17 Months

It's that time of the month again!

Kennedy is 17 months old today. I can hardly believe it. Where on earth does all that time go? She's growing up so fast! Here's what she has been up to lately:

Still talking and saying the usual words. She's using sign language more which has even really helpful for when she's hungry or thirsty. It's crazy though because I taught it to her months ago and then stopped because she didn't seem to care. But she remembered it and is using it.

She's throwing tantrums and whining about things. She stomps her feet and throws herself on the ground. I'm really working on being calm about it and ignoring it so she doesn't think it works. We've also been trying to get her to say please instead of just whining. It's a work in progress and it's made things interesting around these parts. Disciplining has also been super hard. She thinks it's hilarious when she gets in trouble. She shakes her head "no" back at us or says "no" and then continues to do the wrong thing while laughing. Perhaps it's time to try time out? I know she will get it eventually but it's been a pain in the butt.

On to happier things though, she loves to help me. She helps me load and unload the laundry and "helps" fold it. Whenever I get my shoes on, she always picks up and hands me the other shoe I haven't put on yet and says "there you go" with a proud I-helped-mommy look on her face. When I pick up toys she helps me put them in the buckets where they go or hands them to me so I can do it. She's a giant copycat too. She copies me so much. It's really cute.

She's still in 12-18 month sizes, which I guess is sort of normal for her age but some of her stuff is still 6-9 month size. She gets picked on a lot because she's smaller and it makes me sad. Especially at the daycare. But we're working on it.

She is such a loving little girl. She hugs everything! The other day Bradlee and Brock came in and she ran up to Brock and tried to give him a hug. It was adorable. She'll randomly come up to me and give me a kiss and hug and go back to what she was doing. She loves giving kisses but on her terms.

She's been taking one nap a day for a while now. I FINALLY got her napping up to 3 hours a day which was heaven for me, but Thanksgiving weekend really messed her up. Hopefully we can get back on track.

She has her two bottom teeth and three molars that have come in. That's it. No top teeth, nothing else yet. So weird!! I'm getting a little worried that her two top teeth haven't come in. That should have happened a long time ago.

She's so funny and loves to play with us. She loves other kids as well. Working at the daycare has been good for her in that regard. It's broken up the monotony which is what I was hoping for. We love our little bug!


Thanksgiving and Such

Wow, 10 days without a blog post!

We've been plagued by illnesses at our house. That, along with work, holidays and whatnot, finding blogging time has been hard. Also Kennedy has entered some sort of evil hell-child stage and whines and throws fits over EVERYTHING! How on earth do they learn how to do that?? I feel like I can't blink without her whining about it or wanting me to share with her. So computer time has been nixed as well.

But for now, I have time to update. Things are ok around here once you look past the constant illness. Just as we get over one thing, another hits us. I'm a little tired of it. But hopefully this means we'll fill our quota for the winter and have smooth sailing from now on.... right? I can't wait to feel like myself again and have my child actually sleep the whole night again.

But, in happier news, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had plans to post about all that I am thankful for and blah, blah, blah, but you'll notice there isn't one. So I'll just keep that stuff in my heart. But I started the morning running a 10k with my friend. It was fun to get out and burn some extra calories so I could eat more. It was also wonderful to not worry about time or pace and just take it easy. I loved that.
 After a hot shower we headed to the Hunter's for some yummy food and family time. They really got into it this year and even broke out the china! It was fun to have everyone excited to share a meal together. Cory's grandpa even came who he never gets to see, so he loved that! Kennedy finally warmed up to Khloe (Hillary's dog) and they got to play a little bit together. Don't mind the Bumbo seat. We thought it would make a good booster seat for dinner since we didn't have a high chair. It didn't. But she loved sitting in it anyway.

 After pie and ice cream we headed to my parents house for our second round of turkey dinner. It was also yummy. I really appreciated all the effort our families went through to make this day so special and exciting. Anyway, Natalie had just come from her mom's house and her grandma had given her a blow up snowman which she busted out and let Kennedy play with. She went crazy over this thing! She loved it!!

 We left kind of early to get the cranky pants child to bed but we still had a great time! I made a jello salad to take that was amazing. I'll have to post the recipe to the "mommy blog."

