Friday, December 21, 2007

Chance's Latest

So, I have a lot of catching up with everything that Chance has been doing for the past couple of months and even though this may not be the most interesting to everyone else, I just feel like I need to get it all documented. :)

First of all, Chance finally got some teeth during the month of October. The first ones that came in were on the top. Usually it's the two front teeth, but in Chance's case, it was the two side teeth, so he looked like he had vampire fangs for a little while!! This picture is our attempt at getting a picture of those little fangs.

Soon there after his two bottom teeth came in which you can barely seen in this picture, but they are there!The pictures we got of his teeth aren't very good because he was really fighting against it. So, I just had to throw this picture in because it made me laugh so hard- it shows how difficult he was being. So funny!!
Something that we have noticed about Chance is that when he is really concentrating, he will stick his tongue out. He gets it from his father!

And finally, Chance started crawling around 13-14 months old! About time, but I guess he was happy rolling around for so long.

There's that tongue again!
Chance also discovered a fun place to play. He likes crawling underneath his crib and throwing things out through the bars.

Some of Chance's latest favorite foods include blueberry topping, left over from waffles, and olives, stuck through the finger of course. It's funny how kids figure out the best way to eat olives without us prompting him. Look at that face of pure happiness!

Once Chance figured out how to pull himself up in the crib, his new past time, during nap time, became peeking out the curtain.

Ever since Chance was little he has enjoyed eating dirt. He must have been really excited when he found mud so close, on our own back porch. I was also really "excited" when I found him like this... will he ever grow out of this unconventional appetite?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The naked napper

The other day Chance awoke during his nap, so I went in to check on him. He felt really warm (it was a hot day), so I unzipped his jammies a little and took his arms out of his sleeves, then I left him to finish his nap. Shortly after that I heard him in there crying again, so I went in a second time to check on him and I found him like this- standing up in his crib completely buck naked! I just burst out laughing! I guess Chance has learned how to get his diaper off, once he gets mom to unzip that confining sleeper. This picture is titled- please don't make me put my clothes back on!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

We love Santa!!

On Friday we had the ward Christmas party and the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap...

Of course, we knew from the very beginning that it wouldn't go over well with our little guy, so we thought if dad just held him he might be okay. Apparently that was still a little too close to the scary guy with a big white beard. ;) You can see the progression here- the longer we made him stay near Santa, the angrier he got. Poor baby. Maybe next year he'll like Santa.
As a side note, after I got him calmed down and some food in his tummy he was a little more cooperative. I went back after the line was gone, and sat next to Santa while holding Chance. He was definitely nervous but calmed down, and I think we may have even gotten an okay picture. Unfortunately it was on someone else's camera. When I get the picture back I will scan it in to have proof that Chance actually sat next to Santa. :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The week of Thanksgiving...

was lots of fun! As always, it was busy, but I think we might be getting used to having busy holidays, for the most part.

For my niece, Elise's 6th birthday and for my mom's 60th- we went out to lunch with just the girls. I don't know how my mom will feel about me broadcasting her age on my blog, but I can honestly say that she doesn't act or look her age. She's got lots of spunk, great skin and she doesn't even dye her hair! Hopefully I got some of those good genes! :) We went to the Garden Restaurant overlooking the temple, which is where I used to work a long time ago. So it was fun to re-visit and enjoy a yummy lunch with a great view!

Here are the birthday girls!!

After lunch we took a couple of minutes to walk around the temple grounds. We could see all the lights already on the trees just waiting for the lighting ceremony later that week. But what was really unusual was that there were still flowers all over in late November!
And these are my favorite, I absolutely love the bubble lights in the pond. Temple Square is so fun at Christmas time!!

Unfortunately my little brother started feeling pretty sick during the week. He didn't even eat on Thanksgiving because his stomach hurt so bad! Poor kid! So, after a process of going to the hospital a couple of times, they have concluded that he probably has an ulcer! :( So sad! I guess a bachelor's life at BYU can be a little stressful!! One night he jokingly asked for a Winnie the Pooh mobile to be placed over his bed. I'm sure he was surprised when my mom actually made him one! I'm sure it made him feel better to have something to bat at while he was laying there. ;)
One night we took a little hike with some of Eric's family. We had just missed the sunset, but the lighting was still pretty cool. We just went up into the hills overlooking Centerville where we both grew up. I love that you can always find a fun hike within minutes of home.

Here's Eric and Chance with Eric's big brother Dan and his dad.
On Thanksgiving day we ate at my sister Maren's house and we had an absolutely delicious meal!! Chance and his cousin Brendan were loving it. Chance actually ate a little early and then slept while we were eating- it was great timing!
Sadly to say this is the only picture I have from Thanksgiving day! I just didn't feel like taking any pictures that day, and of course I am now regretting it. Why do I do that!? I know that I am always going to regret it later....

During the week Chance was reunited with his Johnson cousins Jaycee and Jared. As you can tell, they were absolutely thrilled about it.
And they just loved playing together... yea right! It was more like poke each other and take each other's toys away. Thankfully they are small enough that they didn't make each other too upset. But I was just thinking that when these kids are all 2 we are going to have some serious chaos to control. The Johnson boys just hanging out.
While we were out there I was able to take some family pictures for my sister in law. We had a lot of fun doing it and they are such a cute little family. Here are a couple of my favorites!
I wish I could have kept this lighting going the whole time. I love the soft golden glow right before the sun goes down.

