09 March 2014

January and February

I need to be better at writing these posts in a timely manner because lately by the time I get around to it I realize that I've forgotten at least half of what I was going to write (even if I jotted little notes down). Here are some of the highlights of the last two months (with random pictures interspersed):

1. Once the new year began I have started organizing the house quite a bit more and getting things put away that had been in boxes for a long time while I was feeling sick. Other than the general constant organizing that takes place I only have Mairead/the baby's room left to really organize and I am hoping to get quite a but of that done this weekend. It has just been more difficult to organize in there since my prime organizing time is during naptime and obviously Mairead is in there napping at that time.

Pretending to take a nap with Daddy in the closet (notice the sticker in Mairead's hair, she LOVES stickers!)

2. Ked's sister Abigail and her girls came to stay with us and visit for a few days at the end of January. Unfortunately we got pretty sick while they were here so it wasn't as fun as we were hoping. It was nice to have Abi and the girls here to help with Mairead during the day while Ked was at work though.

One day we watched The Muppets for FHE and Mairead loved it. I put her hair in pin curls during it and then took them out. She definitely had crazy hair. Looks a lot like my hair at her age.

3. We had a fun and relaxing President's Day weekend. On Saturday we went on a drive out by Goshen and went on a little walk. We were going to go and play in some ruins that Ked knew were out there but ended up helping a couple that was stick in the mud (well, trying to help them until a guy with a big Jeep came and pulled them out) and by the time we got to the ruins there were a bunch of guys out there shooting. Probably not the best environment to be scrambling around in. :)  Monday morning they were having an awesome sale at Saver's (50% off clothes, shoes, and accessories) and so we got Mairead a few pairs of shoes in the size she will be growing into soon and some other things she and Ked (and the new baby) needed. It was pretty awesome.

This is a relatively new thing Mairead likes to do in the car. She takes off her shoes and socks in the car (that part isn't new) and then she chews on her socks and pretends to be a dinosaur or something. I wanted to document it and for some reason she stuck her hands up when I pulled out my phone to take a picture.

4. We're trying to be better at doing at least a weekly date night. We made a list of things (things we liked from a bunch of internet searches) that we can do at home after Mairead goes to bed. It's been fun. Our upstairs neighbors also offered to watch Mairead so we can go to the temple and we took them up on that one afternoon. Mairead had a blast playing with the kids upstairs and we had a good time too.

Silly girl playing dress up. Lots of times the crown is upside down too. :)

5. Mairead has been growing and changing like crazy! One of the biggest changes is that she is just about potty trained! She had been showing signs of being somewhat ready for quite a while and I finally got tired of fighting her while changing her and we just took the plunge. It was surprisingly much better than I had anticipated, but I know this means the next one will be more difficult I am sure.

Potty training day!

Other little fun and funny things about Mairead:

  • She does a funny thing when she counts. After counting to 10 (still usually skipping 9) she then counts twelve-een, sixteen, eighteen. Apparently she figured out about adding 'een' to the end of numbers and decided to use it on 12. 
  • She loves playing hide-and-go-seek and just hiding in general. One day after I was in the bathroom I came out and she was hiding in the dark in the storage room. The other day when I went to get her out of her bed from her nap she was hiding under a blanket. Silly girl.
  • She loves music and singing. She has started singing along a lot more when we sing songs to her and requesting some of her favorites. She especially loves primary songs. She has also started making up her own songs about things. Like just about every other young girl she also loves the music to Frozen. She's only seen little clips of it with the songs but she really enjoys it. Her favorite song is 'Let it Go' and she loves to run around the couch dancing and singing to it. It's pretty cute.
  • She still loves reading. She got a giraffe chair from my aunt for Christmas and loves to sit in it and read books to herself or various babies and stuffed animals. 
  • She's grown an inch or so in the last few weeks, but is still fairly short. Mostly she just has a long body and short legs. I measured her because I am going to try and make her some simple shirts and leggings for this spring and summer and her body is the length of a size 4 with her legs the length of a 12 month size. Kind of crazy.
  • She has been playing a lot more with herself and her toys over the past few months which is exciting. It's really cute to hear her talking to her dolls and stuffed animals and taking care of them. It's also funny when she does the same things with the cars that the boys from upstairs leave in the backyard. The other day she put one of the cars in a swing and was trying to swing the car like we swing her. Pretty silly.
  • She loves helping to do things around the house. She will help with laundry (putting in and taking out of the dryer), dishes (Ked lifts her up and lets her put the plastic dishes and silverware in the drainer after they have been washed and rinsed), and cooking (she really likes mixing things in a bowl). I've been trying to do more fun and exciting things with her during the days and so we have been cooking more. Some of the things she has enjoyed making the most are oatmeal muffins with chocolate chips and sugar cookies we frosted for Valentine's Day (although she mostly just ate the frosting and decorations off of those). 
Reading in her giraffe chair