Friday we worked more on the living room (we're trying to spruce it up a bit) and headed to our friends birthday party at Kangaroo Zoo! It was a little overstimulating at first, but once she calmed down, Kennedy was in love. Especially with one particular slide. I had to carry her to the top since she's too small to climb up on her own and then she'd wait for me to run around to the bottom and then she would slide down to me squealing and giggling. She threw a major fit when we had to go. These pictures suck. They don't at all capture the fun she had. But oh well.

 At first, Daddy carried her up. But after that she only wanted me to do it. I got really tired.
 In position...

 The only picture of her and I that isn't blurry.
 Later that night we decided to put up the tree! About a month ago we found a STEAL of a deal on a new Christmas tree. Our old one was pretty dinky and Charlie Brown looking. Not to mention small. We talked about getting a taller one some day, but they are EXPENSIVE! Who wants to spend $500 on a tree?? Anyway, while we were out one day we happened upon this beauty. It was a 9ft, pre-lit, douglass fir tree for $100. The guy also gave us the furniture discount because he was awesome so we got it for $60!!!! Needless to say, we were so dang excited to put it up and see how it would look. I am in love with it!! It's a lot harder to decorate and takes a lot longer, but it sure is pretty. Please excuse the mess behind the tree... like I said, we're remodeling. It's slowly looking better.
 I need to add more bows but I'll get to that one of these days when I feel like getting all glittery. Kennedy loves the tree and she also loves taking the balls off. They're shatter-proof, but she keeps losing the hooks so we can't hang them back on. We've resorted to just blocking off the stairs so she can't get to it anymore.

We're really excited for Christmas. My goal this year was to get the shopping done early and really put some thought and love into everyone's gifts. So far I would say I've earned a B+. We've got a lot more shopping to do still and some people are just hard to shop for. But we'll get it!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend. Back to the grind tomorrow!


Poor Baby

Our poor baby is still sick today. She NEVER sleeps anywhere but the car or her crib. But she's felt so lousy she drops down where she's at and dies. These pictures break my heart. But she didn't throw up during the day today so let's hope tomorrow she'll be feeling much better. I miss her smile. And I miss real nap time.


All Crammed Into One

Life hasn't been that exciting lately so there's not too much to update on. At least, there's not enough to make one whole post about so I'll just cram all the small things into one.

One thing that makes me so happy is when friends who have been struggling with infertility finally, FINALLY get pregnant! Congrats to all those who are going to be parents. You deserve it! And those who are still dealing with the pain and heartache of trying, don't give up. It will happen. You have people praying for you.

I am in the market for some new, quality exercise/running gear since all mine are too big or super old and nasty. I HATE paying a lot of money for one article of clothing unless I know it's going to last a long time and be worth it. It's such a waste! So after being recommended by lots of people that Lululemon was the way to go, and after having a seizure over the prices (holy mother they're high!!!) and that there's no place to buy it discounted, I caved and decided to try out a couple items. I'm hooked. I can see what all the hype is about. It literally pains me to spend that much when there's so many other things I could buy, but man is it amazing fabric and the designs are unlike any other I've seen. So birthday fairy, I want some running pants! :)

I accidentally watched the first episode of Glee and now I'm hooked. I did not expect it to be so hilarious or emotional. I'm still in season 1, and I hear it gets pretty extreme in later seasons but I'll watch it while it's still normal. I love it!

I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon next week to have my knee looked at. I obviously damaged something in my training for the half marathon and it's not getting better. Please pray that it's not something serious and that I can still keep running and exercising. I'm terrified.

One of my biggest fears as a mother is teaching Kennedy to truly love and respect herself and stand up for what she deserves. I don't ever want her to settle or lower her standards for ANYONE. I am so worried I won't teach her correctly and she will end up making wrong choices and letting people abuse and manipulate her. I always want her to know she's a daughter of God and to never let anyone compromise that.

It's been snowing all weekend. We live in the valley and we have a foot of snow. That's pretty impressive down here. I hope it dumps a lot on us this season. We already have more than we got last year.

