Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tulip Festival

Today we went to Thanksgiving Point for an epically long and fun time.  Christy and I took our girls to the dinosaur museum and children's discovery garden, and then we met Ashley (who is visiting this week!) and Coreyann at the gardens to see the Tulip Festival.  It was beautiful and VERY hot.  We were exhausted by the end, but it was worth the energy.

Ruby sat miserably in the stroller for a while, burning hot and tired.  Eventually I let her out and she perked up.

Happy birthday to the twins!  Joyce and Lydia are 1 and adorable.

We're so happy Ashley is here!

Lucy turned 5 yesterday!

Ruby and Lucy thought I made a comfy pillow.

Rubes had a fun time playing in the fountain in the secret garden.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

18 months

My Ruby is technically nearly 19 months, but she just went to her 18 month appointment.  She is so average, size-wise: 49th percentile for height, 61st percentile for weight.

Here are the words that she says reliably:
Baba (my dad)
meow, quack, moo, roar

Someone mistakenly told me that at 18 months she should be able to say 50 words, so I thought she was slow, but then the doctor laughed and said that at 18 months she should just be able to say 5-10, so I'm relieved.  

Ruby loves:

mustard, more than anything
splashing in the bath
ring around the rosie
the iPad (facetiming especially)
playing outside
hot dogs, yogurt, bananas
Tigger (he must be under her arm in order to sleep)
Sesame Street (especially Elmo and Cookie Monster)
Super Why!
Yo Gabba Gabba
wrasslin with her daddy
sidewalk chalk
more mustard
other kids
Nursery (hallelujah)
coloring with crayons
bringing us our shoes and jackets so we can go outside

She is an extremely active little girl.  If I try to keep her inside all day, she goes crazy.  She is pretty bossy, always telling people what to do and physically guiding (pushing) people (Landon) to where she wants them to go.  She is sooo affectionate.  If she loves you, she will want to hug and kiss you all the time. I LOVE it.  She imitates anything we do.  We're at a point right now where her brain is just exploding with learning things so quickly.  It is amazingly fun to watch her learn things.  She also understands pretty much everything we say.  She doesn't always obey, the little punk.  If Kyle counts to 3 she'll usually acquiesce, but she makes me get up and stop her/bring her/whatever to make her obey.  Mom isn't very authoritative, I guess.  I try though!  She finally doesn't sleep like a baby--all over the crib, constantly moving.  She now sleeps with a pillow and blanket (her favorite is the robot blanky from Nieman).  The second we put her down, she lays her head on the pillow with her bottom sticking in the air, tugging Tigger under her arm.  It's amazingly adorable.

We love our Ruby girl like crazy.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Best Bath Ever

Landon and Kelsie came over on Saturday and we played with some finger paints I made.  We put Ruby and Landon in the empty bath and let them go to town with the colors.  They LOVED IT.  At first they were hesitant to get messy, but soon they got into the spirit of it.  It was so funny to watch them--anytime Landon would do something new (like putting paint on his face or hair)  Ruby copied him.  I love when they play together! (Luckily the paints were made out of sugar, corn starch, and water, so I didn't have to worry about them.)

They then enjoyed a bath in pink water.  Today at church I noticed that Ruby still had pink streaks in her hair.  Oh well, she just looked kind of punk rock.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Easter Weekend

We had such a fun Easter!  Ruby enjoyed her first Easter egg hunt immensely.  Grandma Karen and Lucy taught her how to look for eggs and she got quite a haul.

We had such a great time with my parents and Katy in town.  We hung out a lot in Salt Lake City, mostly at the park across the street from Christy's house.

Sadly, I never had my camera.  Christy was nice enough to send me a few.

had a fun party with our cousins/aunts/uncles for Lucy and the twins, who are turning 5 and 1.
went to City Creek and let Ruby play in the splash pad
ate at lots of restaurants
went shopping
played at the park

Having Mom and Katy here for a whole week was awesome!  They got plenty of time to hug and kiss their babies.

