Tuesday, December 11, 2012

10 on Tuesday

1. The only snow I have found here comes in the form of a plastic snowman! Klayton is NOT impressed!

2. While here in Arizona we have been staying very busy. Busy is good though...we end up in bed earlier than usual just because we are SO tired!
3. Yumminess in a bag!

4. I got my mom hooked to Pinterest! You are very welcome Mom! Haha!
5. Speaking of Pinterest...the past 3 days I have tried 3 new ways to style my hair because if it. Yesterday I did one that made my hair extremely curly and I couldn't figure out how to tame. As I'm staring in the mirror at the puffiness before me, Joseph called to inform me that we were going to lunch with another family and he would soon be picking me up! Of all the days; but thankfully my hair settled a little and looked acceptable.
6. Tired boy! I think he is going through a growth spurt?

7. Lesson as a Mommy...once you think you are getting motherhood figured out you realize you don't have a clue.
8. Unfortunately, I am really going to have to watch my data usage for the rest of the month. Apparently, Klayton and I have watched 1 to many video clips...
9. Last week we went to a Christmas party and did a white elephant gift exchange. I ended up bringing home a flying sock monkey...hilarious! You shoot it in the air like a slingshot and it screams!
10. I think this post might of been slightly boring...I really wanted to say that I posted 2 days in a row! Which is almost unbelievable and if there wasn't proof!! Nonetheless, HappyTuesday!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Swap Meet

While in Arizona I have really wanted to experience some things that are particular to here! Last week while out to dinner, we met a fellow South Dakotan who has migrated here and he told us that we needed to visit the Mesa Swap Meet! "It is free and fun", he said! So, this past Saturday we went and it was SO much fun!
We spent 3 hours and probably could have spent longer! There were so many vendors, it was busy and we had little man stroller free so we booked it through the last area of the swap meet.
Surrounding myself with a little purse love!
We even discovered a little, Go Blue!
An interesting find, red dried pepper wreaths! And no, I didn't get one for myself..though I thought it would make a great Christmas present for my mother-in-law!
We even took in a few minutes of a cooking show!
Besides some interesting vendors, I must admit we saw some interesting people! Like this lady in a tutu..
Have I mentioned yet that Arizona doesn't believe in grass? If you want it, you have to buy it!
Some jewelry love...at this point I wishing I had my jewelry tools and some extra cash! They had amazing deals on beads!
This one made me think of my mom!
In closing, I would like to leave you with this...the picture says it all!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Catch Up

I figured it has been a LONG time since I have given just a general update of life! Today, is the perfect opportunity to catch up and share some pictures!
I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time! My grandparents received a gazillion phone calls from me as I searched for the turkey giblets and neck. I ended up cooking the neck because I never found it pre-oven; but the turkey still turned out delicious and thankfully even after my experience of "gutting" a turkey, I still like to eat it!
Last week I was able to spend time with a friend and do a little crafting, thank you Pinterest! I made two scarves and my friend Jessica made this beautiful wreath!
Then last Friday we flew to Arizona, where we still are! Enjoying palm trees and cactus as well as warm weather! It has been in the 80's here, quite a change from what we left in South Dakota!
Let me take this moment to brag on my little guy and his first experience flying! He did awesome!
Waiting to check in...
Checking out the airplanes at the gate that mommy thought we were flying out of...
Klayton actually slept for about half the flight, which caused him to miss take off. But when he woke up he enjoyed some snacks, pushing buttons in the bathroom that should not be pushed and looking out the window! He did fuss a little as we prepared for landing; but that is to be expected with the air pressure changes!
Since we have been in Arizona we have been busy. Joseph has been helping out a pastor and that has kept him extremely busy! Klayton however, has found time to have a little fun and decorate some Christmas cookies!
I think we will continue to be busy during our time here! I am hoping to check out the Mesa Swap Meet this weekend and figure out a way to start finish my Christmas shopping for my husband as we don't get home until the morning of Christmas Eve day!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Chocolate Covered Socks

