Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween 2007

We had a wonderful Halloween night. The weather was perfect(mid 70's) and we just really enjoyed the walk and chatting with neighbors and friends( and of course, getting a LOT of candy!) I'm just as excited about the candy as the kids! :) The girls were quiet with their "Trick or Treats" at first, but by the end they were pros! This year Aubrey was the lovely fairy, Elina, from the Barbie's Magic of the Rainbow movie. Aubrey loves all the Barbie movies, especially the Fairytopia ones. Ella was a beautiful purple sparkle fairy. Well, she actually said she was the "tooth fairy" before we walked out the door which we thought was a pretty funny and cute idea:) And Miss Cali was an adorable ladybug. People were "ahh"ing her all night long. She was so cute in her stroller and held her bucket the whole time(and chewed the handle for part of it too). She scored Joey and I some great candy! See, it does pay to have kids! :)
All dressed up and ready to Trick or Treat!
The girls struck a few poses for me
We've gotten comments in the past like, "A little young for candy?" and stuff like that. So, we just thought we'd state the obvious this year...
Yummy handle. Do you see where this girls feet are?! I wish I was that flexible!
Mission accomplished. Now Joey and I will wait until they are asleep and eat it all! :)

Family Pumpkin 2007

For FHE this week, we carved a pumpkin together, with each one of us designing part of the face. Joey: one eye, Ella: the other eye, Holly: the nose, Aubrey: the mouth. It was funny to see how our different pieces of the puzzle came together. It made one interesting looking feller.
Pre-carve design
Ewwww!
Finished product

Happy Halloween!

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween! Have fun trick or treating, trunk or treating, partying, or whatever your plans are this evening! Grandparents, aunts, uncles: I'll post pics of the girls in their costumes ready to trick or treat and then afterwards with their loot:) for you late tonight or in the morning. We love you all and wish we could be together today:(

Playgroup party

Last Friday afternoon I took Ella and Cali to our ward's playgroup Halloween party. We had lots of fun!

Ella, the purple fairy, and her friend, Alyssa the cat

Isn't Cali one of the cutest ladybugs you've ever seen?
Ella enjoying the treats with her pals, Dax & Jace

Check out the cupcakes Ella helped me make for the cupcake walk. Not too shabby if I do say so myself:)

Glen Oaks Halloween Carnival

I was looking through pictures today realizing how many I still haven't posted from the past week or so. I need to get with the program! So, here are pictures from Aubrey's elementary school carnival that was 2 weekends ago. The girls all had a great time! They loved getting their face painted, playing the games, enjoying cotton candy, and running through the obstacle course. And Ella won the cake walk on her first try-yea Ella!



Here is Aubrey about to race her best friend, Courtney


Go Ella!
Trying to find the right key to open the treasure chest
YUM!
Ella and her cake. Thankfully she didn't mind sharing with her family:)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Primary Program

The girls participated in our church's annual Primary program at church this Sunday. This was Aubrey's second time to have a speaking part and Ella's first. We knew Aubrey would do it(not without being terribly nervous of course) but were unsure of Ella. Ella is our normally less cautious child, but when it comes to standing up in front of people(other than her family) she usually refuses. Her and Aubrey are both shy girls, but shy in their own ways. But she did it! And we were very very proud of them both. Aubrey had her part perfectly memorized, but became a little confused when someone handed her her part on a slip of paper. So, she sort of looked back and forth and accidentally jumbled the words. Her part was "If ye have faith, ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true." Well, she accidentally said, "If ye have faith, ye hope for things which are not true, which are seen." :) It was one of those cute primary moments. We didn't know if she realized she had said that but at the end when she came to meet us, she immediately said disappointedly, "I messed up." We tried to reassure her it didn't matter and that she did a great job but she was disappointed in herself, being the perfectionist that she is. She got over it quickly though and even laughed about it later. Ella's three year old class was supposed to say something that they each do to help others. Ella's part was "I help my mom fold laundry."(she really does and does it well!) It was really cute. And during the whole program she sang her heart out and kept waving at us. All of the children did a great job with their parts and singing the songs. We really felt the spirit listening to these precious children bear testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was a wonderful sacrament meeting!
Aubrey & Ella before church

Monday, October 29, 2007

Dinosaurs Alive!

This past weekend we visited the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary for their annual "Dinosaurs Alive!" exhibit. Life-sized animatronic dinosaurs are situated along a 1/2 mile hiking trail. There are also 2 static baby dinosaurs for the kids to climb on and dinosaur themed indoor exhibits. It was really cool!


Cali enjoying the ride


These two weren't animatronic. Just so you don't think we are crazy.


