Right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale


Friday, February 28, 2014

February

Well, my new goal is to post once a month about all that happened.  The weekly task is just too much for me to handle right now. :)

So, here's how our February looked.  It was a busy month!
We started the month out by going to dinner with our friends to celebrate Ash's birthday.  As always, it was a bucket of laughs and good times!  We played with cousins at the Dino play place at City Creek, went to Airborne to jump out some energy, hung out with the grandmas, and fell asleep in the car.

We decorated the annual Valentine sugar cookies, and Gwen was pretty into it this year!  She loved "helping frost" which really just meant licking all the frosting off the knife.

We celebrated Valentine's Day!  Gwen helped me make a card for Dan, and thought she was so big using markers and scissors.

Dan brought us home a dozen red roses, and got little G a soccer ball.  She loved it!  Gwen had a delicious Valentine Dinner of Spaghetti, and after she went to bed, we ate Noodles and Co by candle light. Ah....romance...

2 days after V-Day, our little miss turned 2!  I can't even believe I have a 2 year old.  She is the sweetest, sassiest, snuggliest, funniest girl around. We had a birthday party for her on Saturday, and then celebrated just as a family on Sunday.


Some fun facts about our Miss Bear:
*She loves to be doing whatever we are doing, and hates being alone.
*She loves to take baths
*She is a great napper and sleeper, and eater
*She loves chasing Chloe and playing tug of war with her
*She can communicate just about everything she wants.  She is an exceptionally good talker.
*She is so silly and loves to know exactly what is going on at all times.
Some of my favorite things that she says right now are:
*Yep!
*What's mommy doing?  (Which she asks 5000 times per day)
When asked, "Gwen, what are you doing?" She replies, "Um, dust haning out."
She loves to "sneak up" on Dan, and every morning, she wakes up and says, "Let's sneak-um Daddy!"
She frequently says, "That scoundrel Daddy!"
She calls Dan DZ (cause I do...his middle name is Zachary....)  So whenever she's looking for him or wants him for something, you can hear her little voice yelling, DZ!!
*Hold you please, Mommy (I told her that I'd only hold her if she said please, and now she says it all the time.)
*Mmmmm, I yike it!  (Which she says about almost everything she eats)
*Hi beauful mommy!  (I can thank Dan for that one! Melts my heart every time!)
*She loves adding the word "Super" in front of everything.  The typical things are:  "Super perfect!" "Super Hot" "Super Spicy""Super Tall"...etc.  It's awesome.
*Mmm, it's really tasty!
*If she asks to do something and I say, "Not right now."  She quickly responds, "Maybe yater?" or "Maybe can do it Saturday" (She knows when dad is home!)
*She knows what she wants and when she asks, she'll say, "How bout a...." filled in with any of the following:  snack, tic tac, fruit yether (leather),  gold fish, toys....
*I need it.  These days she needs everything.  I need a snack, I need a toy, anything.  She always needs it.  And now she says, "I need a want....."  she doesn't quite understand the difference, but it's really cute!

 Per her request, we had crepes on her birthday, and she was loving it! After church, we had a cupcake, cause she was too overwhelmed the night before at her party to blow out her candles and eat her cake.  She loved it when it was just us.  


She is our smart, sassy girl, and I've loved these last 2 years with her.  She has grown and changed so much, and forced me to do the same.  Life sure is different than it was before she was born, but I can't even remember what it was like to not know the love I have for her.  She has brought so much joy into our life!
And last but not least, we've been able to enjoy a couple days at the park, (YAY for warm weather!), listening to music on her very own Skull Candy Headphones (Did I mention that Dan works there now?) and going to Kangaroo Zoo with some friends.
 It was a fun month, and we are ready for March and are really hoping the weather says nice so we can enjoy the sun and being outside!

