Wednesday, October 29, 2008

So in case anybody didn't know, my sister Melissa had her baby last month and today was the first day Ryan and I got to meet our new niece. Her name is Gracin Rulene Fox, after DJ's mom. We met up with my sister and her family for a day at the park. The girls were beside themselves with excitement. They hadn't seen Rylee since we moved 3 months ago. Now of course I was a little more excited than he was, but turns out Ryan wouldn't go pick up lunch for us until he had a turn to hold Gracie. I think seeing such a tiny little munchkin gets him excited for what is on the way in his own family . I have to say I was a little worried whether or not he would even remember how to hold a baby seeing as how our girls are 6 years old now, but he handled her like a pro. Gracie curled right up on him and I had to pry her away before I starved to death! : )

After we spent the first half of the day at the Coral Canyon park, we all went to the visitor's center and picked up Granma Nancy and Papa Bill. We went and got ice cream cones and went right back to the Vernon Worthen park this time. The weather was irresistible. There was no way any of us wanted to be inside for 5 seconds. Not to mention the playground is a great distraction when I haven't spent time with my family for a couple of months. No complaining about a little grown up time. : )
Now for all of you who are wondering whether or not I am really pregnant, here is an up close and personal view. Of course, I just love it because Gracie makes all those curves look so much cuter. I don't think I put her down the whole day. It was such a gorgeous day. What a wonderful weekend it turned out to be.

Well if this doesn't end the weekend just right I don't know what would. The girls look so happy and they really missed Rylee. I love when they get together. Sometimes I really wonder if Rylee isn't a triplet that is being raised at a different house. The three of them are so connected. I LOVE IT!!!!
We started off our weekend in St George with the Matthews family halloween party. Which this year included Papa Steve's and Madi and Kenna's birthday party. Since we moved we gotta work with what we got. Angie and Chris got the girls some Hannah Montana pajamas that were an instant hit! The girls LOVED the gift and the second they are clean, that is the first pair to get dirty again. Grandma and Tara spoiled them as well. They are some very lucky girls. I just liked this picture with Papa and the grandkids. Just a couple more months and there will be one more!

Here is some of the family hard at work. Party over, time to get creative with pumpkins. Tara and Chris had us laughing when they say they saw "hangover" pumpkins somewhere on the internet and the pumpkins were carvings of faces and they were throwing up. The throw up being the pumpkins insides. Kinda gross, but really kinda funny.

This is the final show for the evening. The littlest one in the middle was actually pretty cool, it was a tiny pumpkin that Angie carved and it's a spider. Kind of hard to tell. But the winning prize goes to Angie with the bat to the far left. She carved that on a white pumpkin and although the picture doesn't show it very well, with the candle inside the whole pumpking glows.

Snow days are here!!!!! The first morning after it snowed we took the girls up Millcreek Canyon to let them play in the snow. They had a blast. This is the mini-snowman they made and you can see that dad has his hands in his pockets because he did not have any gloves on. What a good daddy! Anyway, if I can catch just one ounce of the excitement the girls have for snow, I will be able to survive the winter just fine.
This photo was taken at about 1:30 am the first time it snowed in Salt Lake. We were just getting home from an obviously late night and the girls saw the snow and freaked out! There was no way I could tell them no to playing and go to bed; seriously, that would be like a meanest mom moment ever. : ) Anyways, this is Madi's sheer joy after she just hit daddy with a snowball.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

If you look to Madi and Kenna's left, that is Emily and Olivia the other set of twins that are in the class. This is the group pic before we went out to do the pinata. Of course being an all girl party, we had to recruit Ben from across the street to even break the pinata. Kinda funny.
Thanks to all our family and friends who sent up birthday cards. The girls were so excited to receive mail. As you can see below, that is the winter wonderland landscape that Ryan and I created last night. No easy task seeing as how Ryan and I never quite see eye to eye on projects like this. I was so proud of us that we went to bed without having gotten mad. Maybe after 9 years you get a little more patient with each other. I have to say that even though it was a GREAT day, it wasn't the same. We love and miss all of you in St George so much! Days like this make it harder to be here, but I know we are where we need to be. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you all!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!!!!!!! Madi and Kenna turned six today. HOORAY! Their wish was to have a christmas party, but because that made my life a little difficult with it being Halloween and all we all decided on a winter party. As you can see they are holding their projects. All of the kids who came got to make a snow man to take home. So fun! I couldn't have done it without all my grown-up friends who came and helped with the hot glue guns. : )