Saturday, October 27, 2007

"May the Force be with you"

Matts is currently "incessed" (obsessed) with Star Wars. So, for Halloween he is Luke Skywalker. Not just any Luke, mind you, Luke with the Ewoks/Endor moon Luke. Thanks to my sister in law, Anna, he has the BEST costume and has actually been wearing clothes the past week. Grayson is of course coordinated as Han Solo, complete with tight navy pants and a blaster he loves. Well, this afternoon as we were getting ready for our ward Halloween party, Matts started begging me to be Princess Leia. Specifically, Princess Leia with the white dress and buns over her ears. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of dressing up, but what's a mom to do? So, after weighing the pros/cons of wearing my temple dress to a ward Halloween party, I called some friends and became Princess Leia, complete with buns. Matts was quite pleased and called me Leia all night. All I can say is thank heavens he isn't in love with Jabba the hut Leia :).

Endor Luke and Princess Leia

Leia and Han Solo
(I really hope the paint I used on the blaster isn't toxic)

Han again, notice all the accessories.

The whole gang

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It's Autumn Time

Today we headed out to a pumpkin patch and farm in Woodstock. It never ceases to amaze me that there are such quiet and quaint places just 30 minutes from downtown. I'll apologize in advance for my lack of creative titles and just say that it was a wonderfully muddy day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The most amazing wedding...

So our good friends, Luke & Jyoti, got married this past weekend in an incredibly elaborate, beautiful, and fun Indian wedding. Kendall and I got to slip away to Southern California for a couple days and left the boys to stay with grandparents in Utah. If you've never been to an Indian wedding we highly recommend it - three days of ceremonies, parties, food, dancing, and friends. We had a great time.

The happy couple

The outdoor reception: 600 guests - dinner, dancing, and lots of fun

This is the outdoor pavilion where the ceremony took place

The wedding cake (not only does it look 6 feet was)

The view of the Hummingbird Nest ranch house from the reception area (If you're interested, the ranch complex is for sale for the bargain price of $75M).
Kendall's henna tattoo
I always wanted her to get a tattoo :)
Some of the Duke MBA 2006 crowd
This time with Luke & Jyoti
Some people got carried away on the dance floor
What a great time...thanks Luke & Jyoti.

Sunday, October 7, 2007


So, as I was organizing and downloading pictures off my camera I realized that I have alot of random updates. So, for the sake of efficiency this may be the most random post ever.

Gray's first "real" haircut
I still can't get over how light and fine Gray's hair is. It's completely different from Matts' hair.
Matts' first Jedi haircut

Usually cutting Matts' hair is a battle (unless Grandpa Greg takes him to the barber). But, Reed had the brilliant idea to have Matts get a picture of how he wanted his hair done. Matts promptly returned with his Star Wars book and happily sat perfectly still for his first jedi haircut.

New Bed

Saturday we had the rare pleasure of all taking naps at the same time. When I woke up I went to check on the boys. Matts was nowhere! You would think I'd be getting used to losing my boys :), but I panicked. We finally found him sleeping under his bed in the "meerkat cave".

New Stroller

This update cements my status as a mom. But, I LOVE our new stroller. After weeks of stroller drama I finally got the perfect stroller. At first I didn't even consider the Phil and Ted, it's a little pricey and I thought that it would be mean to stick a kid in the basket. But, we went to the store, tried it out and Matts loved the "secret" seat. It's so compact and easy. Plus, now when Matts is in preschool I can take Gray running in the single mode. I'm down to one stroller and it does it all!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Boys will be boys

Well, the bets are over. After 3 /12 years of parenting we finally had our first "emergency" trip to the doctor. Surprisingly, it was Gray and not Matts who needed the trip. I was in Matts' room getting winter clothes out for our trip to Utah. Gray was crawled into his room, which I wrongly assumed was baby-proofed. Next thing I knew there were screams and ALOT of blood. Gray had somehow popped the cover off his nightlight and shattered the bulb. It slit open his third and fourth finger pretty badly. Luckily, we have the best neighbors, so I ran next door and Nima jumped in the car (to put pressure on the cut) and off we drove to the pediatrician. They tried to dermabond it, but the next morning it came undone and bled all over. (Note the above picture) This led to a return trip to the ped's office where they attempted to bandage his fingers together multiple times and multiple ways. Gray, being his determined little self, had the "successful" bandage off by the time we got home. So, I took matters into my own hands. I called Scott and with his ER experience he directed me in fashioning Gray's "mitt". I, of course, feel terrible. Especially now that it looks like he cut off his fingers entirely. All I can say is, I'm glad we're on vacation next week.

The "Mitt"