Friday, January 31, 2014

January

Here's what our January looked like.  
We took the train a few times up to Discovery Gateway.  Gwen LOVES the train ride almost as much as she loves the museum.  Gwen loves to play with her babies, and all stuffed animals.  She is frequently getting out pots and pans to make little beds for them.  After they are all tucked in bed, she sings them her favorite lullabies, and it's really adorable.  I have to be careful though, because if I look at her while she's singing, she stops. She loves playing dress up with my scarves, and has been begging to paint her finger nails, so we finally did it.  Dan loves to do all kinds of things I don't normally do with Gwen because they make a mess.  But, he gets out blankets, and tents and makes forts and builds things for her, and she loves it.  Then, they'll just hang out in there reading or singing, or talking.  It's really pretty adorable, and a great way for little miss to spend some one on one time with her dad.
She turned 23 months on January 16.  I seriously can't believe she's almost 2!  Where does the time go?
 Here we are again at Discovery Gateway, with Leo and Jack.  That is the best way to do the museum.  With cousins to entertain and play with. :)
*She loves to help do whatever we are doing, and has to be in on all the action. So whenever I'm cooking anything, she's right there on a chair, stool, or sitting on the counter helping me dump, mix or cut whatever it is I am doing.  This particular morning, it was crepes, and she LOVED them after we finished.
On January 18th, my dad celebrated his 59th birthday.  UH OH!  Only one more year in the 50s and then he'll be an old man. ;)  We had a yummy dinner and delicious cake, and I think "grandpapa" is Gwen's favorite person.
 Near the end of January, we went to the Gale Center in South Jordan.  It was pretty cool.  They have a little mock grocery store, a little kitchen play area, a school area, and some other fun things, and it's nice cause it's close, and it's free.  Double bonus.
*I've been taking Gwen to Airborne on Thursday nights when we need to get out of the house while Dan is at school.  She didn't really like it at first, but now she's getting pretty skilled at jumping and running from tramp to tramp.  I think she really enjoys it now.
This winter has definitely not been as bad as last winter when I felt like I couldn't really do anything or go anywhere because she wasn't old enough to do anything.  We've been getting out a lot this winter and it's really helped both of us stay sane but we are looking forward to spring when we can play outside and go to the park again.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year's Eve

New Year's eve was a blast!  We had a "find the ugliest outfit at savers or DI" costume.  I think I won, but there were some pretty awesome outfits. :)  Dan bought boxers.  Gross.  Used boxers.  But they said Dominator on the butt.  Awesome.
We played a fun game of Headbands, had amazing fondue, drank sparkling cider, watched the ball drop and kissed at midnight.  It was a blast!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Zoo Lights & Schofield Family Party

On Saturday, we headed to Zoo Lights with the Cornell Family.  Before we went to the lights, we went to dinner at Taqueria 27.  It was pretty delicious!  We'd never been to zoo lights before, and it was pretty cool.  They did a great job with all the lights and the cats were awake, so we could actually see them.  The tiger was pretty cool, and it was fun to see them be more active.
Tony and Becky decided to do the Christmas Party after Christmas this year.  It just made the holiday feel like it lasted longer, and it was fun.  They made prime rib and had other delicious food.  The brother all participated in "feats of strength" and Matt was declared the winner. Dan was off his game and let us down this year! ;)
Gwen got really cute homemade PJs from grandma, a new outfit, and a teddy bear.  She loved it all.  She got a cute minnie mouse doll from Rae, and she was so excited about it.  She didn't really like the idea of giving her present to Abby, and couldn't understand why her cousins wanted to open their own presents instead of letting her do it, and take their toys.  She thought it should all be fore her.  At one point, she came up to me crying.  When I asked her what was wrong, she said, "More presents!" Good thing her birthday isn't too far off!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas!!!

Christmas was for sure a little more fun this year.  Gwen was so excited about all her presents!  We decided to stick with three for the symbolism that that's what the wisemen brought Jesus. I think it was perfect because she wasn't overwhelmed and got to play with all her toys.  Plus, she got presents from grandparents and cousins, so she definitely wasn't lacking.
She got a rocking horse from Santa, some mega blocks, dishes and a cozy chair just her size from us.  When she saw the rocking horse, she started running towards it.  She loves it.  A lot.
She was really excited about her blocks and told us, upon opening, "I build a tower, SUPER TALL!"
As soon as we were done opening presents, she got all cozy in her chair and just relaxed.  This girl is a pro at relaxing and snuggling in.  We love it.
 Later, we went to both parents house.  It was a lot of family and a lot of fun.  Gma and Gpa Cornell got her a pink Jeep, which she loved.  And she rides it all around the house.  She got a fun puzzle from her cousin Josh, and was in heaven all day.
 Later that night, we put her to bed and participated in the first ever Cornell family Reindeer Games.  Tara (of course) put this together and we played a thrilling game of little games against each other.  It was a riot.
I'd say Christmas was a success.  We had a wonderful time with family, friends, and each other.  We are truly blessed.  I really felt the Christmas Spirit this year, and I am so grateful for the Savior who came to this earth in the humblest of circumstances to save us so that we can return to him again.  That is the most amazing gift ever given.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve

