Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy almost Thanksgiving and a Flashback


Happy Thanksgiving, people. I hope you have a fantastic holiday. I will be seeing both parents and parents in law, and eating pie. What will you do?

It's fun seeing pictures of my daughter from last year, right? I think so. These are exactly one year old.

Love it.

I will be making this as well. I know it isn't very Thanksgiving-y, but this recipe is tried and true. Spencer loves it (he isn't a big pie fan, and he wants me to make this as often as I am willing.)

Banana Cream Pie

3/4 C sugar
1/3 C flour
1/4 t salt
2 C milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 T butter
1 1/4 t vanilla
4 bananas
graham cracker crust (either homemade or store bought)

In saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt. Add milk gradually while stirring. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly, till bubbly. Keep stirring, cook 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Beat egg yolks. Stir in small amount of hot mixture into beaten egg yolks. Immediately add yolk mixture. Cook 2 more minutes on medium heat, stirring. Take off heat, add butter and vanilla. Stir till smooth consistency.
Slice bananas into pie crust. Top with pudding mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Chill for at least an hour before serving.
Serve with whipped cream.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sleepy time

I took this video a few weeks ago, right around the time I was trying to figure out exactly when Abby needed to go town for her nap. She has been flirting with dropping her second nap for several months, and recently the last few weeks I've stopped trying to put her down for an afternoon nap because I know she just won't sleep.

This begs the question: when do I start the one long nap of the day? Do I put her down only an hour after I'd have put her down for her morning nap? Before lunch? After? Her tired cues changed from day to day. This resulted in a few fun days of me putting her down for a nap, Abby playing and resolutely not sleeping, taking her out and trying again a few hours later, just to have her play and not sleep again. Usually on those days, the third time was the charm and she finally napped after her two misses. We had a lot of un-productiveness on those days.

And on to the video. She was eating her lunch. I was doing dishes when I looked up and saw her. The camera is shaking because I couldn't stop laughing.

P.S. Cornbread. Cornbread everywhere. On face, in hair, on clothes, in crib.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Baby Abby

This is old news to anyone who has seen Abby recently, or for anyone who sat next to us in church yesterday, but Abby lately only wants to say her own name over and over. This is both amusing to me, and progressive for my little non-talker. I can actually understand what she is saying! She chooses to not say words that she knows, for anyone out there keeping track.
This video was taken 2 and half weeks ago. Her "abby abby abby" has gotten a lot more refined since then. Cause she's a sophisticated Abby.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Back it up

I wanted to back it up a little bit and post about Keena's visit to Utah at the end of October. She was in Utah on a business trip. I think that is pretty amazing, since Utah is hardly the trendy and consumer-driven city like those she normally visits for work... she works for the clothing label Mango, which has super cute clothes and accessories, and has frequently travels all over the US and sometimes out of the country. Mango recently collaborated with JC Penny to develop a line called MNG by Mango, and she was in town with a coworker to oversee how the Utah JC Pennys were doing.

Naturally, we got together with Carrie, Daniel, Colton, and Chloe a few times.

Playing with the kiddos on the stairs at the Gateway

Keena was only in town for 2 and half days, so the afternoon of her last day we braved Gardner Village, which was both fun and a big mistake.

Fun: Awesome decorations, lots of fun stuff going on, cute stores to look through. It definitely puts you in all kinds of holiday spirits... multiple holidays!

Fun: Time to visit with family, really beautiful weather.

Fun: Halloween costumes galore.

Fun: sister time.

Bad idea: Crazy parking. It took us like, 10 minutes to even turn off the street and into the village, then actually park the car. Busy, busy, busy.

Bad idea: SUPER PACKED with SO MANY people. Strollers galore. Every store we went in, we were rubbing elbows with strangers. Don't even think about trying to get into the sweet shops. I was really looking forward to getting some fudge, too.

We made it out alive and hung out until it was time to take Keena to the airport.

It has been so wonderful to be able to see Aunt Keena so much lately, and I know Abby will be excited to see her at Christmastime, too.

And by the way, I own several Mango clothing items, and I love them all. Just sayin'.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hello Fall

It's been so very nice here lately. Even though the leaves have already gone from green to yellow to red to falling, I feel like fall is only just starting to come. I'm glad it has been warmer than usual, and so is Abby. I am thinking we'll have to take a little walk in the stroller this morning.

It's time for sweaters and hot chocolate and cider and scarves and boots!

Also, it's always a good time to make waffles with your daddy.

Halloween re-cap

So, you may know by now that Abby was a little ladybug for Halloween.
We loved it. 
For some reason, since the week she was born, we have called her our little bug. We wanted to dress her as a ladybug last year, but we decided to go with a cheaper option that we found instead... besides, I was working during pretty much everything last year.
So a bug it is this year!

We ran into some other ladybugs at our ward trunk or treat

Both are pregnant, too! Ha!

This was after the candy collection. She loooved carrying her pumpkin around, and just ran everywhere showing us her costume and her loot.

You'd think we actually let her eat the candy, she was so excited. But no. No candy for the 18 month old just yet. I figure she has plenty of time to get to know candy.
Lest you think I am no fun, we are planning on letting her try a piece soon.

We went to the Lythgoes house to see all of the cousins in their costumes the Sunday before. We decorated Halloween cookies, did some pumpkin crafts, and played with cousins. Marti dressed up in her scrubs, too!

We got several videos of Ab trick-or-treating for the first time, but I think posting any in addition to all of these pictures might be overkill. She still doesn't want to talk, so she would knock on the door, and stare up at whoever answered, and hold out her bucket. She would choose one piece of candy, put it in her bucket, and turn to leave. When we told her to say "thank you," she would wave at them.
In some instances, people would let the candy bowl linger, and she'd go in for a second piece. She really had the whole thing down.


We dressed her in a long sleeved shirt and leggings over her tights for warmth. She had a great evening.