Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An Icy Day

I woke up this morning to a 1/2" sheet of ice covering our world and a husband ready to drive to work in it. I threatened him with his life and made him call in. We had a wonderful cold day in our warm home. We made a fire in the fireplace and roasted "pretend marshmallows" (Kirsten's idea). It actually turned out to be a fun, relaxing, low key day as a family, which we never have anymore. Jeremy and I were even able to get our taxes filed. It is crazy early, I know, but we had everything together and we were both home with no where to go.
Kirsten loved having both of us home all day. She spent the day playing and singing too herself, which she does when she is happy. Here is video of Kirsten singing a song she learned at school this week. She loves to sing the part "Will I hide it under a bushell? NO!" After the 20th time she sang that, I made her sing the whole thing so that I could figure out what the song was.

The gym was closed today because of the ice and I was getting restless, so I decided to lead my family in a group aerobics class. Kirsten is quite the tough cookie. Jeremy tired out after 20 minutes, but Kirsten kept going with me for 45 minutes. She even did the chest press with me.

There is nothing better after a good workout than a shower and a snack.


Kirsten is currently obsessed with a book called Pinkalicious. In this book, it is too rainy to go outside so the little girl and her mom make pink cupcakes. She eats too many and turns pink. She of course thinks it is great and calls herself Pinkerbell and Pinkerella. Well, yesterday there was a horrible ice storm and I had to pick Kirsten up early from school. When we got home she told me that it was too rainy to go outside and we needed to make pink cupcakes. Of course I am a sucker, so the result....

I am sure that you are now dying to see the messy process.

Friday, January 23, 2009

All in a day's work

As Kirsten and I walked home from school yesterday, I asked her what she wanted to do this afternoon. Her respsonse, "I want to plant flowers!" Sounds good to me, so to Calloways we went. She actually did most of the work herself with some guidance. We also planted a peach tree in the backyard. I have wanted to do that since we moved in almost 4 years ago. Have I mentioned I love having my afternoons free from piano lessons to spend with Kirsten?!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Growing up too fast

Do you ever feel like time is flying by? I mean, how can January possibly be almost over?! I can hardly believe how big Kirsten is getting. She officially moved into a booster seat today. I had been focusing on when she would be big enough for a booster, not when she would outgrow her carseat. We realized that she was only 2 pounds and 1 inch off of outgrowing her carseat. So into the booster she goes. When we put her in it, it really caught me off guard that 1) She actually fits in it, and 2) How grown up and big she looks sitting in it. And yes, it is pink and has hearts and crowns all over it.

We have been enjoying Jeremy being out of school for the last 6 weeks. He starts class next Monday. I am not looking forward to another semester, but it helps knowing that it will be the last.

Last Saturday we had my friend Miranda over with her boyfriend, Aaron. Miranda and I were both trumpet players together in high school. We have not seen each other since our sophmore year of college. She is working on a DMA in trumpet at UNT, my alma matter. It was fun to catch up after 9 years. We pulled out old photo albums and senior books and told stories. Kirsten told me afterwards that when she is in high school, Kinsley will be her best friend and they will laugh together too.

Kirsten is doing really well in school. She is becoming close friends with several of the kids in her class and I am enjoying the opportunities to get to know more of their moms. She went to a birthday party for Zander from her class this past Saturday. They had it at this McDonalds in Little Elm that actually has a pirate ship in it. Tons of fun. She insisted on buying him a pirate toy since it was a pirate party.

Our weather has been crazy lately, we never know what to wear in the morning. Tomorrow it will be 80, this picture is from last Thursday. She got all bundled up, thermal underwear and all, to go to school. She especially loved the gloves and headwarmer that Kacey gave her.

That is about all that is going on here. I love being able to teach less. Today we went to the gym, did 6 loads of laundry, spent 2 hours at the park with Kinsley and Kyra, went grocery shopping, and even found time to play hide and go seek for a full hour and take a nap. She can sure wear me out!

