Tuesday, October 31, 2006


It's finally here! I can't wait to dig through Anika's stash of goodies! I hope all of you have fun trick or treating. Halloween brings back so many fun memories of dressing up and going over to our cousin's house. They had the BEST trick or treat neighborhood and I got SOOO much candy! There is nothing better than coming home and dumping your spoils on the floor, organizing them and trading. Those were the days! I'll post some pictures later!! Anika is SOO excited! We went to the ward TRUNK or TREAT on Saturday and she was thrilled that people were just giving her candy!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Anika had fun painting with her friend Riley today. They are both little princesses so they didn't want to get dirty but by the end they were both going at it with their fingers. It was so cute. In Anika's prayer tonight she said "thank thee that I puked outside on the driveway". NICE. First of all, that happened awhile ago and second of all, it's lovely that she knows the word puked. =) The things they pick up.

I can't express enough how much I hate teething. My poor baby has been such a GRUMP these past two days and I haven't been able to figure out why. Well - tonight while she was WAILING I had a great view of her gums and it looks like she has several molars wanting to come in. I tried to feel around to see if there were any bumps but it just made her cry harder. They look extra red and puffy though! Poor little thing!!

Tomorrow is the big halloween party for playgroup. I'm going to be a hippie. Haha! We'll see how that goes! I'm not telling what the girls are - that way it will be more fun to see the pictures! Nathan just got home - so I'm off to get some hubby time in! See ya!


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

We had a really busy day today! Good grief. I feel like I've had errands GALORE lately! Oh well. It's always fun to go to Target. On Tuesdays my friend teaches a singing class that I take the girls to. Keslie usually loves it - but today she was a BEAR. I don't think she feels good. We went to the library later on and as we were leaving I asked Anika what she wanted for dinner - she said "um, french fries. I want to go to McDonald's house." I couldn't resist so we went. It was a huge disappointment!! They have started charging for their water cups! What the heck?! I was so annoyed. We also ran to the post office. As I was loading Keslie up in the car Anika was just staring at a tree and finally she asked "where IS all the leaves mommy? Did they fall down?" She was so concerned. Winter is coming way too fast and I am already feeling colder than I did last year. Not a good sign. Who knows - we may end up in Arizona yet. Anyway - we are home and the girls are in bed now. I was going to go to the grocery store but I am tired of going and besides that I got season 3 of 24 at the library. I'm starting it TONIGHT!! Could I BE anymore excited?

I love Nathan. We are just such DORKS! We were joking around in the kitchen and then we started pretend karate/matrix fighting in the kitchen. It went on for a good 10 minutes! I was laughing so hard by the end that my sides hurt! It's so fun to be married. =)

Well - off to see what dilemma my HERO Jack Bauer is going to find himself in this time. I am going to CRY if they kill off Tony or Michelle. I guess I'll just have to watch and see! Till next time...

Monday, October 23, 2006

Don't Fear the Reaper

We show this to everyone - so I've been meaning to add it to my blog because it's HILARIOUS!! Enjoy!

Time for an update!!

Sheesh!! I feel like I haven't posted anything besides videos for awhile! What can I say?! I've been SOOO busy!! Actually - not really. I'm going to be totally honest. I've gone and gotten myself hooked on 24. What was I thinking?!! Anyway - I checked season 2 out from the library and had a week to watch it - I succeeded! So - between that and finishing up a couple books - my down time has been totally taken up. =) Sorry!! We've had a fun couple of weeks - what with TWO birthdays and Nathan's parents coming into town! Bear with me while I catch you up to speed.

Nathan was in study mode for the first two weeks in Oct. He had two tests - and he hasn't gotten the "official" results - but they did post the answers and he did very well! He's so awesome. I love to brag about him. He had to study on his birthday! How lame is that?! We did have cake and ice cream ( see pictures) though.

Because of all the birthday parties we've been having Anika can't stop talking about birthday cakes. She's obsessed with having a Blue's Clues cake for her party in "member". Member is December.=) Her new word is suppin. She adds it to the end of things - Hi mom - want a sandwich or suppin? It stands for the word "something". I wish that you could hear her say it!

Keslie keeps getting better and better at walking. She's turning into quite the opinionated little thing. If she doesn't want to eat something she yells and then her entire body shivers. She is SOO dramatic. And she throws everything on the floor! Uh-oh! I can't believe she's one!!

