Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Party

Tonight my work had a Christmas Party for all the employee kids. I knew Santa was going to be there, so Mike came up so we could take Asher to meet him. The whole drive over I had Asher practicing what Santa says 'Ho Ho Ho' and he was getting pretty good by the time we got there. But once we tried to put him on his lap, he was not having it. Santa offered him a gift, and he seemed a little less reluctant, but he still was not going to sit there if we weren't half holding on to him.

So we ventured over to the cookie decorating table. Much less intimidating. No big men with scary white beards. Just colored sugar and more colored sugar to smear all over some delicious sugar cookies....just what Asher needed. :) Mike heavily supervised the decorating, especially after the night we had after the gingerbread house was made. But Asher did very well. He only tried to eat frosting at the end of the activity, which was perfect.

Then we went over and had some dinner, nothing like chicken nuggets and mini corn dogs to fill you up.
Overall it was fun to see all my co-workers kids, and how big they all are. And I absolutley love Christmas, and all the fun activites and parties that come with it! If only the holiday season was more then just a month....


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gingerbread House

One of my favorite traditions to do around the holidays is decorate the gingerbread house. I love the sugar, the mess, and the sometimes lovely end result. But this is probably one of Mike's least favorite activities...so this year we went the expedited route and bought the 'pre-built' house from Costco. (Last year we spent a majority of the time holding the walls in place waiting for them to dry, then watching them fall over when we let go) The pre-built was nice though, you could just focus on the fun decorating aspect of it.

So this year I was so excited that Asher was a little older and he could participate with me in decorating the house. What I didn't think about was the fact that I was putting a 1.5 year old in front of loads of delicious sugary candy and expecting him to put it on the house instead of in his mouth.
After about the first 5 minutes, I think he had consumed more candy then he had already in his combined lifetime. Ooopsy...
I finally got him to put a few pieces on the gingerbread man....but he would almost immediately eat them off. We did learn our lesson though when he was up all night with a sore stomach.
The house turned out....well, okay. I gave up on decorating the sides, and just focuses on the roof and the front. And I ran out of candy options pretty quickly....
But we'll keep the tradition alive, and maybe one year I'll even try to bake the gingerbread myself....don't worry though, that's a while down the road.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Happy Holidays!!


The Little Gym


About a month ago we took Asher to a trial day at The Little Gym to see if it would be something he would enjoy. Well, he LOVED it...and loved might be an understatement. I think it was very freeing for him to have somewhere he could literally just run around and jump on everything and have it be okay.
Well now we go every Saturday morning, and the excitement and the love has not worn off. Even this morning he was climbing up to play on the rings, playing on the bar, the balance beam, with the parachute, balls, etc. It is a child's playground and he takes full advantage of everything there.
I'm so happy we decided to give it a try. It's been a great outlet for him...too bad we can't go every day....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

31 Weeks

So this is me at 31 weeks. I am a gigantic house. Large and in charge. Forging the track for those around me.

Most of the comments I get are "When are you do? Wow! 2 more months? You're gonna expload!" to which I reply "Thank You for the kind and thoughtful words...you have made me feel beautiful".

But below is a picture of me with Asher at 30 weeks. After review I can tell that my belly this time is at least quite a few inches larger then it was last time. And it shoots out straight ahead like a torpedo...


But I can't really say I have a lot of complaints. I can't bend over as well anymore...but other then that, it's been smooth sailing.
This baby is definitely just as active, if not more active then Asher was. So I guess I will look forward to having 2 extremely energetic boys in the house...oh wait, make that 3. Sorry Mike, forgot to count you. :)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Trains Trains Trains

Seriously, out of nowhere this kids is obsessed with trains. Whether it's playing with trains, or watching Thomas the Train...he loves them.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Happy Hanukkah

In celebration of Hanukkah this year we lit the menorah and played some dreidal games. When we lit the menorah, we had all the candles in it, as opposed to just the ones we're supposed to light. So once the heater kicked on and the flame flickered a bit to the left, the one candle we lit decided to light it's neighbor. Then that one did the same, until the entire menorah was burning.

Well, I guess we can celebrate the first and last night in one night :) Good thing the candles are cheap!
And maybe Hanukkah really is the celebration of miracles....

First Snow


So, Thanksgiving weekend there were all these alerts about 'Thanksgiving Blizzard!', and 'The Great Blizzard of 2010'. They closed the schools early, Asher's daycare closed early, they closed the University's and cancelled scheduled surgerys and appointments. They shut down the entire valley.

As Mike and I sat in our living room waiting for this great blizzard...we realized it's not really going to amount to much more then a normal storm. Yes, it could've been bad, if the wind had picked up like it was supposed to. But it didn't, it was so minimal I felt a little bad for all the meterologists that made such a huge deal over it.
Fast forward to a few days later and the forecast for 'Snow showers in the early am, tapering off by noon'. Well, when 4pm rolled around and it was still dumping snow Mike and I said 'I guess we finally got our blizzard'. We dropped our friend Cari off at the airport that night and watching all the plows and salt trucks on the runway I felt really cool that I live in a city where it can snow 12 inches and the flights are unaffected.