08 January 2014


 December was a fun month, obviously busy with all the comings and goings involved in the Christmas season.

1. We went to our ward Christmas party. There was a dinner, all the presidencies sang karaoke, and Santa came to visit. It was a fun time. Mairead wouldn't sit on Santa's lap, but she did get close enough to him to get a Christmas tree sucker because she loves suckers.

2. We found out we're having another baby girl due May 3rd (so obviously this means I'm pregnant). The first few months of the pregnancy were pretty rough with morning sickness, but luckily that time has passed. We're excited for Mairead to have a sister, but we are having a difficult time finding a name for this new baby girl.

3. Mairead played in the snow for the first real time (last year she only was in the snow a tiny bit). She got all dressed up (and looked like a marshmallow) and we played in the backyard. She also went out one night with Ked and just walked around in the new snow a bit. She loves snow!

4. We went up to Salt Lake on the Frontrunner train to see the lights on Temple Square, go to City Creek, and have a fun family night. Mairead loved the train (part of the reason why we took it). She also enjoyed the lights, but it was super cold and we wanted to get back home before it was too late after her bedtime, so we only walked around to see them for a little while.

This is our family picture (taken on the sky bridge at City Creek)  for Christmas/New Years cards that if we ever get around to printing we'll send to our family and friends.

5. I sewed up a few things now that I've been feeling better and got my sewing area a little bit organized (shared with Ked and his art). Some of the women in the ward got together for a Christmas decoration exchange party so I made a little tree wall-hanging for that event. I tried making a little black knit skirt for Mairead from an old t-shirt and it worked out, but it will probably not really fit her until she is 4 or 5. I thought I got all the measurements correct, but I think that the fabric was just too thin and stretchy for a beginner sew-ist (or -er, or something else altogether,  I don't know what is correct). It worked for her to wear as long as I safety-pinned it at the waist. :)

6. We enjoyed most of the Christmas holidays with my family up in Salt Lake. We also were able to be sick with a nasty virus for that entire week, with Mairead being the most sick. All of the changes to her schedule and late nights didn't help so it was a pretty rough week with quite a few nights of not much sleep. It was really sad to see her so sick. She was the most ornery she has ever been and only wanted me to do anything for her and to be with her all the time. We were very happy when we got our cute and energetic Mairead back.

Mairead with a cheesy face while eating Christmas Eve cheeseball.

7. The day after Chrismas we had a big party with Ked's family. His parents and all of his siblings except for his brother in Maine were there, so it was pretty exciting. Mairead was feeling a little better that day so she enjoyed playing with cousins and we had a good time eating dinner and visiting with family.

8. After a few days back at home we went back up to my parents' for New Years. Mairead was just about back to normal at this point so it was a much more enjoyable stay than the previous week. I was planning on going to bed at 10 because I don't do well at staying up late but then we played Phase 10 which ended up lasting about four hours and keeping us up until just about midnight. We rang in the New Year by listening to the fireworks go off in the neighborhood and then promptly went to bed. :)

04 January 2014


 November was a pretty fun month for us. It started out warm and ended out cold and here is the list of a few things we did.

1. We went on a hike up Dry Canyon in Lindon. I remembered it being much less steep than it actually is so it was quite an adventure and we didn't go up to far. Mairead really enjoyed being outdoors and hiking but got tired quickly from all the uphill and so she would stop and look at the rocks and leaves. It was fun.

