I could get of the Little Einsteins since they were so spastic.

Helping the Little Einsteins 'blast off'!

Tigger, Darby, and PoohHandy Manny and the folks of Sheetrock Hills

Daddy and Monica, showing off her conducting baton.

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald doing the hot dog dance.
All the characters at the music party.
This is what you get when a certain Monica doesn't get a ribbon off the floor after the confetti shoots out in the finale.

And this is the beautiful view of the Sandias that we saw as we drove home.

Monica's ticket was a gift from Aunty Sarah and Uncle David. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Funny Leah

Leah is 6 months now, almost 7, so I thought I would post some fun milestone pics.

She's eating solids and LOVING peaches and pears.

She watches movies with her big sister.

She sits up on her own and sings into microphones. AND... she blows awesome raspberries!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Monica's 'do

Ok, so I have to admit that we are rarely on time to church. And by rarely, I mean never. We manage to get there just before or during the opening song. But we're not too proud to walk in late and walk straight to the front. Monica behaves better the closer to the front we are. I think it has something to do with minimal distractions in front of us. Of course, that never stops her from turning around to see what the families sitting behind us are doing. We're working on it.

So last night, before bed, Ryan and I discussed a new plan to make sure we got to church on time. Now that we moved to 11 we figure there is no reason under the sun that we shouldn't be able to make it on time. So our plan is that we all have to be ready by 10. Which means I'm doing hair by 9 for Monica and me. Today, we tried it out.


Not only was my hair totally dried and styled, (not well, but straight down is still a style, right? At least there weren't any kinks.) but I had time to do a surprisingly cute style on Monica. I took a picture because I was so pleased with the outcome!

AND- to top it off...We were at church 15 MINUTES, -not seconds- early. Yeah, we rock! Now to carry the resolution through the rest of the year...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Before I Forget

So I have been thinking about last night's dream all day and decided to blog it here because it was seriously SO COOL!

I found myself lost in the realm of the Time Keepers. It was winter, with snow all over, but it wasn't cold. It was sweet, like sugar. And all the places to eat were candy shops. Some had huge tubes of candy, and others were stocked with short and fat jars of candy and all sorts of sweet treats. As I was looking around, trying to figure out what was going on, one of the Grandfathers spotted me. The grandfathers were the lawmakers and keepers. I broke a rule, without knowing it, and he asked for my watch. I gave it to him and then he smashed it! I was shocked, but not as much as he was. He looked up at me and said,"You're a Girl!" I was like, well duh. But then I noticed that everyone had watches and were protecting them at all costs. So it dawns on me that their watches are their life-source.

So the Grandfathers start to create a circle around me when a guy, kind of elf-like, jumps out and rescues me from their advance. A romance naturally ensues as I get all goosebump-y when he whisks me away. And I'm still me enough to think, "Hey, this is like when Ryan holds me. Is this Ryan?" But I can't see his face. I just know what I feel like when he is around me. As we are trying to escape, we duck into a candy shop and buy a huge bag of different candies for our adventure. There's some other kind of creature, froglike, that realizes we are on the run and wants to help us. So we step out to the street to hail the first cab we see and up hops a carousel horse, very real, but with the tall post sticking out of its saddle. We climb up on him and the grandfathers see us. So we push the horse to run as fast as he can and he just flies! Pretty soon, he pulls over, we climb down and there is an old wizard waiting for us. Somehow he knew we would be there. So he helps us evade the grandfathers with a few magic tricks. He knows his time is almost up, so he wants to have one last adventure. After some fuzzy near misses, and romantic overtones, we reach the portal to escape back to my realm. But now my elfen lover has a choice to make. If he stays in his realm, the grandfathers will most likely smash his watch and drain the sands of his time. But he doesn't know if he can survive in my realm, because no one from the land of the Time Keepers has ever tried. So he was weighing the decision and was just telling me he had decided to try to come to my realm when I woke up.

I would love to develop this dream into a story. I think it has potential to be a fun bedtime story for my kids!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Catching Up...

I probably should have been kicked off the blogosphere weeks ago, but I finally have a few minutes to update. Life has been busy and good to us. Christmas was wonderful! We had a small New Year's Eve party, but unfortunately I was having so much fun I didn't get pictures. :( But here are some of my favorites from Christmas!

A week before Christmas we built graham cracker houses. Ryan's came out really cute. Mine and Monica's? Not so much. It kept falling apart.

Leah discovered her thumb. She STILL refuses a pacifier and bottle. Luckily we have moved on to eating solids and she is getting the hang of it!

We drove around and enjoyed the lights. These two houses are next door neighbors. Anytime we were in the area, we drove by them!

The girls in their Christmas Eve jammies. Aren't they cute?

This year was so fun because Monica was really excited! She was the cutest kid EVER getting ready for Santa.

Taking off the last two sleeptime links. She had naptime at Nana's that day. When I tucked Monica in, I told her I thought Santa was in the neighborhood but wouldn't come unless she was asleep. So she looked up at me and with so much pleading in her voice, said, "Go to sleep too, Mom!"

Monica's loot!

Leah's loot!

Christmas at Nana's!

Showing off her sweater!

Leah and Uncle Mark at Christmas at Aunty Sarah's.

Aunty Theresa and Monica

Uncle Paul, Emily, Aunty Sarah and Jessy playing Raving Rabbids.

Monica dressed herself from head to toe and I had to take a picture because she was posing so cute!

Our attempt at taking Christmas pictures.