Thursday, September 30, 2010

The park

I fail at taking Wyatt outside. I think if we had more of a backyard I would be better, but that, and because it's SO HOT outside, makes it hard to take Wyatt out just to play.

Well, I decided it's time to change that habit. Now that it's more cool in the evenings I think I want to try taking him to some parks around our area. Yesterday we took him to Discovery Park. It's more for older children and oriented towards playing sports. There really wasn't any playground, but there were ducks!!



Wyatt tried the swings for the first time...he was a little nervous.

He also tried rock climbing with Daddy...
...and he liked that much better.





Fun, fun!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

so convenient...

My camera phone is super convenient when I need to snap a picture real quick, or, in this case, I don't want to move and disturb the subject.
Sleeping babies are so peaceful...and SO cute.
I wish I could hold him during all his naps...but then nothing would ever get done.

Monday, September 27, 2010

10 months

I'm a bit late with this post.

Oh well.

So first off, let's talk about teeth:
(Sorry about the graphic nature of this picture...poor kid doesn't like to have his teeth looked at...plus he has HUGE lips, so I have to curl them way down to even get a glimpse of the suckers...)


Within the last 3 weeks Wyatt has magically sprouted 3 teeth, with another 2+ on the way. He has his bottom 2 and one of his front teeth...it's absolutely crazy how they're all coming in at once. He's been pretty good with it, other than he has sore gums. He's not fussy more than ususal, thankfully, except when anyone tries to take a peek at his pearly whites. He does like to touch them and he bites on his lower lip more now too...

He's a really happy kid. And...he likes to laugh a lot. Like...A LOT:


Gotta love him!!

He also has an obsession with these yellow bottles (it's his lotion and hair lotion) and his bum-wipe box...
...and his other obsession would be knocking everything and anything that can be knocked over...knocked over. So anytime I'm building up the blocks or stacking legos it's immediately put in it's place and destroyed.

Wyatt is also learning how to be obedient. Here we have him staring at the loving shelves that contain all manner of stacked items in neat little rows. I have diapers, and binkies and lotions and so many fun things on these shelves. Unfortunatley, it's off-limits to little wrecking hands.
And Wyatt doesn't like this very much.
But he is learning.
(I've just told him 'no, we can't play with that...' and he started crying. But he didn't play with it. He eventually crawled over to me and we played with something else)

He's also mastered the pincer grip!! So now he can grab things with his thumb and forefinger...it's so cute to watch his little fingers work!

And of course, he's just as cute as can be! He's getting so big, and is going to turn 1 in less than two months...WHAT?! Let's freak out.
I love him so much and it's been WONDERFUL to be a mother. It still feels like yesterday that he was born, totally inmobile and helpless...and now he's this big chunker that makes me laugh all day long. There's no going back...which makes me sad and happy...but...he'll always be my baby, right?


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Raspberries for entertainment?

Ohhhh yesssss.





Jeff and I were trying to make dinner together, which is hard since I'm gone most weeknights and when I AM home, I have this guy to watch after. Anyway, he'd just eaten and I knew that if I put him down he'd crawl off to somewhere I couldn't see and make mischief. So I figured I could leave him in his highchair and let him munch on a dessert...and I found some raspberries. Awesome idea right? Well, sort of. He liked them and they were perfect finger food, buuuuuut...they were SO messy. Which I should have known, but hey...we got it all cleaned up eventually.

Making my own deco...

So my last post I was talking about great deals...well, here I go again.

I'm really bad at decorating. It's not that I don't like to do it, because I LOVE doing it, but I just don't have the $$$ to do a lot right now. So anyway, I was at Target yesterday with my sister and I came across the cutest baskets in the dollar section (which is genious on Target's behalf). Not only were they super cute AND cheap, but they were the perfect colors for my kitchen. Behold:
They were the perfect brown and the PERFECT yellow. I decided to fill them with daisies (thanks Mom for the idea) and garnish with some ivy. (All the foilage is from Hobby Lobby, each only $1 half off.) Don't mind the missing ivy on the other side, I didn't have enough so I'm going back to get more...oh, and don't mind the lack of decor...like I said, work in progress...