2. My parents watched Mairead for a few days for us so that I could get some organizing done around the house and Ked and I could go on a few dates after a few somewhat crazy months. We all had a good time. Mairead barely missed us at all (she usually doesn't even notice if we are there or not when visiting my parents house), I got a lot done, and we went to the temple, out to dinner, made yummy cashew chicken and sticky rice, etc.

3. We started our calling teaching CTR 6 in Primary (the 6-7 year old class in our church). Our class is energetic, but fun, and we are learning a lot about teaching little kids. We've been teaching teenagers for the last few years and haven't really been in Primary since we were kids. It's definitely been an adventure.

4. We went to the Sacred Gifts exhibit at BYU. It is a really cool exhibit that is showing religious art from Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann and Frans Schwartz that comes from churches all over the world, some of it that is never going to be loaned out again. It was very good. Mairead enjoyed seeing all the pictures of Jesus. Anyone in the area should definitely go.

 5. We went on a family outing to Cabela's to see the fish and stuffed animals they have there. It just so happened that we were there when they were feeding the fish and that was very exciting. Mairead loved seeing all the animals and running around looking at everything. We also got free samples of fudge from their little general store which was delicous!

Sitting in front of the tree at Cabela's for a picture.

6. We spent Thanksgiving in Logan with a bunch of Ked's family. We stayed at his sister Kim's with her family and his parents and two of his brothers joined us for Thanksgiving. We had a delicious meal with tons of pies (which is my favorite part).

7. After Thanksgiving we spent a few days with my family and had a birthday party for Mairead. My family was there and Ked's parents and sister Abi and her family came as well. We had a good time eating pizza with lots of olives (Mairead's favorite) and monkey cupcakes. Ked's parents brought back some cool birthday candles from their mission (a flower that opens up with candles on the petals and plays the "Happy Birthday" song). We lit the candle and Mairead promptly got scared and started crying, which continued through us singing to her. It was sad and funny.

Monkey cupcakes with silly faces

Excited about her new baby doll. Affectionately called "New Baby" now. Her other baby is just "Baby."

Cupcake face!

8. Mairead is getting much more of a personality. Here are a few little things from the past months for your enjoyment:

  • Quite a few months ago we went to the BYU Creamery for dinner after going to the temple. Ked and I were finished with our food and eating ice cream and so naturally Mairead wanted some. We told her she had to finish eating her last bite of chicken before she could have some ice cream. After a minute or so we noticed that she had wadded up her napkin with the piece of chicken in it, apparently thinking we wouldn't notice that she hid it and give her ice cream anyway. I didn't even know that a not yet two-year-old would think like that!
  • Over the past few months she is becoming a little bit more aware at what is real and in the same place as her and what is just on a screen or in a picture, but there are a few funny things she did when she didn't understand as well. A couple of times skyping with friends she wanted to hug and kiss a baby she saw as well as play with toys that she saw in the background. She also often would see things in pictures in books and want to hold or play with them. Pretty cute.
  • When she gets a tissue and blows her own nose she puts the tissue up to her nose and then blows with her mouth to make the sound. Silly girl!
  • Her learning to count progression is kind of fun. She started out only saying 2 repeatedly for everything. This progressed to saying 3 . . . 6 . . . again and again to count. And then suddenly she started counting 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, and sometimes 18 at the end. She forgets the 1 because we say it for her a lot. The 5 and the 9 are in there occasionally and I have no idea why she started saying 12 and 18 because we haven't really counted to more than 10 that I can recall.
  • She likes to "swing" on the counter. She puts her hands on the edge of the counter top and then hangs there for a few seconds. She's got to have strong arms to do that!
  • She enjoys taking baths and has started to put her face in the water and blow bubbles.

08 November 2013


October was a fun month. The main fun things were a trip to the pumpkin patch and Halloween.

One Monday for Family Home Evening we decided to go to a pumpkin patch in Springville that I had heard of.  A major plus was that all the activities were free. We went just after Ked got home from work so we made it there just a little after 3, which was good because by the time we were ready to leave an hour or so later it had gotten a TON busier with all the kids being home from school and such. They had two hay mazes; one super tall for the older kids and another only a few feet high for the younger kids. Mairead had fun in both of them. They also had a little petting zoo thing (a few animals in pens), a tall pyramid of hay bales, pit of corn for the kids to play in with a few pipe slides, a hay ride pulled by a tractor, and of course pumpkins with wagons to pull around as you look for your pumpkin. Mairead loved all of it and we had fun for quite some time. We're definitely planning on going back next year, and hopefully more than once.

