Thursday, December 25, 2008

Grandma Banana

Grandma Banana came out the second week of December to help as I finished out the semester.

We put her straight to work. Cooking. . .

Shoveling. . .

Rocking. . .

She gave "roll-over" lessons. . .

and oversaw the fitness routine which consisted of long walks in sub-zero temperatures.

Katie even got in on the action as she taught Lola her first Christmas carols, personalized with new "Lola / Froppit" lyrics.

When all was said and done, and I quote "if I had to do this every day, I'd saw my head off." Now that's love.

December 8-13, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Kyle

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

K's Main Man Mike

Nick's brother Mike reclaimed the much fought-after title as favorite uncle when he came into town for work and hung out with us for the weekend. Keyton was in heaven.

December 7, 2008

Craft Crazy

It seems a lot of my fellow bloggers have been looking for crafts to keep them and the little people in their lives busy. I thought I'd pass this gem along. One of my girlfriends (an Early Childhood Education type) started a new blog called Fun4kids. It is an open blog devoted to sharing ideas for fun book-related activities to do with young children. Read/Craft on!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Baby Blessing

Nick gave Lola a baby blessing at church. Lola gets an A+ for good behavior. She was awake for cute pictures, didn't cry during her blessing, and didn't poop on her white dress until after church. That's my girl!

Note the warm, white booties. That's style!

December 7, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Scott and Cathy come to town

With Lola getting blessed and all, Lachelle's dad and step-mom came into town for the weekend on a Friday at noon. That night Keyton and I went swimming with them while Lachelle and Becky stayed home with Lola. Keyton had a lot of fun walking in circles in the hot tub and walking up and down the stairs. Cathy won the prize for watching him do this the longest. Scott and I gave up after a while and watched the Blazer game.

The next morning we ventured out to the Children's Museum. It's awesome. Right now one of the exhibits is a bunch of things to do with golf balls. Below you can see Keyton's natural awkwardness with golf clubs. He actually ended up hitting a hole in one after multiple attempts (huh?) and was duly proud of himself.

So he's not going to be a professional golfer, but the kid has a career in cashiering. Her Grandma Cathy is buying a plastic cheese loaf that hundreds, if not thousands, of snot-glazed hands have touched.

Apparently its a delicacy where Keyton comes from because he charged her $846.78 for it. I think she got taken.

She gave him four fake dollar bills and he was none the wiser. She's a sneaky one, that Grandma Cathy.

Keyton makes a pretty cute ginormous turtle. I made him a turtle pancake the other day and he told me it was a dog pancake because turtles live in the water and they use their tiny little feet to swim, like spiders (motioning his hands like spiders walking through the air while squinting his eyes and squeeking). Two lessons learned: (1) I am not a gifted pancake artist because my turtle feet were obviously too big, and (2) Keyton needs to watch more television.

There was a kid waiting to climb in the turtle shell while I was taking this picture and his mom kept telling him to be patient because it was another kid's turn.

There is a giant ant colony in the museum. This is the queen.

Becky, Lachelle, and Lola. The stickers identify you as someone who probably won't take someone else's kid home with you. If you don't have one of these stickers while at the children's museum, you're in big trouble.

While crawling around the colony with Grandma Cathy, Keyton decided to play chase. He took off and Cathy followed. Good times were had by all.

Until Keyton looked over his shoulder while running full speed to see where Cathy was and failed to see the metal gate in his way. It wouldn't have been so bad if his head hadn't hit the metal frame. After we all stopped laughing, we managed to keep him from seeing the blood pouring out of his forehead from a deep-ish gash over his left eye. (I know this is only supposed to be funny if its someone else's kid, like on America's Funniest Videos, but he was running so fast that when he hit the fence it made a loud banging/rattling sound and his whole body bounced back 5 feet as if he were bouncing off the ropes in professional wrestling). Cathy the nurse and Scott the (tooth) doctor decided a butterfly bandage would do the trick, so no stitches were needed. It was Keyton's first good bleed and he still tells people about the time when he smashed the fence with his head in the ant place.

We all took turns trying to figure out a way to make Lola stop crying.

Keyton milked grandma and grandpa for all the book reading they could handle. I think he conned Scott into reading him the same book three times in a row.


December 5-7, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ward Christmas Party

Since we made the most recent baby in our ward, our family got called up to the big leagues for our Ward Christmas Party. Yep, Mary, Joseph, shepherd boy, and the Baby (the bishop let the normal prohibition against cross-dressing slide this-time-only). Keyton stood there reverently for about 30 seconds. Then he started tapping the cane on the stage. The tapping quickly escalated to lifting the cane over his head and then swinging it at the ground. Joseph stepped in before things got ugly.

Things turned from funny to sweet pretty quickly after I confiscated the cane. Keyton pulled the blanket down off her face and whispered to her the rest of the time we were on stage.

Santa (who is close personal friends with the guy that sits behind us every Sunday in church) grabbed Keyton and swung him up on his lap. Keyton was wide -eyed and very excited to tell Santa that he wanted an airplane for Christmas.

I wouldn't say he was disappointed he only got a gigantic sucker instead of an airplane, but I wouldn't say it was a pleasant surprise either. He is still stoked about Santa coming to our house this week, so he must not be holding too much of a grudge.

December 6, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Gramma to the Rescue!!

With Nick back at work and me back at school, the children were being neglected and running around in rags.

Thankfully we had Gramma Becky to the rescue!!

Becky had never been to a real tree lot to pick out a Christmas tree, so we were excited to take her along.

Unfortunately subzero temperatures put a damper on the party and Lola and Gramma mostly hung out in the warming hut.

But we all had fun decorating the tree.

Especially Keyton, who found just the perfect spot for ALL the candy canes.

To celebrate, Nick made us all a chocolate turtle cake (a la cafe late!). Yum!!

All in all, it was a great week!

December 2-5, 2008