Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Brighton asked me to take her picture with a purse I made for a Christmas present. Then she asked me to take some more.
She was wearing Kassie's hat and a fleece fabric scrap as a scarf.
Then she leaned up against the window sill and struck this pose. Work it girl, work it.
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First Bloody Nose

The first. I'm sure there are many more to follow. I don't know how this happened because Dale took the kids to the park and then came running back with my bloody baby, but there it is. He cried a little, and then was fine. Poor guy looks really sad.
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Peek-A- Boo

I was ironing clothes and hanging them on a door as they were done. Mason went over and sat behind them. I didn't get a picture quick enough because he was just sitting there, with only his little fat feet poking out, for quite some time. Then he started laughing and playing peek-a-boo with me. This little man just melts my heart.
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Day in Seattle

My best friend, Brandy, came to visit me all the way from Georgia, and Kassie and I had a great day in Seattle with her.

The morning started off wonderfully at the Pacific Science Center at the Harry Potter Exhibit. I'm not going to hide it- I'm a Harry Potter nerd. That's right, I like to read little kid's books. And so do Brandy and Kassie.
It was a bit smaller than I expected, so I was just a teensy bit disappointed, but still glad we got to go.
The we wandered around the Space Needle a bit and had a photo shoot. I don't remember what exactly Brandy was doing here...
Kassie and Brandy, looking as needle-like as ever.
It was really cold out so Kassie and I snuggled close for warmth. Then we decided to go get hot chocolate at Starbucks.
After the Space Needle and hot chocolate, we headed over to my new favorite place, The Crab Pot! Kassie and I scarfed down our own weight in crab legs and Brandy had a burger. I did get her to try a little bit of crab though, so it wasn't totally wasted on her. (JK Brand-eye, you know I love you and your weird ways.)
I'd never been to the gum wall, so we had to go check that out and make a contribution. Seriously, I felt so dirty just standing in that alley. There was a wedding party taking pictures while we were there. Seriously? I would never take pictures here- well, for a wedding. I would for any other time, obviously. I was looking for a good spot where I could make absolutely certain I wasn't going to touch anyone else's gum.
The lights in the alley were so cool. (Does it have a special name? I don't even know.)
Funny story about this picture:
I was taking pictures of Brandy, and then of Brandy and Kassie when a man offered to take our picture so the three of us could get together. Now I don't want to be discriminating, and I'm going to remain PC here and not tell you the color of his skin. Or that he seemed a bit off. Which I didn't notice until my SLR $1,000 camera was in his hands. I showed him how to look through the window and adjust the lens to focus, and then push the button. Pretty easy, right?

The guy starts stepping back once, then twice. I'm telling him to just focus with the lens. He doesn't say anything, just takes another step back and another. I'm starting to freak out (I'm getting sweaty hands just typing this right now!) and I just tell him it's not a big deal and hop on over and grab my camera. I don't know what was going on, but I have my camera still, so that's good. Then a nice white man who worked right there at the market asked me if we'd like him to take it and he took this fine picture.

I'm not racist, really. That guy made me REALLY nervous!!!
Funny story about this picture too:
It was preceded by a long list of swear words because we drove around for like an hour trying to get on the stinkin' street to see the Freemont Troll. I don't know why I couldn't find it! Then as we give up and start heading home, there it is! It was the worst ending to a great day.

Thanks for visiting Brandy! I miss you!


I'm terribly behind in posting, so I've decided to just give you the major highlights and requests. Honestly, I'm sad it's taken me this long to post about Halloween considering how freakin' excited I was about all our costumes.
Kassie and I set up a tea party for our ward Trunk or Treat. It was pretty awesome.
Here's my Mad Hatter costume in all it's glory. I followed the tutorial here to make it. I ended up losing my size card EVERY SINGLE TIME I left the house. I have no idea how something that's been glued in happens to get away.
And Brighton went as Alice. I made her dress, and had so much fun doing it! And it only ended up costing me like $20 for her entire costume- which is kind of a lot for a little kid costume, but she wore it so many times, and even got to wear it to church on Sunday. Bonus!
Me, trying to look exceptionally insane with my scissors and a little bunny.
The group- Dale and Mason as Tweedledee and Tweedledum (I'll let you decide who's who), Kassie as the White Queen, Me as the Mad Hatter, Brighton as Alice, and Sawyer as the Rabbit. Yes, even the dog got in on it.

So much fun! I loved Halloween. I had people asking to take their picture with me at our Trunk or Treat and I won the costume contest at a Halloween party. Such a blast!