Wednesday, December 24, 2008


On Monday Kirsten and I spent four and a half hours at North Park Mall in Dallas, without even setting foot in a store. First we went to Storytime with Santa, then Jeremy came and met us for lunch. Kirsten then waited in line very patiently for an hour and a half to see the train exhibit. There are over 40 trains and 2500 feet of tracks. She was totally entranced, and would not leave for over 45 minutes. I could not decide which pictures to leave out, so I made a slide show. Enjoy!

After the trains we fed the ducks, looked at sculptures, made wishes in the wishing well, saw a scrooge puppet show and a Marionette puppet show in Santa's Toy Shoppe.

We had a wonderful day. She was such a trooper, especially since her stroller has recently been retired to the attic, and I cannot lift her because of my rib. Needless to say, she crashed hard on the way home. I think that we have a new Christmas tradition in our family!
Merry Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Cards

So the Christmas cards are finally finished and sent. I hand made 65 cards this year. 55 of them were of my own design, the others I made at workshops or got from card club.
I know that I missed some people, and so I apologize. In case you didn't get one, and if you care to read it, below is our Christmas letter. Merry Christmas to all!

Dear Family and Friends
It seems like 2008 has flown by. I can hardly believe that another year has come to an end and that yet another Christmas is upon us.

This year has been eventful and very busy for our family. It seems like we spent the entire spring traveling to see family. In May we went to Utah for a week for Jeremy’s brother, Zach’s wedding. We were able to make the most of the trip by visiting with both of our families. A few weeks later we went to Kansas and Jeremy and I were able to see Wicked the Musical. Kirsten got to take her first trip to the zoo with Grandma Starnes in Topeka, which is also the first zoo that Jeremy went to when he was little.

In July, Laura’s sister, Anne, got married. Laura spent most of May and June helping plan and we are so thrilled for her and her girls. Sarah and Kaley spent two weeks with us after their mom’s wedding, which is the shortest summer they have had with us. Kirsten always loves having her cousins here.

In August Laura took a trip all by herself to California. She was able to visit her sister, Jenny, in Orange County and go to Disneyland. Then she went to northern California and was able to see her best friend, Christie get married in the Oakland Temple. She was also able to spend a few days sightseeing in San Francisco.

Kirsten is growing up so quickly. She took swimming lessons this summer and is a little fish. In fact, we spent almost everyday this summer at the pool. She started dance classes in September and loves it. She also started going to preschool two days a week and comes home everyday knowing new things and is actually starting to read a little bit. She is such the little social butterfly and calls anyone new she meets, friend, until she learns their name. She is starting to play the piano and will not let a day pass without her lesson. She loves to play dress up and role play like she is a princess and plans her wedding about 10 times a day. The best thing though is to watch her play by herself in her room and realize that when she thinks she is alone she is always singing to herself.

Laura is staying busy teaching. Between piano and trumpet lessons she has 32 kids this semester. She is hoping to cut back a little next year and spend more time with Kirsten. She is still the primary pianist in our ward and is excited to have Kirsten join her in primary in a few short weeks. Laura has also taken up stamping and spends what little free time she has making cards.

Jeremy is still working at Blue Cross Blue Shield and loving every minute of it. It is such a blessing to be able to enjoy what you do and who you do it with. He is also taking a Game Programming class at UNT this semester and is excited to be programming again since he does Databases all day at work. He was just released as Ward Clerk over Finances and is now serving in the nursery. It has been a blessing to all go to church in one car for the first time in our marriage. He has stayed busy doing home improvement projects and with the help of his dad and brother, Chris, actually put up gutters around the house.

We feel blessed to have such wonderful friends and family and pray that you will have a wonderful Holiday Season.

With Love,
Alleman Family

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Parties

So after blogging nearly everyday last week, I have let this week fly by me. I just finished teaching my last ever late night piano lessons! I will miss the kids, but I am so excited to have more time with Kirsten and to maybe even clean my house and cook dinner.

