Sunday, October 31, 2010


Friday: k-group Halloween party!
We were super heroes.
More pictures here.
(Thanks, Jennifer!)

Saturday: Went to Boulder for Stefanie's Harry Potter birthday/Halloween party.
Ben was a hairy potter.
It was pictures though. :(
I made Alice a snitch costume, but I left it in the Springs. :(
I was an ambiguous Hogwarts student.
It was so fun being in Boulder for the afternoon/evening and seeing friends.

Sunday: Halloween!
Alice wore a mouse costume all day.
I found it in one of the hand-me-down bags of clothes we got before she was born.
She makes a cute little mouse.
Tonight we stayed in and passed out candy.

Busy weekend!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

7 months old!

Dear Alice,
Today you are 7 months old.
Here are 7 things about you:

1. You are developmentally right where you should be; sitting up on your own, rolling, babbling, eating some solid foods, etc.
I'm pretty sure you'll be crawling here soon.
Your weight is on the "peanut" end of the scale, but that's okay.
We think you're perfect!

2. You love to read books, jump in the Johnny Jump-up, play in the excersaucer Corbin is letting you borrow, pet Jack, ride in the sling, take baths, ride in shopping carts, go for walks, and sit big girl style in your stroller.

3. Just recently you've been consuming a lot more food.
We were shocked last night when you downed a spinach potato cake, some edamame, and sweet potato.
Your diapers are even more shocking.
Thanks for timing it just right for Daddy to change you last night. :)

4. You are so expressive.
I love the funny faces you make.
And your laugh?
It's the cutest!

5. We love you, baby girl, but your nighttime sleep has earned you a D.
Maybe a D+ since you do give me a break with a couple nice daytime naps.
Since October 1 (yes, I remember the exact day) you have been waking up every 1-2 hours.
Occasionally we get a 3 hour stretch.
It's rough and it needs to change here very soon.
You did give us a couple longer stretches last night, though.
Maybe we're turning a corner in this sleep situation?

6. I love how you recognize our friends and family.
It's been really fun to see you interact with other babies, too.
We go to Baby Time at the library, to MOPS, and have play dates with friends throughout the week.
Oh! Speaking of MOPS, I left you in the nursery for the first time 2 weeks ago.
You made one of the volunteers hold you the entire time.

7. You've been so healthy until just a couple days ago when you developed a runny nose.
I've read runny noses and poor sleep can be signs of teething.
Maybe we'll see a tooth pop up soon?

We love you so very much, Alice Claire.
You bring us much joy!

Your Mama

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Take Home Chef

My brother-in-law, Paul, was in town last weekend judging a cooking competition.
He's a chef.
Every family should have a chef in it.
And a chiropractor.
We don't have a chiropractor in ours yet.
I'm counting on one of my siblings to make that happen.

Anyway, back to the story.
Paul came over to visit and cook us dinner Iron Chef style.
I bought some ingredients and he made it into a meal.

First, pictures with Uncle Paul.
I'm pretty sure Alice was about to cry here, but it kinda looks like a smile, so let's roll with that.

The true challenge was probably cooking in our little kitchen with subpar knives, 
but Paul has mad skillz and made it happen.

He cooked steak over a quinoa salad with lots of veggies, feta, and yumminess.
Then, he made a lobster pasta with a tomato cream sauce, chicken sausage, and a lot of other stuff.
It was freakin' fantastic!
Thankfully, we had leftovers.
We happily ate them for the next 3 meals and were both really sad when they were gone.

It was a really, really fun night.
I'm pretty sure Paul doesn't read our blog, but just in case,
THANK YOU, PAUL!!!! You're amazing.

You should see what our family Thanksgiving and Christmas spreads look like when Paul cooks.
It's out of control.

Paul is now a daddy to 7 kiddos!
I've linked this before, but just in case you want to read their story, it's here.

Lastly, Alice has been experiencing some pretty intense "stranger danger" recently.
She'll be okay for about 10 seconds before the saddest frown emerges.
She looks like she's trying really hard to hold it together.
It's enough to break a mama's heart.

Granny, Hat, Alice, and Jack

Another really creative title, right?

My Granny has mentioned several times that I haven't updated the blog in awhile.
She turned 75 yesterday! Happy Birthday, Granny!!

Okay, here's the first of several posts...

