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 :)

 
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