Found a Blogger app for my iPhone and I'm testing it out.
Here's a picture of Mallory on her blessing day! ;)
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
I think winter is finally over and spring is upon us! It's been a lot warmer around here! Warm enough to wear sandals and shorts and to start playing outdoors! ;) We've been looking very forward to this!
It was the first day we were able to wear shorts.
We celebrated by walking to Dairy Queen.
Made these fun spring cupcakes for Conference.
Strawberry cake with pink or purple frosting, yellow
frosting designs and sprinkles on top! Yum!
It was even nice enough that weekend that we watched
Sunday afternoon conference with some good
friends. Court made kebabs and after the session
was over we sat out on their porch and enjoyed
the warmth. Good times. Just wish I had thought
to bring my camera!
Meredith is obsessed with the movie "Tangled"
and with being Rapunzel. Silly kid even likes
to clip an ace bandage in her hair and pretend
it is her "Rapunzel hair". Here she is modeling
her magical ace bandage hair.
Got a new spring dress. She looked so darn
cute in it, I had to get a picture! Look how
grown up my baby is! :/
Meredith has been wanting to play baseball, so
we got her a plastic ball and bat and took her to
the park so Court could teach her how to hit a ball.
We ended up playing on the tennis courts because
the grass and baseball fields were really muddy.
We had so much fun! And I think Court really
enjoyed getting to share his love for baseball
with his daughter! ;) Here is Meredith pitching:
And a little video of Meredith hitting the ball!
Posted by Janelle at 7:32 PM
Thursday, April 7, 2011
I finally figured out how to get my photos off my iphone! Although, my iphone doesn't take nearly as good pictures as my camera. Sad. I guess I'll just have to always keep my camera with me.
Anyway. Here's a few fun pictures...
On our way home from a birthday party.
They made these cute bug hats and went on
a bug hunt. Meredith had a blast, and then crashed
about 1 minute after we left! :)
More In-door Camping.
She didn't end up sleeping the whole
night here. After about 15 minutes of trying
she decided she'd rather sleep in her bed.
Can't really blame her, I prefer my bed too.
This is Meredith at Kid Town. I blogged about
it in a previous blog. Literally a town where
kids can dress up as all different people...doctor,
police officer, fire fighter, princess, etc. Meredith loves
to go to kid town.
changing her care bear's diaper. Getting
good big sister practice! ;)
She's wearing Princess Jasmine pants.
Meredith and Mommy at Portillos with Flat Stanley
and a Chicago Dog! My niece, Kathryn, lives in
Utah and is learning about letter writing and
also about different U.S. states. To help her learn,
her teacher had her write us a letter
and send her friend "Flat Stanley" to visit us.
We had to take a picture of us with him at a
popular place in our city. Then we sent him back
with some post cards and other fun stuff to share
with her class. We had a lot of fun with it. Court
ate the Chicago dog, and I got to eat that delicious
salad. MMmmmm....Portillos! I think we may need
to go there for lunch again soon! ;)
Posted by Janelle at 9:40 AM
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
It's cold here in the winter time. REALLY cold. Which means finding things to do indoors to keep an active 3 year old happy. We frequented the McDonald's playplaces and the play areas at the local malls. They also have lots of in-door play places like Kids Town, which is literally an indoor play town where kids can dress up as a doctor or a construction worker or a mail carrier or even a princess. Meredith loves that place. But it's not free, so it can get expensive. So here's some things we came up with at home to keep Miss Meredith entertained:
I found this little tent on sale at Target.
It actually came with a sleeping bag, backpack and a
pink head lamp all for $7. I couldn't pass up that deal!
Meredith loves to play and take naps in it. You can
see the backpack that it came with sitting on her kitchen
spent the night in her tent. She likes to nap in it,
but at night she just wants to be in her bed. It was
actually pitch dark in her room when I took this.
But my camera's flash makes it look like it's the
middle of the day.
Bubble Baths. With Balloons.
Court brought a bunch of balloons home one night
after home teaching. One of his families had them
leftover from a party. So, the next morning, when
Meredith wanted to take a bath, I went ahead and
threw all the balloons in with her.
She loved it! I was worried that she wouldn't ever
take another bath with out balloons, but she does. Although
she sometimes still asks for the balloons when I'm filling
Play-doh Cookie Shop.
Yes, I helped her make these cookies, but the
idea to make a cookie shop was all hers. She had to
have them set out just right and then I got to be
the customer and buy the cookies from her.
Meredith is fascinated by the bones in our
bodies. She will often have me feel her bones...usually
by touching her elbows. She also sings a little song about
"a bunch of bones that everyone owns,
Underneath the skin we're in!"
She heard it on an episode of Bubble Guppies - one
of her favorite Nick Jr. shows. So, one day she laid out all
her little stuffed friends and started taking care of them.
