Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pretty in Pink, Sweet Through & Through, Our Little Norah is Turning Two!

Today we celebrated Norah's birthday with a "pretty in pink" party! I probably went overboard, but I like doing stuff like this so it was a win win! We hung this wreath on the front door so the guests knew they were about to enter into the presence of a princess. My mom made this adorable scrapbook page with the invitations we sent out. 

Brooklyn helped me put everything together by spending the night at our place to finish up baking food and then decorating this morning!

I had a one of Norah's pink tutus and put it around a hat box to display her pictures I took of her for her birthday. The cupcakes sat on a little stand I glued together using clear plates and candlesticks from the dollar store! And the poofy thing was an old craft that I made for Norah's room.

Sparkly cupcakes!

My mom had these cute glass jars she used for my sister, Katelyn's wedding so I borrowed them to put our chocolate covered pretzels in them (which took FOREVER to make, by the way haha).

I used this template for the cake and iced it with extra frosting from the cupcakes. 

Posing with her cake. We forgot to light the candle and have her blow it out. We didn't even sing happy birthday to her. Haha oh well.

I admit, I was pretty proud of how it turned out. It was so fun to plan and put all these pink things together while Norah is still too young to possibly oppose pink and girly things. ;)

Ryan's parents came down for the weekend to celebrate with us. It was so fun having them here. Norah is so lucky to have such great grandparents who dote over her. She LOVED the portable chalkboard bag they gave her as her present. 

My cousin and her family were living with my parents for a little while until they found a place for themselves. They have a little daughter who is the same age as Norah (which automatically makes them besties) and they are SOOO cute together. This is Norah giving Adalyn a hug after opening their cute gift for her. So sweet:))

There were so many people there who love Norah. I think she felt very special on her day. We have been talking about her birthday party all week! 

I love this picture of Norah and my two nieces. They are so sweet with her.

Some of my friends came to the party as well and it was SO fun seeing them and laughing until my stomach hurt (and until I literally lost my voice for probably the rest of the weekend). Love this group of people.

I love this little family of mine and I am so glad that Ryan supports me in planning stuff like this and spending way too much time crafting. We both love our sweet girls, even when they won't smile for pictures! ;)

It was such a fun fun day. So fun that Norah didn't get a chance to take a nap at all. You'd better believe we were trying everything to calm her troubled soul as we drove back home.
Do you wanna listen to The Lollipop song?
NO (tears, tears, cry, cry)
Rockabye Baby?
NOOOO (cryyyy)
The Wheels on The Bus?
NOOOoooo (scream)
Billie Jean??

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

And a Pinch to Grow an Inch!

Two years ago today I stood outside our bedroom door in Rexburg feeling sick with a stomach ache after kissing Ryan goodbye as he headed off to school. I had a full day of classes ahead of me and still two weeks before my expected due date. Despite feeling sick, I walked to campus for my PE Methods class. 

That morning we did relay races and I was seriously struggling to waddle from one end of the gym to the other with my teammates cheering for me to go faster. After the painfully long 1.5 hours were up, I called my mom to tell her that I thought I was cramping up. And then she lowered the bomb and said that it sounded like I was in the early stages of labor. 
"What?? I can't be! I'm not due for two more weeks, and I have finals coming up!!" 

So I started timing my contractions during my next class and they were 10-15 minutes apart. There were so many emotions coursing through my very swollen body that I didn't know what to think. So I headed back to our apartment where I found Ryan on his computer, surprised to see me home so early. I told him I thought I was in labor and that I was going to lay on the bed for a little bit to see if I could slow down the contractions. I heard him heat up some leftover pasta in the microwave and listened to it beep several times, never making back out to be eaten. 

We made an appointment with the doctor and sure enough, he said I would probably have this baby tonight. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. So we went home, I showered and put on makeup (No, I didn't plan on delivering without looking decent!), and timed the contractions, which were getting progressively closer. 

We headed to the hospital not long after that and waited for the doctor to come and break my water. When he finally did, it wasn't long until I demanded an epidural and Norah made her grand entrance.

