Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July, Best Month of the Year!

Oh, how I love July.  The nation's birthday.  My birthday.  Utah's "birthday."  Hot, hot, sun (air conditioning!).  Ice cream.  Swimming.  Water fun.  Flowers blooming.  BBQs.  Love it all.  I don't think there is a month when I am happier than in July.

We had an incredible 4th of July spent in Nomie's Waterpark Adventureland.

We had cousins over.  We played outside in the "pool," threw water balloons at each other, colored the concrete with chalk.  We ate shrimp, chicken, salmon, watermelon, pasta salad, veggies, chips, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream cones.  We watched Tangled and The Lego Movie (and I think Nomie sneaked in some more Frozen).  "Everything is awesome!"

We were treated to the best neighborhood fireworks show I have ever witnessed.  It actually was so much, so close, so often, so big, so long, that even some of the older kids got bored.  I loved every second!  And that's why there are no more pictures because I had too much fun in the moment!

And then there was my birthday.  I turned 25 again, in case you're wondering.  It's weird how the lines in my face keep getting deeper even though I'm so young.  Hmmm...

We celebrated all week by using my birthday coupons.  To date, we've used: Rodizio, Tucanos, Dairy Queen (S'mores Blizzard!), and Noodles and Company.  We've also gotten our Pretzel Pub Chicken/Pretzel Burger fix at Wendy's.  May it never go away, we say!

Anyway, Hylan made this awesome frame and promise for my present:

Since my birthday was on a Thursday, Hylan treated me more on the Saturday after: Breakfast at Kneaders, massage at Massage Envy, pedicure at the local place, and a new Minnie Mouse t-shirt from Kohl's!  That was the day we also went to Tucanos and Dairy Queen and Naomi got to experience the Riverwoods splash pad for the first time.  

 see, I was there!
omigosh that belly! :)

In the last week and a half, we've also gone to the Highland Splash pad  twice (waterfall, river, water fountain!).  It's super nifty, so I say check it out if you're in driving distance.

And of course, no summer is complete without bubbles and chalk!  :)

And super awesome crazy baby hairdos. 

Today's triceratops do. She's currently watching Tangled, so I can crank out this blog post. What, not Frozen?  Daddy switched it out.

Too much fun!  July, don't end! :)  Can't wait for Pioneer Day!!  Happy July Everyone!  :o) 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Baby in Shoeland

Naomi loves shoes!  She loves going to the shoe bin or closet and picking out shoes either to wear or play with.  She is also well aware that putting on shoes means going outside which she also loves to do!

When we bought Naomi some new flamingo flip flops she wanted to wear them (and apparently nothing else) and practice walking in them.  You can see the video on my YouTube channel here.  

But when she puts on Mommy's heels, it's just over the top cute.  Many days I catch her doing/wearing something like this:  

It's always hard to get a good picture because you know these moments only last for so long and then the babe is off to something else, but although the above picture is a bit blurry, I think it's so funny that her little toes are peeping through one of my slide on heels.

Here is a video of her walking in the same shoe a different time and on the wrong foot, of course.

On that same day, she found some slightly more complicated heels that were fascinating to her, though not very walk-able for tiny feet.  Again with the peep toe, I die I die.

Baby dolls girls are so sweet. Sugar and spice and everything nice!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

How to Eat an Ice Cream Cone (in 11 easy steps)

This is the story of how to eat an ice cream cone by Naomi Evelyn Harper.

Step 1: Take a big bite out of the middle of the cone!  Yum.

Step 2: Keep gnawing the cone (ignoring the ice cream because it's too cold).

 Step 3: Contemplate what action to take next.

Step 4: Lick fingers. (I've got this!)

Step 5: Try new approach--eat cone upside down!

Step 6: Just keep eating! (think Dory voice "just keep swimming")

Step 7: Offer mommy some.

Step 8: Ice cream painting!

Step 9: Push ice cream out and peer through the empty cone.

Step 10: Discover a new way to eat ice cream via the dip method.


Step 11: Place cone in empty bowl and declare "all done."  (She was actually doing the sign for "all done" not waving goodbye like it looks like.)

It's as simple as that folks.  Nomie "told" me it's how the kids eat their cones these days.  Oh, kids.  Every new generation trying to reinvent the wheel.

The End.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Consequences of Traveling So Much

Okay, so it has been a while.

See, what ha-happened was...a lot of traveling.

And then after all that traveling, a lot of sickness!  Baby girl had "hand foot mouth," then I was sick with a fever and sore throat for over a week.  Then after we started feeling better, baby got sick again (fever, throwing up).

I realized yesterday that this week I hadn't been out of the house, except to take the trash out a few times, since Sunday afternoon. So, we got out of the house to go to the grocery store.  And baby was whiny the whole time.