I bought Alice a fall hat from
I told Ben about how many people comment on it, but he got to experience it last night when we went to dinner.
A man came up to us outside of a restaurant saying that he'd like to take her picture (and held up his phone), but realized that would be weird.
Yes, that would be weird.
Instead he called his wife over.
"Honey, you have to come over here to see this cute baby!"
We think she's cute all the time, but the hat seems to make her extra cute.

A lot of people would caption the following photo something like, "Our happy kids".
We aren't those people.
Our happy kid and our happy dog:
We love our dog, but we've never referred to him as being our offspring.

Seeing Jack and Alice together does make me love him a little more though.

I have a lot of pictures like this:
She's after my camera.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

K-group Littles, Round 1

Corbin (18 days old), Hudson (almost 4 months old) and Alice (6.5 months old)

Contrary to what our husbands might believe, we did not make Hudson and Alice hold hands.
They did that on their own.

Round 2 will arrive in February, March, and April!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10 on 10 on 10-10

10 on 10
Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month.
Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments.

Our day started WAY too early this morning.
The sun was not up, but Alice and I were.
Big yawn.



We played hooky and skipped church this morning.
Listened to the "Traditional Country Hymns" station on Pandora.
You should check out this gem.
We laughed so hard!

I'm #1.

Still in jammies. Don't judge.

Alice's weapon of choice...
Paci nunchucks!

Trip to the pumpkin patch.
Snacking on hay.

It was a really great day.
I know I have 12 pictures.
My day started 2 hours earlier than it should have. :)

"Ages 4+"

I bought Alice some wood blocks at a consignment sale last week.
You piece the blocks together like a puzzle to make different animals.
I came home and tried to make an animal to see if all the pieces are there.
Almost 10 minutes later I conquered this "toy".

That night, I made Ben try.

It took him just as long to complete.

Then, we made a game of it.
A race against the clock.

I kept saying, "I can't believe children are supposed to be able to do this!"
I had visions of a frustrated little girl unable to make an elephant.
And a frustrated mommy having to complete this puzzle over and over again.

Conclusion #1: Now I know why someone sold the blocks.
Conclusion #2: I'm going to spray paint them.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

First Foods

First, I apologize for the bad pictures.
I'm still trying to figure out how to take indoor/nighttime pictures without the flash blasting in people's faces.
I hate flash shadows.

Anyway, after the successful apple licking on Saturday, we thought we'd let Alice try some other foods.


Butternut squash:


Sweet potato:


She acts like we're feeding her poison.
No tears or fusses, just really funny faces.
So entertaining!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tiny Satans

I hate all stinging insects.
I've decided I hate bees the least though, seeing as they have an actual function in this world.
Honey (sick!) and flowers (yay!).
It took years of teaching preschool to not run away screaming when a stinging insect was in my vicinity.
Did you know that Melissa means "honey bee"?
Weird, right?

Well, on Saturday I jumped up on top of our car to get better pictures of the scenery.
That's when a tiny satan (aka yellow jacket) started attacking me.
I couldn't run since I was on top of the car.

My sweet husband and brother-in-law were absolutely no help.
JB pulled out his iPhone to record the incident while Ben started taking pictures.

(if you click on these pictures you can see it swarming my face)

As if that wasn't enough...
We were driving home with the windows down when a fuzzy bumblebee flew into the car and in my shirt.
In case you missed that, it landed IN MY SHIRT!!!

I very calmly managed to get it out of my shirt and out the window without causing an accident.

And what did I get for my act of bravery?
A high-five.
I think I deserved an ice cream cone.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Crested Butte

We just returned from a weekend in Crested Butte with these peeps:
(Jonathan and Jennifer (and Lilly) Bolton and Jon and Becca Day)

And this dog:

We had a blast!

We drove up Friday morning, lounged around the house for awhile, and then went to town for dinner.

Saturday morning we woke up, had breakfast, and Alice did some light reading.

Then, we headed out to Kebler Pass.
It was a beautiful day!

The aspens were bright gold.
Welcome, Fall!

Ben let Alice lick his apple.
I think it was the best day of her life.

Family picture

All in all, it was a great trip!
Alice was a trooper during the day, Ben and I were troopers during the night.
She was up every hour last night...11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
We're wondering if a little tooth is going to make an appearance soon.

Next post: What my husband and brother-in-law did while I was attacked by a hornet.