Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Last night, our ward had a Halloween carnival. People brought in chili, made homemade root beer, and had all sorts of activities, such as a cupcake walk, a fishing game, pin the nose on the pumpkin, and so forth. Originally, I wasn't planning on Annabelle or me dressing up. I didn't buy or make a costume for either of us. I figure there's plenty of time in the future to dress up Annabelle and future kids. But then, as I was looking in Annabelle's closet for something for her to wear for the day, I saw a ballerina outfit that mom found for Annabelle this summer. Perfect, I had a costume for Annabelle. Then, I thought of something else. One of my freshman roommates from college would sometimes put a water bottle on top of her head and tie her hair around it so her hair would be sticking straight up. I decided I would do that to my hair. I didn't have a costume, but that didn't mean I couldn't do something crazy for this carnival.
I put Annabelle's tutu on and then managed to put her hair in two little buns. It was way cute. Then, I did my hair and we went out to the car to make our way to the church. Well, the problem was my hair was so tall that I couldn't sit in the car. I couldn't even tilt my head enough to feel like I could drive safely. Thankfully, it's a very easy thing to do. I undid my hair and redid it once I got to my destination.
When we walked in the gym, Annabelle was delighted to find that every single table had tons of candy corns on each one. She had a blast going around to every table and taking a few pieces of candy. We also went fishing, threw some bean bags in a huge cardboard pumpkin with holes cut out for his eyes, nose, and mouth, got a cupcake from the cupcake walk,and played pin the nose on the pumpkin. It was so much fun. In between all that, I stood in line for about 30 minutes to get some chili for the family, while Michael chased Annabelle around.
It came as quite a surprise when my name was read as a winner for craziest hair. At that time, I had taken my hair out due to the headache it was causing. But to please the crowd, I redid it and everyone loved it.
Monday, October 27, 2008
One of Annabelle's newest tricks is doing summersaults. She still has some trouble pushing herself over, but she's working on it.
We have found a new game that Annabelle loves- ring around the rosie. If we do it once, we then have to keep doing it over and over. Usually we do it all together, but we needed someone to videotape. So there are two ring around the rosie videos- one of Annabelle and Michael and one of Annabelle and me.
Here is a picture of Annabelle watching her new favorite movie, Ratatouille. Nothing can distract her from her "show", as she calls it.
Another thing she loves to do is put her hands in her pockets. She thinks the pockets are just the coolest things. Sometimes, she shoves her hands so hard in her pockets that she pulls her pants down. Then she gets upset because she can't figure out how to put her hands back in her pockets when her pants are sitting around her ankles.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday was a busy day for us. In the morning, Michael and Annabelle went to the store to pick up a carving pumpkin while I had some church business to take care of. They returned with a huge 18 1/2 pound pumpkin. I was hoping that they would get two or three, one to represent each member of the family, but all the pumpkins at the store were that big or bigger, so we just have the one.
We had a good time scooping out the insides. Annabelle was too nervous to put her hand in the pumpkin at first, but then she decided it wasn't too bad. She also decided she had to try some of the pumpkin innards. She really liked it too. She kept eating it until I realized that she would eat the whole piece unless I stopped her. It was very fun and good family time.
Then, Annabelle took her nap while Michael and I enjoyed watching a BYU victory over New Mexico. Later that evening, after we all played outside in the gorgeous, unusual October weather, Michael and I went to Idaho Falls and took out some friends to dinner, while a friend watched Annabelle. They had a great time playing outside, playing Candyland, watching Celtic Woman and Ratatouille, and eating pizza.
Here are some pictures of her cute outfit that she wore to church today. The skirt is something I wore when I was Annabelle's age.
Friday, October 24, 2008
As a side note, when I was searching for the video of Orinoco Flow for my blog, I came across another video that I found fun to watch. It's called Celtic Dueling Violins and it features the violinist from Celtic Woman, Mairead Nesbitt.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
They are very simple to make. Paint your hand black minus the thumb and make a hand print on a piece of paper. Then, turn your hand around and make another print on top of the first print. Paint eyes and mouth and you're done. Here are our spiders.