We had an ice storm this week and they closed all the schools on Tuesday. I was not about to complain about a day in sweats at home with Kirsten. She had fun ice skating on the back porch and eating the ice off of everything.
Last night Kirsten went to a Christmas Party for her Dance Studio. It was hard for me to let Jeremy drop her off and be at the party by herself. Of course, we got over that as soon as we realized we were childless for 3 hours and we actually went on a date for the first time in a few months.
Today her school had a Birthday party for Jesus. She was very upset when he did not show up. I was able to go for a few minutes during my break at work and got some pictures of their ornament exchange. They did it musical hot potato style. Kirsten was thrilled to get a snowman ornament since we had taken a snowman ornament.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Confused Tree

Our tree is confused. It thinks that it is spring. Of course, after 3 hard freezes we have had 3 days in the 70s. So the tree is dead, except for this one branch that sprouted new leaves yesterday.
Not to be left out, my lilies, tulips and daffodils have started peaking their heads out too.

Don't worry, we are supposed to have an ice storm in 2 days, so that will knock them out, but I just hope they come back when it really is spring!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Tag

I got this from both my mom and Jodi, so here it goes!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper, bags are too easy to peak in
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial
3. When do you put up the tree? After Thanksgiving
5. Do you like egg nog? YUCK!!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Cabbage Patch Doll - thanks for waiting in those insane lines, Mom.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, but still only one
8. Hardest person to buy for? Jeremy
9. Easiest to buy for? Kirsten
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Dr. Seuss Sweatshirt (of course there was a gorgeous necklace inside, so I guess he was forgiven)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Apple Pie
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? White, they are much brighter.
17. Favorite Christmas song? God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, as performed by Manheim Steamroller with Uncle Larry playing!!!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay at home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph (and yes, I am singing the song right now)
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
21. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Salvation Army Bell Ringers
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? Gold and Maroon
23. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Ham, potatoes, stuffing, rolls, green beans
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? A fuzzy robe

Consider yourself Tagged!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Late Halloween Picture

I got this picture today of Kirsten's dance class from her teacher. She is the Snow White on the back row. Have you ever seen so many princesses in one place?!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cute pictures

Saturday we went to our ward's breakfast with Santa. Kirsten wanted nothing to do with him. When we got home, she informed me that he was not the real Santa, because the real Santa says "Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas" and this one just said "Merry Christmas". Now She is on a quest to find the "real" Santa.

My little dress up queen. Why do I bother buying normal clothes? They never get worn.
And yes, she does the dishes!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

School Pictures

Kirsten's Preschool pictures came in today and I was taken a back at how grown up she looks.
Kirsten's Class
Kirsten's School Picture

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Big Sunday

Today was a big Sunday for Kirsten. About half way through Fast and Testimony meeting she jumped out of her seat and said "I want to go up there! Come on Daddy!" So Kirsten drug Jeremy up to the stand and sat there patiently for her turn while about 6 other people bore their testimonies. When it was her turn, she said "I love Heavenly Father and I love Jesus. I like to read the Book of Mormon and I know that President Monson is the Prophet. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." I was beaming with pride. Of course she whispered and so practically no one heard her, but still!!!

During the second hour, her entire nursery class came in for singing and sharing time. There are 21 soon to be Sunbeams in our ward. She was so thrilled to see me behind the piano and sat with her arms folded the entire 45 minutes! During sharing time I came down and sat next to Jeremy and Kirsten. It was great to have our entire family together in primary. We will have time to get used to it because Jeremy found out today that he will be teaching Kirsten's Sunbeam class after the first of the year.

Kirsten also decided today that she is too big to take baths and insisted on taking a shower all by herself. Such a big Sunday of firsts for such a little girl!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

So you think you can dance?

Kirsten can! She had another peek-a-boo day at dance last week and I could hardly believe how much she has learned in just a few short months. I took some videos of ballet and pictures of tap. Enjoy!

Kirsten's Solo

The Hokey Pokey

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving this week. We drove to Oklahoma on Wednesdsay night and took my little brother John with us. Kirsten had been talking for a week about going to Papa Adams farm in Oklahoma (which she pronounces Okyhoma). I am so glad that she is able to grow up loving my grandparents farm as much as I do. It seems like life stops when we go there, it is the one place in the world where I can fully relax.

We had a wonderful time on Thanksgiving with all the family. We roasted one turkey and my uncle John fried the other one - I was not brave enough to try it. Iva and Cole came with their two little boys, so they and Kirsten spent most of the day exploring the garden, chicken coop, train car and truck, playing tag and trying to figure out how to get through the fence to the cows.

