Sunday, October 21, 2007




We got our pumpkins for carving yesterday. I feel like I better make a confession, though. We went to this cute little pumpkin patch purely for pictures and then bought our real pumpkins from the grocery store, because they were cheaper there. I feel a little guilty because these pumpkins were raised by a local farmer and who knows where Albertson's picked up their pumpkins. I hope the farmer will forgive me for using their setup for a photo op. So, thanks, sir farmer, your pumpkins look great next to my kids. I am indebted to you. And hey, if anyone is looking for some cute pumpkins in Gilbert, Arizona and would like to support a farmer, go to the corner of Gilbert and Baseline. (Now I am like free advertising, so I don't feel so bad.)

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We went out last night to the best pizza joint in town. Our server, aka Daddy, even ended up eating with us. It was so nice outside last night. The girls loved it, especially when Daddy gave them peanut butter cups for dessert! Leave it to Dallas to turn a normal meal into a forever memory. Poor Gabe was already asleep after a long day pumpkin hunting!

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Sophie taking Pooh for a walk.

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So, I braved the zoo last week without Dallas. It actually wasn't too bad. The kids were super! The worst part was hearing things like, "Oh boy, you have your hands full!" "I will never complain again about pushing just one kid in a stroller!" "Mom is getting her exercise today!"
I don't remember getting any comments like that when I went out in Rexburg. I can't go anywhere without hearing it at least 3 times. Oh, well, I do have my hands full!
P.S. That is not a real oryx that Sophie is standing by, but I thought it was an escapee when we rounded the corner to the oryx exhibit. I jumped, but so did the group that came right after me.

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"Sophie, will you give me some nice ballet poses so I can take a picture?" Just a few more days until her class starts!
She asks, "Is it almost my birthday?"
"No, Sophie, your birthday is July 23rd."
"Oh, is it Penelope's birthday today?"
"No, Penelope won't have another birthday until after you have yours. First it will be your ballet class, then Halloween, then Christmas, then Baby Gabe's birthday, then Daddy's birthday, and then yours."
"Oh, nice! That will be so fun!"

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hi everyone! We are all doing really well here in Gilbert, AZ. Dallas is working hard on graduate school. He is doing really well and is looking forward to giving a recital next month. I am getting ready to go back to school next semester, so that is really exciting. I plan on just taking night classes. The kids are growing like weeds. Also, for those who haven't recently been to our blog, Dallas is a member of my team now, so be prepared to laugh!

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I am afraid Sophie's naps are phasing out. I still make her stay in her room and read books, though, mostly for my own sanity. One day I found her building a puzzle "house" on her bed. I was impressed. The other pictures are kind of silly, but cute anyway. In the first Sophie is showing me a forced sad face while wearing 2 dresses (she came out after "napping" with the second one on), and the last is her "Watch out Peanut Butter Sandwich!" face. Bribes are starting to work really well for her, and she lets me know that she doesn't think time-out is "fair". She is definately growing up!

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Penelope had a speech and development evaluation last Thursday. I am pretty proud because on every test beside the speech ones, she scores well above her age, mostly around 36 months (she is 25 months). The lady said she has only had one other kid do as well as Penelope and that Penny's ability to scan a page with many objects was very impressive. So, needless to say, Dallas and I are very proud that we have a genius child. We are pretty sure she is a late talker because she is going follow in Einstein's footsteps. Well, maybe not, but we are still very proud of her. She has another evaluation set for next Tuesday and hopefully she will be able to get speech therapy within a month. She is also a super snake-maker with playdough.

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Please excuse the messy onsie in the first picture. He just was being so darn jolly, I had to post this picture. Gabe had a doctor appointment last week and weighs 18 lbs, 1 oz. He is in the 25% for both height and weight. That makes him my skinniest baby. But his poor head is below the 5%. They aren't worried or anything, I guess he is just going to have a small head. Good thing he is so cute!

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I just thought I would post some pictures with our kids all at 9 months old. What cuties! Do you think they look alike?





Tonight I bought Sophie's outfit for her ballet class. Boy, she is so adorable. "Mommy I need to show this to my friends. Bostyn wants to see it. Emily and Aubrey want to see it. Can we go show it to them?", she said as she twirled in front of the mirror. Of course I found something for Penny to wear so she wouldn't feel left out. I even made Sophie give Penny the slippers for a few minutes just so she could try them out, but Sophie threw a huge fit. After Penny twirled a few times in them she gave them back to a screaming Sophie and walked away with a great big smile. Penelope can be so caring! So, Sophie satarts her ballet class next Friday. I got her in a super cheap community class, but she is so excited, and so am I! I really think she has some talent.


Wow! Penelope and Baby Gabe playing together. Hopefully it will become more common as Gabe gets a little older and Penelope gets a little more tolerant. Still, I was shocked that they played legos for a good 15 minutes side by side.


The girls are kind of insane about making beds outside these days. Great, except for the fact that they never want to pick them up! Oh well, but it would sure be nice if picking up was more fun than getting toys out. I wish....