Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I Love Christmas!

Monday night I got together with my girlfriends from High School. There were a few who couldn't attend, but we got a great turn out! Thanks Sara for hosting. There was a little miscommunication about the dress code for the night. The only one's who got the memo were Sara and Amy (Amy is taking the picture). They were both wearing awesome Christmas sweaters. I just LOVE my cute friends and enjoy any time I can get together with them!
How sad that this is the best we could do for our Sunday photo.

I babysat my sister & brother-in-laws 4 cute kids while they were in Hawaii last week. Their youngest Andy is a total boy, and I mean through and through. He loves trucks, cars, Lightening McQueen, Buzz Lightyear, hunting, camping, basketballs, footballs, getting dirty, playing in the mud, etc. He is seriously ALL boy. So this picture HAD to be captured. I love this kid. He had me laughing all week long with all the funny things he'd say and do. This was probably one of the highlights. I was down stairs checking my email, and I hear this "clunk...clunk, clunk, ...." and next thing I see it's Andy all dressed up, heels and all. It was awesome.

This is how Amber used to sleep. Bum up in the air. So cute.

So this is the reason for my title "I Love Christmas!" I love being with family. I would hang out with family every second if I could. It's not often you get all the family together in the same room, let alone with out kids! Aaron and his wife Fitriah are in town for the holidays, so we were able to go to dinner Tuesday with NO kids! We all got babysitters! I think this is the first time we have ever done that. It was so fun to be together and celebrate Lisa's birthday, and to have a nice quiet, relaxing dinner. Thanks Demings for a fun dinner!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Parker!

Parker got his first gun! Of course it's just a fakie, but he loves it. He was speechless when he opened it. I can't believe how "boy" he is! He knew exactly what to do, and was checking through the scope, and was aiming perfectly! It was unreal! I love it! Matt loves it too.
All Parker wanted was a garbage truck for his birthday. He has been asking for the past several weeks. I thought he'd be so excited when he saw it, but truthfully, he was more excited about the gun. When Amber asked him to open his second present (the garbage truck) he said "oh, no thanks." He was perfectly content with his gun.

Second highlight of the day, blowing out the candles. Parker loves this part. It brought back memories of his 2nd birthday when he blew out the candles so quickly. It was the same tonight. The anticipation was killing him! He was right there on my lap ready to go and you could just see the excitement on his face and the more tense he'd get as the song came to an end. I love it!
Parker wanted an "ice cream cake." He chose green frosting and helped me put it all together. The funny thing is, he didn't even eat this cake. He ate the other cake his grandma brought!

Parker got a few cars from Grammy and Papa. He also got a cool "Cars" book that came with a flash light and movie projector and some birthday money from Grandpa and Grandma Deming.

We had a fun birthday for Parker today. He is such a happy guy, and had a fun day. Of course it snowed like crazy today. It always does it seems.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Midway and a little more...

Last weekend I was able to spend a great weekend with some of my most favorite people in the world: my mom, Emily and her mom, Vera. What a fun time we had!!! We spent all of our time chatting, laughing, shopping, eating, and more laughing and talking! I love these three people so much. I have known Emily for as long as I can remember. We grew up together, and have stayed really close even after we graduated. Emily and I have kids the same ages and genders, so it's been fun to hang out more and more as our kids have gotten a little bigger. I can't get enough of Emily! I always have such a blast when she's around. She is so dang funny, so much fun, a GREAT listener, just an all around great person. I am so lucky to have known her all these years. She really is one of my best friends.
As I was preparing for my speech at Stacie's wedding, I spend several days reading through my journals trying to find some funny memories from my past. I have a horrible memory, so was really hoping my journals would pull through for me. Needless to say, I read over and over again about fun memories with Stacie and had a major blast from the past...but I couldn't believe how much of my journal had Emily in it! I had forgotten how close we were even as youngsters. I feel like I'm way closer to her now than I ever have been before, but I guess we had our fair share of good times growing up! It just goes to show that where you live is such a huge deal. I was lucky enough to have a neighborhood full of fun girls all my age. I want the same for Amber. All my years of girls camp and weekly activities, sports, all with my ward friends was priceless. I was so lucky to have such good girls as friends growing up.
I wish Emily and I lived next door. Our kids are already pretty good buddies, but think of the fun they could have if they were neighbors! Think of the fun Emily and I could have! Here are a few things they've enjoyed together over the past year (thanks Emily for the photos...with a broken camera luckily Emily has kept good track).

Soccer...The Golden Giraffe's this past fall

Parker and Jackson playing "kitchen" or something like that.

Bailey's Fancy Nancy Birthday party a couple weeks ago.

Swimming Lessons with "D"

Dance recital last winter/Christmas

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Aubrey is close to walking

Aubrey took her first step yesterday, and how appropriate too...she turned 10 months yesterday! I can't believe she's ready to walk though. Amber didn't walk until 13 months, and Parker about 12 months, so this is rather soon! When she walks, she is totally stiff legged, and won't bend her knees, so she has some work to do, but she's there! It's amazing!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Quick Trip to Texas

Just over three years ago, Carrie, Joan and I flew down to Texas to be with Joyce for "girls weekend" and to celebrate Joyce & Joan's birthday. We were all pregnant at the time (some more than others as you can see). We had such an amazing time. It was such a fun memory I will always cherish, and one of the many miracles that took place during Joyce's battle with cancer.

Joan just celebrated her 28th birthday a couple weeks ago, in Texas. Carrie and I were fortunate enough to go down last weekend and spend some time with Joan. We decided that from now on, we'll meet every year around this same time to celebrate Joan's birthday, and to remember our sweet sister Joyce.
We started the weekend off with a few good laughs (my doors aren't automatic...) We wished my mom (Carol) could have been there, and thought it was quite appropriate when we saw this sign:

We spent Thursday hanging out, eating lots of food, and relaxing, and laughing! Joan let Carrie and I sleep in until after 9:00 on Friday, and then made us a yummy breakfast. We then left to go get pedicures and shop!

I saw my first real mall cop on a segway. I was baffled they existed. I thought the movie Mall Cop was just a spoof.

We got some great deals while shopping, but not all stores were offering great deals...

We had to take a trip The Cheesecake Factory. Carrie, Joyce, Joan and I went to dinner there three years ago when were were out for our girls weekend. We thought it was such a coincidence that of all the places to sit in the restaurant, we ended up in the same place as before. There were a lot of moments we felt like Joyce was with us. Any time I'm around Joan, I automatically think she must be hanging around!

We spent Saturday eating, shopping more, and saw the Michael Jackson "This is it." movie. We over ate on all sorts of junk, yummy food, and crepes. What a fun memory! I love spending time with my sisters, and wish I could do more of it!

Here we are after a fun weekend of shopping. We all bought so much (for the kids of course!). Carrie and I had a really tough time fitting it all in our suitcase.

Thanks for such a great weekend Taylors! We sure LOVE being in your home, and can't wait for the next one (next time I'll be sure to bring a bigger suitcase). Oh, and just for the record, I think I gained at least 5 pounds. I honestly can't fit in to my "skinny" jeans. Thanks guys, real cool!