Saturday, October 9, 2010

Long Lost Twins

You have to admit she bears a striking resemblance to Jack Nicholson.


Buzz and Jessie

We usually go to a pet store a few times a month so that Calvin can see the animals. We have a little local pet store that always lets him hold bunnies, or he can watch them feed the fish, or he plays with adorable little kitties. It's a great way for him to interact with pets, without us having to have one.

Lately as he taps on the glass to make the mice wake up and spin on their wheels, I have been drawn to the bird section. They always look so lively and sound so happy. They always make the inside of the store feel like springtime. For the last several months, every time we've gone to the pet store, I've felt a bit of longing as I've watched those perky little animals. So tonight, on a whim, I decided to take some home with me. I texted Andy who is in CA to see if he had anything against birds, and then I decided on the finches. I bought a cage, all the junk they need, and had the teenage girl catch and release two males before I finally got the pair I wanted.

Aren't they beautiful?
(It's hard to get a camera to focus on jumpy birds behind bars.) I thought Calvin would love watching them, but so far he's not all that interested. He did, however, give them great names. He decided that we should call them Buzz and Jessie.

The Lamb and the Lion

Today I was putting some baby and maternity clothes in storage bins, and Calvin found his old lion Halloween costume. He wanted me to put it on him, and then ran around in it growling for a few minutes before he came back to digging through the bins. He then found this fuzzy little outfit that I bought for Autumn, and wanted her to dress up as well. (She never wore it because when it was cold enough to wear it, she was too tiny to take anywhere that it was cold. Is it dumb to buy cold weather clothes for babies when, if they're born in winter, you're not supposed to take them out of the house for the first few months?)

The Girl didn't get into play time quite as much as The Boy did, but they looked cute, so I took pictures.


Tri-fit Challenge

In august my stake (church groups in my area) had what they called a tri-fit challenge for women. It was a 1 mile walk, 5 mile bike ride, 3 mile run. You could do all of the legs, or you could have a relay team that each did one part. I decided to do all three, and my sister Mariah agreed to do it with me. It ended up being kind of bogus because in order to start your leg of the challenge, you only had to wait for the first person to return, not your team member. This was lame, for example, because once the first person got back from running the mile, ALL of the bike riders could leave, and once the first bike got back, ALL of those doing the run could leave. So this meant that anyone doing all three was at a distinct disadvantage. Of course no one kept time and it was "just for fun" so really I shouldn't have cared.

The race was hard. Super hard. It was in the foothills, so a lot of it was uphill. You would think this would mean that a lot of it was downhill, but not so. We would meander through the mountains for most of it, then cut strait down for a few blocks, and then be back to the mountain-ish areas to make it back. Thankfully we did pretty well. The bike ride was the hardest, and a lot of the women stopped to walk their bikes up the slopes. We were just proud of ourselves that we made it the whole way without walking our bikes or quitting when the final run sucked.

The best part was that when we were approaching the finish line, Andy and my kids were there waiting. Calvin was so excited about the race, that he completed the last few yards with me. He high-fived all of the ladies as he ran across the finish line. And then he ate watermelon and stole some balloons. And then he ran across the finish line five more times. He thought all of it was magical.

Thanks Riah for doing this with me. I couldn't have done it without you! Let us never speak of it again.
Me, Riah, and Calvin after crossing the finish line.

My cute family. Thanks for coming to support me!

Right after we took this picture, Autumn smiled at me and we noticed that she had her first tooth! It's a cute little tooth on her bottom left. 8/7

Saturday, October 2, 2010

He already has her doing his bidding...

Andy's parents gave this little wagon to Calvin when he was learning to walk. He loved it more than anything, but as he's gotten bigger, it has spent a bit of time in the closet. Since Autumn is starting to pull herself up on furniture and is trying to walk around, we brought it back out. She absolutely loves pushing it around. At first the boy was very upset that she was taking over his toy.... until he realized that he could use her enthusiasm to his advantage. Yeah, he's a smart one. 9.18.

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