Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halle-freakin-lujah

(My sister used to say that all the time when she was in high school)

anyway...

We have some great news. Actually its more than great, it is completely and totally FANTASTIC, and we are so excited we wanted to share it with everyone!! Kevin was offered an internship with an accounting firm in Salt Lake City. He has been applying and interviewing with different places over the last couple of months. (Talk about stressful!!) After learning about this particular company and interviewing with them, he felt that this would be a great place to work. As everyone does when interviewing you try not to get your hopes up, so that if it falls through you don't feel as bad. We tried to do this, as we have before, but it is so hard!! Well, luckily this time it worked out. He will be working with them from January to April, and may be able to be hired on after that. This means he will be moving back going into the Master's program until next fall, but well worth it!! We are seriously so excited... when Kevin told me I just kept saying, "Are you serious?" over and over again... and then of course I started to cry!! Kevin, thank you for working so hard and never giving up!! I know that you will do great, and learn a lot. WAY TO GO!!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

the GREAT Pumpin!!

For our FHE this week we went to the great Pumpkin Walk in North Logan!! Before we moved to Logan we had never experienced anything like the Pumpkin Walk, but since moving here it has become a yearly tradition!! I told Andrew we were going to go see some pumpkins and he was so excited, it was hard to wait until Daddy came home!

This is Andrew with his favorite display behind him, the Incredibles!!
...and as part of the tradition, taking pictures as the different characters they have. Andrew liked doing this, until we got to Yoda, then he absolutely REFUSED!! I had really wanted him to do the Yoda one because we have other pictures of him as Yoda from previous years, and I thought it would be fun to compare them. Oh-well, we got Carrie as a cute Yoda instead. My favorite one was with Clifford because they were both able to be in it!! It was perfect weather, and we had so much fun!
Good-bye Pumpkin Walk, until next year....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Week O' Fun...

We had a busy busy week!! My sister had a conference for work down in Provo, so I stayed at my parents house for a few days and watched her little girl for her. Andrew and Emma had a blast being with one another, they played the ENTIRE time. I couldn't keep up with them! They got along really well, and we were able to do some fun things!! Carrie loved having another child around to play with and crawl after, and Emma sure does love her baby Carrie! And as always, I took a whole bunch of pictures, it was a really fun-filled week!!
A quick art project to keep them busy for a few minutes...

One of the days I took the kids outside to paint pumpkins!!

and what did Carrie do while these two were busy at work painting pumpkins?? She was able to crawl around on the grass and play in the
LEAVES!!!
That night we went to Gardner Village to see the witches...

Another day we decorated some cookies...

Saturday morning it was time to pull out the costumes and go to "Boo at the Zoo," at the Hogle Zoo and go trick-or-treating!!!This Bob the Builder and Silly Clown really are the best of friends!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Home Teachin'


"Teach me to walk in the light of his love;
Teach me to pray to my father above;
Teach me to know of the things that are right;
Teach me, teach me to walk in the light."

Kevin was on his way out the door to go Home Teaching, and he asked Andrew if he wanted to go. Andrew answered with a very excited, "YES!!!" Kevin's companion wasn't available, so Andrew filled in. Never too young to be a home teacher!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

HOMEMADE MICROWAVE POPCORN...

I looked at the store, and nowhere could I find that they sold plain, microwavable popcorn. They were all salted, and buttered, or flavored somehow. I have been craving my moms caramel popcorn, but I needed to have plain popcorn!! I don't have a popcorn popper, and I didn't really want to buy one, because I probably wouldn't use it very much. I was looking online and I learned that you can use a brown paper bag to pop it in the microwave, and it worked!! SO, this is a very easy, cheap way to pop your popcorn, and it tastes just like it had been air popped!!!