My parents came up for Thanksgiving. While they were here they took Klayton to the convenience store and let him pick out some treats. Klayton got done strawberry milk, little candies that came in some type of toy and he picked out an Almond Joy candy bar. I didn't think he had ever had an Almond Joy; but its okay to try new things, right?! I didn't think he cared to much for the candy bar as he took a bite and promptly gave the candy bar to me. But, you never know...he might decide later that its worth another bite! So, we left the other half of the candy bar out only to discover it in his shoe. I laughed when I found it and promptly threw it in the trash.
Friday came and I put his shoes on for the day...he didn't take them off until late evening. I pulled off his shoes and found that the bottom of his sock was covered in brown grossness...my first thought was, "how did I miss this diaper explosion?!" Then I realized it had a coconut scent to it...yep, that candy bar he didn't like was still in his shoe!
Saturday comes and without thinking twice, I put his shoes on for the day and he wears them ALL day. What do you think I found on the bottom of his socks for the 2nd day in a row?!
No more Almond Joy for Klayton!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Things I Don't Want to Forget (25 Months)

*Pastor Spencer was opening a church service in prayer and Klayton decides to randomly lift his shirt up and show off his "goods"!

*Sometimes Klayton gets into cuddle mode. Last night I was washing dishes, Klayton came and got me to sit on the couch with him. As he sits beside me and snuggles in he grabs my arm and places it around him! Loved it!

*He loves to take people for walks! While visiting family in Michigan, he tried to "run away" with Holly! Led her all the way to the car...

*How Klayton loves coffee and will sneak sips if someone has it...he loves English Toffee!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Birthday Celebration-Day 2

Two years old! Now this is a big deal and day of new things!
Like going to Sunday School church...no more nursery!
Yes, I am the Mom that sits outside his class and tries to sneak pictures!
This is Klayton's first Sunday School teacher, Miss Kath-we love her and I am so glad that she gets to be a part of this memory!
I should mention, that I just don't particularly enjoy birthdays on Sunday. Yes, its great to go to church it is just that it leaves little time for lots of other stuff. But, after church we went to lunch at Texas Roadhouse!
And of course this meant that Klayton was able to ride the saddle!
After a big Texas, "Yehaw, Happy Birthday" Klayton was given a Hot Fudge Sundae!
After a yummy lunch and a good nap, Klayton opened presents from his Grandma and Grandpa Barnhardt and his FAVORITE parents!
I should mention, that we gave Klayton the Lego flashlight. He has really been into flashlights and the Lego one is neat because to power the light you just wind the arm and push a button-no need for batteries! Klayton has since been sleeping with the flashlight and we always know when he wakes up because a bright light suddenly appears!
And what is a birthday without a cake?
And a little singing of Happy Birthday!
Now, blow out that candle!
And we wish you many more...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Birthday Celebration-Day 1

**Again another late post about Klayton's 2nd Birthday! His birthday was October 21st!**

Apparently, when you are turning 2 you get that number of days for birthday fun! This could be a bad thing for future birthdays! The celebration started with the arrival of my parents on the 20th!
It had already been decided that we would spend the afternoon at Chuck E Cheese. To be honest, I was hesitant if it would be worth the money since he is still so little. I however, was pleasantly surprised at all the things that was age appropriate for him! Klayton did need some help on some things; but by the end of the afternoon he was getting the concept down!
Warming up with some basketball before the pizza arrives!
Oh, look a ticket for playing basketball!
Time to drive off and get our pizza!
I think a detour to bop some things might be in order before we eat our pizza!
Now, how about that pizza?
Now back to the games...Klayton rode this horse 4 times in a row! He loved it!
It looks like someone else loved it to?!
And this is what happens after lots of pizza, games and prizes!
And an hour later...still sleeping!
Klayton napped for 3 hours! He napped for so long my parents had to leave before he woke up. They had a church emergency. So, after nap time we took Klayton for some ice cream!
After ice cream, we went home and face timed with my mom so she could watch Klayton open presents from her and my dad as well as from my grandparents!
And that completes day one of our birthday celebration...stay tuned for day two! It shouldn't be as long of a post!