December 31, 2013
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December 9, 2013
Almost as good as a snow day, though harder to play in. Allison was so excited to go outside but a little frustrated when we wanted to make snow balls only to find that the white stuff wasn't exactly fluffy. She still had a great time then went inside for a nice hot bath to warm up.
December 2, 2013
One of Allison's favorite Christmas activities is un-decorating the Christmas tree. This year we gave Allison her own tree to play with so hopefully she will leave the big one alone. She's already decorated it and the ornaments are currently scattered all over the living room.
December 1, 2013
Christmas came early for Allison this year. Kevin's parents bought the girls a swing set for Christmas. Kevin and his dad spent most of Friday putting it together and yesterday we did the big reveal. Allison was so excited. First thing this morning she wanted to go play.
November 29, 2013
I based my project on this tutorial I found on Pinterest:
I simplified by using one shirt that already had the logo I wanted.
November 27, 2013
We are in charge of pies for tomorrow so have been baking this afternoon. Pumpkin, pecan and apple. This works out to about half a pie per person, but this means dessert is covered at least through Friday.
Allison had a blast helping cook and loved playing with the rolling pin.
November 25, 2013
Yesterday my best friend from college came to visit with her husband and son as they made the road trip to Texas for Thanksgiving with family. Rachel's son, Andy, is about four months younger than Allison and they had the best time playing together. When Allison got home from church she waked right up to Andy and said "Hi, I'm Allison, what's your name?" Andy started out shy but they quickly became good friends. Last time they played together was before either of their first birthdays, so it's been awhile. When everyone left after lunch today the kids were hugging goodbye and saying how much they would miss each other - we came close to tears. Beyond adorable.
November 21, 2013
Allison's preschool had their Thanksgiving Feast today. Cathy watched Taylor so that Kevin and I could be with Allison for her school party. She was so excited to see us, and I love all the little girls in her class - there's a big group that were all in class together last year. Sadie asked me where the baby in my tummy went, and then several of the kids wanted to see pictures of baby Taylor. They were all so cute. I'm already looking forward to planning their Christmas party!
November 18, 2013
November 16, 2013
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October 31, 2013
Allison's preschool doesn't celebrate Halloween, but they always have a fall festival with a Noah's Ark theme. So all the children are asked to dress as animals. Here is our Halloween Kitty cat. Not sure what she will be tonight - kitty cat, Rapunzel or purple fairy. She had the best time getting her makeup done this morning and posing.
October 30, 2013
The nursery is pretty much done. We got a sweet surprise on Sunday when our YP group gave us a diaper cake. After Allison moved to her big girl room this summer we converted the bed back to a crib and then shut the room for awhile. Now clothes are washed and ready, and we've pulled the infant car seat and all the baby stuff out of the attic and cleaned it up. Some of the artwork moved with Allison, but aside from some bare walls we are ready to go.
October 28, 2013
A neighbor called in a sighting and my dad spent an hour chasing her through muddy free belts and over barbed wire fences. She was so panicked she kept running away from us. Thankfully I finally managed to get her in the car. Haley is very scared but seems un-injured.
Saturday night the YP held their annual pumpkin carving party at Staci and Carter's house. They have such a fun backyard for outdoor parties. Allison drew on her little pumpkin but had way more fun trying to carve my pumpkin for me. It ended up more like death by paper cuts, she was very enthusiastic.
October 27, 2013
We got to celebrate Halloween early at Trunk or Treat this afternoon. We helped out with the YP trunk, including Pumpkin Chucking, and decorated my car with a pumpkin patch theme. One of Allison's friends from school, Riley, came out with her parents to enjoy the day with us. Both girls dressed up as Rapunzel so we had double cute factor. The girls had face paint, decorated pumpkins, and got lots of candy. Allison's favorite trunks were the Little Mermaid truck and ours - she had fun tossing water balloons.
October 25, 2013
Wednesday we drove out to Flower puns for the pumpkin patch and rides. Allison loved the mini Ferris wheel and the pony rides. There were maybe 10 kids in the whole place so we never had to wait.
October 21, 2013
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October 9, 2013
Kevin took a vacation day so we could go to the State Fair today - we had great weather and very reasonable crowds.
Our highlights were the petting zoo (that included zebras, kangaroos and a baby giraffe), the puppet show, and the bird show. We each had a corn dog and Allison ate hers all by herself.