Friday, October 28, 2011

Painted Pumpkins

For our last Family Home Evening activity we combined two of the boys' favorite things: painting and pumpkins. I know that sounds a bit extreme to say our boys have a love for pumpkins, but they really do. Before we got around to painting our dear gourds, Palmer actually slept with his in his bed, put it on the couch with him to watch morning cartoons and took it to the kitchen table with him for breakfast. Now that they are painted, they sit proudly on our front porch. Every time we come or go, the boys give them a loving pat, and point out who's pumpkin belongs to whom. Greg painted Muno from Brody's new favorite show, Yo Gabba Gabba on his pumpkin. I painted the pumpkin with the stars and swirls. Palmer painted the "artistic" pumpkin with the splotches of different colored paint and Q-tips stuck to it, and Brody painted his orange pumpkin with orange paint.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Making Fat Cry

I saw this picture on Pinterest and instantly loved it! And I do honestly love making my fat cry! I still jog at times and do enjoy it, but I have discovered a new love, a love verging on obsession, for Zumba. Thanks to Greg's and my employment benefits, we both have free premium memberships, or in other words, free aerobic classes along with our gym memberships at our local fitness center. I really enjoy the classes at the fitness center; the instructors push me harder than I would normally push myself. I've tried many of the different types of aerobic classes and many different instructors. I am not a fan of yoga or step classes; I'm not flexible or very coordinated. I do like kickboxing. With a good instructor, I get a really good workout from kickboxing. And anyone who knows me well, knows I like to shake my groove thing, so Zumba is a perfect match for me. I leave the classes red-faced, sweaty, smelly, revitalized and very, very happy.

I've also been watching what I eat. I along with my sisters, my dad's wife Betty, and a couple of my friends have all been following the Weight Watchers PointsPlus plan. I'm really liking this new plan, and have had a lot of success with it. Instead of counting calories, the plan counts carbohydrates and focuses on incorporating more whole grains, more fiber, more protein and more fruits and vegetables. In fact, all fruits and most vegetables are free, so I never go hungry.

With working out and eating better I've lost 18 pounds in the past seven weeks. My goal was 20 pounds in two months, and I think I'm going to make that goal. And after that, I plan to just keep going!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Witches at Gardener Village

For Family Home Evening we went to see the witches at Gardener Village. We had a great evening there. The boys were thrilled to find each and every witch! I can tell Halloween is going to be a lot fun with them this year. And yes, in our family picture, my two year old is totally feeling up the witch sitting next to him on the bench.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cute Kid Talk

Kids say the cutest things! This is what our goofy guys have recently been saying.

Palmer randomly starts laughing as we pull into our driveway.
Greg: "What's so funny, Palmer?"
Palmer: "Mickey Mouse parks his car in the garage! He's so silly."
(We obviously need to clean out the garage!)

Palmer, while playing outside in swimming trunks, and looking down at his chest: "I have two butts."

Palmer after after tracing my body with sidewalk chalk and surveying it to find a big squiggly blob: "Well, it's close."

Auntie Rie to Palmer: "What do you learn at preschool?"
Palmer: "I learn about time outs and the thinking chair and don't talk and listen!"

Palmer during sacrament meeting put a gummy worm in his sacrament cup and showed it to me saying: "He's going potty."

Brody calls: his Pappy "Happy," pizza, "haha," Kit Kats "Kitty Cat" and his new favorite television show - Yo Gabba Gabba, "Babba Bo Babba Babba Babba."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Super Saturday Projects

I am over the upcoming Relief Society Super Saturday activity for our ward, and wanted to share our fun projects with my cyber friends. The activity is scheduled for November 12 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at our ward building. Besides these projects, we are also offering two free classes: homemade bread in one hour and strawberry freezer jam (both recipes from our ward cookbook). Lunch (more recipes from the ward cookbook will be available to try) and nursery are provided. We are also doing a canned food drive for the Utah Food Bank. Everyone is welcome to attend! Orders and money are due to me by October 30 if anyone is interested in completing a project.

Christmas Gift Bags - Free! We should have 2-3 of these bags available per sister.

Wooden Nativity - $3.50. If ordering more than three of these cute nativities, we ask that you get in your money as soon as possible due to the amount of time they take to cut out.