The other piece I worked on was this apothecary jar which I've had sitting on my entertainment center for the past year. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it, but when we painted the living room, I knew I wanted it to be filled with something to match the paint job...but I could never find anything.

Well, on my trip to Hobby Lobby, while looking in the 50% off floral section I was inspired by these hydrangeas! So I decided to fill it with flowers and marbles. And it turned out really well!

And here's its new home!
(Those stars were also found in the Dollar Section at Target yesterday...)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Superstition Ranch Market

I love a good deal. LOVE it. But I absolutely adore a GREAT deal.

Enter my favorite farmers market:

If you haven't been, I recommend you try to, just once. It's the only place I go to buy my produce, and it may be a little out of your way (located on Main St, between Greenfield and Higley), but it's so worth it. It has all the produce your regular grocery store has, but with all the prices INSANELY cheap..it literally drives me insane with happiness. So anyway, just to give you a taste of my happiness, I will share my last shopping list and price with you...

  • 2 Green bell peppers @ 5/$1
  • 2 bunches of green onions @ 3/$1
  • 1 bunch of radishes @ 10/$1
  • 2 lbs of green seedless grapes @ $0.34/lb
  • 2-6oz packages of raspberries @ 2/$1
  • 0.66lbs of green beans @ $0.69/lb
  • 1 cucumber @ 2/$1
  • 2lbs of lemons @ $0.99

And what was my total???

$4.81

Yeah. I did well. And you should go too. You'll love it. Oh, and it's not like the produce is all crap, because it isn't...it's sooooo good! I mean, occasionally you'll find something that doesn't look very good, but that's when you don't buy it... :)

LOVE IT!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

cutecardImadeoneday

I'm posting the cutest card I've ever made...because, well, it's the cutest card I've ever made.
And yes, that is Wyatt's handprint.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The BEACH

At the beginning of the year Jeff's family decided that our summer trip this year would be camping on the beach in California...unfortunately, due to complications with reserving the site (because it was ridiculously hard), it was moved back until September...last week. It was a little late, but absolutely AMAZING!! And it fell right on my mother-in-law's birthday, so it was nice that we got to spend time with her :) I'm so glad I have family that LOVES camping! The next few posts include our activities...

We visited the beach everyday, but on days 2 and 4 we spent almost the whole day there...it was divine.

Day 2 (the day after we arrived)
Our campsite
Our view of the ocean from our campsite (a lot of people brought RV's, which we all thought was lame...why go camping if you're bringing a RV??)
The OCEAN!
The weather was perfect only that first trip to the beach...every other day it was foggy until after noon or it was really windy which made it cold...but we still enjoyed every moment!
Playing in the sand...I think they're digging for sand crabs!

Day 4:

This day it was overcast and windy and very cold...not freezing, but definitely chilling. We decided to go to the beach anyway, and we're sure glad we did!! We got to see dolphins and sea lions right off shore! The beach and ocean where we were was really steep and didn't have very big waves, and because of this, the sealife was very close...we saw a pod of dolphins, 2 sea lions tagging along and a bunch of little fish being eaten! It was really special.

Grandpa feeding Wyatt some snacks. Wyatt didn't go swimming this day...too cold.
Matt and Shannon and Jacob
My cutest nephew ever!
This is a picture of the two sea lions...you can't really see them unless you click on the picture to enlarge it...they're the two dots in the background...I didn't have my camera to take pictures of the dolphins :(
This is later in the day when the sun came out, but it was still windy...Wyatt is taking a nap.
Jeff and Brigham building a sand fort
The Downs brothers, and mom
Our group


I loved the beach so much!! Thankfully we had showers to rinse all the sand away!!

(*side note* We visited a town called Slovang on the Day 3...it was a Danish community with SO MUCH to do! Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera, so I don't have any pictures from that day...a few memories: they had DUTCH candy and...Wyatt had a major blowout.)