At the same time, we had other visitors too!  Celia and Nathan visited Utah for a few days and stayed at our house with their kids. It was SO FUN.  Staying up late with Celia is one of my favorite things in the world.  Eliza has only gotten prettier since I last saw her, and the boys are so big!!!  True to form, I foolishly did not get out my camera and take pictures of them.  Having a full house is really fun when it's people you care about.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


As the season is finally changing to spring (hallelujah! I got my first sunburn today!) I've made a couple purchases that feel downright decadent.

I bought this swimsuit from Limericki, for more than I've ever spent on a swimsuit. I think it's so pretty, and you better believe I need me some good ruching.

I also bought some makeup from e.l.f., recommended to me by my cosmetologist friend Kerry.  It was supposed to come today but now it's coming tomorrow, I've been agonizing about it.  Poor me.  I got shadow primer, eyeliner, and mascara, for heck of cheap.  Oh AND a palette of 100 eyeshadow colors. I can't wait to play!  I'm slowly starting to figure out makeup in my old age.

I went with Christy to the new City Creek Center in Salt Lake.  It was so pretty!  And the stores are sooo fancy.  I didn't feel worthy to enter most of them.  But we did go to Nordstrom and get Christy these good-looking Toms.  They are SO HOT.  It kills me to not buy some for myself.  But I can't. I vowed to wear my bottle green Toms into the ground, and I do love them.

Now I need to go on some sort of spending hiatus. Spring is when I want to go all out, wardrobe-wise, so it's going to be hard.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Austin, Texas

This week was Kyle's Grandaddy Bob's 90th birthday, so Barbara put together a big party in his honor in Austin.  IT WAS SO FUN!!!  Kyle hadn't seen this branch of his family for about 15 years so we knew we had to go.  It turns out that Kyle has some really awesome family members who I loved getting to know.  Kyle felt like he was meeting them for the first time, but they still had plenty of reminiscing to do.  We also got to hang out with Kyle's sisters and their families--and they met Ruby for the first time!!!  (We really have to get ourselves to Texas more often, clearly.)

The flight there was hectic.  The first leg of the journey, to Phoenix, was awful because we got to the gate late (first time ever) and had to be split up.  Poor Kyle handled Ruby the whole time alone, which is not easy at this stage  in her life when she wants to be running around AT ALL TIMES.  After a long and trying layover in Phoenix, we flew to Austin.

Ken and Barbara picked us up and we drove straight to...ROSA'S!!!!!  Rosa's Tortilla Factory Cafe has THE BEST TORTILLAS IN THE WORLD.  We freak out about them.  We bought a dozen and had the best meal ever.  I wish we had one in Utah!

Back at Ken and Barbara's hotel we hung out with Jennifer, Jason, and Naomi.  I was so excited for Ruby and Naomi to meet each other.  They were instantly buddies and had a ton of fun playing together.

Isn't Naomi just adorable?!

Carolyn, Travis, Sydnie, and Julian came over too.  I am so in love with Baby Julian.  He is mellow and chubby and sweet and looks so much like Kyle and Ken, it's crazy.  Kyle's baby pictures look just like Julian!

Late that night (with Ruby beside herself with exhaustion) Ken dropped us off at our hotel, the Travelodge.  It was the cheapest deal we could find in the city and we felt fairly safe because it's a chain--can't be that bad, right?  Wrong.