WOW!


Approaching the spitting dinosaur. This picture cracks me up-Ella is running full speed at it, while Aubrey waits behind cautiously:)
The T-Rex was waiting for us at the end. I think it would've been funny if Joey had climbed him and got into his mouth and started screaming "Help!" at the top of his lungs. That would've rocked.

Thanks for your vote

My wonderful little potty poll closed a couple of days ago and I just wanted to say thank you to all who voted. It was quite the insightful poll, wouldn't you say? 5-6 squares was the winner! I also learned that there is a very disgusting person out there who doesn't use any toilet paper.....or maybe that was me that submitted that vote....I can't remember.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

This girl can swing

The weather has been absolutely perfect this past week or so. We have been spending a lot of time outside and its been so nice for the kids. One of Ella's favorite things to do is swing in the backyard. She loves it and can get herself going SO high that I'm afraid she'll let go and fly away! I love these pictures Joey took of her(and don't you just love those curls?!) I think he totally captured her personality in these shots....




Lots of bubbles

Finally, I have access to our computer that has our pictures on it! I'd like to give a huge thank you to my stud husband, Joey, for fixing it(and actually buying a whole new computer, which I'm sure he didn't mind at all:). Anyways, these are a bunch of pictures Joey took of the girls blowing bubbles from about a week and a half ago. They turned out adorable and I had to share them! Thank goodness theses pictures weren't lost after all. I just love them. Thanks again Joey!!! I LOVE YOU! Note(warning, whatvever you want to call it):This will not be the only post today. I have a lot of pictures to post!







Thursday, October 25, 2007

100 Things About Me

I've read a couple of other blogger's "100 Things" lists and I thought it'd be fun to do one too. It was fun! Joey was at a priesthood meeting and has been working on the computer a lot, so I had some extra free time tonight. Anyways, enjoy learning about the wonder that is Holly.....