It was also fun to see Asher and Mike shovel the snow together. Asher is becoming so much more of a boy now, and loves doing everything we do. (I do get nervous when he watches me get ready in the morning, then a few hours later is trying to straighten his hair...) but it is cute when Mike takes him outside to do man things, like shovel the walkways.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving this year, my two besties came out to join us for the festivities. It was a great time! Though I did a horrible time documenting it.

I didn't take any pictures of the disastrous house that Asher was constantly making more disastrous. Or of Mike carving the Turkey. Or of the spread of food we had (I had to make 3 variations of stuffing to suit all the needs). Or the friends that joined us. Or the games we played afterwards. Or how crazy Asher was because we let him stay up for hours after his bedtime the night before. Or how I feel asleep at about 9pm when everyone left to continue their evening on the town.
But I promise it was tons of fun. We tried to turn it into an eating vacation. I'm not sure Cari and Valecia were very excited about constantly having to eat, but Matt and I sure were :) Thanks Matt, for making the pregnant lady not feel bad about consuming so much food. But there were so many places they had to try, Jimmy Johns, Cafe Zupas, Park Cafe, Vertical Diner, Ruths (which we're saving for next time).
One day we randomly all were wearing plaid shirts, so it was the unofficial plaid shirt day. We had to document it for a photo, but Matt and Asher were in on it as well.
It was also the big Utah vs BYU game the weekend they were here. We don't have the VS network or Mtn so we couldn't watch it, so instead we just watched the play by play online and were excited every time Cari let out a cheer. It was a close game, but we're happy Red Won by One!!

I guess now that the Belmonts have come to Utah multiple times, it will be our turn to head to Denver to visit next....hopefully they have as many good restaurants and diners as we have in Salt Lake :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

18 Months (at 19.5 months)

Last week we had Asher's 18 months appointment. I was kinda excited because this is the last appointment with shots until he's 4 I think. Woo-Hoo!! He is growing like a weed, and his personality and vocabulary get larger and stranger every day.


His stats are:
Height: 34.5 in 92%
Weight: 26.57lbs 54%

So he is a pretty tall kid. I couldn't believe it when she told me his height, I kept thinking 'Wow! He's almost 3 feet tall! What happened to my baby?' But it's nice that he's taller for some things. It's easier for him to climb onto the coffee table by himself, and the bar stools, and all the chairs, and pretty much everything. One of his favorite activities is to climb onto the coffee table and jump onto the couch (or onto Mike & I if we're sitting there). He hasn't fallen enough to realize that where the coffee table is in comparison to the couch should affect his jumping. This morning he attempted to jump from the table to the couch, and the table was pushed out a bit, and he just landed on the floor. But that didn't stop him, back up he went to try again.
His favorite toys right now are trucks, trucks, and electronics. He loves anything that plugs into something else. So we have an old pair of headphones and an older iPod that we give him and he will just plug and unplug the headphones into the iPod. Now that he has that down, he's starting to want to use the devices. I have a little netbook that he 100% correlates to Elmo. He thinks it's only purpose is to play elmo movies for him. And now he knows the iPod will play music through the headphones so he wants it on all the time (though it is usually dead).
He loves animals and can say almost all the sounds now. I find it's easier to get him to put his pajamas on if there is an animal or truck on the front. He will continually point to it and say 'Truck' or 'Roarrrr'.
One funny thing, he HATES stamps. Not postage stamps, but ink stamps. Every time we go to Costco they try and force a stamp on his hand. He screams, and if they succeed he spends the next 10 minutes crying and trying to pull it off. We go to the Little Gym on Saturdays and all the kids get so excited for the stamps afterwards. I tried once thinking if he saw all the other kids getting stamps he would want one too, but no bueno. He screamed, so we passed. And now I don't try anymore, actually I make a point to avoid the situations so I don't have to explain to the confused stamp giver that he really hates them.
He is also starting to think he's outgrowing the highchair. Sometimes at dinner he will refuse to sit in it and want to sit in the chair next to his Dad, so we let him. Then we talk about how we should get him a booster, but we still haven't. Some day.
He love love loves to brush his teeth, especially if we are. He'll walk into the bathroom, point to the toothbrushes and say 'Brush?'.
We're trying to get him off the milk....but it's such a convenient calming tool for us parents it takes some commitment. We've gotten a bit better, but it's so much easier if he wakes up early to just grab a sippy cup of milk and give it to him then go back to bed. Versus having to stand there and tell him it's still night time and rub his back so he'll fall back asleep. Otherwise he's up at 5 like he was today, and that is no good for anyone involved.
Last night was probably the cutest, he pulled my shirt up to see the 'baby', then laid his head on my belly and started talking softly to the baby. This lasted about 5 minutes or so. Just complete toddler jibberish conversation....it makes me thing he really knows there's a baby in there. Cute kid.

