Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We're not very good yet about sending out Christmas cards or letters, but we wanted to wish all of our friends and family that might read our blog a very Merry Christmas! Hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday, and feels the love of our Savior as we turn our hearts to Him.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Once There Was a Snowman...or Two

Yesterday we woke up to a little more snow, though it still wasn't much. But we were able to get outside and play with some friends, and David even successfully built his first snowman (that he can remember). Don't judge...he's from California!

The first thing Molly hit when we were outside was our neighbor's sledding tube. Molly thought it was great fun getting pulled around everywhere.
By the time we got outside, our neighbors were finishing up their own snowman, and Molly quickly joined in helping them. Her "helping" consisted of adding little snowballs around the middle, and on the top. We lovingly call it the Mickey Mouse Snowman. Molly had a lot of fun with her friend Lydia.Off to make some snow angels...Lydia helped teach Molly how to do it.
And of course, once David saw Mike and Heather's awesome snowman, he had to show us how he could make one, but first he quietly leaned in and asked me "Kim, how do you make a snowman?" I gave him the sound advice of "Gather some snow and start rolling!"
Once again, Lydia and Molly were a big help!
I can't take any credit for the snowman, except for maybe the nose, eyes and mouth, but we had to get a family picture (with a little friend in the background). Thanks to our neighbors who helped David with the other finishing touches.
More fun with the sledding tube.

We're so lucky to live next to so many members of our ward, and such great people to call friends. It makes moments like this so much fun, and worth remembering!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

First Snow and Santa

The other morning we woke up, and we had a dusting of snow on the ground. Molly has been waiting so patiently for snow, and she was absolutely thrilled. She had school that morning, so she was even able to wear her boots on the walk over. She was definitely excited. I can't wait until we actually get some real snow, more than 1/8 of an inch.

Yesterday Molly woke up with some crazy bed head. She has lately been sleeping on what she calls her "blankie pillow," which is just her blanket layed across her pillow, and I think since it's not silky, it makes her hair get a little knotted in the back. It was pretty funny, and since we were getting such a kick out of it, she was too.
For the last few weeks, we've been asking Molly if she wants to go see Santa at the mall, and she has absolutely refused. Her response has always been, "No! Santa's too big!" Well, we decided not to waste our money on a Santa picture that she didn't really even want anyway, so we waited until our ward Christmas party tonight. It worked pretty well. Once she saw her friends sitting on Santa's lap, even thought she wasn't thrilled with the idea, she did do very well. So at least we got our obligatory yearly Christmas Santa picture.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

You Goofy

Before David and I were married, but close to being engaged, he and his family went to Disneyland. While there, he bought me a Minnie Mouse bride headband, knowing he would soon be proposing, and thinking it was pretty cute. Molly has recently discovered it in her dress-up stuff, and has started wearing it all over the house.

Molly calls them her Mickey Mouse ears. We've tried correcting her and telling her they are Minnie Mouse's ears, but she doesn't believe us. The other day, she even went as far as telling us that SHE was Mickey Mouse, because she was wearing his ears. I then became Minnie Mouse, and David is now Goofy. Every now and then, out of the blue, she call us by our new names, trying to be funny. "Momma, you Minnie Mouse. Daddy, you Goofy!" I once made the mistake of calling her "Mickey", and she was quick to correct me saying: "I'm not Mickey...I'm Mickey MOUSE!"

This morning she was looking for a toy, and I told her it was upstairs in her playroom. I suggested she go and get it. She quickly refuted that and suggested I go get it instead. I told her "I think Mickey Mouse should go get it." She thought for a minute, then said, "Momma, YOU'RE Mickey Mouse!" One smart cookie, she is.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

2 and 1/2 Years!

Molly is 2 and 1/2, and we finally got her 2 year old pictures taken. It took a while, but I figured, as long as we get them done before she turns 3, we're doing OK. I tried to prep her as much as possible, and she was pretty excited about it, but the minute we got there, she turned on the shyness. It was a little frustrating, because her hair was so cute, and she kept burying her head into David's and my shoulders. But the man who took the pictures was very patient, and was able to get some of her in the few moments she decided to smile. And what a cute smile it is!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Random Mollyness

Time for some more random Mollyness. It seems like now that Molly can talk well, and is becoming more of her own little person, we often have some pretty hilarious moments. I wish I could have a video camera on her all day to catch all the little moments that are impossible to remember later.

Molly love her colors. It seems she always has, but the past few months have been all about the difference between light and dark colors. I'm not sure where she picked up on the concept, but she loves to identify whether a color is light or dark...and she is much more partial to the light. She is a pastel girl all the way, except when it comes to purple. Then it can be either light or dark. When you ask her what her favorite colors are, she'll tell you purple and light blue and light green. Funny kid.