Annabelle was so exited to have her hand painted that she couldn't keep her fingers still. When I put her hand on the paper, she started moving here fingers back and forth. So, the legs on her spider are a little funny looking. She then got the brilliant idea to rub her blackened hand all over her face and hair and anything else she could touch before I stopped her. I wanted to get a picture, but there was no way I was going to leave her alone for even a second while I went to get the camera. It was pretty funny to watch, but created quite a bit to cleanup.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I enjoy planning and hosting parties or get-togethers and decided (after getting permission from the mother-to-be) to throw a shower for my friend here. Yesterday she came over, and while Annabelle took a nap, we made her shower invitations. I should have taken a picture of them, but I didn't. They turned out very cute and I was happy with our work. The shower will take place next week, and we're hoping that my friend doesn't go into labor early.
I would love to throw a shower for my sister and sister-in-law, but they live in the East coast. So, I'm glad I have someone whom I can help celebrate this special occasion. I want my good friend here in Rexburg, my sister, and sister-in-law to know that I am so happy for them and I wish them luck with the rest of pregnancy, delivery, and parenthood. I can't wait to meet the new arrivals, whenever they choose to get here.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Michael was first to speak and captured the group's attention with the suspenseful story of how we got together, more specifically the wisdom tooth episode (if you're not familiar with this harrowing experience, let me know. It's a good one). He then spoke about our small family and a short history of how we got where we are. He spoke some about the law firm and closed with the unbelievable and incredible story of while serving a mission in Russia, he was accused of being a CIA spy and was deported out of the country 6 weeks prior to his release date.
After words, he was detained by several people wanting to know more about him and his experiences. I was also stopped as people told me what a wonderful guy I was married to and I have to agree with them. I am very lucky to have Michael as a husband and appreciate all the hard work he does to support our family and keep us happy. What a great way to spend the lunch hour: eating free, delicious Chinese food with your husband as he talks about his great family. Life doesn't get any better than that.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
And here it is being employed.
My second craft was actual very simple. I just stuck vinyl lettering on a plate. I know, how domestic and impressive of me.
The last class I signed up for was gingerbread making and decorating class. That was interesting. The woman teaching the class and her family make incredible houses every year and she showed us some pictures. It was amazing what her kids could do. She gave us decorating tips and several different patterns to make different kinds of houses. I'm pretty excited to try out her ideas this year.
I also signed up to bring caramel rolls for lunch, but I had to have Michael put them in the oven, take them out, and bring them to me. He did a great job. The rolls were a hit and were gone within minutes of lunch being served. Thank you, Michael.
Annabelle managed to survive from 10 until 12:30 in the nursery without any major catastrophe, with the exception of her setting marker everywhere on herself.
Here's an unrelated sidenote: As of this moment, Annabelle can now open the doors in our house. She used to only be able to jiggle them but not open them. Now, she knows what to do. Thank goodness for the ability to lock doors in order to get some privacy.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Today, I blew up one of the balloons and it has been a hit. There are so many ways to play with a balloon.
Michael is very good at his job and wants to keep every one of his clients satisfied, but that puts a lot of stress on him. I'm so grateful that he is willing to work hard to support his family. He knows that I'm not a fan of his staying late at work, but sometimes that is inevitable. This morning, he got up early in order to get to work before the office opened and the phones started ringing. Hopefully, this will allow him to get more done and keep his day low-key and stress free.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We removed the cushions from our couch and stacked them on top of each other, then arranged the pillows on top of them and then threw a blanket over the soft mound. That left a bare, very bouncy couch where Annabelle could run, jump, bounce, sit, or whatever she pleased. Sometimes, she would fall onto the cushion mountain or Michael would throw her on it. She loved it and had a blast. It was pretty fun to watch as well.
This is just a cute picture of Annabelle.
A really cute video of her playing on the couch will be posted soon.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Annabelle has not had a blowout in many, many months. For those of you who don’t know what a blowout is, it’s a messy diaper that leaks out of the diaper and onto the baby's back, legs, clothes, you name it. Since this has not happened in a while, I have stopped packing an extra pair of clothes for Annabelle whenever we go out.
