Wednesday, December 24, 2008

{merry christmas}

Hope you all have a fantastic holiday!

Catching up on December

A breakdown of our fun December so far...
(In my attempts to not post a ton of pictures, I made a few collages...I can't ever choose just one pic!)

Family Christmas Party with my Dad's side of the family

The gift exchange...always an interesting event...

Claire loves playing with her soccer (socka) ball, so before it got really cold we played outside.

A few nights later we had dinner at Nate's cousin's house. Thanks again Katie! Nate's other cousin, Cliff, was home from Afganistan for two weeks, so we needed to get together.
These girls are going to have so much fun with each other when they grow up!
Pearl-5 months, Claire-18 months, Sierra-15 months.

The cousins with their girls
Katie & Pearl, Nate & Claire, Cliff & Sierra

Random pics of Claire when it first snowed

We went bowling one night for family night and before we everyone got there, we played around in the arcade. I'm guessing this was the highlight of Claire's night.

Yeah, my dad rocked everyone's world...

Claire and Drew also got to do a little bowling...

Then Nate's sister and kids came to town from Boston for a few days. We got to play in the snow, just after a huge blizzard.

Then of course it was time for a bath...

Good times at the Plowman household! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Catching up on November

I have to do a little recap of last month because I wasn't so good about blogging about it. Our month in review (minus Claire turning 18 months and Nate's birthday - both of which have gotten much blog-face-time):

We voted!

We spent a week in Park City at the Canyons with my family. The only decent pictures I got while up there was our first attempt at taking Claire and my nephew, Corgan, sledding...

Getting ready for the inaugural run (the hill was a non-threatening ten feet)

Directly after

Then I gave it a try with her

Directly after

Finally, we made the poor girl do it herself

Directly after

Then E'Shell took Corgan

Directly after

Give him the bink and he's much better

Claire when we told her we were leaving

We might wait a while before we try sledding again.

Up next in our month...we went to a bounce place called BounceU in Sandy...FYI - Kangaroo Zoo is WAY better.

I'm pretty sure Nate and I have as much fun as Claire does. We love having the excuse that she can't climb up by we have to take her.


A couple days later Claire got to play with her friend Emily. Even though neither of them look happy, they usually have fun together. :)

Up next...not the most flattering picture of her, but I had to post this one. Claire is obsessed with "Daddy's truck". She'll walk around all day saying, "Where did Daddy's truck go?" Then she'll answer her own question, "Work." (Because Daddy goes to work...everything goes to work...Grandma, Drew, Corgan, her milk, her necklace, etc.) We're not sure why she loves the truck so much. The only reason I can come up with is that she sits up high in her car seat and can see everything better than my car.

Finally, we had Drew stay with us late one night and they got to take a bath of their favorite activities

Splashing is a requirement in a bath with these two

Ready to get lotion-ed up

Then they got to play blast-off with Daddy/Uncle Nate

Finally, a bedtime story with Mommy/Aunt Lis

We had a fun night

So that's our month-in-review. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did posting it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Nate turned the big 3-0 a few weeks ago and I threw him a surprise party. I still can't believe I pulled it all off...he had no idea! Here were the invites I made for the par-tay:

So I got him out of the house by asking him to run a few errands for me that would take a couple hours to do. Then he stopped by my brother and sister-in-law's house to "help them plan the building of their garage shelves". (Thanks again E'Shell!) She kept him there until I texted her and said we were ready. Then I disabled the garage door (by pressing the "lock" button), so he had to come in the front door. We crammed over 30 people in our front room and waited for him to walk in. Funny thing was, I always have the front door locked, so he didn't even try to open it. He knocked, Claire knocked, they rang the finally we just opened the door, turned on the lights and yelled "Surprise!" He was shocked! Here's the sequence of pics (take note of Claire's face - she seems so confused and slowly starts to catch on to what's happening)...

This is the only pic I got of the party...its hard being hostess and photographer at the same time...

Thanks again to everyone who came! We have such wonderful friends.

Happy birthday Nate...I hope it was a memorable one!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Love and Logic

I keep meaning to write a post about the Love and Logic parenting class I took. It has truly changed the way Nate and I parent. We took the class from a girl in our neighborhood who is a certified Love and Logic instructor. She is amazing! She is so patient and is an excellent teacher. Before we started the class, we were kind of unsure if we were taking it too soon. Claire was only 16 months at the time. I cannot tell you how glad we are that we did. Now we have a parenting style we are both comfortable with, just in time for when we need to start giving Claire real boundaries. I learned so much about having empathy for Claire and giving choices. I've also learned to give away some of the least when its on small decisions! :) I definitely feel more confident as a parent.

If you can't tell, I loved this class. If you live in this area, I highly recommend taking it! Click here to see Angie's Love and Logic blog.

Friday, November 21, 2008


...the time I got home last night. Probably the time most women got home last night. Twilight was awesome (even for the second time!).

Went to dinner first at the SkyBox where we had our own room...

Some of us in the theater...

Becky and I with our "Bitten" shirts

Then I just had to share this picture of when my mom, Claire and I waited in the line for the premiere...for 3.5 hours. Can you tell Claire was ready to go?

I'm off to take a nap!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I went with my mom and sisters to
last night!! Just know that it DOES NOT disappoint. You will be more in love with Edward that you ever have been before. I can't wait for tomorrow to go with my girls to the midnight showing! Woo hoo!