When they brought her to me, after cleaning her a bit, I remember thinking how she had such beautiful red lips. And I couldn't believe she was mine. We brought her home to our little apartment (with pasta still left in the microwave) and started our little family.

Now my sweet girl is two! I love watching her, especially around other kids because she loves the interaction. When she is put in the spotlight she will act shy, but read her a book or give her some sweets and soon you will be fast friends. One of her new favorite activities is to color. She will scribble furiously for a few seconds and then show me how hard she worked.

Norah still loves getting a bottle of milk and begs for one almost every morning. And we usually give it to her, despite our intentions to wean her off. How can we resist such brown eyes?
She has a new dance move which we have named "the limp leg". She will limp around in circles on one foot while the other one constantly pops up. It's the funniest thing.

Norah's favorite songs are currently:
The lollipop song, twinkle twinkle little star, rockabye-baby, and follow the prophet.
We started a little goodnight routine where she and I will snuggle on top of Gus (her big stuffed dog) and I will sing either twinkle little star, or rockabye baby. I love getting one-on-one cuddles with her.

We have also taught norah how to say "hello" in Japanese (No, I won't try to spell it and I'm too lazy to look it up. ha!) while bowing at the same time. Koneecheewa!!

One day Norah was getting mad at Ryan for something he was doing and so she kept crying. I told her that if she didn't want him to do it then she should say, "stop please". Well, now she thinks she can say that for everything. 

I try to tickle her. stop please.
I start singing or dancing and it embarrasses her. stop please.
I try putting her down for a nap. stop please.
I try changing her diaper. stop please. 
I look at her too long. stop please.

Unfortunately it doesn't work as well the other way around.

She has also recently discovered that she doesn't like me taking pictures of her, which is a huge bummer. This is her, being mad that I am trying to take pictures.

I love this sweet girl who calls me Mamma. She has made our lives 100% better. 
Happy birthday to our little lady:))

Monday, November 24, 2014

So Cute I Could "Gobble" Them Up!

In honor of Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to dress up these girlies all festive-like.
I had white onesies and made the little turkeys with felt, ribbon and some googly eyes:) It was super easy, except for the part when I accidentally gummed up my sewing machine and nearly broke the whole thing since I used a hot glue gun to put the ribbon on before sewing it. Such an amatuer.
I made Norah's bow with extra ribbon and got Lucy's cute hat from Ebay. 

Norah is fooling you with that smile. It was only after about 5 straight days of trying to take pictures and a lot of chocolate chip bribing (I know, I'm a hypocrite) in order to get a smidgen of a smile out of her.

Ryan was able to borrow some lights from work which made a HUGE difference. I fell in love and now want to buy some of my own:))) Doesn't Lucy make the cutest chunkiest turkey? I think she'd make a pretty filling meal, don't you?

I still had this chef hat from this post when I took Norah's 8 month pictures last Summer. They look thrilled to be dressed up like this. I think Norah is confused why she isn't going from door to door getting candy.

 This book has had LOTS of love. Prior to these pictures I had to piece it back together with tape after Norah had ripped it apart. Luckily, it's still readable because this is a favorite in our house.

Reading with their daddy. They sure are lucky that he is willing to read this for the 637th time.

We sure love these girls. Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! :))

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


For the past several months, Ryan has been keeping his eye open for other job opportunities and has applied with a few different companies. He has had a number of interviews, and so we often get to send him off looking all spiffy. Norah decided that she wanted in on the fun and demanded a shirt and tie for herself. 
Check out her rockin bangs (or the lack thereof) and mullet.

Aren't they handsome?? ;) Norah sure loves her daddy.

 Although I'm sure Ryan would have been hired right on the spot if Norah were to go help him in his interview, we still made her stay home with me while he went and blew everyone away with his alluring smile professionalism and qualifications. :)

Now for the announcement you've been waiting for. Ryan was asked to interview for a position that opened up with a company just in South Salt Lake. Collective Medical Technologies. I'll spare you the details as I'm not entirely sure I would explain them accurately anyway, but Ryan was made an offer and has officially accepted the position, which he will be starting just after the Thanksgiving break! Yay! It looks like it will be a great opportunity for him and for our family so we are very excited!