Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas in the Park

We've made it to San Jose! We're already having a blast. Yesterday was a very long day...the trip is quite a bit different to San Jose from Indiana as compared to Utah. But we made it with no problems...and Molly was a dream. That's always something to be thankful for.

Tonight we went to Christmas in the Park...a San Jose tradition. It's definately something that you could never do in a place that ever gets snow. With lots of Christmas trees and lights, and little display booths, there was plenty to look at. Molly even got to ride on a Carousel. She was so excited when David first put her on the horse, but once it started moving, she started to panic and David ended up just holding her the whole time anyway. But it was worth a shot.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tis the Season

It feels like a lot has happened this last week and 1/2. Here's a sampling of what's gone on...

When we got back to Indiana after Thanksgiving, there was some snow on the ground. I decided to bundle up Molly and myself, and take a trip outside. Molly had a blast, even though there wasn't that much snow. The only problem was that whenever she would take a step, snow would stick to her boots, so with each step, there would be more and more snow...after a couple of times of kicking her feet to get the snow off, she refused to walk in the snow. So then I ended up carrying her everywhere there wasn't a sidewalk. But it was fun to enjoy the first snow of the season.Molly on the playground, saying "boo" through the poles...this is a favorite pastime of hers.

We put up our Christmas decorations last week. Molly knew exactly what to do, since she had just done the same thing over Thanksgiving at my parent's house. It was interesting trying to figure out where to put the tree...we really don't have much room around here. We ended up putting it in Molly's little play nook. She's been very good about not playing with the tree, though.

On Friday night, we babysat our neighbor's little boy, Eli. He's about 9 months old, and such a cutie. The last time we watched him he was not happy, but this time he had a blast playing with Molly and David.

And last but not least, on Saturday Purdue Village did their annual Christmas party for the families. There were some fun activities, such as coloring, painting ornaments, Christmas movies, and of course, the visit from Santa. It came as no surprise that Molly wanted nothing to do with Santa. Here is our first try at getting her to sit with him:

We smartened up fairly quickly though, so once Molly settled down a little, we tried again, this time with David. She was much happier that way.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This One's for Matthew

Even though we had great fun in Iowa over Thanksgiving, we were a little sad that we couldn't be with David's family in California...everyone was there but us. Molly's cousin Matthew, who's almost four, made a cute video for her saying hi...even though he wasn't too happy about it. Molly has enjoyed watching it hundreds (and I'm really not exaggerating) of times...if I turn it on for her she gets all excited, and once it's done, she signs for more. I think part of the reason she loves it so much is her Uncle Jon says her name "Molly" very clearly in the beginning, so she knows it's for her. Anyway, this is for Matthew...thanks for your video!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Ring Around the Roses

One of Molly's favorite songs to do is "Ring Around the Roses." We recently got together with our new friends Tracy and Amy (Amy is very close to Molly in age) and got Molly and Amy to do it together. It was pretty hilarious. I didn't have my camera with me, but Tracy got some cute pics that she put on her blog, so I'll just send you over there to check them out. Click Here!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving! (a couple days late)

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We sure did! We went to Iowa to visit with my family, and we had a lot of fun. On Wednesday we went to the park (yes, the weather was actually nice enough). There was a little pond nearby that was frozen over, and we had some fun throwing rocks in the water trying to break the ice. Molly had great fun on all the playground equipment, and the feeling of being free after the long car ride the day before. Thursday, of course, was Turkey day! We had a blast cooking together, watching the parade, and EATING!! Can I just say my mom is one of the best cooks ever? One of my family's traditions is to set up the Christmas tree on the evening of Thanksgiving. Molly had fun playing with the ornaments and setting up the Christmas decorations. It's impossible these days trying to get her picture taken, but we did get a couple.

My mom has a little candy holder that we put Peanut M&M's in every year...Molly found the big bag of candy and tried a couple. Once she decided she didn't like it (we could have told her that) she figured out it was great fun feeding them to everyone else. Here she is feeding Krista...poor Krista could barely finish one before she had another one being shoved in her mouth.