Thursday night we all went to see Twilight. I liked it more the second time. Jeremy liked it, my mom and Clinton not so much though. John liked it as did Kirsten - I know, I'm crazy, but since everyone went, we had no one to watch her. Besides, she has been begging for weeks to see it and told me that she is going to marry Edward. She is growing up way too fast.

We did some mega shopping on Friday and then headed home. My mom and Clinton came with us and he and Jeremy got the Christmas lights put up yesterday. It is fun to be getting into the Christmas season. I can hardly wait for our trip to Denver in just a few weeks!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight Mania

So we did it! Kacey and I actually went to the 12:01 showing of Twilight this morning. Yes, I know I am crazy. By the time I got home I had been up 21 hours, I slept three, and have now been up for another 18. I am so ready to sleep.

That aside, we had a great time. We of course went to Cheesecake Factory before heading up to the theatre. I think that half of our stake was there. I was surprised to see so many men there and even a seminary teacher that had to teach this morning!

The movie was okay, but the experience was great! I think Rob Pattison was awesome, but that Kristen Stewart left much to be desired-like emotion! That is all I will say because I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. It is definitely worth seeing at least once. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I've been tagged!

8 TV Shows I Like
1. Criminal Minds
2. As The World Turns
3. CBS 10 O'Clock News
4. ?
Who has time to watch TV these days?!

8 Favorite Restaurants
1. On The Border (they know us by name, pathetic, I know)
2. Texas Roadhouse
3. LaHacienda Ranch
4. Chick-fil-A
5. Chilis
6. Genghis Grill
7. McAllister's Deli
8. Peter Piper Pizza (for Kirsten anyway)

8 Things I did Yesterday
1. Woke up at 6 am
2. Went to Weight Watchers (I made 30 lbs!)
3. Did a step aerobics class at the gym
4. Made a crock pot of soup
5. Baked 4 loaves of bread
6. Fixed the vacuum cleaner
7. Ooohed and Aaahed appropriately at Jeremy putting up gutters
8. Spent 3 hours organizing Kirsten's room - you can't tell a difference now
9. Went on a date with Jeremy (I know that is 9, but I couldn't leave it out!)

8 Things I am Looking Foward To
1. Being financially independent - we love you Dave Ramsey!
2. Losing another 30 lbs
3. Cutting back on Piano lessons
4. Watching Kirsten grow up
5. Disneyland in May
6. Denver in December
7. Being a temple worker again
8. Going on another mission, this time with Jeremy

8 Things I Love About THIS Fall
2. Football games
3. Thanksgiving on Grandma's Farm
4. Homemade Soup
5. It has been relatively warm
6. Down comforter
7. Snuggling with Jeremy when it gets cold
8. Halloween with Kirsten

8 Things on My Wish List
1. Wood floors in my house
2. Tile in the bathrooms
3. New entertainment center
4. Going to Europe for our 10 year anniversary
5. Matching Bedroom Furniture
6. A Honda CRV
7. A back the does not hurt all the time
8. Another child

8 People I tag
Amy Burr, Amy G, Jodi, Mom, Sarah, Mom Alleman, Kacey, Anne

Friday, October 31, 2008

Week of Halloween

We feel like we have been celebrating Halloween for an entire week around here and are definitely ready to be away from the candy. Last Friday we kicked off the holiday with a trunk-or-treat with our neighborhood Mom's club and then had a pot luck picnic at the park. We had so much fun and feel so blessed to live in such a wonderful, active neighborhood. Saturday was our HOA Halloween party.
On Monday Kirsten got to wear her costume to dance. Unfortunately I did not take my camera to that party, but 11 of the 12 girls were princesses. Go figure...
Thursday Kirsten got to wear her costume to school and they had a Fall Festival. I was able to find time between lessons to go and volunteer and I loved being able to see her with her friends. They had carnival booths, face painting, a bounce house and a pumpkin patch. There is another girl named Kirsten in her class and they both came dressed as Snow White. The teachers loved it, what are the chances!
Thursday night we went to our Ward's trunk-or-treat and chili cook off. Kirsten had fun with her friend Kinsley, who had spent half the night asking everyone if they had seen Kirsten. It was nice to have some time to get out and socialize. We have gotten so busy that I do not get to do that as much as I would like.
Tonight, Jeremy's mom, dad and his sister Megan came up and brought dinner for all of us. Kirsten had fun trick or treating with her Aunt around the neighborhood. After they had to leave we trick or treated my dad's house and then I crashed on their couch while Jeremy took Kirsten around some more. After her second pumpkin load, we finally decided to call it quits. It was sure a lot of fun.
I spent so much time sewing Kirsten's costume that I am glad she got so much use out of it. She told me in July that she wanted to be Snow White for Halloween. I was a little surprised, I did not know that she knew what Halloween was, but she has not wavered, and has loved being Snow White for an entire week.

