Saturday, December 15, 2007

I Love December (continued)!

A couple days after the wonderful parade event Logan and I got to fly to Columbus, Ohio to visit the Ford's (my big sister and her family). Mike was supposed to come too but he had to stay and work at the last minute. We missed him but we had a blast in Columbus.

On Saturday we went to Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo. It was cold and crowded but we had so much fun walking around and looking at the millions of lights and some of the zoo animals inbetween. Here is a picture of the Fords.

Here is Logan and me. He doesn't look too happy here but he was a very good sport and by the end fell asleep all bundled up in the stroller.

And of course I had to get a sisters picture. It was so nice to be with Stephanie for a couple of days. I really look up to her. She is so kind, creative, and one of the funnest people I know.

Look at those cousins. Aren't they cute? Creed loved crawling over to Logan and Logan didn't even mind being mauled by a huge baby. They just smiled and smiled at eachother the whole trip.

Isn't this Santa Claus great? I just wish Logan would have been awake so I could take better pictures.

So unfortunately I am a terrible photographer and even worse at remembering to take pictures when doing something fun so to see more pictures of the trip you will have to go to my sister's blog (click on Steph and Larry in the right hand column). Stephanie is a religious blogger and her blog is lots of fun to read even if you don't know her. She posts fun ideas and projects all the time.

I should have taken pictures of the awesome christmas sugar cookies we made and decorated. They were delicious and the recipe made a million so we were going to give some away but we pretty much ended up eating all of them ourselves. Cookies for breakfast, yum! We also made a gingerbread house out of sugar cookie dough. We did some shopping, read christmas stories, visited old friends, saw christmas lights, went to the scholastic book fair, drank yummy hot chocolate, and painted fairy doors (again, revert back to Steph's blog to learn about fairy doors). I know I am leaving out something but I have a crying baby. The point is, we had a blast and we wish we could live closer to family and friends. Thank you Ford family.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I Love December!

I have been having so much fun, I haven't had time to post. Here are some of the things that we have been up to.

Logan loves December too. He is getting so big. He is three months old and he can roll over and grab toys now.

One Sunday afternoon Brenda Heaton, one of my oldest friends stopped by for a visit. We have known eachother since first grade. Brenda lives in Boston where she is completing her PHD in epidemiology so we don't get to see eachother often. We had a good time reminiscing and catching up.

Brenda gives great haircuts so we roped her into giving Mike one. His hair was getting so long and he hasn't had time to get to the salon.

This is his "after" picture. Doesn't he look hansome? Brenda you did a great job, thank you.

The next day, Rockwood (the tiny town we live on the boarder of) was having a Christmas parade. It was super cold but we couldn't miss it.

Here is Logan's reaction to the funny little floats. The parade mostly consisted of church groups, schools, and local businesses that walked or drove down mainstreet in their decorated trucks. There was even a short bus from a nursing home full of old people. Everyone was throwing candy and the kids around us collected bags full. It was better than Halloween.

This isn't the best picture but here is one of our favorite floats. That is Jesus on top if you can't tell. The Side read, "Are You Ready?" Don't you love the hour glass?

Then Logan got a little bit sad because he was cold so we left. We probably stayed for twenty minutes or so. It was a doosie but we had a great time.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I Am So Behind!

We have been busy having fun with family and friends this month. Between a trip to Utah, a visit from the Fords, a visit from the Spencers (and Steve) and a quick trip to Columbuis Ohio, there just hasn't been much time for posting. The worst part is I haven't taken many pictures. I just never remember or the battery is dead. I definately need to work on that.

We had a blast when Mike's sister Mandy, her husband Brady, their two kids, and Mike's brother Steve drove down from Illinois. We bought a shot gun at a pawn shop and some clay pigeons from Walmart so that we could go shooting. We just drove down the street to our landlord's father's property. I guess that is one of the perks of living in Tennessee, you can just go shooting "out back". It was a lot of fun. Afterwards the boys went to the University of Tennessee football game while Mandy and I did a little shopping. We also played games, ate junk food, and watched Elf. I love that movie. We had a great time playing with Alec and Ella. They are both getting so big. We just wish that the weekend could have lasted longer. Thanks for making long drive down here. We loved having you guys.

