Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Preschool Halloween

This week was filled with way too many fun activities! We met up with Norah's preschool class at Pumpkin Land in Orem for their monthly fieldtrip. The girls were in heaven running around in their Halloween getup. 

Little did I know that we were to go through a corn maze in order to get to the play area. Luckily, I met up with another preschool mom and she showed us all the short cut cheats! ;))

After 15 minutes of playing in this area, the girls were covered in approximately 1.5 inches of dust. 

As hard as I tried, I could not convince Norah to get in the wagon with Lucy for a picture. She was insistent on pulling, and it ended up being just as cute. 

It was such a fun day at the pumpkin patch. Afterwards, we promptly went home to all get in bed and nap.

Thursday was preschool costume and trunk or treat day! I think I was looking forward to this more than Norah haha! The kids all looked so darling in their outfits. Norah was only concerned about getting some candy. Can you blame her?

Grandma Brand with all the grandkids still in preschool. Nash, Norah, Lucy, Grandma, Ella....and a photobomber.

Of course, Norah went and picked out all the gross candy from the buckets, but she had such fun so I guess we'll forgive her (since, you know, I'll be the one eating most of that candy anyway;)). 

Norah and Lucy are so lucky to have a grandma that teaches preschool! We absolutely love it! 

Stay tuned for more pictures of Norah and Lucy's costumes coming soon! :))

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lucy--16 Months!

Today our Lucy turned 16 months! I have never been good at doing individual updates and just get around to them whenever I can, but with the baby coming in just a few weeks I figured it would be good to do one now before I turn into a zombie. And since I don't post these very often, it'll be kind of lengthy, so grab some treats and get comfy.

Oh, Lucy. She is such a spirited girl and it makes me sad to see her babyhood slipping away. Every day I witness little things that prove she is growing up way too fast, and unless I have my eyes peeled, I'll miss the fun little things that make up her personality.

For example:
She has an OCD when it comes to closing doors and as a result, I have had my head slammed in the refrigerator many times. And just forget about doing dishes when she is walking around the kitchen. 

Anything with a strap on it turns into a purse, and she carries it around like a little woman. She'll grab her 'purse' slinged around her shoulder, give me a kiss, and wave bye before she walks the length of the room and back, and then starts the whole process over again. I think she picks that up from Norah.

As far as speaking goes, she has learned the full force of the word 'no' and uses it as often as every diaper change. 
She likes to scream my name whenever she feels I am not paying her enough attention, but unfortunately this almost always happens when I am in the middle of a conversation with someone else. She just wants to be part of the discussion haha!

Every animal is "puppy". And whenever she sees one, she'll squeal in the highest pitch voice and whine to pet it, but when she actually gets the chance she acts a little hesitant. It's the cutest thing. When we were in Rexburg the other weekend, she pointed and squealed every time she saw the dog walk in the room.

One of her favorite words is "bye". We went to Walmart the other day, and after passing the greeter she continued to wave and scream "bye" until we were all the way to the other side of the store.

Lucy has always been a good eater. The only two foods she has consistently disliked are bananas and eggs. It was only a week or so ago that I tried eggs again (for the hundredth time) and she actually ate them! She has been eating them ever since and it makes breakfast options a lot easier. Bananas are still a no-go, but I haven't given up trying. 

Her favorite position for her new discovery of tantrums is face down, on her belly, with arms straight down on the sides and feet kicking the floor. Lucky for her, she is still at the point where it is cute to watch. ;))

Lucy has improved a ton with her aggressive grabbing and pinching. She hardly ever does it to Ryan or me anymore and has calmed down a bit around other kids (mostly babies), although I still try and watch her pretty close in case she relapses. ;) I am so glad though, because it gave me so much anxiety to have other kids afraid of her and getting hurt because she was curious and didn't know how to be soft. I was afraid Lucy would maul the new baby to death, and not in a loving way. However, I think by that point things will get even better. Lucy knows how to say 'soft' by whispering in a scratchy voice, not unlike Gollum, 'saaaawwwww'.

It's amazing to think that there was a time in our family before Lucy. She adds such a great dimension to our home and we love her so much! <3

Monday, October 26, 2015

Apple Cider Pumpkin Pie, Fall is Here, My oh My!

I had the cutest plan to take pictures of the girls similar to this and this. I had seen the idea a couple of years ago, but then was reminded about it after several of my friends had suggested I do it myself. I decided I finally would! However, after taking some really cute ones I realized that Norah is probably getting to the age where her cute little bum should be covered up with a little more than just orange paint. So instead I just stuck with the more appropriate pictures I took of the girls yesterday. 

However, I will definitely be keeping those bum photos for blackmail that will most likely be needed in about 13 years. ;)

We quickly realized that they were not going to sit still at the same time on that basket. If one got up, so did the other. So I did some single shots instead and they turned out so cute! 

Lucy's dimple just kills me. We tried to sit her down, but it resulted in her popping right back up and running off. 

