Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Posted by Shantelle at 1:23 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Brooklyn LOVED this swan and stayed on it for about 15 minutes. She kept giving it hugs and giggling:
Brayden hanging out on the couch. When he first got on it he asked me where the TV was. Hmmm...do we watch too many shows at our house?!The kids always spend a lot of time playing with the ping pong balls in the water. I was a lot smarter this time and put an apron on Brooklyn. Of course it wasn't until we weren't about done with the water that I realized they had different sizes of aprons. Oh well...the huge one didn't seem to bother Brooklyn:Paige and Brooklyn:The kids actually both sat on the teeter-totter at the same time!
We had a breakthrough. This was the first time Brayden would actually sit inside the helicopter. It's pretty loud and it's always scared him. Yes, he held his ears the entire time but he did make it inside:
After a few minutes he was done and this is where he stayed the rest of the time:Brooklyn and Paige loved being in the pilot's seat. These two sure seem like they are going to have lots of fun in the coming years:
Posted by Shantelle at 9:31 PM
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I haven't posted much about our dog, Jazz. She continues to have way too much puppy energy but is fun to play with. I'm holding strong to insist that she stay an outside dog, which is working out just fine. Because we live on a corner and have a half size chain link fence, everyone walking by plays and talks to her. The school bus stop is on our corner so the kids all stop by twice a day to say hi. She's growing too quickly but is a fun part of our family. Here she is playing in our first snowfall:
Posted by Shantelle at 9:26 PM
Thursday, November 12, 2009
We decided to hurry and landscape in front of our house before the snow hit us. I started checking the local nurseries and they were all clearing out their stock at fabulous prices so we started looking around. My grandma and aunt found out my plans, luckily, and offered to help me since I didn't know what I was doing. After much running around to different nurseries we ended up at Homestead Nursery, which is a guy that turned his backyard into a nursery. His prices were about half of what all the other nurseries were (and he guarantees all his stuff in case anything dies.) Here's Brayden at one of the nurseries hanging out on the cart:
I started digging up all the weeds and laying the bricks to get ready to plant. Here are pics of the house before we planted:
My grandma came with me in her truck to help pick up all our trees and shrubs. I was just planning on digging holes and plopping them in. I had no idea my grandma and aunt decided to spend their afternoon helping me. Thank goodness they did. I really had NO idea what I was doing. I had to re-do all of the bricks I had done b/c they weren't even close to being level. My aunt taught me how to prep the soil, lay out the plants, dig the holes, pour root starter on them, and smooth it all out. Besides everything you can see in the pictures we also planted tulips, irises, daffodils, and I'm not sure what else. My grandma had brought a bunch of stuff from her yard we planted. Overall, I am VERY pleased with the outcome. By the springtime the bushes will be bigger and blooming with flowers popping up all over. Here is the final product:The bush on the left corner will grow to be 8-10 ft tall and the one on the right will be about 4 ft tall. I'm really excited to see how it looks in a few years. A big thanks to my grandma and my aunt Cindy. I really don't think I would have gotten it done if it weren't for your help. I learned so much and feel confident I could do it again if I ever needed to. Thanks!!!
Posted by Shantelle at 9:06 PM
So naturally she had to have a turn:
Posted by Shantelle at 8:20 PM
I realized while I was looking through all our pictures that I took a lot of pictures of Brayden sleeping. I have not, however, taken many of Brooklyn sleeping. So I decided to grab the camera and click some pics of her sleeping so peacefully. Of course I picked the two nights that she was wearing Brayden's old pj's. Hmmm...maybe I shouldn't let myself get so behind on laundry! I thought it was so funny that her little leg snuck inbetween the crib slats.
Posted by Shantelle at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Halloween turned out to be a beautiful day. We had a normal morning and put the kids down for early naps. We weren't sure how to do everything we had scheduled - Josh had a party downtown he had to stop in at (one of his clients) and I wanted to take the kids to my parent's ward that was having a carnival/trunk-or-treat. We ended up waking the kids up early and I took them to my parents. Josh stayed home to get ready and head off to his party. I called him at the end of the trunk-or-treat thinking he would've already been on his way, but he was just leaving. So he stopped at the freeway and we met him and headed downtown together. It turned out great! Here are the kids at the carnival with my dad. Brayden had a lot of fun doing the cake walk with my dad's help, throwing the beanbags, and tossing the rings on the pop bottles.
Posted by Shantelle at 12:53 PM