July 25, 2011

Dance Class

Today Kaidrei had her first dance class. There is a local dance studio about a block away from our house that was doing week long summer workshops for different ages. I happened across a coupon in the paper too so for around $15 we decided to let Kaidrei try it out. They danced and did some tumbling too and Kaidrei had the best time. She did great and Miss Jamie was very impressed at how Kaidrei followed the instructions and did just what was asked. I'm very proud of my cute dancer. Here is a snippet of the class:



As Brian said, "She was born a dancer!"

July 24, 2011

Holy Smokes!

My little girl is growing up way too fast! She is 7 months old and tonight she pulled herself up at the toy box! There was a blue ball back on the shelf that she was trying to get.

She stood there for 2 minutes before I ran to get the camera leaving her standing there fully expecting a scream when she fell, but she was still standing there smiling. She finally sat back down after another minute or two.

July 19, 2011

Me Too


We gave Malea some banana in this mesh bag and Kaidrei said, "ME TOO!"

Luckily, we have two because Kaidrei would not leave Malea alone with hers until she had one of her own!

Birthday Cakes

Back in April we had a service auction for a Relief Society Activity. It was such a fun evening though there were definitely some things being auctioned off that caused some tension. Who knew that having dinner brought to you could cause such a (good natured) stir between friends? I held out and used all of my auction points and won a family photo session with a professional photographer in our ward. I'm so excited for our pictures this fall!

I donated the service of decorating a birthday cake and a few weeks ago was asked to make a birthday cake for a boy turning 5 who likes super heroes and bikes and a girl turning twelve who likes lime green, polka dots and stripes, and make up or cell phones. I couldn't find an easy way to mesh the two so I decided to make two separate cakes and I think they turned out pretty good despite some stress that comes from decorating with two kids under two around.



I experimented and made homemade sprinkles so the colors would match the rest of the cake.

Despite the issues that came during the process it was really fun to make them and I think they turned out alright.

July 18, 2011

Coworkers

A while back (probably 2 months or so - I can't remember when) I got together with the wonderful lower school teachers that I taught with at Meridian. It was so fun to see them again. Pam (1st), Annette (2nd), Keri (4th), Tawnia (science), and Eileen (6th). We had lunch at Cafe Zupa's and visited. Seeing these amazing ladies again made me realize how much I miss working ... mostly because of great coworkers.

I was a little leary of taking the girls to the restaurant but they both did great especially considering the fact that we were there over an hour.
Tawnia came with me to Meridian to let Kaidrei play in the playground while I fed Malea since the school was only a block away from the restaurant.



Thanks for taking such cute pictures, Tawnia...

and yes I stole them from your facebook page! :)

...and now I'll know if you actually read this...hehe

July 17, 2011

Fun in the Sun

This is from earlier in the summer. I was playing with the settings on my camera and Kaidrei was a willing participant since she could play in the water. A win win situation.

I love this picture even though the exposure is wrong.



She had to come sit by me on the steps...we'll leave out the fact that she was eating sand at this point!

Attachment

I love Malea so much, but this adorable girl is having serious attachment issues with mama! If I am out of her sight for more than 5 seconds she begins to howl like her world has come to an end!

I've had such a hard time this last week with it because holding her I can't get things done or it takes three times longer than it should and if I'm not holding her I get to listen to the screaming that permeates through the whole house (and usually causes Kaidrei to cry too because she is concerned about Malea and she will take my finger and drag me to Malea until I pick her up!).

But how can you resist this cutie!

What can I do, other than hope she grows out of the phase quickly?

July 16, 2011

Flash Flood

This past Sunday was quite the day. We thoroughly enjoyed "most" of it. Church was wonderful. Kristine (the primary president) was sitting in front of us wanted to hold Malea and Kaidrei saw Hannah, an 8 year old I teach piano to - who Kaidrei loves to play with, and ran over and sat with their family. So Brian and I got to sit with our arms around one another and actually listen to the talks! It was amazing!

