Friday, November 23, 2012

Katie the Cute

Katie is 2 years old in every sense of the word.  She can be such a handful, but completely sweet as well.  She is talking so much and it seems that being able to communicate is helping to curb some of the tantrums. 

One of her favorite things to do is to go shopping.  She gets so excited every time I say we are going.  Sometimes if we are having a particularly hard day, we will go shopping and just walk around and get a cookie.  
She is also my little dancer.  We are still doing her dance class every week, and she loves it.  They do ballet for 30 minutes and then tumbling for 15.  Each week the teacher lines them up on the mirrored wall and then drops the mat, they think it is so funny!

Before Kirsten's Red Rhythm performance, Katie went out on the gym floor in her leotard and entertained the crowd.  She is definitely not shy!
Katie is also completely obsessed with Disney Princesses.  It came on fast and hard in the past few weeks.  Cinderella is her absolute favorite, although she loves all of them.  The important thing lately has been to learn her Princess lingo.

Lella = Cinderella
Sleeping Lella = Sleeping Beauty
Lellabell = Belle
Fish = Ariel (Little Mermaid)
Snowman = Snow White
Punzel = Rapunzel

She started calling Snow White "snowman" a few days ago.  Then tonight we were watching Frosty the Snowman and she got really mad because the snowman was not a princess.  She hardly ever wears actual clothes, she is typically dressed up in her ballet clothes or as a princess.  She likes to watch princess movies and dress up in the corresponding costume.  She is definitely entertaining!  

She is also in the middle of potty training.  She has good days and bad days, but we are making it.  She actually really like pull ups, which is strange to me because Kirsten hated them and only ever wore two of them.  

Three weeks ago we also converted her crib to a toddler bed.
 She thinks that it is the coolest thing ever.  The transition has actually gone really well and other than the first night where she was really excited, she stays in her bed.  She even calls for us in the morning and waits for us to come and get her.
 Katie is also able to sing her ABC's and count to 15.  She loves to color and read, and always has about 10 books in her bed with her.  She does everything her big sister does, and we are lucky that Kirsten loves to play with her.  She is such a sweetheart and we are so blessed to have her as part of our family.

Red Rhythm Clinic

This month, Kirsten was able to go to a Saturday clinic with the Liberty High School Red Rhythm Drill Team.  She was paired up with Jessica for the day.
They spent 6 hours working on dancing and learning dances to do together. That evening we went up to the High School for her performance.
The theme was the Wizard of Oz and they danced to Jazz versions of the music from the movie.
 Kirsten was so worn out that she fell asleep at the dinner table that night.
 The following Friday, she was able to go to the High School football game to perform with the drill team. 
They joined the Red Rhythm for the pre-game victory line up.
She even learned some of the pom drills that they do and was able to join in.

Katie really enjoyed the football game too and loved cheering on her big sister.
 Kirsten had such a great time and learned so much.  She has since started a Jazz class at her dance studio in addition to her two ballet classes. She says she wants to be on the drill team in high school. We will have to see about that...

She is such a talented little girl and I love watching her develop her talents.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post Election Thoughts

Just a couple of thoughts on the devastating results from yesterday's election, and then I promise to try and hold my tongue.

1) "And if the  time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea then is the time he will visit you with great destruction."  Mosiah 29:27  I believe that as a nation, we chose iniquity yesterday.

2) From my dad - During the final Battle of Armageddon, the forces of evil will be pressing the nation of Israel to the brink of destruction before they are miraculously saved by the Messiah (who turns out to be Jesus Christ.) Now, the nation of Israel cannot be pressed to the brink of destruction while being supported by a powerful United States. Thus, in order for the prophesied scenario to take place, either the United States must abandon Israel, or the US must cease to be powerful, or both. Four years ago, neither seemed possible. After four years of Obama, with another four years to go, both seem likely.

3) "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."  Articles of Faith 12

4) And finally the statement from the leaders of our church regarding the Election.

So we are free to choose.  We are not however free to choose the consequences of our actions.  I will hold on to my faith that God, our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ are in charge.  There is a battle between good and evil being fought on this earth.  The great thing is - we know the ultimate outcome of that battle.   If we are prepared, we will not fear.  So everyone please pray for our Country, for our President, and for our children.  Pray like your life depends on it, because it does.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A month of Halloween

 Halloween seemed to last almost the entire month around here.  I made the girls' costumes this year and had to really buckle down to get them finished in time for the celebrations to start.  Katie was Tinkerbell and Kirsten was Rosetta (the Garden Fairy).  Kirsten's costume was a little harder, because there were no patterns for fairies in a size 10.  So we had to design it ourselves.  Then I made the wings out of wire and white stockings.  We were all thrilled with how they turned out.
Our first activity was our annual Craig Ranch Fall Festival.  There was a costume contest, train, petting zoo, pony rides, games, rock climbing wall, obstacle course, and bounce house.  Both of our girls loved trying to rope the cow with a lasso.
 Katie now walks around swinging the jump rope saying "yee-haw!"  She is a true Texan!
We even  managed to get Kirsten to ride the mechanical bull.
She was brave, but did not really like it.
The next weekend, we had a Trunk-or-Treat at our church.  They started with a carnival including mini-golf.

 Next was the chili cook-off and dinner followed by the actual trunk-or-treating.  Jeremy did a really great job decorating the back of the car this year.
 Kirsten and Katie with Michael and Rachel ready to go get their candy!
 The next weekend we had our annual Craig Ranch Mom's Trunk or Treat.  We had a costume parade, trunk-or-treating, followed by a potluck in the park and bounce houses.  It was also our five year anniversary since starting the group, so we had cake as well to celebrate.
 The week of Halloween we had friends over to make and decorate Halloween sugar cookies.
 The week of Halloween, the girls also got to wear their costumes to dance class.  Nothing quite as pretty as a ballerina - fairy!
Katie also got to wear her costume to ballet on Halloween.
 After school on Halloween, Grandma and Megan came over to visit and see the girls in their costumes.
 Then we carved the pumpkins.  It was the first year to do it without daddy, and it was a little more difficult than I thought it would be, but we still had a ton of fun!
 It was finally time to go trick-or-treating.  We started at Grandma and Grandpa Lowe's house.
 Then we met up with the Lendermans and their neighbors to head out around the neighborhood.
 We had so much fun and spent almost two hours going around the neighborhood.  Katie was completely fearless and loved going up to the houses and was the leader of the pack for most of the night.  She would freak out if we offered  to carry her or her pumpkin - she was very possessive of her candy!
We came home Halloween night and let the girls pick out their five favorite pieces of candy.  The rest of it we took to the dentist on Thursday where he buys it back for $1 per pound and sends it to the troops over seas.  They also got to write letters to the troops to send with the candy.  The girls were so excited to do that and said that they did not even miss the candy - I was very proud of them.

So Halloween officially came to an end after over three weeks of celebrations.  It was fun, and the costumes were well loved.  Now the decorations have come down and we are gearing up for the next holiday season to come!