Dan had to work a half day on Christmas Eve, but was home about noon.  We wrapped presents, and got all ready for Christmas.  We headed to my mom and dad's house for Christmas Eve dinner, nativity and our annual Christmas Eve present.  Dinner was great, the nativity was sweet (and a little hilarious).  G was an angel, and did a great job.  After the nativity we opened our presents.  New PJs for the kids, a cool charger stick for the boys, and a cute little purse pod for the girls.  And then, grandma surprised all the kids with another present:  Beanie Boos.  Gwen got a little poodle named princess and absolutely loves her.  It's pretty adorable.  She loved opening presents and was so excited to rip all the paper off those packages!

Monday, December 23, 2013

December - Part Uno.

Oh December.  The month of crazy.  There are so many fun things to do, but it does feel pretty busy and a little hectic at times, but we had a great month.
We started off with Advent.  This is a German tradition, so Dan really wanted to do it with Gwen.  So we got her one of those little Advent candy calendars, and she loved it.  We'd make her say "Merry Christmas" before she got it, and she'd say, "Ferry Critmas"  It's the cutest.  She also got her her very first ice cream cone.  We thought:  We'll all share it, but she just loved it so much she couldn't bear the thought of not licking every ounce.  And, she was just being so darn cute saying, "MMM, tastes good" that we couldn't take it away from her.
She loves to play hide and seek in the curtains.  She'll come up to me and say, "mom, let's do hiding seek!" and then run to to curtains to hide.  It's pretty fun.
 The first Saturday in December we went to get our Christmas tree.  Of course it was right after a huge snow storm, so we couldn't get up high enough to actually cut one down. :(  But we had fun playing in the snow.  G didn't have great boots, so I think her feet were freezing, hence the screaming.  And....we stopped at Home Deopt on the way home and picked up our tree.  It's wasn't quite as magical as cutting one down, but hey, we tried.
 Most days, after we get home from the gym, I make us a green shake.  Gwen used to only like them, but for some reason, now she LOVES them!  When we come home, she says, "Make a green drink!" then, she has to sit on my lap, and slurp her drink and touch it, and smear it all over her face, but hey, at least it's healthy!
This is our Christmas Tree all decorated up.  Gwen loved the lights and ornaments.  Every morning when we walk down stairs, if the lights aren't on, she says, "Turn on Chritmas tree"
 *We went to Temple Square for Young Women, and it was cold, but fun.  Dan was at school, so Gwen came with us, and loved it.  All the kids loved it too.  They all took turns pushing her around in her stroller and chatting her up.  She is loved every where she goes.
*We also had our very first experience with TV (at home).  I've never turned on the TV for her before, but in the spirit of Christmas, we got out the old classics and I turned on Rudolph for her.  She loved it for a few minutes, but then lost interest, and I was OK with that.
*We saw Santa at our ward Christmas party, and surprisingly, G did not scream.  She just looked a little confused and was happy to get her candy cane.
*I curled her hair for the first time, and it was adorable.  She didn't really like to sit still for me, but I just couldn't help myself!
 I've been watching my nephews on Mondays, and Gwen and Leo are the same age.  They have fun together as long as the other isn't playing with any toys. :)  They are just so cute in their jammies!  We went to City Creek to play at the Dino play place in the food court.  The kids had a ball!
*We've also been to Discovery Gateway a few times, and G LOVES it.
 The Friday before Christmas we went to Temple Square.  That probably wasn't our best idea, cause it was so crowded, but it was fun anyway, and the lights were amazing as usual.
 *On Sunday, we headed to Catherine's house where G was absolutely spoiled with a dress up kit complete with high heals, a tiara, necklace, purse, outfit and earrings.  She was so excited.
*Today, we went and hung out with Grandma and the Banks cousins.  We made gingerbread cookies, and played toys and made a muck of grandma's house.  G was a pretty big fan of the gingerbread cookie frosting.  Not so much the cookie.
The Christmas Festivities are just beginning and we are loving spending so much time with family and have Dan home a little more, since school is out and He took a few days off work.  That's my favorite thing about the holidays.  Being able to spend a little more time with my guy.