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Monday, February 22, 2010

Being Polite

I am trying to teach my kids to be polite and to have some manners. Aren't all moms? One of the things that I have tried to teach my kids is to respond when someone is talking to them. This has been a hard thing for them because for some reason around other people they are shy. So, the other day I was at Costco in the check out line with the kids. Ella was sitting in the cart with her sister wearing her favorite pink cow girl boots. (Thank you DeAnn) Anyway, while I was paying the women was talking to Ella about her boots and telling her how cute they were. Ella said "ya, they have butterflies on them, they are barbie". I finished up and we started to walk away when Ella said "I was good mom, I talked back". Oh I was so proud :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

My baby turned 2!

Ivy Lucile Warner was born January 18, 2008 at St. Marks Hospital at 2:22 pm. She was 6lbs 12oz and 18 1/2 inches long. I have a hard time thinking that was 2 years ago. I am finding that time is going by faster the older I get. So not to sound like an old lady I am going to stop saying "man, time goes by so fast". We celebrated Ivy's birthday with family and I am so glad they are near by to do so. I made Ivy a square cake to look like a present and little square cupcakes to match. Ivy was excited to open her gifts. She got some cute toys, a Cinderella Book, her own leotard, and some cute dresses. We love Ivy so much at our house. She is turning out to be quite the funny little girl. She loves to sing and dance. At her party she went on for 10 minutes dancing in circles and "rapping". She speaks well and copies everything I say. She loves her family and plays games with Ella. She is very independent and wants to do everything herself. Including opening up her string cheese, putting on her clothes and shoes, washing her own hair, opening and closing things... it goes on. She also has a feisty side that just kills me. She will yell "stop it!" or "don't" if she doesn't like what you are doing. She does this when I sing and has even put her hands on my mouth and said "Shhh". Oh how I love my Ivy Lu. Happy Birthday Babe!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

What to do in January?

Steve and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on December 17th and decided a cruise was in order. We went on a 7 day cruise to the western Caribbean and it was awesome. We stopped in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and back to Mexico. The weather wasn't the best pretty cloudy most the time so we didn't come back too tan but it still was great! In Mexico at both ports we took cabs to the beach and lounged, ate, swam and snorkeled a bit. The water was unbelievably blue and clear, it was so pretty. In Guatemala we took a river boat tour. The mountains were covered in trees, it is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. We loved the tour because we felt like we got to see how people live on the river. We stopped at a school and saw the children. It was amazing to see children as young as 4 out on the big river in their own canoe. In Belize we did a jungle zipline tour and that was soooo fun. We did 5 separate zipline and 2 repels. I loved this! The jungle was beautiful and it was awesome to fly through the air. The cruise was great and it was so nice to spend time together without any distractions. How lucky I am to have a great husband!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Picking snuggies

Ella's preschool put on a Christmas program where they sang about 20 different songs. Ella really has a great talent for memorizing and singing songs and it was fun to see her perform. Ella has this little habit (and now that I am thinking about it I don't think she does it as much) of picking her snuggies. Sometimes she does it sooooo much that it makes me insane! If I have her sit on my lap to read a book she can hardly sit still, she just has to pick. So at the program while singing all the cute songs Ella probably stood up and picked her snuggy at least 20 times and I am not exagerating! After the performance her teacher said to us "Was Ella wearing new tights tonight?"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


We have had Christmas at our house the last couple of years and it has turned into quite the party. Christmas Eve we have a nice dinner with all of my family and Larry and Marcia. We also had Becky, Nate and the Chritensen Family over on Christmas Day. It is busy and a bit chaotic but I am so happy that we have family close by. Santa brought the kids a Wii and they all love playing it. Andrew is an excellent sword fighter and Ella rocks at bowling. Ivy likes to hold a controller and "play" too. Andrew kept saying "I just can't quite figure out Santa Claus", which makes me worried we may be on our last year of believing for him. It was such a fun time and I love the excitement from the kids.