Once there was a pig... and it was huge! And it was best friends with a kangaroo next door. True story! Last week we went to a super fun Pumpkin patch here in Utah. My friends told me that I was about to see the biggest pig ever, I didn't believe them until I saw it. That pig was crazy huge!!! Emma got such a kick out seeing the big Bertha of a pig. Paisley (The little girl I nanny for now) just kept laughing and pointing at it.
Although the pig was cool, my favorite by far was the Kangaroo! I am now trying to convince Jake that we need one when we finally have his hobby farm that he desires. I think it is a great compromise. He gets cows and chickens and I get a kangaroo and goats haha.
But seriously, have you ever petted a kangaroo? They are so soft and cuddly. I love it. This guy in particular LOVED to be petted. That little animal made my day!
Emma, I think, could have stayed at the pumpkin patch all day long! Between the huge slide they had and the corn pit, this girl was in heaven. Sadly though, Lizzy loved it until she got too cold (we happened to have picked the coldest day to go) So when the 11 month old
screams says it is time to go, its time to go haha. Here are a few pictures of our adventures.
P.S The corn pit was So. Much. Fun!!!
Today was one of those "I am such a awesome mom" moments. Haha not. I had several things that I had to get done this morning that Emma and Lizzy were left to entertain themselves. Emma was quite excited because that meant she could watch Mickey Mouse longer with out me noticing. After awhile of working on my projects, I started to feel really guilty about not playing with my sweet little girls. I felt kinda lame not spending as much time with them as I normally do. I kept finding myself telling Emma "just a minute" or "let me just finish one more thing." Finally I decided enough was enough and it was time to play. Boy am I glad that I took that break. I had so much fun playing with my girls outside! The weather could not be beat. And Little Lizzy was full of smiles and babbles. She was talking about everything an anything. I just love watching her look around and discover everything. She is always so fascinated by the littlest things. I just love it! One of Emma and my favorite things to do outside is lay a blanket down and look for birds in the sky. Lizzy's favorite thing to do is to "fly" above us lol! As I played outside with Emma, I was amazed with how much imagination she has. She set up her Little People doll house on our little picnic blanket and talked to me about her little dolls. I learned who they were, their names, what foods they like to eat, what makes them happy or sad (we had to kiss one of them better) and how they cook dinner in their house . It was just too cute to watch. I will forever treasure each moment that I spend with my girls. I know that they will not be this age for long. So I will gladly set aside my projects and take time with them. After all my daughters make each day more beautiful then the last.
November is here and it is the time of year that everyone recalls all that they are thankful for. The past few months have been so busy getting ready for our baby girl, that sadly I have focused more on what projects need to get done and less on the amazing tender mercies that I see every day in my life. I have so much to be grateful for its crazy. So today I decided instead of figuring out what project to work on next, I decided to take some time to write about a few things that I am thankful for.
1. I am thankful for a healthy baby girl that will be in my arms soon.
A lot of people know, but most do not, I had some minor complications early on in my pregnancy. Almost as soon as I found out that I was pregnant I felt uneasy. Like I was waiting for a ticking time bomb or something. I just felt that something bad was going to happen. I remember going to my husband near tears, I was so worried, and nothing had even happen yet. Anyways, after talking about it I ask for a Priesthood blessing. It is such an amazing blessing to be married to an amazing husband who holds the Priesthood! In the blessing, he talked about how there would be trials in this pregnancy but it will turn out alright in the end. I felt a little better and went on with my daily life. My life at that time was anything but calm. Haha! I was planning a baby shower, choreographing a dance for a church activity and performing in it, and choreographing for a youth dance festival, just to name a few things. Well my luck caught up to me. And not only was I starting to cramp, but I was starting to bleed a little. I was promptly put on what I like to call "house arrest" and was told I couldn't lift Emma. Luckily for me I had amazing support of family and friends. They all helped me so much in taking care of Emma. Two weeks later I was finally told I could go back to light activities, but that I would have to take it easy. Easier said then done lol! But my complications slowly went away and I am feeling great. Not only that, but the baby is healthy and loves to move around and dance inside me to prove it. I am so thankful that nothing worse came out of this experience! It made me become so much more thankful for a healthy body and a healthy pregnancy! Now I only have to wait a couple more weeks until I meet this little munchkin, and I can hardly wait.