After that, I put the groceries away and started to prep dinner while she whined and whined until this happened:

I mean.

Poor girl.

She had had no rhythm or routine since Sunday, so I was not necessarily encouraging a second nap, since she was keeping us up at night.  I guess she took the matter into her own hands.  

Oh, yeah, plus she is getting at least 4 teeth!  And she is NOT happy about it.

Is this normal?  She cut her first two around 8 months, the next two a couple months later.  And then nothing for at least five months.  Now at least four are coming in that I can see/feel.  I wouldn't be surprised if there are more.

I don't think being sick twice in a few weeks and getting multiple teeth makes for a happy girl.  But I sure look forward to my happy, joy-loving and joy-giving girl to return soon.

I have great intentions to blog about our Disney trip and then my epic East Coast jaunt with Naomi.  And also Thanksgiving 2013.  But for now, we're trying to fully recover and make some time to do something fun.

Like this quick visit to the zoo last Saturday.

Hylan has been working crazy hours including Saturdays, so we squeezed this excursion in before the second illness struck Nomie.  Too bad all the big kitties were sleeping (and so was Naomi most of the time). I really like  Hogle Zoo though.  Cute, small, easy to navigate, nestled in a sweet little Utah spot.  

Now, I have to put "Frozen" on for the 13th time this week (how many total does that make since it came out?).  Yup.  That's what got us through some long nights and whiny mornings.  No other movie will satisfy! Olaf makes everyone happy!  

And hopefully, Naomi will like food again.  *sigh.  She was such a great eater before.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Week

Spring has sprung!  The flowers are blooming.  The sleeves are getting shorter. The park is getting busier. The grass is getting mowed.  The grill is being used.  Ahhh...the hope of a fun summer!

 Just living the dream around these parts.  I don't have much to say, but here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Visiting Daddy at work

 Kingo commandeered Naomi's chair while she was sleeping!

Easter Sunday = cute baby dresses!  And beautiful family pictures.  Omigosh, I loved looking at everyone's pics on the Facebook.

 Rosy Pink Daughter

So giddy to get a Minnie Bunny.

Daddy picked out the Minnie bunny and we hid it for a month to give to Nome on Easter Sunday.  We didn't do anything else, so I'm glad I "okayed" that purchase.  ;)

Selfie Sunday

 The closest thing we got to a family picture on Easter Sunday before church.

 yup, not so perfect that I needed to iron a tablecloth

My giddy moment was getting to use a pink table cloth (thanks to my Grandma Nome!) and pink plates for the first time in my life!  Those daffodils are from our flower beds!  The yellow candies are worth a special mention: Lemoncello Almonds. We bought them from Costco and they were the favorite!

We entertained a small crowd: Grandma and Grandpa Harper and cousins: Brandon and Brianna, whilst Naomi slept.  We ate the typical fair: Cafe Parisian Salad, Black Forest Ham, Funeral Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, Dinner Rolls, Strawberries, Lemon Ricotta Cookies (You really need to make these cookies. They are too delicious).  It wasn't a difficult meal to make, but plenty satisfying and very much appreciated by all! 

BTW, The hard boiled eggs were made into egg salad for my lunch today instead of deviled eggs or pickled beet eggs for dinner.

And here's a pic from today:  

Those piggies are crying for some clip-on Minnie ears!

Nomie decided to corner herself.  She's sitting on a foam roller (bless those weapons of myofascial release!) next to a collapsed play tunnel.

So, there you have it, a few highlights from last week.  Now I'm gearing up for the end of another semester, a trip to the happiest place in the western U.S., and a summer of freedom.  I LOVE my job, but it's nice to have a break too.

Happiness to everyone!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Gotcha Day Kitty Boy!

It has been two years to the day since we adopted our sweet Kingo cat!  Much has changed since then: moving to a new house and adding baby sister Naomi to the family.  

I'm so glad I found his ad on KSL and that we decided to give him a purfect home.  He was 1 year old and living with a single guy in a tiny studio apartment.  He needed us and we needed him.  We just love him more and more each day. 

Crouching Kitty

He cuddles us and comforts us and meows at us all the time.  We couldn't ask for a better suited-for-us kitty.

 Snuggle time after church while Nomie was sleeping 

Selfie Sunday

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Kingo!  We smile more because you're in our home. Continue to enjoy your life of sleeping, eating, playing, and cuddling.  We will too!  

And thank you Hylan for encouraging me to adopt our kitty and loving him immediately even though you didn't think you liked cats before.  Now you let a cat sleep on your face, or nearby it, nearly every night! Ha ha.  And thanks for taking care of his box and his food.  

    Hmm...wonder what they're looking at?
Actually, I think it's the mirror.  LOL!