Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Morganne's surprise birthday party!

On Thursday, February 9th we had a surprise birthday party for our niece, Morganne at Arctic Circle!

Ayla went to play on the playground the minute we got there.

She made a friend right off. She went up to this cute little girl and said, "My name is Ayla Dawn."
Then the cute little girl said, "Hi Ayla Dawn." I thought it was the cutest thing!

Kurt's sister, Suzanne brought balloons!

I made "Yoshie" cupcakes!

Here is a picture of Suzanne and Kurt as we wait for the guest of honor to show up!

This was the moment Morganne came in and we yelled, "Surprise!"

We all ate dinner.

Then we put a candle in one of the cupcakes and sang "Happy Birthday," to Morganne!

Her blowing out her candle!

Group picture!
Me, Morganne, Little Kurt, Suzanne and Brooke!

Kurt's parents paid for the dinner and bought us all ice cream! Ayla is pretty happy in this picture eating her ice cream!

Morganne being silly!

Brooke and Morganne being silly together!

This is Morganne posing because she was excited! It was time for presents!

She got some "Mario" figurines from Suzanne and Brooke!

She got a small "Etch a Stech," from us!

And her favorite thing she got was from her mom, Krista, some "Yoshie" stuffed animals!

This was the last picture I took and I had to share it! It is such a cute picture of Little Kurt!

We all had a great time at the surprise party!

I think the kids had the best time with the playground, cupcakes and ice cream! It doesn't get any better than that for a kid!

Monday, February 27, 2012

3 Things to blog about!

First thing, I am still pregnant.

This was taken after church yesterday.
I thought I would have had her by now but I haven't. In the last post I stated that I wanted to have her on the 24th, Well, I thought I was going to have her that day because I started to have regular contractions again but they stopped half way through the day. I am now just going to just sit back a wait because it is very disappointing when I think she is coming and then she doesn't. She will come when my body is ready. I am however really tired and sore from all the Braxton Hicks I have been having. Some of them get pretty intense. I guess I feel them more because this is my second pregnancy. Her due date is a week from today! I hope she doesn't go over and I have to be induced. Wish me luck!

The second thing I wanted to blog about is how our Valentine's day went.

I put Ayla in this shirt.
Out of all her shirt, I thought this one was as close to Valentine's as I could get.

We spent the day at my sister, Marion's. Then we came home for the evening.

We had a knock at the door.
It was for Ayla, Kurt's parents brought Ayla a Valentine! She was so excited!
It was heart candy and a TY "Hello Kitty!"

Then we opened our Valentine's!

Kurt got his favorite PJ's sewn up from me!
I did this same thing for him 2 Valentine's ago. He loves these pants and I just keep mending them for Valentine's day as a act of love. It always makes him so happy! It is the simple things that make us happy! He also got a t-shirt. He loves t-shirts!

Ayla got a Valentine Monkey!

She got the "Love Splat" book!
We love Splat the cat books!

She also got a water color painting Mickey and Minnie Valentine's kit!
She loved painting these pictures!

I found it interesting that she painted all the Mickeys blue and all the Minnies pink!

I of course got these flowers and the big box of Oreo's you see in the pictures above. Oreo's are my favorite! This was the first time Kurt didn't get me roses for Valentine's but these flowers are still in bloom on my kitchen table as I speak! I am still enjoying them! I love them!

The last thing I wanted to blog about is, it was Ayla's and Kurt's birthdays this weekend. Ayla's was on Saturday and Kurt's was yesterday. We had all ready celebrated their birthdays on the 11th with family and friends but I we still did some simple things to celebrate.

Here is Ayla in the shirt I made for her birthday parties. It says, "Birthday Girl!" I thought I would put it on her on her actual birthday too. I made her one of her favorite dinners, Salisbury Steak and potatoes!

I then put 4 candles in a Hostess Cupcake and we sang "Happy Birthday" to her. She looks a little scared in the picture because she was. I told her not to touch the candles.

Then she blew them out!

I also gave her one present to open!
It was sidewalk chalk. She loves to draw on the sidewalk. All of her chalk she had before is pretty much gone.