She even made pretend meals for them! That pink blanket on
the floor was her "x-ray table" and all of her animals would
take a turn getting their bones x-rayed. I told Court she's
going to have to get a doctor kit for her next birthday!
Posted by Janelle at 3:36 PM
When we moved to Texas, Court assured me that Hurricanes were rare. In his 26 years, he'd only been through one, and his family didn't even evacuate. Hurricane Rita was an anomaly. Of course, in the 3 years we lived there, we had 2 hurricanes! Gustav and Ike. So, I guess it should have been no surprise that our first winter in Chicago we'd experience one of the top 5 worst Blizzards in Chicago history. Interestingly, I was about Meredith's age, living not too far from here when another of the top 5 Blizzards in Chicago history hit. So, I get to claim surviving 2 blizzards in my lifetime! Let's just hope there aren't any more! But I won't hold my breath. I've also been told that tornadoes here are possible, but fairly rare...I REALLY hope I don't have to experience one of those! Knock on wood! But, anyway...
To be honest, the Blizzard of 2011 really wasn't THAT bad. It started snowing about 3:00 in the afternoon. The wind really started to pick up about 9:00 in the evening and it pretty much blew all night long. And the snow never stopped...from 3pm to 9am it dumped on us. I was worried about losing power, but Court reassured me that since most of the power lines around here are buried in the ground, we'd probably be okay. And he was right. The nice thing about the Blizzard was that Court got to stay home from work for the day and we played in the snow, drank hot chocolate and just hung out together as a family. It was kind of nice. Of course, we live in an apartment complex, so we didn't really have to scoop any snow...just enough to get the building door open and to get our cars out. I think it would have been worse if we'd had to dig out a driveway. And, I give kudos to the state of Illinois for their ability to clear roads so quickly. By the afternoon, we were able to get around town without too much difficulty. But there was a TON of snow piled up along the sides of the roads and in every parking lot for quite a while. I got tired of looking at it! Thankfully, all that snow is gone now.
right out side our apartment building entrance.
next to Court's car. If you look closely, you can
sort of see a bald eagle in it. I thought it was cool
looking. Amazing what the wind can create.
Our cars were buried. The snow fell in such a
way that the snow was really high on one side of
the cars, and not so much on the other.
Court and Meredith exploring post-Blizzard. They
plowed the parking lot several times throughout
the night, so that helped to keep the parking lots
easy to walk around in.
somewhat cleared. I like this photo because you can
see how high the snow was in comparison to Meredith.
And you can see Court in the background working on
getting our cars dug out.
Posted by Janelle at 10:59 AM
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Greetings all! It's been a VERY long time since I posted to the blog...just lazy, I guess. but I'm going to try to do better, especially with the new baby coming. But, anyway...here's a whole bunch of random pictures from the last few months...
This first group was taken at the Field Museum in downtown Chicago. Most of the big museums downtown have days where admission is free. Usually mid-week in the mornings. Perfect for moms and kids. I have a good friend with a little girl Meredith's age, so we often get together and take the girls downtown. It's a lot of fun. The Field Museum has all the dinosaurs and natural history exhibits. They also have a children's area where kids can dress up as different animals, dig for dinosaur bones, do dinosaur related crafts and science projects, and a room with some interesting musical instruments the kids can play. Meredith loves to go there and run around.
They also have an area that teaches the kids about how early
man grew corn, harvested it, stored it and cooked with it.
Here is Meredith picking ears of corn (plastic ones).
She's holding a couple of videos we were on our way
to return. The library here is amazing and has all kinds of
movies and things that you can check out. We love going
to the library. But, anyway, I think she looks so
darn cute in her little hat, gloves and coat! ;)
Meredith and Court making snow angels. This was
after our first big snowstorm of the season. About a month
before the Blizzard of 2011. Fortunately, Court seems to like
playing in the snow as much as Meredith does.
Opening her Christmas jammies from
Awna D and Geezer (Court's parents).
Wearing her Christmas jammies. We got her that
Christmas Minnie Mouse from Walgreens and she
was instantly attached to it. In fact, we accidentally left the
first one we bought at a friend's house after Christmas
Eve dinnerand she was so beside herself about it, we ended
up stopping at another Walgreens on the way home
and buying her another one.
Christmas morning. Feeding baby Ariel while
wearing her new Cinderella dress. We found the dress at
Kohl's a few days after Halloween marked way down. What a
steal of a deal! Meredith wears it all the time!
We took Meredith to see Rapunzel a day or two before
Christmas and she loved the movie so much, Court braved the
crowds and ran to Toys 'R' Us to get her this Rapunzel doll.
We were surprised that she didn't play with it as much as
we thought she would.
Posted by Janelle at 2:15 PM