100 Things About Me
1. Joey is the best thing that ever happened to me.
2. I think my girls are the most beautiful,smart, precious children on this Earth!!!
3. I was proposed to in the Sacred Grove. I said yes of course! Joey is wonderfully romantic and continues to be.
4. I have never broken a bone or had stitches…knock on wood.
5. I love Mint milano or mint Brussels cookies. Eating them makes me feel like I’m the queen of England or something. They just feel so proper.
6. I have more freckles than there are stars in the sky
7. Joey thinks they are cute, but he has to say that. They repulse me.
8. I absolutely love the show, The Office. It is the only show I really watch these days.
9. I don’t really enjoy watching drama shows, like ER or CSI, like most of the world.
10. I am very shy, but once you get to know me, you’ll find I’m a little crazy. Then you might wish you didn’t know me. Then its too late…..sorry…
11. My favorite season is autumn.
12. I love dipping biscotti in my hot cocoa. It is seriously addicting.
13. I love to sit by a fire wrapped in blankets next to my sweetheart.
14. One of my biggest fears is public speaking. I absolutely dread the phone call to speak in sacrament meeting.
15. I love to play tennis. I wish I was better at it though.
16. I play the piano. This too, I wish I was better at.
17. I have a funky birthmark on my upper right leg. When I was a teen/preteen I remember using waterproof foundation to try and cover it up when I went swimming.
18. I love to dance in the living room with my girls. I remember that was something I did with my mom too. Those are some very fond memories.
19. I like to eat Lucky Charms.
20. I love to play board games. My favorite is Balderdash. I love to make stuff up, love it, love it! I have been told I am creative. Thank you whoever told me that. That was nice.
21. I’m tired of The Bee Movie commercials, shorts and promos.
22. I was voted “Friendliest girl” in my highschool class.
23. I am very grateful to my parents for getting me braces as a teen. Pre-braces, I looked like a rabbit.
24. I am afraid of most animals.
25. I am allergic to cats.
26. I love to go to garage sales.
27. I have never said a cuss word.
28. One of the best parts of my day is when I see my girls laughing together.
29. I laugh the hardest when I’m with my sister, my best friend, Laura, or my mom.
30. I can make a really good duck sound.
31. I sleep with my mouth wide open.
32. I also drool when I sleep. Poor Joey, doesn’t have a “sleeping beauty” beside him that’s for sure.
33. I love Disneyland and Disneyworld!!! I have just as much fun as the kids, if not more.
34. Schlitterbahn is my next favorite park.
35. Okay, so I love just about every theme park!
36. I love going out to eat.
37. For my height, my feet are too big.
38. All 3 of my girls started sleeping through the night at age 6 weeks.
39. I had epidurals with all 3 labors and wouldn’t have it any other way. With Aubrey, they didn’t give it to me until I was almost 9 cm dilated and I NEVER again want to feel that pain..NEVER!!! That day made me appreciate my mother 100 times more than I ever had.
40. I used to sell items on Ebay.
41. I am LDS and have a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His restored church.
42. I love the Book of Mormon and have read it cover to cover 7 times.
43. This past summer, almost every night while we watched TV or hung out, Joey and I would scoop chocolate icecream into cups and pour milk inside and enjoy it together. Yummy. It was an addiction we shared together.
44. I’m afraid to ever go roller skating again. I have injured my tailbone twice(once roller skating). Very painful. Still feeling it years later. Maybe tmi. I am also really bad at roller skating. I have no balancing skills. So, two good reasons to probably never put on a pair of roller skates again.
45. I have a very very juvenile sense of humor.
46. Writing the word “poop” makes me laugh. I just did. Not pooped, laughed.
47. I have perfect vision. That’s definitely the only thing perfect about me:)
48. I love going on walks or to the park with my family.
49. I think some people think I’m a paranoid parent. The safety and health of my family is one of the most important things to me.
50. I am anti-trampoline. I will never let my kids jump on one(unless it is in a gymnastics facility with a trainer). Trampolines have caused deaths and serious injuries in children with or without the net around it. I’ve done a lot of research on the subject actually. I do a lot of research on everything actually. That’s me.
51. When I give my kids grapes, I still cut them. The thought of one of them choking freaks me out. I even cut hotdogs down the middle before I put them in a bun.
52. I know just about all the words to the High School Musical and High School Musical 2 soundtracks. I'm just as into that stuff as the teeny boppers.
53. One of my newest hobbies is cooking. I'm really starting to love it and I know Joey and the girls like my new hobby too:)
54. My birthday is August 31, 1980.
55. I love to laugh!
56. I love be with my girlfriends. Every girl needs some girl time.
57. When I was about 12 or 13, me and my sister, Tara, made a tape of our own commercials. My parents still have that tape and it is pretty hilarious. The things we came up with….
58. My favorite color is green.
59. I have a goal to plant a garden this year.
60. I need to learn how to do that.
61. When its cold, I have to be wearing those super soft socks, not sure what they’re called, cozy socks? My sister in law, Christine, always buys them for me. I just love them. They are a wintertime must have.
62. I will never get anything waxed. That scares me.
63. I remember peeing in a cup and trying to get my little brother to drink it(I was like 7 ok!). Tara and I told him it was lemonade. He didn’t drink it. Darn. :)
64. I also remember peeing in a plastic Easter egg when I was little. I also remember givin it a shake. Not sure why I did that. I was weird.
65. I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. I was actually in the same ward(at church) my whole life until Joey and I and our girls moved to Buda, Texas(just south of Austin) when I was 24. We then moved here to North Texas. Texas forever baby!
66. I don’t have a Texan accent, but I do say “y’all”
67. I love Netflix. Whoever thought of it is a genius, pure genius.
68. I love to check the mail and my email.
69. I type about 85 wpm.
70. I despise scary movies. I don’t mind a good suspense, but horror movies make me mad. I don’t understand why people make those evil things. What gets me even more mad are the previews for them that come on when my kids are in the room. We rarely have the tv on when the kids are awake because of all the crud on tv.
71. I don’t like to watch the news. It’s depressing.
72. I love music. I could spend all day searching music and downloading it to my ipod if I had all day that is.
73. I think Nacho Libre is one of the most hilarious movies ever. Napoleon Dynamite is right up there with it.
74. I love to be outside, but not during the summer unless I’m in a swimming pool. I love a cool breeze and tall trees. I just love nature.
75. I didn’t see snow until I was an adult.
76. The first time I ever rode an airplane, a train, taxi cab, or a subway was with Joey in 2000.
77. I love sweets. I seriously have a problem-I crave them hourly.
78. I love to get a good deal. I hate to pay full price for anything. I automatically go to the clearance racks when I go shopping. Some people call it cheap, I call it smart:) I also LOVE anything free!
79. Joey thinks I have ADD. I don’t like to sit still for very long and I get tired/bored of things really easily. I’m getting tired of making this list right now:) j/k I’m surprisingly not. I’m digging deep within my inner self and its fun. You are probably tired of reading it though.
80. I was afraid of Chuck E Cheese until I was like 6 or 7. Poor Aubrey has the same problem as her mommy. Sorry Aubrey-you inherited that from me!
81. I never had wisdom teeth come in. I had 2 missing adult teeth too.
82. I can be very anal about having to have things a certain way and doing certain things myself with no help(sounds very 2-year-old I know). Ask Joey. He can give you more details and examples of how ridiculous I am at times I’m sure.
83. I love Christmas music. I could listen to it all year long!
84. I can wiggle my ears.
85. When I was about 13, my best friend, Laura, and I were at the mall. We were just hanging out and noticed this older scary group of girls who were eyeing us like they wanted to kill us. I freaked and took off running. Laura followed. Then they chased us through the mall! We hid in a dressing room. I do not know why I ran or why they chased us. All I know is that Laura cut her toe on the escalators and we sat in a dressing room of the Dillards bra department for a long time very scared. Man, I was a dork. Good times, Laura. Good times. Sorry you were friends with me.
86. I also remember from the good ol’ mall days, dropping candies from the 3rd floor of Foley’s onto unsuspecting shoppers. Okay, so we never actually nailed anyone, but we got close.
87. I never once got in trouble or got detention at school. I was a goodie goodie.
88. I was also one of those academic kids. I was all about my grades and worked really hard to try and make good grades. I graduated in the top 5% of my class. Not too shabby.
89. I was the senior class treasurer. I didn’t actually do any treasuring, but I went to all the class meetings!
90. Joey and I don’t watch a lot of TV. When he gets home from work, we eat dinner and just do stuff together with the kids until their bedtime. We just love to play with them. They are our everything and we just love to have fun together. We are always looking for new things to do and different places to see.
91. I’m allergic to a bunch of stuff: aspirin, ibuprofen, bananas, pumpkin, certain deodorants, lotions, shampoos, corn, cockroaches(seriously) and many more. The reason those people test for cockroaches is beyond me. Like I’m going to eat one or something-sheesh. I only did that once…
92. I would love to visit some place in Europe. The top of my list is Italy. It looks so terribly romantic.
93. I wish unicorns and pegasus’ were real. How awesome would it be to look out your window and see a Pegasus fly by?
94. As a child, I always hoped that I would find Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I also remember everytime I'd open a Crunch bar(silver wrapper) I'd hope I'd find a golden ticket.
95. I don’t like vegetables as much as I should.
96. I like to eat a bowl of cereal at night sometimes. My dad does too. I guess I got that from him.
97. Another huge fear of mine is teaching an adult class at church. I pray I will never get a calling like that. I love to teach Primary, but having to teach adults would intimidate and scare me to the point of nausea.
98. I have run smack into a sliding glass door….at a birthday party….in front of a lot of people….and that’s not it…I then stepped in a bowl of popcorn.
99. I would like to see a liger in real life. It would need to be in a cage though so it didn’t eat me.
100. Is anyone still reading? :) Okay, last one-I love my family and the fact that they love me, despite my imperfections and quirkiness.