A few days later we drove up to Columbus, Ohio to join my Sister Stephanie, her husband Larry, and baby Creed for Thanksgiving. On the way up we stopped in Louisville, Kentucky to visit our brother-in-law Mark. It was pretty late when we got there and Mark let us stay the night at his apartment. He has a great place right now on the eighteenth floor of an apartment building that is downtown. Needless to say it has a great view of the city. Mark is Bob Cratchet (spelling?) in A Christmas Carol right now. Before he had to dash off to rehearsals in the morning he showed us where to buy delicious pies. The caramel apple pie was amazing Mark. Then we headed up to Columbus and the holiday traffic turned a 3 1/2 hour drive into a 7 hour drive. It was delightful let me tell you. Luckily, Logan was really good for most of the drive. The next day was Thanksgiving and we were fed a yummy dinner. Stephanie already posted the details on her blog so I invite you to go there if you haven't already.

I love the Holiday season. I love how Christmas has it's own movies, music, decorations, and food that one never gets sick of.
Don't forget to watch all of the classics:
White Christmas
A Christmas Story
It's a Wonderful Life
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
The Santa Claus
There are so many more. What are some of your favorites?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Lost Sea Adventure

My sister Stephanie, her husband Larry, and their baby Creed came to visit this weekend. We had a blast going on the lost sea tour. This is the tunnel that descends down into the cave. They said that it was painted yellow to help your eyes adjust to the light when you come back out.

This is a picture of our tour guide's finger and us in the cave. None of my other pictures really turned out because caves are dark.

Here we are in the gift shop afterwards. Don't you think we need these helmets?

We are being serious but I couldn't hold the serious face for long.

We're Back.

Logan was a little reluctant to leave Utah...

He was sad to leave family and friends...
But he is glad to be home again. He missed his dad.
And he was excited to meet the Fords.
Stephanie, Larry, and Creed came to visit from Ohio the day after we got back. On Saturday we went to see the Lost Sea. On The Lost Sea adventure you get to go on a tour of the caves and go on a little boat ride on the underground lake. It was pretty neat.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Pictures of Utah

This is Halloween. Logan was an astronaut.

Logan has gotten the chance to meet lots of family and friends while we are here in Utah. This is his cousin Cole.
This is Logan with his cousin Ava. She is six days older than Logan.

This is Logan after his baby blessing at the church.

Here he is dressed in white for his special blessing.

Here is Logan all bundled up.

We miss you daddy. I hope the rest of you don't get sick of all the Logan pictures. He runs the show now so all of our pictures of him. Isn't he cute?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Utah Here We Come!

We are coming to Utah next week. I am so excited for everyone to meet Logan. I get to stay for two weeks but Mike only gets to stay for a few days unfortunately. Mike is going to turn 29 while we are there and we are going to bless Logan on the 28th so it should be a pretty eventful trip. You are all invited to the blessing. It will be at my parents' ward which is near the Provo temple at 9:00am. I will give exact directions if you are interested. We would love to have everyone there.

So who knows of all the fun things to do in Utah? My sister Stephanie says that there are fun things to do everywhere you go that other people may not know about. For example, you can ride the Sundance ski lift in the summer during the full moon. What else people?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

My Latest Project

I just finished my latest project. The walls in Logan's room seemed bare so I created these new wall hangings. I started with a couple of blank canvases that I found at JoAnn's but you can find them at any craft store. Next I searched for old picture books at thrift stores. After finding the pictures I wanted I mod podged them onto the canvases. Then I printed out the letters of Logan's name on the computer in a font that I like. I cut the letters out, traced them, and then painted them in with black paint.