I'm doing great! I'm a HUGE dork. Between my "heart attack" and my minor car accident I feel like a huge idiot. =) I was on my way to a ward council meeting on Sunday and I was singing my heart out to some Janice Kapp Perry tunes and I was stopped at a stop sign behind someone and then I rear ended her! I don't know what happened. I think she must have started to go and then stopped and I just kept going. At least it was really slow and I don't think anything happened. She still took my information and told me that "it's a good thing I didn't have any little ones with me" and "were you just not thinking?" and "Be more careful in the future" - that sort of thing. I was nice as can be to her and so far she hasn't filed any claims. And my heart attack...hahaha! I'm such a hypochodriac! Over the past 10 years I've thought I had just about every possible kind of cancer, blood clots, kidney disease, arthritis, and the most recent - Heart disease. Anyway - to make a long story short - I had some "symptoms" that could have possibly been a heart attack and I figured it was better to go in and look stupid and be wrong than to stay home and die in the night and leave my girls and Nathan. I got there at one - spent several hours with a PSYCHOTIC woman that I know just wanted drugs and found out I was fine and then came home. It was such an adventure! =)

On Saturday we did some yard work and cleaned out our garage and then went shopping for some winter clothes and out for ice cream. It was so fun! I'm glad that I love hanging out with Nathan! We always have a fun time.

Carol, Gary, and Jared came and stayed with us on Friday! It was so GREAT to see them! Of course they spoiled us rotten! We went out to a fun restaraunt for Nathan's birthday and saw "Man of the Year". We were so sad for them to leave. It's fun to be on our own out here - but we sure miss everyone!

I got this GREAT dollhouse for FREE off of freecycle. It's a Ryan's room classic and it came with all the room sets! Hello!! I looked online and the dollhouse itself costs $100! Each room set was at least $20. The things people give away. =) Anika loves it!!

It's getting cold - the leaves are falling! It's beautiful right now - but I'm dreading the barren winter look. It will be nice once it snows. Anyway - that's the latest. =)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


I hope that you had a PERFECT day and that you know how much we love you!!

Thank you for being such a loving dad and husband. You are the sweetest, nicest, funniest, most good-lookin' guy in the whole world. I'm so lucky that I can call you mine. I LOVE YOU!!!

From Anika (she sang this all day):
Have a happy birthday you - oo
and we'll have a great day too - oo
Everybody play
cause it's daddy's special day!
Happy Birthday!

(Straight from Blue's clues) Haha!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Anika and her friends

Keslie and Anika being helpers

She's a mess
Licking the egg beaters

Yummy breakfast!

Happy Birthday Keslie!!

Well - Keslie is one year old today! It went so fast! I think she had a pretty good day! She had a gourmet breakfast - pancakes, eggs, and bananas - all things that she loves to eat. Then, the girls helped me make the cake. Anika loves to sit on the counter and help me - but this was Keslie's first time and she was VERY pleased. We practiced blowing out matches. It's so cute. She sticks out her tongue to do it - but she gets the job done! She has been doing the funniest thing today. She wiggles her fingers on my face or arm and says ticko ticko (tickle, tickle). Pretty cute! Anyway - I just wanted to share some pictures from her party and a video so that you can feel like you were here!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I realized that I haven't posted a video of Anika yet. This one is after her bath - so her hair is kind of SKEEWOMPUS - but she has a cute, little voice. I love her homemade words! Please try not to listen to my voice. Why do I even talk?!!

Well - here is a video of Keslie (and Anika) practicing their walking! I'm not very good at videos - but I wanted to show her walking before she got it totally figured out.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

What a weekend!!

I don't know why - but I just can't seem to wake up! I even took a nap today! We are car less all weekend. BUMMER. We take it in for it's 30,000 mile service and they call with the GREAT news that it has two leaks and needs something else that will cost an extra $90! At least the two pumps are covered under our warranty. Anyway - we ended up having to just leave the car there for the weekend and I realized last night at 9:00 that all the stuff I was in charge of getting for the primary activity day was in the trunk. I felt terrible! We watched X-Men 3 last night with our friends Jenn and Jaska. They are a couple of our favorite people so that was really fun! They have a son named Jonah who Anika can't get enough of. We watched him last night while Jenn and Jaska went out to celebrate him passing the bar and they had tons of fun. I walked in right as Anika walked up behind him, put her arms around him and said "I love you! I love you so much Jonah! Come play wiff me!" Nathan said that we are going to have to have a talk with her about not giving her love away too easily. It seems like my dad had that chat with me - I don't think I was 2 though! This morning Anika and I hitched a ride with my friend JJ to the activity day. It was a pajama party/breakfast. I thought that they were awfully brave to do this again - I guess it's an annual thing - because last year one of the mom's showed up in a lacy, short little nighty. NICE. Anika was a little clingy and that was driving me nuts because I needed to be helping! I told Nathan that I wasn't taking her to anymore of these and then I realized that she will be a Sunbeam in January so I won't have any choice. =) Our scary moment of the day came when Nathan went down to the basement to see about flipping on the heat and there was a REALLY strong smell. We called the gas company and high-tailed it out of there. Of course I was imagining every graphic detail of our house blowing up and my girls being trapped in a room where I couldn't get to them. That is probably my biggest fear. Anyway - I wasn't waiting around for that to happen so we went outside until the gas man arrived. Apparently, our furnace wasn't working right so it was pumping carbon monoxide into our house! He said that our house wouldn't have blown up - but if we had kept running our furnace there is a good chance that we would have died in our sleep. I am so thankful that Nathan went down there. Normally, we would have been in the house for the night. So - that was the scary thing that happened. He turned off the leak and we came upstairs and opened all of the windows. It's pretty cold outside! Anika stayed up a little late playing with Nathan. He was being the "daddy piggy" and giving her rides around the house. Pretty cute! Anyway - Sleep tight!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Master Manipulator!