I think that's a good overview of where the tyke is at this stage of life. We love him to pieces and think he gets cooler everyday.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Promotion Week Dinner

So Mike and I talk daily about how lucky we are...and the luck keeps coming. It actually makes me quite nervous, like something really terrible is going to happen soon because we are extremely fortunate and so blessed with everything that it can't go on like this forever.


Well, on that note, Mike and I both got promotions and raises in the same week. Mike's was quite a bit more substantial then mine, but to have them both happen in the same week was wonderful and random. So we decided we should go out and celebrate.
And celebrate we did!! Well, we went to a local pizzeria for some pizza. It was so good...very creative pizza topping combinations that are absolutely delicious! And Asher did very well for the first hour, then he started to go downhill fast so we packed up and left. Overall though, a very enjoyable evening under very enjoyable circumstances.
Here's hoping the ball keeps rolling in our favor!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hawaii....

Oh Hawaii....how I love you.... Mike and I cashed in some skymiles and decided to take a trip to Hawaii. Craig and Amy II moved there this summer, so we thought they would really enjoy it if we visited them. And after we booked our tickets, Amy O decided to come as well. So it turned into a mini-Offret family reunion.
Craig and Mike (well mostly Mike) were obsessed with Sugar Cane. Mike was trying to convince Craig they should build some sort of sugar press machine to ring the sugar water out of the cane, then dehydrate it and make some home made sugar. Craig was fine driving into the cane fields and pulling out sugar cane...but his interest wained after that.
Craig and Mike had tons of fun playing in the waves together.

And Asher loved playing with his newest Aunt Amy.
He hated the sand the first day we went to the beach, then we wizened up and bought him some sand toys. That really increased his enjoyment of the beach...too bad we didn't think of it on day 1.
Craig...always the comic...buried his legs half way and was trying to make it look like he was floating...except the fact that you could see his legs were buried... I might have to ask him about this one again.
Asher was a daddy's boy the whole trip. I think everyone heard him say 'Daddy' more then any other word. And Mike was definitely a trooper. He played with him every moment he wasn't skim boarding. It made for an amazing vacation for me, I just hope Mike enjoyed it as much as I did.
We rented a mini-van for our trip. There were 6 of us all together, so I figured a mini-van would be the perfect vehicle to tote us all around the island. We chose the 'Stow and Go' mini-van, which turned out to be very entertaining. One day while driving around Amy decided she needed to do some sit-ups. So we quickly stowed one of the middle seats so she had enough space to lay down and get her crunch on. I think Mike was nervous the whole time that I would come home wanting one. Every time I said 'Wow, this mini-van is amazing' he would get a look of fear in his eyes. I reassured him on the flight home that as cool and amazing as mini-vans are for vacations, I wouldn't want one as my every day vehicle. It takes all the excitement out of it.
There was also no lock of cheesy photo taking poses. We tried to get them all in before sun-down.
It was a very impromptu shoot, just pulled over on the side of the road on the way home one day.
The only thing Mike wanted to do the whole time we were there was skim board. So we went to the sporting goods store on morning on our way to the beach and he bought one. The whole day he was upset he didn't buy the $200, and only spent $75 on it....I thought that was a better deal for a toy he would only use for 5 days.
And there was no lacking of dot coming. Good thing everyone had a laptop, so we could keep up with world events and facebook status' while we were 4 time zones away.
Amy O even tried out the skim board a bunch. She started to get the hang of it. Both her and mike had battle wounds after a few hours at it. I was happy to be pregnant and watching from a distance...maybe next time I'll be more daring.




Overall it was an amazing trip. Craig made us an amazing breakfast every morning, full of eggs, bacon and toast. Amy was super hospitable, letting us invade her house...and she was the queen of maui destinations. Craig would ask her all the time where stuff was, or where the good beaches were. A true tour guide. :)

We might wait a few years before forcing our family to hang out with our super young children on vacations...I'm afraid we may have scared them off from having kids for a while. Hopefully not too long though.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween Part II

We finally got him to wear the headpiece. And when we went trick or treating next door, we saw baby Nigel was dressed up as, guess what? Yes, Yoda. Seriously, we will definitely have to order next years costume online. Or make it ourselves....
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Part I

Asher's Daycare/Preschool had their Halloween Party on Thursday this week. So Thursday morning we attempted to get him all dressed up, but it turned out to be quite a chore. Every time we walked towards him holding his yoda costume (which is really just a robe and headpiece) he would scream and run away. Finally, we just pulled the parent card and forced the robe on him and locked him in the car seat. He cried half the way to daycare (which is 30 minutes away) and slept the other half. I was so excited to show his teacher his creative fun and exciting costume, and when I walked in the door I saw another kid in his class had the exact same costume on. Now, Asher only has 4 kids in his class. So when 3 out of the 4 kids turn out to be yoda, the creativity really is non-existent.