Yesterday, during sacrament meeting, Ayla drew some pictures for her Dad for his birthday.

This one was my favorite! It is a picture of balloons!
She also drew decorations, cupcakes and a lot of other pictures.

I was going to let Kurt have the last Hostess Cupcake, put a candle in it and sing "Happy Birthday," but our neighbor bet me to it.

Our neighbor, Bruce came over with a plate of brownies with 2 candles in them. When we opened the door, he sang "Happy Birthday," to Kurt and Ayla. As you can see from the picture above we all enjoyed the plate of brownies! There is only one left!

I just wanted Kurt and Ayla to know how much I love them and wish them both a Happy Birthday on my blog!

I will post their real parties some time soon!

Friday, February 24, 2012

I have been nesting!

I have had a extra boost of energy this last month. I have been getting a lot of stuff done to get ready for the baby.

This is pretty much what I look like right now.

I thought we were going to have the baby this last Wednesday. I had contractions from 6 am until 2 am the next morning. I had a doctors appointment that day, they put me on monitors and did an ultrasound to see how the baby was handling the contractions. She was doing really well. When they sent me home they said they thought I was in the early stages of labor and that they would probably see me that night or the next day. The last contractions I felt were around 2 am when I fell asleep. I woke up the next day and the contractions had stopped. I have had a few here and there since then but nothing like that day. I didn't even go 10 minutes without having a contraction. I am now 38 weeks!

Anyway back to the nesting thing. This all started when my mother-in-law bought Ayla and her new little sister beautiful new dressers. I had to clean out the nursery so I had a place to put one of the dressers. I will show you that project towards the end of this post. But since then it sent me on a cleaning streak.

I cleaned out all the storage I had at my parents and at my sister's house.

It felt good to send these boxes from my parent's house to the D.I!
I only brought home the baby cloths, pictures and a few other things that could not be replaced. I did the same at my sister's. It feels so good to know I don't have anything sitting around at other people's houses! I have everything I am keeping with me!

Here is a picture of Ayla's new beautiful dresser! I love it!
It also put me in the mood to start to hang a few things up in Ayla's room.

I hung her white shelf and put her letters on it.
I still have to do her letters, one of these days. I think I will do them once I decided how I am going to paint her room, now that we own a house.

I hung up her Aurora poster.
I also hung up her birthday banner I made her for her birthday party on the blank wall but I am not showing that on the blog until I show Ayla's birthday parties. They turned out awesome by the way!

I hung up her temple picture and this cute shelf I bought at the D.I. for $3. I thought this shelf would be prefect for her to hang her purses and coats. She always hung them on door handles. It turned out to be prefect!

I also finally finished a project I have been wanting to do for almost a year. I had Ayla's pictures taken almost a year ago but the big print was 10x13. To get that framed would have cost a fortune. I finally gave up and decided to have it reprinted to a 11x14 (I paid to have the copyrights to it) for $12 at Inkleys.

I bought a frame from the D.I. for $1.50.

I painted it white. I bought a mat for 50% off from Micheals because I had a coupon. The mat only cost $4.

And then I framed it! I love it! And I did it for less than $20!
I was going to hang it in her room but I hung it in our hallway because I want people to see this cute picture! This also motivated me to hang a few more pictures in our home.

Now onto the nursery.

This is what the room looked like before I did anything to it. The room became a dumping ground for things we were not sure where to put them. There were a lot of boxes I had to go through. It took me almost a week to get this room cleaned out.

And this is what it looks like now.
I also put up the crib, got the swing out, got the bouncing chair out, hung a white shelf and a few pictures in this room. I also bought a new nursing cover off of Amazon for $12. Notice it hanging on the dresser? Isn't it cute?

I cleaned all the baby cloths, blankets, baby towels, wash cloths and burping cloths. This is just a picture of the onesies. Boy does this kid have a lot of cloths! I forgot how many Ayla had! It took me 3 weeks to get them all clean in between our regular laundry.

I am happy to say that as of today which is 02/20/12 (I know this post is going to be posted until the 24th but I had to wait until all my sister's wedding posts were posted.) that I am finally have everything ready for the baby to come.

