Friday, November 26, 2010

It's a....

Looks like we're going to have another one of these:
20 week ultrasound gave us a pretty confident look at our new baby girl! See you in April, sweetie! Couldn't be more excited!

ps. this was Gwen's 2 year birthday cake I made and never blogged about.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Disney---the "happiest" place on earth...

...or in Gwen's case, among the SCARIEST places on earth! She didn't like Disney World even a smidgen as much as I had anticipated. She developed an obscene fear of dark, enclosed spaces and freaked out about EVERY ride, line, bus, store, whatEVER that required her to not be outside. But, she LOVED her cousins and other family members even MORE than I could have imagined! Just a few pics from the trip. The rest are pending receipt from family members (wouldn't you know my camera had issues after the 2nd day) and may never make it to the blog. So enjoy what is here!

funny story: can you read that one of those buttons says "celebrating Twins"? Yeah... what began as keeping my dad in the dark about my sister's pregnancy turned into my bro and half my brother's coworkers thinking I was really expecting twins. I wore the button all day. :)

Much more interesting from a distance. Gwen would point, squirm out of her stroller, run screaming up to them... then stop about 2 yards away and give this evil villain laugh! Hilarious!

Great trip, guys! Thanks Tamara for the amazing (and FUN!) accommodations, thanks Mommy and Daddy for help with food, and thanks Spencer for those amazing daily park admissions and great merchandise discounts! The trip wouldn't have happened at all without so much generosity!

We love you guys!

When you ask Gwen to say "Cheese"...

THIS is what you get!

Anyone else besides Eric and I think there is some

Just some food for thought...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


She's 2. Seems impossible, it really does. This year has truly flown. Didn't we JUST celebrate 1? She's quite a character, our little Gwen. I can't imagine our lives without her contagious enthusiasm, her stubbornness, or her affectionate hugs and kisses. Thank you for filling our home with so much love, sweetie.

What does Gwen love?
  • girlie things: Disney princesses (especially Aurora, Belle, and Ariel), fairies (especially the 3 good fairies from Sleeping Beauty and Tinkerbell), dancing, singing, necklaces, stuffed animals, and real animals
  • non-girlie things: climbing at the playground, playing in dirt and putting it in her hair, toy cars, trains, outside, and pumpkins.
  • loves playing chase with Daddy, being tickled (especially by Daddy), and sitting in laps (especially Mommy's) to read books.
  • attached beyond expression to binkie and giraffe, her crib necessities.
  • talks to herself in the mirror, show's the 'mirror Gwen' her favorite toys, and tries to peek at her out of the corner of her eye.
  • pretends to change diapers and wipe poop off of dolls, stuffed animals, and plastic toys.
  • voluntarily runs herself into the bathroom (time out) when she starts to bawl.
  • loves movies, pictures, and songs about Jesus. Can even find "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" in her Primary songbook and start singing it. repeatedly requests "More Jesus, More Jesus"
  • favorite colors: blue and purple. will only consent to wear other colors if they are a dress or if I point out cute buttons, flowers, hearts, fruits, animals, or sparkles on there. (and she enjoys picking out her own clothes in the morning)
  • favorite foods: hot dogs, French fries, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, cookies, and ice cream (sweet tooth and unhealthy favorites are NOT my fault). sometimes peas, carrots, broccoli, and beans, if she is in the mood. Rice, potatoes, and noodles are anybody's guess cuz sometimes she'll eat a ton and other times refuse it completely...but she always refuses something new, even if we assure her it is a delicious treat (like chocolate milk. she said "nonononono")
recent expressions:
"where'd he go? what happened?"
"where's the poop? Right dare, found it!"
"Mama coming? Mama coming?"
"Woohoo!!!! Allright! Woohoo!"
"I yike it! I yove it!"
"Hi bread, hi water" (spoken to the sacrament as it is being passed)
"Mama, carry you?"
"yap" = lap
"ah-beya" = all better
"fron do, back do" = front door, back door
"gitch-you!" or "gitch me!" = come get me

she still inverts the consonant sounds on many words:
"scoopy yights" = spooky lights
"crut" = truck
"skitchers" = stickers
"gray gound" (which also sounds like 'gray goat' sometimes) = play ground
"hog-gits" = hotdogs

we love you, Gwen! Happy birthday!!!