Our stake president said a few remarks at the end and one thing that stuck out to me was about Matthew 11:28-30. It says "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Apparently an ox can pull one thousand pounds. If you put two oxen in a yoke they can pull three thousand pounds. Not really anything new, but it really hit home to me that I need to be better at sharing my burdens with the Lord and relying on him more. Honestly I'm truly blessed and I don't have a lot major problems or issues in my life, but I need do need to rely more on the Lord in the little things like having patience when both girls are being ornery or how to get everything done on my to do list and still cuddle my little ones enough while they want to be cuddled, or how to get Kaidrei to sleep through the night.

After church both girls took a nap and after eating dinner, Brian and I decided to watch a movie. As we were watching, it began to rain. It got to the point where I was watching the rain more than the movie. It had been a long time since I'd seen it rain so hard. There were times that I couldn't see out the sliding door because the rain was coming down so hard. After the movie was over I took a nap and woke up to Kaidrei running my phone to me because it was ringing. My awesome visiting teacher was calling to check on us and see if we were okay with all the rain. My first reaction was that it was an awesome storm to watch and we were safe. She mentioned that there had been flooding in some of the houses around us. I dismissed this and then had the thought that I'd better go look in the basement. Since our basement isn't finished it is mostly storage and we don't go into the basement too often.

I will ever be thankful for that phone call because I came to an inch of water at the bottom of the stairs. 3 out of the 4 window wells hadn't drained properly and had leaked through the windows. I'm counting many small blessings that the one window that didn't leak was where all of my fabric is stored and my sewing machine happened to be on the floor because a neighbor had borrowed the table it is usually on for scouts!

Brian got a bucket and started bailing water out of the window well while I called Ann (a neighbor) to see if she had a shop vac to clean up the water. She didn't but within minutes there were two shop vacs at work in our basement. We actually walked over to the park to see the "lake" that resulted from all the water and by the time we got back there were people in our basement clearing out - at least one of which I hadn't even met before. Luckily nothing was ruined from the flooding. The boxes that did get wet had baby clothes and stuffed animals in them which just sucked the water up. So we've been doing lots of laundry and air drying around our house this week.

I feel truly grateful to live in such a wonderful place with awesome friends and neighbors. It was amazing to me how quickly aid came. The whole neighborhood was out helping one another by bailing out water, moving things, and watching each others kids. Work is truly easier when everyone pulls together to help one another.

Here are some pictures of the flooding which came from facebook pages of my neighbors since I was oblivious until most of the action was over!


Kayaking in the park



It was actually quite deep - up the the chest of some teenagers. I wasn't brave enough to venture out into it. Kaidrei dragged me in to my ankles until we were done because it was COLD water!



July 15, 2011

Too Soon

Sometimes things just happen to soon and today morning came too soon! Malea had been sitting up but fell back onto the pillow. Next thing I know Kaidrei has laid down next to her and put a blanket over them both! I couldn't help but capture my little cuties!

July 14, 2011

Icee Love

We discovered earlier this summer that the gas station closest to our house has a great slushes and icees. We don't get them very often but the first time Brian stopped on his way home from work to get slushes, Kaidrei became attached to him and his icee!



Luckily for Brian, she was still willing to share!



July 13, 2011

Family Night

We went to the park and had a picnic for Family Night a few weeks ago and had a great time!

Kaidrei loves swinging and will contently swing for 20 minutes or more.

Malea did pretty good for her first time also. She kept twisting so she could watch Kaidrei.

Having perfect weather and a gorgeous view of Utah Lake and the mountains added to the perfect evening!

July 9, 2011

Recipe - Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls

This recipe title is a mouthful, but it is so yummy! I actually found this recipe on the Picky Palate website. *Be warned the website has some sinful recipes!* I decided to make these today for a potluck reunion with our semester at Nauvoo friends so I wouldn't have a lot left for me to eat and I figured Brian wouldn't appreciate the yumminess of spinach and cheese. I think they turned out really well and they seemed to go fast at the potluck. So fast that I didn't get a picture so I borrowed this one from the Picky Palate site.



Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls
adapted from Picky Palate

13.3 oz roll of refrigerated french bread loaf
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
3 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup light sour cream
2 Tablespoon fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
1/8 Teaspoon chili powder
1/8 Teaspoon paprika
1/8 Teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 Teaspoon pepper
1/8 Teaspoon salt
1/3 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 10 muffin cups with non stick cooking spray. Unroll the french bread loaf and slice into 10 equal slices. Press each slice into about 3 inch round, then press into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin cup. Set aside.

