Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dinosaurs, Gorillas, and Noa, Oh My!

Ryan and I borrowed my nephew, Noa, so we had a good excuse to go over to the carnival at the school next door. Here's the view from our doorstep. Noa asked which door we needed to go through to get there.

Noa was on the go. I was waiting a while for him to come out of one of the slides and finally found him trying to get a running start and get over the slippery slope.

Norah was completely content just chomping on her toes the whole time.

We had two tickets left so we had Noa play a game and he won a whistle! I tried to get a picture of him underneath the giant gorilla but he just said, "No thanks", and ran off. Well, at least he's polite!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Notable Goings On

 This past weekend Ryan and I finally were able to buy another car! Yay! After a nightmare of an experience with the Velocity dealership, Ryan started searching again for deals on KSL and found a small dealership HERE run by a husband and wife. They were so nice and we felt like they were very honest with us. If anyone is looking for a car, we would recommend going through them. A girl came in to their office when we were there and said she wanted to buy a car through them just based on the good reviews she read about them online. We are really happy about our car!

We went out to Tucanos yesterday to celebrate Brittney's birthday! We didn't get a complimentary dessert but they did sing and have us do a little jig:)

Mom, Brittney, Norah, Hannah
Ryan's parents came into town for memorial weekend to visit us, but let's be honest, they really came to see Norah! :) She sure likes all the attention.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Darth Maul Infatuation

 My cute nephew, Braxton, turned 5 yesterday and so I offered to make him a cake. Recently, Braxton has been into Star Wars and has particularly taken a liking to Darth Maul. So, I decided to get a little creative with the cake.
I tried making my own frosting, but am a failure in such areas so I just bought some. I looked up some ideas online and decided to trace Darth Maul's face onto wax paper, frost the lines, and then press it on top of my already frosted cake.

This black icing was rather disappointing. The tip was basically flat so I had to use a toothpick in order to get fine lines. It wasn't working out so well so I just gave up and improvised the bottom half of his face.

 I tried pressing the icing from the wax paper onto the frosted cake but since it was in the freezer previously, the icing hardened and didn't stick. Doi. So I basically had to redo the lines straight onto the cake...again with a toothpick. I am proud to say that I did end up making my own red frosting and I was able to finish decorating it just before preschool graduation! What do you think?

We all sang to Braxton and cut the cake

What a handsome guy. :)

Monday, May 20, 2013


If you knew my Grandma Hall you would agree with me that she had WAAAAY too much jewelry (well actually she had way too much of everything--one time I counted nine clocks in her bedroom).
So, my mom dumped all of the junk jewelry on me to go through and get rid of whatever I didn't want.
 Here is just a fraction of her brooches. Yes, these are all brooches. I don't know why she would wear those creepy lady faces on the left, but you never know, right? You could play "I spy" for a long time with a stash like this.

 This is a necklace charm. I'm definitely wearing it.

Don't you like this lovely froofie necklace? It still smells like her even after four years. :)
You never saw my grandma without some sort of trinket of jewelry.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Diaper Time

 It's been a long week at preschool and a HOT week at our apartment so we've been doing a lot of diaper time.

We sure love these leg rolls on our little lady. :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

And She's Off!

Brooklyn left the MTC for Portugal yesterday and was able to call us last night during her layover in Texas. It was Mom's birthday so we threw a big celebration with lots of yummy food! She called at about five-thirty and we all gathered around to listen and talk.

Marmsie and Pops

 She was flying with 43 other missionaries all going to Lisbon, Portugal! That is the most they have had coming in at one time. She recited The First Vision to us in Portuguese and it was so amazing!

 It was so good to talk to her and hear her voice. I even dressed Norah in an outfit just for Brooklyn! :) She will be a great missionary and we're all so excited for her.

After hanging up we felt pretty gloomy, so Momma and I went to a movie. We went to see "Snitch". It wasn't exactly inspiring after talking to Brooklyn for nearly two hours but it was fun to get out!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Catch Up

On Saturday Ryan went out looking for a new car for us, 'cause quite frankly our gold-plated bubble just isn't what it once was and the gas money is emptying our wallets. So while Ryan was gone, Norah and I walked over to the cemetery to visit my grandma and grandpa's grave. 

It was so hot outside we only stayed for a few minutes, but it was so nice to visit. I am hoping to make it a regular part of our walks:)
Later that afternoon Dallin called me to see if we wanted to go to the Hale Center Theater play with him since Taylor couldn't go anymore. So we all went to see Urinetown. It was...interesting. Let's just say if you are looking for an endless supply of bathroom puns then this is your show!

 After the play, Ryan and I went to Brittney's house so we could watch her cute kids while she went out on a date! Norah took her daily bath in the sink for the first time and I think she liked it! Isn't she the cutest nakie baby?

 Carly loves helping with Norah. Two pretty little ladies

 Mother's day was so nice, and Ryan spoiled me with a bouquet of flowers and a whole watermelon to myself!! Does he know me, or what? Sweet little Norah bean gives me a reason to celebrate Mother's day and I lovers her so so much!
 Today at preschool Norah woke up early from her nap so after feeding her I put her in her carseat so I could help get kids working on their art. This cute little boy started rocking her since she was crying and did so for about 10 minutes. Every time he even thought about walking away she started wailing and he would rush right back to her side. She fell asleep and he was so proud of his hard work. :)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bloody Nose, Poop, and Runny Mascara

My mom attended the BYU Women's Conference today and left Brittney and me with 25+ rowdy preschoolers.
After being outside for just a few minutes a little boy jumped off the trampoline and ran towards me with blood gushing out of his nose. I ran him inside with another little boy who kept insisting he needed to go to the bathroom again. If you just imagine one boy leaning over the sink bleeding everywhere and one boy squatting on the toilet trying to help us stop the bleeding by handing us dirty toilet paper, you'd have a perfect picture.
It was the third day this week that we served popcorn for snack time. And one little girl told me exactly what she thought of that, "I like Miss Rebecca so much more than you because she doesn't just give us popcorn for snack, sometimes she gives us grapes too." 
I wanted to say, "Listen, kid, do you think that I want popcorn for my snack after having it two times this week?? This is exactly what Miss Rebecca would give you if she were here, so pipe down and eat your popcorn!" However, I refrained. She then proceeded to fake cry and say (these are exactly her words, verbatim), "I am trying not to cry because I don't want my mascara to smear. It's my mother's birthday in a few days and we are going out for a party after my make up everywhere?"
Keep in mind this is a 4 year old. No, she didn't have make up on, but I can just imagine her in ten years. 
We made it through snack time and ended with Brittney reading some stories. Preschool is always an adventure, especially when Miss Rebecca is absent:)

Just a funny picture.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Goodbye BYU, Hello Preschool

After several long and frustrating calls with my school counselor I realized that a majority of my credits from BYU Idaho weren't going to transfer over to BYU Provo. I would literally have to go through eight more semesters at Provo, which would put me at a total of 15 semesters in college for a bachelor's degree. Wasn't very appealing to me.
So long story short, I am finishing my degree online through BYU Idaho as a university studies major and will be finished in TWO semesters! I can go on and get my masters in teaching which will certify me, so really there is no need to basically start over just to get my bachelor's in education.
So, now that I am able to take summer off I am working with my mom in her preschool (yay)! Norah is constantly being entertained by the other kids. It's a win-win-win.

I finally called the school today to let them know I wouldn't be attending after all, and although I was a little sad to see BYU Provo slip away, I am so so so happy I can stay home with Norah and watch her grow so fast! I love love love my little Norah bean. :)