2. I am thankful for a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband.
I really can't say enough about Jake. He really is my my best friend! I just love him. He makes me laugh when I am feeling down. He talks me out of working my self to death and stressing about things that don't matter. Recently his favorite thing to tell me is to not worry about all the projects I want to get done, but to just worry about growing a baby. It is so nice to know that our little family comes first to him. We are perfect for each other. Everyday I am thankful that I said "yes" to him. Life would be so boring with out Jake around. As everyone in my ward now knows, he is perfect! At least to me :)
3. I am thankful for our cute new home.
This past September we moved. We said goodbye to our friends and our little apartment and moved into a new town where Jake works and found a little duplex to rent. And can I just say, I love it here. Our place is so much bigger then our last, and we have a backyard! I think that the backyard is
my Emma's favorite thing. Not only is it nicer then our last place, but it feels like home. We have met so many amazing people here! I just love where I am at. Good friends, a good home, close to Jakes work, what more can a girl ask for.
4. I am thankful for Fall
Fall is my absolute favorite season! The trees change colors, Air turns a little cooler. Scarfs get to become a staple in my closet again. Pumpkins and apples are everywhere. And the world is just beautiful. I love finding trees that are turing bright orange, pink, yellow, and red all at once. They are my favorite. Emma is starting to become more and more excited about fall as well. Whenever we are out it is her goal to find pink trees. It makes me so happy when I see her get so excited over a fall tree.
5. I am thankful for Emma
My little Miss Emma makes me so happy! I am so thankful that I get to spend everyday with her. I get to watch her learn her learn and grow everyday. She is so stinking funny too that there is never a dull moment. She gives the best hugs and kisses and is such a good little helper. I tell her almost daily to never grow up and change. Sadly she never listens. But that is okay, because each day is more fun then the last. And I am so glad that I am the one who gets to be her Mom.
I could go on and on with all that I am thankful for; family, friends, the Gosple, FHE, listening to Emma say prayers, dancing, singing, our little piano, food to eat, warm clothes, gifts that we have received, peaceful music, talents that I have been given, knowing that my family is forever, watching Emma play with her little friends, hearing Emma laugh, a husband who can build and fix pretty much anything.... like I said I could go on and on. All I know is that I am just so thankful for that life that I have. I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Emma is sick. It is so sad to see her so quiet and still. She seems to be filling a little better today, but we are still filling our day with lots of cuddles, stories, and her favorite shows. Is it bad that I am secretly enjoying all this cuddle time. I am soaking it up while it lasts. On another note, I was looking through my photos and realized there are a ton of recipes that I never shared with you. It would be wrong for me not share all the goodness, the food was that good! So to start off this food fest, I give you my new favorite cinnamon rolls.
Caramel Apple Cinnamon RollsI found this recipe while I was looking through Pinterest. It was super easy to make and so delicious. They were gone within a day of making them, they are that good! You can find the original recipe here Here is what you need: Dough:
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 6 tbsp butter soften
- 1 apple cored and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce (I bought whatever was cheapest at the store)
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
What is Yellow bath time you may ask?
Why its the time I put all things yellow in with Emma as she takes a bath. Best part about it, I let Emma paint herself and everything else in the tub yellow. She absolutely loved it. And I loved it because it was super Fun and Easy to clean up. I know she is a bit young to learn and remember her colors. But I figure, what the heck, start her off young. I think tomorrow we might just have a pink bath time.
Bath time Paint
Baby Powder Baby Soap Water Food Coloring
Basically its 3 parts baby powder to 1 part baby soap. If the consistency is not liquidy enough for you, just add water until its perfect. Then choose a color from your food coloring stash. Squirt a few drops in and ta da. Baby Friendly paint. This kept Emma entertain for quiet some time. And to clean all you have to do it rinse it all off. Like I said clean up is easy peasy.