Monday, December 26, 2011

christmas craziness.

Our Christmas consisted of lots of presents, a wonderful church meeting, lots of fun family time, and then sadly lots of puking on my, Paisley's, Porter's, and Blake's everyone's part. Out of 11 people in the home, 10 of us got the 24 hour stomach flu. Luckily Lily didn't get it, just a cold and an ear infection. Yipee.

I got Cole a remote control airplane that he's been loving, and I got a Cricut Expression, which I'm super excited about! I also got a Kindle from my mom and a trip to HARRY POTTER WORLD from my dad and stepmom. Beyond excited! Here are some pictures, pre-sickness:

Cole said it looks like Lily's sporting a gorilla's a reindeer, for the record

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Lily in paper heaven

Thursday, December 15, 2011

9 months.

Nine months ago this happened:

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Nine months before that this happened:


And every day in between and after that has been pretty much amazing, humbling, and wonderful!

  • is 16 lbs. 11 oz. (10-15th%), 28 inches long (50th%), and 17.5 head circ. (50th%). She's a skinny minny, but very healthy the doc says.
  • is pulling herself up on things, especially loves to crawl on Cole and I
  • yells a lot, and says "ba ba," "da da," "ma ma" and sometimes "mom" and "dad," but I think that may be a coincidence
  • LOVES her Gerber veggie crunchies. I'm pretty sure she'd down a whole can in about 1o min. if we let her (which we don't!)
  • still an army crawling champ and doesn't seem interested in getting up on her hands and knees
  • has a twinkly little smile and the cutest giggle
  • tries to shove things into Cole's mouth
  • bobs her head up and down and moves her legs like she's dancing
  • waves hello and good-bye
  • takes two naps for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours
  • has two sharp bottom teeth
We love her more than we can say.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Harry Potter Party, Part II

Let the dorkiness continue...

Thank you so much, Ashton, for an amazing and hilarious HP-style photo booth:

The Order of the Phoenix

Ashton + Becca won Best Costume for Profs. Lupin + Trelawney

The Henrys as Luna Lovegood + Neville Longbottom took 2nd!

The Orrocks as Bellatrix Lestrange + Lucius Malfoy. So awesome! I'm lovin' the fishnets.

The Jubers (who have never read nor watched the movies) fittingly came as Hermione's parents

The Bentons as house elves

Me and my twin as Moaning Myrtle + Cho Chang. Thanks for being die hard with me, Jill :)

I wish we had still shots of everybody. Thanks to everyone for coming, having so much fun with your costumes, and providing food, drinks, and decorations for the party. Basically, thanks for being Harry Potter nerds with us! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Born to be our Friend"

December already! What?! That is how I'm feeling - like we've been running a million miles an hour since November. I have about three or four blog posts until I'm "caught up" on what's been going on lately. If you're feeling the same way, stop a second and watch this video. It's a beautiful reminder of what this season is really all about. You can see more videos about the Savior's life here.


For some reason it has struck me that Jesus Christ was once a baby and a child. Maybe it's because I have a sweet little babe of my own now, but it softens my heart to know that Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, chose to arrive on this earth as a helpless infant, and that he had to grow and learn just like we do. He experienced scrapes and bruises like any other child; He experiences joy and sorrow just like we do, and He later experienced pain of every kind and bore a weight that we could not carry ourselves. What immense strength it must have taken to live a perfect life and bear the burdens of all people throughout eternity while experiencing the weaknesses of the human condition. What immense love! I'm grateful, especially at this time of year, for a willing, loving Savior who knows me and you perfectly because He is like us, and because He atoned for us. I love Him and this season that turns our thoughts towards Him!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Harry Potter Party, Part I

In mid-November, Jill and I threw a Harry Potter party. It was epic. I'll include some of the info we used just in case you're curious, and because we scoured the Internet to find it all so maybe someone else won't have to.

I made the brick wall with a sponge and muslin. This is a helpful tutorial, but I didn't go into as much detail. We hung it with nails.

The sign I made using Mod Podge, gold paint, and a 9 3/4 printout found here

Honeydukes labels came from here as well as the fonts. I used GIMP, a free Photoshop-like software, and Word to customize them.


The Goblet of Fire (costume contest) + broom favor bags made by Jill

Potions-making may have been my favorite part.
For most labels I purchased templates from here
then customized them using GIMP. On a few others, I found pre-made labels on blogs/Google searches.


Jill and I made the floating candles with toilet paper rolls, masking tape, hot glue guns, and battery-operated tea lights. This is a helpful tutorial.