I love this shot- it totally looks like it could be an engagement. :)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Mom's Surprise Party

Wow- it has been so long since I have posted. I feel a major disconnect to everyone because not only have I not been posting, but I haven't been checking anyone else's blogs either. For a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, my life got really busy. Then, we were in Utah for the week of Thanksgiving and this past week has just been getting back into the routine and unwinding from all the busyness. So, I'm back and ready to get updated!!

The reason I got so busy for a couple of weeks there, was due to a huge project I took on for my mom's birthday. I had sent out mass e-mails to everyone I could think of that knew my mom well and asked them to write a letter for my mom expressing their love and any memories they had with her. Gratefully I got a good response which in turn gave me a lot of work. I scrap booked all of the letters along with any pictures that had been included. Then we planned a big surprise party with everyone for the Saturday before Thanksgiving. My mom didn't know that we would be in town, so we surprised her with the party and with us being there at all.

Here are most of us waiting for my mom to arrive. I think there was a little more than 30 people at the party.
When she came in the door and started coming upstairs, my nephew started saying "surprise, shhhhh" just like we had been trying to explain to him. And then my niece yelled surprise to my little brother who had come up the stairs right in front of mom. Thankfully my mom didn't really notice, so when she made it to the top of the stairs and we all yelled surprise she really was surprised- it was so great! Then we started singing and while we were singing she finally noticed that it was me holding the cake and gave another little surprised yell. And then the tears started welling up, which in turn made me and my sister get teary eyed too. It was all so much fun.

After blowing out the candles she went around the room hugging everyone.

Then we made her sit down to open the book of everyone's letters, which of course made her get teary eyed. She kept saying that she couldn't read anything because her eyes were all blurry from the tears.
Here's a sample of one of the pages

It was a great night and we had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed being able to see so many people that I loved all in one room. And I always love surprising my mom since she is pretty hard to surprise. I think it was a great birthday party and I hope my mom felt just how much she is loved by everyone!
By the time the party was over we were a little tired, but we had to take the opportunity to snap a family picture. Notice that I am holding Brendan, not Chance. Traveling for so long had taken it's toll on Chance and he had gone to bed way before the party ended!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Halloween Festivities

Halloween seemed to go on for a few days this year starting with the church's primary party the weekend before. We made our debut as the frog prince, princess and lily pad there and we had a great time. Unfortunately you can't see Chance's or my crown's very well, but they are there! And notice EJ's nicely painted green hair! Then on Monday, we had a small little party for the kids. There was a craft to decorate, music to dance to, and food to eat. Outside there was a great pile of leaves raked up, just ready for us to take a picture in front of.

Here's our sweet little frog prince! On tuesday we had EJ's office party. We took Chance trick or treating to all the desks and by the end he was getting better at reaching out and grabbing the candy they offered. I am proud to report that we won the best costume award and 25 dollars! So, we went out to dinner that weekend and really enjoyed that $25. :) On Wednesday- Halloween morning we had music class at church and the kids all got to dress up again!
Poor Chance was a little congested with a runny nose and a small cough. By the time it had ended he was ready to go and was not very happy that I made him sit there to have his picture taken!
Luckily though, he liked his costume and didn't mind putting it on so much. That night we had a little Halloween party at out place. We had a lot of fun and were happy that some of our friends could come over.

We had a pinata that the kids all took turns hitting. They never got it open, so the adults eventually started taking turns as well. Chance had a turn and didn't want to hit it with the stick, just with his hands.

But after he hit it, and it started swinging back at him, that was much too scary and he was done with his turn!
We were pretty proud of the menu, we had monter mix (chex mix), stinky slices with golden goo (apples with caramel dip), dirt and worms (choc. pudding, oreos and gummy worms), witches brew (apple juice with ice in the shape of hands) and many more yummy dishes. The grossest dish was probably the dried scabs (craisins)!

We found some cheap twinkle lights in orange and purple which gave some nice lighting.

And to start off the scary mood, our entrance was full of spider webs and a strobe light. As you can see we had a lot of fun decorating and preparing for the party.

We had a great Halloween this year with lots of fun things to do. Next year we will venture out to do some trick or treating- by then Chance will be 2 and will know what's going on.

Monday, October 29, 2007

October's Bookclub Extravaganza!

Last week we had an awesome book club! We had so much fun discussing the Twilight series. And the vampires were a perfect subject for Haloween!

There was a great turn out this month, because really, once you've read these books you just can't turn down a good discussion. There is so much to talk about! We covered a lot of material, and ran over time, but we still could have gone on for much longer! This is such a fun group of ladies, I loved hearing what all of them had to say. And I was impressed with the way Sarah lead the discussion. She had a lot of good things to point out that I hadn't thought of before. I love that about book club!
I had some left over fabric, so I thought I would make a patch to sew on my shirt to show who I supported between the 2 leading male characters. Eric was kind enough to take the picture. I think he was visualizing that the E in Edward really stood for Eric! :)

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