On Friday my family was nice enough to watch Molly while David and I went to the Winter Quarter's temple. We've missed not having the Provo temple 2 minutes away, so it was nice to take the opportunity for a babysitter and make the trip to the temple. It's a two hour drive to Winter Quarters...and it was so quiet! At least for me, I'm not used to going anywhere without Molly in the back of the car. It felt a little weird, but it was great. Thanks family! On Saturday we hung out at home and played some games and hung out. While Molly was down for her nap and Grandpa stayed home with her, the rest of us went to a family fun center and played some indoor miniature golf. Then today, we went to Sacrament meeting with my family and then headed home. It was a great week, but way too short...aren't all holiday vacations? Now it's back to real life...sigh!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sometimes I amaze myself...

Every now and then I come up with a really ingenious idea and amaze even myself. Lately Molly has been obsessed with our computer...she constantly wants to climb in the chair and play with the mouse and keyboard. After fighting with her on this for a few weeks now, trying to keep her away from it, we've started sitting with her and letting her play with stuff...but that got pretty old pretty quick. She would end up fighting us and when we tried to play programs with her, it just wouldn't work. So I came up with an idea...we got out our old keyboard and mouse, and set that up at the computer. Then we let her sit at the chair while we sat on the couch behind her, with the real mouse and keyboard (they're cordless). It's amazing! We can play the programs for her without her fighting us, and she thinks she's doing everything. I guess that's one plus for a tiny little apartment.

One of Molly's other favorite things lately are umbrellas. It's been pretty rainy here the past week, so she's had a lot of chances to play with her umbrella...or as she calls it, her "bella".
Today was also her first day of nursery. Can we get a chorus of "yayyy"?!? She did pretty well according to our amazing nursery leaders. When she first saw all of the toys, we could tell she was just in heaven. But she became a little uncertain when she realized we were no longer there. She quickly became attached to one of the leaders, but as soon as she saw David when he came to pick her up she yelled "Daddy" and burst into tears. We'll see how next week goes.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Playing in the Leaves

Today is the last forcasted day of decent weather. We have been lucky this past week to be able to enjoy 70 degrees...crazy that it's November! If it weren't for all of the leaves on the ground, I would really think it was still September. We're trying to soak up every minute we can, because it changes drastically starting tonight. This morning Molly and I decided to play in the leaves behind our apartment building. We don't have a rake, so we couldn't make a very big pile, but Molly didn't seem to mind much. She's been obsessed with sticks...the minute we get outside she's picking up all the ones she sees, so she held on diligently to one and liked poking at all the leaves with it. It's so fun watching Molly experience things like this for the first time.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Let me just begin by saying, I'm so happy Halloween is over!! It's been great fun, but I think we're all exhausted, Molly included. Thinking back, it's been quite the week. Molly was Tinkerbell, and she got many chances to wear her costume. Last Saturday we went to Borders for a little Halloween story time and coloring session. Here at Purdue, the dorms put on some trick-or-treating parties for the kids, so we went to one on Monday. That one had some activities as well so Molly got to color and decorate a cookie, which she then refused to eat. On Wednesday we went to story time at one of the libraries and Molly got to wear her costume again. Then on Thursday we went to another Dorm for some more trick-or-treating. And tonight we went to the Stake Trunk-or-Treat. Through it all, Molly had quite a blast and had fun with some of her friends. She was a trooper during all of the trick-or-treating until tonight, when she decided she was done. She wanted nothing more to do with collecting candy...what's the fun in gathering candy when you don't like to eat it anyway? Following is just a sampling of all the fun.

Coloring a picture at a Halloween party

Sharing some candy with Daddy

Finally sitting still for a couple pictures

Having fun at the Trunk-or-Treat party

Here is some video of Molly actually doing some trick-or-treating in the Dorms. She figured out pretty quickly the drill...get the candy, stick it in the pumpkin. Such a smart little Tinkerbell!

So we had to include some video of Molly just being Molly. Have we mentioned Molly is never still? We seriously mean never. We're waiting here for a group to form so we can do some more trick-or-treating, so Molly decided to entertain herself.

