Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cara's First Summer and Birthday

Like I said, I've been (not so) awesome at updating my blog. So here are some highlights of our summer featuring Cara ending with her first birthday!

Seven Months old and playing outside at Grandma's house.

7 mos - Riding the safari train at the Animal Safari Park in San Diego.

San Clemente beach

Cara became proficient at the army crawl for quite a while.

Mmm, spaghetti. - 8 months

Almost 9 months old. 

Crawling! and in a cute dress from when my sisters and I were little.

Dinner at snowbird - 9 months

Peach Days Parade, 11 months

Being a girly girl.

Cara has rights to the lick the birthday frosting spatula.

First Birthday cake! It was strawberry cake inside.. mmm

Happy Birthday Cara! Your brothers, dad and I love you so much and enjoy every day we are with you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Halloween 2012

Yes, apparently I do have a blog and yes I sometimes remember to update it. Also I just realized I haven't posted about Cara's birthday that was over 1 month ago!  Well I'll do this out of order since I am already doing the Halloween post and hopefully remember to do Cara's birthday next week. Yeah, we'll see.

We didn't do the complete family theme this year. We sort of split up. KC and I were District 12's Katniss and Peeta (pre-hunger games). Andrew and Isaac were characters from their favorite video game Minecraft and Will and Cara were classic Halloween, a pumpkin and a ghost.

Getting ready to go trick or treating.

The boys couldn't wait to get out and get going.
Cara practices walking while she tries on her ghost tutu. 

Katniss, Peeta and a pumpkin?

See? I got candy.

Isaac as a skeleton archer from Minecraft. After a while he got tired of the box head and just went around in the sweats.

Andrew as "Steve" from Minecraft. After a while he got tired of falling down (the box was too long so he couldn't bend his legs well) so he finished trick or treating early and spent the rest of the evening giving out candy on the porch.

Cara enjoys the treat or treat walk. It was beautiful weather for a Halloween in Utah.
 Here are the reference photos we used for our costumes.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Family Tree Wall - A Vision Realized

I had this vision to make a family tree in our vast entry hallway that would represent both sides of our ancestors and our own family. I looked for inspiration on the internet and found some of what I envisioned, but nothing quite like what I had in mind. After toying around with the idea of cutting a tree out of wood and putting it on the wall I settled on simply painting the wall. Here is how I did it in case anyone ever tries to do the same thing. I will also share the image of the tree I made for downloading.

To do this I needed:
  • 28 frames - I decided to use silver ones from the dollar store that were all the same size.
  • Pictures of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. I tried to get photos of them around middle aged so we could see what they really looked like
  • A way to attach/hang frames on the wall - I used foam wall stickers
  • exacto knife
  • spray adhesive
  • paint and paint roller
  • tree design

This image shows how I designed the tree using Photoshop. Illustrator would have made this a bit easier but I don't have it installed on my computer right now. To get the final tree lines I used the pen tool after free handing with the paint tool.
Next I made the tree life size in photoshop which equaled a very large file size. Thinking about it now, there are other ways I could have done this, oh well. I made a grid and printed each part then taped them together. I then put it on the wall to check the size and placement. I made marks on the paper and wall so I could line it up again later.

I then laid it on the table, grabbed my exacto knife and cutting board and carefully cut out the tree. To keep it from getting all weird I taped strips of paper across sections as I went.

Here it is all cut out and held together with strips of paper.

I read online that you could spray a stencil with spray adhesive, let it dry for a few minutes and then if you put it on the wall it will stick but not permanently and it won't leave a residue. Perfect. So I did that.

I then carefully carried it to the wall and stuck it there.  It worked.  Probably would have been easier with another person though.

I got out the mini foam roller and my paint and carefully rolled on the paint. At first I did it lightly, but then the paper started getting too wet for my 2nd and 3rd coats so at the end I painted a heavier coat just once or twice. 

Lastly I pulled off the stencil and threw it away. Using paper this stencil can only be used once, but I didn't need to use it again, so that didn't matter.

All done and ready for the photos.

Earlier I gathered the photos from family,  formatted them in photoshop to the right size, printed them at the photo center, cut them out and put them in the frames. Each one was attached to the wall using a foam wall sticker. I also considered using command strips. 