Here is one up close.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cowboy Logan

Mike was so excited when we found this little cowboy outfit at gymboree. When he saw it he just had to have it for Logan. Here are some pictures that he took.

Gatliburg, TN

This weekend we headed over to Gatlinburg for something to do. Unfortunately the traffic was terrible. We knew the small town would be crowded with tourists but we hoped it wouldn't be too bad due to the big UT game.

This is Logan looking around as we walked down the main street. He is the most alert baby. The following is a picture of Logan and I in front of a fall display. They were all over town. It was very festive. As you can see Logan had plenty to look at.
If you look closely at the back ground you can see the chair lift that we road on.

This is a view of Gatliburg from the chairlift. It was beautiful.

Here is our family riding the chairlift.

Here we are at the top looking at the great view.

In this picture you can see the smokies in the back ground. It was nice to see some real mountains again.

The chairlift workers said Logan was the yougest rider they ever had. It was a fun day. On our way home we stopped by the outlet stores. There were so many stores it was awesome. I was in heaven and lets just say Mike wasn't. He totally shuts down when we go shopping. He follows me around like a zombie but he is a good sport. It didn't last long though because Logan was tired and hungry. Everyone found something to take home before we had to go though, hooray!
Next I will post Logan in the new outfit that we found.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Packages are the Best!

Yesterday I got a package in the mail from my mom. It was a great suprise that made my day. Along with some yummy treats I found this cute Halloween apron that my mom made inside. Isn't it so cute? My mom is so creative and talented.

Speaking of my mother's talent reminded me of these Halloween pillows we made out of felt last year. We saw some like it at a boutique and decided we would make our own version. I love coming up with new projects to make with my mom. She always knows just how to do it.

Logan's Swing

We were getting ready to go somewhere on Saturday and Mike started swinging Logan in his car seat. To our delight it calmed a fussy Logan down. That's when we knew we needed a swing. We bought and set up the swing Monday night. He seems to really enjoy it and so do I. It is nice to have one more thing to keep the little guy occupied for a couple of minutes to free my hands up. I would also like to dedicate my love to pacifiers. Hooray for modern day conveniences! How did the pioneers do it?

Friday, September 28, 2007

I Heart . . .

1. Logan! He is five weeks old today. Can you believe it? I have been sick which is pretty stressful when you are trying to take care of a newborn but it is all worth it for this little guy. He is so cute and so much fun.

2. FAll. I love everything about it: the decorations, the holidays (halloween, who doesn't love candy and costumes?), the crisp air, the changing leaves, fall wardrobe (layering,sweaters, and pretty colors), and season premieres on television. I have to admit that I love tv.
Here is a picture of some fall decorations that I bought when my mom was here visiting.

3. Costco. Don't laugh. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I miss costco so much. It has the best food and even cute clothes sometimes. You can find anything there and it is quality stuff, seriously.

4. Blogs. I love checking out what everyone is up to and being able to see their pictures. It helps me stay connected to people even though I feel so far away.

5. Mail. Isn't getting mail so much fun. It is starting to seem so old fashioned but it is way more fun than getting an email don't you think?

Well, I just thought that I would start posting about things that I "heart" every once in awhile. It always lifts my spirits to think about things that I love.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Tennessee Valley Fair

Mike had to work all day Saturday. By the time he got home I was dying to get out of the house so we headed over to Knoxville for the valley fair. I think everyone in Tennessee was there, sheesh. We showed Logan the goats, cows, and tractors, and then we ate lots of fair food. Don't you just love funnel cakes and cotton candy? After Mike won Logan a stuffed tiger by throwing darts we had done just about all we could do with a baby. Sadly we couldn't go on any of the rides or see any bands play with the little guy. We watched the fireworks from the car and then headed home. It was exhausting but really nice to get out. Here are some pictures we took that night.

This last one was taken after we got home. Logan is growing lots. He weighed in at 8 whole lbs. on Monday.