Sunday, January 31, 2010

happy birthday to our 2 YEAR OLD girl...

My amazingly talented Grandpa Naylor made a cute cute cupboard for Carrie for her birthday. Wow. I am pretty sure it is the coolest thing that we own... not to mention the best looking. Carrie is in love with it already. She was so excited about it, and couldn't wait to try it out. It was also the first thing she wanted to do this morning. I love this gift so much for so many reasons. My Grandma and Grandpa Naylor are very special to me. I spent a lot of time with them growing up. I went to year-round school, and when my younger sister and I would go "off track" we would spend those weeks at my grandparents home. I could go on and on about how incredible they are!!! I love them both so much, they are wonderful examples to me, and I really could not express in words how awesome they truly are. I wish they could have been here when Carrie received this gift. This little cupboard I am sure will be used for years to come, and for me will always be a reminder to me of the amazing people they are.
Carrie had a great birthday (her birthday was yesterday). It was fairly low key, but it was a very nice day. My parents came up to visit, spoiling my kids with lots of love and attention, and my sister Diana and her husband came over later. We had pizza, fruit, cake, and ice cream.
I cannot believe that my baby is TWO already!! What a great addition she has been to our family. We love her more and more each day. My favorite things to do with Carrie as of late: snuggle up and read stories, hold her hand while we walk, watch Cinderella, play pretend, and give/get lots and lots of kisses!!
Happy happy Birthday Carrie!
We love you!!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

let it snow...

This weekend we got some good snow... so I bundled up the kids to enjoy!! I guess my kids are not big on the snow, or maybe it just takes some getting used to, but they didn't want to stay out for too long. Carrie refused to wear gloves, then fell catching herself in the snow with her hands... that was it, she was done. Andrew braved the cold wet stuff a little better, but even he didn't get in to it the way I thought he would. I am sure there will be plenty more snow days for them to enjoy... that is one of the great things about living in Logan!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Have your cake...

...and eat it too!!
(TOMORROW we will do just that!!!)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

TODAY... was lip gloss.

The fun just never seems to stop around here!!!

(Maybe you can't tell by looking at this picture... but her hair is covered in cherry flavored lip gloss. At least she smells good... always trying to look at the positive!!)

The problem: Our bathroom door has a child proof door knob thing on it... but Carrie has learned how to OPEN it!! AHHH!!! The result: mess... after mess... after mess.

Good thing she is so stinkin cute!!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

to the LIBRARY we go...

Tuesday morning for the kids and I = storytime. We were running late this morning and were in a mad rush getting ready to go. I had just finished getting myself ready, and on my way to shoo the kids out the door. I turned around and gasped, and Andrew said "what mom?" He turned, saw what I saw, then said... "uh-oh." Carrie had done it again. In a matter of seconds she found something she shouldn't have, and well... made a mess.

MASCARA. everywhere...
...amazing how quickly a small body can make such large messes.

The above picture: the aftermath of Carrie's face. Not pictured: the aftermath of my bathroom.

So I did the best I could to quickly wash her face, although when we were at the library I realized I did not do that great of a job. Oh-well. Andrew enjoyed his time listening to stories and singing songs, while Carrie and I enjoyed picking out books and watching fish.

I love the library. I love taking my kids to the library. They are both so easily entertained while we are there, and they both get excited to checkout some new books. Today, I found Andrew a new game to try on the computer. He is playing it right now as we speak. I could not express in words how excited he was about this!!! I also checked out a couple of these books to try with Andrew...
I had never read them, and wasn't sure if they would be too advanced for him, or if he would have the attention span for them. We have read the first couple of chapters together already, and so far he has given them two thumbs up.

The moral of this story?? Today... we went to the library. It was fun.


Monday, January 25, 2010

takin it easy...

Today Andrew came across some 3D glasses and wore them for quite a while. He wanted me to take pictures of him making "silly" faces, and so... I did. What a goof ball he can be!!

I went up to my room today and this is what I saw...
...Carrie not only tucked her baby in to bed, but she seems to be sharing her most prized possessions!! She love love LOVES her lovey blankets, and doesn't let go of them easily. How nice of her to share them with her baby!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

It takes a lot of work, and a lot of Practice...

GOALS. That is what Andrew has been learning about at preschool this month. The teacher had each child set a goal for them to work on in class. They had started learning how to tie shoes... so that is the goal Andrew chose. He has been working so hard on this goal at home as well. Today when I picked Andrew up from school he was so excited because he got to bring his 'goal chart' home today. Why?!? Because he had reached his goal... he tied a shoe today!!! Andrew has told me himself that, "It takes a lot of work, and a lot of practice," but he didn't give up. SO proud. Definitely fridge worthy.