I told Cory the other day that we need to get a gun. I didn't realize just how widely I was opening the flood gates. Now all I hear about is guns, guns, guns! But we need some home protection and should get one while we still can. I guess it's time for me to learn how to shoot a hand gun.

This election has been one for the record books. I could go on and on about how broken the system is (I HATE the electoral college) or how the people in Alaska must feel about the importance of their vote, but I won't. I think Obama is a horrible president and I am stunned enough people voted for him to run our country into the ground for 4 more years. I am absolutely terrified for the future of my nation and the future of our family. It's all signs of the times I guess. This could have nothing to do with Obama but the past few weeks I have felt SOOO strongly that I need to make sure we have at least a weeks worth of food storage and emergency preparedness items ready. That scares me so bad. When it comes time to need it I'm going to be grateful I listened but I'm worried about WHY we'll need it. I also keep getting the feeling we need earthquake insurance. Yikes!

Can I just say I have the most amazing friends ever?! Moving into our ward has been the biggest blessing. All my friends are so thoughtful and caring and are always there when I need them. I don't know where I'd be without you! Even the ones far away (shout out to Eagle Mountain!)

I love my husband so very much. I know that's probably obvious but he is seriously amazing.

I am so excited for Christmas this year!!! Come faster!! I've been listening to music already and have been trying to get the shopping done early since I always wait till the last minute. It's been nice!

Ok, that's the end of my random thoughts on life lately.


Snow Day!!

It snowed today. A lot. Kennedy is finally old enough to get outside and play in it! So that's exactly what we did! The snow suit we have is 18 month size and was gigantic on her, but she looked like she had a cute little sumo suit on.

We went out back and she saw the snow and got excited. She ran right over to it and bent down to try and touch it but lost her balance and ended up like this:

 The poor little thing face planted right in the snow! And narrowly missed the cement. It looked hilarious though and Cory and I couldn't stop laughing even though she was upset. Here is the print her face left:
After that we had fun though. We tried showing her how to play in the snow without much success. She liked it, but she just kept watching us. We even let her taste some but she wasn't too impressed.

Then we tried to show her how to make a snow angel

But this is the best we got
 We had tons of fun on our first snow day! We just need to find her some tiny boots and gloves and we'll be set! I hope you enjoyed the snow as much as we did.


Who I Am

Let me preface this post by giving you fair warning: this post will offend some of you. This post will cause me to lose friends. But if that's the case we weren't that good of friends to begin with.

This post is about religion.

All my life I've always had less-active, inactive, and nonmember friends. I've always tried to see the person for who they are, not what they believe. I don't always get that in return. But in order to make the friendship a little easier, I've tried to avoid talking about gospel related topics in order to make my friends seem more at ease.

Not anymore.

You see, I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It's part of me and who I am as a person. My entire belief system and moral compass revolves around that. Am I not supposed to talk about who I am? I also believe in missionary work. I believe in sharing what has truly made me happiest with others. Not because I assume people are sinners and need saving. That's never a thought I have. Like I said, I see people for who they are,not what they believe. I believe in the afterlife. I believe in receiving amazing blessings at the resurrection and living with my family and friends FOREVER in peace and happiness. Who wouldn't want that for those they care about? I've felt guilty for not sharing that with others because I truly want them to be happy and I want to spend eternity with them. But I know for many, it's a sensitive thing that will cause people to assume I'm "judging" them and that I don't like them for who they are. Not true. Not true at all. But, I know that's what will happen with many people. But now is the time to see who will take offense and who will still know the kind of person I am regardless of what I talk about. It's time to see who the true friends are.

Why? Because it hit me hard today that I'm going to get to the judgement bar and be asked why I didn't share the gospel with those around me. I'm going to be held accountable for all those missionary opportunities I let slip by. No, I won't go around preaching doctrine or calling people out on their sins. I teach better by example. The topic will come up, but I won't cram my beliefs down people's throats. That's not who I am and that's not what missionary work is. I will accept people's mistakes because I make many of my own. I believe the gospel is for anyone who tries to live it to the best of their ability. As long as we try, that's the best we can do. I can't tiptoe around this topic anymore. I can't brush aside a huge part of who I am for fear of losing friends. A true friend accepts all of me. A true loved one accepts all of me.