Apparently the dog costume was the creative fun one this year....oh well. At least he seemed to have fun. But I love his school because they always make such cute crafts. This year they made little footprint ghosts, and fingerprint spiders, and a popcorn stuffed hand with candy corn finger nails.
I think it's more exciting for me to see the stuff then it is for him to make it....but that's what good preschools do right? Just appeal to the parents?
Well Halloween Part I seemed to be a success, now we will attempt trick or treating tonight and see how well that goes....

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The First Haircut

So, after a few months of comments on hair 'Asher's hair is becoming a mullet' or 'Wow, he sure does have some shaggy hair', I figured that 18 months was good age for the first haircut. Not to lie, but I have attempted a few trims of the back of his while he was in his highchair, but every time the scissors would snip he would turn around and scream at me...needless to say that didn't work out.
Since I knew he was going to be a screamer, I decided to take him to one of those Kids Haircut places, Cookie Cutters. We walked in, they had a slide and video games, and they let the kids pick out a video to watch while getting their haircut. I was immediately optimistic thinking these distractions would totally work out.
Well, we picked out our Elmo video and let asher pick which truck he wanted to sit in. I put him in the truck and we were doing okay. Then the girl went to put the cape on him, and the wheels came off. He immediately wanted to get out of the truck but I told him he had to stay, and she buckled him in. Then....she started spraying his hair with the spray bottle. And...then the tears and the screaming came.
I did my best to console him without physically removing him from the chair, he continued to freak out though. I was pressing him against me, trying that 'It's almost like I'm holding you except that I'm not holding you' move. It worked for a bit, but every time she would snip again he would scream.
By the end of it, his hair was a bit longer on the side I was holding him on as she couldn't cut that as well. But once she gave him a sucker and a balloon he was totally fine, like nothing had happened.

He also got a fancy schmancy certificate with a lock of hair, but I'm having technical difficulties with the scanner. Hopefully that will appear later. :)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

20 Weeks

So I've hit the halfway mark, 20 weeks. (well, technically it was last week, but i'm a delayed blogger lately). This pregnancy sure does seem to be flying by much faster then the last. Perhaps it's the crazy 1.5 year old who is an energy drainer, or the fact that my workload/stressload has about tripled in the last 2 months....either way, it's flying by.

Things that are different this time around, so far:
  • My belly popped out MUCH faster then before. I feel like I'm a whole month or two ahead of where I was last time (as far as showing goes)
  • I haven't picked up one pregnancy book. Well, I did flip through the baby name book for a second, but realized I didn't know the sex yet and immediately lost interest. Last pregnancy I was very diligent and excited to read about every new week and what fruit or vegetable my growing baby would be sized against. Now I'm having trouble just remembering what week I'm in.
  • WAY MORE TIRED....Perhaps it's the fact that I can't come home from work and fall straight asleep on the couch for the night...or perhaps it's because work is so much busier...either way, I was WAY more exhausted this time and have only recently (like in the last week) really felt like I was more myself as far as energy goes.
  • I desire more maternity clothes. Last pregnancy, I really wore a lot of regular clothes for a long time, and just wore long tank tops underneath, or cardigans with a few maternity tops. This time I find myself longing for legitimate maternity clothes. I'm sick of being squished. Let my skin breath for crying out loud.
So, I guess that's it for now. Now that my energy is back I should be back on the more regular posting bandwagon. I use this blog as our family journal and make yearly books out of it. And I keep thinking how dull our 2010 book is going to be if I don't step up my game a bit.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

addababyItsaboy

Well, we haven't had the baby yet....but we're over half way there!! For my birthday gift this week, Mike and I went and had the ultrasound for the little peanut growing inside me. And...we were able to find out it's a boy!! So Asher will have a little brother to play with!


We're very excited, that we have absolutely nothing to do to get ready for this baby. Just pull out and wash some clothes. As they will be born in relatively close to the same seasons...hopefully the years to follow will be just as easy.

The scary part...when the girl was doing the ultrasound, baby #2 was moving around so much and so rapidly that she was having trouble getting pictures of things....I was immediately nervous. Asher was SUCH a mover and shaker in the womb, and has only proved to be equally (or more) energetic outside the womb...so if this one is, again, a mover and a shaker I'm going to have my work cut out for me. Hopefully they will learn to entertain each other sooner rather than later. And I keep looking forward to the hope that the teenage years will be made easier with boys (versus girls). That's what everyone keeps telling me....

 
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