Thursday, November 28, 2013

10 Things

I have never been the kind of person who loves to go around the table and talk about all the things I am thankful for. Seriously, my family never did that.

One time we went to visit my mom's family for Thanksgiving, and each year they do something different to have the family express gratitude. This particular year they decided everyone (which was like 30+ people) would go around the table and share 3 things that are true. Everyone shared uplifting and sweet things like, "I know my family loves me" or "I have wonderful children." Sweet things. 

And then it was my dad's turn. His #1 thing that was true, "Kaylyn has no friends" (referencing some short story my brother wrote in the 3rd or 4th grade). My brother and I busted up in fits of laughter, and everyone else just glared. They didn't think we were funny. My poor mom. We were so embarrassing. If that wasn't enough, when it came to mine and Joey's turn, we couldn't just let my dad have the last word, so we responded with, "Todd has no friends" and "Joey has no friends," and I'm sure some other really nice things about each other.

That was the extent of us expressing what we were thankful for each year. 

But I'm going to get a little sappy and share some things I'm thankful for. 

1. I'm thankful for Ryan who always supports me and brings out the best in me. He supports the things I need to do and everything I want to do. He provides a wonderful example of how to serve others, and I am eternally grateful to be able to call him my husband.

2. I am thankful for a little girl who is loving, kind, and polite. She teaches me patience and love in ways I have never before experienced. I'm thankful for her sweet heart and the constant light she brings into our home.

3. I'm thankful for parents who have been understanding, supportive, and loving my entire life. And who have loved and embraced my daughter wholeheartedly.

4. I'm thankful for a brother who has always been my best friend.

5. I am thankful for in-laws who have been accepting, loving, and have made me feel comfortable in their family.

6. I'm thankful for the opportunity to go to college and to constantly better myself. 

7. I am thankful to have a roof over our heads.  

8. I'm thankful for insanely delicious food, especially this time of year. 

9. I'm thankful to live in a country, despite its flaws, that allows so many freedoms that others do not get to enjoy. 

10. And I'm thankful to be a member of a church that strengthens my family, makes me feel connected to our Heavenly Father, and promises that families can be together forever.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I Had to Share.

Maylie: Daddy's Mickey Mouse.

Me: Really?

Maylie: Ya. May May is Minnie Mouse.

Me: Then who is Momma supposed to be?

Maylie: (long thoughtful pause) Pluto.

I died guys. Seriously, I was laughing so hard. I decided I'm going to start one of those "things my kid says" books to keep for (and embarrass her with) when she is all grown up. This stuff is just too good to forget.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Maylie Monday: Little Miss Imagination

One of the coolest parts of being a parent is getting to see your child play. Especially when they play pretend. I swear Maylie just grew up over night--and that's seriously not too much of an exaggeration. All of the sudden she changed from just ordinary play, to imaginative play.

 The other day she ripped up a wipe and put it in a pile. When I asked her what it was, she put her hands over it and said, "Hot fire!" It cracked me up.

Later that same day I went into her room, and she had pulled all of her toys out of her basket. She put her blanket and her doll in it and then climbed in. She said to me, "Mommy! Look, boat! And water!"

So cute. The best toys are always the things that are not meant to be toys.

They grow up so fast, and I cannot wait to see how her little imagination grows.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Our Little Family on Video

I mentioned a few weeks ago that my sis-in-law went with us up the canyon to take some family pics of us. Maylie was a serious pain and the sun went down way faster than we had planned, so we were only able to get a few good shots. But Blake took some video while we were taking photos, and they put together an insanely cute video of us!

 I am seriously obsessed. Check out how cute this is:

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Maylie Monday: A Fall Chick

I was really nervous to move to northern Utah. The weather and the idea of the snow totally freaked me out, but having actual seasons has been kind of cool. Southern Utah and Nevada doesn't really have a fall--only super hot and mildly cold. The leaves have been all over and Miss May has been loving them! She goes stomping through them every chance she gets.

I can't wait to see how she reacts to snow! Thanks Riki for the cute pics of Maylie playing in the leaves!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Maylie Monday: Daddy's Girl

Okay, so Maylie is totally a momma's girl, and sometimes she can be down right mean to her daddy. Sometimes she will tell him to go away, or she will cling to me and totally avoid Ryan. But despite all of the attitude little miss throws at him, they sure love each other. They have some of the sweetest moments, and I love to getting to watch them together.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Our Little Monster

Halloween this year was so fun! I was worried about Maylie being cold, so it took us forever to decide on a costume. One night Ryan just took May to look at costumes, and she ran right up to the Monster's Inc. section. She picked Mike Wazowski, which was perfect because she wouldn't freeze in it. I decided last minute to dress up as Boo to match Miss May. Had we actually planned it Ryan could have been Sully. Oh, well. We can do a family costume next year!

We started at Ryan's work trick-or-treat. Almost everyone in the office dressed up, and they handed out candy. We seriously got so much. We will be eating Halloween candy for a very long time.

Then we headed to Ryan's parent's house. We agreed to hand out candy so they could go to the Foreigner concert, but we hit a few houses in their neighborhood before they left.

And after little girl fell asleep, probably from a sugar coma, we went downstairs to Riki and Blake's Halloween party. We had tons of fun playing minute-to-win-it games and hanging with tons of their friends. Our team even won the game "tournament!" (Stole these pics from Riki's blog)

Thanks Rik and B for throwing a killer party! 

Woah, sorry for the picture overload! We just had an awesome Halloween!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Brand New.

I am so stoked about the new look for the blog! Do you guys love it as much as I do?

 A big thank you to Jana for all of your help and patience with me in getting this done! If you are in need of a new look for your blog, check Jana's design site out! She is amazing and was wonderful to work with!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Maylie Tuesday: Gam's Girl

Apparently I should make Maylie Tuesday a thing. Whoops.

Anyway, I wanted to talk about Maylie and my mom. May constantly asks to go see Gam (and Papa and "Giskers" but mostly Gam). Every time we get in the car she says, "Gam's house?" And sometimes when she wakes up in the morning she will say, "Go see Gam." It's so cute, and a little sad since we're too far away to just hop in the car anytime to go see her.  But this weekend May and I took a little trip to see her, and May loved it.

We went to a parade on Saturaday

And we planted flowers on Sunday.
We didn't even make it all the way home before May started asking to go back to Gam's house. I'm sure glad my mom and my girl are so crazy about each other.