Thursday, October 30, 2008

Anyone else counting down the days?

Devin's 3rd Halloween

Devin's First Halloween
2nd Halloween
...and this year. Jessica's son (Jared's cousin) was superman last year, and I thought it was so cute, I decided on it for Devin. I love the muscles!! We paid more than I wanted to, so if anyone wants to borrow this next year, let me know. The more use I get out of it, the better I will feel about spending the money.

We had our ward Trunk or Treat last night. I was pretty bummed because I had class and didn't want to miss it. So I talked Jared into taking both kids by himself. Jared said Devin was pretty stoned face the whole time. And Devin loves candy (that was one of the first signs he learned--candy) so that surprised me a little--I pictures him super excited. He was probably just in disbelief that everyone was giving candy away. Which reminds me of one of my favorite books....If you haven't read this, you must. And if you can find it with the CD of Jerry Seinfeld reading it. So. So. Funny.

Here is the audio from You Tube

Monday, October 27, 2008

Black Top Pumpkin Patch

It has begun...
Jared staying late that is.
Getting ready for finals. (Sigh)

So I decided to take Devin to this little Vegas version of a pumpkin patch/carnival (in the K-Mart parking lot--very ghetto). We had a pretty good time though.

Why is it that in every picture I either get the blank stare...
or the cheesy grin???

He liked the bounce house...
but this is as far as he got on the big slide. He surprises me when he won't try something because he is such a dare devil.
Adalynn and her "slightly constipated" look.
He "won" this bat playing some games. The first thing that crossed my mind when they handed it over to him was "hmmm...I wonder how long it will be until Adalynn gets pounded with that thing?"

Friday, October 24, 2008

Running out of space

This post is just me trying to figures out what to do about posting pictures. I have already used 93% of my space allotted for pictures even though I have only been blogging for a little over a year. But I guess my pictures files are large, so I am trying to figure out how to make them smaller. Does anyone know how to do that? I changed these pics in photoshop--

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Spooky Snake Pizza

Jared is staying late tonight, so this was what I made for dinner--not that Jared wouldn't enjoy a snake pizza. And please ignore my very old (but very awesome) baking pan. Devin ate both his pieces so whoo hooo (lately he hasn't been eating dinner, so I'll try whatever to get him to eat).

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The brutally honest Jared

When Adalynn was just a few days old Jared told me "She is no Devin." Which was his way of telling me she wasn't as cute. And now he keeps making fun of her ears, which admittedly they are a little on the large size, but she will grow into them right?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Um...random stuff

Making our cheesecloth ghosts. It is so easy. All you do is soak cheesecloth in a mixture of 1 part glue with one part water. Wring out the excess glue/water and drape over balloon. It took about a day to dry.

Devin took this picture and I actually really liked it....I DID NOT however like him grabbing my camera and messing with it.
Our finished product
I have seen this idea on a couple blogs so I tried it a few months ago and Devin loves it. He will actually eat it all, even the vegetables so I do it about once a week.

I got the idea for the next two snacks from Picky Palate. Devin thought eating the bug creature was awesome!

Monster Apple Mouths
The apples I used were oh SO sour, so Devin ate one bite and left the rest. I, of course, finished them off.

I just can't control myself. I saw this at Michaels for 50% off and bought it. I thought it would be a fun FHE activity. And I know Devin will enjoy it because I have some pictures of houses we made at Christmas and he has to point them out to me just about every day.
On top of my Halloween obsession (you would think I would have costumes for Devin and Adalynn but no I don't) I also have 2 huge photography assignments coming up and I just can't seem to find time to do them. You should see me hauling two kids around the most random places with my camera snapping away. I'm sure people driving by are like, why is that woman taking a picture of that stop sign?? But it is fun and I am learning a lot.
Boy this really has been the most random post...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Getting Ready for Halloween

I finished some more projects! I have been on such a Halloween kick lately. I never got that excited about Halloween before, but Devin does, so it makes it fun for us. I finally finished these...

These really aren't that great, but I like the idea of every year making or buying a frame and putting Halloween pics in them from the previous year. After a few years you would have a bunch of cute pictures of your family/kids from past Halloweens.

These were so easy and cheap. I think I might go back and buy some letters for Christmas (Maybe Noel or Joy?)

I made these Mummy dogs for Devin today. Just a hot dog wrapped with crescent rolls. And mustard for the eyes.

Devin and I are going to make the cutest cheesecloth ghost tonight and then I have some more food ideas to make for him.

Oh! My sweet little girl rolled over yesterday...sorta. She was on her stomach, but she couldn't get her arm out from under her. Still...she did it quite a few times, so I think it counts!