We finally let her do her thing and she decided that it wasn't so bad sitting on the basket. This is her big cheeser grin.

And once Grandpa Brand showed up, they were definitely not interested in pictures anymore, even with candy corn as a bribe. ;) 

See last year's fall photo shoot here. It's amazing to see how much they've grown! *teardrop.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Boo Bash!

We had a little halloween party this past Friday, and with all of the fun decorations I finally was able to put up, it was making Norah really excited!
These two halloween babes just melt me. 

I saw this fun idea for bat decorations, and it even had a free printable so I decided to cut some out myself and decorate our kitchen with them. Both the girls thought they were so fun! Lucy calls them puppies, and they both try and help me tape them back on the wall whenever one falls down. 


We definitely went overboard with the amount of food as we only had two other families show up--I am lacking in the friend department, apparently. ;)
I borrowed some decorations from my mom, like the candlesticks and cauldron. 

I used these cupcake topper printables for the sand-witches. :))

It was hard to control myself and not eat up a bunch of the deviled eggs while I was making them, but now we have a bunch left over and I just haven't had the appetite to eat them all myself (since Ryan isn't a big fan).

These glass bottles have been so handy and I have been able to reuse them a few times since I got them for Lucy's birthday party. The little ghosts were made following this tutorial. So easy and cute! 

We made little haunted graham cracker houses, and learned that some structures are far better than others when dealing with plain canned frosting. Mine completely collapsed after putting on the roof and all my motivation quickly flew out the window. However, some were building pretty elaborate houses and even had time to make cute little landscapes! Ryan's ended up being a stack of crackers with a knife stabbed through the middle, which made me feel a little better. ;)

It was so fun getting together and making the most of the halloween holiday. I think having things like this to look forward to has made the last bit of this pregnancy go by faster. 

This is pretty much how cleanup went. haha! Can't let that root beer go to waste now!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

35 Weeks Developing in The Darkroom

The beginning of this week began with some very uncomfortable Braxton Hicks bringing me to a quick realization that this baby is going to be here before we know it!

This pregnancy has felt so much easier than my other two mostly because I'm still not nearly as swollen which means I haven't had to deal with carpel tunnel in both of my wrists--probably the worst side effect I experienced before. I can even wear my wedding ring still, whereas I had to wait several weeks after delivery with my other two before my fingers were deflated enough to even think about squeezing it back on. 

I have been really nervous about labor and delivery this time around since Lucy's delivery was too fast to be medicated. So I talked to my doctor about my options as far as getting an epidural, and he said we could do a spinal block instead. So we'll see what happens, but if this delivery is as fast as Lucy's then we better be camping out at the hospital for the next month. ;)

Norah is so excited to have another baby, and still talks about it almost every day. I think she's getting to the age where she will love having a tiny baby to hold and cuddle. Lucy, on the other hand, will have to be watched closely! 

We're so excited (and nervous) to add another sweet girl to our family, and I'm so excited to not be pregnant anymore! Yay!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween Spirit Plus Free Printable

So we may be 2/3 of the way through October, but I'm just barely jumping on the Halloween decorating bandwagon!

I never really enjoyed Halloween growing up, and really always thought that we could do without the holiday, but since having kids (and discovering Pinterest) I have LOVED it! This is the first year I have decorated, and it has made it feel so much more festive around here. 

I found a tutorial for the hanging ghosts here, but modified it a bit. I used smaller styrofoam balls because, well, who wants to pay $10 for one styrofoam ball?? And then I used a sharpie for the eyes instead of paint. Plus I only used about a yard length of cheesecloth per ghost so I had plenty extra for another craft I wanted to do. Oh, and I just used some sewing pins with a dab of hot glue on top of their heads, then strung them up using a push pin in the ceiling.

I looked for inspiration for the witch wreath, but didn't really find anything that wouldn't require spending some extra cash,  so I just used up a bunch of things I already had on hand. 
Here is what you need:
  • Wire hanger, bent into a circle about 10 inches in diameter
  • Black feather boa, although you could use deco mesh or anything you want, really.
  • Black felt
  • Orange felt
  • Purple felt
  • Green embroidery floss, or do what I did and double up regular green thread a few times so it is nice and thick.
  • Black thread
  • Orange ribbon
I wrapped the boa around my wire hanger and then took my black thread and wrapped it around the boa all the way around so it would stay. I tried hot gluing it, but it wouldn't stick to the hanger.
Then I just drew some legs, shoes, the stripes and buckles, and a hat until I liked the shapes and cut them out to hot glue it all together. 

I made a printable for anyone else who has procrastinated their holiday decorating as well, but after spending over an hour trying to figure out how to upload the file, I gave up. I'm going to wait until my very handsome, tech-savvy hubby gets home so he can do it in about 5 minutes. Until then, you can get going on the super cute floating ghosts! :))

***Update: Here are the links for the witch wreath printable. And just like I said, it took Ryan about 5 seconds to figure it out. 
Just click on the pictures to print them and then get going with your crafting! :))