Monday, June 25, 2012

No theme post

I have no theme for this post.  It consists of a bunch of my photos on my phone of what I've been up to.

I was able to Skype twice with my little sista on my phone.  Isn't that amazing?  I can talk to her all the way from Germany for free.  Love it. 

Tried to get Winston and I in a good shot, he wouldn't stop moving.

This was Sunday morning, don't judge me.

Gosh, does my nose look that big all of the time?

We had to give Winston his last round of vaccinations.  If you do it yourself you save almost $70.  McKay was kind of nervous about giving Winston the shot.  I held him while McKay did the deed and he did a great job. Winston didn't flinch and McKay was the hero of the night!

This weekend McKay was gone Friday night and most of Saturday because he riding in a 100 mile bike ride for MS up in Logan.  He ended up placing third on the L-3 team and he finished in 5 hours and 20 mins, burned 6,500 calories.  I want to burn that many calories :( I spent most of the weekend sewing.  I haven't done that for so long.  It's been my goal to make Amelia's baby bedding because I can't find anything out there I really like that doesn't cost $300.  This was the first time I used a pattern since I was in Jr. High.  I was kind of scared to start because I didn't want to mess up.  I did a lot of googling of sewing definitions and was able to figure it out.  

Cutting fabric pieces for the crib skirt.

This picture was taken at 12:30 a.m.  I was trying to get this done before I went to bed. I was a zombie the rest of Saturday, but hey, I got it done!

Sunday night we enjoyed the cool weather on our backyard porch.  Winston was so tired from playing frisbee and going on a short bike ride he collapsed on me and feel asleep.  I love it how his two hind legs are spread out over my tummy.  I know Amelia and Winston are going to love each other very much.  I think he can sense her, that's why he loves to lay on top of me.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nursery fabric

 I found these two fabrics on Etsy and am in love with them.  I'm planning on making some of my own bedding for the crib.  What do you think?  Now that I think about it, why am I even asking that.  I like them and that is all that matters.  

Monday, June 11, 2012

Love productive weekends

I'm very happy today.  Why?  Because this was the first time in over two months we were actually home all weekend.  We didn't go anywhere.  And I loved every moment of it.  We did have some good times, but this weekend was D Day for us.  We have a lot of projects we've been putting on the back burner and with the baby coming in 70 days we're in crunch mode.  

The beginning of the week we were able to view the Venus Transit of the Sun for one whole minute before the sun went down.  My dad purchased this film that filters out the sun light, so you can see little Venus.  He had this film on his telescope and binoculars.  He took this photo below with his telescope.  You can see the little black dot in the bottom left corner of the moon.  That is Venus.    

One of our projects was to tile our fireplace.  We were finally able to agree on a tile, got it ordered, and when we got it, it was the wrong color :(  A couple weeks later we got the right color and we were ready to start tiling.  Thanks dad for coming over and supervising to make sure we did everything correctly.  Now the next step is to paint the walls, you can see we tried out a color sample on the wall, but we didn't end up liking it.   

Another project was to pull off the leftover wallpaper that calls the staircase wall its home.  When we first moved in I started ripping things off the wall because it bugged me and I knew eventually I would be taking it down. I didn't know it would take us a year later to actually get it down.  For mother's day, McKay surprised me by telling me he was going to take off the wallpaper for my present.  The best present ever is honey do's.  Thanks McKay. 

The next project for me was the nursery.  I found this fabric, all 4 1/2 yards of it at the DI for $4!  I liked the woven texture and thickness of it.  I made them into curtains.  While my Dad was over helping us with the tiling, I asked him if he could help me put up the curtain rod.  Why do little projects like this that should only take 15 minutes take a hour?  Anyway, I like them, of course McKay doesn't.  He told me it reminded him of a 1970's living room.  Oh McKay, if you could only see the whole picture. 

We have a vacant house to the west of us and they have a really nice cherry tree.  This is the same vacant lot McKay dug up bulbs and got in trouble by the fake Detective Nelson from the Kaysville Police Department. We're going to have a hard time when someone eventually purchases this house because its been nice not having neighbors and from all of the free fruit and flowers.  McKay has had his eye on those cherries for a while and this weekend was the perfect time to pick them.  When McKay got back from picking he had a huge tube full of cherries.  McKay started to think of all of the ways we could use the cherries.  Cherry pie, cherry jam, cherry bars, cherry stuffed chicken, and etc.  We decided to make a homemade cherry pie.  Below is the pie filling McKay made.  He was so proud of it he took a picture.    

