Monday, January 27, 2014

Fun in a box

 We've discovered the fun that a box can be!  The kids love playing in this, so much that Winston has cracked the plastic on it. :(  But I love this shot of Edie's hair.  Looks like she stuck her finger in a light socket!

They loved playing with dad and had a grand time.

The house is getting ready for paint!  The walls are all mudded and textured.  We went back later in the week and they've put up baseboard and done the stairs and put shelves in all the closets.  Yippee!

And after we looked at the house we went out to dinner at Chick-fil-a.  Friday night family date night :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

January Happenings

 We go to the house several times a week now :)  This is what it looked like at the beginning of the week, getting all ready to be painted inside.

 and here are the two yahoos, eating a snack together.

 I don't know if you can tell, but Edie knocked over her activity table.  She is getting really good at standing by herself, and she took her first steps this week!!!

 however, she didn't like going out in the snow to get a picture taken.  I was getting stir crazy so I took the kids in the back yard for a few minutes, just to get out of the house.

 After Winston learned he could walk on the snow (he wouldn't at first), he loved running around the yard.  I just held Edie with my lame arm and tried to take pictures with the other hand.  It was quite the spectacle!

 Winston has two therapists that come over to work with him.  The speech therapist comes once a month and tries to get Winston to learn new sounds.  The other one (I'm not sure what she's called but she basically just plays with him for an hour twice a month) tries to get him to stay engaged in one activity for longer than just a minute.  He loved watching the bubbles!  He just sat there fascinated for a few minutes.  It was fun to see his reactions.  Anyways, it's nice to have a little input from the therapists on things I can do to help Winston--now if only I had the energy to follow through!

My parents watched the kiddos on Saturday so Whit and I could go to the temple.  We went to the Provo temple and even though we had a long wait to even sit in the chapel before waiting for our session, we had a really nice time.

and here's the house at the end of the week.  They have started putting the hardiboard on, but they've put the wrong pattern on in some places.  So now they have to take it off and do it again :(  But hopefully it will look nice in the end!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Another week

 Winston has taken to sleeping with his hands behind his head.  We think it's super cute!

 And Edie has started clapping her hands on her face like this.  It's hilarious to watch!

And when we go on walks, they both prop one of their legs up on the stroller.  It's so weird that they both do it!  They definitely keep us entertained.

 And here I am with my girlfriends when we went out to dinner last week.  We are bidding Amanda a fond farewell, she is moving to Chicago!  We will sure miss her but are excited for her and her family.  And hopefully we'll all be able to go out there and visit :)  I love Chicago and would love to go back!

 And here are some pictures from our lobster dinner that I forgot to post.  Whit's sister's neighbor gave her some fresh lobsters!  She called Whit to see if he would like to cook them--of course!  I had to hold one, just so I could say I've held a live lobster.  It wiggled a lot and was kind of scary.

 Whit felt kind of bad for killing live creatures.  He kept saying, "I am sorry I am killing you."

 The end result was super delicious though!  Whit is such an amazing cook and I loved partaking of this meal.  Yum!

 Here are the kids playing at their new table!

 And Winston practicing his smile :)

 And our house got dry wall this week!  Yay!  This is the living room,

 the stairs going up to Winston's room,

and our kitchen!  I can't wait to see what they do this next week :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy New Year!

 Our house now has windows and doors!  Yay!

 For New Year's we went up to the cabin.  We went up Monday morning and stayed until Wednesday morning.  We had so much fun playing with family, being outside, and enjoying the snow.  We took the kids sledding one day.

 As you can see, they were unimpressed.  Oh well.

 We didn't have much luck on the snowmobile either, Winston thought it was so thrilling he fell asleep :)

But we did have fun playing games, despite the awful look on my face :)  It was a great time and we enjoyed all of it except the night that Winston kept us up until 4 in the morning and Edie woke up at 6.  That wasn't fun.  But the rest of the trip was :)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Sunny Southern Utah Christmas Trip!

Christmas Eve we went to the Anderson family party at Whit's sister's house.  We had a cousin's gift exchange and Edie is the youngest so she got to open her present first!  She didn't really understand what to do, but she loves the little book and puzzle she got :)

Winston did a little better at ripping the paper, but not much.  He still needed help.  But he was so excited to get some balls for the bath.  He loves bath time!  

Christmas morning we woke up and drove down to Spanish Fork to open presents there.  Winston and Edie almost posed in front of the Christmas tree :)  They had fun playing with their new toys!

And then of course they wanted to watch Bob on my parent's new tv :)

After lunch we all got in the car and headed south.  It was such a peaceful trip at first, both kids slept all the way to Cedar City where we stopped to feed Edie.  They took turns crying on and off the rest of the way there, but luckily we stayed pretty close to St George so the last part of the trip wasn't too long.

 They day after Christmas we went hiking in Zions!  It was still pretty cold, but it was beautiful to hike in the park.  It's been a few years since I've been down there, and it was fun to see it all again.

 Winston wasn't a big fan of being in the backpack, so my dad carried him on his shoulders for a hike.

 Edie didn't like being in the backpack either, so we took turns carrying her as well!  Good thing we did all the easy hikes :)

 Winston did love being outside.

 I enjoyed seeing everything in the cold--we saw lots of snow and ice.

 On our way back to the cabin we stopped at the St. George Temple.

 Friday we went to the Valley of Fire in Nevada.  It was much warmer and so neat to hike around!  We all loved it!

 We did lots of little hikes and got to see some beautiful scenery.

 We had to get at least one picture of Edie in the backpack.  She started crying right after I took this picture :)

 Winston loved riding on Uncle Dallin's shoulders!

 And he fell asleep at the end of one hike,

poor guy got worn out.

And then he cried for most of the trip home on Saturday.  We kept him happy by feeding him m&ms, and he eventually fell asleep.  I love the chocolate drool mark mustache!  What a fun and tiring trip :)