I was getting Ruby into her jammies when Kyle commanded me to stay on that side of the room and to not look over where he was under any circumstances.  He manfully masked what I can only assume was his own revulsion to formulate a plan and execute it, keeping me in the dark the whole time.  After he dealt with the situation, he told me there had been a dead bug.  He finally let me drag out of him what kind of bug it was--a cockroach.  Oh, and it had been alive.  My reaction surprised even me.  I clapped my hand over my mouth and started quietly screaming, which Ruby thought was hilarious.  WHAT THE WHAT?!?!  I have never been in the same room as a cockroach in my entire life.  I thought cockroaches lived in disgusting inner-city holes.  I was terrified to shower or go to sleep.  Ruby cried in her crib for one minute before we decided to keep her in our bed--I was worried that cockroaches would crawl all over in her sleep.  She slept with us quite well for a baby who hasn't slept with her parents since she was a week old, and surprisingly I fell asleep in spite of my haunted skin-crawly feeling.  Before I slept, though, I told Kyle that we were checking out in the morning.  He agreed.

The next morning I found a dead cockroach (thankfully dead) next to our bed.  Kyle went to check out and get a refund for the next two nights we had paid for, and saw cockroaches scuttling down the hallway.  I had to shower before we left--only to find clumps of black hair in my "clean" towel.  EWWWWWW.  I can't tell you how glad I am that we got out of there.  AGHGHGHGHH.

Then it was time for the party!!!  We carted all the food over to the Hyde Park Christian Church where the party was being held.  I was happy to spend time in the kitchen, chopping vegetables and assembling salads and setting up the food with Barbara.  Jason made 8 lasagnas for the party, of course using Fanelli's Finest Sauce--coming soon to a store near you!--totally delicious.  Ken has a ton of pictures from the party up on Facebook, but I tragically forgot my camera.  Suffice it to say that there were many people who love Grandaddy there.  Tons of food and visiting made for a very fun party!  It was a total success.

Later we spent time visiting at the hotel.  Ruby spent time with her grandparents, her great grandma Jewel, various great aunts, and her cousins of course.

That night, the older generation generously offered to babysit the kids in order to allow us young punks to go out to dinner together.  The 12 of us went to an awesome restaurant called Cover 3, which was way more hip and sophisticated than anywhere Kyle and I have ever been.  I ordered an incredible Brick Chicken Mac and Cheese, which was really spicy and covered in pancetta. Mmmmm.  Kyle and I sat across from Kyle's cousin Austin and his wife Annelise.  We had the best time chatting with them and laughing together.

Late that night (again) we checked into the hotel Carolyn and Travis were staying at, the Holiday Inn Arboretum.  I cannot stress to you enough how awesome this place was when compared with the Travelodge.  I mean, it was twice as expensive, but I would say more than twice as awesome.  Ruby agreed.

Clean and comfortable. Lots of pillows.  Awesome shower.  No roaches. Indoor/outdoor pool. Hot tub.  CLEAN.  NO ROACHES.  Nice restaurant.

Carolyn and Travis took us to to breakfast the next morning, and then we went swimming. The hot tub was glorious.

We met everyone at a cool place called Phil's Ice House for lunch. Ruby loved the playground there. It was too hot and humid for me, but Jennifer was willing to play with the girls.

After much-needed naps, we went back to Ken and Barbara's hotel and hung out with all the folks.  We mostly sat around the patio enjoying each other's company and eating dinner.

The next morning we had to leave our beloved Holiday Inn Arboretum.  We went to Barbara's favorite place for lunch, Abuelo's, where I ate a monstrously huge burrito.  After visiting Granddaddy and Jewel at their house for a while, it was time to go to the airport.  Our flight was irritatingly delayed so we ate dinner in the airport.

  The last leg of the journey, from Phoenix to SLC, was wonderful--the plane was half full so Ruby got her own seat and she was surprisingly mellow.

 Another bonus to this trip was that we got an iPad the night before we went.  Kyle was going to surprise me with one for our anniversary, but decided that it would be really nice to have it on the plane for Ruby.  (It was.  She watched an episode of Super Why! and Sesame Street very nicely.)  It is a very fun toy to have.

I really enjoyed Austin.  It was very green and pretty.  I know we'll go back because we promised our family there that it wouldn't be another 15 years before they saw us.  I want Ruby to know all her family!