Friday, November 20, 2009

The infinite patience of Jeremy

Jeremy had jury duty on Wednesday. Luckily they did not choose him and he was home by lunch time. So naturally, I put him to work. We are going to be tiling our bathroom over Thanksgiving break (I will never understand why it was carpeted in the first place) so I had him start on the prep work. So in the true nature of his infinite patience, Jeremy let Kirsten remove the base boards. Seriously, he held the crow bar and she hit it. It took 3 hours, and would have probably taken him only 30 minutes or so. I am so blessed to have married the single most patient man on the planet!

Other than that, we have been staying busy around here. Kirsten started ice skating lessons on Monday. She really loves it. She did not fall down once, and was skating backwards, turning around while moving, and even did a ballet turn - all in one lesson!!! I could hardly believe it.

Yesterday her preschool had a Family Thanksgiving Lunch. I could not make it with my work schedule, so my wonderful mother-in-law went. Kirsten was so thrilled to have her Grandma Alleman at school with her. Thank you so much, mom.

I did not manage the midnight show of New Moon last night, I am just not willing to sacrafice a minute of my sleep right now. I am dying to see it though, and will have to find time soon. I would just go with some friends, but Jeremy wants to see it with me. I am not sure why I am married to the only man wanting to go, but I love it!

I am looking forward to a week off of work next week and am hoping to get a big chunk of my Christmas to-do list out of the way, as well as Kirsten's dress made for Kacey's wedding. I am almost done making Christmas cards - I picked a simpler design this year in the interest of time - so hopefully those will be out soon. I got a lot of presents made last week at Super Saturday at Church, so only a few more to make. We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ice Skating

There is a new Dallas Stars Ice Skating Center in our neighborhood that opened about 3 weeks ago. I went with my friend Haley today to take the kiddos ice skating. We set up a tour through our mom's group, and so they took us all around the facilities first. Kirsten even got to sit on the Zamboni. As you can see from the look on her face, she was a little frightened by it.

I was really surprised when after the tour, they helped Kirsten put on her skates, taught her how to walk in them, and stand up from a sitting postion. Then we headed to the ice and both instructors came with us. Since only Haley and I had come, we each got one of the instructors, so Kirsten basically has a 45 minute private skating lesson. She was a natural!

They even taught me how to skate - I never even fell down. We had so much fun!

Here is a video of Kirsten being taken around the ice super fast with her teacher.

We had such a good time that Jeremy is going to take her again on Saturday while I am at Super Saturday at Church. We now have a new Saturday family activity to add to our arsenal.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Last t-ball Game and other various things

This week was Kirsten's last two t-ball games. We are excited to finally be finished. Our last game was supposed to be Oct 14th, but we had 5 games rained out and re-scheduled. I will miss the seeing the other moms every week, but will enjoy having our evenings and weekends back. I guess that it is a bitter sweet.

Here she is her last time up to bat. I know I posted a few months ago her first time up to bat. Hopefully there is a difference.

Her last time playing pitcher.

Up to bat!

We had a party on Saturday at Peter Piper Pizza with her team to celebrate. We ordered a cake and balloons and ate tons of pizza. It was fun, but crowded. I was seriously cured of ever being tempted to have a birthday party there. We were able to hand out the trophies to the kids and I even made little cards to go on each of them. Here is Kirsten proudly showing off her first trophy - which now has a place of prominence in our living room!

Kirsten has been a busy little girl this week. On Wednesday she told me that she had a surprise for me. She took me into her room and pulled back her curtains to reveal that she had written the entire alphabet, in order, on the WALL!!! It was one of those "I am proud of you for being able to do it, but I am going to kill you for doing it" moments. After time-out and a long talk, she volunteered to clean it up by herself. Then we had her do it again on pink paper and tape it to her wall in the same place and let her surprise me again - and this time I got to be excited.

Every week at her preschool they memorize a bible verse that starts with the letter of the week. Typically they are short, but this week for "F" they memorized John 3:16 - and she did it. I cannot believe that she could memorize that entire verse. She was thrilled to get 2 treasures out of the box because she did such a good job.

Right now she and Jeremy are in the living room learning "sight words" from a set of flashcards our neighbor gave us. They have been sounding out words for an hour and a half now. Every time Jeremy decides they are done she protests and wants to do more. She spent all of sacrament meeting today writing the alphabet and then copying words I wrote for her. She is loving learning to read and write. I am so proud of her.

Jeremy and I are doing well- more of the same for us. My students had all-region tryouts this weekend and I am excited to find out tomorrow how they did. My brother, John, got engaged last weekend. I figure since he put it on Facebook, I can put it here. We are anxiously awaiting details. Her name is Silver and she is from Decatur (I think) and is in the Air Force learning Russian at the same linguist school as John. She is actually the one that got him looking into the linguist program last year. We are really excited for them.

That is about it here. This week will be a busy one, but that is how we like it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


It seems like when you have children that Halloween is not a single day event. Around here it lasts an entire week (or longer)! Unfortunately we missed our neighborhood trunk-or-treat while we were at my sister's, but we more than made up for it this week.

On Monday, she got to wear her costume to dance class for a party. Her teacher dressed up as Snow White, which thrilled all of the girls. Here is the first look at the Alice in Wonderland masterpiece I created.

Here is her entire dance class.

On Thursday her school hosted "ARKTOBERFEST" (get it, Noah's ark, plus oktoberfest!) Cute. They asked that all the kids come dressed up as animals. Sorry, I already made a costume and you are going to wear it. This caused a monumental break down Wednesday night. When she calmed down Kirsten told me that she wanted to be a butterfly. Great, I thought, it is 8 pm and there in NO WAY I have time to put that together. Then she added, "I can wear my purple leotard and wings from my dress up box and you can make me antennas." The result...

The cutest purple butterfly EVER - and totally the creation of my genius four year old!

They had a bounce house and carnival games and I was able to help for an hour before heading to work. They also had a Fire Truck, which was of course the highlight of the day. Here is most of her class with the firetruck.

Friday night was our ward's trunk-or-treat. We had to do the whole thing outside since our ward is so big. There were two bounce houses, chili, hot dogs, and hot chocolate- thank goodness. It was a chilly night. The wind caught Kirsten's plate and blew it into her spreading ketchup all up and down her apron only a few minutes after we arrived. I was able to wash most of it out before she started walking around. Her favorite part was handing out the candy by our car. By the way, Jeremy was loving that we now have an SUV and he was actually able to decorate the back of our car for the first time!

Does she look excited to get candy?

Here she is with her best friends, Madelyn and Macy.

On Saturday night we actually had the adult session of our Stake Conference. We felt like we needed to go, even though it was Halloween. I was sure glad we did. It was one of the most amazing meetings that I have ever attended. We learned so much and were uplifted and motivated to improve and change many things in our family.

So on our way out we took Kirsten to trick-or-treat Grandma and Grandpa Lowe. It turns out they were not planning on handing out candy, but Patty bought a bag just in case Kirsten came by!

We then took Kirsten to the Hope's house and Megan took her trick-or-treating for us. I think that she prefers her as a companion. Mommy gets bored after about 3 blocks. Apprarently they went out for almost two hours and they filled and dumped her pumpkin 4 times. I sure hope Jeremy's co-workers are enjoying all that candy!

So thank you, Megan, for making sure that Kirsten still had a great Halloween.

Halloween sure is a whole lot more fun with kids. Did I mention that Kirsten has already picked out her costume for next year....