Monday, November 14, 2016

Three Month Old Violet

Violet is three months old; I can hardly believe it!  She is growing up so fast!  She is a lot of fun lately.  She loves attention and she rewards that attention with a lot of smiles and cooing.  She is also starting to play by herself.  She loves to play in her bouncer, and will do so happily for up to an hour.  Every month she becomes more and more content, but she does still demand a lot of attention. Most of the time, that is not a problem with six immediate family members and many aunts, grandmas and cousins who are happy to provide love.

Stats: weight - about 10 pounds, 24.5 inches

She has learned: to be more vocal, to laugh, to reach for toys, to take a bottle better (she still won't take more than a few ounces from it, but she will take enough to get to the next time I can nurse her)

She likes:
 nursing, bright colored toys, lights, being held, being sang to

She dislikes: being alone, being put to bed

Things about her/she does that makes us laugh: a thin-lipped closed mouth smile she often makes, kicking her legs like crazy when in the bouncer or on the changing table, cute coos and laughs

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Family Photographs 2016

We took our family photos for the year.  It is always so much work, and with a newborn, it was so, so much work!  The portrait studio actually called us and requested that we come in early before they even opened, so that they could guarantee enough time for our large family of small children.  But all the work paid off, resulting in another captured year in the life of our family!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween 2016

We enjoyed several Halloween activities this season.  As always, we went to see the witches at Gardner Village.

Greg and I took the older boys through their first Haunted House.  They were nervous!  I could feel their hearts beats from the outside of their chests.  The actors in the Haunted House kindly took it easy on them.  They both had a good experience with it.

We carved pumpkins.

We went through a corn maze.

 Greg and I had the opportunity to go to Thriller with our friends, Nick and Diana Harmon.  It was a great show with talented dancers and a lot of wit!  We all loved it!

We decorated sugar cookies as a family for Family Home Evening as well as with friends during babysitting co-op.

We watched several Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice and the new Ghostbusters.  The kids went to a Halloween party with their co-op group; Greg and I went to Aunt Emily's Halloween party and we all went to the ward Fall Festival and trunk or treated there.  And of course, we went trick or treating Halloween night.

We celebrated well this year!