Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Halloween Fun

I can't believe that Halloween is already over and Thanksgiving is this week. This past month has flown by!
October was a fun month. We celebrated three birthday's in the Scott Foley Fam, went to the pumpkin patch a couple of times, ward trunk-or-treating, preschool on Halloween (Costume party), and of course, actual Trick-or-treating.
We visited this pumpkin patch a couple of times. It is free, they have fun park equipment and the coolest part (I think) is the corn box. Not sand, but corn kernels  Yes, I found many kernels in rolls of Ivy, but she loved it. I just had to watch her closely because she liked to put them in her mouth. The little stinker.
Ivy LOVES slides. She loved them even more riding them with her big sister.
This particular day at the patch, I yelled at a bunch of first graders. About 5  or 6 of them jumped in the corn box and started kicking corn and chucking little pieces all over. There was another toddler in there with Ivy so I laid into them a little. I wasn't horrible, but I wasn't very happy with what they were doing. 
Corn Angel

I am tempted to buy a wheelbarrow for Christmas, because this little girl loved going for rides in this one.

Okay, so I tried, I really did. My friend was "Five Little Monkey's" with her family last year, so I borrowed some of her stuff. I loved the idea, but when it was all said and done,I pretty much looked like a disheveled mom with a brown nose, and who knows what Ada looked like. I tried to make her look all beat up (You know, the monkey fell off of the bed and bumped her head), but the gauze on her head ended up looking like underwear and her homemade tail kept pulling her pants down. Oh well, at least Scott and Ivy were recognizable, right?

We had a fun October month. It went by fast and November is going by even faster. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ivy Girl Is One

I don't even know where to start with this little one. She really is the sweetest baby. We can't get enough of her. 
These days, this little girl follows her big sis almost everywhere and wants to be doing everything that she does. Although walking has not happened yet, she has mastered the art of crawling and pulls herself up on everything. 

Ivy is our "snuggler" Now, I put snuggler in paranthesis for a reason. I have seen true snugglers and I do not believe our girls fit into that mold. She does love to give Ada loves and hugs, though and will latch on to Scott as soon as he gets home from work or in the morning when he is getting ready to leave.
This little one loves to smear food everywhere...especially in her hair! I am not a fan of that, not one bit. She sure makes food look good though, eh?
I have yet to get an action picture, but Ivy likes to get up on her feet, stick her bum in the air and head on the ground. Looks like a half-hearted head stand. It's so funny to watch
This girl loves to be outside. She cries when I don't let her go outside and cries when we come back in. 

This sweet one has learned how to "blink." We will tell her to blink and she will close her eyes really tight. Adorable.
Ada will lay on the ground (gross, I know) and Ivy will attack her. It is a fun game they play.

For mine and Ivy's birthdays, we headed up to Sacramento to meet up with my sister's and one of my best friends fam for dinner (PS. thanks again for that awesome pizza). Afterwards, we headed back to the homestead for presents and cupcakes.  
You can tell by the confused look on Ivy's face that she wasn't quite sure what to do. The kids were happy to show her the ropes. 
Wahoo for cupcakes
Ivy is just like her Daddy (both girls are). She doesn't like getting things on her hands. She kept smooshing her frosting covered hands together and slowly separating them. 

Some fun things about Ivy:
1. When she picks  up a ball, doll, stuffed animal, balloon, etc, she lovingly lays her head on it and squeezes the life out of it.
2. She says, "No, No, No"
3. Ivy will drop things on the floor and say, "Uh Oh"
4. When we tell her to be soft, she will smack herself on the head
5. She is a sippy cup thief. Any cup left behind get snatched up by her quick hands
6. Ivy loves her bath and loves trying to grab the water from the spout.
7. This little girl is a Daddy's girl. She reaches for him when I am holding her and gives him kisses when he leaves for work (I can honestly say that she rarely gives me kisses).
8. Ivy is a screamer, especially if Ada steals a toy from her.
9. Lately she has been putting shoes, or anything that resembles a phone up to her ear and starts chatting. And no, I am really not on the phone that much.

Happy Birthday Ivy Girl. We couldn't be more happy that you joined our family a year ago. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ada Turns Three

The night before Ada's birthday, I hung up some streamers and balloons. We laughed when we saw how pathetic the decorations looked. It was kind of like a , "Waaw, waaw" feeling (I am not sure how to spell "waaw, waaw" Just think Debbie Downer).
 We have been prepping Ada for weeks that when she turns 3, she has to get rid of her binky. There would be days that she would cry when we asked her if she was excited to turn 3, and she would say, "I don't wanna turn three because I want my binky!" Most days she would just get big eyes and talk about how the binky fairy would bring her a present. No judging. 
So, birthday morning, I go into Ada's room and tell her it is her birthday. She jumps up so fast, starts taking her clothes off saying how she can't have a party in her PJ's, then hands her binky right over. She said, "Mom, I am three now, I don't need this anymore." I was shocked. But wasn't convinced. The day before I had decided that I wasn't going to rush the whole binky thing. Ada takes great naps, only had the bink when she is sleeping, so no big deal, no rush but we ended up throwing it away together later that morning.
I felt really bad because right away she asked where her friends were. We had to cancel the little joyschool bday I was planning because Ivy had a crazy contagious rash (Dang Hand, Foot and Mouth). I explained that we couldn't have friends over because Ivy was sick. After seeing her balloons and streamers hanging up, though, she got over it really fast.
 Everything was "Birthday" yesterday. Special
"Birthday" breakfast, "Birthday" balloons, "Birthday" lunch, etc. In fact, she started calling the balloons her birthday. She woulds say, "Don't pop my birthdays!"
I took Ada to get some donuts and the sweet Donut Spot lady gave her a bag of donut holes too (Not that we needed any extra sugar).
Ivy LOVED the balloons. I loved watching her attack them.