Molly already has some pretty solid goals for herself. It started with getting baptized at 8 and wearing a white dress, then going on a mission at 21 and wearing a name tag that says Molly. But now, if she asks to be able to do something, and we tell her she'll have to wait until she's a little older, she will assign an age for that task. For example, she wanted to climb a tree one day, but I told her she wasn't quite big enough, so she decided when she turned 5, she would be able to climb a tree. That has proceeded into at 4, she'll be able to go to the Salt Lake Temple, at 9 she gets to sit in Momma's seat (the passenger seat) in the car, and at 16 she'll be able to drive Momma to work. (We helped a little with that age.) We're trying to get her to say she can't get married until she's 30, but she just laughs.

Apparently we go to Wal-Mart too often. Lately, if Molly decides that she wants something, whether it be a toy or a snack that we don't have, she quickly pipes up that we should go to Wal-Mart and buy it.

A lot of people tell us that Molly looks like a Precious Moments doll, with her soft blonde hair and round face. It's funny that I collect Precious Moments. I have a bunch on a shelf in our living room. Molly has figured out the resemblance too, and frequently asks to look at the Molly dolls. What do you think?She is pretty sweet like a Precious Moments doll, too, at least when she wants to be. She's always coming up to David and me saying, "I love you!" It sounds more like "I luff you!" but it's still cute, and completely melts my heart.

Molly asks for two things ALL the time right now. The first is for it to be Christmas so that she can get markers, and the second is for it to get hot out so she can go swimming in her little pool. She even mentioned both in her prayer the other night...oh, the faith of a 2 year old! Two bad she'll have to wait quite a while for both.

We've mentioned before Molly's aversion to being dirty. I'm surprised she likes markers so much, because she tends to get them on her hands, and she can't stand it when she sees anything on her hands. The other day she got some black on her hand that would not come off. She almost had a mini panic attack, she was so upset about it. David came up with the perfect solution for her...just wear a glove on that hand! Molly was so thrilled that she couldn't see the black anymore, she refused to take the glove off, and even wore it to bed that night. Whatever works, I guess.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Little Angel has been a crazy day. This morning Molly and her little school friends had a Halloween party at our house. It was so much fun. Molly was ecstatic that she could finally wear her costume...she's an angel. She has been waiting almost a month for this, so she's been on cloud nine pretty much the whole day. I must say she is the cutest angel I've ever seen!

Everyone started out with some pumpkin painting. Call me crazy for letting Molly paint while wearing a solid white dress...but she did amazingly well. I debated putting on an old shirt, but she didn't like that too much while pumpkin carving, so I decided to take my chances. I think all of the kids thought it was pretty fun.

Here is the group, with a couple additions, and one subtraction. From left we have Amy, then Adelynne, Makiah is the little skunk in the front, then Benjamin, and of course Molly. Evan is hiding behind Molly, but he is also part of the class. What a cute little bunch!

After group pictures, we did a little cake walk, and in place of the cake, we had some chocolate pumpkin candies. I don't have any pictures of it, because I was manning the music and also video taping it, but it looked like the kids had so much fun. We just put papers down with numbers on them, then called out a number once the music stopped. I made sure that each kid got one, and when each child's number was called, they got so excited!

Then it was on to decorating sugar cookies. This is the first time Molly has even been interested in decorating a cookie...just last Halloween, during her aversion to sugar faze, Molly had the chance to decorate a cookie and she would have nothing to do with it. She thought it was pretty fun this time.
Tonight we joined Amy and Adelynne and trick-or-treated down at the dorms on Purdue campus. All day Molly talked about going, and she was so excited. Here are the girls right before the fun began:
I couldn't believe how well Molly did...she walked up about 16 flights of stairs, and up and down 16 dorm floors. I tried to help her, even offered to hold her, and she would have none of it. The only thing she would let me do was near the end, when her bag started getting heavy, she let me carry it for her.
Molly was so polite. It was the cutest thing to hear her say "trick-or-treat," then "thank you!" I hardly ever had to prompt her. She was just so happy and patient...we had a couple of rough kids that liked to shove and get in front, but Molly would just wait her turn, then get in there when she could. She is such a sweetheart.

Can you imagine a happier kid?

Pumpkin Carving

Can you believe that since David and I have been married, we have never carved pumpkins for Halloween? I know, we are soooo out of touch. But we are finally back, and got out our carving tools for our pumpkins this year. I think Molly really gets us going sometimes.

First, we decorated them with some pretty cool stickers that Grammy Isaacson sent us. Molly had a blast making silly faces on them.

