Monday, October 31, 2011

Morgan and Boog

and Mom and Dad laughing....a lot!
The most amazing thing about this video is how Boog doesn't like anyone else...well, he likes Morgan obviously, and Nate and I, and my parents when they come to town and he loved my niece Georgia this summer, but he basically acts like he wants to attack anyone else who comes to our house!  What a sweet little guy he is with Morgan!  I am impressed everyday with how gentle he is with her.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Memories and reflection

One year ago I was enjoying my first day as a mom in my own house.  My tiny little baby only weighed 6.5 pounds when we brought her home.  I had no idea what I was doing, and loved every second of it.

Now Morgan is a year old, 19 lbs 9 ozs, 28.5 inches long, (30% for both)  much better at eating, still loves to sleep, but not so content to just be cuddled.  She is on the move.  She crawls all over our house, she's dying to learn how to maneuver the stairs.  If I go up to the kitchen without her, she just sits at the bottom and yells out for me.  Once she finds a toy she loves, she will sit for 5 minutes or more and play with one specific toy.  She already loves cartoons, especially Super Why and Dinosaur Train.  Her favorite part of the day seems to be story time, and in her lift-the-flap books, she knows where all of the flaps are and lifts them herself.  She likes to make people laugh and be silly.  Now that she's off all of her bottles except for the nighttime bottle, she is a much better eater.  Mostly she loves vegetables and pears, but she also tries a variety of spices and flavors, and recently (thanks to several birthday parties) has discovered how yummy sugar, cookies, cake, and ice cream are! 

Morgan reaches out her hand when she wants to touch something or someone, which is often.  Boog, our golden retriever, is probably one of her favorite things to touch, and the poor guy is so patient with her.  She hasn't quite learned a soft touch, so her "petting" means pulling hair.  One day she even managed to get his tongue in her hand!  They play together and eat together, much to my dismay.  Before I can stop her, she feeds him part of a goldfish and then eats the other half.  Yuck!

I cannot even begin to describe how much I love her.  I dreamed of having children all of my life, since the time I was just a tiny girl myself.  I feel so blessed, and when I look at her, it reminds me of the love my Heavenly Father has for me.  I have a lot to learn to be the kind of mom she deserves.


Even though we had celebrated Morgan's birthday with both the Guthries and the Powells, I wanted to celebrate on the actual day as well.  So we decided to do a fun fall activity and go over to Hee Haw Farms with some friends.  It actually ended up being a really warm day, a little to my disappointment.  I think if you're going on a hay ride, sweaters and scarves and hats should be involved, but not in the 70s!  We had a great time anyways.

 Morgan was all dressed up in her overalls for the occasion

 it's a long way down
 but here goes

 other Emmett Otter lovers may be reminded of another slide

 Mommy's turn!

 enjoying the hay ride

I think Morgan wanted to pet the animals, but she was not allowed.  She pulls on Boog all the time, and he takes it, but I wasn't sure if the farm animals were ready to have their hair pulled.

Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pictures, Pictures, and more Pictures

In anticipation of Morgan's first birthday, we decided to try a new photography studio which just opened close to our house.  It was such a wonderful experience!  I loved all of the pictures, all 38 of them in less than 45 minutes!  The photographer was wonderful, the studio was colorful, yet peaceful.  And best of all, Morgan enjoyed the experience, giving us some great photos.  So for this blog, you'll have to excuse me, no more words, just pictures, lots and lots of pictures.  Thank you Camera Shy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Return of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and the Want-to-Be-Crafter

On a recent trip to Robert's with my 50% off coupon in hand, I saw a display for Do-It-Yourself Fall crafts, complete with detailed instructions.  I thought, "I can do this!"  One craft I just didn't get though, square pumpkins?  Why would I want to display square pumpkins? 

While looking through my box of classroom Halloween stuff, I found a book I had forgotten all about:  The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  Now displaying square pumpkins made sense!  So wanting to be crafty, here's what I managed to do.

 I also attempted a felt table runner, with hand-stitched leaves.  I kept my version a little simpler than the one at Robert's.  I think I like it better that way.
 Here's the project that's not quite finished yet:
Am I still a want-to-be-crafter or actually a crafter now?  I'm not sure yet.

My friend Melanie on the other hand, she is definitely a crafter.  She makes adorable hats for babies, and in one night completed a hat for Morgan which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!

This is Morgan admiring herself in the mirror. 

If you're interested in hats for your little ones, she does custom work.  Look for her at the little crochet shop on Etsy.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall activities

I love this season!  I love when the days get cooler and it doesn't feel like torture to be outside.  I love going out to the garden to get what I need for dinner.  Although this carrot(s?) looked too cool to eat.

Our "braided" carrots

This season used to be busy with going back to school, parent teacher conferences, open houses, etc.  I thought being a "stay-at-home-mom" would make life less busy.  HAHA.  I have this idea of what kind of stay-at-home mom I should be, and therefore have been very busy preserving food.  So far this is what I have preserved:  7 quarts of tomatoes, 7 pints of tomatoes, 9 pints of salsa (whoa, that's a lot of peppers to dice), frozen roasted tomatoes, dried zucchini, dried peppers, dried herbs (rosemary, cinnamon basil, and sweet basil), frozen basil pesto, dried pears, 3 half-pints of walnut-maple syrup, frozen onions and peppers.  Although this list is not long compared to what some can accomplish, I am very proud of it--it's my first time doing the canning alone!  I will also be canning peaches this week with my mother-in-law, and later in the month we'll do some apples as well.

In September we celebrated Nate's grandmother's 80th birthday!  Happy birthday Grandma Lundell!  It was a fun day celebrated at a beautiful reception center.  So of course we took the opportunity to shoot some pictures.

 I am so in love with those blue eyes!
 Morgan apparently does not want to smile for the tripod.
 Her cute little laugh

Have I mentioned I love my little family and this opportunity I have to be a mom?