Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Preview




The girls had a Halloween party at school today. Mia couldn't go because she is sick. She of course wanted to wear her costume too, so we went with it.
















This is what Mia thinks about her antibiotics. Yep, we're so glad that we get to take them twice a day for ten days. Awesome.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

11 Years!




I am quite certain that I am the luckiest girl in the world. And the past 11 years? For all of it, I am grateful.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Kail's Talk

Kail gave a talk today in Primary on 'serving others'. After we had baths tonight I recorded her giving the talk. . . . . don't feel obligated to watch this, it is primarily for her grandparents!

HSM 3




Yes, I am one of those moms. You know the ones that take their girls to the newest High School Musical movie the day it opens at the earliest time we can find (10:15 am). . . . I say I'm doing it for my girls, but the truth is. . . . . I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. True confessions. I heart Troy & Gabriella. Here are some pics of the girls before we went in to the movie and one during. They wouldn't take their eyes off the screen even for a smile, so this is the best we got.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kitchen Help


Kail has been very helpful in the kitchen these days. When dinner time rolls around, she's always asking for a task. Give the girl a cantaloupe and she goes to town. Today she seeded the melons, set the table (placemats, plates, cups, silverware and napkins), and poured the noodles into the pot. She even put the silverware in the right place. Well, that is until Mia decided to help and then we each had a few extra knives. I really can't wait till this girl starts cooking for us! I think she has a pretty good start, as long as the menu involves cantaloupe.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

32 Candles







We celebrated Ryan's 32nd Birthday on the 4th. The girls helped me frost and decorate Ryan's cake (which is why there are so many crazy spinkles). Kail insisted that we put all 32 candles on the cake. . . . obviously that was no match for Ryan's incredible lung capacity. Just one poof and they were out. Hope he gets his wish. The girls picked out Operation to give to their Daddy. I thought it might be a little difficult to play as a family, but Kail mastered it by the end of the 2nd session of Conference (of course in between coloring in the colors of the Apostles ties). I think she's going to give Ryan some stiff competition.

Star Student of the Week




Mia was selected as the Star Student of the Week in her preschool class last week. She was so excited! Some of the perks of being the 'star student' include:
-Sitting in the gold chair all week
-Making a poster for everyone to learn about you
-Taking Teddy home for a visit and recording in a journal about your adventures
-Wearing the 'star student' visor

I know, I know pretty cool stuff. We made the poster for Mia and here are her favorites:
Color: pink
Animal: dog
Food: peanut butter sandwich (we're so gourmet)
Book: Pinkalicious
Sport: swimming
Thing to do in school: play at the park
Thing to do at home: play with my dog Rosie
Favorite Princess: Cindarella
Favorite Movie: Camp Rock (yeah, she really did say that)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Turtle Ponds & Disneyland








The day after Mia's birthday we headed to LA and stayed a night in our beloved Pasadena. Ryan had an event that night at USC he attended and I was working in LA the next day. Our first stop in Pasadena was Pie and Burger. It was yards from where we lived and has the tastiest burgers and pie for dessert. I can't believe I didn't take a picture of my homemade boysenberry pie with mounds of whipped cream on top. Delish. After eating, we stopped by Cal Tech's campus where we visited 'the turtles'. This was one of our favorite spots to walk with the girls. They love the turtles and the fish and I used to love that there was such easy, free entertainment within walking distance. If only we could have had the Westover's with us it would have been perfect! Then we dropped Ryan off at the train station and the girls and I did a little shopping. Mia had some birthday money (thank you Tanner's and Maynard's) and she picked out a head to toe purple outfit from The Children's Place. That girls knows what she likes. Then we walked a mere 200 ft. (or so, I've never really counted) to our old place. Kail of course remembered the pink condo we lived in with the crazy green stair rails and the oh so retro vibe. Mia was only a baby there, but she thought it was cool. . . . I mean how could she not, everything was pink. I must say it was hard to visit and not stay. Fall feels like Fall in Pasadena. The cool weather, football season, changing leaves, the cute little houses with pumpkins out front. . . . . sigh. Then we headed to the hotel. The girls continue to think that pull out couch beds are the coolest things ever. Go figure.
We woke up early and went to eat at Russell's for breakfast. (We tried to cram all our favorites into less than 24 hours) Then we headed to LA. I dropped the kids off to Disneyland with Ryan. (I should probably just say Super Dad. . . I continue to be really impressed with his willingness to take two kids all day to Disney. . . it's hard for me to do! And he took pictures!) That was of course the highlight of the trip and they loved every minute of being with their Dad!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mia's Birthday Continued








On Mia's actual birthday she had preschool and was so excited to bring pink cupcakes to her class. Ryan picked the girls up from school and we all met up for lunch at Panera. That night we had another little party . . .opened presents, etc. We were (ok really just me) tired of cupcakes so we had a chocolate chip cookie cake. Note that Mia is plugging her nose as she blows out her candles! She still has a little trouble blowing out of her mouth instead of her nose (due to the cleft) so she took matters into her own hands. We sure do love our Mia. It's great to be THREE!

Mia's Puppy Party















Mia turned 3 on September 22nd and she requested a puppy party. I always love a good party, so I was happy to grant that request. The girls each got a stuffed poodle to 'dress' and name and put a collar on. They also got a purse to put the pup in and a little blanket to keep it warm. We painted the girls 'paws' pink and painted paw prints on their faces. The girls all had a great time (ok let's admit it. . .I had a great time too). I do love little girls! Happy Birthday Mia!