November 24, 2010

All the Leaves are Gone

Last night was supposed to be the blizzard of 2010 here in Utah. Everyone got off work early, roads were closed, weather was the only thing on TV, and the stores were full of people stocking up on food and water. Well, we got .005 inches of snow at our house. If that's all a Utah blizzard has to offer, I'm disappointed. Anyway, I bet those weather people are feeling REALLY stupid right about now. We've had a busy month, which is why I haven't blogged in a while. So, here's a little bit of what we've been up to.

Election night at the Hyatt (I think). Herbert and Bell won! Congrats! Yeah!

The Gov. and Lt. Gov.'s acceptance speech. It was such a cool night to be around all that media. Some people even said they saw us on TV and Christian was trying really hard to get on camera, so I was glad when someone saw him.

After lunch at Chick-fil-A. I pulled out the camera and Amelia yelled, "Cheese!" and then made this funny face.

Amelia and Oliver took their first-ever bath together a couple weeks ago. I've been reluctant because it just seems gross for two people to share the same yucky bathwater. But, they LOVE every minute of it and play so well together in there. Look at the love on that girl!

Seth threw a "surprise" party for Julie's birthday. His idea of surprise though, is telling everyone to show up at a certain time and then leaving her at home to go get pizza. I guess she was surprised- just not in the traditional manner.

Helping Julie blow out the candles.

Playing some Wi.

We went on a little family hike up the American Fork Canyon on what was the last semi-warm weekend of the season. It was beautiful and the kids loved frolicking around on the trails and in the leaves.
I made Christian wear this with Amelia. I couldn't stop laughing. From this picture, it doesn't look all that secure but it was. Okay, maybe it wasn't.

We spent half the time trying to hold Amelia back from leaping in to the river and/or off of small cliffs.


November 2, 2010

Fall is Definitely Here

I didn't get a single picture of Halloween, not a single one. I don't know if it was the cold or the rain or both that left me totally unmotivated to pull out my camera. So, these'll just have to do:). We've had a fun October as we've made a not-so-smooth transition from warm, summer weather in to cold, frigid fall weather. I hear so many people saying how much they love fall weather, but honestly, I'll take spring over fall any day. Because at least with spring, there's the promise of warm days and nights to come.
Anyway, so, we started the month out with a zoo outing with cousins, Belle and Abe. It was such a nice day and we had so much fun. A few days later, we headed up a canyon in SLC for a campfire/FHE with the Bells. It was so pretty with all the changing leaves and so fun to hang out around a warm fire, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. Then, about a week later it snowed here. The kids were so excited to go out and play in it. Amelia lasted as long as it took her to fall down and then she wanted nothing to do with it. Oliver could have played in it all day. And he just about would have if it weren't for our friends, Dylan and Layla that came over to help us decorate Halloween sugar cookies.
Last Friday, American Fork city put on a Main Street trick-or-treat. We "visited" all the businesses on Main St for treats. I must say that AF has one of the cutest little downtowns I've ever been in with the quaintest little shops. We'll be back for sure.
On Saturday, we went up to SLC to Christian's brother, Ryan and his family's house to do the real trick-or-treating. We started the night out with delicious soup in pumpkin-shaped and colored bread bowls and finished the night with some fast, wet, cold trick-or-treating. It was pouring and we were drenched but Oliver (Thomas the Train) and Amelia (a leopard) and their little cousins didn't let that stop them from getting all the chocolate they could carry. Amelia loved going to all the houses (and would scream if we "forgot" to take her to one) and dipping her chubby little hands in the treat bowl. Oliver loved running from house to house with his cousin, Rex. Ryan and Macy have the BEST neighborhood for T-or-T'ing. A few guys from their ward even supply hot dogs, doughnuts, and hot cocoa for wearied trick-or-treaters. On Sunday, we celebrated my sister, Julie's B-day. Here's to November!

There's grocery-store-feet and then there's campfire-hands.

Playing in the leaves with one of our neighborhood friends, Parker.

Getting cozy while watching a flick together.