My frames had a stand on the back that I couldn't remove that made it so the frames weren't flush. To remedy this I cut out little squares of cardboard and hot glued them to the center back of each frame. I put the foam sticker on the cardboard and then it could stick to the wall. Clear as mud?

All done. Yay.

For the last part I need a new family photo that I am going to frame and put on the trunk at the bottom. Then as our family grows up we can put a new photo in every year or so.

I love seeing our ancestors and seeing how much they look like us or each other and I hope this way my own kids can be familiar with their great-great-grandparents on down.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day

It was a beautiful day yesterday and we had a nice Father's Day as well. 

The other day I was at Wal-mart and I overheard an employee talking to another employee. She was saying how she decided that she was going to take pictures of her and her brother by some large letters near here and spell out DAD. For a while I thought I would use that same idea with the kids and then I thought it would be cuter, because they are so cute, to have them make the letters themselves. Good idea in theory. I really didn't think it would be that hard to get William to hold still for 30 seconds while I snapped a picture. And I thought Cara would love to be held by Isaac. Neither of them agreed. Finally I got Will to stay put-ish for a couple of shots and I had to take separate photos of Cara and photoshop her into the picture. Despite all that I think it turned out pretty good though.

For dinner I made KC this Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup. Yum, if you like curry that is. We got the boys to try it and they didn't hate it but it was a little strong for them.

KC picked out his present on and we got a pasta maker/roller. So far we made wheat spaghetti noodles and I used the roller to roll out sheets of pasta and I cut them myself to make wheat lasagna noodles. I think they turned out pretty good for our first attempts.
Along with a nice long nap I think KC had a nice Father's Day. I hope he knows how much we love him and appreciate all that he does.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

Do you want fries with that?

How do you get kids to eat vegetables? Bake them and call them Fries.

Like many people I like all things potato. Baked, boiled, mashed, fried etc.. But my kids won't eat them any way but as french fries. Along with potatoes we also had some zucchini, carrots just waiting for me to figure out a way to incorporate them into a meal.

Recently I pinned a recipe on pinterest that caught my eye.  Looks good, yes?
from: Voracious Vander
And this is yummy looking as well.

from: Naturally Ella
Add some rolls and fruit and we had ourselves a Fries Dinner. 

I knew the kids would eat the french fries, but I wasn't sure about the carrot and zucchini fries. We sat down to dinner and the boys were excited after KC told them we were going to have French fries, Canadian fries and American fries for dinner. We had to explain to them multiple time which ones were Canadian fries and which were American fries. (The carrots were Canadian and the zucchini were American.) We also had multiple dipping sauces that included fry sauce, ketchup, and ranch.

This morning they both told me that they wanted that dinner again. Isaac liked the Canadian and French fries. Andrew says he liked the American and French fries. Maybe I can actually get them to eat zucchini after all.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Eclipse Chasing

We happened to be headed home from a family trip on the day that the solar eclipse would occur. We realized that if we hung out at Grandma's house a little longer that we could catch the eclipse on the way home and be right in the path of one of the best places to watch it. We were on the road during the beginning of the eclipse so I didn't get any pictures of that and then we got back on the road after it reached the zenith so we could get home before midnight. It was an awesome experience and I am glad I was able to take some photos of it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

When I am Baptized

This last month our now 8 year old, Andrew was baptized. He was very excited and took it very seriously. Sometimes when he realizes he did something not nice I look over and see him with his arms folded and head bowed. "What are you doing?" I asked him once. "I'm saying sorry to Heavenly Father." he says. No big deal.

Some family and  friends were able to come to the baptism and we had everyone over to our house afterwards for lunch and cake. It was a good day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

William Is 3!

This last week our little William turned 3 years old! We had a little family party at home. The main present that he got was a Cars 2 scooter for him to ride with his brothers outside. He is so fun and cute and independent sometimes. He very much lives up to him name. We are working on potty training but I don't think it will happen until he "wills" it to. Ha.

Yes, 3 cars, 3 years old!

We often have a hard time getting him to open his eyes for pics. As soon as we say "smile" he closes his eyes.  So we usually have to catch him by surprise.
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