So world, you've been warned. I have work to do on this earth and I'm not going to stand idly by anymore. I will love those around me fiercely regardless if their beliefs or if they accept it or live it, and I will share what makes me happy. I will share what my life is about. I will try to get as many people to come to heaven as possible (assuming I make it there myself) because I want to be with everyone I care about. If your hatred for the church is going to blind you to the reality of who I am, then so be it. At least I will know I tried. I love you all and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it, I live it, I love it.


Gold's Gym

I have a love/hate relationship with being a stay at home mom. I absolutely love being with my little worm all day and I would rather die than leave her. The freedom to do whatever is amazing and I am able to get a lot done.

But, there's only so much to do. We're not loaded so fun outings are somewhat limited. I get bored. With winter approaching, I've started to get nervous about keeping ourselves entertained.

For a while now I've been babysitting random kids in the neighborhood at my home for some extra spending money (I have big ambitions for our home) and to let Kennedy have someone to play with. It's been good, especially with one little girl, but overall it's been hit and miss and hard to schedule. Plus I don't have much for older kids to do. Turns out my house is boring.

Then my friend told me that there was an opening at her work. She works in the day care at Gold Gym. She told me all about how the shifts aren't that long, the hours are good and not overbearing, and how the employees are able to bring their kids with them for free! I was insanely tempted. It would give me something to do, I could work and have some extra spending money again, and I wouldn't have to leave Kennedy. But.... What about all my free time? I've loved not being tied down and this would interfere with that. Was I ready to be a working woman again?

In the end, I decided to apply. It was too perfect not to. And if we ever have a financial bind, it would be nice to have some extra cash coming in, even though it wouldn't be much. I felt like this was a good opportunity that was placed in my path and I'd be stupid to pass it up. So I applied.

Long story short, I got the gig! The hours are pretty minimal right now but I can take other people's shifts when needed and it'll pick up in January when all the resolutioners decide to hit the gym again.

So far I really like it. Kennedy isn't so sure about it. I tried leaving her there the day after our Moab vacation and she freaked out. So whenever she comes with me she always has to be by my side because she's terrified I'll be leaving her again. She has fun with the kids though and I know she'll get used to it and one day I'll be able to leave her without the world coming to an end. I can see myself staying there for a while. How often does a job come along where you get to work with your kids?

It's given me something to do and it's nice to contribute to society again. I feel like I have a purpose besides raising Kennedy. Plus a lot of the kids call me "teacher" and I've really, really missed that. I'm pretty happy with the job!


Halloween 2012

I was so stinking excited for Halloween this year! We had a lot of fun. Kennedy was a lamb. I only bought that costume because it was warm and I didn't want her to freeze and of course the weather was spectacular! But she looked so cute!
 This was right before a Halloween party at a friends house on Saturday. I actually dressed up for that one.

 The Sunday before Halloween we had a family party with my cousins. Everyone had a lot of fun!
 This has nothing to do with Halloween, it's just too funny.
 Monday for family night we carved pumpkins. Didn't they turn out amazing??
 On Halloween afternoon we got to see our friends who have been out of town for 3 months. Trying to get a picture with the two of them was tough.

 I invited both grandparents and family members to come down and have soup and then go around trick or treating with us. I wish Kennedy would have had some other kids to go with, but I'm sure next year we'll have more company her age. She LOVED it though! She was very selective about which candy to take. She loved seeing all the kids around in their costumes and she would say "thank you" at every house, but it would be as we were walking away. I think one person got to hear it. Oh well :)

 This one is a tad blurry but still cute.
 After trick or treating we enjoyed Halloween treats and hot chocolate while we had a fire in the fire pit out front and handed out candy. It was such a wonderful night! I think everyone involved had tons of fun!

 Did you see the moon? It was awesome.
 Just before bedtime, Kennedy's cousins paid a visit and they had fun chasing each other around and playing. Aren't they all so cute? I thought she was going to sleep like an angel that night but it turned out to be a pretty bad night :( I fear another one is awaiting me tonight.
 I'm not sure where the ugly all over my face came from, but Kennedy looks really cute.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween as much as we did!