Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
And last, but not least, we had to have a stroller and an infant car seat for this baby. Creed REFUSES to ride in strollers so we didn't need a double (although I am sort of afraid that once the baby is being pushed in the stroller, he will want to be in the stroller too). All the strollers that I would love to have were WAY out of my price range so I've been watching the classified ads on KSL. After a few weeks I saw someone selling a Quinny Buzz. I did some research to find out how good of a deal it really was for a used stroller and came across an even better deal for a brand new one. It seemed like the price was way too good to be true, but the retailer just had one old color that they wouldn't be carrying anymore on super clearance so now Tiny Ford has an incredibly nice stroller for less that what I would have spent for one at Target. It has a memory foam seat that can recline or face backwards or forwards or can be completely removed to attach a car seat or bassinet. Larry loves that the handle easily extends so it's even comfortable for him to push. Creed has been taking his stuffed animal for walks in it. I have to admit though, that I feel a little weird walking around with it and having other moms look at me and thinking I would pay $600 for a stroller. Would you be self-conscious?
There are still a few things I'd like to get: a wrap to carry Tiny around (although I think I can probably make one), a swing (which we'll try to borrow), a bassinet of some kind since the baby will have to fit into the two foot space around our bed for the first few months somehow (which I would also love to borrow), new bottles (I tossed ours because they were made with BPA), a crib mattress (but that can wait until we move and this baby has a room). But overall, I'm feeling a bit more prepared.
I don't have them in order yet, but here are a few of the things I'm thinking about including this year (Since we're trying to make the most of our time in Utah, I tried to include several local events).
1. Put out our shoes for Sinterclaus
2. Attend a live Nativity
3. Go see the lights at Temple Square
4. Drink Hot chocolate and read a Christmas Story
5. Watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas
6. Visit Santa at the Sugarhouse
7. Drive around to see lights and give an award to our favorite house
8. Go to the Infectious Disease department’s Christmas party
9. Pick out a Christmas Tree
10. Make a snowangel or snowman
11. Read the Christmas story from the scriptures
12. Address our Christmas cards
13. Dance around to music from the nutcracker
14. Go to the Festival of Trees
15. Go to Candlelight Christmas at This is The Place Heritage Park
16. Attend Ward Christmas party
17. Ride the Polar Express (This one is expensive and I'm not sure if Creed is quite ready for it so I don't know if we will include it)
18. Make a gingerbread house
19. Make Christmas Cookies
20. Write a letter to Santa
21. Drop off gifts to the neighbors
22. Camp out around the Christmas tree
23. Visit friends and family around town and take pictures of all of them wearing a Rudolph nose or Santa Hat. Develop pictures and use them to decorate.
24. Wrap presents
What would you include?
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
And then I had so make some onesies for Tiny Ford too!
Too bad that I forgot to take photos of everyone else's projects!
And to top it all off, he got a new haircut and I can't stop staring at this little grownup (who was not in the mood for any of these photos)!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Maybe I'll even get into gear and get a few listed in my shop.
Monday, November 16, 2009
We loved seeing Jesse and Melissa and it was hard to see them go again. Creed and Jesse were both sobbing when it was time to say goodbye and after Melissa strapped Jesse into his carseat, he reached his arms as far as he could toward the window crying, "Creed! Creed!" as loud as he could. It broke my heart!
We can't wait for them to move back this summer!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Here are a few so you can see how simple and cute they turned out (Sorry they all have horrible lighting, but I sent them home with Lisa, of course, so I couldn't take photos later)
I struggle a bit with baby shower games because I'm not a fan of most of them. They can be gross or awkward and embarrassing for both the guests, and the guest of honor. I spotted a shower game that I loved a while back, available here, and made a similar quiz with Lisa's help. I was happy with the way that they turned out and wish that I got a picture of them all lined up.
The other game that we played was a name game, where guests tried to name some children's book characters that I provided pictures of. I hosted this game at another shower, but this time I blew up all of the pictures and framed them.
Then of course after the games and food, we oohed and aahed over Lisa's gifts as she opened them.
I was so grateful that Lisa's mom was in charge of food and I only had to gather drinks. I collected a bunch of different orange drinks in individual bottles and thought I went overboard and had way too many, but ended up with just enough.
And I couldn't resist these adding these blue paper straws.
I used extra scraps of paper to put little flags around one of the cake plates
and little paper airplanes for the mini red velvet cupcakes that Lisa's mom made.
She did such a great job with the food. She even made cookies using only orange M&M's
The other thing that made things look really festive were the big round orange balloons Lisa's mom ordered, because Lisa LOVES balloons.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I designed some quick corresponding labels and printed them on my inkjet printer, but if they get even a tiny bit wet, they run all over the place so I covered each one with clear packing tape and cut them out.
The only part I regret is that we forgot to bring along Creed's National Park passport to be stamped. At least Lisa took these pictures so we can remember the trip well.
The weather was perfect!
That's Larry and Tyler under that giant tree. Don't these pictures make you want to abandon your computer and head outside?