 I took Ada to Toys R Us to pick out a special toy to replace her binky. She had a cute stuffed pig and little Rapunzel Doll when she saw Dora. This wasn't as cuddly as the pig, but she was happy. She was so dang cute at the store. She would pick something up and say, "Oh, this one is perfect," or "That is for boys."
 We drove up to Scott's work so we could go out to lunch. He brought one of the presents with him so he could give it to her at his office. 
Funny story When Scott got into the city, as he stepped off the train and the door shut, he realized he didn't have the present in his hand (Good thing the gift was wrapped in Princess wrapping. They could have stopped the train because of a mysterious package). So he chased the train at a full sprint about 4 or 5 blocks to the next stop and was able to jump in the last car (in his work clothes, mind you). He made his way to the front of the car and at the next stop,  switched cars again to get closer to the driver. The driver actually got out of the train and found Scott and gave him his package. She must have seen him chasing down the train. 
Dedication folks, dedication.
 We brought cupcakes to Scott's work and Ada asked a few people if they wanted one. Both of the ladies said, "No thank you." Come one people, when a three year old offers you a cupcake...take it then throw it away if you don't want to eat it. 
 Just like her mommy
 I made a home made cake (which was not that tasty). Ada was lucky enough to spend her special day with both sets of grandparents. She was so excited that she was talking a mile a minute the whole night. I had to tell her multiple times to use her inside voice.
 Scott's grin looks slightly evil, but Ada sure looks adorable.

I can't express how much we adore Ada. As hard as she can be some days, she is so much fun and is so dang funny. I still am shocked at some of the things that come out of her mouth sometimes. 
On the way home from lunch with Scott the realization was setting in for Ada that her binky was gone. She told me that she didn't want to be three anymore. I explained that there was nothing she could do, that she was three now and her binky was gone. She got really sad. When I got her into bed, within a few minutes, she was crying for something. I am sure I went in her room at least 4 times within 10 minutes. I finally told her I would not be coming back in. So, the next hour and a half she cried. But some of the things coming out of her mouth were hillarious. At one point she started singing a song from one of her favorite movies, Peter Pan. "I can fly, I can fly, I can fly. Oh no, I can't fly without my binky (This is all while crying)."
Something else she said while sobbing was, "I'm a little bit sad, Happy Birthday!" And one other thing was, "Oh no, this is not really good." I am not going to lie, it kind of broke my heart. I was so sad for her. I feel like I took away the most important thing to her right now. 
I feel like she is growing up so fast and I really want things to slow down. Seriously, she changed so much in one day. Just today after telling her she could not watch Peter Pan she told me that I needed to be nice to her. That made me laugh!
Ada has so much fun energy and even though we have a really hard keeping up with her, I hope she never slows down. She loves her friends and family and gets so excited when people come over to see her. She is in love with her little sister and loves that Ivy worships the ground that she walks on. She gives Ivy lot's of hugs and kisses. She loves to give her Grandma Lovell a hard time and rub off any hug or kiss that she gives to her. Hehe...little stinker.
Ada is really starting to like girly things. On the way to lunch yesterday, she kept saying that she didn't want the "Him Song." I could not figure out what she meant, but realized it was a guy singing and she wanted to hear a girl sing. Every time a song came on that had a guy singing she told me to find a "Her" song. She loves pink and reminds me that everyday. Lately she has been big into saying things like, "I don't like boys." Where did that come from? 
Okay so one funny story before signing off. So, my sister taught her son the correct name for the male anatomy so when he and Ada have taken baths together (they are 3), he talks about his "ahem." Ada calls it his "Henis" I promise..this is funny. Innapropriate...maybe, funny, heck yes. So the missionaries came over for dinner the other night. Ada LOVES the missionaries. She was talking up a storm and all of the sudden I hear her bring up her cousin Lukey and how he has a "Henis" I didn't catch on for a second, but I did just as I was bringing food to the table and spit flew out of my mouth (Into the food) when I started laughing. The missionaries caught on fast and chuckled, but it was way awkward. I told Ada not to talk about Lukey anymore. THe next morning, she was kind of in a daze while singing a made up song that went like this, "My dad has a ......my dad has a ....." She snapped out of it when I cracked up laughing. I tell you, she is a really funny girl. 
Love her and can't believe she is 3. I feel like 3 is a big leap from 2. Such a blessing in our lives. We love you Ada Badayda! Happy Birthday