Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Family Outings

We have had a few events that have kept us pretty busy lately, so this is just the first blog post out of many soon to come...

A few weeks ago, the Betts decided to go miniature golfing during their spring break. They invited us to come with them. Claire enjoyed hitting the ball a little with the putter, but after a couple strokes would just end up picking up the golf ball and dropping it into the hole herself. After dropping the ball she would throw up both arms and yell something that sounded a whole lot like "I did it!. 

Claire loved spending the time with her cousins. :) 

 A week later we went to the Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy. We had heard a lot about this place and it didn't disappoint. We saw otters, penguins, sharks, turtles, fish, and numerous other animals.

  I don't know if Claire realized the otter was right there, but she was excited to see me. :)



Claire seemed really interested at the beginning and was excited to see all the fish, but she let us know when she was done. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

we can't give it away in the title...

i had some fun ideas for a cute and clever title for this blog but that would have ruined the build up. it's not going to be much of a build up since i'm going to keep this short, but it's still fun to dangle the string in front of your faces and make you all wait just a second longer. :) a couple weeks ago we headed to the ob/gyn for our 20 week ultrasound appointment. this meant, of course, we were finding out whether we would be having a boy or a girl for baby number two. we were pretty excited. well these are a couple pictures of the baby - i think i see the family resemblance. 

and now for the moment you've all been waiting for. claire would like to announce that she will be the proud big sister to a baby brother! it's a boy! we all can't wait to meet the manly stud of a boy that we are sure to have. nfl, here we come.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

easter

i would love to write a beautiful and lovely, nice and long detailed description of our wonderful easter holiday, but i must admit that it's finals time and they have me a bit busy, so you get a photo blog today. don't weep too loudly. :)

claire woke up easter sunday to find the easter bunny had left something on her doorstep. this egg began her on a trail of easter eggs throughout the house that eventually led her to her hidden easter basket!


in her basket she got candy, some play-doh, and a monkey with bunny ears. monkeys are kind of her thing at the moment. you have to hear her monkey sound. it's so cute. :)


after church we headed to the park because we wanted to get some pictures of claire in her easter dress. she is so beautiful. when did she grow up and become such a little woman?


the next day, claire got the chance to play with her play-doh. i think we made the mistake of doing this at the table because she seemed to think it was something she could eat. she learned pretty quickly it didn't taste as good as it looked. :)


she got the hang of it though with some help from mommy and soon found herself having a great time.


that evening, for family home evening, we got to color some easter eggs.



claire was pretty unsure why we were coloring eggs, but she found it pretty interesting. i know i often forget why were coloring eggs too. i'm glad i have such a wonderful family that helps remind me of the symbolism behind it all. an egg represents new life, and thanks to our savior Jesus Christ, we will all be blessed with a new life of our own. i am so thankful that my family can be together forever. happy easter everyone!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Pigtails and a New Bed

Remember how I was just saying Claire never lets me do her hair? Well lately she's actually been doing quite well with me trying a couple new things. :) She'll definitely not stay still long enough for me to try any braids or anything, but I can now attempt pigtails! And her hair is getting so much longer, I think they are so cute! They make her look so much older. :)

Speaking of her getting older... we found a cute little twin sized bed on ksl. We bought it for Claire, got her a new mattress and sheets and a pillow, put it all together and Claire absolutely loved it! She immediately wanted up in it, laid down and just stayed there smiling to herself for twenty minutes. :)

She's not sleeping in the bed quite yet, but I wanted to get her used to it before we'd need the crib for the next one. We'll probably start putting her down for naps in it occasionally, but I don't think it will be too difficult to transfer her since she loves it so much. :)