Molly called the one on the left Daddy, the one in the middle Molly, and I'm the one on the right. Thanks Molls! Then she had to get in with them...
A couple of days later we started carving. Molly poked one little finger into the guts of the pumpkin, got grossed out, then wouldn't really touch any more of it. Chalk it up to her aversion to ickiness. And here are our works of art. Pretty impressive for not having carved any for over 5 years, wouldn't you say?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Chicago and "Why?"

On Saturday we went to the Chicago temple with our good friends Tracy and Dustin. Tracy's mom is in town, and she was nice enough to watch our girls so we could have an adult outing. It was great! It was nice to have a day with much adult conversation, and it included the temple! It was a really pretty day, though taking pictures in front of the temple proved a bit of a challenge...the sun was very bright.

Yours truly...and David, of course.
Tracy and Dustin (I hope you don't mind I put you on here!)
Just us girls!

After the temple we went out to eat at Giordano's for some Chicago style pizza. I thought it was pretty good, I'm pretty sure Tracy and Dustin enjoyed it, but David was in pure heaven. He has found his new favorite pizza...too bad it's a good couple of hours away. Or maybe that's a good thing.

Chicago also happens to be the closest place to us, at least that we have visited, that has Dunkin Donuts. All donuts are good, but DD is just a little bit better. So we stopped by on the way home and grabbed a few for the next day. Which leads me into my next story...

Molly has learned the word "why". She gets great joy out of asking it all day long. And it seems to me that half the fun for her is just to see how long she can keep us going before we finally give up and say "because I said so!" Today we went on a walk, and on the way home, this was our conversation:
Molly: "Momma, I want a donut."
Me: "Molly, I'm sorry, but we don't have any donuts."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: "Because, when we had them yesterday, that was just a special treat. We don't eat them every day."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: "Because, even though they taste really good, they really aren't that good for you."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: "Because they have lots of sugar in them."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: "To make them taste yummy."
Molly: "Why?"
Me: (having no idea really what to say to that...) "Because I said so."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Molly Naked Baby

Another naked baby story: Molly has suddenly gained an interest in Ariel, and watching The Little Mermaid. I've been pretty excited, because I've been working on our Disney movie collection the last few years, but Molly has never wanted to watch any. So when she finally asked to watch "the Ariel movie", I was pretty happy. Until now. David told me today on the way home from work that while Molly was watching that today, she proceeded to take off her shirt and say "Molly be naked baby like Ariel naked baby". Then, once we walked in the door, Molly again proceeded to take off her shirt and say "Molly be naked baby like Ariel". We're horrified. I knew that one day we might have to explain modesty and how to be modest, but I didn't think that conversation would come before Molly was even 2 and 1/2! And I'm a little sad about Ariel being a naked baby.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oh, What a Beautiful Pumpkin!

On Saturday, we took advantage of the sunshine and headed to a cute little pumpkin farm. We went last year and thought it was a lot of fun, so we really wanted to go again this year. Molly was old enough this time that she had a blast. The very first thing we did when we got there was head to the barn to see the animals. Molly thought it was pretty interesting, but didn't want to get too close to anything.

After the animals in the barn, we had to go ride the pony. Molly was so excited to get on, but it didn't last very long. It seemed like a pretty bumpy ride, and Molly didn't like it too much.
Next, we took a hay ride to the pumpkin fields to pick our own pumpkins. The field was huge, and they let us go anywhere we wanted to find the perfect pumpkins. We each got to pick one. Molly had fun tramping through the pumpkin plants, but started getting pretty worried about how dirty she was getting. It took a couple of times telling her it was ok to be dirty before she was ok about it. I didn't get any pictures of the pumpkins we ended up choosing, but I'm sure we'll get some as we start decorating and carving them.

After the fun of picking pumpkins, Molly wanted to get into the bounce house, or as she likes to call it, the trampoline. She had it all to herself for a little while, but then other kids started coming and it got a little wild. We had to coax her off with the promise of other fun things to do...
...which included this fun "sand" box full of corn kernels. Isn't that cute? Molly got right in there with the trucks. She had fun with that for quite a while.

I love this picture, where you can see the corn fields and windmills in the background. This is the Midwest, and I think it's so pretty!

Before we left, we hit the hay maze. At first Molly thought it was pretty cool, being able to decide where she wanted to go. But after so many dead ends, I think she got a little frustrated. Daddy was nice enough to help her find her way, though. It was pretty cute seeing her little head bob up and down through the rows. Molly affectionately called it the big nest.

Gotta run. See YA!
It was such a fun, beautiful fall day. I love this time of year, as the weather starts to get cooler, and the holidays are fast approaching. Nothing better than spending a day with your family at the pumpkin farm!