Now let me set the stage for today’s drama. While in
As usual, I dropped her off at nursery, and went off to my class. Right at the end of the class, someone brought Annabelle in to me saying that she had a mess all up her back. I quickly peeked under her dress and almost let out a yelp. 'This is going to be a bad one', I thought to myself. I walked with her to the mother's room, hoping that no one else was in there. Thankfully, we had the room to ourselves. Upon a second, more detailed inspection, I saw that Annabelle's pretty, new dress was covered in you know what as were her tights. Very carefully so as to keep the rest of her body free from the mess, I removed her shoes, stockings, and the dress. I won't go into the process of getting her cleaned up; needless to say, it took a long time and was very difficult. Once she had a clean diaper on, I realized that I couldn't put any of the clothes back on her, but I didn't bring anything else for her to wear. We had one hour left of church and I was supposed to help out in my next class so I couldn't take Annabelle home for a change of clothes. Then, I remembered that I had brought a sweater for her in case it was cold. I put that on her along with her shiny black shoes and decided that would have to do. As I walked down the hall to Annabelle's class, I got many different looks from those I passed, looks of embarrassment, understanding, humor, etc. I thought the whole situation was hilarious and that Annabelle looked adorable with her healthy, fat thighs. Once in her class, I tied her blanket around her waist to act as a skirt and then I left. I don't know how long the blanket stayed in place, but when I went to pick her up at the end of church, it was on the floor and Annabelle was there showing off her sexy baby legs.
What a stunning babe!
Doesn't she look like a supermodel?
Well, the quick trip to Provo was a success. I woke up early this morning when Michael came into our room after returning from the game. We won, although I was a little disappointed that we didn't win by more points. Annabelle and I had a blast together. Even though it was cold, windy, and raining/snowing a little bit, after her nap, I took her to the duck pond. It's a park with lots of little trails that loop around a several large ponds, a playground, and you guessed, lots and lots of ducks. Last week after conference, we went and fed the ducks, but I didn't bring enough food because I ran out within minutes. People come and feed the ducks all the time and they are not afraid of humans at all. Annabelle and I stood on a bench and I threw pieces of bread and old crackers to them. I tried to have Annabelle feed them, but she would always take the food I gave her for the ducks and eat it herself. But, I actually prefer that she not feed the ducks. She was barely high off the ground that the ducks couldn't reach up and bite the food out of her hand. One duck even had the nerve to bite my shoe several times if he went a while without getting any food. Annabelle and I were freezing, but we still had a good time. She was fascinated watching the ducks, listening to them quack, and seeing them fight each other for food. I was nervous that she would lose her balance and fall onto the group of food-crazy ducks. So, I held onto her with one hand and tried to tear pieces of food and throw it to the ducks with the other. It was quite difficult. Here are some pictures and a video. The video is kind of shaky because I was trying to hold the camera, hold on to Annabelle so she wouldn't fall, and grind up the crackers for the ducks.
It's a good thing we went yesterday. I was thinking that we could go as a family today after church, but that probably won't happen since there's snow on the ground and it's 26 degrees. Several years from now, snow in October won't be big deal. But I've never lived in a place where there's been snow this early in the year! (Well, that's technically not true since I was born in Alaska and it snows there probably even earlier, but come on. I don't remember anything. I was two years old when we moved.) Oh well. Since this is where we plan on living for a long time, I supposed I'll just have to get used to it.
PS I see now that we haven't had it nearly as bad as other cities, but still, I'm not used to this.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
"Rise and shout, the Courgars are out!"
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I tried to get Annabelle to go under, but all she wanted to do was try to step on top of the blankets. Once I was under, she would eventually follow, but there was hardly any room with all of the chairs and table and the blankets weren't even high enough off the ground that I could sit up. Obviously, that made it pretty hard to play in there. I left it up for Michael to see after he got home from work, but Annabelle and I didn't really play in it too much. Mostly, I would sit on one side of the fort and roll a ball underneath it to the other side where Annabelle was waiting for it. I don't think she is old enough to understand what a fort is and what you're supposed to do under it, but it was still fun making it and it did take up most of the afternoon so maybe I'll keep this idea around during wintertime.
I made a video of the fort, but it's taking forever to upload, so I'll post it later.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The message is covered up with kleenex.
On another note, Annabelle had a very traumatic day today. She got a Hepatitis shot as well as a flu shot. She and I went to the store this morning and I decided to get a little treat for her to have right after the shots to make things a little better. I'm happy that this little distraction worked because she was very upset when she was forced to lie down on the table have these shots. She has since recovered and I don't even think she remembers what happened. Here are some random pictures of her taken his weekend during General Conference (we were paying attention, I promise).