Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere

In order to understand Halloween at our house, you have to understand my children's personalities. Robby hates Halloween. The first time this year that we walked into a store selling Halloween stuff, he sighed and said "Oh man, is it really Halloween again, already." He has hated dressing up since he was tiny.  He told me he didn't want to dress up this year at all. However, once I told him he couldn't go trick-or-treating if he didn't dress up, he changed his mind. So for the last couple months we have been on the look-out for non-dressing up Halloween costumes.

Zoe, on the other hand, thinks Halloween is the greatest thing ever. She would dress up every day. She loves the costumes, the decorations, and everything else that comes with Halloween.

I decided to make Zoe a pumpkin costume. She was thrilled and has been telling everyone for months that she was going to be a "pumpkin dress" for Halloween.  Robby finally decided that he would be a pumpkin too.  He would just put a face on an orange t-shirt and wear it with jeans. We actually had a good time with it. We bought white t-shirts and died them orange (they didn't come out as bright as I wanted them, too much polyester), and made faces out of felt. Robby did his all on his own. He designed it and sewed it on. I decided I would go with the theme as well and made a pumpkin shirt for me. I couldn't just leave it there though, I had to buy everything orange that I could to go with my costume, leaving me looking something like a pumpkin clown.

Halloween started for us on  Tuesday, when Zoe had a Halloween party at dance. She had a blast.

Robby's school Halloween party was on Thursday. I am the room mom so I got to help.  It was a lot of fun. He had a good time.

On Friday, we went to our ward Halloween party. They had a chili cook-off and a carnival for the kids.  Emily went with us (in her awesome Super-Hero costume we made the week before) so that was really fun. Zoe got her face painted, which she thought was very cool. Robby was not interested.

On Saturday, we went trick-or-treating. We weren't sure we were going to get to go because of a huge rain and hail storm that night, but by 6:00 it had cleared up enough to go. We ended up trick-or-treating for about an hour and a half. Zoe outlasted Robby and I think she would have gone all night if it wasn't bed time. She loved knocking on people's doors and being social, even more than the candy. Robby had a good time too though.

Then on Sunday, we went to Kirk's parents house to celebrate his dad's birthday. The kid's wore their costumes so that grandma and grandpa could see them.

All in all, it was a very busy, but fun Halloween.  Four days of costume wearing was more than enough for all of us, except Zoe. Robby did say that he thinks he will dress up a little bit more next year.  He felt a little left out I think. So we are already trying to think of costumes for him for next year. Our requirements are it needs to be more of a costume than this year, but no face paint, no hair coloring, no masks, and nothing too crazy.  If you have any ideas, let me know.

Here are some pictures from the week.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Family Pictures

I have wanted to get family pictures for a long time, but kept putting it off.  Finally, we just did it. My friend, Kristin, took the pictures. She did a great job. I love them. Here are some of my favorites. (Remember you can click on them to make them bigger navigate through them).

Now I just have to decide which ones to print and get them printed and hung before they are out of date.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Little Ballerina

Zoe loves to dance and is always dancing. When school started this year, I decided to put Zoe in a dance class.

The class is a little bit chaotic, five-two year olds in one room for 45 minutes. They have a really hard time staying focused, so it is rare for more than one of them to be dancing at a time. Zoe loves it though. She asks every morning if she gets to go to dancing class. She loves to put on her dancing clothes and ballet shoes.

Zoe's favorite thing about dance class is the wall of mirrors. She tends to get distracted from whatever she is supposed to be doing because she just wants to stand at the mirror and watch herself. It is pretty cute. She also loves that her teacher gives them a piece of candy at the end of every class.

I am really excited to watch her develop in dance class. I love that she is having so much fun, but I love that she is learning a lot too. Not only is she starting to pick up a couple of dance moves, but she is learning to take turns, wait in line, follow directions, cheer on her friends, and is getting better at left and right. I think it will be a great experience for her.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Labor Day Hot Dog Roast

On Labor Day, Kirk's parents invited us to go in the canyon and roast hot dogs. Emily was able to come with us too.

We ate lots of yummy food. Grandpa made homemade root beer, which was really tasty.  The kids especially loved it and drank a ton. We were able to hike for a while, and mostly just enjoy being together and being outside. It was a lot of fun. I am so thankful to live in such a beautiful place where we can enjoy the outdoors and being together as a family.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Zoe at Two

Since Zoe has been two for three months now, I guess I should finally post an update of what she is doing now that she is two.

Zoe is incredibly tall and very skinny. At her 2 year check up, she was 34.85 inches tall (78.4 percentile) and weighed 21.54 pounds (1.72 percentile).

Zoe loves to talk. It seems that if she is awake, she is either talking or singing. She has a big vocabulary and we have full conversations. It is really fun to listen to what she has to say.

Zoe is a pretty smart kid. She is always asking questions and wants to know about everything. She knows her colors, shapes, can count to twelve (although she has no clue what numbers mean really), and can sort of say the alphabet.

Zoe is developing her sense of humor.  Right now, she thinks it is hilarious to sit in someone else's chair.  This means, that anytime any of us stands up, she promptly runs and jumps into our chair, laughing the whole time. This was pretty funny, the first 10 or 20 times she did it. She still thinks it is the funniest thing in the world though.

Zoe loves people. She likes to talk to absolutely anyone, especially adults. The other night, I had book club at my house. Zoe was supposed to go upstairs and hang out with dad, but she just couldn't do it. She wanted to be downstairs with "the girls." She was in heaven with all those people willing to pay attention to her.

Zoe never stops moving. She is an incredibly active little girl. She is always busy, always doing something, and never holding still. She has a ton of energy.

Zoe is feminine. She loves to paint her toenails, wear pink, wear dresses, and loves shoes and accessories.  But, she also loves dirt, bugs, cars, and wrestling with Robby.

Zoe loves music. She is always dancing and singing. She knows tons of songs that she is always belting out, but she is pretty good at making up her own as well.

Zoe is spunky. She has a lot of attitude. She knows what she wants and isn't about to back down until she gets it.

Zoe is a trouble maker. She knows the rules and knows when she is breaking them, but she is okay with that. She is definitely a handfull.

Zoe finally got rid of her pacifier. We tried a couple of times to take it away and it didn't go well (basically she refused to sleep without it and after a couple of sleepless nights, we gave up.) Finally, in the middle of the night one night, I couldn't find it and so I told her it was lost.  She said ok and went back to bed. She never wanted it again after that.

Zoe loves food. She will eat almost anything, although she is starting to show a lot more preferences now.  We are starting to hear "I no like that", on occasion, although usually two seconds later, she is munching away on whatever it is she no like.

Zoe loves Mickey Mouse, Princess and the Frog, and Mary Poppins. She loves reading books, pushing her stroller, and playing in her kitchen.

Zoe is a drama queen. It is very easy to hurt her feelings. She likes to cry. The other day when I told her it to stop crying she said "But I want to cry."

Zoe is a clean freak. She hates food on her fingers or crumbs on the table, and will promptly wipe them up whenever she sees them. However, she has no problem rubbing dirt all over her body or throwing toys all over the floor.

Zoe has pretty much the whole world wrapped around her finger. She gets away with way too much. She has the kind of personality that everyone is drawn to. She loves to be the center of attention and has a personality that cannot be ignored.

Zoe is our little princess. She makes our home a happier, more exciting, better place. She definitely is a handfull, but we wouldn't trade one minute of it.

Here are some random pictures from the last few months.

Look at how much she has grown. I can't believe how much more grown up she is and how much her hair has grown.