Magnetic Weekly Dry Erase Menu - $3.50. These are personalized; let me know what you want it to read at the top, examples: "Hess Family," "Our Family," "Nancy's," etc.

Eye Spy Bag - $5.00. Each bag will include a card with objects for children to find and will be glued shut.

Hunter 27th Ward Cookbook - $6.00. 178 pages, over 360 recipes from the ward members. Printed and bound. We will offer an electronic version of the cookbook at the activity for free, but it you want a hard copy, it will be much cheaper to order it through us. Kinko's charged me $25.00 to print and bind my demo copy!

Quote Plaques - $6.00. Four quote options are available: "Family a gift that lasts forever," "With God all things are possible," "Love One Another," and "LOVE makes a house a home."

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Barnyard Bash

We celebrated Brody's second birthday with extended family members and a couple friends last Saturday. We had a farm themed birthday because Brody is a lover of animals. We served a meal perfect for country living: barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, grilled corn on the cob, baked beans and jello salad. Aunt Andrea made the super cute, and yummy Schmidt's Bakery cake (love that we have a professional cake decorator in the family), and he did a great job blowing out his candles. All the kids wore a farm animal hat of their choice and we played pin the tail on the donkey. We gave him a kid Black and Decker tool set, which he has not stopped playing with since. He also received: a farm set for wheeled animals, a coloring book and crayons, a Fur Real Pet, and cars and a car mat. He had a wonderful birthday!

Two Years Old

Brody turned two on October 6th! He's really grown up a lot lately. He just had a growth spurt and is about the same height as most three year olds. He is saying full sentences, and making connections, and showing preferences much more often. He is definitely a two year old in the aspect of throwing tantrums. He throws them often, and with grander: screaming, head thrown back, big tears, falling to the floor, etc. He is also very fun though, and likes to be silly and play. He is really clingy with his mommy. He will not stay in a room if I am not in there with him. He more often than not wants me to hold him, and to hug him; he clings to my shirt, and will actually try to stand on my feet instead of standing next to me. He also really loves his dad, brother, aunties and Grandmas and Grandpas. He is a loving boy, for sure. This is what is going on with Brody at two years of age.

He has learned: to speak full sentences, wash his hands, to climb up the counters like his brother, to climb up/through playgrounds and play places, to say and identify all his body parts, to tell us when he needs a diaper change, to open doors, turn off and on lights, to blow his nose, to match shapes and colors, to vacuum, to sit at the table, and to drink from a cup

He likes: hot cocoa, candy, chips and pop, his stuffed animals (especially teddy and hippo), cars, balls, Elmo, squirt bottles, cleaning, playing in water, electronics, wires, tools, bubbles, cuddling, animals of all kinds, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "The Little Green Frog" song, and playing with his brother and friends

He dislikes: having to share, brushing his teeth, and being alone.

Things he does that makes us laugh: speaks in a small high pitched voice whenever asked to repeat what we say (thank you or a prayer), says yes to just about everything, funny faces, very excited squeals, and big laughs and cheesy smiles.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Living Planet Aquarium

I signed up for a discount year pass to The Living Planet Aquarium for myself and the boys. We hadn't been yet, because most people I talked to had told me it wasn't that exciting, and not worth the money. We went for the first time this past Friday, and actually loved it! I thought for the small amount of money I paid ($18 for a year membership for Palmer and I and Brody is free) it was a great deal. We spent a couple hours there looking and exploring and had a wonderful time. The boys really loved the exhibit where you can touch the stingrays and other small sea animals. Palmer was a bit hesitant at first to touch, which surprised me because he usually has no fear. But once I touched each sea creature, he was excited to do so as well. It took about 20 minutes for him to actually get to touch a stingray because he is so small and could not reach to the bottom of the pool, but when he finally did, he was thrilled. Brody was happy to just play in the sink and lightly splash in the pools while I was helping Palmer. The boys, especially Palmer, were absolutely enthralled with the jellyfish. I think we spent another 20 minutes in that little room, watching the jelly fish swirl with the current and change colors. They also liked petting the Gecko that a worker had out, watching the penguins swim and play and looking at the big spiders and turtles and frogs (they definitely boys!). It was great fun, and we excited to make another visit soon! Anyone want to join us for a playdate at the aquarium?