ALL you need is:
1 brown bag lunch sack, and
1/4 c to 1/3 c popcorn kernels (I would use 1/4... it seemed that with more all the kernels didn't pop, at least in our microwave)
1) Place the popcorn kernels in the brown bag.
2) Fold the top of the bag over once or twice. Then make two tears, about 1/4” to 1/2" long, and about 1/2" apart; fold the center 1/2" tab down.
3) Place bag in microwave on your normal setting for about 2-3 minutes. Since microwave wattage varies greatly, from one to another, listen for the sound of the popping kernels to slow down to maybe 2-3 every second or so. It’s best to under cook, or you will have a burning bag mess!
4) Remove bag and serve contents with your favorite seasoning.

AND, if you really want to be cheap, you can REUSE the brown bag... its that simple!!

I took this recipe directly from here. ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Who is that girl I see...

staring straight, back at me?

While at my parents house Carrie made her way to the front door, and was looking out their glass door. I took this picture, and it wasn't until I looked at it on the computer that I realized you can see her reflection on the door. Maybe she wasn't looking outside afterall, maybe she was watching her reflection!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

BRRRrrr...


This morning my little Andrew wanted to go play outside, and in all reality he more than just wanted to go outside, he NEEDED to. We often stay cooped up here in our small apartment, because it is just easier that way. Andrew is not the easiest person to take out, as he likes to run away from you, he is loud, he screams, he doesn't hold still for one second!! (If you have ever sat by us during Sacrament Meeting you already know this, especially yesterday!!!) SO, we often just stay inside. Today, however, I gave in, and we went out to play. The weather is getting colder, and fast!! That just made it all the more exciting for Andrew, because he got to wear his COAT!! Oh, the simple joys of a child! We went out and it had snowed a little bit during the night. We didn't stay out long, but long enough to get some fresh air, get rid of some wiggles and feel rejuvenated. When we came in we enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate.

Posing with the pumpkins...
Carrie's coat is way too big on her, it is for 12 months, and she is only 8. I thought it would be okay though... I guess that's what happens when you don't try them on before you buy them!! BUT, we did buy it at Kid 2 Kid, so it was cheap... can't complain there!!

Ah... finally got the pumpkins to himself

Just a few of our favorite things...

On Carrie's Fave list: FOOD
This girl really can eat! She has been trying more and more "table foods," and I don't think she has rejected anything she has tried!!!

On Andrew's Fave list: Thomas the Train, and Playdough... put the two together and you have one happy kid!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

FEEL that fresh air...

We have been loving the change in weather!! It has been so nice to be able to turn the air conditioner off, and open the windows to get a nice breeze... not to mention the relief that gives to our checkbook! I love the crispness in the air in the mornings and evenings. There is just something about it that makes me want to cuddle up on the couch with some hot apple cider, and read a book. I wish the weather would stay like this longer, but I just have the feeling that winter is on its way. We wanted to spend some time up the canyon at least one more time before the weather turns too cold. We had a relaxing evening walking, talking, laughing; it couldn't have been more perfect. We took dinner up with us and ate on the ground on our, as Andrew called it, "pretend table." I was afraid that we had waited too long, and that the leaves would have already fallen from the trees, but they hadn't!! We were able to do some good leaf stomping, and to look at all the different colors. Kevin was able to get off a little bit early, and it felt so good to be able to spend time as a family, and not be rushed. I really think that this is my favorite time of year!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Beautiful Brown eyed Girl...

As of earlier this week, our little Carrie is now 8 months old!! We just love her to pieces!!!

Carrie ...
*is Crawling EVERYWHERE
*is Pulling up on anything she can to STAND
*has been Trying new foods, is enjoying finger foods
*is Easy to make LAUGH!
*is Trying to keep up with Andrew
*is Talking (or babbling) all the time
*has been Making more sounds... she made the sound 'mamama' this week, and I was so excited. One step closer to Mommy!!
*LOVES her older brother, he can always get her to laugh!!
*has BIG beautiful eyes
*is Still a happy and content little girl. She eats well, and is sleeping through the night. I really couldn't ask for a better baby!!

Now that Carrie is standing (with support, mind you) this is her new favorite toy!! (I know she doesn't look happy in this picture, but believe me, she is!)...
and she always has little rosy cheeks!
LOVE YOU CARE BEAR!!!