We had a ward Halloween party the night before Halloween where we had dinner and then the youth had put together activities for the kids to rotate through. It was a little crazy because our church is pretty small with narrow halls and doors that open out, but we had a fun time. Mairead was a ladybug, Ked was a pirate, and I wore a bunch of random brown and green clothes so that I would look autumn-y or something. On actual Halloween the next day we carved our pumpkins after Ked got home from work and then ate dinner and hung out at my Aunt's house. Mairead was a giraffe on Halloween day. Ked had been a pirate all day at work and so he was just himself for the evening and so was I. We tried to take Mairead trick-or-treating around her neighborhood but apparently we tried to early and no one opened their doors. After a few houses we went back to my Aunt's house and watched Monsters University which was really cute. By then it was just about time to go home and put Mairead to bed so we drove home and did one last trick-or-treat stop at our upstairs neighbors/landlords. Mairead got a handful of candy and we came home to a full bowl of candy that we had left on our doorstep for trick-or-treaters that we apparently didn't have. Oh, well. It was a fun time.

Now that we live in Orem . . .

We've been trying to do fun things. The first month or so we were up here and it was still warm weather we tried to to a bunch of fun things outdoors.

1. We went on a walk at Vivian Park up in Provo Canyon. Mairead loved the water (especially throwing rocks into it) and saying "Hi!" to everyone who passed by.

2. We went down around Utah Lake three times. The first time we just went on a walk and drive, but while we were driving along we noticed a little beach-y part where you could go down and play in the water. We returned there twice and Mairead LOVED it! She didn't mind that the water was a bit cold and that it was windy. In fact, we had to force her to leave the water even when her lips were turning blue from the cold. All this from the girl who screamed during baths for the first 6 months of her life. :)

This girl LOVES water!

3. We went to the Utah State Fair. We thought it would be a bit more exciting than it was, but it was fun. Mairead liked seeing the animals (although there were less than I remember in years past), but her all time favorite thing was the carousel. We decided we would let her go on one of the rides and as soon as she saw the carousel she let us know that she wanted to go on it. She was a little unsure for the first time around, but after that she loved it. She cried when the ride was over and it was time to get off, which was cute and sad at the same time.

4. We went to the museum at Thanksgiving Point during $2 Tuesdays and had a great time. Mairead likes dinosaurs and really enjoyed running around and seeing everything. It was fun.

The really cute picture I got was super blurry so here's a sub-par one with Ked making a silly face.

July and August

Life's been pretty crazy these past few months so in an attempt to keep the blog updated with our lives, here's a list of what we were up to during July and August:

1. Ked's parents came home from their mission to Scotland and Ireland. We picked them up at the airport in Salt Lake along with a bunch of his other siblings and their families. The next day we drove back down to Cedar and all lived in the house for a few weeks while Ked and I were getting everything ready to move up north because . . .

2. Ked got a job in Orem. He works as a daytime custodian at a Jr. High. It's great hours and leaves him with plenty of time to spend with us and also work on his art. :)

3. We lived in no less than four places during Ked's first month of work before finally settling into our apartment in Orem in mid-August. It was an adventure moving between Ked's parent's house, my parent's house, my Grandma's house, etc. We put a lot of miles on the car and used up a lot of minutes and texts on our phones when we weren't staying at the same place.

4. We moved!(obviously)

5. We went to a family reunion back down in Cedar the week after we moved up to Orem. It was really fun and I was able to meet Ked's brother's wife for the first time since Ked and I were married.

All in all, July and August were some pretty big and crazy months for our family. :)

10 July 2013


Here is a picture of Ked with some of his art from the last few classes. There are a few master copies (copies of paintings from old masters), some drawings, and an original painting.  I can't decide which is my favorite. I was happy that Ked let me share these. Now you can believe me when I say that Ked is a great artist!