Kirsten on Halloween
Kirsten and Kinsley
Kirsten at the Rockin' Ranch Moms Trunk or Treat
The Kirstens
Carving Pumpkins with Daddy

Sunday, October 19, 2008


This weekend was my 10-year High School Reunion.  Friday night we went to a tailgate party for the families and then to the football game.  It was fun to meet everyone's spouses and kids and catch up.  I was surprised at how many live in Frisco and Carrollton still.  Kirsten absolutely loved her first football game and kept begging to go down to the cheerleaders - how does she even know what a cheerleader is?!  The marching band was actually pretty good, which I was excited about. 

Saturday night there was an adult's only dinner at Ozona's.  My dad and Patty stayed with Kirsten so we could go.  It was strange how few people I recognized, but of course there were over 900 people in my class.  It was interesting to see how different we are now from my friends in HS.  Most of my close girlfriends are Attorneys or Pediatric Rheumatologists and crazy things like that and even though they are married, have  no desire for kids any time soon.  We actually won the award for having the oldest kid.  The most kids award went to the one family there that had two kids, two-year old twins.  We were of course party poopers and came home way early.  Kirsten climbed into our bed this morning and woke us up shouting "You came back!"  She then proceeded to tell us about her fun night with grandma and grandpa and is begging for them to come back.

Jeremy got a new calling today, he is going to be teaching a  special primary class for the kids getting ready to go into Sunbeams this year.  We are not sure if Kirsten will be in his class because the group is so big that they will split them into several classes.  He is excited about it and I know he will do a great job.  Kids always love Jeremy. It will be fun because now our entire family is in primary together.

Pumpkin Patch

This is week late, but last Saturday we went to The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm.  Jeremy's mom and sisters went with us, which made it that much more fun.  We went on a hayride, fed the animals, ate hot dogs, and Kirsten got to go on the train and pick a pumpkin for Halloween.  We go here every year and it just seems to really kick off the fall season for our family. 


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Monday, October 6, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Musical

Friday night we drove to Fort Worth to meet my mom after her Women of the Railroad Convention. We took Kirsten to see Sleeping Beauty the Musical. She loved it to say the least. We were on the center aisle on the third row, with no one in front of us. Thank you mom for getting us great seats! She was a little confused at first that the characters looked different than the Disney movie, but she soon got over that and laughed and clapped her way through the entire show. The highlight was her being able to meet all of the characters afterwards. I mean honestly, what three year old girl doesn't dream of actually meeting Sleeping Beauty and her Prince!? I was proud of her for sitting through the entire show and being on her best behavior, especially after it took us two hours in traffic to get there. She will never cease to amaze me. I put together my first ever video highlighting her night. Enjoy!

Peek a boo day

Last Monday was Peek a boo day at Kirsten's dance studio. That means that the moms actually get to stay and watch. I was impressed to see how much the girls have all learned in just a few short weeks. I forgot my camera, but Emily was nice enough to take some pictures for me. Kirsten with Ms Marty

Kirsten in the Dazzler Sit

Kirsten, Keeton, Ashley

Kirsten getting ready to tap!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Family Pictures

We had family pictures taken last weekend. This one is our favorite. I will try to get the link working so that you can see all of them onlin. We are having a good time with my mom here this weekend and are loving being able to watch General Conference. I will post more about our weekend later

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Not much to say

I do not have much to write about this week, but I have been bit by the guilty bug for not blogging in a week. So here goes the uneventful update.....

Kirsten is loving ballet and preschool. She dressed up today in her dance clothes and was begging to go again. She has learned first position, and now knows her right from her left. She just twirls around all day long, and is totally adorable while doing it. She loves her school. Tuesday we were running a little late and she told me "Hurry, go faster mommy, my friends are all missing me so much!" She is such the little social butterfly now. She has dance on Monday, Preschool on Tuesday and Thursday, and standing weekly playdates on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Her social life sure keeps me busy.

