Monday, March 26, 2012

Battlecreek Falls

On Saturday we went hiking up Battlecreek Falls. It was a lot of fun and even better since it is just up the road from where Micah and I live. I had never gone up there before, but my brother and sister-in-law invited us to go along. It was nice with perfect weather and not being a difficult hike. This was the first hike that Lila had been on and she seemed to love being outside, in spite of her face in the pictures. :) She didn't pay too much attention to the scenery, but instead had more fun watching her cousin P. Here are some pictures just from my phone. My camera was dead. :( Thank goodness Tracee got some.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A few random things from our home to yours...

Lila now has 3 teeth, possibly 4 but I can't quite tell on the other top one. On Monday we went to the park near our house, (by the way I LOVE having a park so close) and she loved being outside, but did not want to crawl on the grass as she didn't like the feeling on her hands. She would put her hands down to crawl and then immediately pull them up. Then she'd try another direction and did the same thing, finally when she had tried every direction in the circle around her she just sat there. :) Eventually she had to crawl because Micah and I moved away to encourage her to move and not too long after she was cruising around. She stands very well by herself, and can crawl all the way up the stairs. She walks with help and I think she's interested in walking on her own, but I do think it's a ways off. That's okay. I don't know that we need her to be any MORE mobile. ;) She doesn't keep shoes on her feet very well as she loves to pick at them, look at them, suck on them, and can't leave them alone until they fall off her feet. She's still just as fun as ever and fills my heart with pure joy!

This post isn't just about Lila. It really isn't about anything specific. Over the past year Micah and I have upgraded furniture, kitchen supplies, wardrobe, tastes, etc. Among the things we've gotten my favorites include a beautiful bed frame, kitchen table, kitchen chairs, and kitchen storage canisters. The reason that I like these things aren't only because they look great, but because we got awesome deals on them. The bed frame retails at 650 and we got it for 99, the table retails at 400 and we got it for 99, and the chairs were more than these but were still a great deal. I'm not sure of their exact price, but I LOVE them. I just can't wait until we're in a HOUSE. Hopefully soon! Although it would be renting not buying as we don't know where we're going to end up. :) As for the taste in food, we don't really eat fast food anymore. We do still eat out, but are much more adventurous in what we get and eat out less often. I have become much more confident in the kitchen. I've always enjoyed baking and liked cooking, but now I love both and I love trying new recipes. I was never nervous with baking. I had plenty ideas for that, but my cooking has improved tremendously. I wasn't bad before, but I wasn't anything special either.

I've also found more time for crafts and trying new creative things. This past weekend I made these royal icing googly eyes and I am so excited to use them. I made like a 1,000 though and Micah is sure that we will never get through all of them. Don't tell him, but I think he's right. :) I have plans for some of them, but I don't know for most of them. Who says I need to know now anyway? If you're in the area and need some, hit me up. They look so cute! Thanks Lara!

One last thing... Our ward is doing an auction and I've signed up to make/provide something, but I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions? I've considered making a quilt, but I don't know if I honestly have time before the evening. It's not until April 20th, but lately I haven't had much extra time on my hands other than my weekends and I use that for cleaning, errands, and spending extra time with Lila and Micah. I'm also doing a dessert for the ward cook-off thing for the same evening and am planning on making my coconut cream pie. I don't think it will win, but Micah really likes it and thinks it's my best chance and I know I can make it so I'm going to stick with it. As I said before, I would love to hear suggestions as to what I could do for the auction. I know I could do a cleaning service or something, but that's a hard thing for me to make sure I leave room in my schedule. I would prefer something that would have my part over and done with once it has been auctioned off. I love doing crafts so if you have an idea let me know. I've considered a recipe or something like that, but is that too weird?

Well that's it for tonight! Have a great week!

"Don't save something for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion." -Thomas S. Monson

Monday, March 5, 2012

9 months!

She is 3/4 of a year old?! What?! I don't know what happened to make time go by so fast, but it did. I know I say this EVERY time, but this little girl is so much fun. She is the highlight of our lives. Lila has experienced quite a bit since she was only 6 months or even 8 months. Her numbers are so different than last time, but I'm talking about the percentiles. :) Her head was 17 in. last time and 17.5 in. this time moving her from the 79th percentile down to the 68th. Her weight went 17.28 lbs. to 19.03 lbs. moving her from the 73rd percentile to the 65th percentile. The funniest one though is her height! She went from 25.75 in. to 26.25 in. moving her from the 46th percentile to the 8 percentile! That's right our little girl only grew half an inch in 3 months. I was worried, but Micah said that the doctor wasn't worried at all, so I guess it's okay? She is very mobile and is apparently above average in that area, but I don't really know what that means. I love our little girl. She is full of surprises and brings joy to our lives every single day.

Some things about what Lila has done in the past month I hesitate to share as some people may see me as being a bad mom, but she is loving life. Let me start by saying that Lila will eat ANY food. We have not found a single thing that she doesn't like. We even gave her a little bit of grapefruit hoping for a bitter reaction, but she just wanted more! I'll have to try a lemon next time. :) So, she loves baby food, but food that isn't babyish that she likes is bananas, Indian food, grapefruit, grapes, potatoes, rice, bread, and there are a few more, but I can't think of them right now. We're thinking about her starting the sacrament next Sunday. The part that I'm thinking of with me being a bad mom is the Indian food. I figure though that in other countries they don't just give their babies really boring food, they often eat what the family is eating.

She can easily pull herself up and scoots along furniture. She also now stands on her own for a few seconds before she has to lower herself to the floor. She loves to go around in her walker, so she seems "close" to walking, but knowing how she was with crawling she'll probably take forever. :) She's very friendly and loves to smile, and now that she has TWO teeth she has the most adorable toothy grin. :) She also just barely tried a sippy cup for the first time. I know I'm a little behind, but she is pretty much a pro already. The first time, not so much, but she quickly got used to it. She has continued to sleep through the night. That's a lot to hear about my baby girl, but as you can tell we absolutely adore her. Here is a cute little video of her. It was just done on a phone so it's not the best quality, but it shows a little bit of our beautiful girl's personality.