Honey, I have a surprise for you!!!

Go to my blog to see what it is...


jOeY

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A vague sign and a mother taking advantage of it


That mother is me.


So, I've been thinking about the up-close parking spaces at the Wal-Mart Supercenter labeled "For new and expectant mothers" lately. When I was pregnant, it was a no-brainer, park there. But after I had Cali, I began changing the meaning of "new mother" with every passing month. At first I thought, "Well, I had her just a few weeks ago, so she is still pretty "new." Nothing wrong with that. Then when she turned 2 months, I thought, "I just had my postpartum checkup. I'm still a shoo-in for 'new.'" Then Cali hit the 3 month mark and I thought, "Okay this is the last month I'll say to myself, I'm a 'new mother.' I absolutely will not park here after this month." Then 4 months came and I thought,"Well, she still looks pretty small and 'new' to me." Then 5 months,"She isn't even sitting up yet." Then 6 months,"It seems like just yesterday I had her." Okay, this has to stop Holly! She will be 7 months old this week and you are forbidden to park there, forbidden! You are no longer a new mother. You really haven't officially been a new mother since September of 2001 when you had your first child. Get your lazy butt in gear and walk a few extra feet!!


Oh yeah, and did I mention, for months 0-4 I rarely had her with me. I didn't dare venture out to the grocery store with all three kids over the summer. I did night-time shopping. I'm smart like that.


Seriously, I think there may be something wrong with me.....

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mi hermana....


...now has a blog! I'm thrilled to announce a new blog, Life of Tara, which is the life and times of my little sister, Tara. She got internet last week and I of course gave her the push she needed into this crazy place we call Blog World. So, check it out, comment if you like, etc. Give her a nice warm welcome! :) Bienvenidos Tara!
I don't know why I had a Mexican theme to this post. I guess I just wanted a reason to put a picture of maracas on my blog today. What can I say, I like maracas. Ok, and it was another excuse to put some Nacho Libre tunes on today:)