Well - Anika has really learned how to prolong the inevitable. Every night for the past week she has gotten out of bed several times before giving in to the sand man. Her excuses?

  1. I need to go potty!
  2. I'm thirsty!
  3. I have a booger!
  4. I love you so much!
  5. You need to hug and tiss me?
  6. I need a book!

GOOD GRIEF! We play this game every night and I fall for it every time! I take her potty - get her a drink - wipe her booger (which I can never find) - turn my head so that she won't see me laugh when she pulls the I love you card - give her a hug and Tiss and let her pick out another book. She's just so nice about everything that it's hard to get mad! We hear her door creak as it opens and Nathan and I just look at eachother trying not to laugh. What do you think? Should I be a STRICT disciplinarian and flick her when she gets out of bed so that she will learn that she has to listen - or do I keep on enjoying her manipulations? She's so cute! when Nathan got home from school today she came running and said - "Hi daddy! How are you! I love you so much!".

Nathan told me that I shouldn't share this story - but it totally cracked me up - so here goes. A couple nights ago when I was sick Anika came into the bathroom while I was taking a bath and told me that she had gone "poopers". I told her to go tell Daddy - so she wobbled away (literally). When Nathan was changing her diaper she asked - "Is it a pancake poop?" Nathan shook his head and she said "Oh - is it an apple poop?" I guess that it really was the size and shape of a small apple. She came up with that one all on her own! Poor thing!!

Keslie has added the word BALL to her vocabulary. She loves to put balls over her head and throw them - they don't usually go more than a foot away but she is always so proud. I will have to get it on video! I'm really slacking here!

We went to Old Wethersfield to see the scarecrow festival for playgroup today. It was a lot of fun! Wethersfield is such a cute, old town. I guess it's the oldest town in CT. Anika LOVED the scarecrows. It was funny - there were about 8 of us and we all had double strollers. It looked like a little mommy parade walking up and down Main street! Hope you are all having a fabulous week!

Opinions PLEASE!!

Well - it's haircut time again and I am really and TRULY considering CHOPPING it off. I know, I know. I swore I would never, EVER - but you know what?! It's always up in a ponytail anyways! I like the way I look better with my hair pulled back AND I always want more action on top. So - what do you think? Could I pull off this haircut? It probably wouldn't be quite this short. Let me know what you think

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I HATE being sick!!!

Today has been one of those days. It's one of those sinus, head, eye things. I wish it would go away! I took some sudafed and it helped for about an hour and then I felt yucky again! I was so confused because it's supposed to be the extra strength kind that lasts a good long time - but I told Nath that I took it and he told me that it's expired. I guess that explains it! The girls have been so nice to me though. I told Anika that my eyes, head, and nose hurt and she kissed each one and said "all better!". What a nice little person she is. Keslie is really trying to do the walking thing. It's so cute! She falls and yells "WHOA!! Whoa! Whoa!" and then gets up and tries again. She also said BALL today. Nathan told me that by the age of one kids are supposed to be able to show you where their body parts are (head, belly, eyes, ears, lips, etc.). I fear I've been really neglectful with Keslie when it comes to that! I tackled animal sounds and the belly today. I figure I've got a couple more weeks!! Wish me luck! I own 3 copies of The Little Mermaid! I went to Walmart first and it was $20!! I bought it figuring that if that's what Walmart is charging then that's probably what all the other stores are charging too. Not so!! I had to run to BJ's for some primary stuff and it was $16.99 - so I got it and then I went to the grocery store and it was $14.99 plus a little lunch box! Can you believe it!! I guess I'll just throw the extras on my pile of returns! Good grief!! Anyway, I'll post a new video of Keslie and Anika really soon and try to write a more interesting post than this one has been! See ya!