Friday, October 30, 2009

Let the Halloween festivities begin!

This past Tuesday our ward had their Halloween Carnival.  I had never been to one before because it’s mostly for the Primary kids, so it was fun to take Kylie.  She got candy and toys and even got her face painted.  I’m pretty sure she had a good time :)

Here’s my little Tinkerbell :)

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Austin and I, (ok, it was my idea) decided to put our wigs on Kylie.  Here she is with Austin’s wig holding his gold teeth (Austin is going to be a Redneck).  She looks so stinking ridiculous in this mullet wig.

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Now that’s what I’m talking about!  How cute is she!

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Austin’s work had their Halloween party today, so Kylie and I went up to see Austin.  Isn’t he…hot?  :)

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Tonight we are going to Howard and Wendy’s for a Halloween get together.  I’m excited to make caramel apples again and eat good food.  I’m going to be so fat this weekend.  Now where did I put my stretchy pants?...


So on October 19th, we picked my brother Brandon up from the airport.  He reported to the MTC on the 21st and we were blessed to be able to spend some time with him before he left for 2 years.  I hadn’t seen Brandon since last Thanksgiving, so it was fun to spend time with him.  Kylie cried every time he would look at her, but by the time we had gotten home from the airport, he was her best buddy.  On Monday we carved pumpkins.  On Tuesday we invited my brother Damian and his wife Jenelle over for dinner and home made caramel apples.  Ok, get this.  My dad was called to the Las Vegas mission.  My brother Shane was called to the exact same mission.  My brother Damian was called to the Los Angeles Spanish speaking mission – and that is where Brandon is going.  Weird huh!  Anyway, Austin, Damian, and Jenelle were giving Brandon advice and telling him funny stories about their missions.  It was fun to hear of everybody’s experience out in the field.  The next day we took some pics of Brandon in front of the temple and then headed over to the MTC and dropped him off at the curb…literally.  I really don’t like how they just have you pull up, get out their bags and say “See ya!”  I missed seeing the video and being with Brandon just a little be longer.  But anyway, we said our good byes and of course I cried.  He is going to make such a great missionary though.  I love that kid.  We’ve gotten a letter from him and he seems to be doing great.  I know he will do  an awesome job :)

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Tracy Aviary and Hogle Zoo

Two weekends ago we headed up to Salt Lake to go to the Tracy Aviary and the Hogle Zoo.  I had never heard of the Aviary place before but by golly, it was such a fun place to go!  It’s in Liberty Park and it’s not that expensive to get in.  They had the coolest birds there.  Kylie loved it.  We went like an hour after it opened and we pretty much had the place to ourselves (not unlike our zoo experience…).  Here are so of my favorite pictures.



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Bald eagles are so pretty

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After seeing all the birdies we ate lunch at Liberty Park and then headed over to the zoo.  Yeah, the zoo was a popular place to go that day.  Plus they had like this hippie mother earth group there that was doing some sort of convention.  It took about 20 minutes of waiting in line before we got our tickets (to the zoo, not to see the hippies).  Anyway, it was such a beautiful day out and we saw a lot of animals that usually are hiding or sleeping the other times we have gone.  Kylie was in heaven.  We wore her out halfway through though.  She said, “I want to take my nap.”  So we laid the back of her stroller down and she was out like a light.  Here are some more pictures of our day.


I call this monkey “Soaked in pee and baked in the sun”


I loved seeing the baby elephant :)

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So this girl standing next to me was blowing on a piece of plastic between her lips and this baby tiger DID NOT like it.  Of course the girl thought it was funny so she kept doing it…



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Meet Ms. Princess.  Kylie is such a girlie girl and I LOVE it!  There are many days when she will get all dolled up.  It’s so stinkin cute.


Here is she is pointing to herself and telling the cat that her name is Kylie.  She said, “Hi, I Kylie.”  She started doing that the day before at Wal-mart.  She was sitting in the cart and I had just put a couple of gallons of milk in beside her.  She looks at the milk and says (pointing to herself), “Hi milk, I Kylie!”  I about died.


Monday, October 12, 2009

What a fun weekend!

I had the best weekend you guys. It all started earlier in the week when I decided to break out my sewing machine and make a quick blanket for Kylie. I found this adorable lady bug fleece at Wal-mart, so last Wednesday I whipped one up. It felt sooo good to sew again. I’ve missed doing it ever since I had to stop because of my back surgery. I’m so excited to make more blankets.

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Jordan gave us some apples off their apple tree, so I decided to can some apple pie filling. My recipe called for some apple juice, but I didn’t realize till after I had made it that I had bought apple juice punch blend. So we’ll see how gross or good my apple pies turn out!

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Last Friday, my friend who sells Mary Kay invited me to come to a Mary Kay party at the mall. I invited Wendy and Ashley to come along. They were going to have Olive Garden dinner for us and then we were going to get our eyebrows waxed and a facial and makeover. Dinner was great and the facial and makeover was a blast. I got so excited when Wendy decided to be a consultant! So if any of you need Mary Kay product, call Wendy! I also won some free eye shadow. Heck yes I'm good! Anyway, here is a before and after pic of our hot selves.


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On Saturday I went to get my hair done. Love it! Crystal Mitchell does such a great job. After I got my hair all beautified, Wendy, Ashley, Kylie and I headed over to Gardeners Village. I have never been here before, but I must say I have been missing out! They have all these little shops that are in these old houses and since it’s October, they had all their witches and pumpkins out. It was so much fun. We only got through like half the stores, so I’m excited to go back.

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Ok, such a funny outhouse.

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Kylie sporting her witch hat

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Well that’s about it. I am sooo looking forward to Halloween this year. Kylie is going to be Tinker Bell and she’s finally old enough to go trick or treating. That girl is going to score me some serious candy! Oh come on, like you aren’t going to eat your kids Halloween candy :) Happy October everyone!

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall Pictures

Last Sunday we went up to Sundance to take some family pictures.  Damian and Jenelle had asked us to take their family pics, so I figured we might as well take ours too.  It was totally nuts up there.  There were people EVERYWHERE taking pictures and it was like a race to see which person could get out of their car the fastest to stake the best spot.    Anyway, here are a few of my favorite pictures.