Monday, October 6, 2008

General Conference

Just a quick thought. I really enjoyed this general conference. One of my favorites was the talk President Monson gave on Sunday morning. He talked about change and how nothing is as constant as change. He urged to find joy in the journey NOW and urged those who had young families to appreciate this time of life. I could relate when he talked about tiny fingerprints on newly cleaned surfaces, toys scattered all over, piles of laundry, and how those things disappear all too soon. And when they do we will miss them profoundly. All I can say is I needed to hear this. Lately I have felt that I have no patience for Devin. He has way too much energy--he doesn't listen to me--he creates one huge disaster after another--I could go on. Some days I really want to put him in his room, lock the door, and throw away the key. Don't get me wrong--I love him more than anything! But after hearing President Monson's talk and after a few other incidents this past week, I realized I needed to change my attitude and try and be more patient with him. I need to not get mad when he makes a mess. I need to stop yelling at him so much. I need to realize he is 2 and all of this energy just means he is happy and active and learning.

On a different note, I have an assessment with the school district Wednesday to evaluate Devin's speech and see if he will qualify for their preschool. He still isn't talking. He has made some progress with our new speech therapist, which is great, but he just has such a hard time. He can say all the vowel sounds and most of the consonants, but for some reason he just cant combine them. Like he can say "uh" and "p" very well but when you ask him to say "up" he can't. Today the speech therapist told me she thinks he has apraxia--he is still pretty young to make an official diagnosis, but it could be that. I need to do a little research on what exactly that, but she told me today he will talk but he is going to need some intense therapy--a few times a week at least. I have been pretty emotional about it today--mainly because I feel bad for him that he is trying but he can't do it. And I don't want him to have a hard time. I mean what mom would? But I feel strongly that he will be alright and everything will work out.

Well, I didn't plan on this being such a long post, but it feels good to get all of my thoughts out.

How the general authorities eat a reeses

In honor of general conference this last weekend I thought I would post this. Jared's friend Matt sent it to him a while ago and I thought it was funny.

This is a list of how each general authority would eat a Reese's Peanut butter cup. You remember the commercials "How do you eat your Reese's".

10. Paul H. Dunn: "I remember back in WWII that I ate a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Back then, they were big enough to live on for a week. Being the only soldier to have survived the battle in my brigade, I really didn't know if I could eat it or not, but I remember my fallen buddy's words as he died in my arms: "Paul, if you just take one bite at a time you can tackle anything." So I took that giant cup and, breaking it with the bat Babe Ruth gave me after I struck him out with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in the seventh game of the World Series, proceeded to wolf down the tiny morsels."

9. David B. Haight: "Imagine 70 years ago on a rough road between Idaho and Logan. There were no Circle K's, no 7-11's. You had to bring your Peanut Butter Cups with you. Ruby and I split one for the first time in 1937.

8. Dallin H. Oaks: "The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup challenges us to consume. From the beginning there have been three steps in eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. First, remove the wrapper. This is best done quickly, by turning the cup over, grasping the outer fold and pulling away from the bottom. Second..."

7. Joseph B. Wirthlin: "When I was young I would sprint to the corner store, buy a Reese's and run my hand through my hair before taking it down in one bite. These days I don't sprint, and I have no hair, but the peanut butter cup remains."

6. Richard G. Scott: "If you have not eaten a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, I plead with you. Eat one now. Enjoy the chocolate, the peanut butter. Do not delay. If you have thought, "That's not for me", I plead with you to reconsider. Of all foods I treasure, this one was the first."

5. M. Russell Ballard: "The time has come when members of the church need to reach out to our friends and share a cup, a peanut butter cup. It is not enough to raise a chocolate bar, it must now have peanut butter."

4. Thomas S. Monson: "I remember I ate my first Reese's Peanut Butter Cup when I was a tender lad of eight. My mother came up to me, and with a loving twinkle in her eye, asked, 'Tommy, are you eating a Reese's?' And I would invariably smile up to her, 'Yes, Yes, I am.' 'But Tommy, did you know that Sister Jensen next door hasn't eaten a Reese's Cup in years?' My young mind thought upon the plight of my neighbor. Tears were shed. Hearts were gladdened. A cup was shared."

3. Boyd K. Packer: "In all my years, I have always eaten my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups the same way - the established way we have been instructed to eat them. There is a far greater evil in this world - those who believe they can eat their cups in a way unconventional to the time-honored manner. We must be true and faithful and eat our Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the customary and recognized approach as it has been established."

2. Neal A. Maxwell: "I intentionally initiate the delicious design of deglutition of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup by nibbling a negligible nit of the culinary creamy cavalcade. It is exclusively through small entities that the great things are fabricated."


1. J. Golden Kimball: "Hell, Heber, I'll eat a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup any damned way I want!"

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The first of many...

unfinished projects. I love starting new projects, but I never seem to finish them. So yesterday I decided I am not allowed to start anything new until I finish these old projects. So here is the first one. Tomorrow Devin and I are going to work on our Halloween projects..