Jeremy was released this past week as the Ward Clerk over Finance. He has been serving for two years, and we are looking forward to having family time on Sundays now. He is loving his Game Programming class. Can homework for that actually be considered work?....

I am staying busy teaching lessons. I teach 12 Trumpet lessons at the middle school while Kirsten is in preschool, and then I have 21 piano kids at home in the afternoon. It is a larger load then I really wanted, but I enjoy it too much to turn anyone away! Other than that, life just seems to fly by everyday without too much variance, but I guess that is the way we prefer it.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Funny Kid

Upon getting out of the car at Target tonight.....

Kirsten: "Mommy, the moon is really hungry tonight."
Laura: "Really, what makes you say that?"
Kirsten: "It's not full yet."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dancing Queen

Today was Kirsten's first day of dance class. She absolutely loved it. I tried to get some pictures at the studio, but she kept twirling.
I tried again when we got home to get pictures, but finally settled for a video. I went jogging while she was in class and when I came around the corner, her class was already out front waiting. She came running up to me and jumped into my arms and exclaimed "that was sooooo fun. We have to do it again!" She wore her dance clothes the rest of the day and would not hold still. She is quite the little dancer. She lost a stick today at Preschool for dancing all over the classroom. I have to say that I am a proud mama, I started dance when I was two and have been dying for her to start. I could not be happier that she loves it so much. I hope you enjoy the videos!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of Preschool

Kirsten started Preschool today!!! She came bouncing into our room this morning at 6:30 exclaiming "Wake up, Wake up! It's my first day of school. We have to pack my lunch!" She is attending Redeemer Day School at the Presbyterian Church about 3 blocks from our house. She had no problems walking right in and playing with her new friends. I on the other hand lingered outside her door for about 10 minutes toiling over leaving my baby at SCHOOL! I eventually had to leave solely because I had to go to work. When I picked Kirsten up she did not want to come home. She hid from me and and jumped into her teacher's arms. I had to promise and pinky swear that she would get to come back on Thursday. Her progress report from her teacher stated that she was happy, friendly, sweet and curious. She is definitely her father's daughter on that one.
Kirsten at Preschool Kirsten and her teacher Mrs Leath
I had about an hour of free time today between lessons and was able to come home. That is one of the many advantages to having switched schools this year to the middle school down the street. I hardly knew what to do all by myself and ended up cleaning the house. It was actually nice to clean without a 3 year old tornado behind me trying to help. I decided that we should require all 3 year olds to go to preschool so that their moms can regain what little remains of their sanity! It was a big day for all of us, but Kirsten sure handled it like a big girl.
I started teaching Megan, my sister-in-law, piano lessons today. She is such a sweetheart and so fun. Kirsten sure loved having her Grandma Alleman come up and play barbies with her during Megan's lessons. This will be a fun weekly treat for her.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Funny Song

Kirsten's favorite song to sing this week is I Love to See the Temple. She sings it almost non stop. She just sang it for Jeremy at dinner and I realized that she had some of the words wrong. She starts out fine, but then she goes
"The Temple is a House of God, the Palace of Sleeping Beauty!"
She never gets boring!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Trip to California

