Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Carving

Last night was pumpkin carving night! Mike went online and found different stencils for carving out some pretty interesting pumpkins. There were lots to choose from like skeletons, cats, and ghosts. Eryn's choice was very her. Daddy and daughter had fun carving it out together.

Eryn was just a little too excited to hold the knife!

What's more scary than a pumpkin with Tinkerbell on it?
Even though we've tried to get Eryn excited about Halloween and the different costumes, she just wants to be a princess. No surprise there. She might go crazy and wear some fairy wings, but I'm thinking she's just going to be so excited to wear a cute frilly dress and have a crown that it won't matter that we don't brave the cold for candy outside!

Water Color

On Monday we had some art time together as a family! Mike and Eryn painted water colors, Brooke was busy singing, and I was busy taking pictures of it all!

Hmmm... I wonder who painted which picture...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Brooke's 4 Months

Brooke showing off her cuteness today!
Today was Brooke's 4 month check up. Our pediatrician's (Holy Cow, I spelled that right on the first try!) office is now segregated between sick and healthy kids. Thank goodness! Last time we went Eryn came home with something and I was not a happy Mommy! This time, we had the pleasure of checking into a totally different door and waiting room than the sick kids and even went to specific rooms for well baby visits and shots.

Brooke smiled for the doctor and suffered through her shots well. She didn't like the liquid vaccine much and spit a good amount of it out. Oh well! She managed to hit the 29th percentile for weight and the 33rd percentile for height! Still a little small, but growing right on with her curve and healthy. The doctor was impressed with her head control and her BIG blue eyes. Over all, a great check up for our tiny princess!

Now, the fun part of the story... Eryn went to this appointment also. She did a very good job being nice to the other kids in the waiting room and NOT touching them. She managed to tell me about 20 times that Toy Story was on the tv, at least 5 times that she found Nemo in the fish tank, and applied lip gloss nearly the entire time we were there!

Eryn was just a little freaked out when she saw the feared shot nurse who was wearing a Halloween top with a Jack-o-Lantern on it. "Bad lady... Scary shirt... Not cute..." The poor woman must have the toughest skin in the world because she told Eryn that she was cute and gave her a sticker.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons... BLOG

Mike's brother Andrew helped us out by taking a few family pictures for us this weekend. Mike's tolerance for me and trying to control a photo shoot while having my pictures taken is very small. Thankfully, we were able to get a bunch of usable ones quickly! Andrew did a good job (and so did his helpful girlfriend Rachel).

That was the good part, now on with the complaining! Prepare yourselves...

I'm miserable. My migraines are out of control right now and my back hurts. Eryn's having fun refusing to eat or drink anything besides chocolate milk. Brooke thinks it's funny to cry for food and then not want to eat it until I'm about ready to put it away and give up. Mike's been a trooper going to work each day and trying to leave it at the door as much as possible. I know that he's stressed out though.

Our car has decided that 130,000 miles was the point at which he could retire. Jokes on Blitzen! He's just going to have to get repaired and go back to work! Sort of like the rest of us, the car is a little burned out and wants a break, but life has to keep functioning.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cougars, Oh MY!

The game with TCU here in Provo next Saturday has drawn the eye of the sports world! ESPN's College Game Day will be here and broadcasting LIVE from Provo starting at 8 am (10 eastern)!

We also found out on Sunday that Bronco is doing a fireside with a bunch of guys from the team here at our Stake Center the night before the Utah game.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Swine Flu


Today Eryn had round one of the swine flu nasal mist. Luckily, I had the car on the 1 day this month that her doctor's office had it in and just happened to call them to figure out for sure what day Brooke's next appointment was and asked about flu shots! Luck? Nah...

The line at the health department for the adult shot was way long and with 2 little kids there was no way I was going to make it through the wait. Perhaps another day!

I spent the entire day running around from store to store, doctor's offices, and food places only to realize that I didn't barely make a dent in the things that I needed to get done! Again, perhaps another day!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bronco Sighting!

Last night we went to KSL radio's broadcast of the Bronco Mendenhall Coaches Show live! We had FREE hamburgers that were amazing from Iceberg and saw Bronco up close! Brooke got hungry and cranky and Eryn thought it was fun to run around and scream, so we didn't last the whole time. It was neat to go and see him and take a few pictures too.

Greg Wrubell, Mark Lyons, and Bronco Mendenhall

The paparazzi in full force! (I was the ONLY one with a camera!)

Before this grand event, we went to waste some time at the mall. Eryn was such a good helper pushing the stroller in a serpentine pattern everywhere. I thought Brooke was going to get motion sick from all of the weaving!

I think she liked it though. She was quiet the whole time we were walking around and only cried when it was time to get back into the car!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Noodle Mystery

The Easy Mac Mystery...

The noodles go into the water in every direction.

After cooking they are all standing up! WHY?

Eryn doesn't really care, but it's been driving me crazy!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cleanin' Up

Today is massive cleaning day around here. It's time to clean things really good, so we can spend another month or so making them filthy again! I told Eryn she could help.

We went to the utility room and I said, "Come on bucket, mop, broom, Mommy says clean up the room!" Eryn started screaming and throwing the worst fit.

WHY? Well, in my intelligence I was sort of quoting from Sleeping Beauty where Merryweather says, "Come on bucket, mop, broom, Flora says clean up the room!" Then, the tools start dancing around and cleaning up the room all by themselves. Eryn was horrified that I had to hold them to make them work!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


While my parents where here we decided that going to Moab and Arches would be something that they would enjoy. Thanks to Enterprise, we were able to take vehicles down there to their new office and we didn't have to pay for gas! We did have to ride around in a 15 passenger van for awhile, but it was worth it.

Delicate Arch from the bottom looking up.

Those crazy Michiganders at Balance Rock!

We'd promised Eryn some lizards, so we were really relieved when she finally found one! It was pretty cool that day and we were starting to get nervous... (He's right on the curb to the left of her shadow. Look close!)

Landscape Arch. Mike hiked a little ways to go see this one. It's one of the thinnest and most likely the next one to fall.

We went to the Sand Dune Arch and Eryn sure had a good time running around in there! It's a nice contained area for kids to take off their shoes and run around in the sand and play. (Thanks to the Peacocks for suggesting it!)

This is the Sand Dune Arch!

We stuck our fingers in the Colorado River!

Brooke was there too!

My Dad was pretty excited to see some new landscapes and take some pictures!