Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Its very brown. It can only be one of two things, chocolate or.... something else. I'm hoping for chocolate...please let it be chocolate.
Cali never takes small bites. Never. She is our little food crammer.
And this is now Cali's favorite food. "I love it Mommy. Feed me this forever."
She loves her new super soft book.
My parents got her the cutest little Baby Gap dress. It looks perfect on her. Notice the excitement in Cali's eyes. Actually, if you look closely, the excitement is about a sticker she pulled off one of the outfits Aunt Tara had bought her:) Very cute outfits by the way Tara. Love them! Anyways, that sticker was seriously one of her favorite gifts!.:)
We got her this toy called a Busy Ball Popper. Its really cool-Ella loved it just as much as Cali did. I have a really cute video clip of Cali playing with it that I'm posting next. That way you can see this bad boy in action.
Another one of my parents gifts was this bobbling penguin. She loves to smack it, hug it and then kiss it. In that order. Here is a cute picture of a big wet kiss.
Here are pictures from last night. I bought cupcakes that had this really bright pink icing. Cali went to town with hers and within minutes had painted herself(her highchair and the floor beneath her) pink.....
Prepare yourself for the next picture.......let me just say I think pink is definitely her color....
I had looked away for 10 seconds and she had gone from picture 2 to picture 3(out of the last 3 pics). Wow, Cali, wow. This is our funniest baby eating cake picture yet. I had the privilege of cleaning her up afterwards. This icing has some serious dye in it! When she woke up this morning, I could swear she still had a pink hue.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
My sister's dog, Chloe, sitting, waiting and wishing for a bite. Sorry Chloe, keep wishing. After dinner, we decided to do an adult egg hunt. We gave Aubrey & Ella bags of candy-filled eggs and had them hide them around the house while we were in my room waiting. They had a blast hiding eggs for us. Thanks Aubrey & Ella for helping the big kids do a hunt! :) Joey showed no mercy on the hunt. He yelled, "Go!" before everyone was ready(well, before I was ready anyways) and was off. He was the big winner. I was the biggest loser. We even each other out sometimes:)
And thats a wrap.
The kids testing out their ropes
Aubrey looking exhausted already, but that didn't stop her from finding more
Ella getting upset because Aubrey snatched an egg before she did
All is well again I love this picture! A look of surprise and a bad case of bed hair.
Then it was breakfast time, showers, baths, and getting all perdy for church. All morning I felt the weight of having to give my talk upon me. We arrived at church ten minutes early(shocking for us!) and Joey and I took our seats at the front. Then a member of the Stake Presidency comes in. Great. More pressure for me. Hymns were sung and I started to feel calmer. Then after the youth speaker it was my turn and the calm left and I felt my heart start to pound again. I got up, gave my talk, cried through half of it, and then was done. Then I gave a sigh of relief and felt the best I've felt in a long time. I actually think I did alright. I know I looked and sounded nervous, but I felt it was a good talk. I spent a lot of time preparing it and while I was giving it I felt the Spirit. And thats what matters, right? People don't care if I was shaking and about to vomit all over the place. Well, they might have cared if I actually did :) Joey did great too. I was proud of both of us for conquering our fears. So many people were so sweet and complimented us afterwards. Every compliment meant the world to me. I honestly can say this was one of the best Easter experiences I've had in a while. Even though in the morning I was stressed out beyond belief, after sacrament meeting I just felt so happy and at peace. I felt like my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were pleased with us too. Preparing this talk brought me closer to my Savior. I really had my mind and heart focused on Christ this Easter season, more than I ever had. I am so grateful for Him, for His sacrifice, His atonement for our sins, and for the wonderful gift of the resurrection.
Here are our beautiful girls in their Easter dresses before church. They looked beautiful.
Happy Easter 2008!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Now to blog all the Easter stuff. First, I'll start off with the night before Easter. We did the traditional dyeing of the eggs. Thats always a fun activity the kids look forward to every year. There is always the competition to see whose is the best. I think mine was:) I wrote "One Hot Mama" on my egg. Ella kept calling it the big hot mama egg. I picked out a glitter eggs kit this year and the kids loved how their eggs sparkled. After we were done, we left them out for the Easter bunny to hide along with the candy filled eggs he brings every year.
The girls took their jobs very seriously
Notice the totally smashed looking one at the bottom. Ella dropped this one about ten times as she was dyeing and decorating it. I kept hearing, "Awwwww!" as it rolled across, smashed into or fell off the table :)
Friday, March 21, 2008
Also, I forgot to explain those train pics of sad Ella. She got upset because she didn't get to sit in the part of the train she wanted to. Kids.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I made the mistake a couple of week ago of telling a couple of friends, Melissa and Emily, how Joey and I haven't had speaking assignments since we were married. I knocked on wood right then and there, but I didn't knock fast enough. This past Sunday we were asked to speak on Easter Sunday. I feel so stressed out right now!!! I am not good at public speaking, I shake, my mind becomes a mess and I just get so nervous I could puke. And the fact that it is Easter Sunday doubles the pressure. Its only one of the most important days of the year! Aye. I feel like my talk has to be good, really good. I don't want to disappoint. I'm having family come to visit this week, we are celebrating Cali's birthday, and I still have Easter errands to run. So, the stress level in my brain is high. I'm posting about this to ask for some extra thoughts and prayers my way. For some people, public speaking is not a big deal. For me, it really really is!
I just keep thinking to myself-Aubrey did it. Aubrey was nervous, it was scary for her, and she just did it. She didn't complain. She knew it was something she was asked to do, something that was important, and she overcame her fears and did it. And when she was done, she was beaming and proud. And I know thats how I'll be when I'm done. I know I'll be happy. I know I'll be blessed for it and I know many will be proud, including me. Aubrey has set an example for me-now I have to do the same for her. The Lord asks us to do things that are hard sometimes, but not things that we cannot do. And he blesses us for doing it-I know that. Thanks Aubrey for being a big girl and showing me that I can do it too. When I grow up, I want to be just like you:) I love you!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The night of Joey's birthday we all went to Pei Wei Asian Diner for some delicious dinner. While we were there, Cali did the usual cramming of food into her mouth and actually shoved an entire wagon wheel cracker into her mouth. It looked like it wasn't a good idea, so Joey tried to take it out. She clenched down on it really hard and was determined not to let it go. Well, Joey won, and Cali was not happy as you can see from the pictures. Am I a horrible mom for taking pictures of this? Joey thought I was. She wasn't choking! I just thought it was funny...sheesh. Now he's glad I did because we were laughing and laughing the other night looking at the pictures. You are welcome Joey. Anyways, here are some more pictures from Joey's birthday dinner and celebration~
Tara, I love your face in this picture. Ella's got quite the look goin on too.
Ella had it in her head that she wanted to make her own goodie bags. Aunt Tara helped her and they turned out so cute. There were even little pockets in the back to put candy in. Good job ladies!
Joey reading Aubrey's card. Cali trying to grab it so she could eat it.
The next morning Cali crawled straight for the streamers. She had so much fun hitting them and pulling them. It didn't take her long before she ripped one and then shortly after this picture was taken, tried to eat it. She is quick. If it can fit in her mouth, it will go there.
Also, is this not the best version of the song "Celebration" you have ever heard? I laughed so hard when I heard this.