August 31, 2011

Spikes Dino B Day

Spike turned 3 and what a party it was!

Killer cake Brittany!... pun intended! hahaha

Digging for Dino bones... So cute!!

August 18, 2011

Back to Work

So it's true. I went back to work. I am officially the Speech-Language Technician for George Washington Academy (a charter school). We found a great daycare for Noelle and have no doubt that she will love all the social interaction.  My darling parents just happened to be in town for my first day at work and my mom, in true mother fashion,  snapped a photo on my way out the door. I feel that I should be wearing a strawberry shortcake backpack filled with lisa frank supplies, but nay, I will just hold tight to my planner and hope that all goes well. 

August 17, 2011

Month 19

How are we already at month 19?! Every month you amaze your Dad and I with the new and fun things you discover. We are in our new house this month and you are easily adapting to the new scenery. Your favorite spot is the cabinet under my sink in our bathroom. It is practically empty meaning you can completely close the door while inside, which makes for a fun game of peek-a-boo, but you mainly love that it is where "ma" keeps the fingernail polish.  You know the routine perfectly; pick a polish, slide your red chair in front of the tv, sit, place your toes my hands, and hold still. You always remember to blow on your wet toes to help them dry.. So cute! I sometimes find you ready and waiting without noticing that you have confiscated another one of my polishes. Any variation of pink is your usual choice.

Checking your e-mail, another one of your grown up things you HAVE to do on your own. I found you here the other day and had to take a picture.
The new house has a large covered porch which is nice since we are reaching 100 degrees daily. You love sidewalk chalk, the sprinkler, and the blow up pool that Mimi bought you. Your newest toy.. which you are still mastering, is your tricycle.

Your favorite show this month is Tangled... with all the traveling we have done lately you know it well. You yell at the evil mother every time she is on screen and you occasionally pat my head 3 times just like the evil character... What are you trying to tell me, child? Your dad and I love to hear your laughs and "oh no's" while you watch the movie. 

You are teething like crazy. You were a slow starter, but you have definitely caught up. Front teeth top and bottom, check!! I think we are working on molars right now... you poor thing. I let you bite my fingers while I am looking for the next tooth to break through. "Ouch! You bit me!"... You giggle so sweetly that I let you do it again, just to hear you laugh. The little teeth marks on my fingers are totally worth it. 

 You are picking up more words and are liking less foods. You no longer like strawberries, once a favorite. We often visit the splash pad and the local pool. Sometimes we even head to the lake. You love the beach, rocks and all! Most of all you love to swim and you don't mind your life jacket!

You are such a girl with you purse and cell phone. Both of which you picked out at the store and wouldn't leave without. 

You are still as sweet as ever, giving spontaneous kisses and hugging our legs. Sometimes, when it's a busy day and I don't realize my hair is disheveled and in my eyes, I pick you up, and you sweetley sweep it to the side and give me a little look that is filled with such warmth and love, I could seriously cry... and now that I am a mom that is not an unusual thing. I never knew someone so small could be so considerate. 

You are definitely a people person, as you always have been. Family and friends are no exception. You have no abandon as you wave and smile "hi!". I wish I could be as outgoing as you. I hope this will help you next month to make friends as you go into daycare. I am going back to work part time and hope that this transition will be an easy one. Then again you never cease to amaze me.  Love you, Noelle! Muahh!

August 15, 2011

Pines and the Potters

Last week The Potters invited to their cabin in Pine Valley.
It was such a relief from the St. George heat. 

 Debbie, Gary, and their boy, Nate. So cute!

Little Oliver rockin' the slide

Penny was getting an early start on dishes and licking them clean. Thanks Penny!

Debbie and Nate

Kalli and Oliver

Ashley and Noelle

Super Hero Super Party

Layla,  Noelle's "cousin", turned four a few weeks ago and we are glad she did. Noelle went to her first birthday party ever and what a party it was! I could explain all the darling details that would entail a Super Hero party, but I'll just show you. 

Aunt Brittany and Maya

Super hero training camp

 These little superheros gather their powers from shaved ice... sugar rush! I needed a little power of my own with cream on top, please.

Noelle's power is that she has no need for a straw/spoon... or any utensils for that matter. 

Celebration of the toughest moms and summer

Yes this post is titled the celebration of the toughest moms and summer.
A few days prior to this celebration, my mom, aunt, and their two friends left to hike The Narrows, which can be difficult depending on the ever-changing terrain. My cousins, Ana and Brittany, planned a BBQ for when our valiant hikers returned. They were to complete the trip and arrive around 4 pm for the BBQ. By 7 we still had not heard from them. I was getting a little worried. and out of hunger, we ate without them. 
 It was burgers, rice, broccoli salad, chips, and SHAVED ICE!!!

My Aunt and cousins started a shaved ice company in St. George years ago. My sisters and I would visit often and occasionally help at big events. I have so many fond memories associated with this delicious dessert. I have become a shaved ice snob, demanding only real "shaved" ice and sticking my nose at those who don't have cream sauce for a topping. Ana makes em' like she used to. They were delicious. Still a fan!!!

 Layla and Maya

 Spike and Ethan
Chris just tried to have a photo op by hand feeding Collin his shaved ice... Collin didn't go for it. At least they thought it was funny. 

"Just between you and me, my straw fell on the ground twice, I licked it clean and didn't ask for a new one"- Noelle  Livin' on the edge!!
Finally, just before 8 we made contact with them. They were tired and hungry. 
We thought they deserved trophies, but we figured stickers were the next best thing.

 They look pretty awesome for just getting back from a grueling hike. Mom said she feels like she looks. I heart you mom!
After some grub and a shaved ice these girlies had a much deserved shower and hit the sack.