Other things I have gotten done are..

*I did Ayla's and Kurt's birthday parties early on the 11th so that I wouldn't be stress around the baby's due date, March 5th. Ayla was due on March 4th and was born on Feb. 25th. I also wanted us to get over any sicknesses we might pick up from the parties. Guess what? We did get sick. We are all trying to recover from sore throats and congestion. It has been a week now. Hopefully it will be gone before the baby gets here.*
*Got the pack and play/ bassinet out beside my bed with bedding in it.*
*I got a new pump kit for the pump*
*Got the Boppy out*
*Packed Kurt's, Ayla's and my bags for the hospital.*
*I bought some diapers and wipes. I also got the changing pad out.*
*The new car seat my sister, Marion bought is sitting by the front door, ready to go.*

I think I am ready!!!
I am hoping she comes on the 24th because one, it is the weekend and Kurt will have more time with me and the baby and two, Ayla's birthday is the 25th and Kurt's is the 26th. It would be so funny to have all their birthdays right in a row!

And now I want to show you a couple of cute things my sister has bought the baby!

These adorable socks! I love that they are polka dotted too! I love polka dots! I am in love!

And the darling new car seat that I mentioned earlier! Isn't it cute? I love it!

It feels so good to be ready! All I have to do now is wait!

Who knows by the time you read this we might have had her by now or having her today! She might even last until her due date which is March 5th! I hope she doesn't go over!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Sister Marion's Wedding! Part 3

This is the last post I am doing on my sister's wedding.

I just wanted to share a few more pictures I liked and some pictures of the family and friends that were there.

This picture was taken right before everything began.
Ayla, Marion and Dad!

Ayla kept holding Hailey's hand!
It was so cute! Ayla loves to hold other kid's hands.

One more picture of Ayla dropping the roses and Hailey picking them up! You can see people laughing at how cute it was.

A front view of my Dad walking Marion down the isle!

Here is the line of people waiting to congratulate the bride and groom. This is one of the only pictures someone took of Uncle Ernie. This makes me sad. I wish he would have gotten in the family pictures.

The blond in this picture is my sister-in-law, Suzanne and the women in the glasses is my mother-in-law, Carol Anne. I love that the came!

I thought this was a sweet picture.
This is Monty's step mom, Melissa congratulating my sister.

This is my uncle, Cliff and Chrisy.
Chrisy is pretty much part of the family.

This is Monty's side.
The girl in the black is his sister, Holly and her husband, Terri is on the left in this picture. Their mom's boyfriend, Dee is on the right of Holly in this picture. I don't know the other girls name in this picture.

If you look behind her, the girl in the flower dress is one of my friends that helped out with the wedding. Her name is Amber. Thanks Amber, couldn't of done it without you!

Jolene, Heather and Amy.
These girls have been friends with me and Marion for years. Jolene 30 years, Heather 20 years and Amy 19 years.

My cousin, Shaun!
He is more like a brother to me. We are super close.

And of course one of Lane!

Me and Amy!

Melissa, me and Amy!
Now you can see Melissa from the front in this picture. She was Marion's Pippa! Melissa has also been our friend for a long time, about 15 years!

This is another friend that has been around for over 15 years. He is my brother's friend Rob. He was the D.J. for the wedding.

This is a picture of Monty's sister, Rachelle with her husband, Jeff.
To the right of them is their son, Colten, I'm not sure who the boy in the middle is but the boy hanging on the outside rail is Zac. Zac is one of Monty's other nephews.

This is Melissa holding her nephew. He is also Heather's nephew and next to Heather is her mom, Dalenia. I think this is a cute picture of Melissa!

Melissa and her nephew with our friends, Amy and her husband, John!

I didn't think we got a picture of the table that I displayed Marion's bridals on but I guess this one is kind one.

I thought this was a sweet picture of Monty, twirling Marion around, while they were dancing!

And last but not least, some more pictures of the bride and groom with the cake!

There you have it! I am pretty sure I am done posting Marion's wedding!

I hope you enjoyed!