Friday, October 26, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

So I guess I've been on a bit of a blog hiatus. Courtney called to gently remind me that my blog is getting boring, so I guess I'll update to make her feel better. It's nice to know that someone cares whether or not I post. I told her I just haven't had much exciting things going on lately, but I'll fill you in on all the unexcitement.

Travis was out of town on business most of this week, but thankfully he made it back in one piece. I always breathe a sigh of relief when he calls to tell me he's landed safely, I have a small fear of flying, plane crashes etc. While he was gone I accompanied Hallie's preschool class on a field trip to the "pumpkin patch." I thought there would be real pumpkins growing there, but they just kind of set them out in the grass. Someday we'll have to make a fall trip to New England and see what a real pumpkin patch, and fall leaves actually look like. Either way she had fun, but was mad at me part of the time, you can probably tell in a few of the pictures.

I've been quilting a lot lately. Sometimes I think I'd get along well with old ladies since I tend to have some old lady hobbies, but I do think that crafting and sewing are quickly becoming hip. So for those of you not yet on the bandwagon, time to join up. I'm almost finished with a few projects and will post them when they are done, sorry to keep you in such suspense!

And to those of you in Arizona, I need your help. My cute sister Katie is coming for Thanksgiving, I can't wait! Anyway she's going to try to get her baby stuff into some boutiques here, so if you know of any let me know, we're trying to compile a list. Also she mentioned to me that anyone who can help her get her slings into a boutique in their town could be paid in product. Meaning she'll give you a free sling if you help her get her stuff into boutiques. Leave a comment if you're interested. Check out her site, they are so cute, and make great baby gifts!

*Now for a story I've been meaning to record for posterity sake, if you're bored with me feel free to pass over.*

A few weeks ago Hallie and I weren't getting along very well(unfortunately we are both very strong willed and stubborn, and we have a run-in every now and then, plus I think she's a pretty typical newly 4-year-old.) So Hallie was mad at me, and told me I was a mean mom, and that she didn't want to be in our family anymore. So I started playing along with her.

Okay, if you don't want to be in our family whose do you want to be in? She chose the neighbors, so I opened the front door and told her she could go to her new family. I was kind of hoping this reality would scare her into realizing that she loved her family, and never wanted to leave. But no, she happily ran out the door and in the direction of her new family. I let her run for a bit, thinking again that she'd change her mind and come back, but she kept going.

So I followed her and told her she had to come back. She started bawling and saying that she didn't want to be in our family. Dallas at this point was also about in tears because he was worried that Hallie wasn't going to be in our family anymore. He was trying to plead with her to stay, and even told Hallie that he loved her and wanted her to stay (it's really unusual for Dallas to tell her this). I was glad to see that at least one of my children loved our family and wanted it to stay in tact. So we were trying to rationalize with Hallie by saying things like, who is going to sleep in your room if you leave? She told me that I could just get a new daughter to live in her room, and nonchalantly suggested one of her friends that we could adopt. Well I told her that Hailey's family (her friend she wanted to be our new daughter) would miss her and that she probably didn't want to join our family. Then I started in on her belongings that we would have to get rid of once she moved out. She didn't seem to care about her clothes, but when I told her that we were going to have to give away her toys, she got upset. She wanted to take them with her to her new family, but I said no, the toys had to stay.

By this point Dallas was so upset with me and my little game, he kept on begging me to tell Hallie that we weren't really going to give her up, and that this was all a game (literally on the brink of tears many times), but I kept on going because I was really interested in how far Hallie would go, and how long it would take her to realize that she loved us. I kept it up for about a half hour while I was making dinner and was trying to rationalize with her why she needed to stay in our family. At one point she wanted one of the pepperonis I was putting on the pizza and I told her she couldn't eat, that dinner was only for our family. I think that finally got to her. She really wanted to eat dinner, and so she chose to stay in our family. But sadly, she still tells me often that I'm a mean mommy, and that she isn't my friend anymore. But probably more often she says, "Momma, I love you." So I try to hold on to that love and keep plenty of pepperoni on hand.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Happy Birthday Hallie

On Friday my baby turned four! I don't know how this keeps on happening. My kids are growing up too fast, and I don't seem to be able to stop it, so I guess I'll celebrate it. We had a birthday party for Hallie with all of her friends at Build-A-Bear Workshop. I decided this year that planning and hosting birthdays at home are too much work, and the kids have more fun at party places anyway, so we hit the mall. It was actually a great place for a party of three and four-year-old girls. The best part is I didn't have to do anything and the kids had a blast. Hallie wanted donuts, so I had my local grocery store make some special with pink frosting and sprinkles. I would never have thought of that, so I was glad Hallie did. This is probably birthday party picture overload, but indulge me anyway.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Random Thoughts

Can I just say how much I love Conference weekend? It's really so nice to hear from the leaders of our church and renew all that we believe in. Plus I must say it is really nice to enjoy watching it from the comfort of my own home with my famiy. We had a great Sunday enjoying conference, the only drawback? Somehow I make, and subsequently eat, too much food on Confrerence Sunday. Oh well, I'm now more renewed than ever to be my best, not good, not better, but my best (I really liked Elder Oaks talk) at everything, including my diet.

On Saturday Dallas had another Soccer game. I really enjoy watching him play. Mostly he loves to dance around the field (quite literally, it's still cute at 5 right?). Who knew I could be such a soccer mom and love every minute of it?

Check out my cute sister Angela, she's as talented and crafty as they come and she just started her own blog. Also go check out Sarah Jane Studios on Etsy, I love her stuff, she's so talented, any of her work would be so cute in a nursery or play room.

I did have one crafty moment this weekend amidst my busy life, a friend of mine was celebrating her birthday, and I wanted to make her a bracelet, but needed a fun way to package it, this is what I came up with.

And somehow I managed to cram reading Eclipse into this weekend too. I thought it would take me a whole week to read, but I could have, and would have gladly read more. I can't wait for Courtney's book club on Tuesday, I have so much to say! There might be a whole post dedicated to this soon. I have to admit, logic might say Jacob, but in fantasy land where I believe this book takes place, I'm all Team Edward!

And this week I'm looking forward to seeing Amanda Jane and meeting miss Allie Jane, I can't wait! Congratulations Mandy Pants!

Monday, October 1, 2007

It's October!

Okay so it's officially October, and I won't feel bad for wanting to decorate for Halloween anymore! Off Travis went to work, and off Hallie and I went to the store to tie up some loose decorating ends, and up went Halloween. It's not exactly where I'd like it to be, but it's a good start, maybe now I have it out of my system and I can stop obsessing about it. I have a quilt top finished, now I just need to have it made into a wall hanging before Halloween actually gets here. I also made a yummy chocolate cake this weekend, for Dusty's new baby Rachel's blessing open house. I've been meaning to share this recipe for a while. It's a fabulous recipe, this cake will take you anywhere you need to go, seriously try it. It's delicious in chocolate, but try it in it's original yellow cake form. Put some whipped cream and berries on top, and you'll be the star of your next party. Or for Halloween make it chocolate with an orange frosting, just make sure you share it like I did or you'll want to eat it all yourself! Remember cake among friends is less calories.

Nancy's Moist Yellow Bundt Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 box vanilla pudding
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Bake in bundt pan @350 for 45-50 minutes

To make other flavors just switch out the cake and pudding mix flavors, chocolate with chocolate pudding is awesome, a lemon cake mix with lemon pudding and about 3 Tbs. poppy seeds is also a winner!