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 doorbell...so 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 control...at 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!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"More more movie Claire?"

This is what I hear at least 15 times a day, every day. "More, more movie Claire?" She loves to watch home videos of herself, so we'll pull up the blog a couple times a day and watch her videos. I once asked her if she wanted to watch a movie of Claire and that's how it started. Well, to keep my sanity, I'm posting another "movie" so that we can have something new to watch.
Here is Claire, reading her favorite book, "Jesus book".

She has four books like this and has to read at least one a night.

Also, here are some more of her 18-month photos:

He he he...the face she makes when you tell her to smile.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Eighteen months

No way. I am once again dumbfounded by the speed at which time passes. Why is it that when you are younger all you want is for time to pass quickly so you can be older? Then once you are older, you want time to stop. Claire is officially 18 months old. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, but I'm attempting to come to grips with it.

I'm hoping to do her official photo shoot tomorrow (puh-lease...no snow!), so I'll post those pics soon. For now, here are some snap shots in the front yard.

And here's my little ladybug. We went trick or treating at a rehabilitation center just up the street and by the time we finished that, Claire had a ton of candy and was exhausted! So we changed her into her PJs and she helped pass out candy the rest of the night.