I had the most fabulous time in California this past week. I flew out on Wednesday to Orange County. My sister Jenny picked me up and we spent the next two days together. First we went to her boyfriend, Christian's house. Let me tell you, it was amazing. I think that someone should have been following me around to mop up my drool from his travertine floors! Then we met Aunt Marilyn for dinner and spent the rest of the night shopping. Thursday we went to Disneyland. We spent about 6 hours there until the lines started getting too long for our taste.
After Disney land we went to go see our cousin Marguax and her 5 day old baby, Garret. He is such a cutie. He christened me when I was holding him. I guess that means he likes me. Her 5 year old Gavin is also a complete doll. We spent the rest of the day at the beach. Jenny took me to Salt Creek Beach so that we could get a workout walking down and back up a mile long stair case down the side of the cliff to get to the beach. I am sure glad I have been working out lately, or that would have been the end of me!
Friday morning I flew from Orange County to Oakland. My best friend Christie Welch married her high school sweetheart, Chris McCrindle, in the Oakland temple on Friday. I started crying when I saw her in the parking lot and it just got worse from there. I am so happy for her. I am so grateful that I was able to be there with her. The reception was in Napa that night, which is where she lives now. At first I was devastated to have her so far away, but now I am just glad that I have an excuse to go back and visit. It is so beautiful out there.
I stayed Friday and Saturday night with Trish, a good friend of my sister Anne, and mine now too. We spent all day Saturday in San Francisco. We rode the subway in, which by the way goes underneath the bay! We then took the wrong trolley car and quite by accident ended up on the scenic trolley tour of San Francisco. Talk about good luck. We spent most of the day at Fisherman's wharf and saw the seals, Alcatraz, and ate at the Boudin Sourdough Factory. YUMMY!
That evening we drove back into San Francisco to hit the places you cannot get to with public transportation. We found Alamo Square, which is the row of famous houses you see on Full House and any other movie filmed in San Francisco. I actually thought that is what all the houses there would look like, but it turns out it is a street of six very famous homes.
To top off the day, we drove across the Golden Gate bridge, which was completely covered in fog. We parked on the other side and decided to go back and walk the bridge. It was crazy cold, especially for the middle of August.
I flew home on Sunday and came back to reality. It was fun to be gone but I sure missed Jeremy and Kirsten. She has been acting up and pushing every boundary I have ever set for her the past two days. I figure that she is punishing me for leaving her for so long. I hope to make it back out there again soon and take the family with me. It sure was a great week!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A three-year old's explanations

Where Kacey has been the last two months....
Laura "Kacey is coming home from College today."
Kirsten "No mommy, she wasn't at college, actually. She went to Six Flags to get her costumes and they locked the doors so she couldn't get out. Now they opened them and she can come home."

On getting bigger
Laura "Kirsten, you sure are getting tall. When did you get so big?"
Kirsten "I'm not bigger, not yet. But someday I will get bigger and then I'll have the biggest bum in the whole world that I ever saw, just like yours, mommy!"


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Hilarious Political Video

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Birthdays, Flowers and Bikes

So Kirsten is officially 3! We took her to Build-A-Bear on her birthday and she made a Snow White Bear. No surprise there! She insists that it is her baby and feeds it, takes it potty, and has to wrap it up in a blanket and put it to sleep in a box, since we don't have a cradle. Girls....

She also got a bike for her birthday from my mom. We thought she would need some help figuring it out since she would never even peddle on her little Fisher Price bike. She got right on it though and rode off. We have spent a minimum of 3 hours everyday for the past week outside riding her bike now. At least there are always neighbor kids out riding their bikes too and so I have other adults to talk with while she plays.

Today Jeremy came home from work with two long stem roses for Kirsten. She screamed in delight and then proceeded to make it very clear that they were her's and not mommy's. Jeremy brought me flowers a few weeks ago and she cried for two hours because they were not for her. I guess this makes up for it. Again, Girls.....

I am working on getting ready for school to start and making all of the final scheduling plans for trumpet and piano lessons this year. The new principal at my middle school changed the schedule all around, so of course it does not line up with Kirsten's preschool perfectly anymore. I should have known it was too good to be true. I did find a sister from our ward that moved into our neighborhood three weeks ago that runs an in-home daycare. She is going to watch Kirsten for me on the days when the schedule doesn't work out for her school. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father puts the people we need in our path at just the right time.

Jeremy has been super busy getting ready for the audit of our ward. He is spending almost all of his free time at the church with the other clerks making sure everything is perfect for this Sunday. We will be happy when this is past. He is doing fabulous at work and was actually asked this past week to be on the emergency preparedness team for his group. So now he has a nifty vest and helps run drills, makes sure everyone gets out ect... He is excited to have some responsibility in his group. More to come soon!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Kirsten's 3rd Birthday Party

Kirsten had her 3rd Birthday Party yesterday. The theme was Barbie Island Princess, which she chose herself. I figured that after 3 months of not changing her 2 year old mind, I would humor her. I made her cake, the grand finale of 4 weeks of cake decorating class! We had 8 three year old girls over, and one lone little boy. Most of the girls came dressed up in princess costumes. Kirsten had a ton of fun and sure was a "Princess for the Day." She will of course get to be a princess again tomorrow on her actual birthday. I can hardly believe that it has been three years since she was born. It still feels like yesterday, yet so much has happened and changed since then. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
The Cake


Playing with her friends
Pin the Tiara on the Princess
Cake Time!!!
The Pinata