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'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 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.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa!

Since we no longer get General Conference on TV anymore (one of the perks of Provo and BYU TV, which we don't have here), we decided to drive 7 hours to Grandpa and Grandma Yourstone's to watch it instead of going to the stake center. Oh, the sacrifices we make! It was a great excuse to go see them again, even if the weekend was way too short. Molly did wonderfully in the car...hopefully this is getting her used to the trip. I drove the whole time so I could get used to the route...maybe someday soon I'll be brave enough to try it all by myself! Molly had a blast with "am-ma" and "am-pa". Grandma brought some toys out for her that she had great fun with. But her favorite had to be the trampoline and the slide outside. It was great entertainment watching her run in circles on the trampoline. She loved the fact that it didn't hurt when she fell (unlike our floor in the apartment) so she would get running pretty good. She also enjoyed playing

with her Aunts Kamila and Krista. On Saturday we were able to attend Krista's volleyball tournament and a marching band competition for Kamila. Since I haven't lived at home for many years, I haven't been able to see a lot of stuff they're involved in, so when I do get the opportunity, I really enjoy it. Krista had some great plays for volleyball, and Kamila is amazing at the marimbas. They are both beautiful and talented girls.

Once again, we're sad General Conference is over, but we truly enjoyed the talks given. I can't wait to be able to go back and read them and find the things I missed. For now, I guess it's back to the grind...