Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cute Little Ladies

Norah at 21 months and Lucy at 2 months. I sure love these two beauties

I tried so hard to get her to smile so I could snap a picture of her cute dimple, but she wasn't too impressed with my jokes apparently. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

5 Pounds Lighter

About a week before I had Lucy I was looking through old pictures and decided it was time for another hair cut. I have been letting my hair grow out for the past 2 1/2 years and was tired of the way it looked. So yesterday I was finally able to go get myself a new hairdo! 

Before: As you can see, I was in serious need of some help.

After: From polygamist to 50s housewife! I didn't love how the girl styled it, but I like the cut itself.

When I came home, I found Ryan eating lunch with Norah and Lucy. Norah did not like the fact that I changed the way I looked. She didn't want anything to do with my new haircut and couldn't bring herself to look at me. But eventually, after some coaxing, she warmed up to the idea and we're back to full time snuggle mode.

To be honest, my hair will still probably be thrown back in a pony tail most days, but now I at least have the option to straighten it in a reasonable amount of time ;))

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Grandma Comes to Town

Last Monday we had Ryan's mom come stay with us for the week to help with Norah. She loved having grandma come play with her all week and bring her fun new toys to play with and play outside all day long.

Ryan and I were even able to go out on a date while she was here, something that hasn't happened since April! So that was so so fun to get out!
We went to sushi (proof he loves me) and then to a local nickel arcade where I hit the jackpot twice! I won't tell you how many times i had to try in order to accomplish that but let's just say I would be broke if I gambled, so we won't be visited Las Vegas anytime soon. ;)

We won 300 tickets total--enough for two little prizes we picked out for Norah. 
Posing with our loot: mustache glasses and a light-up caterpillar:

 We showed the glasses to Norah the next morning and she thought they were pretty silly. 
Lucy didn't appreciate them quite as much.

We were so grateful that Jeanne was able to come stay with us and give us a break while helping with the girls. The past couple of mornings since she has been gone, Norah has woken up running out to the living room calling for "Gamma". I guess she will have to come visit again soon!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Off to College!

My sweet little brother is leaving for college today, and not just the local college either. He's going clear across the country to Southern Virginia University. I don't know who thought it would be okay to let him live so far away from us, but we will sure miss him a lot! We drove down to American Fork on Sunday to have our last dinner with him before he left.

My handsome little brothers
We went around the table and each said a few things we love and would miss about Dallin and then we all agreed that any girl would be extremely lucky to have him (that is, if she can get approved by all of his older sisters, which will be quite a task).

Brittney, Hannah, Dallin, Danika. Missing three more older sisters and a sister in law.
Dallin has really turned into such an amazing man (man? *teardrop). One thing that Ryan said about Dallin was that he is in the present moment and not distracted by other things such as technology, which is a skill I fear people are losing more and more as time goes on. Here are just a few more things that were said about him:

Not afraid of hard work (in fact, he seeks it out)
Admired by all on his soccer team, and basically worshiped by his coach
Quiet leader
Good listener
Loves to be with his family
Great cook and experimenter (seriously, have him make you some chocolate fudge some time)
Humble (even though he can lift 300+ lbs in crossfit)

I can't brag too much about him because I don't want to give the ladies any ideas about trying to steal him away too soon. ;)

Lucy was there too, but she was sleeping in my mom's arms and I didn't dare wake her for the picture
We really will miss having Dallin here at home. Even as I write this I am literally emotional. We love you Dallin! We hope college is a great experience for you this first semester! Xoxoxo

Friday, August 1, 2014

Our Unwelcome Guest

A couple of days ago I walked into our bedroom and heard scratching noises in the chimney/smoke chamber of our fireplace. It sounded like a fairly large animal, about the size of a raccoon, and seeing that my parents had a family of raccoons living in their chimney a few years ago I figured it was the most likely scenario. I remembered how my dad trapped the raccoon and as he pointed the end of the gun in the cage, the raccoon bit and scraped the metal off from the tip of the gun. Needless to say, I was scared out of my wits. However, I figured that it was towards the top of the chimney and it certainly couldn't get down to the base and into our apartment. That night Ryan came home to inspect but we couldn't hear any noises anymore so we figured the raccoon had gone out for the night.

The next day Norah and I were playing in the backyard when I heard Lucy on the baby monitor waking up from her nap about an hour earlier than expected. Truthfully, I was a little bit annoyed that she was waking up so early, but then when I walked into our room to get her, I realized that the raccoon had indeed made its way down to the base and had the opportunity to push the door open and into the house. I quickly grabbed Lucy, Norah, and anything I needed from the room and scrambled out of there. I called Ryan and he told me to put something heavy in front of the door. I was completely terrified to go back in there as I was sure I would be attacked and killed by the vicious beast. So I did what any rational human being would do in this situation...I cried. It didn't help that moments after that I noticed a spider lurking about in the corner and I realized I wasn't safe in any part of the house. But I figured it probably wouldn't help to sit on the couch and cry, so I found a heavy box and mustered up the courage to go back in there and block the door to the fireplace. 
Fast forward a couple of hours to when Ryan got home and both girls were sleeping. It took us about 30 minutes to slowly gain confidence of opening the door to the fireplace enough to get a flashlight in and see the mangy animal. We could see feathers lying around (only confirming to us that it was a raccoon which had brought back a dead bird). We tried several times to aim the light so we could see what was moving around in there. Then, suddenly, we saw it. But it wasn't a raccoon--It was a bird.

In our defense, the bird had made no chirping noises this whole time and as it scratched, pecked, and hopped around on the metal, it magnified the sound making it seem like a big animal. I was so completely relieved that it was only a bird, and that we could take care of it ourselves instead of calling animal control (which is ridiculously pricey, by the way). So we grabbed a box for it to climb into and took it outside to let it free.

Once we opened the box it just kind of hung around for a bit, which was so nice of him since I wanted to snap a couple of pictures. Don't be fooled though, he sounds a lot more vicious than he looks.