Monday, April 28, 2008

Deem's Birthday


We spent this past weekend in Salt Lake City to celebrate Footes grandpa's 90th birthday (we call him Deem). It was a lot of fun to spend time with family and Aly had a great time entertaining everyone. I don't generally think of her as a really outgoing child but she surprised even me at the birthday party as soon as we got there she proceeded to tell everybody and anybody hi. At one point we were sitting around singing old songs that Deem liked and Aly proceeded to the middle of the room and started dancing to everyones singing and was pleased with herself for all the laughs she was able to get from the crowd.

We stayed at Brad and Jenny's house. It was fun to see them and as we were leaving we asked Aly if she had a good time at Brad and Jenny's and she said "no not Brad and Jenny's its Aspen's"(Aspen is the name of their dog) so I guess the house now belongs to the dog and Brad and Jenny are just visitors.

We were also able to have a quick visit with our friends Kalleen and Jared it is always fun to stop in and see them and their family. So even though it was a short trip for such a long car ride. it was a good trip.

A special thanks to Philips. Don't know if we could have done it without you.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Read any good books lately?


Ok so I am getting desperate for a good book. I love to read, and I am not opposed to audio books either. So there are not many hours in the day when I am not either reading a book or listening to one. I easily read or listen to 1 to 3 books a week. I am currently working my way through all of Jane Austens works again, but I have to say since I have already read them all a few times it is not near as exciting as having something new. I have been searching on goodreads for ideas, but when I went through the most recent popular books I was disappointed to find that I had read almost all of them. So I am asking for suggestions I need some good books to read this summer it may not be easy because I have read a lot of the most common recommendations, but I am open to all suggestions and genres. So tell me what are you reading? What is a book or books that you would recommend? or authors? To see what I have already read visit my bookshelf on goodreads and you can even see what I thought of the books I've read.

Thanks

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Brooklyns sock craze








Our little Brooklyn has the most bizarre love of socks. Since she was able to pull off her socks she has pulled them off and either cuddled with them for comfort or put them in her mouth to chew on. She also will pick up odd socks that she finds on the floor which can be kind of gross if she finds them in the dirty clothes hamper. I did not realize how often she is hauling a sock around until I was looking through our pictures the other day.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Joys of potty training


I have been trying to motivate myself since December to start potty training Aly and I have to admit when she was ready I wasn't and now that I am ready she is all ho hum about the idea. Aly has hit the "I do it" stage in a major way. If I help her get dressed and she wants to do it she will strip herself all the way down and start over from the beginning. If I hold her hand to help her down the stairs when she wanted to do it herself she will climb all the way back to the top and start over. Foote thinks she might have a touch of OCD. This is how our day goes all day long. Potty training during this phase is challenging to say the least mostly because she refuses to go potty on her potty training potty chair she has to go on the toilet, where mom and dad go potty, and it takes about 3 minutes just for her to climb up on the toilet and when she finally is on the toilet she is ready to be done after ten secounds. At least we wont have to make the transition from the little potty to the big potty. She also insists on putting on her panties on by herself, but always ends up getting two legs in one hole or putting them on backwards or inside out or just wrong altogether, and than she starts to cry so I ask if I can help her and "NO I DO IT!" putting the panties on can last up to 15 minutes which kind of stinks since I try to have her go potty every 20 minutes. So most days I give up and let her run around the house bottomless. So if anyone has any great potty training secrets they would like to share we are open to all suggestions.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Night Out

I have decided that the Elephant Bar is my new favorite resturant. Foote and I have gone to eat there about four times over the last year and everthing I have tried on their menu was really, really good. One of Footes co-workers, as a thankyou gift for some consultation work Foote did with him on a recent closing, presented Foote with a gift certificate to the Elephant Bar. So Foote had me arrange for my mom to take the kids while he took me out. We don't usually get dessert when we go out to eat, but we decided, since we didn't have to pay for it, that this time we would treat ourselves to the choclate brownie. I could not believe it when they brought it out it took up the whole plate this is my kind of resturant if your going to do dessert might as well do it right.

Conference Weekend


It has been our tradition the last few years to spend conferance weekend camping with Foote's parents. His parents have an RV with satellite so we are still able to watch conferance and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time. I have decided that I must be turning into a wimp in my old age because I thought I was going to freeze to death. (okay, maybe not all the way to death but it was really cold sleeping in the tent.) The first night I was so cold I woke up and got fully dressed even my coat and crawled back into bed and was finally able to fall asleep. I was so annoyed that I could not sleep that I had to wake up Foote to let him know that April camping trips are no longer allowed. (I am sure by next year I will probably forget my new rule, but I felt better letting him know) I have decided I am a summer camper only. Luckily the girls seemed to do just fine we had them sleep in a seperate tent, since the last time we went camping Aly slept in our tent she refused to go to sleep and just jumped all over us. And except for the first night when Aly had a hard time falling asleep and kept yelling "MOM...DAD I WAKE UP I WAKE UP" she did a good job sleeping in here own sleeping bag.

We had a good time with Grandma and Grandpa and except for freezing and Aly having a really really hard time with Potty training while camping, everything went really well.


Foote brought a kite to fly with Aly, and I had to laugh because he kept giving the handle of the kite to Aly to hold and she would hold it for a while waving it around then she would let it go and he would have to run as fast as he could in his flip flops to catch the kite. I wish I had a video it was really funny to watch. After chasing the kite a few to many time Foote decided to wrap the string around her before giving her the handle.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Swimming Lessons Again


Aly started swimming lessons this week with her friends Cassidy and Kyle. She was so excited she loves the water and thinks that she can swim all by heself. She has become so independent lately that she refuses to let me help her and looks for every opportunity to swim away from the wall by herself. Our lessons generally go something like this: I will try and help her float on her tummy, "No Mommy I do it, I do it" at which point she wiggles herself out of my arms and begins sinking in the water on her own kicking and splashing as hard as she can. After about 5 secounds under the water I help her back to the surface hoping that she will now realize that she needs my help, but instead she comes out smiling and we go through the routine again. So hopefully we will make it through our classes without her drowning. Cassidy and Aly took classes together a year ago and loved them so I included a picture of them from the first time they took classes together. It is always fun to see how much they have changed in a year.