I found out where McKay's favorite new spot in the house is.  It's the glider we bought for the nursery.  I couldn't find McKay in the house, so I had to resort to a house search, by going through each room.  The last place I thought he would be in was the nursery, and there he was, in the glider, gliding away with his head phones and ipad.  I asked him what he was doing in there and he said, "I'm watching videos on how to make a cherry pie.  Hey do you know this chair is really comfortable?"   

Sunday after church we went to the park next to our house and threw the frisbee around a bit.  Winston had such a great time because he could run until his heart was content.  Here are some pictures.  

Good job for bringing it back Winston.

McKay trying to teach him how to follow orders.

  I love spending Sunday's at home. This is a rarity when were able to do this because lately we've had so much family stuff going on.  We cooked dinner, ate our cherry pie, played with Winston, and took a nice stroll around the neighborhood. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Love, joy, forgiveness, and family

This weekend was full of jammed packed plans and things to do.  First and foremost, Melanie flew into town!  I love it when she comes into town.  It's been great the past couple weeks because I just saw her two weeks ago in California.  I got to spend all weekend with her :) The reason why she was in town for my cousin's wedding. 

Melanie and I planned on putting on a family bridal shower for her the day before her wedding because all of the family would be in town.  We got thinking, well, why kill two birds with one stone and combine the bridal shower with a baby shower for me because everyone will be in town. It was perfect.  Twice the fun and laughs.  

My mom made this fruit salad in honor of me, how weird and cute it is all at the same time.  Thanks mom, I love you!

We got a picture of the bridal/baby shower group.  

I'm not a huge fan of shower games, but we had to test my mothering skills.  The challenge was to hold and rock the baby, talk on the phone, holding and pinning clothes to a clothes line, and keep the binky in the baby's mouth.  We timed it and I sucked.  My time was 1:36, my Aunt Nancy, who's had seven kids was my challenger and she finished in 46 seconds.  She's had a lot of practice.  It looks like I'm crying.

Me opening up gifts.  I was so floored by how generous my family is.  

Later that evening we went to Jessica's Bachelorette party at The Melting Pot.  Melanie and I scarfed this down.  

Melanie and Jessica

For long as I can imagine I've always looked forward to my cousin Jessica to get married.  She is the epitome of the perfect girl.  She's beautiful, smart, fun, talented, strong in the church and in the gospel, and is always so happy.  I can't imagine how hard it would be in your mid thirties, single, LDS, and living in Utah. Everyday you're reminded how you're not married and don't have a family of your own and wanting that so desperately.  The one thing I love about Jessica is never once did I ever hear her complain about not being married.  She always has such a positive and loving attitude about everything.  She's the one person in my life who I think deserves the most to be married and to be a wife and mother.  At the age of 34 she found Raymon, a man who's handsome, smart, genuine, kind, strong in the church, and overall a great guy who could take her to the temple.  That is a rarity in itself.

The ceremony was short and sweet.  There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd or someone not snuffling.  I remember thinking, everything she dreamed, wanted, and wished for is coming true this day.  What a joyous and beautiful day this is!

 I love this picture of them coming out of the temple.  You see so much joy in their eyes and the love they have for each other.     

My grandma and grandpa have been divorced for over 40 years.  I know it was the hardest thing my grandma ever had to endure.  My grandma and my seven aunts and uncles were abandoned by my grandpa  after 20 years of marriage.  I can't imagine how overwhelming, sad, and devastated that would be.  My grandpa made a lot of mistakes in his life, and has had to live the consequences of those decisions he made. Forgiveness is so important in our lives. I know I could be better about forgiving and forgetting.  Forgiveness is probably one of the most important gits Heavenly Father has given to us.  My grandpa wasn't around much when I was young, so I was never really close to him, but as I've gotten older, I've come to realize we're all human and make stupid mistakes.  Why not forgive and forget and just love.  Now, I look forward to seeing my grandpa and I love him very much. 

I love it how my grandma and grandpa can be in the same room together, be cordial, pleasant, and sweet towards each other.  Even though their both remarried and have moved on, you can still feel the love they have for each other because they were able to create seven wonderful people (all of my aunts and uncles and mom of course).  Because of that I think that's why they share that same respect for each other.  I don't think I've ever had a picture of both of my grandparents together, so during the reception, I asked them if I could.  

Winston got a much needed haircut.

Sunday night around midnight, this what the Killpack family looked like.  Tired.