Friday, January 16, 2009


I am totally addicted to saving money. What do I mean, you may ask? This summer I dabbled in coupons a little but then let it go by the wayside for a few months. My new year's resolution is to do it everyweek. I just got back from Walgreen's and purchased
2 Revlon nail polishes
1 Revlon eye shadow
1 Revlon lip stick
2 Speed Stick deoderants
2 Glade air freshener spray
1 Jergens lotion, 16.8 oz
1 Electrasol 25 ct gel packs
1 16 pack Kotex pads
1 Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste

The grand total, $8.74!!!! I saved a total of $43.82!!!! Plus, I just applied for $9 worth of rebates for this receipt, meaning that this will actually be a money maker!
Last week I spent $18.22 on $72 worth of stuff. Let me tell you, I am hooked. I am going to keep a running total this year and post it. Maybe I will save enough to finance our Disneyland trip in May!!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

How in the World?

About a year and a half ago, our Aladdin DVD mysteriously disappeared. We have literally searched everywhere for it. About a year ago our DVD and VCR combo unit stopped working. So we finally bought a new DVD player and use the old one just for the VCR. Well last night, while putting in a tape, I accidentally opened the DVD player, and then it would not close. It looked like something was stuck in side of it. So Jeremy opened up the DVD player, and wouldn't you know, there was Aladdin wedged up inside it. Kirsten.......!!! Anyway, the DVD player works now!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Play Group

We went to a playgroup today in the neighborhood. When it was time to leave, Kirsten was not with the other girls playing dolls like I thought she was. I found her upstairs wearing a Storm Trooper helmet and fighting with light savers with the boys. Jeremy was so proud when I told him!

Monday, January 5, 2009


We took a wonderful vacation after Christmas. Kirsten was so excited to go and talked of nothing else. She packed her suit case 3 different times, and then packed herself in our suitcase.We left the day after Christmas at 6 in the morning. When we woke Kirsten up she was very grumpy. When we told her we were leaving on our trip she went and buckled herself into the car and sat there in the garage for half an hour until we were ready to go. We met Jeremy's parents in Denton and caravaned with them to Denver, CO. We stopped half way in Salina, Kansas and met my mom for lunch, which was a good treat. Denver was fantastic. Neither Jeremy or I had been there before. I was turned around the entire time because the mountains were on the wrong side of the valley (compared to Utah!)

The highlight of the trip was meeting baby Gavin. He was only a week old when we got there, and was already such an alert, active little guy. Kirsten's favorite thing to do while we were there was hold Gavin. She was so good at comforting him and supporting his little head.

Jason and Ellen were fabulous hosts, especially with having a new baby. It was especially wonderful to have all of Jeremy's family together. We had a blast playing American Idol and Disney Scene It. Kirsten loved seeing her cousin Eric and they held hands everywhere they went. Saturday night we ate dinner at Casa Bonita "the Disneyland of mexican restaurants". There were cliff divers, caves to explore, gorillas, puppet shows and a waterfall. Unfortunately, none of my pictures turned out, but check out their website, it was awesome. Sunday we were able to attend Gavin's blessing at church. After church we had family pictures taken. What a huge crew we had. It was fun to see Jeremy's parents with all those grandkids! We had a wonderful time and are thrilled that we were able to go.
Monday we left Denver and headed to Kansas. My sister and her girls met us at my mom's house. On Tuesday we went to the zoo. Kirsten loved the lions and giraffes.

Kirsten and her cousins, Sarah and Kaley
We all got manicures on Wednesday and then rang in the new year with Dark Knight, sparkling cider and the ball drop. We headed home Thursday night. It is good to be home, but we had a fablous trip! Kirsten was able to see all of her cousins in one trip and had a ton of fun. She keeps asking when we get to go on another trip, but asked that we not forget to get on the airplane next time!


So this is a little late, but I went on vacation for over a week without my computer, a mistake I will never make again!

We had a great Christmas this year. On Christmas Eve, we had my dad and Patty over. We sang Christmas Carols, drank apple cider and acted out the Christmas story. They came back over on Christmas day to exchange presents. Kirsten especially loves the Greg Olsen puzzle that they gave her and the Cinderella doll set from Disneyland. We were able to enjoy Christmas dinner at my dad's. I made a ham, rolls and an apple pie to contribute. It was a special treat to see my brother John on Christmas too.
During the day on Christmas Eve we went to Jeremy's parent's house to celebrate. Stu made a beautiful oak doll cradle for Kirsten and Cindy made bedding to go with it. They also gave her a cabbage patch doll which she named Kirsten and never lets out of her sight.

Leaving cookies for Santa.
Annual matching pajamas.
Kirsten's loot.