Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Lily

Our little baby girl turned 1 today. (sniff) But on the plus side Mike and I made it a fun and memorable first birthday.
With Mike's birthday the day before everyone was all partied out so we ended up sleeping in a little. But when Lily woke up....everyone needed to wake up. Mason, Hailey and I waited in the living area while Mike brought out the birthday girl.
She was all smiles when she seen her birthday party. We started the morning off with Lily's favorite breakfast....

Played with some of the decorations....
And she opened presents (she didn't understand riping the paper so Mason and Hailey opened their gifts for her).... She got a new leather jacket, a Wiggle drum, a fisher price xylophone, a glitter baton from Haileyand a Simba Lion from Mason that kind of freaked her out when it talked to her. But after we shut it off she was ok hugging it.
Then we all got ready for our outings. First stop was McDonald's. I know....this family loves food! But seeing that Lily has never had a happy meal all to herself we felt this would be a great beginning. She really liked holding the bag.
Next we went to the zoo. Sure it was cold outside and some of the animal exhibits were closed but this a long time tradition. When Mason and Hailey each turned 1 I took them to the zoo so we continued the tradition. Here's some zoo highlights... there's a wolf in the background that we never seen at the zoo
After the zoo we still had 1 more thing to do before heading home.....we went sledding. It snowed the night before and it was too tempting to not take advantage of the fresh snow. We're at Sugarhouse Park. It was close to the zoo.
Lily wasn't a big fan of going down the hill. But she loved eating the snow.
Sorry I wasn't able to get any photos of Mason except the back of his head. He was just everwhere going a mile a minute. But despite the cold Lily really enjoyed being outside. (She's just like Mike.)

But since I couldn't go up and down the hill I got cold quick so after about 30-40 minutes we left. But everyone seemed not to mind. So we headed home and I made Lily's favorite meal. Can you guess what we ate?
Then it came time for CAKE!!!! I made this chocolate Lion cake since we were playing to go to the zoo. And since our little angel loves to growl at people... it seemed to fit.
Yeah, I know... 2 tier cake for a 1 year old but we have a lot of frosting to go through before it all goes bad. So why not? After we sang Happy Birthday to her...Mike cut the cake. But I guess she didn't want this little piece since she took matters into her own hands. She started out with little pokes on the side of the cake and when she noticed that she wasn't getting in trouble she just climbed onto the table and was taking fistfuls of the cake and frosting. Then dad followed her lead.... Oh's her cake. She can do whatever she wants to it.
But afterwards it was time to get Lily ready for bed. But of course she wanted to play with her siblings a little before bed.

This was one great birthday for one great girl. Happy Birthday Lily!!

(PS thank you Grandma Sue for the toy and Aunt Julia and Uncle Steve for the outfit. She wore it to church already)

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Today is Mike's 28th birthday so here's his top 28 favorite birthday moments.....

1. the 28 kisses I gave himthis morning when I woke him up
2. the pinch to grow an inch that soon followed
3. how the kids came jumping into our bed to wish him Happy Birthday
4. we all sang "Happy Birthday" like 5 times before breakfast was even made
5. we had mike's favorite breakfast....cereal
6. we went to church and had a great chat with some members we never met before
7. Hailey's gave him a great gift.... a Magic kit

8. the wonderful wrapping job she did all by herself

9. Mason giving Mike a metal link Brain Bogger

10. It only taking Mike about 15 minutes to solve the bogger
11. the homemade cards Mason and Hailey made him full of color, pictures and glitter
12. the shirt we all made him...

(the back. each kid made a special picture for him. Mason drew mike and him playing with a puppy. Hailey drew a bird house. Lily drew some lines. And I had to improvise for Ducati)

(the front)
13. Lily and Ducati giving daddy a new MP3 player....he breaks them alot due to work14. getting huge hugs from his little ladies
15. Wakiki Meatballs :-) Mike favorite dish16. Cheesecake...instead of cake Mike wanted a New York style cheesecake 17. we watched Mike make his special birthday wish

18. we only asked for alittle of his cheesecake... he was able to keep most of it himself 19. we rented some RedBox movies

20. he chillaxed on the couch all day

21. he got to play some jokes on Lily22. our home teachers love Mike was the first day they ever visited....what a coincidence.

23. he didn't even touch 1 dirty diaper today. What a blessing!
24. he loves to see his kids smile at him

25. he loves to cuddle his best girl
26. going to bed early. I think we were in bed by 9pm
27. getting some calls and texts to wish him Happy Birthday
28. making it a special but low key birthday....exactly what he wanted

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Light It Up!

Tonight The Gateway had their annual Lighting ceremony. When I read it in the newspaper it seemed really fun....and it was!!When we got their there was a children's choir that were singing Christmas songs. We love Christmas songs. We met up with some friends of ours-The Schiebe's. They're great!Anyways we walked around the Gateway streets and checked out the lights, drank some hot chocolate, got a bite to eat, and we stood by these awesome fire pits that Lily and Mike were sure thankful for.
Then the moment we were all waiting for....The Christmas tree lightening.... It was beautiful
Lily enjoyed it. She's at the age right now where she is just in awe with all the lights this time of year.
It was a cold night but a great start to this holiday season.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon

My wonderful husband got Hailey and I tickets for New Moon. He's so great!Here we are starting our Mommy~Daughter morning date. I know my shirt is alittle tight but when I brought it 2 months ago it fit pretty well. Oh well.... we had to wear our vampire shirts to celebrate this special moment.
But first we stopped to get a "Bite" to eat at McDonald's. Then was movie time.
All I have to say was WOW!!!! You have to see it!!! It was absolutely amazing. We're big fans.
Sure our date was only for a few hours we had a blast just us two girls hanging out....spending some much needed lady bonding time.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Mason got his first badge tonight. There was a small ceremony that we unfortunately missed the first 15 minutes of due to a missed email....but what can you do?
The troop took pictures, sang some boys scout songs, gave out awards...then after all the formal stuff was finished-it was time for some FUN!!The leaders helped the kids make marshmallow shooters from PVC pipes. It was pretty cool. Imagine like 50 boys running around, marshmallows shooting by your head, kids screaming cuz they got was absolute chaos.
The girls and I found a seat by the wall. Hailey and Lily just ate their marshmallows while I kept an eye on Mason. It was pretty cool so see how my boy acts with other boys. He goes nuts....I guess Boys will be Boys. But we're proud of him....Thank you everyone who brought popcorn to help get him to his first badge.