A conversation I had with Andrew on the ride home from school today...

Andrew: "Mom, are you 8?"
Me: "No, I am 27."
Andrew: "But you don't look 27!! You must be 8."

... oh how I love him!!!!

our little miss CURLY locks...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

PHOTO opportunity...

Carrie is almost 2, so I decided to have a little photo shoot with her. She definitely acts like a 2 year old, I can't get her to hold still for even one second, so it was a little more tricky than I had planned for!!! But... I was able to get a few that I liked. I love this little girl to pieces, and cannot believe how grown up she is getting!! I always get excited to celebrate birthdays, especially my kids... but I don't think I have ever been as excited as I am for Carrie's upcoming birthday. Its winter... we get bored around here. I guess it is time for a party!!!
**Someday I want a better camera, or to learn how to use the camera I do have better. In the meantime... this is what we get!

Friday, January 15, 2010

always changing...

This little girl is growing up way too fast!! I am often amazed at how fast time flies by... sometimes that is a good thing, but when it comes to my kids it makes me feel bad. I just wish I could hold on to each age and stage a little bit longer. What has Carrie been up to? A lot. She is one busy busy girl. She is constantly pulling things out of drawers, cupboards, making messes left and right (most of her messes seem to be food related, she loves her food!!)... but that's what kids are supposed to do, right?!? She is talking more and more and she has now started calling me "Mommy" instead of "Mama". She also talks a lot about Andrew. I can't always pick out all of the things she says, but I do hear her say Andrew often. She gets excited to pick up Andrew from school and will say, "Andrew... where are you?!?" Today when we pulled up to Andrew's school Andrew was standing by the front door. Carrie saw him and got so excited she kept saying, "Andrew! Andrew!" over and over again while pointing to him. I love to see that she loves her older brother so much.
Just like Carrie... Andrew has changed my name. He went from calling me "Mommy" to "Mom", and he likes to remind me of this often. He has actually been doing this for a couple of months now. Each day he seems to grow up a little bit more.

Andrew is obsessed with the Wii... and I really do mean obsessed. The first thing he wants to do in the morning is play games, and he could do it all day without getting tired of it. I felt like he was spending too much time playing games, so we decided to do something about that. Andrew now has a chart. On this chart he has certain things he has to do each day before he can play his games, such as: eat his meals (this is a problem with him... this has helped him to eat!!!), get dressed, make his bed, go to sleep by himself at night (also something he has needed to work on, and he has done great!!!). I am amazed at how well he has taken to this idea. He is proud of himself when he completes each task and can put a sticker on his chart. This has been good not only to limit his game playing time, but to give him a little bit of responsibility. He actually likes making the chart with me each day and thinking of things he has to do, and has even made himself a chart or two.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

It was SNOW fun...


Our Christmas...
We were able to spend a night and have a party with each side of the family. We had the Allen family party the first night, and the Carpenter family party on Christmas Eve. Both parties were a lot of fun, it is always good to spend time with family!!! The kids loved playing with all of their cousins, making crafts, eating good food, playing games, singing songs, exchanging gifts, and having a great time!!
Our Christmas this year was different than any other we have had. Since we have had kids we have always lived in Logan, so we have always traveled and spent Christmas with our families. This year we were able to see both sides of the family a couple days before, so Christmas Eve night we decided to head home and spend Christmas day at home with just our little family, and it was one of the best days we have had in a long time!! We slept in, to find out that Santa had come during the night. We sure must have done something right, because Santa was good to us!! It was also fun this year because Andrew was so excited about everything!!! ~Two of my favorite Andrew Christmas moments: 1) Andrew opened up a book from his grandma and grandpa, said "Oh!! I looove books!!" Then gave that book a big hug and kiss. 2) Later Christmas day Andrew said, "I am sure glad I am a good boy, cause Santa knows just what I like!!!"~ We gathered around the tree and opened our presents, ate some yummy cinnamon rolls, then time to play!!! It was so fun to watch the kids play and explore their new toys. After some good play time we enjoyed a yummy Christmas dinner.

Experiences throughout the year, and especially near this Christmas time this year I am once again reminded of the many things I am blessed with. I am blessed with two beautiful children who love me unconditionally. I am blessed with a warm home, and food on the table. I am blessed with parents who have taught me the gospel and been good examples to me. I am blessed with the knowledge and testimony of the Atonement, the ability we have to better ourselves, and that we can be forgiven of our mistakes!! I am blessed to know that we can be with our families forever. I am blessed to know that I am a Child of God, that my Heavenly Father loves me, He knows me, and wants the best for me. Although times get tough, it helps to remind myself of these things. It helps to remember that I am never alone, although at times it may feel that way. I know that through Him all things are possible, and miracles can be brought forth.