And last but not least, Molly got to walk in the costume parade at the trunk-or-treat. She was a little shy to go by herself, but with Daddy's help, she was fine.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Games, anyone?

Molly has come down with a bit of a cold today, and since it was pretty chilly out this morning, I didn't really want to take her outside. It's been the first morning in a long time she hasn't gone out. Usually we're either going to aerobics (a lady in one of the wards out here does it for free at the church, and the kids play in one corner of the gym), the library for story time, on walks with neighbors, or to play dates. I didn't realize how I'd gotten used to it until I had to figure out something for us to do here at home. Out of desperation, I decided to get some board games out. I didn't really expect Molly to be able to "play" them, but I was hoping she would "play with" them. It worked great. She was pretty excited about all the different games. I knew when we were done playing with one, because she would start cleaning it up on her own, then take it to where the games are and point to the next one she wanted. It was pretty adorable.

Connect Four
And lastly...Rummikub

Molly has been quite a helper today, as well. Anytime she sees a chore being done, she wants to help. She helped me put clothes in the washer, then moved the laundry basket to it's home, then helped "fold" the laundry. This evening when we were gathering up the trash, she helped put her basket back in her room, then she helped put the new trash bag in the can. She also went with Daddy out to the recycling to put in some cereal boxes. It's cute how proud of herself she is when she's done. This in one trait I could live with forever!

Last night David had a seminar to attend, so I was alone putting Molly to bed. I decided to finally get a picture of her saying prayers. We think it's cute how she folds her arms...it's more of a hand clasp. But she does very well during prayers. She'll usually sit still through the whole thing, and even say "Amen" at the end. We sure love our little sweetheart!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Playing Dress-up

We have a set of Potato-Head parts that go on a pumpkin...you can make the pumpkin look like a potato-head witch. Since we've gotten all our Halloween stuff out, Molly has liked playing with all the little parts. We haven't done the pumpkin yet, because we don't want it to go bad too soon. Today I caught Molly with the lips part in her mouth. It looked pretty funny. There are also some hoop earrings that come with it, so I stuck those on her ears, and she was getting a pretty big kick out of it all.

On a not so funny note, it seems Molly has hit the terrible twos a little early. It's come on quite suddenly, but with a vengeance. If something doesn't go quite her way, she'll yell and start hitting her legs, or something that is nearby. It's so out of character for her, but we're trying hard to be patient and chalk it up to toddler-hood.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Let's all take a hike...

So this weekend is Fall Break for David, so he gets Monday and Tuesday off from school. We've been wanting to go to a Botanical Garden that is nearby for a while, and decided to take advantage of the last couple days of warm weather and went today. It was more of a botanical forest than anything. We quickly abandoned the stroller for Molly after getting a glimpse of the narrow trails and stairs. We were a little worried about her, but we shouldn't have been. She was in heaven! She loved the freedom of walking on her own, and did really well at holding our hands when it was too dangerous. She especially liked going up and down the stairs. The trails took us by the Wabash River, which separates Lafayette from West Lafayette, and Molly loved pointing it out to us. It was really a beautiful walk...the trees have just started turning colors, so we got to enjoy that. We walked for probably an hour or so, and Molly did about 90% of that on her own. So we've discovered just one more thing we love about Indiana. Our list keeps growing!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hammin' it up...

Molly has been quite the "ham" today, so I decided to take advantage of it and get the camera out. She's been a big fan of books lately. She loves to read and be read to. We've finally been able to enjoy more than board books from the library. I'll enjoy this stage while it lasts and hope it never ends. So you'll see her with a few books in the pictures.

Yesterday I was working on laundry and one of Molly's favorite things to do is throw the dryer sheet in the garbage. I like that too, since it occupies her for a minute so she doesn't unfold the folded laundry. So I handed her the dryer sheet and told her to throw it away, but she started whining and pulling at my leg. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, since she usually loves that job, so I knelt down and asked her what the matter was. She then proceeded to pucker her lips for a kiss. Once she got a kiss, she went right out. I thought it was the cutest thing. Little things like that totally make my day.