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes. Then add garlic, cook and stir for another minute then remove from heat.

Place cream cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, chili powder, paprika, garlic salt, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well combined. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dip into the centers of bread bowls. Top evenly with mozzarella cheese and bake 15-17 minute until just turning brown on edges. Remove and let cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from the pan.


Farm Country

Kids on the Move is an awesome program for early intervention in Utah County. Our doctor recommended that we get services from them when Kaidrei wasn't talking at her 18 month check up. We now have a specialist come to our home to work with Kaidrei with language amongst any other concerns we have from eating, sleeping, and tantrums. They have a library in Orem where we can check out books and toys (Kaidrei's favorite). They also have classes for parents on various topics. I've taken one on language development and am currently taking another one about floortime, a play-based therapy. It has been a great for me to have a "professional" to brainstorm about Kaidrei with and Kaidrei has been improving as well.

They've had a summer outings program that we've gone to throughout the summer. In June we went to the aquarium and a pool party. This month so far we got to go to the Animal Farm at Thanksgiving Point.

We found that Kaidrei weighs about the same as 5 chickens (give or take since she never really stood still on the scale).

She thought the cow bench was pretty neat.

She was all excited to see the animals and ran up to the fence to get a better view, until the baby goat came to meet her and then she hightailed it away. This was the closest she got to any of the animals. I tried to show her how it was nice by putting my finger out to pet it through the fence. The goat started to suck on my finger and that scared Kaidrei even more. She walked by the stroller most of the day, but had to hold my hand or walk on the side farthest from the animals. Whenever I asked if she wanted to see/pet _______ (insert any farm animal), the answer was a resounding "doh" aka no!

She was able to have a pony ride and she seemed to enjoy it once it got moving and as long as she could hold onto my hand.

When I stepped away to take the picture she was not too happy with me. No amount of talking from me could coax a smile.

Then we went on a wagon ride. Both girls enjoyed it, but this picture was taken as everyone was getting off and Kaidrei was trying to leave too.

After the wagon ride we stopped by the jail.

It was a little kid sized play village.


Let Me Out!

Meanwhile, we tried to find shady spots for Malea while Kaidrei running around the village.

After the jail, she visited the dance hall. A perfect place for Kaidrei.

She even met a little friend and they danced around having a wonderful time.

Taking a break - I love how easily little kids make friends, I wish it was always that easy.

It was a fun day on the farm!

July 8, 2011

Best Buds

We are so grateful to live in a wonderful neighboorhood with wonderful people. I feel especially blessed to have this little boy living next door! He is a year older than Kaidrei. If we are ever out in the front yard, it is a given that Kaidrei will walk over to Aidan's to play. I've learned to keep my door locked since for a while Aidan would just let himself in so he could play.

Kaidrei and Aidan are best buds and I hope it stays that way for a long time!

(This was a spontaneous hug of their own doing while they were playing! - though some of the older kids have gotten them to kiss several times!)

Recipe - Chick-Fil-A Chicken

Chick-Fil-A is one of Brian's favorite restaurants and I have to agree that it is delicious. Personally I just love their advertising with the cows...it always makes me laugh. We have tried several copycat recipes and last week I think we finally found the winner. When Brian commented that it tasted better than Chick-Fil-A I know search is over.

Chick-Fil-A Chicken

1 Egg
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Flour
2 1/2 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
2 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
2 Chicken Breasts, cut into strips or nuggets
Cooking Oil

Mix egg and milk together and pour over chicken. Let sit 5 minutes. In a seperate bowl, mix flour, powdered sugar, salt, and pepper. Dredge the chicken pieces into the flour mixture, put back in milk mixture, then dredge in the flour mixture a second time. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Gently drop chicken pieces in the heated oil and cook until golden brown.

Larger chicken pieces can be used to make yummy sandwiches.

"eat mor chikin"

Be Careful

what you leave on the floor...or it may get snatched by this little cutie!

Malea was fussing as I was putting Kaidrei down for a nap and suddenly she got really quiet.

When I came back I realized that Kaidrei left her cup of apple juice on the floor.

Malea had rolled over snatched the cup and then settled herself back down for a drink!

She was thoroughly enjoying herself until I took it away - and then she let me know just how mad she was!