Alexa and Daddy have had fun with this joint gift, although Mommy seems to be the common target, and has the bruises to prove it!
The day after we went to Zoolights at the National Zoo. Mike and I agreed that the lights were more impressive at the Portland Zoo, but this one had a carousel, a slide for tubing and a train ride.
Then the next day was Alexa's birthday, and she loved it. We let her pick everything all day. First she helped me make pancakes, then her birthday cake (chocolate with chocolate frosting and m&m's) then art time, then she and Daddy went to see Frozen (for the 2nd time) and for her birthday dinner she chose mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, grapes, and olives. Then cake and presents.
This started happening when I pointed out to him that he was in the background of all these shots.
And Kaelyn decided that she wanted to be a toy. I guess all the packaging that she's seen me wrestle with the last few days seemed like fun!
Then the next day was our 6th Anniversary. We did a little shopping, went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner and to see the newest Hobbit. It was a great day to end a fun week!
A couple of weeks before Christmas we had snow! Mike was thrilled because the government shut down so he had a snow day from work. He and Alexa made a snowman (with a celery nose), snow angels and had a snow ball fight. The next day we went out and went sledding, which both girls really liked.
Alexa really liked helping decorate the tree, and the bottom of our tree was very well decorated!
She is such an attention hog! She sees a camera and immediately starts posing. Still have no idea where she got these poses from, either!
Mid-jump, good job camera woman (me)!
One morning when I went in to get Kaelyn up, this is what I found. Luckily she was not messy, just naked!
Kaelyn's first pony ride. It was so cute watching her just lay across Mike's back as he tried to balance her there.
So, I was washing dishes and cleaning the floor while Mike was "watching" Kaelyn to make sure she didn't make a big mess. All of a sudden he ran by me heading upstairs muttering something that I couldn't hear. When I asked him to repeat himself, he yelled down from upstairs "The baby may have the bowl on her head" Sure enough, I looked over and Kaelyn had a bowl of yogurt on as a hat. I haven't asked him to watch her while eating again :)
All of my siblings and their families came for Thanksgiving, which was a lot of fun. Sadly, these are the only pictures I took the whole time. Which is a shame, because I made 11 pies, and I can't believe I didn't document it!
Alexa and Kaelyn really enjoyed playing with their cousins, even if Alexa got distracted during football by piles of leaves!
During October we were also lucky enough to go to Disney on Ice, minus Kaelyn. We figured she wouldn't really appreciate it, so instead it was 4 adults and Alexa. We had awesome seats and Alexa was so thrilled to see all the princesses, and of course Mickey and Minny.
Wow, it's amazing how daunting it can be to blog again when you're like a year behind. Ok, it's only 3 months, but still. So, in October we went to a "Pumpkin Patch". It was very different from what we were used to- for one, you couldn't go pick pumpkins in the field, but it had a bunch of huge slides, photo ops, a haunted hay ride, corn maze and a bunch of other things. Alexa (and Daddy) had a blast!
For Halloween, Mike finally got his wish. He was Link, I was Zelda, Alexa was Princess Peach and Kaelyn was Pikachu. We decided the theme was Super Smash Brothers Brawl :)
I'm pretty proud of my sewing skills, since I really don't know what I'm doing and had to do everything without patterns. These cute girls loved Trick or Treating and showing off their costumes at our ward's Trunk or Treat and Mike's work party!
So, back in April we, rather abruptly, decided to up and move across the country. Mike hated his job and was having no luck getting into the field that he really wanted to be in, and my parents had offered a long while before to let us stay with them if we wanted to come out and look for a job out there. We had talked about doing it before, and in fact, about 9 months earlier, Mike was all set to do it, but I convinced him to wait at that point since I was over 8 months pregnant. But, not being pregnant, having an apartment contract about up, and Mike about to die from boredom at his job, we decided to go for it. So, we loaded up a POD and took a road trip!
We stopped in Utah for a few days to see friends and family, and do a little reminiscing. Can you believe the picture above is the new DT at BYU?? I am so jealous! And of course we stopped at the Malt Shop, which Alexa loved! Kaelyn, too, actually! We were able to see a lot of our friends, play a lot of games and even played night games!
Then came 3 very long days of driving. The girls became very big fans of rest stops that had something for them to do. I think this was their favorite- a big sandbox, lots of grass, and even horses! Well, at least a farm next door with horses.
Our next real stop was in Illinois where we stopped and stayed with my Aunt Cathy and got to see some of my extended family. The girls got to meet/see again Great-Grandma, plus a couple of my aunts and uncles and a bunch of my cousins.
From Illinois we went to Kentucky to stop and see Aunt Kari. Kaelyn had bonded with her car seat by that point and liked sitting in it even when not in the car.
We went to an awesome children's museum with Kari and co. Alexa especially loved all the things she was able to see and do!
I love Alexa's look of intense concentration (and stance) as she gets ready to catch a ball being shot at her.
And finally we arrived!! It was so nice getting here and knowing that we wouldn't have to drive again the next day! Of course, we had to go another week before our POD got there- which we were not happy with since it was supposed to get there the day after us, but we made it, our stuff finally made it, and Mike got a job not long after!
So, not quite a month after we got here Mike received a job offer and took it! He's really liking it, and it has a lot of opportunity for upward movement. He's getting really good experience, and while it isn't exactly where he wants to be for years, it is a huuuuge step up from where he was. It also made us feel very vindicated in our choice to move here, even with so little planning!
So, I know I'm waaaay behind, but to start the catch up, we'll start from now and work our way back. This cute little lady turned 1 yesterday! It's amazing how fast time passes!
She had a grand ol' time playing with birthday balloons (which appear in the birthday person's room overnight with our tradition). Tonight we'll have her birthday dinner and cake and open presents.
Kaelyn is a lot of fun, she is so happy aaaalllllll the time, really. I mean, if you don't feed her when she's hungry, she yells at you, but even then she doesn't cry. And let me tell you, this girl takes her food seriously. She had a doctor's appointment last month and weighed in at 23 pounds, making is less than 10 pounds difference between her and Alexa.
She has 10 teeth now, keeping pace with the early teething pattern she's had, and is also walking now. She isn't talking very much, but does say Momma and Dadda, and sometimes will repeat things you say. We love this happy kid and love watching her grow up!