Sunday, November 30, 2014

Showers in Pink

I feel so blessed for the good people and friends around me. They are extremely generous and supportive, and I feel well taken care of. The theme for my first shower for baby girl was cookies and milk, and it was adorable! Absolutely love this family, and I had so much fun with this group of ten friends!

My sweet hostesses!

Milk mustaches:)

My Mia Maids threw a surprise baby shower for me during mutual a couple weeks ago. They were so cute and excited to celebrate and shop for baby girl. For all but one, it was their first baby shower. I am so bummed that this is the only photo I have to show for it, one of the balloons:( We played a few games (Eliza was even spot on at guessing the measurement of my round belly), ate some of my favorite treats, and opened their sweet gifts. Huge thank you to Maris, Stephanie, Erin, Eliza, Gwyn, Dana, Lexi, Mari, and Britain; I love those girls!

Last week, my sweet friend Monica hosted a shower for me with a bunch of ladies in my ward. I always laugh so hard with these women! Everyone wrote down quotes of funny things kids have said. There were too many awesome quotes to note them all, but one of my favorites was: Driving by the Boise State Taco Bell football arena "Whoa! That is a huuuuge Taco Bell!" I loved celebrating with them!

Part of our group. Brittany and I were twinners:)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Halloween Festivities

We visited a nearby pumpkin patch (a first for our family) in preparation for Halloween, and Maddox loved it! He talked for weeks afterward about the pumpkin patch and riding the tractor. It was a little misty half the time we were there, in true Portland fashion. But we enjoyed ourselves all the same.

Hayride out to the pumpkin patch. We snagged front row seats and had fun watching the tractor slide around in the mud. (Luckily none was thrown up on us.)

So much mud!

Scott heard and then found this little guy to share with us all. Maddox thought it was hilarious.

Oh yeah, that picturesque shot good enough for Pinterest:)

And this one is even better... haha. That's the best we could do!

Scott found us a couple cute pumpkins to carve up later that day with some friends. I went for the traditional jack-o-lantern look and Scott's masterpiece is a haunted house. Maddox wasn't too interested in scooping out the gooey inside, but he thought it was fun to light them up with the candles and he loved mama's pumpkin bars:)

Our annual tradition with the Klugs is to make gingerbread houses right before Christmas. With baby coming soon, we decided to make haunted houses for Halloween instead. As always, we had a great time and ours was far less decorated!

Our ward celebrated with a chili cook-off and some trunk-or-treating the evening before Halloween. Per our family's usual process, we started thinking about our costumes right after Maddox's birthday, but didn't make a decision until two days before the parties:) So we went with something simple and fast that we could make with materials we already had at home, as usual. Pacman, Ms. Pacman, and a pacman ghost!

Maddox was great - he didn't mind wearing his costume and would even make "ghost noises" (booo)! And, of course, he loved filling his bag with treats!

Cinco opened up on Halloween for the kiddos to come around. Each team decorated their space, and naturally the product design group had quite the setup. There were live mice, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, mealworms, nightcrawlers, and edible crickets. I thought it was a creepy petting zoo.

Waving to the little mouse.

They also had a fun photo booth, but were scaring people while they snapped a couple shots. We've never seen Maddox scared like that; his reaction was to just cover his eyes, he didn't make a peep. It was really sweet and made me sad for him. He recovered quickly though and was even willing to go in for round two of photos with the other kids.

He was ready to start swinging though if anyone came at him again...

Cachoo.. camera noises

Afterwards, we headed to a co-worker's house for some yummy dinner. We had fun hanging with friends and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters (and they had a lot). Our family had such a great time celebrating this holiday!

More Maddox Love

He may or may not like sweets...

"Jumping" on the trampoline.


Cleaning up, just like dad… except Maddox has a higher shooting percentage:)

While mom was in the other room...

That snack was finger-licking good!

Yeah, he can spell Maddox, dad, mom, and Scott.

Oh, silly dad… translation: mom carry.

Still loves helping in the kitchen.

Saturday morning at Home Depot, checking out fire trucks and doing man stuff.

It would be embarrassing to admit how many times we've watched this video... And we think it is just as funny every time.

General Conference. Maddox's favorites were the music and sustainings.

Working on his Frankenstein LEGO mini-build with dad.

Hosting play group at our house. Such a fun group of boys!

Monster's, Inc. cookies to go with his favorite movie. A fun way to spend the evening while dad is working late.

Flexing with his bandaid on.

Scott and Maddox both think it is cool to pick things up with their feet. I do not.

Frozen dancing with Natalie part I...

and part II.

Then he had to step up the masculinity a notch...

Hello baby sister!

He loves it when Scott brings home dart guns from work.

Checking himself out in his new P Rods.

Making popcorn with dad.

Looking through Scott's treasure box.

A proud moment for Scott.

Rolling out the sticky road.

Mr. Cow needs to read the scriptures too.

More fun with the dart guns.

In case you can't tell, he is eating ice cream in this video...

Watching our neighbor cut the grass, very exciting.

Our wonderful little helper.

One of Scott's co-workers gave Maddox some little "Japanese baby cookies" he remembered liking as a kid. Maddox lovingly refers to this treat as "jakanese."

He still LOVES hiding!

Eating hot wings with the young men.