Thursday, October 27, 2011

2 fun ideas

Just wanted to quickly share 2 ideas I've recently tried.

For Ryker's Pre-school Halloween party, instead of sending him with candy to pass out, we sent him with oranges, decorated like pumpkins. All you need is a Sharpie! Brilliant. I got the idea from Channel 2 news.

And this fun idea I got from Pinterest. Cut out the letters from your cardboard boxes from cereal, granola bars, fruit snacks, etc. and let your kids go with it. It kept my kids busy for a couple of hours this past Sunday at Stake Conference!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ryker's 4th Birthday

Ryker turned 4 on Saturday, October 15. It was a gorgeous, warm fall day! It actually reached 80 degrees in the valley, so we decided to go up to Snowbird where it was a little cooler. Please pardon the cell phone pics.
Snowbird was giving free rides on the tram if you brought a can of food. But when we got there, we were advised the tram was closed. So instead, they gave us wristbands for the fun bouncy house and trampoline activities. The kids had fun!

That evening, we went to Chuck-E-Cheese. I had a Groupon, good for a Pizza, 4 drinks, and 100 tokens. What better day to use it than on Ryker's birthday!? The kids LOVED it there. It's the first time I've ever taken them. We'll have to go back. All of the games were one token, and they had a blast. :)

And that night we frosted Ryker's Lemon cupcakes, and the kids helped decorate them. Daddy was on a flight that day to Pueblo, Colorado with his brothers, and they went golfing with their uncle Duane. Kevin made it back in time for the cupcakes, and then Ryker opened his presents.

Half of this stuff is just "re-gifted" from his sisters. They just take random toys and wrap them. He got the outfit he's wearing, the Zurg toy he's holding, and his favorite present, the NERF gun!

I wanted to get some better quality pictures of him, since I didn't take my good camera on his birthday. So on Oct. 20, I took the kids to Gardner Village, since I'd never taken them in October to see the witches. It was also UEA, and hunting weekend, so it was JAM packed! There were way too many people for my taste, but I still got a few decent pics of Ryker. :)

Ryker is such a sweet little boy. And he's so smart. He already can recognize many of the letters in the alphabet. He LOVES going to pre-school.

He rarely sleeps in his own bed. He will sleep in the family room or our room on the floor. He likes to stay up late and sleep in.

He likes Banana Cream Pie yogurt, PB & Honey sandwiches with the crust cut off, string cheese, cottage cheese, pizza, and of course, CANDY.

He is still obsessed with Cars, Toy Story, Thomas, Star Wars, and recently, his most favorite movie to watch is the Spy Next Door. He watches it over & over.

Happy Birthday Ryker! We love you!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Snake Wreath

I found this idea off of pinterest, and loved it! I like to craft if it's not too complicated, and if it doesn't take too long. I had this wreath made in only a few minutes. The part that took the longest was finding the snakes.
Here are all of the supplies I needed:
I had the wreath in my storage room already. I found the paint and the bigger snakes at WalMart, and the smaller snakes at Zurcher's party supply store.

The hot glue gun didn't work so well on the bigger snakes, so I used wire to tie them to the wreath. The glue worked for the smaller snakes.

Then I just sprayed away! I sprayed the back of the wreath first, then flipped it over and did the front.

I think it's a fun Halloween decoration!

Monday, October 17, 2011

3 months

Beckham turned 3 months old today, and time seems to just be flying by!

He loves to coo, make bubbles, and smile at us. He's even giggled a couple of times. It's the best sound ever.

He still nurses exclusively, and usually only gets up one time in the night to eat, then goes right back to sleep. He even likes to sleep in! He will take a bottle of formula on occasion, when I'm not around, but that's not very often.

He loves to be bounced in his bouncer seat, and always likes it when he's somehow being "moved", whether it be in the swing, car seat, stroller, or while being held.

He is such a joy in our lives, and we love him more than anything. :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Book Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED this book. Although it took me forever to finish it, I really enjoyed the way Kathryn Stockett described the feelings of the characters. She really took me back to that time and place, and I felt like I was there. I wonder what it would be like to really live in that day and time.
I can't wait to go and see the movie now!